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The Men's Room Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

The Men's Room AleThe Men's Room Ale

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.61%

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 06-16-2010)
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Photo of bondjedi


2.74/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Jim's Home Plate Tavern in Tacoma.

Consistently ruddy pour, well-laced. Smell was inoffensive enough to the point of being non-existent. Same would go for the taste, which had a sour finish. Didn't seem very potent. I'm going to give Elysian the benefit of the doubt and guess that this was from a keg on the verge of going bad.

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2014 22:24:34 | More by bondjedi
Photo of smakawhat


3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A real interesting body color, nearly deep blood red, but also a little hazy looking too unfortunately. Head makes a nice tan and creamy three fingers, thin bubbles, and slowly settles.

Interesting nose, subdued caramel, with an interesting hint of Irish Ale sticky quality. There's just a hint of super sweet cinnamon or something hanging out in the back. Not sure where this is leading, quite small, but something interesting is hiding.

This has to be one of the most neutral and subdued beers I've had. Small malts, hint of light toast, mostly on the finish but not the mid palate. Light creamy body, almost like an English bitter, and perhaps some fruity esters of strawberry like quality hanging out. Finish has a muted pine softness and clove hinting hot spice that matches nicely, but not particularly noticeable.

Everything seems like it's dialed down a notch except for a solid creamy mouthfeel. It's well made but doesn't really make the flavors noticeable or pop out. I really love a good amber ale, but this brew while having great character just feels dumbed down. Not horrid though at least, quite easy drinking too, but just lacking.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2014 00:17:07 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Paincane


3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber body with a beautiful thick tan head and sticky lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Caramel, toffee, slightly nutty and lightly floral aromas.
T: Toasty malt, toffee flavors with hoppy and lightly bitter finish.
M: Smooth mouthfeel, dry finish. Easy drinkability.
O: Very good brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 04:01:20 | More by Paincane
Photo of vkv822


3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12pz : tulip

Pours a coppery brown with a thick, foamy, off white head.

Malty, caramel, bread notes predominately with light floral, grassy hop notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A decent Amber Ale. Nothing particularly memorable, but tasty and enjoyable while drinking it.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 09:10:00 | More by vkv822
Photo of FLima


4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a thick head with low to medium retention.
Delicious fruity aroma of American yeast with notes of honey and biscuit malt.
Flavor of white grapes, earthy hops, some grapefruit, caramel, orange peel, musk and spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very balanced and fruity Red Ale. I am getting to love more and more this style.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 20:06:53 | More by FLima
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle:

Into a pint glass:

A: a somewhat coppery/almost golden red colored body with an awesome foamy one finger white head that dies gracefully and leaves a super amount of thick lacing trying to stay in rings, but actually just clings all over the place (nice show)

S: piney/citrusy hops up front, just a tad of light biscuity malts coming in as it warms just enough to balance

T: bittersweet through the piney/citrusy hops and adding a nice backbone of the biscuity malts, slight caramel tinge gracing the aftertaste, somewhat dry citrusy finish

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, carbonation has a nice sharpness that is still good for the style and good for me

O: nice hoppy American Red Ale that is still balanced nicely and definitely worthy of many more pours

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:46:26 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

20oz pint at the Underground's mini-tap takeover for these (mostly) new Elysian brews in Alberta.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, glassy medium copper amber hue, with two slender fingers of puffy, bulbous, and eventually chunky, dirty white ice floe head, which leaves a near solid wall of specked snow rime lace around the glass as things seep southwards.

It smells of grainy, and mildly biscuity caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, middling fleshy orange and pithy white grapefruit, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of steady baker's yeast, simple syrup, subtle muddled citrus, and somewhat zingy leafy, grassy hops.

The bubbles are decently involved and in for the long haul, the body an adequate medium weight, and pretty smooth, with even a coy hint of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt, and fleshy anonymous fruit holding up that particular flag, while little else in the realm seems up to playing foil at this point.

A decently quaffable amber ale, which is sort of like saying an easy-driving Volkswagen - it may be a given, but it's still nice to see it in the flesh. Nothing overtly heady, or all that memorable, but pleasant enough for an early Friday evening kickoff.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 01:02:16 | More by biboergosum
Photo of argock


3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask in an imperial pint glass at Montana Ale Works (Bozeman, MT). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pleasant dusky amber-red with 1/2 finger of off-white big-bubbled head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Light aroma of medium caramel malts with herbal, earthy, floral, and light citrus hops aroma

T: Flavor is pleasant but not too distinctive with medium caramel malt component which was more prominent than the hops, which still produce a pine and orange citrus hoppiness. Bitterness is light-medium.

