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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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295 Ratings
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Ratings: 295
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%


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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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2012 14:38:05 | More by BeerCon5
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on-tap at the brewery in Seattle.

Pours a coppery golden colour, with no visible hazing. Body is light, with streaming carbonation forming in patches. Head is white and filmy, with a fine ring leaving inconsistent lace. Not bad, but not that exciting overall.

Nose is pleasant and oddly savoury. Some light crisp lemon is forwards, along with crushed celery and leaves. It's slightly vegetative and bright. Nice stuff.

Clean light entry on the palate with a touch of lemon. Bright but empty palate gives a refreshing aspect, but adds only minimal interest. Finish has a clean bitterness which underlines this. It's soft all over, and in real terms, a little dull. But it really does work.

Overall, yeah, it's not bad. It has a smoothness, a lightness, and it's really very drinkable. I've seen Sorachi Ace put to better use though—here it's extremely subtle.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 04:30:12 | More by lacqueredmouse
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white soft head of small bubbles, some lacing, spotty carbonation, looks fine.

The aroma is grassy and lemony...I smell sorachi ace hops.

Yep, beer is medium to light in body and quite sorachi in the palate. Lemony, almost a coconut style bitterness, decent, a familiar flavor, decent APA, but I'd skip it next time.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2011 03:32:09 | More by drabmuh
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 06:37:32 | More by biboergosum
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Kendo

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

"Everybody's bragging and drinking that wine;
I can tell the Queen of Diamonds by the way she shines.
Come to Daddy on an inside straight.
I got no chance of losing this time.
No, I got no chance of losing this time."

-"Loser"
Lyrics: Robert Hunter
Music: Jerry Garcia

Got it on tap at Blue Tusk in Syracuse on 6/28/11; served in a mug.

A: Body is honey-amber in color with a foamy (and active) white head. Lots of streaming carbonation keeps that head well-fortified. Finally leaves behind good lacing.

S: Faint overall nose - basic hops (light citrus) and a touch of generic malt sweetness.

T: A solid caramel malt foundation underneath. Finishes with hops that at times seem citrusy (lemony more than orange or grapefruit), but at other times there's a spicy quality to the finish. Citrus is mellow, nowhere near IPA levels. I didn't know the ABV was 7% when I drank it, but that explains the heat I get at the finish. The overall finish is clean.

M: Good creaminess, medium in heft.

O: Good stuff. Overall impression is that it's sweeter than expected, but that might just be because I'm used to IPAs, not APAs.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2011 23:26:51 | More by Kendo
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at Monk's, Philly, PA

Poured a clear copper with a large, fluffy, tan head that receded after a few minutes to a thin layer, lacing nicely. Crisp aroma, mainly of malts, with some sensations of herbs and nuts. Smelled more like an amber ale than a pale ale. Very toasty taste, malty, burnt sugar; some hop bitterness coming through, but not much. A bit of orange taste in there as the flavors settled on my taste buds. Pretty smooth mouthfeel, finished pretty dry, and was quite drinkable in its own right, though lacking some of the bright flavors I'd typically expect from an APA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 14:39:59 | More by Rifugium
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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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jcw122

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

05-08-2011 02:44:56 | More by jcw122
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Seanibus

California

4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a vast, beautiful head. The aroma is delicate and perfumy, a little malt, some ginger and jasmine. The flavor is also delicate, malty and warm with a pleasant, sharp hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is foamy and satisfyingly beer like.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2010 23:06:02 | More by Seanibus
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oglmcdgl

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A pint on tap at memphis taproom.

A- comes to me with a finger of off white head that settles soon enough to a small island and a faint ring. Deep copper orange in color with a brilliant clarity.

S- quite nose with some sweet caramel malts and a hit of toast. Mild hops crack at times.

T- nice balance between malts and hops. Caramel sweetness and piny citrus hops at the same time. Sweet oranges and ruby red grapefruit topped with brown sugar and dark caro syrup. Toasted whole wheat bread and honey on top.

