In the infantile days of this site (I believe we were still on LiveJournal) we reviewed A&W Root Beer Float in a bottle. I think the word that got tossed around a lot was “rancid” which left us a bit gun shy to try another Root Beer Float in a bottle. Thankfully Rocket Fizz has such a beverage and since they rarely steer me wrong I have no worries about trying it. Rocket Fizz Root Beer Float may not be the bees knees, but I can almost guarantee you that I won’t use the word “rancid” in its description. Of course it’s sweetened with pure cane sugar, but after that the ingredients become a bit to chemical or vague (natural/artificial flavors) to really care enough to go into detail. So my expectations are set carefully above “awful”… something tells me it will easily surpass them.
My nose has a hard time recognizing the “float” scent that should be coming out of the mouth of the bottle. Of course this could easily be the result of a high level of grass pollen in the air that occasionally renders my nose useless. I can smell a rich and sugary root beer flavor with something different in the background. Hopefully the “ice cream” will arrive once I take a swig.
Well it’s a heck of a lot better than A&W’s version of the same flavor. The root beer taste is burly and easily experienced, but the vanilla ice cream never shows up to the party… a different visitor must have stolen his invitation. Roasted marshmallow is the secondary flavor in this soda and he’s quite brash about his presence. You’d think that someone who was not invited to a shin did would show a bit of cowardice, but not R.M. He kicked the door open, announced his arrival, spit on the floor, and kissed root beer’s sister. It’s like he knows he doesn’t belong, but doesn’t care because he’s sure he’ll win you over… and he’s right. I really did want to try a good root beer float soda, but with every sip of root beer and roasted marshmallow I care less and less that the ice cream taste is absent. It’s an odd combination on virtual paper that works like gangbusters in my mouth. Perhaps I should retool that last sentence, better not as then this sentence wouldn’t make any sense.
Are there faults to Rocket Fizz Root Beer Float? Well aside from the fact that it doesn’t exactly taste as the label states, yes there are. The root beer flavor, while good, could be richer, creamier, just better in general for one. A somewhat syrupy mouth feel is my last impression of the beverage. I wouldn’t say it’s the velvet curtain I so often describe, but perhaps a sheer curtain used for fog effects. All in all Rocket Fizz Root Beer Float is something out of the ordinary and I suggest you buy multiples to share.
Verdict – Buy a Pack