Without looking I can already tell you the last several sodas we’ve reviewed have all been root beer or cream soda based beverages. I thought about bucking that trend today, but instead of shocking your brains too much I’ll ease out of the root beer/cream soda genre with a tall orange bottle of Hank’s Orange Cream Soda. This fancy looking bottle contains a liquid that has two things going for it; the first is that it’s sweetened with cane sugar. Secondly, Hank’s uses orange juice concentrate in the making of their orange cream soda… something I haven’t seen before. I’m curious if this will be as smooth as other orange cream or “dreamsicle” sodas since actual orange juice is in play here. Only in time will we find out.
Either I’m getting weaker or these twist off caps are getting harder to remove. Yeesh. Hank’s OCS delivers in the scent department by giving my snout a tremendous amount of both orange and vanilla aroma. The dogs wrestling behind me can’t even pry my attention away from this beverage.
Forget what that last guy said about this not being a smooth orange cream. That last guy was crazy, as this is a very smooth soda. There is an initial burn on the tip of my tongue created by the enclosed fizz, but quickly it disintegrates into a creamy citrus slide. If someone were to ask me if I thought this had orange juice concentrate in it I’d probably say it didn’t. The orange flavor doesn’t really attack your throat like it would in juice form. Instead it appears in front of you wrapped up in just enough vanilla that you have a hard time figuring out if it’s the real thing or not. The orange vanilla hug that happens in this bottle continues its embrace down my gullet. The two flavors are inseparable and work in tandem throughout each sip.
The finish of Hank’s OCS leaves something to be desired as it develops a somewhat “fake” taste near the end that only worsens until you take another swig, starting the experience back over again. I’m a little weary of my final gulp seeing as I won’t have anything left to reset the taste. Perhaps I’ll open this extra People Water I have lying around. All in all Hank’s OCS is a tasty soda with some shortcomings here and there. Shortcomings included this should still be in your fridge in multiples.
Verdict – Buy a Pack
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