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:
#3,539
Reviews:
589
Ratings:
2,744
pDev:
18.2%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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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
3.45/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | 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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Photo of Leefrommars
5/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Spencer96
4.88/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of TwoTrees
3.08/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sexmortus
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Tim_G
2.74/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Looks and smells like root beer. Taste is very artificial and strange. I drank a couple IPAs then had the wild idea to try this, it has me feeling sick and nasty. What the heck is in this thing?

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Photo of Vixie
3.22/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a lot like a root beer, with a lot of fizzing. The foam doesn't stay around long, leaving what looks more like a cola than a root beer.

Being as this is supposed to be an alcoholic root beer, the smell is very much like root beer. Basically the root beer smell familiar to many, with a bit of vanilla.

Tastes a lot like root beer, not surprisingly. It starts of tasting decent, but a weird aftertaste lingers. Not sure if it was from the alcohol or something else, but I found it a bit unpleasant.

If you have ever drank a root beer, you are familiar with how this feels.

If not for the weird aftertaste, I would rate this one higher. I love root beer, and this starts out tasting like a decent example. It kind of reminds me a bit of diet root beer, if you can stand the artificial aftertaste, you'll likely enjoy it.

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Photo of LT630
2.48/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of BlackBeerPirate
2.77/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Taste: sweet spice, root beer, vanilla, and some alcohol bite. same with the nose. Dark Brown, clear, no head at all. Medium body. Slight artificial aftertaste in the finish.

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Photo of Albertdidz
4.53/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of captaincoffee
2.22/5  rDev -44.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a bit thin with a large head that fizzles away very quickly to nothing. Nose is vanilla and earthy root beer with no malt or hop aroma. Taste is sweet with strong root beer, vanilla, and anise. It has a quite a acrid aftertaste that was making it harder to drink as I got further into the glass. It is a bit medicinal as well. No malt or hop flavors. As a non-beer alcoholic root beer, I'd probably give this a 2..75. As a beer, which is what we are supposedly reviewing here, it is certainly lower.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of wineraq
4.37/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BeerBobber
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like root beer.
Smeels like root beer.
Tastes like root beer.
Mouth feel will get a bit chalky as it warms. Served ice cold and drank down fast, no chalky after taste.
Overall a good hard root beer for those that want a soda and not a beer. Bayou Bootlegger is a bit more over the top (please see review) and a bit better, but these really are still soda's with alcohol. Four Loko anyone!

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Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of motownfreak15
4.94/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An excellent dessert treat, and a wonderful screwball of root beer-ish taste.

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Beer rating: 4.01 out of 5 with 2,744 ratings
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