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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of RJLarse
2.58/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at The Swamp. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a copper red color with a small white head.

Smell is a faint citrus aroma.

Taste is a dry bitter juniper and pine flavor. There is a hint of chlorine urinal cakes.

Mouthfeel is thin crisp and dry.

Not a great tasting brew.

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Photo of bondjedi
2.74/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap at Jim's Home Plate Tavern in Tacoma.

Consistently ruddy pour, well-laced. Smell was inoffensive enough to the point of being non-existent. Same would go for the taste, which had a sour finish. Didn't seem very potent. I'm going to give Elysian the benefit of the doubt and guess that this was from a keg on the verge of going bad.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap poured into a sampling glass.

Pours a light amber/red with a seal and pretty yellow head, the nose is light and a bit sweet.

Taste is sharp and crisp with a pretty prominent hop bite. There's a really rich and full Mouthfeel with a nice light finish.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty boring Red ale with little in the way of complexity. I could not exceited about the hops used as the nose and the taste was meh. I really like Elysian's beers but I thought they could done more with a style that seems to be showing up all over the PNW.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker, slightly murky copper color. The head is a finger high, with a shade that's a hair off-white. Its creamy texture and decent retention cap the body off nicely. Some lacing sticks to the side of the glass. (3.75)

Smell: This doesn't seem to have the heavily sweet malts of a typical red ale - rather, the malt backbone is more reminiscent of lightly roasted grain and bread. Gentle notes of coffee (?!) and piny hops give it a bit of depth, but generally the nose is unexciting. (3.25)

Taste: A fairly typical red ale. The initial malt notes consist of slightly burnt bread/caramel, before transforming into a finish that's lightly hoppy (think pine)...but also somewhat musty. Yeah, this one is pretty meh. (2.75)

Mouthfeel: Despite starting off with a full body, this also leaves the palate fairly quickly. Ergo, it combines to create something that's both rich AND easy to drink (if not refreshing). If anything, this is the brew's crowning achievement. It doesn't rely on powerful carbonation to cleanse the palate, just dryness. (3.75)

Overall: Red ales don't really work for me, so I won't go seeking this out. All told, it's a pretty forgettable beer - even after putting my style biases on the backburner. (2.75)

3/5: Meh, it's okay enough...

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Photo of troutmask96
3.1/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a big fan of Elysian's line of brews, so I didn't have high expecations when I popped my first Men's Room Red, and sure enough, I assign pretty average markings across the board. At 5.6 ABV I suppose I could throw back a few of these 22 oz bombers, but really, why would I?...

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Photo of Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Habits" in S.Salem. $3.59 Very murky dark orange beer with a large,frothy,rocky cream head. Aroma? not promising..sour mash, some caramel..touch of resiny hop Taste is not as bad as i anticipated..its resonably malty with a nice resiny hop buzz. Palate is OK noting bad nothing good. Overall average amber ale really.

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Photo of corby112
3.14/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Draft at the brewpub in Seattle.

Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden orange color with a two finger frothy off-white head that very slowly settles into a thick lasting ring.  Glass is left costed with soapy lacing.

Toasted malt aroma with very faint floral hops.  There's also a good bit of sweetness with hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit countering the toasted malt and grassy hops.

On the lighter end of medium bodied with a decent balance of floral, earthy hops and sweet malt notes. Subtle spiciness from the hops along with some dry pine which is countered by hints of caramel, toffee and biscuit.  Well balanced session beer but nothing out of the ordinary.

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Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Suggested Glassware: Shaker Glass]

The pour was a cloudy reddish orange with an average (1-2 fingers) white creamy head that pretty much lasted throughout, reducing slightly and possessing excellent sheets of lacing.

The aroma was on the mild side with a grain malt, floral and citrus hops and an earthy yeast with notes of caramel and citrus (grapefruit).

The taste was lightly bitter with a nice caramel sweetness early on, it then become a tad bitterer with a moderate dose of grapefruit and a bold hoppy presence towards the finish. The flavor lasted a decent amount of time after the swallow with a slight citrus peel hoppiness lingering for little while longer.

