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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 sabinelr
4.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this at Fred Meyer because a ale from Lagunitas was lower price so I figured this higher price was a suitable tradeoff. To summarize: Perfect drinkability; perfect aftertaste; perfect buzz. The bottle said 7% so I'm going with that. This is great stuff. I wonder if it comes in cases.

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Photo of jcw122
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this for dinner tonight. I chose it from the bar on a whim. It ended up being pretty good! I got an initial smell that brought bananas to mind. The color is was darker than most Pale Ales you'll encounter, but I found that enticing. The taste was hoppy but nowhere near the 53 IBUs they claim. It was definitely a great beer that I would have again!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.39/5  rDev +18.3%
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!

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Photo of BeerCon5
4.38/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, deep golden color with a very nice fluffy white head with good retention.

The scent is of light citrus and some herbal hops.

The taste is of bitter citrus hops, some notes of bread, and some lemon zest.

Medium body, smooth with a dry finish, moderate carbonation.

Overall this was more flavorful than normal pale ale, nicely balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear deep amber-orange with a massive, 3+ finger, frothy almost white head that leaves some moderate lacing.

Smell. Caramel and a little bready yeast. Some citrus and spice as well.

Taste. Toasty light malts, a little citrus fruit and apples. A little bitter with some hints of herby hops. Clean finish with pretty well hidden abv.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation. Crisp and a little dry. Really nice.

Overall. Fantastic drinker even with the moderately high abv. Nothing too complex but tastes great and goes down real easy. Will buy again.

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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 CookstLiquor
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 650ml bottle. This was originally brewed a few years ago to celebrate Sub Pop's 20th anniversary, but it's stuck around as a regular offering.

Pours a hazy copper orange with adequate ivory coloured foam. Smells like a dream, with ample piney-fruity hop notes and some sweet malt notes as well. Taste follows suit, though the rich malt notes come through a little more than the plentiful aromatic hops. The higher ABV lends it a pleasant booziness that's unusual for a pale ale. Call this an Imperial Pale Ale, perhaps? Whatever you want to call it, it's easy to drink and nicely balanced.

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Photo of jwc215
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with an off-white head that leaves thin lines of lacing.

The smell is of caramel, some citrus with a hint of mild pine, with toast/bread and some wood.

The taste is of caramel and bready notes with woody,herba/leafy bitter hops standing out above the firm, sweet malt backbone.

The feel is on the full side of medium and pretty chewy.

Alcohol is well-covered with a firm, though not puckering, lingering bitterness.

This sample was contract brewed at New Belgium for Elysian - brewed with pale, Munich, crystal and cara malts and bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with crystal hops, according to label.
Unique, interesting and enjoyable.

I'm not a fan of Sub Pop Records, I have to admit, but am a fan of this hoppy Pale Ale!

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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 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 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 Derek
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Clear bronze with an off-white head, good retention, really nice rings of lace.

S: Great fruity hop aroma, hints of pine and sweet toffee malts.

T: Quite fruity with plenty of resiny hop bitterness. Sponge toffee, light alcohol warmth.

M: Moderate body is smooth with a light hop acidity and a drying alcohol finish.

O: Rather large for a pale ale, but an excellent drinker.

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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 woodychandler
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The bottle inventory in my house has been undergoing a serious reduction of late, but it is back to work tomorrow, so I am trying to get in a couple/few more while the opportunity still exists.

From the bottle: "Corporate Beer Still Sucks."; "Loser Pale Ale Celebrating over 20 years of celebrating Sub Pop Records with beer. Specifically, this beer. Brewed with Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-Hell malts. Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops."; "Brewhouse Elysian Brewing Company is an award-winning Northwest brewery operating three distinct Seattle brewpubs."; "Cheers! [undersigned] Dick Cantwell, Head Brewer"; "The name Sub Pop is used with the permission of Sub Pop Records."

