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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
84
good

134 Reviews
THE BROS
85
very good

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Reviews: 134
Hads: 505
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.13%
Wants: 6
Gots: 82 | 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

BODY
Medium

TASTING NOTES
Light tropical flavors balanced with a crisp malt-hop finish.

MALTS
Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

HOPS
Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 57

AVAILABILITY
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: 134 | Hads: 505
Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.86/5  rDev +4%
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. (1,512 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (282 characters)

Photo of leaddog
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of mattcrill
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (750 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of artoolemomo
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (1,851 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev 0%
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. (860 characters)

Photo of ckollias
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper hue with a thick white, 2-finger head that slowly dissipates and leaves a solid lace.

S: Hoppy aroma with a caramel base..

T: Starts of bitter and hoppy with a sweet caramel middle and finishes on the tart side of dry.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Decent pale ale – worth of a try. (374 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, copper-colored body with a nice, spongy white head. Mild bread and soft floral aromas. Biscuit-like malt flavors along with mild estery flavors; buttery; caramel sugars. Medium bodied; crisp and dry.

Excellent flavors all around. Beautiful balance and complexity. Malt grains, hop bitterness, all blending together with some nice, subtle fruity background flavors makes for a delightful drinking experience. (415 characters)

Photo of Jimmys
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of nbaeteer
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
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? (924 characters)

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. (381 characters)

Photo of vkv822
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
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. (279 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at giant eagle in Hermitage last week.

A- Body is a cloudy, translucent golden yellow hue. Body has dynamic fogginess. Pours with a nice foamy 1-2 finger head and leaves some lacing behind in the glass.

S- Nose is classic APA. Grain, floral hops, pale malt.

T- Upfront is a lot of floral hop overtones with a mild pale malt backbone. The finish is smooth and all floral hop flavor with a mild to moderate lingering residual bitterness.

M- Medium carbonation, smooth and creamy mouthfeel. Very Good.

D- Overall this is a very good, classic APA. Fantastic smooth mouthfeel and very good drinkability. I will have this one again. (646 characters)

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! (1,632 characters)

Photo of atr2605
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a orange/golden color with an off white head with decent retention
S-citrus, biscuit and yeast
T-pine and biscuit flavor up front with citrus coming in the finish. Biscuit lingers throughout
M-medium bodied
O-Not bad, well balanced. Not my go to beer but I would drink it again (285 characters)

Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bomber from a visit from a friend from WA. Thanks, Mike! I slipped this into my tumbler, so I'm not sure of head. Smells of malts and grains first, some floral hops, but a bit masked by the malt presence. Tastes like it smells too, but a bit more hop forward than what was expected, for a pale, and might really make this more in line with an IPA than anything else...but a good thing too, given the long sustain of the hops and terrific carbonation, mouthfeel and satisfying afterward. Might turn some off looking for a tamer ale, but I though this terrific and fresh and good! (587 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (311 characters)

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. (385 characters)

Photo of Dodt
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

found this beer during one of my beer trips . poured into a fresh clean pint glass.feel a bit silly went to take a sniff of this beer and went in a little bit to close and got a bit up my nose.nice color . with a great hops and citrus presents. not a bad beer , can't wait to try other beers from this brewery (309 characters)

Photo of BigPlay1824
2.86/5  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 (900 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (794 characters)

Photo of Murrhey
3.04/5  rDev -18.1%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.89/5  rDev -22.1%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer beer pour a lightly hazy, deep gold with small particulate floaters. The off-white settles to a thin cap on top after a minute.

S: The is moderate hops aroma that is a spicy and flowery with a bit of lemon. The malt is almost no existent and there is a slight fruit ester.

T: The flavor is a good balance between a medium lemony hop flavor and a medium malt with a light bready character. There is a moderately high hops bitterness that carries through the dry finish.

M: It has a medium-light body and moderate carbonation. There is slight hint of alcohol warmth.

O: An enjoyable better than average pale ale. They've done a good job keeping the sorachi ace restrained but it's not a hop flavor I enjoy on it's own. (734 characters)

Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.