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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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Ratings: 385
Reviews: 118
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 5
Gots: 39 | 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 coastiefish
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

coastiefish, Aug 12, 2011
Photo of dogfishandi
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a growler of this at the orchard park consumers. fridge temp poured into a bulb style glass.

pours a cloudy reddish amber with a huge billowy, slightly off white head. great retention with a little lace.

in the aroma, lots of biscuit and a little caramel balanced by tropical fruity hops and a light dry citrus.

the taste follows the aroma almost identically. a really unique deelicious biscuit flavor from the malt while still having a nice hop presence.

a little dry on the palate in the finish, slightly heavier side of medium bodied.

overall: a solid pale ale, almost an IPA. i really enjoyed the flavors from the malt, and as a homebrewer, its nice to see the use of some ingredients new to the market, crystal, sorachi ace hops, and carahell malts. id drink this again.

dogfishandi, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a pretty clear deep amber-orange with a massive, 3+ finger, frothy almost white head that leaves some moderate lacing.

Smell. Caramel and a little bready yeast. Some citrus and spice as well.

Taste. Toasty light malts, a little citrus fruit and apples. A little bitter with some hints of herby hops. Clean finish with pretty well hidden abv.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation. Crisp and a little dry. Really nice.

Overall. Fantastic drinker even with the moderately high abv. Nothing too complex but tastes great and goes down real easy. Will buy again.

Rutager, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of Docer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a dark clear copper brew with a big fluffy couple fingers of head. Leaving lace all the way down to a large bubbly ring and blanket of spotty cream. Very creamy and pretty head.

Smell: (3.5)
- Nice grainy and slightly sweet malt. Very bready indeed. Light fruit notes, fresh grassy hop, and light resinous pine. Overall very malt forward, but not a caramel malt so much... just more bready.

Taste: (3.5)
- Bready grainy malt. Light fruit and ester, bitter zesty hops with a fruity and grassy finish. Rather herbal, and light on hops. Big on bready and lightly sweet malts with maybe a touch of a brown sugar and cinnamon-like quality.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied, slightly drying from the bittering hops, and a bit chewy. Well carbonated. Lightly syrupy and sticky as well.

Overall: (3.5)
- Overall the beer is very solid. It's hops shine in the bittering end, and it has an even more unique malt quality. Very bready, smooth, and tasty while still remaining unique. Overall I am not too impressed with it, but it is worth the shot. I wonder how this beer would be on tap.

Docer, Jul 08, 2011
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 OWSLEY069
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-ish to amber color with a light tan head. In the aroma, big gingerbread like maltiness. In the taste, big gingerbread like malt and just a pinch of alcohol. A smooth and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry gingerbread like aftertaste. Quite English, but nice balance.

OWSLEY069, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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."

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.

Kendo, Jun 30, 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 ummswimmin
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up this beer based on nostalgia. The beer is dedicated to Sub-Pop records which was the biggest label to release the grunge style in the 90's. Since I was in high school when grunge blew up, this made it very attractive. It helped that Sub-Pop is based out of Seattle, and I grew up in Oregon. And yes, I do remember where I was when I heard that Kurt Cobain died.

This is a very good beer on it's own. It looks good, the head is proper, and the lacing is nice as I drink.

The aroma presents quite a bit of hoppiness, which was a little stronger than expected for a Pale.

The flavor is also very hoppy. I really taste all the malts and hops. Unfortunately, this was very overwhelming as a Pale. The brewer should consider re-labeling this as an IPA. This hurt the scores a little.

It is important to review the beer based on type (which is why I don't review Pilsners), and the flavor and aroma just doesn't match the style described.

ummswimmin, Jun 18, 2011
Photo of MADhombrewer
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Clear deep orange with an off white cap that leaves spider web like lacing behind. 4/5

Smell- Citrus hops. Small malt backbone to make it even. 4/5

Taste- Lots of grapefruit, lemon and peach flavors. There is a sweetness that is reminiscent of a citrus flavored hard candy. Nice bitterness and caramel to back it all up. 4/5

Mouthfeel- Good mouthfeel. It leaves a little left in your mouth after each sip. 4/5

Overall- This is a good, solid beer. Very easy drinking. I may pick this up again if I see it. 4/5

MADhombrewer, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color, clear with average carbonation.
White foamy head with a loose structure that fades to surface smudge leaving behind some light lacing around the inside part of the glass.

While the hop bouquet seems absent, malts have a good malty aroma. I can sense some sweet malts toffee and some bready yeast.
There does seem to be some hop pop towards the end but it's light and sutle.

The hops were pretty much absent in the aroma, but they pop out nicely in the taste. And that's a good thing.
Hops have a tropical fruit taste like pineapple.
Some dry malts follow.

A smooth mouthfeel with some bitterness at the end. I also taste a bit of cloying but it's fairly low.

This is a pretty good beer worthy of another.

micromaniac129, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a label much different from the one pictured here on BA. Collab with Sub-Pop Records thats... cool.

Pours a deep amber orange color with a booming fluffy off white/tan head. Piney hops some citrus and a balancing malt sweetness on the nose and tongue. Round with a relatively creamy medium body. Very easy to drink. One of the better offerings ive had from Elysian.

