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Loser Pale Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 113
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%

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:
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(Beer added by: bbothen on 08-28-2008)
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Photo of AltBock


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With a Kurt Cobain avatar her on BA, how could I pass up a beer brewed for Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary? Answer, I can't! "Loser" comes in a 22 oz. bomber bottle with a typical black and white Charles Peterson photograph of Mudhoney in either 1988 or 1989.To the left of photo is where you can find all the mandatory US information. This is also where I found out that it was contract brewed by New Belgium. I guess you can't go wrong with that. To the right of the photo is a description of the beer, awards that Elysian won (before they contract brewed), and a printed autograph of the Elysian brewmaster. Since it's contract brewed, I think they should also have the autograph of New Belgium's brewmaster.

Appearance: I poured this Elysian recipe beer into my Sly Fox Imperial pint glass. I can honestly tell you that this beer didn't have a loser appearance. It poured a cloudy dark honey amber with a subtle lemon yellow streak near the bottom of the glass. On top of this beer was creamy cotton white head of foam. This white head of foam had some great retention that left behind a milky white skim of foam and quite a few tiny white spots of lace around the entire edge of my glass. If anybody says that this is a loser appearance, then tell them to get their eyes checked. I liked the appearance as much as I liked the label on the bottle.

Smell: The aroma of this beer was the only true downside. I wish I could say that it was bursting with great aromas, but it was just a standard Pale Ale aroma. All I can say is that it was a malty aroma with pale toasted malts, a quick and subtle splash of fruits, and a whiff of hops in the background. Standard and boring all the way and nothing more than that. Yawn!

Taste: Luckily the taste had more to offer to the drinker than what the aroma had to offer. This anniversary beer started like soft rock with the gentle taste of toasted pale malts. Then out of nowhere, the taste went straight up to Grunge rock with bitter floral hops and a spatter of fruits. The taste would have been the same as the aroma, but it was the floral hops in the center that saved this beer from the same fate the aroma had, standard and boring!

Mouthfeel: This was a light bodied Pale Ale with a decent level of carbonation to it and a slightly malty aftertaste. There all that much to the aftertaste. It was malty with pale malts with a touch of bitter grapefruit and a hint of bitter floral hops. I don't know where the grapefruit came from, but I guess better late never. Please don't get too attached to this aftertaste because it will be gone in a flash.

Drinkability: It's not a loser, but it's really not a winner either. It's a slightly above malty Pale Ale with a boring aroma, but with a great appearance and the floral hop punch in the center of the beer. It's also not expensive at all. If you like the Grunge scene and contracted Pale Ales from Colorado, then pick up a bottle and raise a glass to the 20th anniversary of Sub Pop.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 19:52:37 | More by AltBock
Photo of ArrogantB


2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22oz bottle contract brewed by New Belgium $4. It looks nice, orange with a soapy head. The smell is just plain weird at first, like plastic, phenolic. As it warms up the smell improves slightly and the plastic quality goes away. Unfortunately the phenolic, plastic aspect shows up in the flavor in a major way and really distracts from the beer. There is an interesting fruity hop flavor that just get smothered in plastic. This reminds me a bit of a belgian-style pale Avery did a while for Liquor Mart.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:08:30 | More by ArrogantB
Photo of berley31

New Brunswick (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured with an average-sized, white head. Lacing was fair. Body is a dark copper color which looks really nice, with a thick haze that is almost cloudy.

S: A nice aroma of medium hops and citrus.

T: A very nicely balanced beer, it starts off quite sweet and malty, then finishes with a medium bitterness that has a small trace of citrus to it. Average duration.

M: Light-bodied and slightly creamy, with soft-to-average carbonation.

D: A very solid APA, something that is definitely worth giving a shot, and should be admired for it's excellent balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 18:43:07 | More by berley31
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extremely drinkable brew from Elysian... A classic, flavorful rendition of an American classic... Bread and butter notes, and extremely well balanced with equally nice doses of malts and hops...
Some caramel sweetness noticeable along with a spice of wet hops...
Definitely good stuff...

