Torrent Pale Beet Bock | Elysian Brewing Company

Torrent Pale Beet BockTorrent Pale Beet Bock
42 Ratings
Torrent Pale Beet BockTorrent Pale Beet Bock

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Redrover on 07-29-2012

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Ratings: 42 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of muchloveforhops3
4.75/5  rDev +54.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

Photo of jnoelani
4.5/5  rDev +46.1%

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.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +21.8%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Now for something completely different. Poured into a Celebrator Pokal. Pours a bright ruby red with a half finger off white head (appears pinkish from the underlying beer) that dissipates slowly to a ring around the glass. Aroma of sweet malt and, yes, fresh beets. Flavor is fresh beets, sweet and biscuit malt, spicy hops. The beet flavor plays well off the the dry biscuit malt flavor. Finish is slightly astringent. A very unusual flavored beer that almost works. The earthy beet flavor is somewhat surprising on each sip, which makes this a bit interesting to drink. Light to medium bodied. I was not sure at all they could pull this one off, and am glad it was flavorful enough to keep me drinking. The base flavor seems to be closer to the lightly toasted and biscuit malt of an amber or ESB than a bock; it is also not all that sweet. Probably the most unusual of a very experimental series. I've enjoyed this experience every month.

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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).

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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.

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Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of blurredline
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeefSkillet
3.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.23/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

#7 in the "Beers of the Apocalypse".. Pale Beer Bock.. Yeah.. does not sound great out of the gate.

Pours with a pretty damn good head... pinkish head... the brew looks like a cherry lemonade.. very red... hold it up to a light and see how the light comes through the glass... candy apple red.

Nose is dry with slight fermented out malt presence and no hops to speak of... earthy.... not much else.

Flavor tastes like "beer" ... This glass has been sitting for a while now, and I think I get something that reminds me "roasted beets" but somehow without the typical sweetness associated with beets.

Body is a bit heavy.. carbonation seems a touch light... drinkability is not that good... besides the "color" there is just nothing going on.


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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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3/5  rDev -2.6%

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'

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