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 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 KajII
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
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 jjboesen
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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 corby112
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
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 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 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 Mora2000
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
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 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 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 beergoot
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
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 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 Rschis16
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy brightly burnt orange in color with undertones of red. A fluffy and bubbly white head sits around on top for a while and dissapates to a bubbly sheet that leaves a decent amount of stringy lacing as it goes. Grainy caramel and bread malts heavy on the nose that almost cover up some piney and citrusy hop notes. A bit of resin as well.

Lots of bready, biscuity malt mixed in with some caramel up front. Backed by a nice mixture of hops that prickle the senses in the back end. The hops are a bit herbal, even earthy and go well with the toastiness of the grains. A touch of citrus in the finish that acts as a cutting balancer and makes that finish juicy and smooth. A bit bitter in the aftertaste, more so than on the back of the palate which has a nice balancing bitter/burnt effect to the biscuity and toasty malts. Not necessarily smooth in the feel, but not gritty either. If anything maybe a tad watery, but not so much that it takes too much away from the beer.

Pretty nice and drinkable beer. The aftertaste is a close to overwhelming compared to the milder components of the beer, but the flavors are pretty good. The burnt taste is only slightly offputting, but also adds another dimension to a fairly complex beer. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but i wouldn't turn it down either.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.73/5  rDev +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 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 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 Reidrover
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
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 kingcrowing
2.88/5  rDev -20.4%
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 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 canucklehead
3.03/5  rDev -16.3%
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 THECPJ
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
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 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 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 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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Photo of rsdaugherty
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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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