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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: 81 | 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 facundoCNB
3.29/5  rDev -11.3%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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 (600 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +7%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (767 characters)

Photo of cswhitehorse
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of CookstLiquor
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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! (1,406 characters)

Photo of harrymel
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (440 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (433 characters)

Photo of Neorebel
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of JMWEB2
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of augustgarage
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Clear burnished safety orange with amber highlights and a fury of rising micro-bubbles supporting a fat finger of papaya whip foam. Rich soapy lacing; superior retention.

Fruity aromatics suggest pineapple, melon, wild berries, and plenty of citrus from hops. There is a mild malt base and an underlying touch of pine as well. Fairly acidic.

Marshmallow, varied fruit (banana, berries, citrus), and gentle malt on the palate with a wave of grassy, brackish acidity from the hops which contribute a mellow bitterness. Finishes not-quite-sweet.

Incredibly soft creamy mouth-feel...almost like carbonated cream.

Ignoring the SubPop connection, this is very quaffable, though a bit lacking in flavor and hops. (778 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer review from 9/2/2011; pours hazy amber color with a creamy tan head that fades quickly and leaves a creamy layer on top and nice foamy lacing.

Smells of sweet malt, syrup, caramel, brown sugar, grapefruit, orange peel, citrus hops, light lemon zest, floral hops, herbs, grass, light grains and a sugary sweetness with a fruity citrus blend. A nice fragrant nose that's soft, sweet and inviting.

Tastes of sweet malt, caramel, piney hops, citrus hops, grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, brown sugar, light coriander, herbs, floral hops, light grains and faint pepper; a pretty sweet pale ale that's very well balanced, with the sweet malt leaving a buttery coating and then giving way to a citrus hop light bitterness. The hops give off a little spice and blend well with the malt for an easy drinking beer.

Mouthfeel is light, creamy and fizzy, with a medium body, very light carbonation and a light bitter finish.

Highly drinkable, this was a very tasty pale ale that I would definitely have again. This was a session bomber that I’m glad I didn’t share. Overall it was very good and worthy of seeking out. The label is right, Corporate Beer Still Sucks. A solid beer with a rock edge for a good cause. (1,217 characters)

Photo of scootpolute
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours dark-golden, with a nice creamy, thick white head...- some great lacing.

S - Huge hop, malty and some hints of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Hoppy, but not as much as the the smell lets you think! Many spice flavors were an unexpected suprise :~(

M - Good carbonation...There's a pretty good fullness.

O - Pretty good balanced beer...Just a bit spicier than expected. (450 characters)

Photo of thebrood1987
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the smell I get a lot of thick rich toffee malts with a lemony, herbal hop in the back. Very smooth and the rich toffee malts dominate mostly the whole taste up until the very end where the lemony herbal hop comes in with taste and bitterness. Its very floral tasting as well.

The malt taste reminds me very much of how Rogue's Dead Guy Ale malt tastes. Its very similar. I actually like this beer better because of the Sorachi Ace hops which give it a unique twist on the flavor that I normally don't ever smell or taste in beers.

I also like this beer a lot because the whole "grunge rock" scene is probably one of my favorite music movements to ever happen. I love the fact that Sub Pop collaborated with a brewery and put Nirvana as the forefront band of this beer. Hence the "Corporate beer still sucks" as a play on of the t shirt Kurt Cobain wore on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine that said "Corporate magazines still suck"

The malt really tries to win the battle here with the hops because of how rich and noticeable the malt taste is...but because of those Sorachi Ace hops it really adds a tropical fruity lemon herbal note to it that like I said...I'm not used to tasting in a beer. Very cool beer and Elysian has quickly become my favorite go to Seattle brewery. (1,287 characters)

Photo of pitasoup
2.68/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: pour hazy orange/brown with thin white head that quickly subsides.

S: dust, grass, perhaps a touch of vegetal and piney american hops, but faded. there is a slight lemonyness that lingers on the breath afterwards - probably the sorachi.

T: slight diacetyl, then sharp and lingering hop bitterness. grapefruit rind and citrus dominate, with a spark of biscuit like malt sweetness.

M: medium bodied. lingering bitterness makes this seem thicker than it is. there is a minerally feeling left on the tongue.

O: rather meh apa. sorachi hops intrigued me, but I couldn't pull much from it. there's a harsh and umpleasant bitterness - i'm hoping it's from a freshness issue, and not the terrible choice of crystal hops. (722 characters)

Photo of julian
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a thick, lasting foamy white head. Nice lacing! 4

S: Smells of mild lemon, mildly nutty, earthy hops. 3.5

T&M: Very nice mouthfeel, creamy, smooth medium bodied. Nice taste. I like. Nice sweet brown sugar maltiness up front mixed with zesty lemon twang, caramel in the middle, hoppy spice on the back. Clean finish. Very nice. 4/4.5

O: I don’t know why I haven’t tried this sooner. This is well balanced, flavorful and refreshing. 4 (473 characters)

Photo of JizackFH
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a big fluffy 2-finger off-white head on it. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind a nice sheet of lacing on the glass.

S - Smells of sweet bready malts and caramel. I am getting some fruit notes and some mild piney hop presence. I smells a bit syrupy to me actually.

T - Taste starts off with some bready malt and caramel flavor. There is a moderate pine hop presence that lends some bitterness, but not much. Also, there is some fruitiness and a bit of citrus. The finish is pretty clean' leaving just a little bit of lingering hops and citrus.

M - This has a medium body and average carbonation. It goes down pretty easy and has a smooth feel to it. There is a bit of a chewy quality to it.

O - This has alright drinkability. It goes down fairly easy, but it just was a little thick feeling for me. Also, I would have liked to see more hop bitterness. There was a little, but it didn't stick around for very long. It was decent, but I probably wouldn't spend money on it again. (1,057 characters)

Photo of Bfarr
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy dark amber with orange highlights, tight off white head, good retention and lacing. Crisp sweet floral aroma. Balanced with a great malt profile of caramel, toffee, and notes of earthy hops. Clean, crisp taste and finish with a very light hop linger. Smooth with a light bite but fairly heavy.

Very interesting malt qualities make an easy drinking, full flavored beer. The flavor melds away slightly toward the bottom of a 22 but taking your time keeps it full throughout the bottle. It’s unusually heavy for a pale ale but I think that’s what comes with the malt profile. It’s not completely distracting and makes for a nice sipping pale ale instead of a refreshing outdoor beer. (692 characters)

Photo of thatruth
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle from the Beer Junction in West Seattle, poured into pint glass.

A: pours a half-of-a-finger head that lingers a while, moderate lacing. a nice, deep copper tone golden brown, slight haze.

S: apricot deep fried in hops and malt, chipper caramel aroma.

T: more malt than hops. not much there, tastes like old apple juice - and malt.

M: again, not too much there. damn malty. lingers like eating a bunch of whoppers candy at once.

O: my first offering from Elysian here in my new hometown of Seattle. "Corporate beer" may "still suck[s]" (as reads on the label) but Elysian isn't far behind with this Loser. (623 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is an orange amber with a thin but still head leaving spotty lace. Aroma of rich bready malt that makes up the backbone, orange note with citric hops. Taste again has that big malt backbone with just right amount of hops to keep it interesting, leaving a light dry finish. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. A good malt ale without being heavy and easy to drink. (381 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
3.1/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (639 characters)

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