M- medium body and carb. This brew is and exercise in balance.

D- well kinda malty for a apa but this is an amazing brew and I really like it.

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2010 05:14:00 | More by oglmcdgl
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 18:06:34 | More by Kemmerlin
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mjl21

California

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given. Paid $3.50 during happy hour.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber color. It has a nice frothy one finger off white head that looks like it was poured via cask. The head rests at a nice foamy layer. Leaves some nice looking lace.

S-Nothing too huge with this one. I get toasted malt, some caramel malt, and a little citrus.

T-The taste is well balanced between grapefruit and sweet malt that is not toffee sweet. It is definitely sweeter than it smells. There is some definite nuttiness that is picked up. I get lemon and orange flavors as it warms. It finishes sweet and there is not a lot of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and quite resiny.

D-A pretty good pale ale. A tad bit too sweet for my taste but I would have it again.

I was glad to try this one. There are better ones out there, but overall it was a good draft pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 17:02:15 | More by mjl21
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DiabolikDUB

Oregon

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy, medium amber with a puffy finger of off-white head that is long lasting and leaves a strong ring of lacing around the glass and heavy lacing the beer is drank. The aroma is caramel, toffee, toast and citrus hops. The flavor is sweet malt upfront and has a citrus bitter finish. This beer has a light-medium body and mild carbonation. This is an easy drinker and highly sessionable. The flavor is a nice balance of hops and malt while still allowing the hops to shine and be showcased.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 22:06:35 | More by DiabolikDUB
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 23:21:01 | More by NJpadreFan
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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nicely hopped american pale ale, with maybe a little more alcohol than the style usually brings, a nice touch for winter i think. cool labels too, very hip. the color is light copper, radiant and clean looking, with just under an inch of white head with okay retention. i smell citrusy hops that still bring some bitterness too. the malt is a little darker than some pales, not dominant flavor wise like the english ones, but it definitely is a bit sturdier than other american pales. still light drinking through because of the fruity hops, lemons and oranges on the finish, with some rustic grain backing, well balanced and very enjoyable. gets a little weird as it warms up, but so do most hoppy beers. good carbonation and medium on the body, a very good winter drinking pale ale, might be a bit much for summer, but i liked this a lot.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 18:55:19 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Totowa the other day, having never tried this before. I've had so many Pale Ales but I gave this a go because of the name and the hope that it would stand out a bit from the other West Coast examples of this style. Without a doubt, the appearance of this beer was the best attribute of it but there were enough other things to like about this besides the hue and rings of lacing after each sip.

This had a nice apricot hue to this with a hazy appearance, a fairly thick head, and the aforementioned lacing. Quite possibly, the web that was left at the end of my session was the best I've ever seen in any beer I've ever reviewed on here, certainly the best I've witnessed in a long time. Not a terribly strong aroma to this but there was a fair amount of grapefruit and metallic notes, along with a grassy earthiness and some tropical fruits. Not a lot of hop bitterness to this but there was a subtle burn underneath everything and a nice, oily consistency to this that was just a notch below the benchmark set by Sierra Nevada.

There was enough alcohol here but it almost felt like a session beer. Even though I only bought one bottle of this, it would be relatively easy to enjoy another in a sitting. While not up to par in a crowded category on here, this beer certainly isn't a "loser" and would be a good choice for someone looking for a textbook example of this style. This wasn't dry at all and had a good balance to it, as would be expected in any easily enjoyable APA.




Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 10:04:06 | More by JerzDevl2000
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CrazyDavros

Australia

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber with a creamy head.
Nose shows orange marmalade, bready malt, caramel, floral and spicy hops.
Very piny flavours with some peppery woody notes too, almost cedar-like. Lots of clean sweet malt. Some booze but reasonable well-integrated.
Great moderately-high carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:56:56 | More by CrazyDavros
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pouts a copper amber with a finger of foamy white head.

