Guest reviewer and vintage soda enthusiast George Tsakiridis returns with another review.
Right from the start, I am drawn to the bottle, but for different reasons from the appeal of 76′s tall 16 oz container. Pop Shoppe sodas come in a short cylinder that fits nicely in the palm of your hand. The label harkens one back to yesteryear, with the spelling “Shoppe” adding to the retro effect. Molded into the actual glass is a series of diamonds, which as a Chicagoan, makes me think one of our famous hot dog establishments, Superdawg. A vertical phrase on the bottle states “Takes one to know one.” I’ll leave the interpretation to you. The Pop Shoppe was originally founded in 1969, but was later relaunched in 2004 out of Ontario, Canada. Learn more about them via their website, which if I may say so, is a little funky.
As for what’s inside, this particular variety contains 58 grams of sugars and 60 g of carbohydrates, but if you’re drinking soda, does it really matter as long as it tastes good? The ingredients are as follows: Carbonated Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate (Preservative), Gum Acacia, Natural Flavors, Ester Gum, Mixed Triglycerides, Yellow 5, Sodium Citrate.
Now for the taste; this bottle comes with a screw-off cap, which is convenient, with little arrows showing that you should twist counterclockwise, as if we all don’t know “righty tighty, lefty loosy.” I open the bottle to a small carbonation release and can smell the fruit before I even take the cap off. The aroma is definitely pineapple, and smells fairly authentic. Pineapple is one of those flavors that is not quite as mainstream, so I am both excited and curious how this will turn out.
Wow, it really does taste like pineapple! There is a decent amount of carbonation, but it clears quickly, and I do taste some sweetener in the aftertaste which could be the HFCS, but initially it really does taste like carbonated pineapple juice. Not bad at all. If you like pineapple I think you will like this drink. As with many drinks, as you drink on, it loses that initial “pop” of flavor, but not bad.
In the end, this is a winner. The Pop Shoppe Pineapple Soda features a great bottle, good carbonation, and fairly good taste. If it weren’t for the slight aftertaste on the sweetener, I would be raving even more. I recommend it for those who enjoy fruit sodas, as well as pineapple, but just be aware of the sweeteners used if you are averse to HFCS.
Full Disclosure: This beverage was provided compliments of Old 52 General Store