brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - JUL 28, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crystal clear, red #40, quickly disappearing light beige head. Very reminiscent of cherry coolaid in the glass. Nose is mild, but certainly very full of fresh, raw, shredded beets. Thusly, taste is earthy/rooty and only mildly sweet with the malt coming out as it warms. Medium body, mild carb, with some alcohol showing itself in the spicy, rooty finish. Bitterness really does seem a bit derived from root skins rather than hops, which is interesting and true to the theme. On an even more personal/subjective note: Experimentation is always fun, but this whole series just isn’t working for me. The label art is some of the ugliest I have seen (see the Peste Chocolate Chili Ale for the winner), and I am now done shelling out the high bomber prices for these. I hate to admit it because Elysian is so ’big’ and/or iconic in WA, but aside from their Dragonstooth Stout and some of their pumpkin beers, I just cannot get excited about anything that is going on. Not terrible, often decent, but I guess I am just looking for different things these days. Get off my lawn .............. please. 8-)
harrymel (1503) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
#7 of 12 beers of the apocalypse.
From label: TORRENT Pale Beet Bock will tow you under with an earthy inundation of beets and malt, bringing satisfaction to the survivor in a beer the color of hellfire.
No lie in the color - certainly beets added here, a pretty rusty rose color with a pale pink sheet of foam atop. Smells of beets, grass, hay, some sweet malts. Taste is classic dirt beets - which I happen to like. There is plenty of sweetness lent from the bock malt bone, unfortunately not the best combo. Medium bodied with slightly hi carb and an off dry finish. Overall, this was an okay beer, the beets I’m certain are very, very polarizing for some. I happen to like beets very much, so this wasn’t too far of a stretch - and yet was overly sweetened.
Serving type: bottle
nittanyjim (59) - - SEP 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange, with a short white head. Nice lacing. Earthy, sugary sweet aroma. Sweet taste, but not over-sweet. Slightly sour cardboard taste with a slight bitter aftertaste. A bit of chewiness, nice mouthfeel.
gripweed57 (768) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a hazy amber orange with a light pink hue. Small fluffy beige head. Sweet biscuity malt aroma with hints of beets (yes!) and ripe mango. Interesting flavor upfront with notes of peppery bitterness and tropical fruit sweetness. The sweet malt dominates but their is an underlying hoppy bite that lingers throughout. Medium bodied with a creamy mouthfeel that finishes dry and bittersweet.
Steve_0 (2874) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at Aaron’s. Thanks man! Pour is hazy orange with a small white head and decent lacing. Vegetal, peppers, weird cardboard, bready, herbal, and tangy aroma. Taste is tangy, vegetal, stale malty, bready, grassy, lightly spicy and oxidized. Medium body with high carbonation. I hate you Aaron.
adnielsen (9460) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 30, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of my secret santa. Thanks bro! Pours a milky peachish orange appearance with a white head. Super earthy/dirty, tangerine, herbal, big cardboard aroma. Paper/cardboard, veggie, super earthy, herbal, garbage flavor. Tastes older than hell.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Very unusual. At first I thought it tasted nothing like a beet and then all of a sudden it changed to almost all beets. And that process happened over and over with nearly every sip. Both sweet and earthy. An unusual but pleasant balance.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium pinkish red with a large, pinkish white head that mostly but slowly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy candy sugar; surprisingly beets, vegetable in a good way, earthiness, and dirt but in a good way. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly acidc; while the finish was heavily sweet, and light to moderately bitter and acidic. There was candy sugar, earthy hops, actual beets and hints of citurs. The medium body went down easy and was a little dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly alcoholic finish.
yespr (31859) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - JUN 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at Ginger Man. Pours clear and golden orange with a small, whiteand creamy head. Aroma is mild fruity and light phenolic. Medium sweet and toasted malty flavoured.bitter and light toasted malty into a medium dry finish.
Beerdedone (2730) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours ruby red with a small off-white. Aroma was earthy & bready with beets and some citrus. Flavor was sweet pale malts, fresh beets, subtle citrus and some earthy bitterness.
Bacterial (1710) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JUN 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Holy borsch Batman! Interesting color. Hazy red. Nose is beet. Taste is beet. Do you like beets??? Me either.
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 16, 2013
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I hope it was the strange sugar beet taste that offered all of the cloying issues in evidence in this beer. A friend tried this and took it back to the bar. I didn’t think that was entirely necessary, but for even for a bock, this is way too sweet. Tried in NYC in 2013.