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2009 21:42:46 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Wasatch


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger plus creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, slight citrus note. The taste is slightly hoppy, sweet, malty, slight citrus note. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 01:05:04 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted at New Belgium Brewery Tasting Room.
A: light amber caramel color with a light sticky lacing.
S: has a floral bouqet with some sweet apple mixing in lightly.
T: the hops are potent but almost adds a sour slash bitter flavor insted of just bitter. Has a good caramel malt flavor in the aftertaste.
M/D: medium body smooth and dry feel. Good drinkability really easy to drink a few.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 18:06:34 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of mjl21


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Toronado. Poured into a pint glass. No abv info is given. Paid $3.50 during happy hour.

A-Pours a crystal clear amber color. It has a nice frothy one finger off white head that looks like it was poured via cask. The head rests at a nice foamy layer. Leaves some nice looking lace.

S-Nothing too huge with this one. I get toasted malt, some caramel malt, and a little citrus.

T-The taste is well balanced between grapefruit and sweet malt that is not toffee sweet. It is definitely sweeter than it smells. There is some definite nuttiness that is picked up. I get lemon and orange flavors as it warms. It finishes sweet and there is not a lot of bitterness.

M-Medium bodied and quite resiny.

D-A pretty good pale ale. A tad bit too sweet for my taste but I would have it again.

I was glad to try this one. There are better ones out there, but overall it was a good draft pale ale.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2009 17:02:15 | More by mjl21
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"When you're a winner you're always happy, but if you're happy as a loser you'll always be a loser."

Mark 'The Bird' Fidrych

Rich Halloween pumpkin orange with Sunkist highlights when sunshine is allowed entry. The sandstone colored crown is both creamy and firm, with hundreds of glassine bubbles on its superior surface. BB-shot sheets of lace are beginning to decorate the glass in fine fashion.

Elysian has never been a brewery to go easy on the hops, which is why I like their beer so much. This APA features a background of lightly toasted malts and a foreground awash in musky-fruity hoppiness. Although Sorachi Ace and Crystal might not have been my first choices, they work very well together.

Just as the hop bill is a sure-fire hit, the grain bill is a miss. Loser has too much Munich malt flavor, which comes across as a nutty, woody earthiness that is common in most marzens. In a pale ale, it only succeeds in partially masking what ought to be the focus... which is hops. Thankfully, there are enough of those to (barely) earn the higher flavor score.

Sorachi Ace was developed in Japan by Sapporo and is a Brewer's Gold and Saaz cross. It's supposed to be lemony... and is a little. I'm also getting orange rind and ripe apricot. The beer's floral spiciness is probably due to Crystal. One simple change (subtract the Munich) would turn Loser into even more of a winner.

The mouthfeel is fine and dandy. It has plenty of heft for the style and the ABV (7.0% on the label) and has just the right amount of zesty bubbles. Resinous hop burps are always welcome.

Elysian is one of the great unheralded breweries of the Pacific Northwest. Most everything they release is outstanding, including Dragonstooth Stout, Night Owl Pumpkin Ale, Jasmine Avatar IPA, The Immortal IPA and The Wise ESB. Ironically enough, the Sup Pop motto is appropriate when describing Loser... "We're not the best, but we're pretty good".

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 14:24:11 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of DiabolikDUB


3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-Tap @ Bailey's Taproom poured into Shaker glass.

Pours a slightly cloudy, medium amber with a puffy finger of off-white head that is long lasting and leaves a strong ring of lacing around the glass and heavy lacing the beer is drank. The aroma is caramel, toffee, toast and citrus hops. The flavor is sweet malt upfront and has a citrus bitter finish. This beer has a light-medium body and mild carbonation. This is an easy drinker and highly sessionable. The flavor is a nice balance of hops and malt while still allowing the hops to shine and be showcased.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2009 22:06:35 | More by DiabolikDUB
Photo of bitterthebetter


4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden amber with subtle orange hues, off-white head, bubbly

toasty malt, orange citrus, pine hops, faint touch of caramel

tangy hops, reminds me of marmalade, with bready malt upfront mixing with the tangy and slightly spicy hops, undertones of caramel, pine, grassiness, and a slight resiny dry finish

drinks like it looks, a really sturdy pale, this could hold up to some IPAs with body as well as the hop and malt structure. solid hops upfront with a nice tang to em, and a solid yet really well balanced malt body to layer out more malt and more hops on the finish

a really solid beer. solid hops upfront followed by a healthy malt dosage and the hops return to win in the end, which is long, spicy, resiny and dry. i thoroughly enjoyed this beer and will be getting another

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 06:03:36 | More by bitterthebetter
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growlers being filled in Ardsley, NY @ DeCiccio's market. Pours lighter amber, light khaki head and then the emergence of world class sheeting and lace on the glass. Tiny bubble and fully developed, slowly sliding down the sides of the glass then staying in place. Nose here is underwhelming, just a hint of some piney hops and dull maltyness. Quite tasty ale, on the hoppy side. Light mintyness, a touch of pine, light bran infused malt. Enjoyable sessioner. I have not seen bottles of this one, so a nice treat to have a growler pour option available. Well worth a try.

