The Men's Room Ale | Elysian Brewing Company

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The Men's Room AleThe Men's Room Ale

Brewed by:
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

S: It smells of rich malts, light cola, light fruit and a hint of biscuit. The malts are medium, fruit aromas are medium low and the spicy hop aromas are low.

L: It pours copper amber with a slight haze capped by a 2" cream colored layer of foam with moderate retention.

T: The palate is creamy and malt, light biscuit to bread crumb, moderately sweet with a trace of caramel and a hint of chocolate. Fruit flavors suggest plums. There is some faint cola and spice in the background. Malt is slightly above medium, bitterness is medium to medium low, fruit flavors are just below medium.

F: The body is medium and the carbonation is medium high.

O: This is a flavorful drink that fits the need when you just want a beer.

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Photo of sjdevel
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: 12 oz. bottle and a 2 finger head that receded rapidly. Leaves a tiny foam ring and a touch of lacing. Very clear yellow gold color - NO RED at all. Men's room = piss colored beer - well if you are slightly dehydrated.
Smell: Some hop aroma. Some caramel malt. Barely a smell.
Taste: Slight hop bitterness. Some sweet malt and slight roasted grains. A bit caramelly. Dries out a bit. slight fruit and citrus.
Feel: Medium mouthfeel. Stays carbed enough to make it interesting.
Overall: Good session beer. Easy drinking. More like a Pale Ale and not many characteristics of a Red. Drinkable, I prefer more flavor / more power in a beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottling date of 04/26/16

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy with fine sediment floating throughout. Finger width, off-white head that dissipates in fair time to a thin, broken layer of suds. Good lacing, with large chunks and spotting throughout.

Smell - Balanced aroma, as hop and malt come through strongly. Malts exhibit subtle caramel and some toastiness; the hops are citrusy with lesser earth and floral character.

Taste - Follows the nose. Malty upfront with fair caramel and toasted, bready character. Hops come though in the back end with light citrus and earthy bitterness. Lingering waxy bitterness in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with slightly bitey carbonation. Fairly smooth with a lightly dry finish.

Overall - A pretty decent red. Good balance. Okay flavor profile. I don't think I'd buy it again for what I had to pay for a sixer.

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Photo of nstygles
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smartin121356
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DamienI
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - Bottled on 2/17/16:

Pours clear dark amber. A frothy white head settles a bit and stays. Rings of lacing stick down the glass.

The smell is of caramelized dough with soft floral hop notes and a subtle touch of toast.

The taste is of traditional "red" ale malt with earthy, floral, slightly pine-like hop spice and light toast in the finish.

It has a creamy light-to-medium body. Smooth.

A nice, easy-drinking red ale!

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Photo of BCborn
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gobzilla
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of claybob43
4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My Christmas present came from my co-worker Tina, who got me three 13 ounce bottles. On to the beer:

This beer is dark amber red with autumn hues. The head has some stickiness to it and good retention above. It had a very roasty aroma, with little fruity and biscuit notes to keep it intetesting. That leads to a taste which has a clean, toasty flavor with little fruity and hoppy notes on the side. Somehwere, Fat Tire is saying "that's my profile, I'll kill you!". It's easy to drink and light-medium bodied, which combined with a fine flavor, makes The Men's Room a beer for any occasion.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Packaged 12/1/15.

Pours a hazy copper with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, nut, earth, and caramel aromas. Taste is much the same with toast, burnt caramel, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is easy to drink but packs an earthy bitterness that lingers after each sip.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of jrob21
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of fizzician
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dmorgan310
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tummy345
3.28/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DuaneL
4.25/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a nonic pint

Look : Honey-to-iced tea colored body, with a popcorn colored head measuring about 2 fingers. It recedes slowly to 1 finger and stays there for the duration of the review. Lacing is abundant and pretty. Opacity is nearly 100% in the body.

Smell : Biscuit and amber roast malts, behind that faintly pine and grapefruit notes. With imagination a little bit of fig and vinous notes can also be nosed.

Taste : Wow, super hoppy to start. But then, it balances out somewhat with a rush of roast amber and crystal malts, and ends with a touch of dark fruit and a buzzing yeastiness.

Feel : Superbly carbonated, yielding itself to supreme drinkability. It ends semi dry and leaves parch on the tongue.

Overall : Washington loves their hops. I like malty ambers, so this was not really for me. This drinks more like a red IPA. I'll pass next time.

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Photo of drews240
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RyanByorick
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Libeertarian
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi-hazy, a copper hue that's on the tarnished side but still pretty to look at. Head is fine, of low or medium retention, light tan, with decent lacing. Raisins, sweet oranges, caramel, resin aromas. Very interesting taste and feel to this one, not at all what I was expecting. Not so fruity on the palate, but resin and caramel as expected. Strong, but easy to miss malt backbone. Raisins if you look for them. Rind, pine, and a dash of peppercorn for the finish. Medium in body but the way the bubbles behave and the balance of [and dearth of distinct] flavors make it seem deceptively thin. Not overly carbonated, but the fine and sudsy nature of it makes it seem like there's a lot. Crisp and smooth. Would try again. In fact, I think I have a 22 ounce bomber lying around somewhere. This one was just a 12.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a nice looking amber color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated nicely. Lacing was there in a messy sort of way.
The smell had a somewhat sweet caramel breadiness rolling over sweet caramel and toffee malts. Light citrus and earthy hops assist in balancing nicely.
The taste was moderately sweet with a smooth earthy bitterness to balance.
The mouthfeel was somewhat sweet creamy backed up by a bitterness over my tongue, so there's a nice harshness. Its about light to medium bodied.
Overall, its a nice amber ale. I could have again if I wanted one of the style.

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The Men's Room Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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