Americana Cherry Cola Review

Americana Cherry Cola

Brand: Americana
Flavor: Cherry Cola
Sweetener: Pure Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Cola, cherry, smooth
Similar To: Sprecher’s Cherry Cola

I’m quickly becoming a huge fan of Americana sodas. I enjoyed their Honey Cream and I also enjoyed their Cherry Cola. Nothing beats a freshly made cherry coke/cola from a restaurant. While I have yet to find a bottled or canned cherry cola match that same grenadine-heavy enjoyment that you can find hand-made in popular eateries, Americana Cherry Cola is nonetheless an enjoyable and very good cherry cola. This lightly carbonated cherry cola is sweetened with Pure Cane Sugar and has a smooth cherry taste. The cherry flavor is right on queue, it’s not too strong, not too subtle but it melds well with the cola flavor. The carbonation is not too strong – it’s finely carbonated like a Sprecher’s soda if you’ve had one. If you’re a fan of cherry cola’s then you should make an effort to try an Americana Cherry Cola.

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Posted in 4 stars, Americana, Cherry Cola, Cola | Leave a comment

Zuberfizz Key Lime Cream Soda Review

Brand: Zuberfizz
Flavor: Key lime cream
Sweetener: Pure cane sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: Stewart’s Key Lime Soda

Bottled in Durango, Colorado, Zuberfizz Key Lime Cream Soda is a “classic draft soda” that I couldn’t help but want to try. For starters, key lime and cream are two of my favorite flavors in soda and I had yet to try a combination of the two. The soda’s bottle is also quite charming and has a nice old-fashioned design and appealing color scheme. I opened this bottle and was at first surprised by the soda’s color. The bottle is a dark brown so I assumed the soda would be a light brownish color like a traditional cream soda. I was wrong, however, as this soda is colored bright green due to the key lime flavor. After my first taste, I could definitely distinguish both the cream and lime flavors. Both are present but are quite subdued and subtle. I wish they had been stronger and packed more of a punch. Also, the lime flavor here is just that: lime. It is not really key lime despite the bottle’s claims to the contrary. I have still only tasted one soda that had true key lime flavor and that was Stewart’s Key Lime (which is really delicious, by the way). Zuberfizz’s Key Lime Soda was also a little lacking in the fizz department, which was disappointing considering the “Feel the fizz!” wording on the label. For the most part, this flavor of Zuberfizz is tasty but fails to make a lasting impression.

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Posted in 3 stars, Cream Soda, Fruit, Review, Zuberfizz | Leave a comment

Faygo Rock & Rye Soda Review

Faygo Rock & Rye
Brand: Faygo
Flavor: Rock & Rye
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Sweet, Creamy
Similar To: Barq’s Red Creme Soda

If you’ve ever had a Faygo Original Rock & Rye, or a Barq’s Red Creme Soda, you will understand how difficult it is to describe the flavor of this soda. It’s not like anything else. Faygo Rock & Rye has been described as a “cream finished cola”, however I have a hard time detecting cola as a main or even base flavor of this soda. This is a smooth and enjoyable soda. The flavor is somewhere in between a cola, cream soda, and just a hint of a cherry and vanilla. Beyond that it is an extremely hard soda flavor to describe without experiencing it for yourself. It is a great and unique tasting soda, fun to drink, refreshing and tastes great. I’m not sure why it carries the name “Rock & Rye”, but it describes this flavor just as good as any other name would. Definitely worth a try if you happen to cross paths with a Faygo Rock & Rye.

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Posted in 3 stars, Cola, Cream Soda, Faygo, Review | 2 Comments

Dublin Dr. Pepper Review

Brand: Dr. Pepper
Flavor: Dublin Dr. Pepper
Sweetener: Imperial Cane Sugar
Size: 8 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: None

A year or two ago, I remember walking down the soda aisle at a grocery store and spotting a few 20-ounce plastic bottles of something called Heritage Dr. Pepper. This Dr. Pepper was made with real sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup. My interest piqued, I bought a bottle to give it a shot. I remember it not tasting much different than the regular Dr. Pepper that I know and love. When I went back to the store a few days later in an attempt to do a side-by-side comparison of regular and Heritage Dr. Pepper, I was disappointed to see that they had none left in stock. I haven’t seen Heritage Dr. Pepper since. Here I am, a year or two later with a bottle of Dublin Dr. Pepper. I’m not sure if Dublin Dr. Pepper and Heritage Dr. Pepper are the same thing or if the sugar used to make each of them is slightly different. Dublin Dr. Pepper is sweetened with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar. It is named Dublin Dr. Pepper because it is made in Dublin, Texas using the original Dr. Pepper formula. Much like the Heritage Dr. Pepper I tried a little while ago, I couldn’t tell much of difference between the Dublin Dr. Pepper and regular Dr. Pepper. I should have probably tried them side-by-side. Having said that, I have long loved regular Dr. Pepper so I enjoyed the Dublin variety quite a bit. It was highly carbonated and very refreshing. If you aren’t very fond of Dr. Pepper, the Dublin variety probably won’t do much to change your mind, though. I’m hoping to track down another bottle so I can do a comparison. In any event, Dublin Dr. Pepper is highly recommended by me especially for anyone that loves regular Dr. Pepper.

