The Men's Room Ale - Elysian Brewing Company

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The Men's Room AleThe Men's Room Ale

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 13.52%
Wants: 13
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Elysian Brewing Company visit their website
Washington, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: ccrida on 06-16-2010

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Reviews by Philousa:
Photo of Philousa
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque tawny color with decent head and some lacing after a few sips. Sweet caramel aroma followed by toasty malt and mild hoppiness. Taste starts a bready maltiness followed by bitter, crisp hops. Bitter flavor stays, but doesn't coat the mouth and fades nicely. This doesn't feel as thick, but feels more carbonated than most reds out there.

This is a great, if unremarkable beer, which isn't a bad thing. It isn't complex, but is balanced very well and is super drinkable. I'm really digging the bready/toasty taste and crispness in the beer, which I think is attributable to the healthy amount of hops. Truthfully, I wouldn't think of this as a red/amber ale, but it's more malty than any pale ale I can think of, so I understand why it's referred to as a red. I would be very happy if my local bar had this on tap as a cheap go-to beer. Let's make it happen, distributors!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BUD
4.26/5  rDev +20%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a STONES Imperial "pint" glass (20oz). A nice amber color..beautiful 2 finger thick fluffy head, cloud like. Lacing sticks to glass as head slightly dissapates..and I do mean slightly. Light carbonation. A balanced malt and hops smell..maybe the malt more to the forefront. Taste of breadiness..toasty malts. Mouthfeel is kind of dry towards finish..not bad though. I havent had too many reds or ambers..but I can say this one is impressive. A nice quaffable, moderate ABV session brew. Thanks to my brother in law Mike "tennessee tuxedo" 4!

Photo of Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a light amber/red with a seal and pretty yellow head, the nose is light and a bit sweet.

Taste is sharp and crisp with a pretty prominent hop bite. There's a really rich and full Mouthfeel with a nice light finish.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of HugePlume
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a pint,

A- Slightly tarnished amber red color, mild cloudiness. Pours a nice 1 finger head, but shows excellent lacing.

S- Floral hops evident along with a cracker like malt. Not a lot of sweetness you would expect. The hops help greatly.

T- Cracker malt dominates, perhaps too much so. Some hop bitterness to balance, but the sweetness is lacking, from what you would expect from a red/amber.

M- Good mouthfeel, a little sticky. Alcohol, though not strong pulls some of the cracker like dryness off your tongue, leaving an unusually clean feeling palate.

O- Gets a 5 here because of what this beer represents. First its totally drinkable, no major flaws, a little unique in fact. Second the fact that the guys on the Men's Room at 99.9 KISW rock in Seattle use this beer to raise money and promote the Fisher house, a service to military veterans gets it major points. Well done bitchola's.

Photo of Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's, July 4th always open. Significant hoppiness, a nice red. Hoppy aroma. Light red tinge and some white head and lace. Some caramel sweetness, a good malt backbone. Toasted malt finish. Good drinkability, better than your average red.Simple and nice.

Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev +18%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pours a rather light amber copper color.. ever so slightly cloudy with a quick fizzing white head that leaves some creamy big bubbled ring lace and some scattered dust.

- Great roasty caramel malt backbone with a nice pine and grassy hop zest to pepper the malt. Loving the smell.. smells more like a red than it looks.

- Big balanced creamy red.. nice grainy biscuity barley caramel malt profile with some nice bitter zingy grassy hops. Light pine, and grassy notes. Slight green flavor to the beer.

- Lightly creamy, and light to medium bodied. Bitter zesty dryness.

- Overall a great red with a lovely hop bite. Sets a nice standard for a Northwest Red Ale. Just the slight green flavor throws it off only a light touch.

Photo of rsdaugherty
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – Massive yellowish white head took its time to leave nice lacing and receded on the light hazy amber brew, but not very “red” 4
S – Bready caramel notes dominate, slight citrus 3.5
T – Nice malt & hops play, bready malts and equally significant hops 3.5
M – Light body and very drinkable, a sessionable beer for sure. Quality carbonation add to this slightly creamy mouthfeel. 3.5
O – Just exceeding Average all around, grab this beer for an event but not as a substitute for a brew you love 3.5

Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of LampertLand
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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

Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.59 Very murky dark orange beer with a large,frothy,rocky cream head. Aroma? not promising..sour mash, some caramel..touch of resiny hop Taste is not as bad as i anticipated..its resonably malty with a nice resiny hop buzz. Palate is OK noting bad nothing good. Overall average amber ale really.

Photo of Braz
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of ebrauser
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass. Beer is ~3 months old but no apparent best buy date. Also this one was a little warm (30 min out of the fridge)

Appearance: Pours a very light red/borderline gold, with a thick white head. Brilliant clarity but light for the style.

Smell: Bready malt sweetness with hints of orange and grapefruit. There is also some biscuit malt and a touch of dark fruit.

Flavor: Malt and hops in harmony with this beer. Malt is pale and supportive whle hops provide a pleasant bitterness, though there is no floral aspect. Citrus notes exist along with a bit of spiciness and a peppery finish.

MF: Not as malty-sweet as expected with a red. Drinks more like an over-hopped amber than a red. Medium body and relatively neutral flavors keep this one very drinkable.

Photo of bondjedi
2.74/5  rDev -22.8%
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.

Photo of vkv822
3.44/5  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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.62/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small gingerbread like maltiness that is a bit sweet. In the taste, a small gingerbread like malt, a small roast, and a hint of caramel. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry gingerbread like malt in the aftertaste. Kind of English, nice ale, but really nothing too exciting.

Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of TheBigBoy
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split out of a 22oz. Thumbs up here. Really enjoyed this one. Good solid amber/red beer taste, not overpowering just good drinking for a bottle or a few. One of the better new beers I've sampled in a while. This is much better tasting than than the namesake of this beer would imply. Please make more of this one Elysian. Good Stuff!

Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  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.

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The Men's Room Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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