Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

487 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 487
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 70 | 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

BODY
Medium

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

MALTS
Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

HOPS
Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 57

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

Celebrating over 20 years of Sub Pop Records with beer.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 487 | Reviews: 141
Reviews by Oxymoron:
Photo of Oxymoron
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Why do I start singing Beck every time I try this beer? Must be brewed by New Belgium. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a soft fizzy white head.

The nose is limited with some minor malt and caramel notes. A hint of hops with a light earthy and citrus notes. Some minor buytric notes and an off yeast smell on the back end.

The taste is limited as well, at least on the hop side. The malt comes out with a more caramel note. Some off gritty/grainy taste that was off. No real bitterness but some minor off hop notes with a light earthy finish. Some minor yeast notes but not as bad as the nose.

The body is moderate with a good carbonation. Overall the caramel thing is a bit distraction and limited hops make me wanting more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of iRaven99664
4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Photo of ExtraStout
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Had this at Elysian. This was pretty smooth, good for its style, but for me I like more bite.

Photo of MadScientist
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer beer pour a lightly hazy, deep gold with small particulate floaters. The off-white settles to a thin cap on top after a minute.

S: The is moderate hops aroma that is a spicy and flowery with a bit of lemon. The malt is almost no existent and there is a slight fruit ester.

T: The flavor is a good balance between a medium lemony hop flavor and a medium malt with a light bready character. There is a moderately high hops bitterness that carries through the dry finish.

M: It has a medium-light body and moderate carbonation. There is slight hint of alcohol warmth.

O: An enjoyable better than average pale ale. They've done a good job keeping the sorachi ace restrained but it's not a hop flavor I enjoy on it's own.

Photo of Maceo357
3.34/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growlers being filled in Ardsley, NY @ DeCiccio's market. Pours lighter amber, light khaki head and then the emergence of world class sheeting and lace on the glass. Tiny bubble and fully developed, slowly sliding down the sides of the glass then staying in place. Nose here is underwhelming, just a hint of some piney hops and dull maltyness. Quite tasty ale, on the hoppy side. Light mintyness, a touch of pine, light bran infused malt. Enjoyable sessioner. I have not seen bottles of this one, so a nice treat to have a growler pour option available. Well worth a try.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in a snifter.

Pours a golden color with a small head that stays around for quite a while. On the nose is some amazing potato chip aromas. Not sure if they wanted this, but it really smells like putting your nose into a bag of Lays potato chips. I really thought it was cool.

It tastes a little salty with some solid maltiness and a bit of sweetness. Overall it's a really cool beer and I'd have it again!

Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a growler of this at the orchard park consumers. fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass.

pours a cloudy reddish amber with a huge billowy, slightly off white head. great retention with a little lace.

in the aroma, lots of biscuit and a little caramel balanced by tropical fruity hops and a light dry citrus.

the taste follows the aroma almost identically. a really unique deelicious biscuit flavor from the malt while still having a nice hop presence.

a little dry on the palate in the finish, slightly heavier side of medium bodied.

overall: a solid pale ale, almost an IPA. i really enjoyed the flavors from the malt, and as a homebrewer, its nice to see the use of some ingredients new to the market, crystal, sorachi ace hops, and carahell malts. id drink this again.

Photo of moundbz
4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

crisp, clean, good bitter, kinda fruity, solid beer

Photo of thatruth
2.78/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from the Beer Junction in West Seattle, poured into pint glass.

A: pours a half-of-a-finger head that lingers a while, moderate lacing. a nice, deep copper tone golden brown, slight haze.

S: apricot deep fried in hops and malt, chipper caramel aroma.

T: more malt than hops. not much there, tastes like old apple juice - and malt.

M: again, not too much there. damn malty. lingers like eating a bunch of whoppers candy at once.

O: my first offering from Elysian here in my new hometown of Seattle. "Corporate beer" may "still suck[s]" (as reads on the label) but Elysian isn't far behind with this Loser.

