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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Added by ccrida on 06-16-2010

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Photo of ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On draught at The Swiss, served in a shaker, The Men's Room is a clear twany orange with a big bubbled off-white head that leaves really nice lace patterns - thin but extensive, all the way down the glass.

Smell is pretty hoppy, a nice pungency some citrus that plays well with the malt.

Taste is very nice, full but very well balanced, lots of hop flavor without undue bitterness. Nice biscuit character from the malt, hint of coco, light sweetness, just a really great amber.

Mouthfeel is on the crisp side, with a lighter body.

Drinkability is ridiculous. For some reason I gulped this down in about 5 minutes without even trying. Nice hoppy amber that is smooth and light, what's not to love? The best amber I've ever had, killer. Definitely one you want to drink fresh though for the hop character, I'm a little skeptical of the bottles that are coming out but we'll see...

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Photo of Philousa
4.32/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an opaque tawny color with decent head and some lacing after a few sips. Sweet caramel aroma followed by toasty malt and mild hoppiness. Taste starts a bready maltiness followed by bitter, crisp hops. Bitter flavor stays, but doesn't coat the mouth and fades nicely. This doesn't feel as thick, but feels more carbonated than most reds out there.

This is a great, if unremarkable beer, which isn't a bad thing. It isn't complex, but is balanced very well and is super drinkable. I'm really digging the bready/toasty taste and crispness in the beer, which I think is attributable to the healthy amount of hops. Truthfully, I wouldn't think of this as a red/amber ale, but it's more malty than any pale ale I can think of, so I understand why it's referred to as a red. I would be very happy if my local bar had this on tap as a cheap go-to beer. Let's make it happen, distributors!

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Photo of BUD
4.26/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a STONES Imperial "pint" glass (20oz). A nice amber color..beautiful 2 finger thick fluffy head, cloud like. Lacing sticks to glass as head slightly dissapates..and I do mean slightly. Light carbonation. A balanced malt and hops smell..maybe the malt more to the forefront. Taste of breadiness..toasty malts. Mouthfeel is kind of dry towards finish..not bad though. I havent had too many reds or ambers..but I can say this one is impressive. A nice quaffable, moderate ABV session brew. Thanks to my brother in law Mike "tennessee tuxedo" 4!

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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 barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at The Spar Cafe, Tacoma. Also seens this listed at numerous other locations including Elysian Fields as Mens Room Red

A: Poured a nice crimson color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Nose is hoppier than you would expect from this style. Caramel, bread

T: Taste is full of flavor, pretty nice and big for a lower ABV beer, it had some citrus notes, caramel and bread. Not a fan of the style but this was pretty good

M: Nice and coating, lighter to medium body, sticky but then it is crisp on the end with nice hops, light booze feel

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a copper body and a full thicket of khaki tan head forms well above the sides of my glass. Aromatics offer up a nice citric hop nose with some floral accents really nice hops going on in there. Excellent sharp citrus/floral/earthy bitterness makes it in each sip with a semi dry finish, malt presence isn't overtly sweet a bit of deep grain husk flavor complemented with hints of caramel and earthy bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a consistent sturdy carbonation level that drives each sip, finishes semi-dry. Overall the drinkability is key here goes down way too easy, balanced perfectly with a bit more hops than your average cookie cutter red ale found across this great country.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.19/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a pint glass.

Pours copper red with 1/4 inch puffy white foam. Some clinging but not a lot. Toasty malt nose - quite inviting. Taste is supremely toasty and even. Firm hop buried beneath that lasts beyond. Nice malty blend. The hop lingers a bit. Very good.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into an imperial pint

appearance - orange/red, transparent, huge head that receded slowly leaving massive lacing up the side of the glass

smell - sweet caramel malts

taste - closely echoes the nose, fairly one dimensional but consistent and flavorful

mouthfeel - light body, carbonation is very strong, slightly dry finish

overall - nice malt profile, slightly sweet, a very basic brew but well done and highly sessionable

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Photo of TheBigBoy
4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Split out of a 22oz. Thumbs up here. Really enjoyed this one. Good solid amber/red beer taste, not overpowering just good drinking for a bottle or a few. One of the better new beers I've sampled in a while. This is much better tasting than than the namesake of this beer would imply. Please make more of this one Elysian. Good Stuff!

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Elysian Men's Room Ale

Pours a reddish copper color, decent sized foam and lace stickage. Aroma of citrusy, floral hops and some caramel. In the taste, bright citrusy hops with a good level of bitterness. Surprisingly hop forward, with some caramel, bread, toast and faint toffee flavors as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth, clean and easily drinkable. Overall, I thought this was a solid hopped up American red/amber ale. Sessionable with a good deal of flavor.

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Photo of FLima
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark amber color with a thick head with low to medium retention.
Delicious fruity aroma of American yeast with notes of honey and biscuit malt.
Flavor of white grapes, earthy hops, some grapefruit, caramel, orange peel, musk and spices. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Light to medium body with appropriate carbonation.
Very balanced and fruity Red Ale. I am getting to love more and more this style.

