Tuesday, November 6, 2012

White Rose root beer

Background information: (from this website) "Galco’s White Rose soda brand pays homage to the history of the Los Angeles’ Highland Park neighborhood in and outside of the bottle.

The re-created White Rose label is based on a 1930s-era label from a water and soda bottling company that began in Highland Park in the early 1900s. The Rose Springs Water and White Rose Soda were bottled up until the late 1960s on Figueroa Street (near Sycamore Grove Park) at the base of the Southwest Museum.  As part of Highland Park’s water legacy, many water companies used the creeks and springs that fed into the nearby Arroyo Seco River. Interestingly enough, North Branch Creek also ran just behind where Galco’s is located today further interlinking these two places and two histories.

Bottled for Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, White Rose Root Beer and Cream Soda are extremely limited editions.  Additional soda flavors will be produced for this new line of “Highland Park’s Own” sodas in the near future."

(also from the website) "White Rose Root Beer is the latest from Galco’s own private line of sodas. Commissioned by owner John Nese – who helped direct the flavor – White Rose Root Beer is a full-bodied root beer with more of a sarsaparilla than sugary finish, which, as John says, will take you back to the “good old days.”

This is a root beer without a foamy top, but rather, a flavor that deliciously lingers in your mouth. Refreshing and satisfying!"

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  White Rose Springs Bottled for Soda Pop Stop.  120 calories, 30g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top.  www.sodapopstop.com

Ingredients: Filtered Carbonated Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Citric Acid, Caramel Color.

My thoughts: I'm having a really hard time nailing down the flavor of this drink.  It has a pleasantly medium root beer flavor, but could use a little more strength.  The aftertaste is puzzling.  I can sense some vanilla in there, but it has something else going on as well (it may be the sarsaparilla taste the company claims).  There is also a hint of the carbonated water aftertaste I don't like.  The sugar content is one of the lowest I've seen so far, but the sweetness feels right on and the beverage feels light and airy. Carbonation is spot on and this root beer goes down smooth.  While I feel that the initial flavor could use some help, and the carbonated water aftertaste could stand some covering up, I like where this root beer is going.  It was a nice and refreshing change from some of the heavier root beers I've been drinking lately.

Rating: B-
flavor: C+
aftertaste: B-
sweetness: A
smoothness: B
carbonation: B+

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