What a find! I bought this along with a pile of other glass bottle sodas on a great sale at Albertson’s grocery store. Coming in at 80 cents for the bottle I didn’t have high expectations, but I liked this one so much I’m giving it it’s own review instead of lumping with in the Bargain Bottle Brawl I had anticipated.
Americana is what I would call the flagship brand produced by the Orca Beverage company in Mukilteo, Washington. I love having such an interesting bottler in my backyard. What’s doubly cool is that they chose to produce a flavor that’s very representative of the Northwest. Huckleberries are so much a part of the Northwest that they’re the state fruit of Idaho. I remember seeing huckleberry ice cream, huckleberry wine, and huckleberry soap the last time I visited Idaho…it’s everywhere.
Huckleberries are tart, and somewhat similar to blueberries. To me, they don’t carry that antioxidant bitterness of a blueberry, so the taste finishes clean and sweet with some lingering tartness. I’ve never tried anything huckleberry “flavored”, just foods with huckleberries in them, so I assumed this would come across as a bit cloying and generically berry flavored. I was very very wrong.
While it’s not a dry soda, it’s also not ridiculously sweet. There’s enough cane sugar to balance the tartness of the huckleberries. Yeah, it actually tastes like huckleberries! It’s a bright summery flavor with plenty of carbonation, a classy label, and a reasonable price. I also loved the dark lavender color. I will definitely buy and drink this soda again and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it to anyone looking for a good berry soda.
This is a soda for Orca Beverage to hang their hat on and be proud. They nailed the flavor and may have created a new beverage ambassador for the Northwest. I give it a solid 8 out of 10.
Sampled on 10/23/2016, purchased at Albertson’s grocery store for 80 cents.
Thank U 4 making this bottle of soda, that’s out of this world.
It take me back 2 my grand-parent who lived in Idaho all thier lives.
God rest thy soul above in the stars mean years ago.
I sit on there front porch made of 3-steps of cement w/castiorn rails to hold on to.
My grandma Irene would make me some extar sweet root beer call sasafarat.
Well it’s her root beer floats, soda pops and homed hugs that I miss.
So drinking this huckleberry soda it is one of the BEST sodas I’ve ever drank.
So yes, I’d say this u
Go get one @ Safeway, In St. John’s, North Portland. Oregon.
Fred Meyers also in North Portland , just off N. Ida & N. Lombard.
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