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Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Got it on tap at the Blue Tusk in Syracuse, where they serve it in an imperial pint glass (cost: $7.00). Body is clear, amber-red with a full, 1+ finger ivory head that settles to leave behind thick rings of lace.

S: Caramel malt with some florally hops. Pleasant and appropriate for the style, just not terribly strong in the nose.

T: Nice. Malty up front: crackery or biscuity with plenty of caramel. Floral hop character comes through in the middle, but then it finishes with a drying, lingering bitterness and a hint of citrus. It's balanced, though, with more malt than hops.

M: Light to medium body - felt lighter in heft than I expected. Carbonation is a bit fizzy.

O: Very drinkable. Nicely balanced between caramel malt and hop bitterness. Imperial pint went down fast.

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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 LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 9/2010 notes. Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium orange amber with a moderate off-white head and nice lacing. Citrus hops aroma. Hops and citrus up front. Light malt and more hops. Light dry hop finish. Leans more towards a IPA, could use some more red ale malt flavor. Pleasant, but not exciting.

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Photo of blackc5
3.91/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A truly gorgeous hue of coppery red with a very thick, slightly off-white head. Good retention, and significant amounts of thin lacing.

S - Mild aromas of roasted malt with some piney and herbal hops. Just a bit of almond.

T - By far and away, this is nowhere near a favorite style of mine, and this will do little to change that. However, I did find it to be a nice and above average amber - well constructed for sure. Nice toasted malt backbone lends a lot of biscuity flavor, as well as some subtle nuttiness. The hops are quite present for the style, and offer some earthy bitterness that is balanced just right.

M - Medium-bodied and spot on carbonation. Nothing amazing, but would you would expect for the style.

D - Right up there, this went down easy. Surely its goal is to be an eminently drinkable session beer, and it is, although it is too mild for my preference.

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Photo of Docer
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- Pours a rather light amber copper color.. ever so slightly cloudy with a quick fizzing white head that leaves some creamy big bubbled ring lace and some scattered dust.

- Great roasty caramel malt backbone with a nice pine and grassy hop zest to pepper the malt. Loving the smell.. smells more like a red than it looks.

- Big balanced creamy red.. nice grainy biscuity barley caramel malt profile with some nice bitter zingy grassy hops. Light pine, and grassy notes. Slight green flavor to the beer.

- Lightly creamy, and light to medium bodied. Bitter zesty dryness.

- Overall a great red with a lovely hop bite. Sets a nice standard for a Northwest Red Ale. Just the slight green flavor throws it off only a light touch.

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Photo of beerme343
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted Men's Room Original Red at Elysian Fields on tap out of a standard pint glass.

This beer pours an orange red color with a medium sized creamy off white head.

Slightly musty aroma with a little toasty bread.

Big malt flavor is balanced by a very light hoppiness.

Very smooth overall with a zesty finish and a hint of citrus. 5.6% ABV and a smooth mouthfeel makes this one of Elysian's best offerings to consider as a session beer. Have also sampled this brew out of 22 oz. bombers and found similar notes.

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Photo of Hawksfan79
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice light clear amber color with a thin white head. Strong hop aroma. Sweet caramel malt flavor followed by a strong yet abrupt hop finish. Thin light bodied mouthfeel with a lively yet not aggressive carbonation.

Not as good as some hoppy red ales in my opinion but still a really great beer.

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

20oz pint at the Underground's mini-tap takeover for these (mostly) new Elysian brews in Alberta.

This beer appears a slightly hazy, glassy medium copper amber hue, with two slender fingers of puffy, bulbous, and eventually chunky, dirty white ice floe head, which leaves a near solid wall of specked snow rime lace around the glass as things seep southwards.

It smells of grainy, and mildly biscuity caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, middling fleshy orange and pithy white grapefruit, and earthy, leafy hops. The taste is semi-sweet bready pale and caramel malt, a bit of steady baker's yeast, simple syrup, subtle muddled citrus, and somewhat zingy leafy, grassy hops.

The bubbles are decently involved and in for the long haul, the body an adequate medium weight, and pretty smooth, with even a coy hint of creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt, and fleshy anonymous fruit holding up that particular flag, while little else in the realm seems up to playing foil at this point.

A decently quaffable amber ale, which is sort of like saying an easy-driving Volkswagen - it may be a given, but it's still nice to see it in the flesh. Nothing overtly heady, or all that memorable, but pleasant enough for an early Friday evening kickoff.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep red-amber color with thick billowy head of just off white foam. The head has a fantastic level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is quite massive of a caramel and toffee smell mixed with some lightly toasted malt aromas. Along with these smells comes some lighter earthy and herbal hop aromas, giving a nice balance to the sweet and overall producing a very inviting aroma.