Smell- piney hops, bready malts, caramel, hint of citrus

Taste- Starts with moderate bitterness from the spicy piney hops then goes to the bready malts and the citrus.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall- An APA that stays true to the style. I like the spicy hop notes in the beer. A winner for me.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 04:07:50 | More by leaddog
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Moderate hop aromas up front. Fresh musk melon and light orange zest with a medium caramel malt sweetness. No esters- clean fermentation profile.

Appearance: Hazy amber pour with a low off-white head. Head retains well in the glass and leaves sticky lacing behind.

Flavor: Firm earthy bitterness up front. Bready and caramel-like malt base. Hop flavor is moderate with more melon and orange rind notes. Balance is firmly bitter. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is lingering and bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. No astringency, heat, or creaminess.

Overall impression: A punchy strong pale ale. Would prefer more hop aroma and less bready malt flavors but plenty of hops to keep me interested. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 19:04:02 | More by mattcrill
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy golden orange almost amber looking colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that leaves a good amount of foamy slightly clingy lacing in rings

S: malty citrusy, kinda floral, light lemon

T: starts off bitter, and gets kinda malty but not too sweet, balanced very well, no aftertaste, but a quick dry finish

M: somewhat light perhaps closer to medium, semi-sesssionable, carbonation is very smooth (how old is this...hmmm, ok, not complainin'), seems almost too smooth for an APA, I'll give it a thumbs up

O: pretty good APA that I would have again, well done Elysian, and this would definitely go well with its respected food

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 06:56:03 | More by BeerKangaroo
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy, medium coppery amber with a fine one finger off-white head with excellent retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet biscuit malt, lemon, light citrus hops. Flavor follows with caramel and biscuit malt, lemon, spicy citrus hops. Finishes with a lingering citrus and grassy hop bitterness and a bit of citrus rind. Medium bodied with great carbonation. A very full flavored pale ale, with an excellent balance between malt and citrus hops. Nice light lemon makes this very refreshing. I liked this quite a bit.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 01:00:44 | More by LiquidAmber
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.39/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours up almost three fingers' worth of head and seems, at the moment, to have good retention. The head is almost pure cotton white but it is slightly off-white. The body is a medium amber that appears as a pale amber when held up to the light. A good amount of lacing has already been left behind. Lacing is left in streaks.

Nose- Delicate but still interesting. Mild notes of citrus- mostly orange and lemon but also some grapefruit. Seems to be some berry notes as well, almost tending toward cherry. A bit of floral character as well. Those fade and lemon from the Sorachi Ace becomes the dominant note.

Taste- Starts off a lot more hop forward and bitter than a lot of pale ales (the brewery website says it has 57 IBUs, which I believe). Some lemon but pretty noticeable caramel replaces this with some cereal and other malt notes. Pine and resin seem to work the entire length of the flavor profile. It's not quite an IPA but it gets close. If it had more of a linger of bitterness, I would cry foul but this is simply a bitter pale ale. Some lemon but there is way too much malt and bitter hops for a pale ale in my opinion. I wonder if these were used more liberally to mask the 7 percent alcohol. It's high for a pale ale and I don't detect it at all. The clean finish, however, does go a long way. Above average, not real defects, just a little boring. Matchstick and lots of pine on the finish.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied. Appropriate amount of carbonation.

Drinkability- A little harsh for a pale ale but it does have a little more kick than usual. Too many solid pale ales out there to spend my money on this one.

Overall- Above average. Worth a try if you're looking for a different kind of pale ale or a really light IPA. I like that it salutes Sub Pop but that's not enough for me to buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:57:24 | More by artoolemomo
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metter98

New York

3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy orange amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly died down, leaving some lacing on the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—tropical fruits and tangerines seem to stand out in particular—along with some hints of caramel malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of citrus and tropical fruits hops but doesn't have much in the way of associated bitterness. Hints of caramel malts are also perceptible.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer goes down rather easily and has some interesting aromas and flavors of hops. I would have no problem drinking a couple of these in succession.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 23:33:59 | More by metter98
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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 295 ratings.