With my “sick mouth” fully gone now that I’ve been to the dentist I believe it’s time to start up the reviews again. My smell-o-meter is functioning at a near peak level of 70% (peak for me is probably around 80%) and I’ve got one last bottle of Sodafruit to hopefully enjoy. Today’s version of Sodafruit is Boysenberry Soda. I chose to review this last because the last 30 years of my life have left me with little information on the taste of boysenberries. The closest I’ve had to actual boysenberryies are dewberries, black berries, and raspberries. Since a boysenberry is the child of a few of those I listed I feel that I can still give an accurate taste assessment, but you won’t be seeing the sentence “this tastes exactly like boysenberry” at any other point in the article. Before I begin I’d like to list the ingredients of Sodafruit Boysenberry Soda because they are worth mentioning: Carbonated water, cane sugar, boysenberries, lemon juice, citric acid, preservative (202). Now that you know we’re dealing with some top notch ingredients (sans mystery preservative) I’ll continue. Onward!
Before I opened the bottle I upended it and saw a large amount of seed/pulp floating around. This may be a rather intense texture situation or I won’t notice the pulp at all, either way I’m excited. The soda has a robust blackberry cobbler smell to it that’s very rich on even a scent level. While I know this usually equals greatness I’m a little concerned about how rich Sodafruit Boysenberry is going to be.
The first thing I notice is that its mouth feel is a bit thicker than your regular soda. Not V8 thick by any means, but its viscosity is a bit higher than Soda-X. Sodafruit Boysenberry is also a bit harsher on the throat than Apple Crumble and Strawberry were and I think that’s to be expected due to the tart nature of the fruit used for flavoring. The taste is rich, much like biting into a juicy dew/blackberry as the sweetness overcomes how sharp the soda’s flavor is about halfway through each gulp. Much like when I reviewed the strawberry soda, the pulp I was worried about becoming a distraction has done nothing but blend into the background only to be seldom noticed.
While delicious on many levels some might find this a bit too rich for their liking. Each drink coats your mouth in boysenberry goodness, but it can feel a bit heavy at times. If I could change something about it I’d maybe make it a bit lighter with a touch more fizz. I know that adjusting the carbonation levels on a soda like this can be tricky, but I’m not dealing with science in my requests… I’m just waving a magic wand around without care. Oh look at that, Stephen Moffat has gone back to writing individual episodes of Doctor Who instead of running the series and I’ve brought back Surge. Now that I suddenly have the need to change a few things I’ll leave you with a sentence that you could have read instead of this review.
Sodafruit Boysenberry Soda is full-bodied soda with a succulent taste that permeates every crevasse of your mouth and while it isn’t syrupy a nudge toward the lighter/fizzier side wouldn’t hurt.
Verdict – Buy a Pallet
This soda supplied to us by Sodafruit
Twist spend 7 years on Knott's Berry Farm