Hard Root Beer | Mission Brewery

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3.61/5
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129 Ratings
Hard Root BeerHard Root Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Mission Brewery
California, United States
missionbrewery.com

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,311
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
129
pDev:
20.5%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
48
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 129 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by DeFaz:
Photo of DeFaz
2.34/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This is the second hard root beer I've tried. I found "Not Your Father's" to be well crafted, to taste almost exactly like root beer with a touch of alcohol. This on the other hand tasted like black licorice beer. The alcohol, at 7.5%, was more than noticeable, and flavors that I enjoy in root beer were covered by the licorice. I had one and left the rest of the six pack with a friend, who also said that he didn't like it and will probably through it away. The "overall" rating here is especially low given the $10.99/six pack price.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of benzalman
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oddly sharp. Like the NYFRB better.

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Photo of lincolnbeard
5/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Looks like Root Beer, tastes like Root Beer... it's not Root Beer?

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Photo of thereviewingteam
2.6/5  rDev -28%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 1

I walked past this in the cooler section. One impulse by later, I'm at home with legit looking "Hard Root Beer". I notice it says "specialty malt beverage". Crap...

Pop the top and you get Root Beer Smell. This is promising.

Take a sip and you get a pretty standard root beer flavor. Ok, Ok, this is alright...

WHAM. Then the "specialty Malt Bevarge" hits. This was awful. This wasn't like a perfectly blended banana and peanut butter combination. This was like passion fruit and peanut butter. The flavors are so distinct and not combined to make one delicious drink. I feel like I might as well have taken a swig of A&W and a finger of 151.

I drank one bottle....then tried another later on. Its sitting here in front of me now, empty. I will finish the six pack, but, I will not enjoy it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into snifter.

A: Pours similar to the soda: same color, but denser bubbles to the short-lived head.
S: Smells of the soda; however, to me, vanilla and a kind of spearmint or evergreen type of minty scent dominate.
T: This take on hard soda actually tastes like a beer first and a soda second. The vanilla and minty notes from the nose still stand out, but I also immediately notice black licorice/anise, sarsaparilla, caramel, and maybe a touch of clove, nutmeg, and booze. The finish is tingly and spicy, and the aftertaste is full of lingering flavors of sweet vanilla, candied sugar, and peppery spice. The anise sticks around long after the swallow.
M: Medium-full body, sticky soda-like mouthfeel with splashy soda-like carbonation.
O: Definitely spicier and maybe boozier than other alcoholic soda root beers I’ve tried. More intensely flavored, and more beer-like.

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Photo of brycevolk
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kmanjohnson
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobzilla
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of user785335
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of archero
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This didn't do much for me. I would much prefer plain old root beer.

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Photo of shoegueuze
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks: like root beer
Smells: like root beer
Tastes: like root beer with a weird alcoholic and metallic aftertaste
Feels: like syrupy root beer
Overall: not 'not your fathers root beer.' Sorry.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.17/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Considering there are only a couple examples of this style (hard root beer), it's gotta stink when the other guy is significantly better. This example would not be an especially good root beer in its own right. It's harshly root-y with too much sweet vanilla. Not especially bad, but not good.

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Photo of deonreds
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rawfish
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bmjivi221
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nugganooch
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled on 06/27/2015
12oz bottle to snifter glass

Dark cola colored brew with a nice glossy sheen. Slightly viscous and effervescent with some fleeting foam head.
Very sweet but with all key flavor components there. Wintergreen, vanilla, caramel sweet. Like a liquid root-beer barrel.
Sticky on the palate. Slight carbonated soda like bite to the tongue on it.
Not something I can drink a lot of. Too much sugar going down.

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Photo of jucifer1818
2.61/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I had this at a party for free and it was not for me. The other folks did not seem to mind it, but I just couldn't stomach the stuff. Lots of couch syrup and licorice flavors (but it probably also has the presence of a lot of other spices).

I thought about buying it a few days earlier, but settled on retrying a batch of lion stout. It was a good call.

Id peg this one as a 1.99 craft single purchase, to make up your own mind.....But for me its a pretty lousy brew.
Sorry mission :(

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Lagunitas mason jar
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $7.00 for a 6-pack (30 pct. off regular price)
Purchased: Aug. 16, 2015
Consumed: Aug. 20, 2015
Misc.: N/A

Poured a dark mahogany, almost black, color with 1-to-2 fingers of frothy, tan head that immediately dissipated. Could see lots of bubbles hitting the top of the glass. No lacing on the sides of the glass. No retention. (Sight - 2.75)

Smelled root beer, sugary molasses, licorice, light chocolate, artificial vanilla, toffee, sweet bourbon and boozy butterscotch. Not as good as Not Your Father’s Root Beer. (Smell - 3.75)

First thought on the taste was, “Welp, not all hard root beer is good hard root beer.” NYFRB is much better. In order, got root beer, booziness, sugary molasses, butterscotch, still that sweet bourbon, caramel, toffee and vanilla. (Taste - 3.50)

Light-to-medium body. Sticky texture. Average-to-soft carbonation. Long, slightly boozy finish. (Feel - 3.50)

Maybe I would have liked this more if I hadn’t had Not Your Father’s Root Beer first, but this just wasn’t as good. I’ll finish out my 6-pack and that will probably be it. (Overall - 3.50)

3.52 | 80 | B

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Photo of elkinbrown
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MisterKilderkin
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rwilde
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PG2G
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of M1A2
2.01/5  rDev -44.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

As others have said the "overpowering" black licorice taste is just to much and mix that with harsh alcohol = drain pour for me. About the only good thing was i was able to grab a single and not a whole sixer, stick with NYFRB.

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Hard Root Beer from Mission Brewery
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 129 ratings