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Posted in 5 stars, Dr. Pepper, Review | 1 Comment

Hot Lips Apple Soda Review

Brand: Hot Lips
Flavor: Apple
Sweetener: Cane sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Liberty Heights Fresh
Similar To: Apple Beer

Originally founded as a pizza company in 1984, Hot Lips has also been making sodas since 2005. Their apple soda is the first one I’ve tried and I came away pretty satisfied. For starters, the soda is made with real apples from the Northwestern United States. When you tip the bottle over, you can see chunks of apple pulp drift slowly downward. I was surprised and impressed by how much apple pulp there was and by how large the apple chunks were–there is definitely real fruit in this soda. According to the Hot Lips website, their apple soda has the taste of fresh pressed cider. I found this to be quite accurate. The soda is very flavorful and goes down quite smoothly thanks to the light carbonation. For comparison’s sake, Apple Beer is a little more sour and tangy than this and much more heavily carbonated. The only downside to the Hot Lips Apple soda is that a 12-ounce bottle is fairly expensive–I think I paid around between $2.50 and $3 for a single bottle. I’ll have to hunt around and see if I can find it cheaper, since this soda is definitely worth returning to. I can’t wait to try the other Hot Lips varieties. They’re all made with real fruit from the Northwest!

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Posted in 4 stars, Fruit, Hot Lips, Review | Leave a comment

Squamscot Cola Soda Review

Squamscot Cola
Brand: Squamscot
Flavor: Cola
Sweetener: Cane Sugar
Size: 12 oz Bottle
Cost: $1.99
Purchased At: Rocket Fizz
Flavor Notes: Nothing memorable, “not good”, almost undrinkable

I don’t want to sound too harsh here but Squamscot Cola is a soda best left in history or on the shelf. This is the second Squamscot soda that I have had and I’ve been pretty disappointed with both. They’re just not very good. First, they have a funny name. Second, their flavors are not very good. I could not finish this cola. I can finish just about anything, but not this cola and I love cola sodas. When the flavor of a soda is bad, they can cheat their way through it by over sweetening it. This wasn’t even the case with Squamscot Cola. It had neither a good cola taste nor did it compensate for the bitter and poor flavor with sweetness. It is entirely possible that I just had a bad bottle, if you’ve had a Squamscot Cola and had a different experience please comment.

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Posted in 1 star, Cola, Review, Squamscot | 1 Comment

Filbert’s Peach Soda Review

Brand: Filbert’s
Flavor: Peach
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 12 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: Nesbitt’s Peach Soda

My first impression of Filbert’s Peach soda was not very good. The label on the bottle was crooked and the design on the label looked like it was made in Microsoft Paint by an 8th grader. Needless to say, I wasn’t impressed by the presentation. I was willing to give the Filbert’s Peach the benefit of the doubt, though, because I knew that the Filbert’s brand has been around for a long time (since 1926) and is considered by some to be one of the quintessential vintage soda brands. I figured that any brand that has been around for that long must taste at least pretty good, despite the poorly designed logo and label. After my first sip of the soda, I had to double check the label to make sure this wasn’t actually Filbert’s Orange since the taste reminded me of a melted orange popsicle. No, it actually was Filbert’s Peach that I was drinking. Where then was the peach flavor? After a couple more sips, I was finally able to detect a faint hint of peach flavor. It was pretty artificial tasting and was mostly overpowered by the sugary orange taste. After finishing the bottle, I concluded that the reason that Filbert’s has making soda since 1926 probably has nothing to do with this oddly flavored peach soda. I’m looking forward to trying other flavors of Filbert’s since they’re bound to be better than this.

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Posted in 2 stars, Filbert's, Fruit | Leave a comment

Fentimans Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger Review

Brand: Fentimans
Flavor: Mandarin and Seville Orange
Sweetener: Sugar
Size: 9.3 ounce bottle
Purchased At: Old 52
Similar To: None

Mandarin and Seville Orange Jigger (quite a mouthful) is another one of of Fentimans’ botanically brewed sodas. The soda is a bright orange-yellow color and a quick look at the ingredients reveals why–it is made with real mandarin juice concentrate as well as seville orange extracts. Unlike most sodas, you actually need to shake this one a little bit before drinking because the natural fruit bits tend to settle on the bottom of the bottle. My first taste of the jigger (I’m not sure why it’s called jigger since a jigger is a unit of measurement) revealed that the taste stays very true to the look: this is essentially an orange juice soda. Like Fentimans Curiosity Cola, this drink contains ginger and other herbal extracts. Unlike the cola, however, those ingredients are barely noticeable here. What is noticeable, though, are the satisfying mandarin and orange flavors. The carbonation is pretty mellow but still adds a nice zing to the soda which finishes with a very slight bitterness that one would expect when eating a real orange. Fentimans has done it again and created a very distinctive soda that is different but still manages to taste good.

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Posted in 4 stars, Fentimans, Fruit | 3 Comments