Serving type: growler

09-13-2009 02:02:17 | More by Billolick
Photo of ElGordo


3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a rich orange color, topped by a small, creamy white head that lasts for a good long while. Aroma of bready malt, more than a little sweetness, and a strong undertone of tropical fruit.
Palate is very malty up front, with bready sweetness yielding to the fruity character of the yeast (and I'm guessing the Sorachi Ace hop). A mild astringency comes through on the swallow.
The medium body is a touch foamy, with a slightly chalky character on the swallow. An interesting experiment with a new hop variety, but it's a little out there for me. Not bad, just not my new favorite.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 06:51:10 | More by ElGordo
Photo of scootny

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this as I was buying a growler of Sorachi Ace. My man Alex at De Cicco's informed me that this was made with the same hops.

A nice deep coppery amber with good sized head and somewhat generous but spotty lacing. A light covering of foam on top

Smell is initially sweet and bready with a complex yeast based fruitiness. A delicious malt undercurrent. Light and vibrantly clean hoppiness.

Taste is much like the nose with a deeper more complex malt character. The sweetness is more subdued as well. A very well balanced ale. Hops are so clean and subtly lively. This has an exceptionally crisp and clean finish. A nice dry lightly grapefruited lingering on the back of my throat. A touch of alcoholic heat.

Feel is medium weigh with a light chewiness that is cut off by the hops.

A beautifully balanced ale that has a crisp clean drinkability that makes you want to session it in spite of the slightly higher abv.

Thanks Alex!

Serving type: growler

08-24-2009 23:52:01 | More by scootny
Photo of kingcrowing


4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured in a snifter.

Pours a golden color with a small head that stays around for quite a while. On the nose is some amazing potato chip aromas. Not sure if they wanted this, but it really smells like putting your nose into a bag of Lays potato chips. I really thought it was cool.

It tastes a little salty with some solid maltiness and a bit of sweetness. Overall it's a really cool beer and I'd have it again!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 01:30:49 | More by kingcrowing
Photo of meatyard


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a clear, amber/orange with a 1-finger, white head that falls quickly leaving bits of lace.
It smells of light, lemon hops at first then a mostly malty sweetness controls the rest of the aroma.
The taste is fairly well-balanced leaning toward sweet malt with a quick bitter bite. The lemon aroma follows up at the end.
Mouthfeel is smooth and well-carbonated.
An agreeable and pleasant drinking APA. On tap at a bar 2-3 glasses would make for a nice experience. Not earth shattering but what APA is? Still, a good beer that Elysian should do pretty well with. I'm glad that Elysian is here in PA (well SEPA anyway). We don't get much from the PacNW (come on Deschuttes) but I can't complain about Elysian.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 00:36:36 | More by meatyard
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elysian- Loser

A- Clear golden orange with a small heavy lacing head.
S- Caramel and heavy bready grains.
T- Heavy grainy and caramel malt with a touch of molasses and dry straw/ grassy hops. Slight touch of alc.
M- Sugary dry maltiness with a warm alc. feeling.

Overall- Decent tasty Pale Ale with a boozy/ warming touch.

Serving type: on-tap

08-15-2009 23:21:01 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of sabinelr


4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I got this at Fred Meyer because a ale from Lagunitas was lower price so I figured this higher price was a suitable tradeoff. To summarize: Perfect drinkability; perfect aftertaste; perfect buzz. The bottle said 7% so I'm going with that. This is great stuff. I wonder if it comes in cases.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2009 20:06:24 | More by sabinelr
Photo of GilGarp


3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer for two reasons: I like name and I wanted to know how a pale ale could be 7% and not be an IPA. Lets see...

Pours chilled into a pint glass a redish copper color with great clarity and nice thick head that sticks around pretty well.

Aroma is pleasant but not really that special. It has a slight bit of hoppiness but it's more sweet and fruity.

