notalush (5640) - Denver, Colorado, USA - AUG 5, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at the brewery, and currently on tap around VT as "Beet Beer" - a beet beer for a beat poet - clever- well, the concept is anyway - in practice it’s pretty boring - attractive, but not all that enticing pink color, with a pink-tinted white head - very earthy, root plant aroma (go figure), with soil and mustiness - that’s about as interesting as it gets - light beet flavor with a very faint maltiness/grainy quality through the otherwise watery taste (without it you’d think you weren’t drinking beer) - points for the concept, but, man, this is bland stuff.
dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this on tap at Clark’s Ale House in Syracuse. Pours an inviting red, reminded me of a kriek in that aspect. Nose was vegetal and dusty, as well as slightly sweet in biscuity malts. The beet in the taste is subtle and done not too badly - a little acidic, mostly sweet and malty. Quite a bit like a run-of-the-mill pale ale in flavor, with a touch of vegetable notes. Aftertaste is a bit grainy and off-putting.
GriffinAvenue (396) - Winchester, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 17, 2007
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft. Cough-syrup red in color. Rather unappealing from the start and the coloring was the most favorable aspect. Thin, tangy, like a spiked Kool-Aid. Disappointing. Sampled at American Beer Fest in Boston
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 21, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Art of Beer Fest ’04: Pours a very faint watered down golden, with a slight pink tint. Faintly pinkish, white head. Earthen, veggie beet nose. Not too much going on flavor wise, besides the sweet beets. This is a great idea, a great name, but a beer with no depth or character. Come on guys.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Art of Beer Fest ’04. Light golden in color with a small white head. Spicy vegetable aroma.Flavor is like eating liquid beets,finishes dry. I’d rather eat them pickled them drink them.
ukoolaid (579) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 9, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Art of Beer ’04: Odd looking pinkish whitish yellow with big white head. Very earthy beat aroma. Actually does taste like beats with a bit of sweet spice. Not my thing.
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - APR 9, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: APR 11, 2004 An Experimental Elixir, only available on tap at the brewery. Made with beets (not beet sugar). Beets=beats=Kerouac. Cute. Pours light pinkish-orange, totally clear, enormous everlasting fluffy head...not quite like anything else (lambic,fruit beer etc) that I've ever seen, so points for that. Very pleasant nose, by turns hoppy (piney), caramel-malty with a touch of biscuit, and cooked beets in maple syrup. In the mouth, very much a pale ale base with a strong spicy/vegetable character that opens out quite a bit as it warms. Towards the end a pronounced peppery/bitter tang develops that at first shows hints of unpleasant metal but fairly quickly dries out and becomes oddly, pleasantly sour-fruity. This is a tough one to get hold of; its overall quite good with a fairly full body for a pale ale, but the vegetable/fruit character might be just a bit too weird and not well coordinated with the piney hops and caramel. Interesting and above average for sure, though I doubt they'll bottle it.
Update...after going through the growler, it's apparent that this is just a bit too thin to support the heavy vegetable character and metallic bitterness. It's just ok.