Mouthfeel was a few steps below medium in body with a dry and slightly watery texture and a medium carbonation.

Overall this was a pretty solid Pale Ale. Although it was nothing overly special, it did have a really good taste and a great drinkability. I definitely would drink again...

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Photo of THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a finger off white head

smell: hops, floral, grass, malts, caramel, bread,

taste: hops, caramel, bready malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: a well balanced beer. nothing extraordinary but an over drinkable brew. glad I got to try it.

lThe CPJ

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Photo of Briken
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light clear amber with just the slightest hint of red to give it an orange tinge with a fluffy tan head with good retention. Sweet, light tea aroma, maybe some light citrus, very light all around. Balanced sweet malt and light tea and citrus bitterness with a hint of a toasty finish with a light bitter linger. Thin, slightly sticky feel.

I don't listen to the Men's Room but my wife does and wanted to try it. Anything to encourage my wife's sampling different beers I will do so I dutifully tried to hunt it down. I guess they're popular because in a few days since getting it in most places had sold out of it. My wife thought it was a little too bitter, odd because she likes some pale ales. To me is was a subtle flavored, easy to drink beer that the craft beer uninitiated will be able to drink and get a taste of what they're missing. It's a well crafted beer and I say cheers to the Men's Room for bringing craft beer to the masses.

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Photo of beertunes
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

At first glance, this probably the worst name for beer ever. Who wants to drink whats comes of the mens room floor? But really The Mens Room is radio show (that I've never heard) in Seattle, and some of the proceeds from this brew go to charity.

22 poured into 10oz glass. Pours a clear, coppery-amber color with about a half inch of off white head that had good retention and OK lacing.

The aroma was pleasant, a rich deep blend of malts with a trace of tangy hops at the edges. On the tongue, the malts were solid but not as rich as the aroma had let me to expect and the hops had a bit stronger presence.

The body was fairly typical for the style, a bit fuller than most of the widely recognized examples. Drinkability was good, I enjoyed the whole 22, but it was enough for one day.

Overall, a decent enough beer that's worth trying if you see it. I probably won't buy another bottle, but if I see it on tap I'd certainly have a pint.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra from screamforme... Thanks, Mark!

Pours a deep hazy golden with an ample head of white... Lots of good lacing and the head is quite persistent...

Sweet bready malts seem to dominate the nose with perhaps a hint of piney hoppiness...

Fairly balanced blend of the sweet caramel malts and bitter piney hoppiness... The malts seem to win out slightly... Finishes a touch bitter...

An easy drinking amber....nothing that really screams, "I'm awesome!" but a solid brew nonetheless.. Glad I got to try this one...

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Photo of MikeWard
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Couldn't find any bottle dating.

Appearance was initially quite unpleasant. I'd describe it as "murky". Tons of carbonation up the sides produced a 2 finger head that was both thick and creamy on top, and very large bubbled below. Carbonation and head was constant. Toward the last third of the beer, the murkiness cleared to produce a metallic copper look in the body. Lacing was thin and inconsistent.

Didn't get much off the smell other than an earthiness.

Taste, bearing in mind this was right after "murkiness" thought, was a little better than expected. No real unpleasantness to the taste, a lot of bready malt, with a slightly sour feeling on the back of the tongue.

Mouth was medium, lots of carbonation on the tongue.

This was, oddlly enough, my first beer from the great state of Washington. Very surprised it took so long. I clearly can't recommend this beer, just a little unpleasant all the way round. Like a men's room I guess.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Men's Room has nothing to do with the room you visit following a night of drinking this beer; it pays homage to a Seattle-based radio show (KISW - 99.9 FM) and proceeds go to charity - or something.

It is a ubiquitously colored amber ale: dark copper, semi-translucent with minimal carbubbles and head. It is lightly hopped and mildly toasty. Not a bad beer; it is tasty and refreshing with a little spunk inside. But, nothing here is overwhelming. Nicely crafted, but nothing to give a workout to either nose or palate. Perhaps a good buffer beer.

Good would be an applicable rating for the Men's Room. Please close the door - and flush afterwards.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass.

