Soda Reviews

Bedford's Ginger Beer

Two things ring true today.  I have a headache and the bottle in front of me has more Olde English font on it than I’ve ever seen.  The font reads Bedford’s Ginger Beer as well as “robust flavor” and “Port Angeles Washington since 1984”.  There’s not a world where “robust flavor” ever needs to be in an olde English font.

I'm starting to think my reviews are getting poor due to lack of mascot.

Bedford’s Ginger Beer has cane sugar as it’s sweetener and “Natural Ginger Flavor” as its flavor maker.  If I can’t buy a “Flavor Maker” online the world has failed me.  I don’t care what a “flavor maker” does, but it needs to exist.

Well the good news is that it smells like a Ginger Beer.  The bad news is that it smells a little like a household cleaner, but not enough that I’m scared to try it.

Pretty decent taste with this one and a considerable burn.  The front end is pretty refreshing, a nice cool treat even.  There’s a slight ginger taste for a split second then the fire roars to life and takes the life of the refreshment.  

Strangely enough the fire is fairly non-descript in flavor and just causes an overall burn of the mouth.  One that lasts well after the soda has been consumed.  I say all this because normally this burn has a ginger sensation to it, but this time it’s absent.  

Wait… why do the ingredients say “Natural Ginger Flavor”, but don’t mention any actual ginger?  Is that why the burn lacks in substance?  How does one make a natural ginger flavor without ginger?  I really need to stop before I head down this rabbit hole because I’ll go crazy.

Man, this has been a pretty sorry review so I’ll try to make these last few sentences concise.

Bedford’s Ginger Beer is an ok beverage and a slightly above average ginger beer.  The flavor profile is alright, but nothing to write home about… as evidenced by my lack of good review.

Sigh, if the first half experience of this soda was bottled it’d be good then boring, so I’m glad they spiced it up with some burning action.  Sadly the burning action takes away any memory I had of the intro words words words.

You see what happened there, I disliked this review so much I stopped it for no reason.

Verdict - Buy a Bottle

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I bought this at a Shell Gas Station

Hippo Size Big Black Cherry

I really thought I’d reviewed more Hippo Size beverages.  Apparently this wasn’t even close to the truth as I’ve only reviewed one by my count.  Within that one time I’ve made Hippo Size beverages a fantastic memory.  Honestly I don’t remember if I liked Hippo Size or not, but it does have a hippo on the label so that’s always a positive.  Another positive is that they use cane sugar to sweeten and dark sweet cherry extract to flavor… sounds pretty good honestly.

Perhaps I'll get a tiny hippo as my travel mascot.

The aroma that pours out is velvety sweet and rich with cherry.  Decadent is a fantastic word to describe the scent so I’ll use it.  The scent is downright decadent.

A rush of black cherry flavor on the front end is quickly followed up with a swift burst of tiny bubbles.  Then nothingness.  Let me take another sip and see if that was a fluke.  Nope, the third act was cancelled.  

That’s so very odd.  It’s like if you’re reading a good book and the last third of the pages are torn out.  My brain is having issue comprehending that my mouth is telling it the drinking experience is over.

Let me be clear that this is a wonderful black cherry soda that I would happily purchase again.  Let me also clarify that after I take a sip I still taste something, but it’s not an after taste… it’s just the flavor I got in the middle.  

I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that I’m doing a pretty poor job of describing this oddity, so I’ll stop trying.  

Hippo Size Big Black Cherry is a wonderful beverage packed with flavor and fizz. The mouthfeel is fun, the aroma is pungent in the best way possible and the bottle has a hippo on it.  I’m not sure I’ve had a better black cherry soda in the past couple years.

Verdict - Buy a Pallet

~A

This was purchased at a Shell Gas Station