Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%) | Small Town Brewery

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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)
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Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)Not Your Father's Root Beer (5.9%)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Small Town Brewery
Illinois, United States
smalltownbrewery.com

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Not Your Father’s Root Beer is a category-defining craft specialty ale brewed with unique spices. Brewer Tim Kovac’s creativity and painstaking commitment to flavor complexity results in an unmistakable offering that masterfully blends hints of sarsaparilla, wintergreen, anise, and vanilla. A smooth and balanced Ale, NYFRB has broad appeal – from discerning craft beer drinkers to non-beer drinkers.

Added by MasterSki on 10-29-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#7,148
Reviews:
595
Ratings:
2,770
pDev:
18.2%
 
 
Wants:
205
Gots:
1,309
Trade:
28
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Ratings: 2,770 |  Reviews: 595
Photo of JimboBrews54
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnDon
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Moir1994CT
4.61/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.5

This beer captures what it is perfectly. it is alcoholic root beer. I know it isnt just root beer with a few shots of vodka in it but you could have fooled me. However this is not a negative. if this was a "root beer" with alcohol the last thing id want is a super hoppy beer. it would be nasty. Its higher power than the average lager but not by much and is sweet like root beer. A fantastic beginner beer or for someone whome generally doesnt like the taste of beer but likes root beer. A tad pricey but its not a everyday drink. More of an occasional treat.

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Photo of OhMy
3.2/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

This would be a really good Root Beer if it didn't have the aftertaste of Anise or Licorice. It's a full taste, smells good, and I would have enjoyed it except for that. I'm not a licorice fan, so, unfortunately I won't be purchasing it again.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought a 6-pack $9.99 Target
Smell of root beer
Dark black/brown color
Medium-heavy mouthfeel
Medium carbonation
Tastes of licorice, root beer flavors
Overall it tastes like a high-end craft root beer. Nice for a change of pace.

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Photo of Sabtos
2.75/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Yep. It looks, tastes, feels, and smells like root beer, with fizzly air going up your nostrils and herbal sassafras cola going down the gullet.

But this isn't Soda Advocate and I'm just not sure why this is considered beer...just because there is alcohol in it? I don't think so. This becomes even more pertinent a question when you look at other Small Town "beers."

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Photo of Rumz
4.64/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amendm
3.33/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12-oz. bottle poured heavily into a 16-oz mug produced a fizzy white head that lasted seven seconds, no lacing.
Dark brown, almost black, looks more like cola than root beer.
Smells like root beer, sarsaparilla and vanilla with noticeable alcohol.
Tastes like root beer except for a strange taste that I believe is the alcohol not being blended with malt and hops as in more typical beers. This taste also appears as an unpleasant after taste.
Medium body with almost no carbonation, finishes semi-dry.
As are wise friends who wish not to say something negative or positive would say……” I dunno”.

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Photo of iawaska
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tgdavis
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not your father's root beer. No discernable date on bottle. Neck stamped 0998LX and below that 1201FL-. 808204 21A2049 stamped at bottom front of bottle.

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance - Root beer with less head. 4.5

Smell - Root beer but richer. 4.5

Taste - Root beer but a bit sweeter. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Root beer but very, very slightly less sticky, but also noticably less carbonation. 4.5

Overall - A better root beer that gives you a buzz. Not a bad idea. Giving it good scores based on the fact that it's virtually indistungishable from most root beers other than the fact that it has basically unnoticable alcohol which is pretty cool. Great gimmick beer. 4.5

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Photo of ben_tries_brews
1.9/5  rDev -52.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Tjb14
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of isaac_barrow
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TossKing7
4.17/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chilmer
4.89/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of olinbeth
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bobstockwell
3.8/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Deebap
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MikePacheco12
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SaisonRichBiere
3.37/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pokemongo
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Livyatan1996
3.39/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,770 ratings