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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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BA SCORE
81
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202 Ratings
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 12:40:03 | More by Sammy
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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
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color. The head was foamy and white in color. It has a decent lacing also. The smell of the beer was malty with some nice hop aromas in there also. The taste of the beer has a nice sweet caramel flavor up front that goes well with the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied and has a good carbonation. Overall it's not a bad amber ale. I found it to be pretty good.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 22:46:16 | More by Knapp85
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

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
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barleywinefiend

Washington

4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Spar Cafe, Tacoma. Also seens this listed at numerous other locations including Elysian Fields as Mens Room Red

A: Poured a nice crimson color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Nose is hoppier than you would expect from this style. Caramel, bread

T: Taste is full of flavor, pretty nice and big for a lower ABV beer, it had some citrus notes, caramel and bread. Not a fan of the style but this was pretty good

M: Nice and coating, lighter to medium body, sticky but then it is crisp on the end with nice hops, light booze feel

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 23:59:08 | More by barleywinefiend
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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
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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
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

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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smakawhat

Maryland

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
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ccrida

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at The Swiss, served in a shaker, The Men's Room is a clear twany orange with a big bubbled off-white head that leaves really nice lace patterns - thin but extensive, all the way down the glass.

Smell is pretty hoppy, a nice pungency some citrus that plays well with the malt.

Taste is very nice, full but very well balanced, lots of hop flavor without undue bitterness. Nice biscuit character from the malt, hint of coco, light sweetness, just a really great amber.

Mouthfeel is on the crisp side, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is ridiculous. For some reason I gulped this down in about 5 minutes without even trying. Nice hoppy amber that is smooth and light, what's not to love? The best amber I've ever had, killer. Definitely one you want to drink fresh though for the hop character, I'm a little skeptical of the bottles that are coming out but we'll see...

Serving type: on-tap

06-16-2010 00:44:28 | More by ccrida
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beertunes

Washington

3.28/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first glance, this probably the worst name for beer ever. Who wants to drink whats comes of the mens room floor? But really The Mens Room is radio show (that I've never heard) in Seattle, and some of the proceeds from this brew go to charity.

22 poured into 10oz glass. Pours a clear, coppery-amber color with about a half inch of off white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was pleasant, a rich deep blend of malts with a trace of tangy hops at the edges. On the tongue, the malts were solid but not as rich as the aroma had let me to expect and the hops had a bit stronger presence.

The body was fairly typical for the style, a bit fuller than most of the widely recognized examples. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed the whole 22, but it was enough for one day.

Overall, a decent enough beer that's worth trying if you see it. I probably won't buy another bottle, but if I see it on tap I'd certainly have a pint.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 22:51:31 | More by beertunes
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 20:41:48 | More by OWSLEY069
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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
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tone77

Pennsylvania

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
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flagmantho

Washington

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 20 Feb 2011, says the bottle. Now, I don't listen to the Men's Room, but I'm definitely willing to try their beer. Good luck to them!

Appearance: rich medium-orange hue with just the slightest hint of haze. Head is a rocky two-finger ivory affair with good persistence and a nice lace left on the glass. I like it.

Smell: big biscuity aroma with not much in the way of hops. While it isn't exactly my bag of cats, it's a pretty good execution of the style.

Taste: big biscuity flavor with not much in the way of hops outside of a little earthiness and a nice bitterness. Did I say that already? This beer's flavor is extremely faithful to its aroma. It's basic, it's malty, and it's got more biscuits than Alton Brown's Ma Mae. If you're into solid, well-executed and malt-centric amber ales, this one's for you.

Mouthfeel: medium, perhaps medium-light body with a relatively high level of carbonation. That makes this a creamy delight; kudos!

Drinkability: as I said, biscuity ales don't precisely float my boat. This is a tasty, well-crafted brew, though, so I'm glad to finish this bomber (and might even order it on tap if I see it).

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 02:42:53 | More by flagmantho
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LiquidAmber

Washington

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
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty boring Red ale with little in the way of complexity. I could not exceited about the hops used as the nose and the taste was meh. I really like Elysian's beers but I thought they could done more with a style that seems to be showing up all over the PNW.

Serving type: on-tap

09-16-2011 00:19:17 | More by canucklehead
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 03:11:49 | More by Reidrover
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argock

Virginia

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
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

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
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Kendo

New York

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, where they serve it in an imperial pint glass (cost: $7.00). Body is clear, amber-red with a full, 1+ finger ivory head that settles to leave behind thick rings of lace.

S: Caramel malt with some florally hops. Pleasant and appropriate for the style, just not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Nice. Malty up front: crackery or biscuity with plenty of caramel. Floral hop character comes through in the middle, but then it finishes with a drying, lingering bitterness and a hint of citrus. It's balanced, though, with more malt than hops.

M: Light to medium body - felt lighter in heft than I expected. Carbonation is a bit fizzy.

O: Very drinkable. Nicely balanced between caramel malt and hop bitterness. Imperial pint went down fast.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2011 15:51:06 | More by Kendo
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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
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FLima

Brazil

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
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white heady that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Crackery malt with light caramel note; not sweet. Floral hop character as well and a little grass.

T: Very malty up front; crackers and caramel. The floral hop character comes through in the middle to a sharp bitter. As the beer is not very sweet (which I kind-of expected), plenty of bitter lingers.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. A tiny bit resiny. finishes dry and bitter.

O: Very drinkable. Good hop and malt character; though I expected it would be sweeter.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 15:16:11 | More by Haybeerman
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The Men's Room Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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