As I’ve stated before, a quick way to make me excited about a soda is to give it a snazzy western theme. Old Red Eye Root Beer (Since 1948 for those who care) does a pretty great job in western theming in the name alone. The label looks like it would feel more at home as restaurant signage, but that’s fantastic in its own right.
Just like the cowboys were, Old Red Eye is sweetened with cane sugar and include a dash of chemicals. You’re correct in thinking that comparison to cowboys didn’t make any sense, however I’m betting you’ll forget about that by the end of the review.
Smells like root beer. I even had a random passer by smell the bottle and those were his exact words. It does have a little hint of wintergreen to it, but it took a couple of huffs to sniff that one out.
Wow, that has quite a bit of wintergreen in it. While a bit too powerful for my liking the strength of the wintergreen thankfully does not mask the actual root beer I set out to enjoy. Each time I raise the bottle to my lips it’s like a punch in the mouth. First with the wintergreen left and then with the root beer right. A carbonated uppercut is what follows to try and knock me out and it probably could if the flavor was richer.
Other than the wintergreen taste my only complain is that the flavor seems thin. Please don’t take this to mean it’s not flavorful. I’d compare it to a wall that needs a second coat of paint. Sure the wall is painted and bright, but it could be so much richer and vibrant.
All in all (as I seem to type more and more at this point of the review) Old Red Eye Root Beer is serviceable and would be a decent grab if you found it at a gas station.
Verdict - Buy a Bottle
This soda was purchased at a Shell Gasoline Station
OH WAIT THERE'S TOTALLY A STORY ABOUT A BULL ON THE LABEL!
"Legend has it, there was a craggy old bull named Red Eye - with a glint and a gnarly attitude, he could only be coaxed from his pen to do his daily duties when a brave soul would pop open a bottle of his favorite root beer, pour it in his tin bowl, then run like heck before being stomped. Red Eye preferred his root beer frosty cold."
Ok, there you have it. I couldn't finish the review without including the story.