Men's Room Original Red
Elysian Brewing Company

Men's Room Original RedMen's Room Original Red
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Style:
Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #805
ABV:
5.6%
Score:
81
Ranked #44,392
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 14.04%
Reviews:
89
Ratings:
382
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Elysian Brewing Company
 
Washington, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Men's Room Original RedMen's Room Original Red
Notes: Because we think it's yummy!

Style: Original red

Tasting notes: Amber in color with a light hop aroma and toasty malt finish.

A portion of the net proceeds from every Mens Room Original Red sold goes to helping support the families of our military vets through the VA Puget Sound Fisher House and JBLM Fisher Houses.

The Mens Room Original Red is brewed for The Mens Room Radio Show on 99.9 KISW The Rock of Seattle.

Malts: Pale, Munich, C-77, CaraRed and CaraHell.
Hops: Bittered with Chinook and finished with Cascade.
Body: Medium
IBU: 51
Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 382 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

1.54/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

For the unsophisticated beer drinker in my opinion. It will beat some bud and other mass produced lagers, but that is as far as I’ll take it. I still find folks who like this and never understood. It has hops but it’s thin and dull. My last was a drain pour.

May 04, 2019
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ChainGangGuy from Georgia

3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Served up a hazed, orange-golden body with an inch of craggy-looking, near white foam.

Smell: Toast, toasted grains with a dusting of table sugar and a slight caramel edge to it. Minimal hop presence on the aroma, slight touches of citrus, herb.

Taste: A toasty, caramel-hinting maltiness with a moderate degree of sweetness. Like the nose, hop character is slight but sufficient to give you some background citrus and a light, cleansing bitterness. Finishes bittersweet with lingering hints of blonde caramel and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's a well-balanced, easy-going, nicely drinkable beer.

Feb 17, 2019
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Tone from Missouri

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight caramel malt, hint of tea, and a hint of spicy hops. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, citrus hops, slight caramel malt, hint of tea, and a hint of spicy hops. Overall, good blend, low bitterness, and good body, but simplistic.

Oct 01, 2018
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Radome from Florida

3.26/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bomber bottle bought in Seattle.

L - Copper color with no particular red highlights. A bit hazy. Off-white head is underwhelming and quickly fades to a few wisps of ultra-fine bubbles on the surface. A small amount of lacing.

S - Biscuity malt with a small hint of brown sugar. This is balanced by blended earthy and piney hops. Very clean fermentation character with no yeast or alcohol notes.

T - Flavors hit me more like a pale ale than a red ale. Emphasis is on the hops (earthy, piney and herbal, in that order of intensity) flavor and bitterness first, with malt as only a low, bready contributor. Finish is dry and bitter.

F - Thin body with moderate, creamy carbonation. Hops bitterness is medium to high, again reminding me of a US pale ale. Very low alcohol presence.

O - I'm not sure what the brewers were going for here. It is a pleasant beer that will appeal to hopheads, but to call it a red ale or American amber seems misleading. Red IPA might make more sense as a category.

Jul 02, 2018
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snaotheus from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

2017-07-04
12oz bottle served in a tulip. I don't see a date.

Pours dark amber with a medium to large head and a lot of carbonation. Smell is mild, a little tea, a little nutty, a little malt and dishwater.

Taste is a little bit creamy, more nutty/creaminess. Tea is still there, and still quite noticeable, but not as dominant. Moderate hop presence.

Mouthfeel is creamy and rich. Overall, this is a good red ale.

Jul 05, 2017
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donmonkey1 from Tennessee

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pours an orangish copper. The beer lacks carbonation. The head is small, disappears quickly, but laces nicely.
Smell: Citrusy/fruity.
Taste: There's a kind of hops that I like, like plums and mangoes. I really like it.
Overall: Definitely a quality beer and a nice change of pace, but I wouldn't want it regularly. Best red I've ever had though.

Apr 09, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Mar 28, 2017
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sjdevel from Colorado

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Mar 26, 2017
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StJamesGate from New York

3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Iron Bull, Seattle.
Crusty white over cherry amber. 4
Toast and sticky caramel. 3.75
Lots of crystal, touch of tartness, strawberry and lemon. 3.75
Halfway to medium, crisp, slight cling. 3.75

Too sweet, but it does have some 5AM Saint strawberry notes. Thin, too, though. Entry level session fraft. 3.75

Jan 17, 2017
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Skrumpy from Oregon

3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light copper color, bubbly, tan head with decent retention and streak lacing. Aroma is light, malt and earthy tones. The flavor is a bit light as well. Caramel malt and some herbal notes. Dry finish. Not a bad beer, but not one I would drink regularly.

