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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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136 Reviews
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Reviews: 136
Hads: 512
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 7
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bbothen on 08-28-2008

Corporate Beer Still Sucks


Light tropical flavors balanced with a crisp malt-hop finish.

Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 57

Year Round — Draft, 22 oz bottles, Six Packs/12oz bottles

Celebrating over 20 years of Sub Pop Records with beer.
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Reviews: 136 | Hads: 512
Photo of ctylinebeer
4.32/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.

L - medium-dark color with a hint of grapefruit pink. Not a whole lot of head and no lacing on the glass.

A - juicy grapefruit aroma with hint of pine. Toasted malts also

T - cross between juicy citrus and bitter pine. Slightly dark taste in the malt character. Kind of similar to strong IPAs.

F - bit of a slow-sipper. Medium body feel. Dry apple cider feel.

O - pretty sure this is a jab at their new business partner AB-INBEV. Very pretty tasty brew from Seattle's city limits and a cool tribute to Sub-Pop Records. This beer does not suck, despite the label.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey/orange color, smallish but puffy head with inconsistent lacing. Aroma is faint, mostly malt and wood, with a little bit of fruitiness. It's nice, but simply doesn't jump out of the glass. Taste is light and pleasant, it doesn't try to hide the bitter hops shock coming at the end. Mouthfeel is watery, but feels right for this easy drinking beer.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky orange with an off white head, really good lacing on the glass. Smells first of Munich and pale malts, that doughy-bread scent. Flavor is of citrus spice, leafy and earthy hops, balanced by the dough flavor underneath. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and light. Overall this is an extremely unique pale ale due to the sorachi ace hops and various malts, and then this borders IPA land with 58 ibus and 7% abv. And yet stylistically I would not call it an IPA, since it gives a different impression that one would expect more from a pale ale. This is quaffable AND uniquely a sipping APA. Well done Elysian.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this for a long time and I was not disappointed. A solid APA with a cool vibe (regardless of the current Elysian ownership). In and of itself, this is a quality beer.

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Photo of ricke49
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice hop forward pale ale. Would pass as an IPA in some regions. Refreshing balance hop/malt. Fascinating label giving bow to Kurt Cobain / sub pop records, with slogan that paraphrases Cobain utterance "corporate music still sucks" or was it "Corporate Magazines" ?? Whatever, here as: "corporate beer still sucks". Will In-Bev/Budweiser squelch this slogan?? (I think they may have already, as my bottle was likely on retailers shelve for a spell). At any rate, a worthwhile Pale Ale with tons of flavor regardless of what some other reviews have stated.

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Photo of jooler
2.47/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Smell is like their jasmine ipa but slightly more better. Initial taste is flat and No flavor. The most blandest beers I had ever drank. Not worth the money.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Packaged 4/27/15.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and slight butter flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid aromas, but the butter like flavor I am getting is a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Candied orange and lemon. Gingerbread. The spicy and marmalade elements meld nicely. Fizzy. Solid medium body; brew seems thicker than is truly the case. Hints of sweet tree sap and pineapple skin. Some unique flavors although I am not tasting the odd Sorachi Ace hops, probably because they were inexplicably used for bittering purposes rather than finishing. I guess I am tasting ample citrus spice, and enjoying same. Unique, presumably that was the intent. One wonders if the corporate beer still sucks slogan will stick around. Certainly a worthy cause to celebrate. Mudhoney should drink this instead of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mildly chill hazed copper with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells hoppy and herbal with a mostly citrus aroma. Scents of toffee and wood.

Starts out malty with lots of toffee and some woody flavors. Medium level of bitterness. Taste of vanilla detected. Faint flavor of tobacco.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall quite an enjoyable Pale Ale. Tasty but not over the top on hops or anything. A beer I will recommend and buy again.

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like the grapefruity hops kick up front and middle, with the middle fading to the back with a mild wood sweetness. The smell is subtle with a balance of both...this is how a beer should smell! Best smell I've smelt in a long time. Feel is mostly watery with a slight thickness. The flavors linger on the tongue for a long while. I think my first 12oz was skunked cuz it tasted a bit stale and king of like keg rot(overly metallica). The second one I'm having is way more enjoyable.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery sent to be before the buyout.

Good looking froth on this one, hazy amber color. Citrus, leafy, earthy push of hops in the nose with some bread undertones and ripe pear. Juicy hop palate with a fresh grainy base. Suggestions of pineapple skin, blood orange rind, birch sap, & bready dough in the middle. Mild toasted malt character followed by a hint of caramel lead the way to help balance this brew out. Hint of alcohol and fruitiness in the finish, lingering bitterness as well.

A very well balanced Pale Ale even though the bitterness is a bit pushy in the end, excellent use of the Sorachi Ace hops.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours a translucent, deep orange. Medium sized off-white head. Aroma is rather tame. Over-ripe apples, candy citrus, and caramel. Flavor brings forth bitterness without much distinctive flavor. Orange candy. General fruitiness. Bready. Full bodied for the style. High carbonation. Not saying this one lives up to its name but...

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Photo of Maceo357
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I loved the color. A pretty amber orange very similar to a Hop Valley Alphadelic but less turbid. Nice mild citrus flavor, not extremely butter or overly hoppy but tasty. Can't wait to have another tomorrow.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden colour with an almost grapefruit nose. Has a hoppy bitterness on the tongue right away with some malt coming through at the end. I enjoyed this one but that's not too surprising given that I tend to sway to this style of beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APA is my favorite style. This one is original, and worth trying.

