mabel (9246) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 29, 2012
[4639-20120807] Tap. Chocolate nutty hop dust aroma. Clear, red body with a quick foamy white head. Bitter light resiny orange hops flavour has a bit of a dry wood taste in the finish. Medium body. Good. (7/3/7/3/14) 3.4
HogTownHarry (7062) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 27, 2012
(@ Bar Hop, Toronto, ON)
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2012 August 7, 2012 - on draught at Bar Hop. Reddish amber, somewhat cloudy, smallish foamy off-white diminishing head. I got a fair amount of dry herbal bitterness up front from this one, quite a surprise, then sweet earthiness, a bit like sweet potato - not much alcohol. the taste found the earthiness coming to the fore quite a bit, the bitterness seemed more generic, and the weird juxtaposition of almost cloying thick sweetness against the bitter earthiness put me off a bit --- but I do hate beets (and sweet potato). Very thick mouthfeel, almost chokingly so, okay carbonation, a weird sweet gritty finish to it - not for me, but well made, I suppose. Lubiere (14126) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 2, 2012
A reddish amber ale with a thin lacing mocha head. In aroma, biscuit malt with grassy British hops and notes of sugar beet. In mouth, a nice roasted malt with pungent and grassy hops, lightly green, vegetal beet notes. Nice. On tap at Arrow and Loon, Sept 26 2012. blankboy (7735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2012
Draught at The Toronto Festival of Beer, July 26. Pours a deep orange-amber with an average size semi-lasting fizzy tan head. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy, malty and a touch vegetal. Flavour is malty, grainy and vegetal along with a somewhat big (for the style) bitter finish. Love the aroma, the flavour only O.K. DerWeg (1697) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2012
Only Cafe menu "North American IPA" - saying nothing of beets or natural fermentable bee products. Serves a dark clear red, which made me really wonder what was up - the head settles in 30 seconds. Tastes like a pretty ordinary hopped-up Pale with lots of citrus on the nose, and plenty of bitterness and grapefruit on palate and almost peppery feel on the dry-bitter finish. Tight, steely flavors don’t entertain much, though it did improve a little when it really warmed up. I really didn’t catch any novelty flavors, I just thought the colour was super strange for an IPA..
jercraigs (10651) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2012
2012-08-07.Crisp dark amber body small frothy tan head. 3+ Flavour is much more bitter than expected from the beets and honey description. Light astringency and dry malt in the finish, very light fruity character that could be the beets. Light lemon touches in the finish as the glass goes on plus palate. Modest malty aroma has a familiar character to it, and mild hops. Significantly hoppier than expected from the description on the chalkboard. Decent, gains fruit and more complexity as it warms up. On tap at Bar Hop, Toronto herrbrown1974 (427) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 7, 2012
Dark amber. Low white head. Medium carbonation. Aroma is dominated by the citrus hoppiness. Also some earthy notes and sweet ripe apples or crabapple. Little bit chewy, which I like. Sweet mealtimes up front and a lasting bitter, slightly metallic (possibly the iron?) finish. It’s a little rough, and not exactly balanced, but solid and unique. Unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately (depending on how you feel about beets), the beets and the honey didn’t really pop. garthicus (2937) - Dublin, IRELAND - AUG 7, 2012
On tap at Bar Hop. Appearance: Ruby red. Flimsy white head. Aroma: roots, metal, cinnamon, malt. Flavour: malty, a little honey, very bitter, quite a strange mouthfeel, earthy and hoppy at the same time. A lot of the flavours seem to cancel each other out. Long bitter finish. Beet residue. dfearnley (2247) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 31, 2012
Tap to tasting glass at the Toronto beer festival. I'm rating this one from memory, but decided to do so because is was so wonderful. Aromas were flowery, tropical fruitish, grapefruit, and honey. Colour is vibrant red, slightly cloudy with a smallish head. The taste was wonderful and flowery and super hoppy.
Sadly, the beets weren't prevalent because of the abundant hops but I was told that this was just finished a day or so before the festival and as such the hop profile would mellow and the beets would come more to the forefront. I won't be around for it, but I would be happy to try the mellowed version to. I have to say that this was my favorite beer of the festival and by reckoning it was the favorite if 4 of the 9 people I was with (me being the only hop head). Great beer here.