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Loser Pale Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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143 Reviews
Loser Pale AleLoser Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Corporate Beer Still Sucks

BODY
Medium

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

MALTS
Pale, Munich, Crystal and Cara-hell

HOPS
Bittered with Sorachi Ace and finished with Crystal hops

ABV: 7.0%
IBU: 57

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

Celebrating over 20 years of Sub Pop Records with beer.

Added by bbothen on 08-28-2008

BEER STATS
Reviews:
143
Ratings:
555
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
21.51%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
102
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 143 | Ratings: 555
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of JeffBlue
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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

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Photo of HamdenHector
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
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;

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Photo of Gajo74
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

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Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of vladdswrath
3.83/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of crob3888
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of ricke49
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of jooler
2.47/5  rDev -33.6%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of iRaven99664
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
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.

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Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.31/5  rDev -11%
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...

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Photo of Maceo357
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I loved the color. A pretty amber orange very similar to a Hop Valley Alphadelic but less turbid. Nice mild citrus flavor, not extremely butter or overly hoppy but tasty. Can't wait to have another tomorrow.

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Photo of Svingjo
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden colour with an almost grapefruit nose. Has a hoppy bitterness on the tongue right away with some malt coming through at the end. I enjoyed this one but that's not too surprising given that I tend to sway to this style of beer.

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Photo of Act25
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

APA is my favorite style. This one is original, and worth trying.

A: Pours a deep amber color, with a midsized off-white head that fades normally and leaves only a little lace.

S: The aroma is too faint. Some grassy hops, caramel malts and citrus. Grassy.

T: The taste follows the smell but is much more interesting, starts out honey sweet with a nice arc of sweet citrus, fresh flowers, and bitter piney hops.

F: The finish is lightly hoppy and slightly sweet, sticky.

O: Easy beer to enjoy, wish I had another.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy dark copper color. The head is a finger high, with a white shade. Retention is pretty bad, unfortunately. However, a bit of lacing is left on the glass. Not a very pretty beer. (2.5)

Smell: This is a pretty typical pale ale. I'm not getting many tropical fruit notes - rather, the hop profile seems floral and nectary. In addition, it's fairly malty. I'm picking up a lot of caramel and sugar cookie in particular. Not mold breaking by any means, but decent enough for what it is. (3)

Taste: No surprises here. Floral hops hit the palate immediately, only to fade before they can bitterly linger on the palate. A healthy, caramel-laden malt backbone ends up being the dominating note. Despite all the flowery hop flavors, it isn't very bitter at all. This one slightly grows on me after a while - the hop/malt interplay is pleasant, if slightly erring towards maltiness too much. (3.25)

Mouthfeel: Unusually creamy for a pale ale - I'm surprised how full-bodied it is. There is some dryness to the finish as well. The drinkability is moderate, overall, but the carbonation does will it down more easily. (3.25)

Overall: This is a pale ale for those who like them rich and malty. Those looking for big tropical notes, look elsewhere. Those looking for a palpable malt backbone and hops only to balance, this is your pale ale. (3)

3.11/5: Nice hops, but the maltiness is a bit much for me

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Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

09/11/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. As luck would have it I found myself looking for a session beer for the Monday Night Football & stumbled on this joyous brew. Extremely well balanced & full bodied. Creamy but not buttery. I have a new friend. There was a loser this night, but it wasn't me.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains grassy hops, caramelized malts and citrus.

T: The taste starts out sweet with a quick burst of hops bitterness that is quickly followed by sweet flavors of caramel and citrus. Then the piney hops presence returns as the sweetness fades some. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid beer to drink for a long time.

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