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 Sammy
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Cole's, July 4th always open. Significant hoppiness, a nice red. Hoppy aroma. Light red tinge and some white head and lace. Some caramel sweetness, a good malt backbone. Toasted malt finish. Good drinkability, better than your average red.Simple and nice.

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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 Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a nice looking reddish brown color. The head was foamy and white in color. It has a decent lacing also. The smell of the beer was malty with some nice hop aromas in there also. The taste of the beer has a nice sweet caramel flavor up front that goes well with the bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is medium bodied and has a good carbonation. Overall it's not a bad amber ale. I found it to be pretty good.

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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 WVbeergeek
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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 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 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 LiquidAmber
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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 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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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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to 5000 for sending me this bottle, which was poured into an Elysian pint glass. Always glad to try a new beer from Elysian.

The beer pours a hazy, dirty orange color with a white head. The aroma has quite a bit of toffee and biscuit malt, along with a little bit of sugary sweetness and some pine from the hops. The flavor is very similar. The toffee and biscuit malt really come through and add some sweetness. The hops are hidden deep in the background, but I think I can pick out some pine and orange notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.02/5  rDev +11.4%
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 flagmantho
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 20 Feb 2011, says the bottle. Now, I don't listen to the Men's Room, but I'm definitely willing to try their beer. Good luck to them!

Appearance: rich medium-orange hue with just the slightest hint of haze. Head is a rocky two-finger ivory affair with good persistence and a nice lace left on the glass. I like it.

Smell: big biscuity aroma with not much in the way of hops. While it isn't exactly my bag of cats, it's a pretty good execution of the style.

Taste: big biscuity flavor with not much in the way of hops outside of a little earthiness and a nice bitterness. Did I say that already? This beer's flavor is extremely faithful to its aroma. It's basic, it's malty, and it's got more biscuits than Alton Brown's Ma Mae. If you're into solid, well-executed and malt-centric amber ales, this one's for you.

Mouthfeel: medium, perhaps medium-light body with a relatively high level of carbonation. That makes this a creamy delight; kudos!

Drinkability: as I said, biscuity ales don't precisely float my boat. This is a tasty, well-crafted brew, though, so I'm glad to finish this bomber (and might even order it on tap if I see it).

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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 barleywinefiend
4.23/5  rDev +17.2%
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 Haybeerman
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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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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 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 DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Decent enough copper clear brown with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head. Carbonation is key quickly recovering with a swirl.

S - Smells of light citrus hops, mild caramels and grains.

T - Grains take a backseat in the finish with mostly mild sweet hops along side of sweet malts. Finish is good but kind of musky.

M - Light to medium as expected for the ABV.

Overall I am not really loving this amber ale. Could use more sweetness next to hop grain bitterness.

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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 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 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 ccrida
4.8/5  rDev +33%
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 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 OWSLEY069
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small hazy orange-ish to amber color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small gingerbread like maltiness that is a bit sweet. In the taste, a small gingerbread like malt, a small roast, and a hint of caramel. A small bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry gingerbread like malt in the aftertaste. Kind of English, nice ale, but really nothing too exciting.

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The Men's Room Ale from Elysian Brewing Company
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