Hard Root Beer
Coney Island Brewing Company

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Coney Island Brewing Company
New York, United States
Herb and Spice Beer
Ranked #52
Ranked #25,821
3.63 | pDev: 17.63%
Mar 21, 2022
Jul 15, 2015
Notes: 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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3.86 by AccipiterofBeer from New York on Mar 21, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Pegasus from Texas

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
2.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Jul 08, 2020
2.99 by chiefz1 from New York on Feb 24, 2019
3.38 by generallee from Virginia on Dec 28, 2018
3.56 by JohnDon from Texas on Oct 11, 2018
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3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

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
3.5 by robotic_being from Florida on Jul 18, 2018
2.46 by Chilmer from Iowa on May 23, 2018
2.96 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on Apr 29, 2018
3.5 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Feb 12, 2018
2.81 by Rostie from Michigan on Feb 09, 2018
4.04 by JuiceMan818 from California on Jan 19, 2018
3.69 by Rollmeaway2loadout from Illinois on Dec 17, 2017
2.86 by AyatollahGold from Indiana on Dec 12, 2017
3.6 by BenHoppy from Michigan on Dec 04, 2017
3.25 by Darandos from Canada (AB) on Oct 26, 2017
4.16 by ajnavetta from Florida on Sep 04, 2017
2.98 by PositivePest from New York on Sep 03, 2017
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3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
by Beginner2 from Illinois

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
4.04 by NickFry9 from New York on Jun 01, 2017
4.31 by akopczyk from Ohio on May 25, 2017
3.19 by rdub from Pennsylvania on Mar 04, 2017
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3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is close to being jet black in color, but when held up to a light traces of brownish hues are visible near the edge of the glass. It poured with a thin light tan-colored head that quickly faded away, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of root beer are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and tastes just like a root beer soda and has the associated sweetness that you would expect. You can definitely get some notes of birch flavors and hints of licorice.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: If I had this in a blindfolded taste test, I would have immediately guessed it was root beer soda. It tastes nothing like a beer and everything like a soda, and even isn't that cloying.

Serving type: bottle

Jan 15, 2017
3.17 by mmorris15 from Maine on Dec 20, 2016
3.11 by Stinger80OH from Ohio on Dec 13, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by muchos from Pennsylvania

L. Black, but not opaque. Bubbly head hangs on at least a minute.
S. Vanilla, licorice, sugar, light molasses. Mmm, smells like root beer.
T. Sugary, but not overly so for a root beer, balanced by a big taste of bitter anise/black licorice, with sweet vanilla and smoky molasses in there as well.
F. Medium body with slight carbonation.
O. A very good root beer with plenty of flavor which is balanced nicely. Cheers!

Oct 30, 2016
3.89 by PMarcy78 from Minnesota on Oct 28, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by _drummer_ from China

My first hard root beer! Forgive my ignorance in my review. Great root beer flavor, caramel, carbonation - all well balanced, and the alcohol is a neat twist. All in all, pretty enjoyable.

Sep 18, 2016
2.83 by Jhfinn from New York on Sep 09, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
by BeerTv from California

Coney Island Hard Root Beer
(ABV: 5.8%)

Hand-crafted adult sodas are not only gaining massive popularity within the last few years, but they are truly shaking up the beer realm. The first beginnings started in 2012, with the first example of a hard root beer debuting in 2013. Hard sodas success appears to point towards a sense of nostalgia as they send us back to a time when we were young and life was carefree. Childhood memories of hot afternoons sipping A&W, Dad's, IBC or Barq's Root beer with our favorite salty snack. And of course, not to forget about the iconic culinary root beer float.

AROMA - predominantly vanilla extract, lightly spiced cinnamon, brown sugar and molasses sweetness, caramel, black licorice

APPEARANCE – pours a dark scarlet ebony with a fizzy tan head which immediately dissipated...no surprise there. No apparent lacing or head retention either which is acceptable since this is a hard soda

FLAVOR – heavy vanilla with light black licorice, toffee sweetness, spiced sassafras, slightly woodsy, spiced earthiness on the finish

MOUTHFEEL – medium bodied with a moderate-high carbonation level, smooth creaminess allowing for easy drinkability, slight syrup-like finish

OVERALL – one of the better examples of a hard root beer out there; many hard sodas struggle with concealing the ABV presence whereas Coney Island succeeds. The vanilla forward character with subtle black licorice following allowed for a unique focal point since most traditional root beers are centered on the predominant presence of black licorice, sassafras, or sarsaparilla.

Sep 06, 2016
3.27 by dag1991 from Ohio on Aug 09, 2016
4.26 by BeerManDan from California on Aug 04, 2016
3.5 by cbcrunch from Wyoming on Aug 03, 2016
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5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Gandalfthefab from Virginia

Terrible beer amazing root beer don't drink this if you want a beer has no beer taste at all the head is a root beer head its very fizzy its just root beer a very very very good root beer

Jul 25, 2016
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4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5
by jezebel from Illinois

sweet, more root beery than Not Your Father's, just... tastes like a good root beer, caffeination and all

Jul 21, 2016
4 by papat444 from Canada (QC) on Jul 20, 2016
3.35 by jkn09 from Texas on Jul 11, 2016
3.34 by Exeggutor from New Hampshire on Jul 06, 2016
4.19 by BradleyR from Oklahoma on Jul 06, 2016
Hard Root Beer from Coney Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 485 ratings