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Il Vicino

Root Beer

Pizzeria: 3403 Central Ave, NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico 505-266-7855

Brewery: 11225 Montgomery, NE, Albuquerque, NM  87111    505-271-0882


        Another ABQ micro-brew, available also at Il Vicino's nice pizza restaurant.  Brewed by Doug Cochran and Brady McKeown.



        No head to speak of. Very herby -- "I like that," says Nancy -- with tiny bubble burn cutting into the carbonation and smoothness scores. Wintergreen highlights in sweet wind-down to slightly oversweet aftertaste, with a bubble-gummy finish. "Complex, rich and spicy," opines Nancy. This has matured and sweetened since the aggressively herby brew I first tried here in 2003, but they are still working out the sweetness thing.


Luke's Numbers (5/2/06)



Sweetness  8

Carbonation  7

Rootiness  8

Smoothness  7

Aftertaste  7

Over-all mouthfeel  7  

Over-all Flavor 7.5    

Over-all Root Beer Experience  7.5 

Over-all average  7.38

Rank:  65 of 161


Ingredients:   They won't let on.


Acquired:  At both the Pizzeria on 3403 Central, NE, and at the brewery itself, at 11225 Montgomery, NE.


Available:   As far as I know, only at these spots, though the Il Vicino homepage lists several other Il Vicino locations, including 2 in Santa Fe, ones in Denver and Littleton, Colorado; and others in Wichita, Kansas and Clayton, Missouri.



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