Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer

Small Town Brewery Not Your Father’s Root Beer

Brewed by: Small Town Brewery

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: Ale
  • Variation: Spiced
  • Seasonal: No
  • ABV: 5.9%
  • IBU: N/A

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Silky, smooth and satisfying finish is unmatched in flavor. It appeals to craft beer aficionados as well as those who don’t typically drink beer but crave something unique.

Hops: N/A

Malts: N/A

Additional: Vanilla and honey

More Not Your Father’s Root Beer Images

First Impressions

Artwork: A turn of the century fellow standing with his cane next to a barrel of root beer.

Color: Just like root beer. Dark, dark brown.

Aroma: Just like root beer. A minute hint of booziness.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 12 oz. Bottle

Served in: Pint Glass

The buzz around Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer has taken off like a rocket in the last few months. The brewery is fresh off a deal with Pabst Blue Ribbon for increased national distribution. Craft beer shops are building walls of this stuff, and they’re coming down fast.

We were interested, but still had our reservations about Not Your Father’s Root Beer.

Was this beer too gimmicky? Did PBR actually start this brewery up grassroots style to make it appear like a craft operation? And mostly, we were not sure how to approach it – a hard root beer (soda), or a beer with spices in it?

To answer that question, Not Your Father’s Root Beer was branded as an “ale with the taste of spices.” Or as the bottom of the 6 pack carrier said, “we like to think of it as a dark ale with vanilla and honey notes.”

Either way they want to pitch it, this beer tasted exactly like traditional root beer soda. The short version of this review could could have been:

Looks just like root beer, pours just like root beer, smells just like root beer, tastes just like root beer.

When poured, Not Your Father’s Root Beer behaved just like a soda, with a thin head of large popping fizz that disappeared almost instantly. Its incredibly soft mouthfeel was more pleasing than an actual root beer soda.

Was this root beer boozy? If you really looked for it in the aroma, it was there. The finish got rich, like it was infused with extra vanilla, where you could find a hint of alcohol if you searched it out.

At first we started drinking with big sips to explore this new libation, but its sweetness started to slow us down. Not Your Father’s Root Beer was cloying, and we quickly learned it was meant to be enjoyed as a slow sipper.

Not Your Father’s Root Beer became pretty sugary, and that tongue coating “I drank too much soda” feeling was right around the corner. We can’t imagine drinking more than one of these in a row, but that soda-like syrupiness left us feeling strangely satisfied.

That was our main knock on Not Your Father’s Root Beer – its sugary, syrupy, sweetness came to be too much for us. But in fairness, we are not big soda drinkers, and began missing more of the “real ale” characteristics you would find in a true beer.

Are you worried you may not like Not Your Father’s Root Beer, or isn’t your thing? Just go try it, and worst case scenario your weird friend who doesn’t like beer will gladly take it off your hands if you’re not into it.

Final Score: 3.5/5

3.5 Stars

Small Town Brewery’s Not Your Father’s Root Beer was probably the best root beer either of us ever had. And it even contained alcohol — that you could barely tell was in in there. Its sweetness was too overpowering to be sessionable, but it definitely worked as a dessert beer.

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