ATPete, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of hreb
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

hreb, Jun 02, 2011
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 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 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 jcw122
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

jcw122, May 08, 2011
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear golden copper. Big offwhite head that dissipated to a small layer. Some sticky cave painting laces.

Spicy herbal and pine notes. Toasty bread and caramel. somewhat malt forward. but hops still shine through.

Spicy herbal and piney hops. Toasty, bread, and caramel. Piney and herbal bitterness with a little bite. bitter malt forward beer. Similar to an ESB.

Semi thick, rich, and sticky. Drying. Good carbonation. Lively on the tongue. medium plus body for style.

Very drinkable. Bitter and tasty. ESB like. Great beer with food.

I enjoyed the 2010 more than the 2009. Love the label. Pairs well with some Seattle Grunge (Mudhoney or Green River works best).

CHILLINDYLAN, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of trevorjn06
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw/golden color with a small head that recedes quickly. Minimal lacing on the glass.

Aroma is fairly mild (beer is cold) but there is some malt and bready-ness along with very faint fruity/lemony hops.

Taste is very smooth, there is caramel, light toffee and a nice malty-ness. The hops are restrained but present with some brightness towards the finish. It rolls onto the tongue with lightly toasted and grainy malt flavors and light caramel. This rolls into some lemon and very light/bright floral and then the finish comes with a moderate hop bitterness that creates a smooth and light flavor that makes you want another sip.

Mouthfeel is medium with slightly high carbonation.

Overall this beer is fairly light but with some stronger malt notes. I found it very drinkable and thoroughly enjoyed drinking it.

trevorjn06, Oct 05, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Seanibus, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of oglmcdgl
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

oglmcdgl, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growing up a huge fan of many Sub-pop artists (Love Battery anyone?), I'm kind of excited to pop this one open...

A - Two fingers worthy of exceedingly creamy light tan colored head that is slightly rocky and includes some big chunky bubbles... An pale light caramel color... Loaded with swirling carbonation that moves at a pretty good clip... Some foam clings to the glass...

S - Not much of an aroma at all... Some pale malts... Some Caramel... A super faint whiff of muted citrus... Perhaps a slight hint of nuttiness...

T - Toasted malts... Pale malts... Caramel... Nuttiness... Seltzer... A surprisingly sharp but shallow bitterness rises on the finish... The finish is laced with a slight metallic presence...

M - Medium bodied... A tad of lively carbonation... Slightly sleek... Dry finish... Rather pedestrian...

D - Easy drinking and quite sessionable... Nothing fancy and nothing off putting... A rather average brew tied to one of great independent record labels off all time... Nothing to write home about, but I wouldn't hesitate picking on up if I saw one, especially given the low price...

philbe311, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, deep orange with a small white head and good carbonation

S: Caramel and a tangyness

T: Plenty of malts, Crystal and Munich, balanced perhaps even more malts. Some deep tang and citrus

M: Malty and light booze feel

D: Ok but not one I would recommend, not bad but overly exciting either

barleywinefiend, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of philbertk
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Elysian Brewing Company--ELYSIAN Loser Pale Ale--Sub Pop Records 20th Anniversary Ale--2008--22 oz. Bottle Release. 6.50% ABV--35 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) Pale Ale. "Lacy thin head. Clear thin bright rich pretty amber color. Floral ""Crystal"" hop malty front. Creamy toasted cloying mild sweet Crystal malt mild fruit biscuit rich Pale Ale body. ""Sorachi Ace? Bittering."" Mellow hop spice cloying malty bitter doughy end. Rich." Sampled 7/25/2008. 4 @ $3.99 Each. Elysian Brewing Company--New Belgium Brewing Company--Loser Pale Ale--Sub Pop--2009--22 oz. Bottle Release. 7.00% ABV--45 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale. Thin off white head. Clear rich amber red color. Mellow malty floral hop front. Rich mildly earthy doughy biscuit caramel mild fruit Pale Ale body. Mellow creamy mild sweet biscuit hop end. Rich Tasty Pale Ale. Sampled 6/20/2009. 4 @ $4.50 Each. Elysian Brewing Company--ELYSIAN Loser Sub Pop Pale Ale--2010 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 45 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) IPA-Imperial Pale Ale? Thin mild white lace head. Clear rich pretty amber color. No sediment. Mild floral hop malty doughy front. Smooth rich biscuit caramel light sweet fruit Pale Ale body. Smooth mild hop spice refreshing rich Pale Ale end. Crisp malt & hops make a rich tasty Pale. Sampled 6/11/2010. $3.99 Each.

philbertk, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of skinny0ne
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

It has a great creamy head. Lots of good lacing. The color is a perfect amber. There is very little aroma. Just a hint of roasted malt and bread. It has a lot of flavor throughout. The hops are present but not overpowering. A bit of grapefruit cuts it. Under it is a nice, maybe banana flavor which lends to a certain sweetness to it. Maybe a bit too sweet. And behind that and into the aftertaste and breath is some alcohol. Probably it's main weakness. At "only" 7% it should have that much of an alcohol flavor to it. And if you belch, there is definitely an odd carbonation flavor to it. Overall it's worth a try. Good but has a couple flaws to it that prevent it from being great.

skinny0ne, Apr 10, 2010
Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 385 ratings.