Loser Pale Ale
Elysian Brewing Company

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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #1,083
Ranked #25,197
3.69 | pDev: 11.11%
Nov 21, 2021
Aug 28, 2008
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.
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3.75 by DOCRW from Washington on Nov 21, 2021
3.75 by BEER88 from Washington on Nov 06, 2020
1.55 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington on May 04, 2019
3 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Dec 30, 2017
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3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Libeertarian from Montana

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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3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CaptainHate from Ohio

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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4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by pat61 from Minnesota

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
3.75 by Quesophresco from Oregon on Dec 09, 2016
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3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by MeanMotaScootah from California

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
4 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin on Nov 17, 2016
3.5 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey on Oct 25, 2016
4 by Marvicsin from California on Oct 10, 2016
3.18 by MMOSNN from North Carolina on Oct 07, 2016
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4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by MattyG85 from Minnesota

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
3.79 by rarigney from Washington on Sep 03, 2016
3.4 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut on Aug 27, 2016
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3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by gatornation from Minnesota

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
3.25 by pants678 from California on Aug 26, 2016
3.1 by DamienI from Washington on Aug 20, 2016
3.75 by sgttibbs from Minnesota on Aug 16, 2016
4.79 by olideacon from Washington on Aug 08, 2016
3.54 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania on Jul 30, 2016
3.7 by jpd026 from New York on Jul 24, 2016
3.25 by Dduquette from Maryland on Jul 20, 2016
3.96 by Studfarm69 from California on Jul 12, 2016
3.64 by Gerred from Missouri on Jul 03, 2016
3.67 by EdwardAbbey from Washington on Jul 01, 2016
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by CraftBeerRunner from California

LA, June 2016

Jun 30, 2016
3.42 by stevesbeer from Washington on Jun 24, 2016
3.5 by AD17 from New Jersey on Jun 24, 2016
3.59 by tomb_ride from California on Jun 14, 2016
3.4 by SamuelMiller from Montana on Jun 08, 2016
3.86 by csurowiec from Maryland on May 30, 2016
3.68 by LeftHanded666 from New York on May 24, 2016
3.79 by Giangio from Italy on May 16, 2016
3.5 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey on Apr 14, 2016
3.86 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania on Mar 25, 2016
4 by Bearman13 from Texas on Mar 19, 2016
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3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Darkmagus82 from Texas

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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3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by KTCamm from New Jersey

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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