Mike’s Hard Root Beer

Reviewed by on July 17, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Mike's Hard Lemonade Co.

  • Origin: Chicago, IL, US

  • Rated On: July 17, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Hard Root Beer

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Apparently this producer of coolers (essentially) has gone and procured some malted barley and hop extract to go and make a real-boy beer, albeit a soda-adjacent one.  Ah well, the proof shall be in the pudding, or something.

This 355ml can pours a clear, dark red-brick tinted brown colour, with two fingers of only fizzy off-white head, which does what fizz does, and fizzes away in a mere instant, leaving absolutely nothing in the way lace in the vicinity of the glass.

It smells of sharp sarsaparilla and cinnamon spice, sugary-sweet caramel, minty chewing gum, and a very hard to track down earthiness (hops? Ha!). The taste is bready and slightly grainy caramel/toffee malt, a reduced Barq’s root beer zinginess (cinnamon, clove, and allspice), more than a bit of pithy mustiness, and some additional and very plain leafy, weedy, and dead floral bitterness (so, good, I guess?).  The carbonation is typical of the associated beverage, in terms of its quickly evaporating frothiness, the body an adequate medium weight, and mostly smooth, the sugary component ensuring that my tastebuds know nothing better. It finishes sweet, but not overly so, the lingering spice and general earthiness doing well enough to provide a semblance of counterbalance.

Overall, I’m a tad surprised at the vector this company chose to produce this bandwagon-friendly offering, but satisfied in their eventual rendition – this is indeed a mix of beer and root beer flavours, which results in a not particularly sweet, easy-drinking affair – but with a basically undetectable booze factor, y’know?

Brady White

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