Hard Root Beer
Coney Island Brewing Company

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Coney Island Brewing Company
New York, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #53
Ranked #25,897
3.63 | pDev: 17.63%
Mar 21, 2022
Jul 15, 2015
Coney Island Hard Root Beer is a new twist on an old favorite. With hints of vanilla, licorice and birch, this root beer will bring you back to the boardwalk.
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Reviewed by AccipiterofBeer from New York

3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L; 3.5. Root beer mah dudes.
S: 3.5 Root beer mah dudes.
T: 4: Root beer mah dudes. No alcohol discernible
F: 4. It's hard soda. Hard to beat in this category. Medium mouthfeel.
O: 3.75. It's... you get the point. Solid alcoholic beverage to have at a social gathering if you're tired with beer.
Mar 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Pegasus from Texas

4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Appearance: Deep amber in color, verging on obsidian, with a large, quite coarse, tan head, which collapses, but manages to leave a nice circlet about the glass wall, and a scattering of foam on the surface. Patchy, sticky lacing clings to the glass wall.

Aroma: A spot on rendition of the aroma classic root beer, sarsaparilla, pink bubble gum, vanilla, licorice, brown sugar and molasses.

Taste: opens with a wonderful and outrageously over-the-top flavor of classic root beer: brown sugar, molasses, sarsaparilla, pink bubblegum, licorice, vanilla, cola and just a hint of alcohol. The sweet and spicy wave carries throughout the taste. Finishes with a lingering sweet wave of brown sugar, vanilla, and pink bubblegum.

Mouth feel: Soft and very full, quite pleasant, with just a whisper of carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Simply excellent, among the best root beers that I have ever had, either alcoholic or non-alcoholic. Coney Island Root Beer is a wonderful reminder of the glorious complexity of root beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a Duvel chalice.
Oct 29, 2020
Rated: 2.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Jul 08, 2020
Rated: 2.99 by chiefz1 from New York

Feb 24, 2019
Rated: 3.38 by generallee from Virginia

Dec 28, 2018
Rated: 3.56 by JohnDon from Texas

Oct 11, 2018
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Reviewed by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Taste: sweet, vanilla, honey, root beer notes. Spicy root beer nose. Dark brown hue, clear, foamy head some lace. Medium/light body. Root beer with a bite.
Aug 15, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by robotic_being from Florida

Jul 18, 2018
Rated: 2.46 by Chilmer from Iowa

May 23, 2018
Rated: 2.96 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky

Apr 29, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois

Feb 12, 2018
Rated: 2.81 by Rostie from Michigan

Feb 09, 2018
Rated: 4.04 by JuiceMan818 from California

Jan 19, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 2.86 by AyatollahGold from Indiana

Dec 12, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by BenHoppy from Michigan

Dec 04, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by Darandos from Canada (AB)

Oct 26, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by ajnavetta from Florida

Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 2.98 by PositivePest from New York

Sep 03, 2017
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Reviewed by Beginner2 from Illinois

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Ordinarily, I would just rate this: the bottle was 3 months past its Best By date and the the most recent review is 7 months ago; indicating this may not be released again without a contemporary adjustment. But on the other hand, I am gunning for Poo-bah and I need the Karma.

A summertime quaff that appeals to childhood memories and, at the same time, joys of growing up (as hard as that may have been sometimes.) From that complicated appeal comes a beer that tastes like root with pronounced vanilla, some licorice and lots of sugar. And the sweet malt seems to help recall those bygone days.

Just like those days, I will not have Coney Island's Hard Root again. Time to move on and deal with today.
Aug 15, 2017
Hard Root Beer from Coney Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 485 ratings