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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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138 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 138
Hads: 522
Avg: 3.71
pDev: 21.56%
Wants: 7
Gots: 89 | 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


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

Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 57

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: 138 | Hads: 522
Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a large lasting off white head and good lacing. Aroma and Aroma is of caramel malt some earthy citrus hops, yeast and mildly fruity. Palate is a medium body, smooth mouth feel with good carbonation. Finishes with caramel malt sweetness, yeast, fruity citrus notes balanced by some earthy citrus hops bitterness. Overall a good, all around solid and enjoyable drinking Pale Ale.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

I poured this into a pint glass.
The appearance was a hazy burnt orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute. There was some light lacing sticking around the sides of the glass.
The smell had some citrus with a nice shake up of sweet caramel mixing nicely
The taste was mainly sweet but had a decent undercurrent of bitter citrus.
The mouthfeel was somewhat sharp on my tongue but wasn't too sharp as the caramel helped to balance a little bit.
Overall, this was in my opinion, a well crafted APA by a well respected brewery. If I could, it would be a regular in my fridge but my budget keeps me back just a bit.
Cheers, Steve

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Photo of Bis4beer70
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

got this for my birthday...
sent to me in indiana from the pnw!
fresh subpop beer!
named for the Beck song? maybe the beatles tune?
anyway,i drank it down while watchin' the Phish dvd "live from Brooklyn",so whatever...
it f*ckin' rocks!
tastes like nectar.
light & not overwhelming hops.
no bite.
no guile.
free of deceit, cunning, hypocrisy, and dishonesty...honest beer.
t.robbins said:
"So you lose it, you go to your hero's heaven and everything is milk and honey 'til the end of time. Right? You get your reward and suffer no earthly consequences. That's not courage".

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Photo of Cylinsier
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a hazy copper with a sugar white lacing for a head.

Smells of bready malts with some light caramel and toasty sugary elements.

Tastes of toasted bready malts with a mild dry hop bitterness.

Medium body with a stinging carbonation.

A very nice and tasty ale with some simple and very good flavors and aromas. Drinks very easy and tastes quite good.

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Photo of souvenirs
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

$6.99 plus deposit at government stores in BC.

I open up the fridge to see what kind of beer I have left. I've got this and some dark ales, so I pull out this one and pour a glass. My first thought: I don't like pale ale. Why did I buy this? In any case.

A: There's not a whole lot of head. The beer is a medium amber and cloudy.

S: I take a whiff and the first thing I get is a sugary candy sweetness. It smells like pure sugar, like cotton candy. After that, though, I pick up fruity scents - canned peaches in syrup, and maybe some kind of tropical fruit.

T: This is considerably hoppier than most of the pale ales I've tried, and so, I actually like it. It doesn't have as much kick as an IPA, but there's a good amount of bitterness balanced with some sweetness. The most prominent flavour is grapefruit.

F: Pretty much perfect.

Overall, this is a much better beer than I thought it might be. I'm no fan of pale ales, but I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. 070 A1 0941 is the bottle code, printed on the bottom. Tried it on tap yesterday and thought it was quite good; bought bottles today for home, and to review.

Pours amber, clear, medium head that dissipates slowly, lots of carbonation. Smell is bready, slight honey, slight floweriness.

Taste is piney, long bitter finish, grapefruit rind bitterness. Some sweetness up front.

Mouthfeel is dry, nice. Overall, pretty good. Not as good as I remember it from yesterday on tap, though.

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Photo of ga64121
2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The bottle says "celebrating over 25 years of celebrating sub pop records", indicative of how this beer should be marketed. Not a terrible beer but a little strong on the grapefruit. This is one that my nephew would love, but then he loves grapefruit syrup. I would have preffered a broader balance of hops, or perhaps some english malts to offset the citrus flavors.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a nicely hopped american pale ale, with maybe a little more alcohol than the style usually brings, a nice touch for winter i think. cool labels too, very hip. the color is light copper, radiant and clean looking, with just under an inch of white head with okay retention. i smell citrusy hops that still bring some bitterness too. the malt is a little darker than some pales, not dominant flavor wise like the english ones, but it definitely is a bit sturdier than other american pales. still light drinking through because of the fruity hops, lemons and oranges on the finish, with some rustic grain backing, well balanced and very enjoyable. gets a little weird as it warms up, but so do most hoppy beers. good carbonation and medium on the body, a very good winter drinking pale ale, might be a bit much for summer, but i liked this a lot.

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.12/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Golden with some amber hue. A little darker than a typical pale ale. 1 inch head. Some lacing.

S: Smell is not too strong. Tropical fruits and sweet malty scent.

T: Light tropical fruit - grapefruit and mango. Sweet malts take over towards the end.

M: medium/light bodied.

O:At 7% ABV I was expected more flavor. Also wish the hops provided a more rounded and developed flavor. Not bad, but not a beer I'll be buying again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

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Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.