Total Score: 7.8/10
Yep, another of the To Øl Reservoir Dogs series, this time it’s Mr. Pink 2018 Edition. I’ve really enjoyed the innovation Mr. To Øl has put into these brews, so far they’ve been intriguing and tasty drops, with Mr. White being a beer I would love to get again – that’s the biggest shame with limited release beers like this: sometimes you never see/taste them ever again. So what’s Mr. Pink all about? Well it’s an IPA brewed beetroot. Bit of an East Coast meets Eastern Europe vibe going on. I’m not a massive fan of beetroot (I find the combination of root vegetable and overbearing sweetness a bit unsettling), though I am interested to see what shade of pink Mr. Pink will be. Plus it’s a beer from To Øl, it’ll be good (if not great).
Poured from a 500ml can into a nonic pint.
A: Holy shit! This thing looks exactly like beetroot juice (opaque-purple) only with a massive 1.5 inch pink head that slowly falls back. It’s not often I’m flabbergasted by the look of a beer but To Øl got me here, well played sir! 9/10.
S: The usual NEIPA suspects: tropical-accented (pineapple) citrus hop notes, mingle with beetroot (of course), earthy/spicy/peppery tones, and a floral finish. The aroma character is sweet, delicate, earthy and spicy – it’s quite a fragrant aroma, I could get this in a cologne if Calvin Klein would just return my calls already. 10/10.
T: Well… it’s definitely a vegetable beer, no compunctions about that. Flavour profile is beetroot all over: earthy/spicy and sweet. NEIPA notes come in with a touch of pineapple, hints of grapefruit, and apple – yep, that’s right: apple. I suspect the interaction between the beetroot flavours and the NEIPA flavours is giving off a touch of apple, it’s not something I normally find in IPAs or Pale Ales, so there you go. Finishes earthy dry with a mild herbal bitterness. Look flavour-wise this is going to be a polarising beer, I’m not a fan but I can see how others might dig this. 7/10.
M: Mouthfeel is decent: Medium bodied with a medium/dense carbonation… slightly gassy, but not OTT. 8/10.
D: Like I said this beer is a polarising one. I’m not a huge fan. The aroma was fantastic though. Just the flavour of beetroot – that earthy/sweet mix that plays tricks with my tongue – also it doesn’t blend well with NEIPA flavours IMO. Maybe if it was a straight beetroot beer it might have been less disharmonious, who knows. Still I wasn’t disappointed I tried it – I’m always happy to experiment when it comes to beers, and this was an interesting experiment to say the least. 7/10.
Food match: Earthy dishes with mushrooms and beetroot will pair well with this.