Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
3.03 | pDev: 24.75%
Dec 30, 2017
Jul 29, 2012
Notes: Pale Beet Bock (Apocalypse Series No. 7).

The end of the world will be full of unexpected pairings: drought and pestilence, crushing crowds and disorienting emptiness, fire and flood. Torrent provides a moment of satisfying survival, washing over you with an earthy inundation of beet and bock, crisp but with a malty sweetness, pale but the color of hellfire. Brewed with pale, Munich and Cara-hell malts, bittered with German Northern Brewer and finished with Styrian Goldings hops. Powdered beets were added in the whirlpool for a lot of color and a touch of earthy sweetness.
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Rated: 1 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by DrBier from Pennsylvania

Nov 18, 2015
Rated: 2.69 by lupercmda from North Carolina

May 05, 2015
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Rated by Donkster46 from Washington

1.84/5  rDev -39.3%
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.
Feb 28, 2015
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Reviewed by jellikit from Washington

2.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.
Oct 16, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by wrightst from Maryland

Jun 28, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by jaydoc from Kansas

Nov 16, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by blurredline from Oregon

Oct 13, 2013
Rated: 3 by timjim1327 from New Jersey

Aug 14, 2013
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Reviewed by Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

1.62/5  rDev -46.5%
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.
Jul 09, 2013
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Reviewed by dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev +18.2%
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).
Jun 29, 2013
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Reviewed by metter98 from New York

3.56/5  rDev +17.5%
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.
Jun 29, 2013
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Reviewed by Ego from New Jersey

2.91/5  rDev -4%
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'
Jun 04, 2013
Rated: 4.5 by Hopmodium from Washington

May 31, 2013
Rated: 3 by ROGUE16 from Delaware

Apr 19, 2013
Rated: 3.5 by basileorri from California

Apr 17, 2013
Rated: 3.75 by csmartin6 from New York

Mar 24, 2013
Rated: 3 by imperialking from Illinois

Mar 05, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by Gonzoillini from Illinois

Feb 24, 2013
Rated: 3 by Utica_Brew_Review from New York

Feb 03, 2013
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Reviewed by TheBrewo from New York

3.38/5  rDev +11.6%
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.
Jan 10, 2013
Rated: 2.75 by hannaho from Washington

Jan 06, 2013
Rated: 3 by CoryR from Oregon

Jan 06, 2013
Rated: 3 by CaptDavyJones from New York

Dec 13, 2012
Rated: 4.75 by muchloveforhops3 from Montana

Nov 27, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by sam_bliss from Washington

Nov 12, 2012
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +28.1%
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.
Oct 28, 2012
Rated: 4.5 by jnoelani from Washington

Oct 17, 2012
Rated: 2 by bluckbeyes from Oregon

Oct 06, 2012
Rated: 3.75 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia

Oct 02, 2012
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.88/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear, slightly reddish, amber color, with about an inch of slightly pink head that had good retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was mostly neutral, some malt and no real hops or beet scent. The taste was the same, mostly bland and neutral, but the beet flavor did show up a bit more. There was a slight bit of hop bitterness on the end.

The body was thinner than I look for in a Bock, this was kinda thin, leaning towards watery. Drinkability wasn't that good for me, but I don't like beets, YMMV. Overall, while not a "bad" beer, it wasn't one I particularly enjoyed. You might like this a lot, and it's probably worth trying if you get the chance.
Sep 30, 2012
Rated: 3.25 by throwerbri from Oregon

Sep 25, 2012
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Reviewed by mhaugo from California

2.86/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
1 pint, 6 ounce bottle. Decanted into a pint glass.
Appearance: As red as Satan. Crystal clear with a rapidly dissipating head.
Smell: Smells like walking past the beet tray at the salad bar.
Taste: Tastes like beets… but not the canned variety. There’s definitely a fresh quality to it. Very earthy, almost like they didn’t wash dirt off before using the beets. Also a little grassy with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Clean and dry.
Overall: Wow… this beer is really red. I generally do not like beets, but this is not too bad. It has a freshness to it that I like. I don’t know if I need to hunt down a second bottle, but I certainly don’t regret opening this one.
Sep 11, 2012
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Reviewed by oline73 from Maryland

2.58/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
I had this on-tap at Max's. Served in a tasting glass.

Let me start this review by saying that I hate beets, but I tried to approach this beer with an open mind.

Appearance: Pours a clear red color with a layer of off white head that leaves a ring around the pour. The beets are doing there thing here.

Smell: Very mild with a hint of beets. There is also a slight sweetness here, but it's really quite boring.

Taste: Right off the bat I'm getting a mild bready malt flavor. Beets and some dirt show up along with the malt. The finish is rather bitter. Not a big fan of the dirt like note.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with aggressive carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I thought this was a weird beer that tasted like beets and dirt. Definitely won't have another.
Sep 05, 2012
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Reviewed by harrymel from Washington

2.63/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
#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.
Aug 23, 2012
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Reviewed by HuskyinPDX from Washington

2.12/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2
Bottle opened on 8.14.12.
Number 7 in the series.

A - Pours a ruby red with a fluffy light pink head with good retention.

S - Earthy and some sweetness.

T - Earthy, and some gross beats.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body. Dirty mouth finish.

O - Beets are gross, ok... why put them in a beer. Yuck.
Aug 18, 2012
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Reviewed by vkv822 from Oregon

2.61/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
on-tap @ Elysian Brewery.
taster glass.
from notes.

Pours a clear, vibrant, dark red with a thin white head.

The nose and palate on this are fairly unique, with a sweet, faintly vegetable, beet characteristic that is definitely the most upfront taste in the beer, followed by the bready malt backing.

Medium+ body, with appropriate carbonation.

The beets are definitely there, so kudos for that, and while it was certainly not unpleasant, I didn't find it to be very appealing either.
Aug 13, 2012
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Reviewed by RJLarse from Washington

1.89/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5
I bought a bomber of Torrent Pale Beet Bock at the Swamp Tavern in Spokane. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a crimson color, clear, with a bubbly pinkish colored head.

Smell is a predicable sweet cooked vegetable scent.

Taste is also predictably a beet flavor, with a little watery bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is thin, with a bitter beet flavored aftertaste.

Overall I'm not a fan of beets. I don't like them cooked, or raw. Never have probably never will. So this beer will drop off the table because of my liking, or lack thereof related to beets. And frankly I can't think of many vegetables I would want to brew beer with. Fruit and sugars sure, certain spices no problem, but vegetables, nah.

So if the world ends in December and this is the last beer in the fridge, some one else can have it.
Aug 12, 2012
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Reviewed by flagmantho from Washington

3.23/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This is #7 in the 12 beers of the apocalypse series.

Appearance: light orange-pink hue with a moderate haze and a good effervescence. Head is two thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam with a light pinkish cast. Weird, but exactly what I would expect in a beet bock.

Smell: earthy aroma with a very light tinge of sourness and a definite beet character. Bizarre, but not bad.

Taste: tastes like beets and dirt. Sweetness combines with a kind of harsh maltiness and a raw beet flavor. I love the idea, but I think the execution just doesn't work. A for effort, but it's not a lovely tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and workable creaminess. Not too bad.

Overall: this beer just doesn't work, in my opinion. However, I'm glad the experiment has been done.
Aug 09, 2012
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