Beer Review: Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer

20150830_215752Name: Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer

Style: Spiced Malt Beverage


ABV: 5.9%

“Because of the overwhelming response to Not Your Fathers Root Beer, we have had thousands of requests from all over the country for this product in a package format. We’ve worked relentlessly with experts that make up over 80 years of brewing experience for almost two years to figure out how to increase production to meet demand while keeping the cost to consumers reasonable.

At long last…it’s here.”

Now since I started this blog, I have been asked for my thoughts on Not Your Father’s Root Beer enough times to review it even though it isn’t a beer, but a malt beverage. Beer has four main ingredients: water, malt, yeast and hops. Not Your Father’s Root Beer is missing on these key ingredients: hops; which make it a malt beverage. Now that the technicalities are out of the way, let’s get on with the review

The beer pours a blackish brown color with minimal head that quickly recedes. The nose is sweet giving off the aromas of vanilla, sarsaparilla, cinnamon and mint. The beer tastes very much like your standard craft root beer with big spices and sweetness. The sugar and vanilla hit you immediately with the sarsaparilla and a hint of mint coming in later. The maltiness and booze are only prevalent on the finish just to remind you this was brewed in a similar fashion to a beer. The mouthful is light with medium carbonation. If you like craft sodas with high sugar content you will probably enjoy this one. The alcohol is present, but hidden well behind the spices and sweetness. It’s a decent BBQ drink, but I wouldn’t recommend more than one per sitting due to the high sugar content that is unless you have a sweet tooth. Overall it is a decent hard root beer and even though it isn’t a beer; I do think it is worth trying so let me know what you think about it.


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