Friday, November 9, 2012

Sioux City root beer

Background information: (from the website) "Sioux City embossed bottles were developed in 1987 and were one of the first western-themed soft drink brands in the country. This premium line of drinks boasts the leading sarsaparilla drink and other unique flavors that capture the flavor of the Old West using brightly colored ACL graphics and in either amber or flint glass. When you’re ready to belly up to the bar, reach for a thirst-quenching Sioux City."

(from the bottle) "Orca Beverage Soda Works.  Manufacturer of nostalgic gourmet glass bottle sodas.  See our authentic 50's style plant at"

Product details: 12 fl. oz.  Bottled under the authority of White Rock Products Corp., NY 11357.  160 calories, 43g sugar.  Glass bottle with twist off top. or

Ingredients: Carbonated water, cane sugar, caramel color, sodium benzoate (a preservative), natural and artificial flavor, citric acid.

My thoughts: I'll keep this one short and simple, as this root beer does nothing particularly wrong nor right to merit much discussion.  Flavor kicks off with a strong, though moderately artificial root beer flavor.  It follows that up with...nothing else.  There are no hints of extra spices or flavors.  Carbonation is good.  A bit sweet, leaving a faint syrupy sugar coating in my mouth.  Just your run-of-the-mill root beer, though at slightly higher than run-of-the-mill prices.

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

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