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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 41 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

RevMikeT, May 07, 2014
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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.

ExtraStout, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

MadScientist, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

TTripp725, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Billolick, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
4.38/5  rDev +19%
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!

kingcrowing, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
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.

dogfishandi, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Cynic-ale, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of chickenm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

chickenm, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Seattle_Suds
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Seattle_Suds, May 29, 2014
Photo of HoppySeb
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

HoppySeb, Jun 09, 2014
Photo of thatruth
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

thatruth, Aug 22, 2011
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2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

LXIXME, May 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

acurtis, Apr 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

intoxabroad, Apr 13, 2013
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.

biboergosum, Jul 05, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

mdaschaf, Sep 13, 2013
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.

NJpadreFan, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

GilGarp, Jul 19, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Griffith, Sep 21, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

KenC, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Sammy, Sep 26, 2008
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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.

augustgarage, Sep 29, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Psberrier, Aug 29, 2014
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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.