M: Very smooth owing to the cask serve, low carbonation but deadly slick.

O: A nice beer but not a whole lot more.

Serving type: cask

09-02-2013 03:38:54 | More by argock
Photo of MikeWard


3.36/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Couldn't find any bottle dating.

Appearance was initially quite unpleasant. I'd describe it as "murky". Tons of carbonation up the sides produced a 2 finger head that was both thick and creamy on top, and very large bubbled below. Carbonation and head was constant. Toward the last third of the beer, the murkiness cleared to produce a metallic copper look in the body. Lacing was thin and inconsistent.

Didn't get much off the smell other than an earthiness.

Taste, bearing in mind this was right after "murkiness" thought, was a little better than expected. No real unpleasantness to the taste, a lot of bready malt, with a slightly sour feeling on the back of the tongue.

Mouth was medium, lots of carbonation on the tongue.

This was, oddlly enough, my first beer from the great state of Washington. Very surprised it took so long. I clearly can't recommend this beer, just a little unpleasant all the way round. Like a men's room I guess.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 03:16:04 | More by MikeWard
Photo of LampertLand

British Columbia (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Elysian Brewing 'The Men's Room' Red Ale @ 5.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a clear gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein ... huge amount of 'floaters' on the second pour

S-mild smell of hops

T-toasty malt finish

MF-mild medium carbonation , medium bodied

Ov-ok beer , no wow factor , bottle might have been on the shelf awhile

prost LampertLand

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 17:50:00 | More by LampertLand
Photo of wl0307

United Kingdom (England)

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/02/13, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a dark amber hue with enchanting red hues and light haze, coming with a fast dissipating white foamy head and rather mild carbonation.
Smell: the smell is like one’s standard American Pale Ale, that the Cascade/Willamette-like sweet citric & lightly earthy hop aroma is balanced with the caramely and gently biscuity malts; a good swirl gives rise to a mixed malt-hop presence almost like Chinese longan-fruit tea/soup, along with more soothing citrus aroma to boot and a “sidelined” tinge of sweet floral esters.
Taste: effervescent, the lightly acidic-sweet fruity entry is interestingly well-attenuated and not boldly hoppy, featuring, interestingly, good quality pale & caramely malt’s aromatic flavour as the main theme, plus red grapefruit peels, toasted tea, floral esters, and rather subdued citric hop flavour on the side. Despite the malt dominance, the sweetness is kept in check, and the other flavour elements contribute sufficient acidity to the balance, as well as a dry-ish, spicy bitter palate as in phenol, Maris Otter malt and powdered licorice & pepper cones mixed together(!).
Mouthfeel & Overall: refreshing yet smooth on the palate, medium-bodied, deliciously malty and well-hopped at the same time, this “Original Red” to me is quite like an American Pale Ale but definitely with a bit more malty influence overall. Delicious and quaffable!

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2013 12:49:35 | More by wl0307
Photo of Hawksfan79


3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light clear amber color with a thin white head. Strong hop aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor followed by a strong yet abrupt hop finish. Thin light bodied mouthfeel with a lively yet not aggressive carbonation.

Not as good as some hoppy red ales in my opinion but still a really great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:50:43 | More by Hawksfan79
Photo of Murrhey


3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger white head, low retention, but a ringed white floater around the edge. Hazy reddish-brown color.

S- Earthy hops, light malts. Some earthy yeast strains as well. Very light.

T- Slightly bitter, hoppiness but warm tasty malts.

M- Smooth, light. A few shades north of watery. Pretty nice, all things considered.

O- Slightly above average, but nothing amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2013 05:59:34 | More by Murrhey
Photo of Braz


3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Bud's Tavern on draft. Had many times before but only in bottle. Nice rich reddish amber in color. Thick white head with good sustainability. Aromas of sweet malt with a lot of hops as well. Has an inviting look. Taste is slightly sweet at first quickly followed by a hop wallup. Not quite balanced and quite dry. Easy drinking though. Decent amber and worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

01-24-2013 01:05:38 | More by Braz
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a deep hazy amber with 2 fingers of sticky foamy head leaving behind excellent amounts of thick lacing.
smells of sweet bready malt, grassy hops, and caramel. the taste is off the hook, very bitter for a red.. hopped up with floral and grassy hops, a very clean barley flavor, and sweet overall backbone. medium body with creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

a very nice beer overall.. very nicely hopped. well, this makes this my 500th beer this year (that i sat down to review) and although it's not the best beer i've had, it is not a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 03:00:11 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of tone77