A real interesting body color, nearly deep blood red, but also a little hazy looking too unfortunately. Head makes a nice tan and creamy three fingers, thin bubbles, and slowly settles.

Interesting nose, subdued caramel, with an interesting hint of Irish Ale sticky quality. There's just a hint of super sweet cinnamon or something hanging out in the back. Not sure where this is leading, quite small, but something interesting is hiding.

This has to be one of the most neutral and subdued beers I've had. Small malts, hint of light toast, mostly on the finish but not the mid palate. Light creamy body, almost like an English bitter, and perhaps some fruity esters of strawberry like quality hanging out. Finish has a muted pine softness and clove hinting hot spice that matches nicely, but not particularly noticeable.

Everything seems like it's dialed down a notch except for a solid creamy mouthfeel. It's well made but doesn't really make the flavors noticeable or pop out. I really love a good amber ale, but this brew while having great character just feels dumbed down. Not horrid though at least, quite easy drinking too, but just lacking.

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Photo of vkv822
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12pz : tulip

Pours a coppery brown with a thick, foamy, off white head.

Malty, caramel, bread notes predominately with light floral, grassy hop notes.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A decent Amber Ale. Nothing particularly memorable, but tasty and enjoyable while drinking it.

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Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a reddish-amber color. Thick white head (chunky and mountainous!). Excellent lacing down the glass.

A predominant malt sweetness to the smell. Freshly mowed grass and hay announces the hops.

Biscuit and light bread highlight the malt tastes. Hop bitterness is low-key, lingering yet allowing the malt characteristics to share the finish.

A medium body with a mellow, velvety richness.

A nicely balanced, crisp yet slightly malty beer. Easy drinking. Respectable enough and worth another visit.

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Photo of Braz
3.49/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Bud's Tavern on draft. Had many times before but only in bottle. Nice rich reddish amber in color. Thick white head with good sustainability. Aromas of sweet malt with a lot of hops as well. Has an inviting look. Taste is slightly sweet at first quickly followed by a hop wallup. Not quite balanced and quite dry. Easy drinking though. Decent amber and worth trying.

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Photo of Paincane
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy amber body with a beautiful thick tan head and sticky lacing. Excellent head retention.
S: Caramel, toffee, slightly nutty and lightly floral aromas.
T: Toasty malt, toffee flavors with hoppy and lightly bitter finish.
M: Smooth mouthfeel, dry finish. Easy drinkability.
O: Very good brew.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a darker amber red with a pillowy head that sticks around leaving great lace. Smell of nothing complex, sweet malt and hops. Taste of the caramel malts that have a hint of roast with a unique foral hop. Mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation. Overall a unique red that even though graded from a bottle, it's much better enjoyed on tap.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber into pint glass
A – Massive yellowish white head took its time to leave nice lacing and receded on the light hazy amber brew, but not very “red” 4
S – Bready caramel notes dominate, slight citrus 3.5
T – Nice malt & hops play, bready malts and equally significant hops 3.5
M – Light body and very drinkable, a sessionable beer for sure. Quality carbonation add to this slightly creamy mouthfeel. 3.5
O – Just exceeding Average all around, grab this beer for an event but not as a substitute for a brew you love 3.5

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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 argock
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on cask in an imperial pint glass at Montana Ale Works (Bozeman, MT). Reviewed from notes.

A: Pleasant dusky amber-red with 1/2 finger of off-white big-bubbled head with decent retention but no lacing.

S: Light aroma of medium caramel malts with herbal, earthy, floral, and light citrus hops aroma

T: Flavor is pleasant but not too distinctive with medium caramel malt component which was more prominent than the hops, which still produce a pine and orange citrus hoppiness. Bitterness is light-medium.

M: Very smooth owing to the cask serve, low carbonation but deadly slick.

O: A nice beer but not a whole lot more.

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Photo of Murrhey
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Half-finger white head, low retention, but a ringed white floater around the edge. Hazy reddish-brown color.

S- Earthy hops, light malts. Some earthy yeast strains as well. Very light.

T- Slightly bitter, hoppiness but warm tasty malts.

M- Smooth, light. A few shades north of watery. Pretty nice, all things considered.

O- Slightly above average, but nothing amazing.

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