Loser Pale Ale
Elysian Brewing Company

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Pale Ale - American
Ranked #2,097
Ranked #39,340
3.7 | pDev: 11.08%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale
Notes: Corporate Beer Still Sucks


Light tropical flavors balanced with a crisp malt-hop finish.

Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 57

Year Round — Draft, 22 oz bottles, Six Packs/12oz bottles

Celebrating over 20 years of Sub Pop Records with beer.
Reviews: 150 | Ratings: 576 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 04/19/17:

Copper-amber, very hazy with some suspended fleks. Head’s a light-tan foam with a somewhat creamy texture, moderate retention, and a fair amount of lace. Citrus, resin, grass, caramel aromas. Similar to taste, some extra toast and toffee, then the rind sets in as expected. Medium-bodied, finer and softer carbonation, though plenty of it.

Jul 27, 2017
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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was given to me by some fellow dog walkers and I have no idea how old it was although it was surely at least two years old. 22 ouncer poured into a tulip. However old it was had no impact on the head, which was large and frothy and took its time dissipating. Color was darker than I'm used to with an APA, maybe the age had something to do with that. Smell was disappointingly faint with some grass hints making me think the hops had aged away. The taste was nicely complexly malty with a good feel in the mouth. I might try to find a fresh one to see how different it is.

May 21, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: pours hazy copper amber with rapidly rising bubbles under a thin, off-white foam cap with poor retention.

S: Dank tropical fruit aromas with a touch of citrus and malt rise from the glass. Malt aromas are medium low, fermentation aromas medium low, hop aromas medium to medium high.

T: Fruit and malt begin the flavor attack and then a citrus rind bitterness comes forward. Tropical fruit and malt biscuit flavors are medium, hop fruit flavors are medium to medium high. Malt sweetness with a light caramel note is medium low to medium. The finish is citrus rind bitterness, tropical fruit, bread crumb, and a hint of caramel with moderate linger. Overall balance is to towards the hop.

F: Loser Pale Ale has a very creamy medium body with medium carbonation and no astringency.

O: A very nice, drinkable American Pale Ale.

Mar 28, 2017
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale ale is a decent offering from Elysian - it's nothing ground breaking so it doesn't deserve to be a true Loser but it does have it's downfall. This has a very sweet toffy caramel flavor profile for sure. I just did a review on the Hop Ottin IPA from Anderson Valley Brewing and if you asked me to do a blind taste test between the two I'd swear they were the same beer. Not sure what kind of yeast they used for this baby but I'd bet my first born it's from the English Ale family of of yeasts due to it's strong butterscotch flavor profile. That being said, I am not a huge fan of this kind of pale ale. I like the more clean, citrusy style more attune with the SoCal IPAs. I gave this a 3.5 cuz I really dig Elysian otherwise my rating would have been markedly lower. Give it a try - not a bad beer but nothing to write home about.

Nov 22, 2016
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of off white head that settles into a thin patchy layer.

Smell: An earthy and juicy aroma with a scent of citrus and grass. Earthy hop scent of wet grass. Citrus hints of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. Malt hints of caramel, grains, and cracker with yeast. A solid balanced aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an earthy and juicy taste with notes of citrus and grass. Citrus hop notes of orange, grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Earthy hop notes of grass. Malt notes of caramel, grains, and cracker along with some yeast. A solid taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, drying, and smooth.

Overall: A solid take on a Pale Ale. Nice balance of hops and caramel malt.

Sep 10, 2016
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gatornation from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color with a fresh staying head. smells of light citrus and baked bread. Taste is house malt with light citrus hops an earth grassy taste. medium carbonation with a mild bitterness. Nice drinkable APA.

Aug 27, 2016
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a hazy golden orange color with a one finger head of thick off white foam. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is big and bready with a strong doughy aroma mixed within. Along with these aromas comes some smells of a grainy nature as well as some sweetness of orange and harvest fruits. There is a little bit of a grassy and hay smell rounding it all out and giving a nice aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a very doughy taste mixed with some flavors of harvest fruit and an orange sweetness. The bready stays very strong with the sweet changing a bit as the orange gets more potent and the harvest fruits get lighter. With these taste transitions comes some flavors of hay and grain at the very end, leaving one with a rather sweet and doughy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is slightly thicker and chewier with a carbonation that is average. For the doughy and sweet taste the chewy feel is great and makes for a nice thick medium for the rich tastes to be sensed.

Overall – I really enjoyed this pale. It is very malty and thick for a pale, but very tasty none the less. An enjoyable brew overall.

Mar 16, 2016
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2/20....pours dark copper rolling to amber. Light white foam. Nose has malts, oranges fruits citrus, all lighter. Slightly strong bitter to start, soapy, rinds. Some tropical notes. Fruit mellows out the bitter. Doesn't suck itself.

Mar 12, 2016
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JeffBlue from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2-7-16 (22oz, Ventura CA) yeasty mushroom thingy in the nose but not so much in the taste, found it to be very consistent and a pretty solid pale ale overall

Feb 12, 2016
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CTHomer from Connecticut

4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; nice lacing;

S: earthy with a bit of lemon, mango, and toffee;

t: earthy up front; ripe mango and orange in the middle that fade toward the end; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: very enjoyable;

Jan 14, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I purchased this beer because I have had and enjoyed Elysian, in the past, and was drawn in by the awesome title.
Pours an amber orange color, not much head and a thin ringlike lace. Smells sweet with lots of caramel malts in the nose; also some biscuity malts. Initially the taste is sweet on the tongue, the caramel malts mirror the aroma. Soon enough though, the hops really come through. The bitterness is medium to low but has a bite to it. The hops flavor is floral and lemony. There is a bitterness in the finish and aftertaste that is a bit too much at times. The mouthfeel is medium. The carbonation is generally soft but has a crispness to it when cold. Pretty easy to drink.
Overall I'm glad I got this. It has some minor flaws in the aftertaste but is generally tasty.

