Bubble Up is a soda that features a "kiss of lemon • kiss of lime." Originally developed in 1917 by Sweet Valley Products Co. (10 years before 7-up was introduced), Bubble Up was distributed by the Coca-Cola bottler network before Coke introduced lemon-lime Sprite. This particular bottle of Bubble Up is one of the sodas I purchased at my local BevMo store, and was bottled by Real Soda in Real Bottles, under license from the Dad's Root Beer Company.
As a kid in the 1970's, I remember watching Bubble Up commercials on TV. That memory attracted me to this soda. While I don't actually remember much detail about said commercials, the link helped me to remember to "take a Bubble Up break." My Google search of Bubble Up not only turned up old commercials, but also current international commercials for the beverage. Turns out that it's pretty popular outside of the United States.
Like other lemon-lime sodas, Bubble Up is caffeine free. While I wouldn't normally consider that a "feature," my dinner of home made chow mein and veggies called out for a lemon-lime soda, rather than a cola. Since I had consumed enough coffee for the day to make up my caffeine quota, it didn't matter. Taking a Bubble Up break was a good thing.
The taste of Bubble Up was refreshing. The lemon-lime flavor was subtle, not overwhelming. "Kiss of lemon • kiss of lime" is an apt description. Because this bottled version was sweetened with real cane sugar (a feature, not a bug), the flavor was slightly different from a fructose sweetened soda. I suppose that it was sweeter than I expected, but still in balance with the lemon and lime flavors.
The carbonation was also subtle. It was enough to make me notice, but not so strong to make me pull away. This isn't the first soda I've reviewed that had subtle carbonation. All were packaged in glass bottles, rather than cans or plastic bottles. That leads me to believe the subtle carbonation is related to the glass bottling process.
From a packaging perspective, the Bubble Up bottle had a retro-modern look. Brown and white ink on a green Bubble Up in a glass bottle is an apt alternative to more popular lemon-lime sodas. Sweetened with cane sugar, it has a flavor that isn't overwhelming, but rather provides a refreshing (and caffeine free) companion to any meal.
Rating: 3 Shacks (out of 5)