Photo of Hammerhead18
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Solid beer. Needs some more technical flavor.

Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16oz pint, another hard to resist offering at the Capitol Hill location - Sub Pop Records still exists? One of the better marketing tags - "Corporate Beer Still Sucks" - that I have yet to encounter.

This beer appears a slightly hazy medium golden amber colour, with one finger densely foamy, rocky, and mildly soapy off-white head, which leaves some layered rings of wheel cog lace around the glass as it genially settles.

It smells of bready caramel cream, lemon pie, mild unripe melon notes, and bitterly peppy citrus and leafy hops. The taste is more caramel/toffee, grapefruit and passionfruit salad, buttery Chardonnay, aged lemon peel, and floral, perfumed hops (a sneaky way of saying that the elevated ABV is agreeably masked by the other inherent flavours).

The carbonation is frothy enough, and basically moderate in its bearing, the body a decent medium weight, and skewed just beyond smooth, with a struggling ode to creaminess. It finishes with an herbal hoppiness, waning lemon fruitiness, and sturdy buttery maltiness.

Yet another pale ale well affected by the exotic Sorachi Ace hop. While I can't seem to get barrel treated white wine off of my mind (sorry, Georgia!), in this case, it's not actually such a bad thing. Still pretty strong for a pale ale, though, IMHO, and obviously leagues and leagues above and beyond the whipping boys of label lore.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian- Loser

A- Clear golden orange with a small heavy lacing head.
S- Caramel and heavy bready grains.
T- Heavy grainy and caramel malt with a touch of molasses and dry straw/ grassy hops. Slight touch of alc.
M- Sugary dry maltiness with a warm alc. feeling.

Overall- Decent tasty Pale Ale with a boozy/ warming touch.

Photo of GilGarp
3.91/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer for two reasons: I like name and I wanted to know how a pale ale could be 7% and not be an IPA. Lets see...

Pours chilled into a pint glass a redish copper color with great clarity and nice thick head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is pleasant but not really that special. It has a slight bit of hoppiness but it's more sweet and fruity.

Flavor is really pretty unusual. It is actually starting to make sense that this is an amped up pale ale. The hops and malts are still kept in balance like a pale ale but just more of everything. There is an earthy quality to the hops. The malt is biscuit and carmel with some sweet apple and a touch of rye.

Mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated, medium body, and easy drinking.

Overall, not exceptional but well done. I was hoping for more but it's not a total disappointment. It's enjoyable for what it is - a big pale ale.

Photo of Sammy
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusually bitter tasting beer with odd yeasty hoppy odour golden yellow with lots of head, lace. Smooth drinking pale. Alcohol is there, and its drinkable. . Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with crystal hops. Bitter aftertaste.Refreshes. Had on tap 3 years later and decent enough interesting.

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear burnished safety orange with amber highlights and a fury of rising micro-bubbles supporting a fat finger of papaya whip foam. Rich soapy lacing; superior retention.

Fruity aromatics suggest pineapple, melon, wild berries, and plenty of citrus from hops. There is a mild malt base and an underlying touch of pine as well. Fairly acidic.

Marshmallow, varied fruit (banana, berries, citrus), and gentle malt on the palate with a wave of grassy, brackish acidity from the hops which contribute a mellow bitterness. Finishes not-quite-sweet.

Incredibly soft creamy mouth-feel...almost like carbonated cream.

Ignoring the SubPop connection, this is very quaffable, though a bit lacking in flavor and hops.

Photo of hreb
3.16/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bomber poured into UK pint glass. Beer pours golden amber in color with a GIGANTIC yellowish white head. No aroma to speak of, though.