Jan 08, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Citrusy , mellow hopped ale. Light amber with average creamy head, Grapefruit aroma and taste, smooth and not puckering. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Nov 20, 2015
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DuaneL from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Although might not be something we'd want a case of (a little too "in your face") would be nice to get a 6-pack occ. This is more like an IPA. Unfiltered, btw. So, a medium body. Definitely has character.

Oct 24, 2015
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ctylinebeer from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic glass.

L - medium-dark color with a hint of grapefruit pink. Not a whole lot of head and no lacing on the glass.

A - juicy grapefruit aroma with hint of pine. Toasted malts also

T - cross between juicy citrus and bitter pine. Slightly dark taste in the malt character. Kind of similar to strong IPAs.

F - bit of a slow-sipper. Medium body feel. Dry apple cider feel.

O - pretty sure this is a jab at their new business partner AB-INBEV. Very pretty tasty brew from Seattle's city limits and a cool tribute to Sub-Pop Records. This beer does not suck, despite the label.

Oct 06, 2015
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vladdswrath from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a honey/orange color, smallish but puffy head with inconsistent lacing. Aroma is faint, mostly malt and wood, with a little bit of fruitiness. It's nice, but simply doesn't jump out of the glass. Taste is light and pleasant, it doesn't try to hide the bitter hops shock coming at the end. Mouthfeel is watery, but feels right for this easy drinking beer.

Sep 18, 2015
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crob3888 from California

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with an off white head, really good lacing on the glass. Smells first of Munich and pale malts, that doughy-bread scent. Flavor is of citrus spice, leafy and earthy hops, balanced by the dough flavor underneath. Mouthfeel is great, very smooth and light. Overall this is an extremely unique pale ale due to the sorachi ace hops and various malts, and then this borders IPA land with 58 ibus and 7% abv. And yet stylistically I would not call it an IPA, since it gives a different impression that one would expect more from a pale ale.

Aug 14, 2015
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Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been wanting to try this for a long time and I was not disappointed. A solid APA with a cool vibe (regardless of the current Elysian ownership). In and of itself, this is a quality beer.

Jul 18, 2015
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ricke49 from Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice hop forward pale ale. Would pass as an IPA in some regions. Refreshing balance hop/malt. Fascinating label giving bow to Kurt Cobain / sub pop records, with slogan that paraphrases Cobain utterance "corporate music still sucks" or was it "Corporate Magazines" ?? Whatever, here as: "corporate beer still sucks". Will In-Bev/Budweiser squelch this slogan?? (I think they may have already, as my bottle was likely on retailers shelve for a spell). At any rate, a worthwhile Pale Ale with tons of flavor regardless of what some other reviews have stated.

Jun 11, 2015
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jooler from California

2.47/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Smell is like their jasmine ipa but slightly more better. Initial taste is flat and No flavor. The most blandest beers I had ever drank. Not worth the money.

May 27, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Packaged 4/27/15.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and citrus fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and slight butter flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with solid aromas, but the butter like flavor I am getting is a bit odd.

Serving type: bottle.

May 19, 2015
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CalgaryFMC from Canada (AB)

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tasting notes: Candied orange and lemon. Gingerbread. The spicy and marmalade elements meld nicely. Fizzy. Solid medium body; brew seems thicker than is truly the case. Hints of sweet tree sap and pineapple skin. Some unique flavors although I am not tasting the odd Sorachi Ace hops, probably because they were inexplicably used for bittering purposes rather than finishing. I guess I am tasting ample citrus spice, and enjoying same. Unique, presumably that was the intent. One wonders if the corporate beer still sucks slogan will stick around. Certainly a worthy cause to celebrate. Mudhoney should drink this instead of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Apr 17, 2015
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Zorro from California

3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Mildly chill hazed copper with a tall off-white colored head.

Smells hoppy and herbal with a mostly citrus aroma. Scents of toffee and wood.

Starts out malty with lots of toffee and some woody flavors. Medium level of bitterness. Taste of vanilla detected. Faint flavor of tobacco.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall quite an enjoyable Pale Ale. Tasty but not over the top on hops or anything. A beer I will recommend and buy again.

Mar 15, 2015
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iRaven99664 from Alaska

4.23/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like the grapefruity hops kick up front and middle, with the middle fading to the back with a mild wood sweetness. The smell is subtle with a balance of both...this is how a beer should smell! Best smell I've smelt in a long time. Feel is mostly watery with a slight thickness. The flavors linger on the tongue for a long while. I think my first 12oz was skunked cuz it tasted a bit stale and king of like keg rot(overly metallica). The second one I'm having is way more enjoyable.

Mar 09, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery sent to be before the buyout.

Good looking froth on this one, hazy amber color. Citrus, leafy, earthy push of hops in the nose with some bread undertones and ripe pear. Juicy hop palate with a fresh grainy base. Suggestions of pineapple skin, blood orange rind, birch sap, & bready dough in the middle. Mild toasted malt character followed by a hint of caramel lead the way to help balance this brew out. Hint of alcohol and fruitiness in the finish, lingering bitterness as well.

A very well balanced Pale Ale even though the bitterness is a bit pushy in the end, excellent use of the Sorachi Ace hops.

Feb 24, 2015
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap. Pours a translucent, deep orange. Medium sized off-white head. Aroma is rather tame. Over-ripe apples, candy citrus, and caramel. Flavor brings forth bitterness without much distinctive flavor. Orange candy. General fruitiness. Bready. Full bodied for the style. High carbonation. Not saying this one lives up to its name but...

Feb 11, 2015
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