Flavor is really pretty unusual. It is actually starting to make sense that this is an amped up pale ale. The hops and malts are still kept in balance like a pale ale but just more of everything. There is an earthy quality to the hops. The malt is biscuit and carmel with some sweet apple and a touch of rye.

Mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated, medium body, and easy drinking.

Overall, not exceptional but well done. I was hoping for more but it's not a total disappointment. It's enjoyable for what it is - a big pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 00:23:06 | More by GilGarp
Photo of ccrida


4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into an impy pint, Loser is a murky dark copper with a large, orange tinged off-white, very dense, slow settling head, leaving heavy lace.

Smell is sweeter, caramel and toffee malts, skunky hops. Served at fridge temp, it wasn't too strong.

Taste is pretty nicely balanced, almost in brown ale territory with the maltiness, semi-sweet, clean and smooth, just enough hop bitterness, pretty clean finish. Wow, this is pretty damn nice!

Mouthfeel is slick, and even though the beer is on the chewy side, it's light bodied and highly digestible.

Drinkability is good, this is a damn fine pale ale, a shame it's a one off, cause it sure ain't no loser!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 04:16:58 | More by ccrida
Photo of HopHead84


3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in a trade with cannabanaceae. The beer pours a dark copper color with a reddish tint to it. The head is about an inch high and there's some nice lacing clinging to the sides of my pint glass. There is a mild citrus hop aroma and the malt smells of freshly baked bread and some caramel. The taste is initially bready, nutty malt, which segues into a surprising (and much welcome) hop bitterness. The alcohol is present but the 6.5% is understated. The finish is dry. Loser is well carbonated and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2008 03:50:59 | More by HopHead84
Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusually bitter tasting beer with odd yeasty hoppy odour golden yellow with lots of head, lace. Smooth drinking pale. Alcohol is there, and its drinkable. . Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with crystal hops. Bitter aftertaste.Refreshes. Had on tap 3 years later and decent enough interesting.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 02:44:38 | More by Sammy
Photo of froghop


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear copper-red with a small dirty white head, good lacing.

smell of light caramel, roasted malt, and some hops hidden in the back.

taste is creamy, caramel, light grapefruit, malt, and nuts, with a dry and bitter finish.

overall a decent beer from a decent brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2008 23:32:22 | More by froghop
Photo of bbothen


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2 of my all time favorite things, delicious craft brew & Sub Pop records. Ahhhh, I remember getting those lousy 7" records from the local record shop, throwing them on my old crappy turn table & having many beers with friends. Back when Red Hook was actually made in Seattle. Mudhoney(1 of my all time faves, who are still rockin today) grace the bottle label in awesome circa 89 fashion.

Loser Pale Ale. Brewed to celebrate 20 years of Sub Pop Records. What losers. I seeked this brew out via a trade after hearing about it. Unsure if Jack Endino was involved in the engineering of this brew. This brew was a limited release on marbled vinyl.

I threw on my old flannel, LOSER t shirt, ripped jeans, my AFGAN WHIG, docs & beanie, and found some SUNNY DAY REAL ESTATE for this tasting. Let's go. Come on down to GREEN RIVER, let's BOTTLE UP AND GO.

Pours a nice caramel color with frothy 1 finger head. Oh, SWEET OBLIVION does it look nice. I cant wait to GET INTO YOURS.

Big sweet malt aroma with a faint citrus hop presence that is HUNTED DOWN as well. Just a TAD though. I'm guessing that's no MALFUNKSHUN by the brewer.

Nice hop bite in the front before a tidal wave of sweet maltiness SPANKS THRU like a MURDER CITY DEVIL. Lingering hop bitterness that is DRY AS A BONE.

THE FLUID feels smooth, creamy, and more medium bodied than Chris Cornell's sexy hair.

Line em up BIG CHIEF. I could drink these all night long. Until I have a nice LOVE BUZZ. Or maybe until I THOWN UPS, or maybe until I'm DOUBLED OVER AGAIN, or RUNNING LOADED, or FLAT OUT FUCKED. All I know is that WHEN TOMORROW HITS, it will be a bummer.

I'd give my right MARK ARM for a couple more bottles of this stuff. Even Steve Turner and his Bad Ideas couldn't keep me from having more. This beer is HARDLY ART. MINUS 5 for not being available in Northern California, it's an UGLY SUNDAY for me.

Sorry for all that.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2008 02:48:35 | More by bbothen
Loser Pale Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.