Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Presidential Debate Root Beer Review! HANKS!






Tonight is the first presidential debate between Obama and Romney.  What better way to celebrate than by reviewing a root beer.  Since it’s a presidential debate I chose an all American root beer from our founding father’s location of Philadelphia, PA.  Hank’s Gourmet Root Beer it is!
Hank’s root beer was first introduced in 1996.  I’ve done several reviews of root beers and many brews come from companies that produce alcoholic beverages and root beers.   From what I can tell or read about, they do not.  That’s alone adds points for me.  

Philly is billed as the birthplace of root beer!  From their website this is what they say about their brew:  The flavor for Hank’s was developed from an old Philadelphia root beer recipe. Pure cane sugar and gourmet quality ingredients enhance the body, head, mouth feel, and flavor. Hank’s has created the richest, smoothest, and creamiest soda possible. A true gourmet root beer.
As I popped the top on this brew I was expecting a huge whiff of root beer aroma.  It was not fully aromatic but it was pleasant.  The color was as expected from most root beers.  It was hidden well in it’s brown bottle with very nice logo and embossed glass bottle.  Also a plus.  As I poured it had what I would call a perfect “head”, not too much, not too little.  My first taste was swishing around my palate was very nice.  It was the perfect sweetness.  Again, not too sweet but sweet enough.  The use of cane sugar may have helped here.  Traditionally my favorite brews use honey.  All in all, I really enjoyed this root beer.  My favorite part was the “chug”.  This is a definite chugging root beer.  The carbonation was also perfect. 


Hanks touts they are a gourmet brew.  I agree.  The cost of ownership is $23.99 per 12 pack.  If you love root beer and have never had it, spend the money!
Since in my opinion there is no perfect brew equaling  100% perfection I have to give one negative to not give the full score of 5 frosty mugs.  That negative is there is a slight aftertaste and lasted about ½ hours.  With that being said,  I score Hanks a 4.5 Frosty Mugs.  I believe this is the highest rating I have given to a root beer.

 I expect tonight’s debates to be interesting but they will be much better with more Hanks.  Sadly, this review took my last one.  Anyway,
Hanks a lot!

~Marc

1 comment:

GourmetRootBeer said...

Wonderful review. Hanks is my favorite as well, originally scored at 4.5, after 150+ brews, I went back and found it was still the best, if that didn't merit a 5, I figured nothing will.