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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%


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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RonfromJersey

New Jersey

2.63/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The name is a challenge to overcome.

Healthy, hazy orange body, topped by three fingers of dense off-white micro-bubbles.

Mild bready aroma with just a whiff of overripen oranges. Have to work just too hard to get something.

Sweet fruit trickles down the tongue. Orange, maybe a bt of mango. Blast of bitterness before the swallow. The whole seems someshat disjointed.

Medium mouthfeel works fine. Diminished drinkablity from the beers disjointed development.

Foregoing any label inspired play on words, I'll just say that this is not a winner. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 04:29:05 | More by RonfromJersey
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ArrogantB

Colorado

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle contract brewed by New Belgium $4. It looks nice, orange with a soapy head. The smell is just plain weird at first, like plastic, phenolic. As it warms up the smell improves slightly and the plastic quality goes away. Unfortunately the phenolic, plastic aspect shows up in the flavor in a major way and really distracts from the beer. There is an interesting fruity hop flavor that just get smothered in plastic. This reminds me a bit of a belgian-style pale Avery did a while for Liquor Mart.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:08:30 | More by ArrogantB
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pitasoup

Tennessee

2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: pour hazy orange/brown with thin white head that quickly subsides.

S: dust, grass, perhaps a touch of vegetal and piney american hops, but faded. there is a slight lemonyness that lingers on the breath afterwards - probably the sorachi.

T: slight diacetyl, then sharp and lingering hop bitterness. grapefruit rind and citrus dominate, with a spark of biscuit like malt sweetness.

M: medium bodied. lingering bitterness makes this seem thicker than it is. there is a minerally feeling left on the tongue.

O: rather meh apa. sorachi hops intrigued me, but I couldn't pull much from it. there's a harsh and umpleasant bitterness - i'm hoping it's from a freshness issue, and not the terrible choice of crystal hops.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 02:16:25 | More by pitasoup
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thatruth

Washington

2.75/5  rDev -25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 22:09:30 | More by thatruth
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beertunes

Washington

2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy deep orangeish-amber with a thin cap of head that quickly dissipated and left between light and medium lacing.

A very subdued aroma gives few hints as to what you should expect. The flavor has more going for it than the aroma promised. A very mellow malt foundation with some hop tang is all there is however.

Body and drinkabilty are what is expected from the style.

Brewed for the 20th anniversary of Seattle's Sub Pop Records, this beer shows the New Belgium blandness (where it was brewed) rather than Elysians generally assertive character.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 03:03:49 | More by beertunes
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Oxymoron

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2009 23:59:39 | More by Oxymoron
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EspressoGuy

British Columbia (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy, opaque buckwheat honey with orange hints
S: nice fresh pine, grapefruit rind, caramel, melon,
T:rich, full; a big, dense ball of flavour in the middle and high, dry bitterness in the finish. Definitely more of the Double/Imperial IPA type rather than American Pale Ale.
M: full-bodied. A beer to have with a big rich meal rather to to refresh on the deck. Scored according to style listed.
O: the 7% alcohol doesn't seem to allow for the malt and hops to come through. It's just big and bold without any style or complexity. Wouldn't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 20:41:05 | More by EspressoGuy
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BigPlay1824

New York

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a moderately hazy orangish amber color with a nice amount of carbonation bubbles on the glass, pours with a solid amount of very fluffy head that kind of seams heavy like cream, head is light tan in color with large bubbles and lingers for quite a while, dissipates and leaves lacing all over the glass
S: slight vanilla notes, kind of like hop extract rather than the cones or leaves, fruity notes like peaches
T: interesting notes of vanilla as seen in the scent, quite bitter, earthy like roots or dirt, kind of has a slight pineapple note, its interesting all together, not the best tasting apa by any means but eh its alright
M: medium carbonation tingle, bitter, leaves the mouth noticeably dry
O: it was ok, not really up my alley for what i was hoping but it was ok enough, wont buy it again, some notes were just odd as far as im concerned like the vanilla

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2012 00:18:52 | More by BigPlay1824
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ga64121

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The bottle says "celebrating over 25 years of celebrating sub pop records", indicative of how this beer should be marketed. Not a terrible beer but a little strong on the grapefruit. This is one that my nephew would love, but then he loves grapefruit syrup. I would have preffered a broader balance of hops, or perhaps some english malts to offset the citrus flavors.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 02:48:39 | More by ga64121
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JizackFH

New York

2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a big fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of sweet bready malts and caramel. I am getting some fruit notes and some mild piney hop presence. I smells a bit syrupy to me actually.

