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Torrent Pale Beet Bock - Elysian Brewing Company

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Torrent Pale Beet BockTorrent Pale Beet Bock

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.08
pDev: 22.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Redrover on 07-29-2012

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Ratings: 40 | Reviews: 19
Photo of Donkster46
1.84/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tasted like dirt. Only got more points for not being a drain pour.

Photo of jellikit
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Appearance: Orange to orange-red. Medium, frothy head. Fizzy. Nice lacing.
Smell: sweet malt and beets.
Taste: Sweet. Earthy & herbal. .alcohol
Mouthfeel: medium high carbonation. Medium body. Dry.
Overall: at first it was a decent drink. The more I drank it, the worse it got. Bitter, dirt aftertaste that lingers.

Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of blurredline
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
1.62/5  rDev -47.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Elysian : Torrent Pale Beet Bock

The beer pours a light pinkish red color. White head forms and leaves quickly. Aroma of beets, malty sugars, cooked veggie. In the taste, more beet flavor and a little taste of something roasted, perhaps it's the actual beets, or a small portion of the malts. Small touch of earthy hops, but mostly very vegetal. Light to medium bodied, watery feel. This was a good thought but didn't translate well to beer form. Leave the beets in the kitchen next time.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.58/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden amber in color with some moderate amounts of visible carbonation, moderate amounts of large white yeast particles in suspension, and a faint amount of orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of earthy beets.

T: There is a moderate to strong flavor of golden beets with a light to moderate amount of earthiness. Light amount of malts with a touch of sweetness and hints of earthy hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish that fades pretty quickly.

M: Slightly heavier than medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Very interesting, the name does not lie as there is a very present flavor and aroma of golden beets which is something that I personally enjoy - I'm not the biggest fan of bock beers but I enjoyed this one (and had to try it because of the added ingredient of beets).

Photo of metter98
3.56/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down and left a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of beets are present in the nose - it smells just as if you sliced some up and held them to your nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is all about flavors of beets and doesn't really have any flavors of the underlying beer.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm neither a big fan of beets nor blocks, but I thought that this beer did a pretty good job in providing natural aromas and flavors of beets and didn't seem too heavy on the palate.

Photo of Ego
2.91/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

hiding in the cellar for awhile...

audible head, white with about 2 fingers of height, golden with amber highlights and lots of fluff floating around, lacing is OK, the head retention is good (lots of carbonation streaming up from the depths), interesting looking

diet snapple ? a sort of sweetness lingers, old ginger ale... kind of strange, some slight dryness I suppose that is bock-like

taste etc...
at moments this is OK, but overall there is some unpleasant flavors in there, up front there is a little ashen taste, that segways into a nicer sweet flavor mixed with the bright (and nice) carbonation, it almost wants to get to a wine flavor and then recedes... sort of a blush wine type of impression (not as sharp as wine mind you), it isn't totally off putting but it isn't all that lovely... the ashen flavor is really the problem here, it wants to be a dry bock thing but just misses it, the rest of the beer is OK. the ABV is pretty well hidden.

verdict ?
failed experiment, but hey it was worth a shot, it isn't the worst thing I have tasted but it just didn't work. keep pluggin'

Photo of Hopmodium
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of basileorri
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of imperialking
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Gonzoillini
2.5/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of TheBrewo
3.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew was served from the tap at The Blind Tiger in New York, NY. It arrived in a generic tulip, glowing firecracker red. It held a one finger head of white bubbles. This receded on the quick side, leading rings of lacing around the glass. There was a moderate haze, no sediment, and active appearing carbonation. The aroma gave pale malts, a light toast, honey sweetness, agave fruitiness and astringency, dusk, and musk. The advertised beets were huge and raw of metallics and that root vegetable air. Our first impression was that the beets, as in the nose, were very apparent from the starting, adding uniqueness without much of that dirty beet flavoring. As we sipped, beet sourness, pale malts, yeasty metallics, and boozy bite started things off. The peak came with bittered phenols, more boozy wash, more pale malts, and more bready, metallic yeast. The end was muddled, with those aromatic vegetable metallics, strong plastic phenols, and black pepper booze. The aftertaste did, however, breath crazily of that beety grittiness, along with mineral, bittered chalky grain, stone, and that same pale malt wash from the swallow. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. There was good froth, slurp, smack, and cream to it, with pop and pucker to a bright astringent dryness. There was no real coating, however, despite a massive foaminess on the swirl of the sip around the mouth. This contrasted strangely with the starchy dryness of the feel otherwise. The abv was fine, and the beer drank decently.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was its uniqueness. The beets gave something wild to bounce off the pale grain base in the mouth, while the nose was hit with robust vegetable metallics and sugars. This was all interesting, but also a bit bizarre. Things were muddy, and the flavors didn’t really blend all that well. This is also advertised as a “bock”, but there was an utter lack of darkness to the grain bill. Dark coffees or caramels through the malts actually might have helped to bolster some of those other hearty components.

Photo of hannaho
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of CoryR
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +54.2%

Photo of sam_bliss
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of snaotheus
3.88/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into two big snifters

I decided that although beets are not a normal part of any bock I've tasted, I would count beet-like properties as expected for this beer, since it's clearly the intent of the brewer. I do like beets.

So. This beer is pink. It's actually fairly pretty, for a pink beer. Otherwise, it is clear with a fairly small pale head. Smell is beets first and foremost, with a slight amount of yeast.

Taste is not quite dominated by beets. The beets co-exist with a dryish lager flavor, some surprising hop notes of piney and spicy character, some yeast.

Mouthfeel is dry but smooth. Overall, if you like beets and you're not offended by the notion of beets in your beer, this is actually pretty good.

Photo of jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

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Torrent Pale Beet Bock from Elysian Brewing Company
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