egajdzis (6105) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a bright red color with a light pink head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of bread, vegetal, and sweet candy sweetness. Taste of toffee malts, bread, light citrus, with more vegetable (perhaps corn or beets?), and a bit of a tartness as well. Decent, plain, and straightforward.
notalush (5728) - 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 (4772) - Beloit, Wisconsin, 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.