My initial pour resulted in a finger-and-a-half of foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was a deep-amber, coppery, even, with NE-quality clarity. Nose was grapefruit with some caramel thrown in to reduce the intensity. I would even say oranges or tangerines to go with the caramel. Brach's Candies used to make flavored caramels that I would eat while visiting my maternal grandmother and this reminds me somewhat of them. Mouthfeel was medium and the citrusy hops seemed to pop on the tongue, initially, giving 'way to a wash of caramel maltiness. Finish was semi-dry with the hops lingering well past the swallow. It really was not, as some reviewers have remarked, what I would consider an IPA, but it was on the upper end of the scale in terms of both hop profile and ABV for an APA. I have drank this beer repeatedly, but this was my first opportunity to sit and write a review. Would I drink it again? Heck, yes!

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the smell I get a lot of thick rich toffee malts with a lemony, herbal hop in the back. Very smooth and the rich toffee malts dominate mostly the whole taste up until the very end where the lemony herbal hop comes in with taste and bitterness. Its very floral tasting as well.

The malt taste reminds me very much of how Rogue's Dead Guy Ale malt tastes. Its very similar. I actually like this beer better because of the Sorachi Ace hops which give it a unique twist on the flavor that I normally don't ever smell or taste in beers.

I also like this beer a lot because the whole "grunge rock" scene is probably one of my favorite music movements to ever happen. I love the fact that Sub Pop collaborated with a brewery and put Nirvana as the forefront band of this beer. Hence the "Corporate beer still sucks" as a play on of the t shirt Kurt Cobain wore on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine that said "Corporate magazines still suck"

The malt really tries to win the battle here with the hops because of how rich and noticeable the malt taste is...but because of those Sorachi Ace hops it really adds a tropical fruity lemon herbal note to it that like I said...I'm not used to tasting in a beer. Very cool beer and Elysian has quickly become my favorite go to Seattle brewery.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at New Belgium Brewery Tasting Room.
A: light amber caramel color with a light sticky lacing.
S: has a floral bouqet with some sweet apple mixing in lightly.
T: the hops are potent but almost adds a sour slash bitter flavor insted of just bitter. Has a good caramel malt flavor in the aftertaste.
M/D: medium body smooth and dry feel. Good drinkability really easy to drink a few.

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Photo of ccrida
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an impy pint, Loser is a murky dark copper with a large, orange tinged off-white, very dense, slow settling head, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is sweeter, caramel and toffee malts, skunky hops. Served at fridge temp, it wasn't too strong.

Taste is pretty nicely balanced, almost in brown ale territory with the maltiness, semi-sweet, clean and smooth, just enough hop bitterness, pretty clean finish. Wow, this is pretty damn nice!

Mouthfeel is slick, and even though the beer is on the chewy side, it's light bodied and highly digestible.

Drinkability is good, this is a damn fine pale ale, a shame it's a one off, cause it sure ain't no loser!

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Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Orange copper color. The head is very sticky and lacy. Looks like there is a good deal of hopsss in this beer.

S- The smell is hoppy and bready. There is a strange spice to this as well. It is very unique, I can't quite put my finger on it but I'm saying nutmeg.

T- There is an orange and nutmeg taste with this beer. It has a weird hop taste to this too. I'm getting a nice bready taste to this as well. I'm rating this beer in the taste department kinda high, I realize that, but because it is so unique compared to other APA's it kind of stands out, but in a good way. I feel that it deserves to be rated a little higher because of that.

M- This beer creates a strange slimy feel in your mouth. It almost coagulates your saliva. You know the feeling.

D- Pretty drinkable. I'm actually quite surprised about this beer. I've passed on it many times, then it wasn't available for a stretch. Then recently it seems to be all over. It's a nice brew.

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Photo of trevorjn06
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw/golden color with a small head that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild (beer is cold) but there is some malt and bready-ness along with very faint fruity/lemony hops.