Unbelievably neutral flavor: slightly sweet, grassy overtones. Bittered with sorachi ace? Yeah, I could see it being good and bland like a Sapporo :P Fairly lagery, like a really well balanced Marzen, and refreshing but not necessarily "crisp". Body is heavy, and as the beers sinks down the glass it leaves tons of white foamy lace. No citrus, nothing fruity, nor yeasty, nor nutty. Not interesting. But totally drinkable.

Photo of ElGordo
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich orange color, topped by a small, creamy white head that lasts for a good long while. Aroma of bready malt, more than a little sweetness, and a strong undertone of tropical fruit.
Palate is very malty up front, with bready sweetness yielding to the fruity character of the yeast (and I'm guessing the Sorachi Ace hop). A mild astringency comes through on the swallow.
The medium body is a touch foamy, with a slightly chalky character on the swallow. An interesting experiment with a new hop variety, but it's a little out there for me. Not bad, just not my new favorite.

Photo of scootpolute
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours dark-golden, with a nice creamy, thick white head...- some great lacing.

S - Huge hop, malty and some hints of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Hoppy, but not as much as the the smell lets you think! Many spice flavors were an unexpected suprise :~(

M - Good carbonation...There's a pretty good fullness.

O - Pretty good balanced beer...Just a bit spicier than expected.

Photo of scootny
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as I was buying a growler of Sorachi Ace. My man Alex at De Cicco's informed me that this was made with the same hops.

A nice deep coppery amber with good sized head and somewhat generous but spotty lacing. A light covering of foam on top

Smell is initially sweet and bready with a complex yeast based fruitiness. A delicious malt undercurrent. Light and vibrantly clean hoppiness.

Taste is much like the nose with a deeper more complex malt character. The sweetness is more subdued as well. A very well balanced ale. Hops are so clean and subtly lively. This has an exceptionally crisp and clean finish. A nice dry lightly grapefruited lingering on the back of my throat. A touch of alcoholic heat.

Feel is medium weigh with a light chewiness that is cut off by the hops.

A beautifully balanced ale that has a crisp clean drinkability that makes you want to session it in spite of the slightly higher abv.

Thanks Alex!

Photo of souvenirs
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a medium-burnt orange with a compact 1 finger tan colored head that was short lived. Visible carbonation was light, while the clarity was semi-hazy. The lacing was spotty, weak, and sudsy failing to cling nor impress with much regard.

S: The nose delivered a spicy hopping of dried pineapple backed by a toasted caramel malting. Spicy citrusy flowerys also add nice accents here.

T: The flavor had a spicy hop bite of fresh citrus and fresh grapefruit pulp. A dry toasted munich offering adds a dry toasty feel and subtle dry sweet notes form the grains. Hints of dried fruitiness (pineapple) and lemons add a spicy brightness amongst the dry toasted palate. Im unfamiliar with Sorachi hops which were used so im guessing they provided the fruity yet citrusy (lemony) hopping that im deriving from the taste. The beer finishes up with a creamy maltiness and a light dry alcohol warming.Overall a pretty big experience especially for one labeled as a pale that drinks on the level of most ipas. Not that im complaining but im starting to miss the days of the traditional pale ales, you know when they were actually composed of pale grains, crisp with a moderate bitterness (SNPA and Samuel Smiths come to mind) instead of this one up on the bitterness and loaded with specialty grain movement that has been occurring of late. Though I didn't find it particular to my expectations I still find it hard to say that the flavor was less then good, maybe just not particular to style, but I find it hard to punish such offenses of pushing the envelope of style.

M: The mouthful was medium-ful with a soft bubbly sensation that allows this to turn to a thick luscious creamy feel on the hold. Dry citrus flowers and toasted grain grace the tongue upon the swallow.

D: A big drinking experience, much more so on ipa standards then pale with a nice addition of hop flavors that were like, but also unlike your typical west coast hopping, which im sure is compliments of the Sorachi. Good level of enjoyment though a bomber suited me well. Expect to drink an ipa when you meet up with this one, not your typical quench thristing, session pale.

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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.