Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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Ratings: 437
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 4
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: bbothen on 08-28-2008)
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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of EspressoGuy
2.83/5  rDev -23.1%
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.

Photo of Kopfschuss
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Rickythejeweler
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of facundoCNB
3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of bluckbeyes
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of LampertLand
3/5  rDev -18.5%
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

Photo of mdillon86
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of kylemckinnis
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of squidrobot
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of demgoth
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of shelby415
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A nice shade of amber brown with a 1/2 inch of head. Lacing is minimal.

S - Smell is fairly herbal, mostly sweet pine/citrus hops, cookie crust, and a touch of herbal bitterness.

T - Actually quite good. More dominant with Bitters and a touch of pale malts but has a fairly balanced IPA body. Hoppy with a gram cracker finish.

M - Light to medium easy to drink.

Overall I believe this is the first Elysian beer I enjoyed. A nice take on the Pale ale style.

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice amber hue from light brown chestnut at the top to red and then orange at the bottom. Opaque. Head forms slowly makes barely two figners and is off white with a uniform appearance, and some creamy faint lacing.

Biscuity malt and chewy cookie sweetness on the nose. Faint hop action, but some sweet alcohol like rush also. Not bad quite inviting, hints at English Bitter...

Taste seems to be a simple malt graham and milk sweetness. Sugar sweet with a faint pine like hop in aftertaste. Good solid thick body with out a lot of syrup. Some nice herbal tea like hop tastes as well.

Overall kind of basic, reminds me more of an English bitter than anything, but easily drinkable even at 7%. Would have again.

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The loser pours a deep amber color with a solid 2 finger plus head. Good head retention with nice web lacing.

The smell is sweet and fruity. Tastes lemony and real spicy. Good residual sugar in this one. Tastes more like an IPA to me at 7.0ABV and with a large hop presence to it. It is only 57 ibu but comes across strong. Good mouthfeel to the beer as the hops stick to the tongue.

Overall a good beer from a brewery I should visit next time in Seattle.

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of rogerthegill
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Elysian Loser Pale Ale. Generic logo looks pretty cool, actually. Sub Pop logo graces the label and the brewery boasts celebrating 20 years of Sub Pop records. I'm currently listening to Cake, but I think I might pop on Badmotorfinger during this drinking session.

Well-hazed and well-carbonated burnt orange beer with a a solid crown of bone-white head. Two inches worth, and it's not falling for anyone or anything. Cascading bubbles are in effect, but they have to dodge suspended sediment to get to the surface. Got to hand it to them, boy, Elysian is known for floaties!

Toasted grain, tropical fruit medley, whole grain cracker dust, and some sweetness. Picking up some passion fruit, mango, orange, and grapefruit. Wowsers!

Very similar to Alpha King in the taste. A little more tropicalia to the fruits in the hop flavor. Firmly bitter with a generous dose of toast from the malts (but, perhaps, a little paler than Alpha King in that regard). Cherimoya, nectarine, and lime all from the hops. Very nice! Beastly too, with an alcohol bite that is perfectly stated for 7% ABV!

Every sip has a little foam in it 'cause that head never leaves! Nice balance of sop, hop, and whop. Great consistency to the body. Drinks easier than Alpha King!

Killer brew, and totally unexpected! Best thing I've ever had from these guys (seeing as I poorly rated their IPA series). My surprise beer of the night!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 437 ratings.