I’ve had a few of the Hank’s line of sodas before, but there’s just something about the phrase “Hank’s Root Beer” that works out really well. Hank sounds like a root beer making fool. Someone who probably started tinkering with it in his kitchen until friends requested it by name. “Hey, have you tried any of Hank’s root beer?” “I’m making a stop in Greenville on the way to Springtown. Yeah, of course I’m stopping by Hank’s place. His root beer is great.” See? All of that seems really natural. I really wish that this was just called Hank’s Root Beer, but the full name is sadly “Genuine Hank’s Gourmet Philadelphia Recipe Root Beer”. That’s far too complicated. Thankfully though, the overly long name doesn’t change the fact that this is a root beer made with cane sugar. Not “pure cane sugar” or “100% natural cane sugar”, just cane sugar. At least they kept that simple.
The scent that comes off of the bottle upon opening shares the aroma qualities you’d find in a creamy root beer while simultaneously smelling like a root beer with some bite. I’ve learned when these two properties share a home that the one that bites is usually the winner in the taste contest on your tongue. Let’s find out if that’s the case.
Hank’s Root Beer does have a bit of a punch to it as I thought it would, but I was incorrect in thinking the aggressive side of the root beer would overshadow the creaminess. There is a vanilla backdrop that hangs there during the entire act as both “Creamy” and “Bitey” act out their parts on stage. Since “Bitey’s” mom dressed him in the same color as the backdrop, it’s “Creamy” that ultimately steals the show. Which is the worse name for an actual child, Creamy or Bitey? Anywho, the smooth sensation of vanilla coupled with the ultimately creamy mouth feel of this root beer really make it a beverage to try. The sweetness level tastes like it’s on the higher end of the spectrum, but it’s nothing that makes your teeth feel like they’re going to rot out of your mouth if you drink a bottle or two. I’m quite pleased with this bottle of Hank’s Root Beer. It doesn’t do anything particularly amazing, but what it does do it does very well.
Verdict – Buy a Pack