A few weeks ago the fine folks at Pure Sodaworks sent me a six pack sampler of soda. Thankfully, one of the most difficult decisions I make is which soda to drink first when I’ve never reviewed one from a particular brand. The way I usually tackle this issue is to try their root beer or cola first. It’s with those two flavors that the attention to detail can really be appreciated. For instance, Pure Sodaworks has a Strawberry Jalapeno flavor that I’m dying to try. That wacky flavor combination is already hyping up the brand for me, but I want to see what they can do with a flavor that everyone makes… root beer. To be specific this is Root Beer #4, I have no idea why it’s Root Beer #4 it just is.
Looking at the coloration of the beverage it’s lighter than I’d think a root beer would be, but I do see some sediment at the bottom of the bottle so I’m excited about that. Looking at the ingredients list I see that this contains Sparkling Water, Pure Cane Sugar, Molasses, Herbs and Spices, and Citric Acid. That my friends is a 100% Natural Root Beer. No sodium benzoate or artificial flavors to be found here. Lighter color be darned, I’m ready to find out what made #4 so much better than numbers one through three.
I upend the bottle to swirl around the spices. The scent that gently wafts from the mouth is one of the most unique root beer scents I’ve experienced to date. It’s a root beer that smells like Christmas. The aroma is something I would like to duplicate in a potpourri, but at the same time it’s pushing me to consume it as a rapid pace. Since I don’t have the time for arts and crafts today, I guess I’ll just have to drink it.
I just typed two curse words and deleted them. This is amazing root beer. This is possibly the best first sip I’ve ever taken and I’m ready to go back for more. Molasses seeps into each sip keeping me grounded in the fact that this is indeed a root beer and not just a hodge podge of spice and flavor. What I can only assume is ginger swirls about and creates the lightest of burns with each sip taken. It’s just enough to keep my mouth alive and aware of what’s happening. The more I drink it though the harder the molasses has to work as the initial root beer flavoring is vanishing as all the other flavors present begin to build on one another. This tastes less and less like a root beer and more like sweet spiced tea. How is this metamorphosis even possible? I guess if a caterpillar can become a butterfly then root beer to tea isn’t that much of a stretch.
We’ve reached an odd point in the review. I’ve never had a root beer transform into tea about halfway through the bottle. Within my last few sips I couldn’t even recognize that it was a root beer at all. Even the aftertaste is that of spiced tea… so very bizarre.
While it was playing the role of Root Beer #4 the flavors were both unique and familiar. The carbonation was at just the right level of fun and the whole thing seemed like it was destined for our highest rating. Then the breakdown occurred. A blurry line stood between root beer and spiced tea, with the latter taking out the former with the skill of an assassin. I don’t know how that happened, but the drink was good. Confusing, but still very good. With that said I definitely recommend this to all. You’ll taste a beverage unlike any other and you’ll be a better person for it.
Verdict – Buy a Pack
This soda supplied to us by Pure Sodaworks