3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is both malts and hops, some caramel. Taste is also well balanced, caramel malts up front, hops at the finish, easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 23:46:54 | More by tone77
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a cloudy reddish orange with an average (1-2 fingers) white creamy head that pretty much lasted throughout, reducing slightly and possessing excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was on the mild side with a grain malt, floral and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was lightly bitter with a nice caramel sweetness early on, it then become a tad bitterer with a moderate dose of grapefruit and a bold hoppy presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time after the swallow with a slight citrus peel hoppiness lingering for little while longer.

Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body with a dry and slightly watery texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty solid Pale Ale. Although it was nothing overly special, it did have a really good taste and a great drinkability. I definitely would drink again...


Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 16:27:11 | More by KajII
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3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Men's Room has nothing to do with the room you visit following a night of drinking this beer; it pays homage to a Seattle-based radio show (KISW - 99.9 FM) and proceeds go to charity - or something.

It is a ubiquitously colored amber ale: dark copper, semi-translucent with minimal carbubbles and head. It is lightly hopped and mildly toasty. Not a bad beer; it is tasty and refreshing with a little spunk inside. But, nothing here is overwhelming. Nicely crafted, but nothing to give a workout to either nose or palate. Perhaps a good buffer beer.

Good would be an applicable rating for the Men's Room. Please close the door - and flush afterwards.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2012 00:22:12 | More by jjboesen
Photo of corby112


3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Glass is left costed with soapy lacing.

Toasted malt aroma with very faint floral hops.  There's also a good bit of sweetness with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit countering the toasted malt and grassy hops.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a decent balance of floral, earthy hops and sweet malt notes. Subtle spiciness from the hops along with some dry pine which is countered by hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit.  Well balanced session beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 03:11:02 | More by corby112
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a moderate off-white head and nice lacing. Citrus hops aroma. Hops and citrus up front. Light malt and more hops. Light dry hop finish. Leans more towards a IPA, could use some more red ale malt flavor. Pleasant, but not exciting.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:34:37 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

Pours copper red with 1/4 inch puffy white foam. Some clinging but not a lot. Toasty malt nose - quite inviting. Taste is supremely toasty and even. Firm hop buried beneath that lasts beyond. Nice malty blend. The hop lingers a bit. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 12:11:59 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Mora2000


3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle, which was poured into an Elysian pint glass. Always glad to try a new beer from Elysian.

The beer pours a hazy, dirty orange color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of toffee and biscuit malt, along with a little bit of sugary sweetness and some pine from the hops. The flavor is very similar. The toffee and biscuit malt really come through and add some sweetness. The hops are hidden deep in the background, but I think I can pick out some pine and orange notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 02:53:01 | More by Mora2000
Photo of DrDemento456


3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Decent enough copper clear brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Carbonation is key quickly recovering with a swirl.

S - Smells of light citrus hops, mild caramels and grains.

T - Grains take a backseat in the finish with mostly mild sweet hops along side of sweet malts. Finish is good but kind of musky.

M - Light to medium as expected for the ABV.

Overall I am not really loving this amber ale. Could use more sweetness next to hop grain bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2012 04:02:26 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of WVbeergeek


4.2/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a copper body and a full thicket of khaki tan head forms well above the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up a nice citric hop nose with some floral accents really nice hops going on in there. Excellent sharp citrus/floral/earthy bitterness makes it in each sip with a semi dry finish, malt presence isn't overtly sweet a bit of deep grain husk flavor complemented with hints of caramel and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a consistent sturdy carbonation level that drives each sip, finishes semi-dry. Overall the drinkability is key here goes down way too easy, balanced perfectly with a bit more hops than your average cookie cutter red ale found across this great country.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 06:27:15 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Men's Room Ale

Pours a reddish copper color, decent sized foam and lace stickage. Aroma of citrusy, floral hops and some caramel. In the taste, bright citrusy hops with a good level of bitterness. Surprisingly hop forward, with some caramel, bread, toast and faint toffee flavors as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, clean and easily drinkable. Overall, I thought this was a solid hopped up American red/amber ale. Sessionable with a good deal of flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 16:42:07 | More by Stinkypuss
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The Men's Room Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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