The Men's Room Ale - Elysian Brewing Company
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Reviews by wl0307:
United Kingdom (England)
3.79/5 rDev +6.2%
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
More User Reviews:
3.81/5 rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep red-amber color with thick billowy head of just off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite massive of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lightly toasted malt aromas. Along with these smells comes some lighter earthy and herbal hop aromas, giving a nice balance to the sweet and overall producing a very inviting aroma.
Taste – The taste begins much drier then would have been anticipated from the nose with a somewhat direr, lightly roasted bready flavor. There is just a hint of caramel sweetness upfront, which ends up fading quite quickly from the tongue, but is replaced by a light fruit flavor of a pear and apple. These fruit flavors are quite light however and are quickly overshadowed by some hop flavors coming to the tongue. Hop flavors of a pine, grass and earth all come at the middle of the taste, and are joined by a light floral hop taste at the very end. With all the hop flavors that come to the tongue, the low lying sweet flavors, and the consistent toasted bready flavor, one is left with a more dank hopped bready flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 5.6 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation create a rather creamy feel for the brew, really accentuating the dank hoppy flavors.
Overall – A fairly hoppy and drier red with a more dank and musty hop profile. While not super refreshing, it is one that I did enjoy and would be one I would go to from time to time when in the mood for something a little danker hopped and yet still rather more moderate in abv.
Serving type: bottle
07-02-2014 01:20:17 | More by Darkmagus82
2.74/5 rDev -23.2%
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
3.41/5 rDev -4.5%
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
3.51/5 rDev -1.7%
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
The Men's Room Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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