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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 46 | 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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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
Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

t0rin0, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

djrn2, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

zestar, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

acurtis, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

nmann08, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

metter98, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

GRG1313, May 01, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"When you're a winner you're always happy, but if you're happy as a loser you'll always be a loser."

Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych

Rich Halloween pumpkin orange with Sunkist highlights when sunshine is allowed entry. The sandstone colored crown is both creamy and firm, with hundreds of glassine bubbles on its superior surface. BB-shot sheets of lace are beginning to decorate the glass in fine fashion.

Elysian has never been a brewery to go easy on the hops, which is why I like their beer so much. This APA features a background of lightly toasted malts and a foreground awash in musky-fruity hoppiness. Although Sorachi Ace and Crystal might not have been my first choices, they work very well together.

Just as the hop bill is a sure-fire hit, the grain bill is a miss. Loser has too much Munich malt flavor, which comes across as a nutty, woody earthiness that is common in most marzens. In a pale ale, it only succeeds in partially masking what ought to be the focus... which is hops. Thankfully, there are enough of those to (barely) earn the higher flavor score.

Sorachi Ace was developed in Japan by Sapporo and is a Brewer's Gold and Saaz cross. It's supposed to be lemony... and is a little. I'm also getting orange rind and ripe apricot. The beer's floral spiciness is probably due to Crystal. One simple change (subtract the Munich) would turn Loser into even more of a winner.

The mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It has plenty of heft for the style and the ABV (7.0% on the label) and has just the right amount of zesty bubbles. Resinous hop burps are always welcome.

Elysian is one of the great unheralded breweries of the Pacific Northwest. Most everything they release is outstanding, including Dragonstooth Stout, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Jasmine Avatar IPA, The Immortal IPA and The Wise ESB. Ironically enough, the Sup Pop motto is appropriate when describing Loser... "We're not the best, but we're pretty good".

BuckeyeNation, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

jaydoc, Nov 16, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Knapp85, Apr 11, 2014
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
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

StonedTrippin, Feb 14, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a quick burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then the piney hops presence returns as the sweetness fades some. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has a heavy malt presence with an odd kind of alcohol burn to it, along several lines. Something seems out of order with the whole thing, though it is drinkable. I suppose it strikes me as muddled. And the burn to it masks any other character that might be trying to show. Overall, a mediocre showing.

RblWthACoz, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to juliusseizure (Reddit) for this one.

Pours a light fizzy head covering that barely even makes a head, over very hazy nectar orange red colored beer.

Nose light citrus and floral hops, candied orange peel, a light sweet caramel and toasty reddish malts, and even a light grassy hop.

Taste starts with a light sweet malt, caramel and toasty reddish malts, little toffee. Then hops, faint bitterness, little grassy and citrus hop, again candied orange peel but light. The finish dries a bit and brings a light spicy but quite bitter hop finish, long lingering bitterness and hint of caramel at the end.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall meh, nothing special, too much malt, hops are Ok but not great, not very drinkable either with the big spicy hop bitter lingering finish.

jlindros, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

drabmuh, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

mendvicdog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Rifugium, May 31, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

mactrail, May 14, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

mdfb79, May 29, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.35/5  rDev -9%
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.

WesWes, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of DrunkinYogi
4/5  rDev +8.7%

DrunkinYogi, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

jwc215, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

InspectorBob, May 23, 2013
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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.