Taste – The taste begins much drier then would have been anticipated from the nose with a somewhat direr, lightly roasted bready flavor. There is just a hint of caramel sweetness upfront, which ends up fading quite quickly from the tongue, but is replaced by a light fruit flavor of a pear and apple. These fruit flavors are quite light however and are quickly overshadowed by some hop flavors coming to the tongue. Hop flavors of a pine, grass and earth all come at the middle of the taste, and are joined by a light floral hop taste at the very end. With all the hop flavors that come to the tongue, the low lying sweet flavors, and the consistent toasted bready flavor, one is left with a more dank hopped bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 5.6 % abv with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation create a rather creamy feel for the brew, really accentuating the dank hoppy flavors.

Overall – A fairly hoppy and drier red with a more dank and musty hop profile. While not super refreshing, it is one that I did enjoy and would be one I would go to from time to time when in the mood for something a little danker hopped and yet still rather more moderate in abv.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has an amber color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is both malts and hops, some caramel. Taste is also well balanced, caramel malts up front, hops at the finish, easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Sunswick 35/35 in Astoria, NY on 11/18/11.
Review taken from notes.

This beer pours a nice clear reddish amber color. There is a finger of slightly off-white head on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves behind a little bit of scattered lace on the glass. The nose has a some bread malt sweetness to it, and a nice citrusy hop aroma. There is also a little bit of nuttiness to it as well. The taste pretty much follows the nose. It starts off with a good amount of sweet bready malt and some fruitiness. There is a nice citrus hop flavor that stands out nicely. There are also some notes of caramel and nuts. The finish leaves some lingering malty sweetness and citrus hop flavor. This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel to it. There is some sweetness and nice bit of hop bitterness that really balances it out. Some of the sweetness and hop bitterness lingers on the palate for a bit. There is good drinkability here. It goes down quite smoothly, and I would have no problem having quite a few of these in an evening. I am not the biggest fan of red ales, but I found this one to be quite enjoyable. Check it out if you come across it.

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Photo of wl0307
3.79/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Coming in a 650ml bomber brown bottle, bottle-conditioned; production date 15/02/13, served gently chilled in a straight imperial pint glass.

Appearance: pours a dark amber hue with enchanting red hues and light haze, coming with a fast dissipating white foamy head and rather mild carbonation.
Smell: the smell is like one’s standard American Pale Ale, that the Cascade/Willamette-like sweet citric & lightly earthy hop aroma is balanced with the caramely and gently biscuity malts; a good swirl gives rise to a mixed malt-hop presence almost like Chinese longan-fruit tea/soup, along with more soothing citrus aroma to boot and a “sidelined” tinge of sweet floral esters.
Taste: effervescent, the lightly acidic-sweet fruity entry is interestingly well-attenuated and not boldly hoppy, featuring, interestingly, good quality pale & caramely malt’s aromatic flavour as the main theme, plus red grapefruit peels, toasted tea, floral esters, and rather subdued citric hop flavour on the side. Despite the malt dominance, the sweetness is kept in check, and the other flavour elements contribute sufficient acidity to the balance, as well as a dry-ish, spicy bitter palate as in phenol, Maris Otter malt and powdered licorice & pepper cones mixed together(!).
Mouthfeel & Overall: refreshing yet smooth on the palate, medium-bodied, deliciously malty and well-hopped at the same time, this “Original Red” to me is quite like an American Pale Ale but definitely with a bit more malty influence overall. Delicious and quaffable!

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Photo of HugePlume
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bomber poured into a pint,

A- Slightly tarnished amber red color, mild cloudiness. Pours a nice 1 finger head, but shows excellent lacing.

S- Floral hops evident along with a cracker like malt. Not a lot of sweetness you would expect. The hops help greatly.

T- Cracker malt dominates, perhaps too much so. Some hop bitterness to balance, but the sweetness is lacking, from what you would expect from a red/amber.

M- Good mouthfeel, a little sticky. Alcohol, though not strong pulls some of the cracker like dryness off your tongue, leaving an unusually clean feeling palate.

O- Gets a 5 here because of what this beer represents. First its totally drinkable, no major flaws, a little unique in fact. Second the fact that the guys on the Men's Room at 99.9 KISW rock in Seattle use this beer to raise money and promote the Fisher house, a service to military veterans gets it major points. Well done bitchola's.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Ruddy red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger off-white heady that dissipated to a thick skim. Laced in wide rings.

S: Crackery malt with light caramel note; not sweet. Floral hop character as well and a little grass.

T: Very malty up front; crackers and caramel. The floral hop character comes through in the middle to a sharp bitter. As the beer is not very sweet (which I kind-of expected), plenty of bitter lingers.

M: Light to medium body. Moderate carbonation. A tiny bit resiny. finishes dry and bitter.

O: Very drinkable. Good hop and malt character; though I expected it would be sweeter.

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