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Pale Ale - American
3.81 | pDev: 13.12%
Elysian Brewing Company
Washington, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Notes: Golden Treacle Pale (Apocalypse Series No. 12).

Doom is the delicious aftershock, a variation on Sextacula, the beer brewed for Elysian's fifteenth anniversary (but now, who's counting?), a giant tremor of a pale ale, brewed with pale, Biscuit, Cara-Hell and C-15 malts, with oats and additions of Golden Syrup and Golden raisins. German Magnum were used to bitter and generous amounts of prized Citra and Nelson Sauvin lend flavor and aroma through late additions and two dry-hoppings (might as well use them up).
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ayarbs from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Mar 27, 2013
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1971bernat from Virginia

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dec 30, 2017
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philbertk from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. Bottle purchased for $8.25 + tax at Fremont, Seattle, WA PCC. Dense lacy lasting quarter inch off white head. Clear pretty bright orange gold color infused with continuous stream of tiny fizz bubbles. Aromatic rich floral orange citrus minimal hop raisin hint front. No sediment. Medium textured somewhat creamy soft sweet caramel fruit slight over estery fruity raisin hint rich Pale Ale malt body. Cloying yet dry mild hop spice hint of hot EtOH and fruit end. Starts strong but finishes odd and off. (3.5 / 5.0)

Dec 22, 2012
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Gavage from New Jersey

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours an orange color with a 1" head that lasts a while. Nice lace paints the glass.

Smell: orange and grapefruit citrus and some floral bitterness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, pear, and grass are up front. Bitterness is hearty and well balancing. Alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a bit dry at the end. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: very tasty beer that is a bit of a slow sipper. Definitely worthy of a try.

Feb 18, 2013
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JohnGalt1 from Idaho

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprised that I am the first review for this one especially after the "apocalypse".

Elysian's 12th brew in a pretty ambitious series.. Picked up at Bier Thirty tonight for about $8ish.. poured into my slim tulip.. glowing orange brew with a nice head and lacing..

Nose shows a pretty good hoppiness.. tangerine and some tropical fruits... I am not getting anything associated with treacle or raisins... instead a damn nice fruity pale ale.

Flavor pretty much mirrors the aromas.. nice citrus... some tropical fruit bowl.. pale malts that help deliver the fresh hoppiness...

Solid medium body.. perhaps a bit thick for the flavors, but very nice nonetheless.. carbonation is also a bit light, but I am not complaining.

Nicely done... In a blind tasting, I would guess this one a fruity hopped IPA.. pleasant... For the $$ I thought it was pricey, but I may buy it again while it is still available.


Dec 22, 2012
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RJLarse from Washington

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The last of the 12 Beers of the Apocalypse series. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a rich gold color, slight chill haze, with a creamy white head.

The smell bites the nose with a citrus and pine aroma.

Taste is also a a pine a grapefruit flavor, with a sweet malt flavor on the swallow and a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly well carbonated and smooth.

Overall an OK brew. The bitterness is a little over done for a pale ale.

Jan 07, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is relatively clear golden yellowish orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down relatively quickly, leaving lacing on the surface, a patch of bubbles in the center, and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of orange citrus and grapefruit in the nose along with some hints of honey.
T: The taste has flavors of grassy hops along with notes of oranges and grapefruits and a moderate amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish. There are also some hints of biscuit malts and spices.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer delivers some interesting hop flavors and a nice amount of bitterness but is still very easy to drink. It's definitely not your typical American Pale Ale.

Feb 07, 2013
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searsclone from Arizona

3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bottle into a globe glass

hazy, honey, caramel color with a diminishing head and great lacing

smell is sweet caramel, grapefruit, toasty, smokey, leafy, and grassy.

taste is grapefruit, bitter smoke, caramel, toffee, and treacle. I didn't get any raisin flavors, even though it says "brewed with raisins" on the label

mouthfeel is crispy, and unbalanced. it's easy to drink, but not satisfying. Unfortunately, the mouthfeel brought down what would otherwise have been a really good beer.

Dec 30, 2012
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beertunes from Mayotte

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a nice honey gold color with about 1/8 inch of white head that had decent retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was mostly crisp hops and also a light, grainy malt scent. The flavors were very similar, some soft malts, and a lot of crisp, sharp, and citrusy hops. The beer had a nice dry finish.

The body was nicely medium, crisp and clean. Drinkability was pretty good, I could see having a few more of these. Overall, this is my favorite of the Apocalypse series. It doesn't seem to have any of the weird ingredients of the others. Certainly worth trying when you see it.

Mar 13, 2013
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tbeq00 from California

3/5  rDev -21.3%

Dec 11, 2013
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dbrauneis from North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy golden orange to copper in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation, a very slight amount of visible sediment in the bottom of the glass, and a moderate amount of bright orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of medium sized medium thick patches of larger bubbles, a very thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: There are some lighter hints of honey with moderate aromas of biscuit malts upfront but then the aromas of the hops really take over - there is a strong presence of grapefruit/citrus with some light amounts of floral/orange blossom and just a touch of grassiness. Minimal notes of dark fruits or raisins.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of biscuit malts with some very light caramel notes and a slightly heavier amount of honey sweetness. After the malts, there is a huge amount of hop flavors - strong grapefruit/citrus with some lighter floral/orange blossom and grassy notes. The hops contribute a moderate to strong amount of bitterness which lingers for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth with moderate to heavy amounts of dryness.

