Loser Pale Ale
Elysian Brewing Company

Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale
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Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #1,063
Ranked #24,998
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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Ratings by Darkmagus82:
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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
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
More User Ratings:
Rated: 3.75 by DOCRW from Washington

Nov 21, 2021
Rated: 3.75 by BEER88 from Washington

Nov 06, 2020
Rated: 1.55 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 04, 2019
Rated: 3 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Dec 30, 2017
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Reviewed by Libeertarian from Montana

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Reviewed by CaptainHate from Ohio

3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
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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Reviewed by pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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
Rated: 3.75 by Quesophresco from Oregon

Dec 09, 2016
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Reviewed by MeanMotaScootah from California

3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
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
Rated: 4 by Aaron_Kerkvliet from Wisconsin

Nov 17, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Oct 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by Marvicsin from California

Oct 10, 2016
Rated: 3.18 by MMOSNN from North Carolina

Oct 07, 2016
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Reviewed by MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
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
Rated: 3.79 by rarigney from Washington

Sep 03, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by RickyBfromCT from Connecticut

Aug 27, 2016
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
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
Rated: 3.25 by pants678 from California

Aug 26, 2016
Rated: 3.1 by DamienI from Washington

Aug 20, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by sgttibbs from Minnesota

Aug 16, 2016
Rated: 4.79 by olideacon from Washington

Aug 08, 2016
Rated: 3.54 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Jul 30, 2016
Rated: 3.7 by jpd026 from New York

Jul 24, 2016
Rated: 3.25 by Dduquette from Maryland

Jul 20, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by Studfarm69 from California

Jul 12, 2016
Rated: 3.64 by Gerred from Missouri

Jul 03, 2016
Rated: 3.67 by EdwardAbbey from Washington

Jul 01, 2016
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Rated by CraftBeerRunner from California

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
LA, June 2016
Jun 30, 2016
Rated: 3.42 by stevesbeer from Washington

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by AD17 from New Jersey

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 3.59 by tomb_ride from California

Jun 14, 2016
Rated: 3.4 by SamuelMiller from Montana

Jun 08, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by csurowiec from Maryland

May 30, 2016
Rated: 3.68 by LeftHanded666 from New York

May 24, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by Giangio from Italy

May 16, 2016
Rated: 3.5 by SpAiReArGsEonNE from New Jersey

Apr 14, 2016
Rated: 3.86 by IPAchris from Pennsylvania

Mar 25, 2016
Rated: 4 by Bearman13 from Texas

Mar 19, 2016
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Reviewed by KTCamm from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
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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