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: Herbed / Spiced 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:
#4,116
Reviews:
590
Ratings:
2,760
pDev:
18.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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 1Jose
2.5/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Okay at the beginning but has a nasty after taste, id rather just have rum and root beer.

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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

Photo of Vandelay1863
3.1/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jsnouffer
4.14/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of 1971bernat
2/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Nvrmind16
3.44/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

as far as non- beer but still called beers go, its very good. Again its not a true beer but far better than a mikes hard lemonade. Very sweet with a little spice in its flavor notes. The alcohol content feels more like 8 percent even when its 5.9

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Photo of ElmerS
4.85/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

After a pleasurable encounter with another one of small town brewery’s products, I ran out and bought a few more of their lineup and have been rating them. Perhaps tied with the “not your mothers apple pie”, these two beverages are so far my favorite in their product lineup. They are certainly meant to be more like soda than beer and I think you’ll find that most of the negative reviews are posted by beer purists looking to rate a “true beer”. Several of the small town brewery products have had a strange aftertaste which was slightly objectionable to me. At first I thought I detected that in this product as well, but upon further contemplation decided that the interesting flavor profile reminded me more of a true homebrewed root beer/sasparilla as opposed to a commercial sugar syrup- artificially flavored product. They are sweet and I probably wouldn’t drink more than a couple In a single sitting, but they are refreshing Departure from the norm. ( look smell and feel are rated as fives because I would not change them. They are not spectacular but I do not feel as though a three rating would be appropriate considering I have no suggestions for improvement. )

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Photo of TheCrowsEye
2.33/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of BenHoppy
3.62/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I love rootbeer but better off spiking rootbeer with a couple shots of rum than buy this.

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