Not Your Father’s Root Beer is Small Town Brewery’s attempt at having your favorite childhood beverage grow up with you. This brew was destined for adult “root beer” floats from the very beginning. Just add 2 scoops of Not Your Mother’s Vanilla Ice Cream and enjoy a blast from the past. While I will not be contributing to the legions of Not Your Father’s Root Beer Float social media posts, I can’t pass up the opportunity to try one of the most interesting gimmick beers to date.
This beer pours a dark, translucent brown with no trace of a head. The aroma is classic root beer with strong notes of vanilla, anise, liquorice, molasses, and cinnamon. Judging off appearance and aroma alone, this could be easily mistaken for classic non-alcoholic root beer.
The flavor is also right on point with the root beer experience. The profile begins with an intensely sweet molasses and vanilla character that fades into liquorice. A sensation that I can only describe as horseradish mint overtakes the sweetness and settles into a roasted malt finish. The texture is light and velvety with a moderate level of carbonation. It tastes like root beer…
Small Town Brewery proves that liquor isn’t the only libation that can make soft drinks fun! They do such a great job of simulating the root beer experience that I’m not so sure that this even qualifies as beer. Some questions are better left not asking… This beer is best enjoyed at your favorite barcade with a rock and roll animatronic rat and pizza.
- Appearance: Dark Brown, No Head
- Aroma: Root Beer, Vanilla, Anise, Liquorice, Molasses, Cinnamon
- Flavor: Root Beer, Vanilla, Molasses, Liquorice, Mint, Roasted Malt
- Mouthfeel: Light, Velvety, Moderate Carbonation
- ABV: 5.9%
- Size/Price: 6 pack 12 oz. / $10-$11
- Score: 88