Taste is very smooth, there is caramel, light toffee and a nice malty-ness. The hops are restrained but present with some brightness towards the finish. It rolls onto the tongue with lightly toasted and grainy malt flavors and light caramel. This rolls into some lemon and very light/bright floral and then the finish comes with a moderate hop bitterness that creates a smooth and light flavor that makes you want another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium with slightly high carbonation.

Overall this beer is fairly light but with some stronger malt notes. I found it very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyed drinking it.

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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 dsa7783
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extremely drinkable brew from Elysian... A classic, flavorful rendition of an American classic... Bread and butter notes, and extremely well balanced with equally nice doses of malts and hops...
Some caramel sweetness noticeable along with a spice of wet hops...
Definitely good stuff...

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Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elysian Loser Pale Ale. Generic logo looks pretty cool, actually. Sub Pop logo graces the label and the brewery boasts celebrating 20 years of Sub Pop records. I'm currently listening to Cake, but I think I might pop on Badmotorfinger during this drinking session.

Well-hazed and well-carbonated burnt orange beer with a a solid crown of bone-white head. Two inches worth, and it's not falling for anyone or anything. Cascading bubbles are in effect, but they have to dodge suspended sediment to get to the surface. Got to hand it to them, boy, Elysian is known for floaties!

Toasted grain, tropical fruit medley, whole grain cracker dust, and some sweetness. Picking up some passion fruit, mango, orange, and grapefruit. Wowsers!

Very similar to Alpha King in the taste. A little more tropicalia to the fruits in the hop flavor. Firmly bitter with a generous dose of toast from the malts (but, perhaps, a little paler than Alpha King in that regard). Cherimoya, nectarine, and lime all from the hops. Very nice! Beastly too, with an alcohol bite that is perfectly stated for 7% ABV!

Every sip has a little foam in it 'cause that head never leaves! Nice balance of sop, hop, and whop. Great consistency to the body. Drinks easier than Alpha King!

Killer brew, and totally unexpected! Best thing I've ever had from these guys (seeing as I poorly rated their IPA series). My surprise beer of the night!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear orange in color with a large 3"+ fluffy head that has big bubbles and lasts. Moderate lace paints the glass.

Smell: bread and caramel are easily detectable.

Taste: grainy malt, bread, mild citrus tones, soft ripe fruit flavors, and a decent bitterness makes up a tasty APA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp throughout with a light dryness arriving late. Aftertaste is brief.

Drinkability: sessionable pale ale that is easy to quaff. Nice straight-forward offering from Elysian.

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Photo of philbertk
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elysian Brewing Company--ELYSIAN Loser Pale Ale--Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary Ale--2008--22 oz. Bottle Release. 6.50% ABV--35 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale. "Lacy thin head. Clear thin bright rich pretty amber color. Floral ""Crystal"" hop malty front. Creamy toasted cloying mild sweet Crystal malt mild fruit biscuit rich Pale Ale body. ""Sorachi Ace? Bittering."" Mellow hop spice cloying malty bitter doughy end. Rich." Sampled 7/25/2008. 4 @ $3.99 Each. Elysian Brewing Company--New Belgium Brewing Company--Loser Pale Ale--Sub Pop--2009--22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale. Thin off white head. Clear rich amber red color. Mellow malty floral hop front. Rich mildly earthy doughy biscuit caramel mild fruit Pale Ale body. Mellow creamy mild sweet biscuit hop end. Rich Tasty Pale Ale. Sampled 6/20/2009. 4 @ $4.50 Each. Elysian Brewing Company--ELYSIAN Loser Sub Pop Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) IPA-Imperial Pale Ale? Thin mild white lace head. Clear rich pretty amber color. No sediment. Mild floral hop malty doughy front. Smooth rich biscuit caramel light sweet fruit Pale Ale body. Smooth mild hop spice refreshing rich Pale Ale end. Crisp malt & hops make a rich tasty Pale. Sampled 6/11/2010. $3.99 Each.

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