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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

ColdOneKev, Apr 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

pityaddict, Jun 29, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

chevronsux, Aug 03, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

megamick, Aug 31, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

MikeMilanoDesign, Jun 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

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.

sabinelr, Aug 03, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

mendvicdog, Jul 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Rickythejeweler, Aug 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Definitely not a loser. Great representation of what a pale ale should be!

Donkster46, Sep 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Johnbeer1, Aug 09, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Wildone, Jul 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Tivlavrie, Jul 19, 2014
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

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!

jcw122, May 08, 2011
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4.4/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

BeerCon5, Oct 22, 2012
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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!

kingcrowing, Aug 22, 2009
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4.38/5  rDev +19%

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.

Rutager, Jul 23, 2011
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4.36/5  rDev +18.5%

flathanjr, Aug 15, 2014
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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.

CookstLiquor, Jul 09, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%

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!

jwc215, Nov 26, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

throwerbri, Jun 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

bubseymour, May 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Jameswoody, Mar 13, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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!

woodychandler, Jan 01, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

ONN8, May 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

JRod1969, Jan 07, 2014
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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.