It’s back to the world of awesome bottle art with today’s soda review! Earlier in this sites history we reviewed Capt’n Eli’s Root Beer and while the root beer itself was tasty the art on the bottle is still one of my favorite scenes. With that said I’m very happy to see that Capt’n Eli’s Blueberry Pop has incredibly similar bottle art with the exception that young Capt’n Eli is surrounded by blueberries. In fact even his root beer barrels have been replaced by heaping barrels of blueberries, so many that I fear for the buoyancy of his boat. Now join me as I review one of my favorite flavors of soda made by a pretty darn good brand. Put on your life jacket, give Murphy the Parrot a sip of your root beer, and shove off!
I can already tell that it’s going to be a good day sailing these waters with Eli. The scent that floats out of the mouth of this bottle is unmistakably blueberry and why shouldn’t it be? Blueberry juice is the third ingredient listed, right after water and cane sugar, so you know this is about to be a fantastic experience. The aroma is deliciously sweet and not so much tart. So here’s where I give up on typing any more words that might describe the fragrance so that I may now drink.
Blueberry soda is one of the biggest gifts starting this site ever gave me. As TheSodaJerk.net historians know, and I have to believe they exist to feed my own hungry ego, I’m not keen on blueberry. Blueberry never did it for me as a fruit, but as a soda… more please. Honestly I’m not sure I’ve run into a legit blueberry soda that I didn’t like and Capt’n Eli’s Blueberry Pop is no exception either. Upon my first sip my mouth is awash with blueberry tastes, almost to the point where I expect the skins to come floating to the top with each drink. Nothing about the taste of this tastes artificial to me at all which should make sense since none of the ingredients are artificial. Ferocious, tiny bubbles attack the back of my throat reminding me at this is indeed blueberry POP and not something of a safer nature. Grape juice is also used in the making of Capt’n Eli’s Blueberry Pop and it is noticeable, but still takes a back seat to the blueberries as it should. I can’t imagine someone titling something “Blueberry” but having grape be the main attraction. It’d be like watching a Muppet special with a bunch of celebrity guests, but instead of Kermit hosting you get 90 minutes of Bronson Pinchot. While amused you’d still feel slighted at the sight of this perfect stranger. Do I care that the last analogy was forced? Not really.
Any who, while very tasty Capt’n Eli’s Blueberry Pop does have its weak points and they’re all at the end of your soda journey. As I mentioned before the blueberry flavoring is fantastic, but its finish could be improved upon greatly. The strength you experience at the beginning of each sip wilts away into sadness right before it descends into your stomach. If the flavor could maintain throughout then this would be an all-around amazing soda. Right after you experience this flavor funeral you’re greeted with a boring aftertaste as well. Is it probable that the weak flavor preceding it is the cause? Yes, I’d say so, but that’s just another reason to have a strong flavor throughout. Even with these weak points Capt’n Eli’s Blueberry Pop is still something you should try, preferably before Murphy consumes it all.
Verdict – Buy a Pack!
Faux Fact: A Parrot a day keeps Twist at bay