Sep 24, 2016
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TheSixthRing from California

3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Sep 12, 2016
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EASiverly from Washington

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

A very tasty beverage and it supports a very good cause. With portions of the profits going to the Fischer Houses of Washington State. The only thing that erks me is that AB $ Bev bought their brewer, Alysian. Yummy! Listen to the Men's Room 2-6 pm PCT kisw.com . Adios bitcholas.

Aug 11, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.97/5  rDev +11.5%
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!

Apr 21, 2016
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

this is a weak link in the elysian portfolio as far as i am concerned. it really doesnt match the level of their other stuff. i think its a mandated beer at buffalo wild wings, i have seen it at a few locations. the look is deceiving, because it looks fantastic. a nice copper colored beer, brick red in the center, with a tan head thats real high and permanent, it really does look yummy. the aroma is a little soapy, like it came though a line that wasnt cleaned properly, but i get some hops, more hops than is common in the classic american amber ales. there is an acidity though, a tannic thing i dont really find appealing, and more sweetness than it needs with the hops. the flavor is better than the nose, the hops come through real well, and the malt is fresh and toasted tasting, cereals meet a honey sweetness. i still get a little soapy thing going on, and definitely a little more residual sugar than it needs, but it beats the smell. carbonation is fine, and its actually somewhat hearty for what it is, but the balance is wrong, and it comes apart a little as it warms up. overall not awful, but if i am drinking american ambers and reds, this isnt where i start or stop, thats for sure. i like it being a little hoppier, but it needs some tweaks.

Mar 22, 2016
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ivantheiceman from Washington

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours about a two finger head, that slowly goes away, I would say good head retention. I really love the mahogany color of the beer.

First smell I get on my nose is the citrus notes from the hops, but it is not a punch you in the face hop smell. The hop smell is toned down by slightly sweet notes from the malt.

First notes that I get are the bitterness from the hop. I cannot really place what fruit I am tasting within the hop character itself. After the beer washes over your tongue you start to get the sweetness from the malt. The aftertaste is bitter however from the hop.

The mouth feel is very good, a nice balance between thick and thin. When you swish it around the carbonation really starts to build in your mouth.

Overall I would say a good beer. The hop characteristics are nice and the slight malt that you get is also very good. I would score the beer a 3.5/5 because I would have loved to have a little better balance between the hop and the malt. With that said the more you drink it the more your tongue gets used to the bitterness of the hop and the malt comes out more. Overall I would recomend this beer to any of my friends.

Jan 06, 2016
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Jan 05, 2016
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Dec 30, 2015
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stevoj from Idaho

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice hops, but overall kind of lightweight. Amber in color with decent creamy beige head. Light hop aroma, hops overtake the malt in the taste, citrusy notes. Short, metallic finish.

Dec 02, 2015
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Oct 29, 2015
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Oct 01, 2015
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SitkaSteve from Idaho

3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Sep 08, 2015
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MissYa from Washington

2.12/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Asked for a red beer at a restaurant, she asked mens room? I was like huh? My husband says it's a beer. I say sure. Was excited when it arrived, nice & red. But my taste bids were put into shock. Expecting a slightly salty beer, I was punched in the tongue with this super bitter ale. I finished it, unhappily.

Aug 09, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pleasantly frothy mouthfeel. Handsome copper-tinged amber color with plenty of lacing in the Pilsener glass. Kind of a watery tea flavor, but not unpleasant. Metallic note at the finish. Some bitterness with a woody bite. Faint malty flavor.

The flavor seems to evaporate after a couple of gulps. It's so easy to drink this stuff, it's hard to review it. And then hard to remember it. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Fred Meyers in Burlington.

Aug 07, 2015
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OrtheusMaximusRex from Colorado

3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint with nucleator on bottom.

A: Light copper, like the color of grade a maple syrup. Head at first fell to a thin layer, some lacing on glass.
S: light in the nose, with some mild hops and citrusy fruit.
T: slightly malty. Citrus hop flavor. With little bitterness.
M: thin - medium overall, carbonation ok (
O: drinkable, red, not the best but far from the worst.

Aug 01, 2015
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ZachT from Canada

4.39/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice reddish colour, piney and citrusy hop aroma, nice malt body, well balanced, good carbonation, medium-dry finish with a subtle lingering bitterness

Apr 01, 2015
Men's Room Original Red from Elysian Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 382 ratings