T - Taste starts off with some bready malt and caramel flavor. There is a moderate pine hop presence that lends some bitterness, but not much. Also, there is some fruitiness and a bit of citrus. The finish is pretty clean' leaving just a little bit of lingering hops and citrus.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is a bit of a chewy quality to it.

O - This has alright drinkability. It goes down fairly easy, but it just was a little thick feeling for me. Also, I would have liked to see more hop bitterness. There was a little, but it didn't stick around for very long. It was decent, but I probably wouldn't spend money on it again.

Serving type: growler

08-24-2011 07:24:58 | More by JizackFH
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mentor

Colorado

2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

New on the shelves here in Colorado, must be contract brewed for Elysian by New Belgium Brewing. Pours a three finger light tan head over a clear copper liquid. Smells musty american hops. A bit like a candle shop.

Tastes fruity hops with mild support malt and a grassy edge as the bitterness. Hops come across as oranges, mild pith, red fruit, baby aspirin, and a dash of fruity wood. Hop bitter is flat musty and not particularly pleasant. Malt sweet is wet and refreshing...works will with the hop flavors.

Md light body and medium carbonation. For me, the hop bitterness didn't work with the hop flavors and malt. Disjointed and mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2010 04:05:22 | More by mentor
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Teleweizen2

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Glass - Sam Adams perfect pint & delirium tremens snifter

A - pours an organey yellow with a white fluffy buy quickly dissipating head. Little to no lacing.

S - toasty caramel malts and a decent citrusy malt profile.

T - decent flavors. Citrus hops with a caramel malt base. Not all that complex or intriging for that matter.

M - medium bodied and a little too carbonated.

D - fairly drinkable just not that interesting.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2010 21:00:24 | More by Teleweizen2
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Murrhey

Montana

2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two-finger width offwhite head. Long retention, thick fluffy lacing. Light-orange color with high clarity. Clean looking beer.

S- Hop-forward, floral and sweet. Some light fruits, sugar and warm hops. Delightful smell.

T- Same floral hop character as in the smell, with a bitter malt body. The taste is a tad funky to me. Something's a bit off.

M- Heavier body for a pale ale, medium carbonation. Dry finish.

O- Ups and downs. Lovely smell, average appearance and feel, and wonky taste. My first Elysian, but hopefully not my last.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2012 00:12:43 | More by Murrhey
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LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Elysian Brewing's "Loser" Pale Ale @ 7.0% served cold from a 650 ml bottle
A-pours a dark golden/amber , bit hazy , with a thin white head , very little retention or lacing along the stein
S-citrus hops , herbal medicine
T-a spicy hoppy grapefruit start followed by a boozy whallop in the middle , the finish is dry with a slight tangy bitterness lingering on my palate
MF-medium carbonation , the ABV at 7.0% is definately not a corporate beer , but the overall bitterness is to high for me
Ov-glad I got to try one , but for me a one and done beer review/tasting , way to bitter

cheers LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:20:47 | More by LampertLand
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coastiefish

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

22 ounce bottle enjoyed in a tulip glass.

A - Cloudy, deep orange copper. Frothy one finger head dwindles down to an eighth of inch. Lacing has already begun upon settling into tulip.

S - Buttery toffee. Savory caramel. Bready

T - Bread & butter.

M - Smooth, creamy, medium body, rounded.

O - The diacetyl is very heavy in this beer. As it opens up and comes to room temp further, the more the diacetyl becomes present. It's fairly disappointing, Im wondering if this beer was possibly just a bad one out of the batch. I will rate this as is, and hope to either try it again in a 22oz soon or try it when I visit Elysian this winter.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 01:59:57 | More by coastiefish
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nbaeteer

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance: As is the case with most other aspects of this beer its appearance isn't what I would normally expect from a pale ale. Definately at the top end of the saturated gold pale ale color range. That being said it's a beautifull color with a nice 1/2 inch head that gets thinner but hangs on until the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Piney. Resin? Citrus although I cant pin down exactly what I'm smelling. Doesnt have the noticeable grapefruit smell in other pale ales

Taste: More booze than I expect or really want from a pale ale. I'd rather get a lighter hop flavor first with a little bit of booze coming through.

Mouthfeel: Again. Not as crisp as I would expect. Judging on mouthfeel alone it's an IPA.

Overall: In basketball players who don't really fit into any one position but can do a few different things well enough are known as "tweeners" and this is a tweener beer. The Andre Iguadola of beers perhaps?