A: Pours a deep amber color, with a midsized off-white head that fades normally and leaves only a little lace.

S: The aroma is too faint. Some grassy hops, caramel malts and citrus. Grassy.

T: The taste follows the smell but is much more interesting, starts out honey sweet with a nice arc of sweet citrus, fresh flowers, and bitter piney hops.

F: The finish is lightly hoppy and slightly sweet, sticky.

O: Easy beer to enjoy, wish I had another.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Retention is pretty bad, unfortunately. However, a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Not a very pretty beer. (2.5)

Smell: This is a pretty typical pale ale. I'm not getting many tropical fruit notes - rather, the hop profile seems floral and nectary. In addition, it's fairly malty. I'm picking up a lot of caramel and sugar cookie in particular. Not mold breaking by any means, but decent enough for what it is. (3)

Taste: No surprises here. Floral hops hit the palate immediately, only to fade before they can bitterly linger on the palate. A healthy, caramel-laden malt backbone ends up being the dominating note. Despite all the flowery hop flavors, it isn't very bitter at all. This one slightly grows on me after a while - the hop/malt interplay is pleasant, if slightly erring towards maltiness too much. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Unusually creamy for a pale ale - I'm surprised how full-bodied it is. There is some dryness to the finish as well. The drinkability is moderate, overall, but the carbonation does will it down more easily. (3.25)

Overall: This is a pale ale for those who like them rich and malty. Those looking for big tropical notes, look elsewhere. Those looking for a palpable malt backbone and hops only to balance, this is your pale ale. (3)

3.11/5: Nice hops, but the maltiness is a bit much for me

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

09/11/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As luck would have it I found myself looking for a session beer for the Monday Night Football & stumbled on this joyous brew. Extremely well balanced & full bodied. Creamy but not buttery. I have a new friend. There was a loser this night, but it wasn't me.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a quick burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then the piney hops presence returns as the sweetness fades some. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a large lasting off white head and good lacing. Aroma and Aroma is of caramel malt some earthy citrus hops, yeast and mildly fruity. Palate is a medium body, smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. Finishes with caramel malt sweetness, yeast, fruity citrus notes balanced by some earthy citrus hops bitterness. Overall a good, all around solid and enjoyable drinking Pale Ale.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the sides of the glass.
The smell had some citrus with a nice shake up of sweet caramel mixing nicely
The taste was mainly sweet but had a decent undercurrent of bitter citrus.
The mouthfeel was somewhat sharp on my tongue but wasn't too sharp as the caramel helped to balance a little bit.
Overall, this was in my opinion, a well crafted APA by a well respected brewery. If I could, it would be a regular in my fridge but my budget keeps me back just a bit.
Cheers, Steve

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

got this for my birthday...
sent to me in indiana from the pnw!
fresh subpop beer!
named for the Beck song? maybe the beatles tune?
anyway,i drank it down while watchin' the Phish dvd "live from Brooklyn",so whatever...
it f*ckin' rocks!
tastes like nectar.
light & not overwhelming hops.
no bite.
no guile.
free of deceit, cunning, hypocrisy, and dishonesty...honest beer.
t.robbins said:
"So you lose it, you go to your hero's heaven and everything is milk and honey 'til the end of time. Right? You get your reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That's not courage".

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy copper with a sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of bready malts with some light caramel and toasty sugary elements.

Tastes of toasted bready malts with a mild dry hop bitterness.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation.

A very nice and tasty ale with some simple and very good flavors and aromas. Drinks very easy and tastes quite good.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.99 plus deposit at government stores in BC.

I open up the fridge to see what kind of beer I have left. I've got this and some dark ales, so I pull out this one and pour a glass. My first thought: I don't like pale ale. Why did I buy this? In any case.

A: There's not a whole lot of head. The beer is a medium amber and cloudy.

S: I take a whiff and the first thing I get is a sugary candy sweetness. It smells like pure sugar, like cotton candy. After that, though, I pick up fruity scents - canned peaches in syrup, and maybe some kind of tropical fruit.

T: This is considerably hoppier than most of the pale ales I've tried, and so, I actually like it. It doesn't have as much kick as an IPA, but there's a good amount of bitterness balanced with some sweetness. The most prominent flavour is grapefruit.

F: Pretty much perfect.

Overall, this is a much better beer than I thought it might be. I'm no fan of pale ales, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. 070 A1 0941 is the bottle code, printed on the bottom. Tried it on tap yesterday and thought it was quite good; bought bottles today for home, and to review.

Pours amber, clear, medium head that dissipates slowly, lots of carbonation. Smell is bready, slight honey, slight floweriness.

Taste is piney, long bitter finish, grapefruit rind bitterness. Some sweetness up front.

Mouthfeel is dry, nice. Overall, pretty good. Not as good as I remember it from yesterday on tap, though.

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Photo of ga64121
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The bottle says "celebrating over 25 years of celebrating sub pop records", indicative of how this beer should be marketed. Not a terrible beer but a little strong on the grapefruit. This is one that my nephew would love, but then he loves grapefruit syrup. I would have preffered a broader balance of hops, or perhaps some english malts to offset the citrus flavors.

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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.