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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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Ratings: 368
Reviews: 117
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 5
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bbothen on 08-28-2008)
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

05-07-2014 21:53:15 | More by RevMikeT
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

08-04-2012 01:48:14 | More by MadScientist
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-18-2014 18:54:04 | More by TTripp725
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New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

09-13-2009 02:02:17 | More by Billolick
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4.38/5  rDev +19%

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!

08-22-2009 01:30:49 | More by kingcrowing
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-15-2011 05:04:20 | More by mjtiernan
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

07-23-2011 22:21:06 | More by dogfishandi
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-11-2014 11:36:59 | More by Cynic-ale
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-11-2013 05:01:12 | More by chickenm
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-29-2014 20:29:45 | More by Seattle_Suds
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-09-2014 18:30:11 | More by HoppySeb
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

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.

08-22-2011 22:09:30 | More by thatruth
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New Mexico

2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

05-19-2013 04:27:45 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

04-25-2014 21:30:20 | More by acurtis
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-13-2013 11:52:14 | More by intoxabroad
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Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

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.

07-05-2011 06:37:32 | More by biboergosum
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

09-13-2013 21:31:17 | More by mdaschaf
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

08-15-2009 23:21:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

07-19-2009 00:23:06 | More by GilGarp
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -18.5%

11-13-2012 01:48:47 | More by KenC
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

09-26-2008 02:44:38 | More by Sammy
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3.73/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

09-29-2011 01:48:59 | More by augustgarage
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-02-2014 06:43:30 | More by whatname
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3.15/5  rDev -14.4%

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.

06-02-2011 03:59:48 | More by hreb
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3.48/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

09-05-2009 06:51:10 | More by ElGordo
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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 368 ratings.