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 04:15:37 | More by nbaeteer
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Givemebeer

Vermont

3.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden with some amber hue. A little darker than a typical pale ale. 1 inch head. Some lacing.

S: Smell is not too strong. Tropical fruits and sweet malty scent.

T: Light tropical fruit - grapefruit and mango. Sweet malts take over towards the end.

M: medium/light bodied.

O:At 7% ABV I was expected more flavor. Also wish the hops provided a more rounded and developed flavor. Not bad, but not a beer I'll be buying again.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 02:24:42 | More by Givemebeer
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hreb

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2011 03:59:48 | More by hreb
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mactrail

California

3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What is this anyway? Reading the description for German Alt, I'd say it's a lot closer. If you're a Pale Ale fan, no way is this a pale. Call it a wierd fruity amber.

Beautiful in the glass, nice amber color and loads of lacing. Fruity with a hint of the barnyard. Not quite tart enough for a Saison, but in that vein. Fairly malty with a biscuit taste and touch of mince meat pie.

Not bad and quite drinkable, but approach without expectations.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 05:17:04 | More by mactrail
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vkv822

Oregon

3.19/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz : tulip

Orange with a foamy white head and spotty lacing.

Light notes of citric, fruity hops are fairly well balanced with a pale malt backing.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A decent APA. All aspects are done to style, but it seems a bit subdued/underwhelming overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 08:18:13 | More by vkv822
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RJLarse

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Loser Pale Ale in a beer store. $3.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours deep ornage gold color with a bit of haze. Creamy head leaves behind some dainty lace. The brew appears full bodied, with small bubbles leisurely rising in the glass.

Smell is a sweet bread aroma, with just a hint of s fruit ot floral scent. Veyr much a malty smelling beer.

Taste is a caramel orange bread flavor all at once, with a very mild bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Sort of an in-between feel, neithe clean or cloying.

Drinkable enough. Sweeter than a lot of pale ales, and could be a little hoppier. I'd have it again, but it won't be a regular at my house.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2010 23:28:50 | More by RJLarse
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a clean but opaque deep amber/burgundy pour with 2 fingers of head which left behind great amounts of lacing. the smell is very weak.. a slight amount of malt, barely any hops.. i'm smelling a hint of rye/bready smell.
very subtle in taste up front.. slightly sweet but getting a slight earthy bitterness towards the end. not really impressed here. it's a good brewery, and was once a killer (now still decent) record label.. i don;t really get why this beer tastes so bland :-/
medium body, nicely carbonated, nice creamy feel on lips.
it's a standard ale.. not really hoppy... more of a light tasting esb, with a high abv% .. nothing really impressive, which is kind of surprising.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 22:50:56 | More by facundoCNB
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. no pkg date.

A: a slight haze on an otherwise bright body. bubbly white head. retention is decent. spots of lacing.

S: mild American hop aromas. pine, oranges, but im certainly not getting blasted in the face with hops right now.

T: hoppy flavor to start. faint orange peel. cant tell if there is a caramel sweetness or oxidation. I think it is malt sweetness all the way. a decent showing from the grain. perhaps a hint of ethanol in there. a piney resin lingers in the finish with a faint bitterness.

M: average/slightly below carb. medium body.

D: pretty average APA. I think the bigger body helps this brew out as I appreciate the balance. wish I knew when this was packaged so I could have a better idea if this was tired or not. overall, meh.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 00:49:02 | More by Jimmys
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WesWes

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a beautiful gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry and grainy, pale malt scent along with a bit of Munich malt sweetness and some grassy hop bitterness. The taste is average. It has a complex malt flavor that's grainy with a hint of Munich malt sweetness. The hops are up front and provide a grassy character that doesn't seem to meld well with the malt bill. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an interesting beer. It's complex. It's flavorful. It's not that great.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2011 20:51:42 | More by WesWes
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mdfb79

New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From 05/28/11 notes. Had on tap at Monk's Cafe in Philly. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a clear reddish amber color with one finger of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pale malts light fruity malts, bready malts, and wheat. Not bad at all, but a little bland to me.

t - Tastes of sweet fruit, caramel malts, bready malts, wheat, and toffee. Definitely a step up from the nose and more going on here.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

o - Overall an average pale ale. Nothing offensive about it at all, but the nose is pretty bland and just there. Taste is a step up with some sweet fruit and caramel. Wouldn't seek out again but glad to have tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 19:50:20 | More by mdfb79
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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.