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 sjdevel
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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 +1.7%
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 jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +10%
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 DoubleJ
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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 -2.2%
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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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 Libeertarian
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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 +3.6%
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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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 Darkmagus82
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
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 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 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 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 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 FLima
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
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 biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +6.9%
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 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 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 LampertLand
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Elysian Brewing 'The Men's Room' Red Ale @ 5.6% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a clear gold from the bottle to clear amber in the glass with a small off white head leaving a streaky lace along the stein ... huge amount of 'floaters' on the second pour

S-mild smell of hops

T-toasty malt finish

MF-mild medium carbonation , medium bodied

Ov-ok beer , no wow factor , bottle might have been on the shelf awhile

prost LampertLand

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Photo of wl0307
3.79/5  rDev +5%
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 Hawksfan79
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
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 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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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 facundoCNB
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a deep hazy amber with 2 fingers of sticky foamy head leaving behind excellent amounts of thick lacing.
smells of sweet bready malt, grassy hops, and caramel. the taste is off the hook, very bitter for a red.. hopped up with floral and grassy hops, a very clean barley flavor, and sweet overall backbone. medium body with creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.

a very nice beer overall.. very nicely hopped. well, this makes this my 500th beer this year (that i sat down to review) and although it's not the best beer i've had, it is not a disappointment.

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Photo of tone77
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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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