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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 6
Gots: 47 | 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 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.

cswhitehorse, Jul 13, 2012
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.

CookstLiquor, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Chinaskifan1, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of rogerthegill
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%

rogerthegill, Jul 05, 2012
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!

thecheapies, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of jpd7374
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

jpd7374, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

mendvicdog, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of throwerbri
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

throwerbri, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of pityaddict
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

pityaddict, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of harrymel
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled: unk

Pours a nice hazy orange with a broken sheet of light almond foam. Nose carries citrus: oranges and lemons; with a subdued dose of light and crispy malts but under the heaviness of a good dose of crystal. Flavor is dry and crisp with good ESB maltiness and a bitten finish followed by a slight sweetness. Medium on full bodied with reserved carb and some thick finish. Nice beer, really easy to drink and a crowd pleasing SOB.

harrymel, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: pale orange hue with a light haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy ivory foam. Quite good looking.

Smell: very good aroma with fruity, citrusy hops with a light funk undercurrent. "Floral tangerine" comes to mind to describe this smell. A lightly bready malt is also present underneath; overall, quite good.

Taste: more of that tangerine comes through in the flavor with a moderate and balanced bitterness toward the end. Malt character is a bit dry and bready, but I find that works well with this hop combination.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a low level of carbonation. There is a light creaminess to the body, but I think I would prefer at least a little more carbonation.

Overall: an enticing aroma and satisfying flavor of tropical, citrusy hops will keep me coming back for more.

flagmantho, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of Iowacraft
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Iowacraft, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a mug

A Pours a hazy orange topped with a thick foamy white head.

S Lots of sweet citrus mostly grapefruit with a hint of malt.

T Lots of citrus mostly grapefruit. A bit of bitterness and a hint of some bready malts.

M Good carbonation and a medium body, very easy to drink.

Overall this is a pretty solid pale ale with lots of flavor and its easy to drink. Definitely worth picking up if you see it.

beerandcycling88, Jun 12, 2012
Photo of TheBigBoy
4/5  rDev +8.7%

TheBigBoy, Jun 09, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

JeffTheJuice, May 30, 2012
Photo of Frankieteardrop
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

Frankieteardrop, May 21, 2012
Photo of Neorebel
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice hazy burnt orange topped with a two-finger frothy head. It is retained quite well. It smells amazing, with resinous hops, grapefruit, sweet citrus, and malts. The flavor is a subtle balance of hops and malt flavors. It has this very soft, plush mouth feel. The finish is dry with a slight tangy bitterness. Overall quite a good beer. I expected it to be a bit bolder by the aroma but actually the softness is welcome - my palate is currently 'spent' on big beers today. I also think my bottle has 'rested' a the store a while due to a different label than pictured - this probably mellowed the hop profile a bit.

Neorebel, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of towlea25
3/5  rDev -18.5%

towlea25, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

ohtheguilt, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of Telestic
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Telestic, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +8.7%

ROGUE16, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of loupap
4/5  rDev +8.7%

loupap, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +8.7%

twelveinches, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of JMWEB2
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear dark orange, nice small off white head which leaves behind some lacing as well.

S: Very nice ... some citrus sweetness, nice malty aroma, and some hops to boot.

T: Nice hoppy flavor, and a dry malt finish.

M: Medium body, and carbonation.

O: Nice pale ale here, I may try it again.

JMWEB2, Nov 19, 2011
Photo of mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +8.7%

mjtiernan, Nov 15, 2011
Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.