O: The beer is pretty easy to drink and drinks like a much smaller beer than it is, the alcohol is very well hidden in this brew. As with the other 12 Beers of the Apocalypse that I have tried, this is an enjoyable beer and definitely worth picking up. There is a little additional sweetness to this beer from the golden syrup (assuming honey) and raisins but they do not contribute their individual flavors/aromas very much - nice and subtle.

Jan 30, 2013
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Beer #12. brewed with oats and fermented with golden syrup and raisins.

A: Lightly oxidized orange coloring with a good shower of lazily rising micro­­­­­­-bubbles. The head is cream colored, foamy and rocky with a light sheen to it. Head retention is solid, lenghty with a strong lace coating on the finish.

S: Sweet spicy nose, ginger-pine, herbaceous scents, stalky, with a peppery-pineapple flair. Fresh sweet golden raisins moderate per style.

T: Flavor is sweet and syrupy upfront, honey sweetness but only for a brief flash showing signs of the golden raisins on the tip of the tongue. As the beer progresses moving back on the tongue a peppery dry citrus hopping with some dry grassy notes moves in with a quick transition. Some semi-dry tropical fruitiness of pineapple and spicy herbaceous notes are also prominent. Dry toasted malt with a good spectrum of sweet and syrupy and balanced bitterness. The ibus are are 1% per style.

M: Smooth slick oily slickness shows from the oats for texture, medium maltiness, dry bitterness, distingusishable carbonation but could crisper.

O: Overall the transistion and complexity is vast going from sweet honey and syrupy to a dry peppery citrus bitterness. The level of hop bitterness is very strong for a pale, bordering on ipa levels making this a worthy try and repeat.

Apr 19, 2013
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imperialking from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Mar 05, 2013
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hannaho from Washington

4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

Jan 06, 2013
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snaotheus from Washington

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. No date that I can see.

With the sediment that came in, moderately cloudy amber/orange with a medium-to-small white head that coagulated and isn't dissipating. With the little floaters drifting around, it's not a terribly attractive beer. Ignoring that, it's not bad looking. Smell is malty with a ghost of grassy hops. Something vanilla-y. Smells OK.

Taste is oldish hops (wish it had a bottled on date, but since it was "brewed once"...), slight tapioca sweetness, moderate bitterness. Taste is fine.

Mouthfeel is thick but dry. Overall, not a bad beer, but not great.

Aug 16, 2014
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corby112 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark golden orange color with apricot colored edges and a 2.5 finger frothy, off-white head that has great retention, only slowly fading into a thick, lasting ring. Rings and large streaks of soapy lacing are left behind.

Earthy, floral aroma with grassy hops and pine needle countered by pale malt, subtle spice and light fruit notes. Smells kind of like an America pale ale/tripel hybrid. Underneath the hops, there is some bready yeast, biscuit, vinous light fruit and a touch of caramel. As it warms, I'm picking up boozy sweetness along with some apple, raisin and pear.

Tastes very similar to the aroma with a slight creamy/buttery characteristic. Some dry bitterness up front from the grassy/piney notes and hop resins which is quickly countered by alcohol, light fruit and a decent malt backbone. Hints of honey crisp apple, pear, light grape, raisin and alcohol add plenty of sweetness to counter the crisp hop bite. The malt character is stronger than expected with notes of caramel, toffee and biscuit but it doesn't interfere with the other very much. Nicely balanced with an interesting combination of flavors but nothing about it really stands out to me. Not bad but just slightly above average.

Jan 29, 2013
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Docer from Washington

4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: (3.5)

- This is a pretty simple looking beer. Clear copper, lightly bubbly, quick fizzling white head. A slight ring and spotty thin foam is left to rest.

Smell: (4.0)

- This brew has a light honey-sweet aroma, and a biscuity malt presence. There are some serious hops going on as well. Reminiscent of Widmers Drifter, it has quite the skunky grapefruit grassy hop profile. Quite good really. Not mush as far as the raisins go.

Taste: (4.0)

- This puppy is good, and very well balanced. Nice crisp sweet and biscuity malt with a big grapefruit and grassy hop kick. Light fruit and a grape presence is noticed. Big bite from the hops. This has got to be one of the better of the series in my opinion.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)

- Not at all syrupy really, and medium bodied. Well carbonated and quite cloying and drying. Certainly leaves the mouth parched after a load of this beers bitterness.

Overall: (4.5)

- Super good, super bitter, and super balanced. This beer doesn't bend too far away from the usual, but did it just right without going overboard with the syrup and raisins. The hops are super good in this beer, and drinking it is very easy. Go get it if you can.

Jan 07, 2013
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

Jan 26, 2013
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flagmantho from Washington

4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. This is the final beer in the Apocalypse series.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a light haze and a fair number of floaties. Effervescence is pretty strong, and the head is two fingers of frothy ivory foam with decent retention and lacing. I like it.

Smell: big, sweet, fruity aroma; this beer pulls no punches. Tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple, golden raisin and pear fruitiness all assault the nose. Perhaps not everyone's bag, but this beer smells to me like a fancy pale should. Kudos!

Taste: the fruitiness is pared down in intensity from the aroma, but the mix here is still really good. Still very sweet, there is a somewhat mitigating maltiness underpinning the fruit. Bitterness is strong but not raspy or overpowering. Smooth as you please. My biggest criticism is that this beer is just a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and a good creaminess, especially for the style. Good stuff!

Overall: this beer is just right up my alley when it comes to preferences in pale ale flavors. I don't know if it's all in the hops or more in the golden-treacle part of it, but my guess is that these elements are working together to forge a mighty appealing beer.

Of all the Beers of the Apocalypse offerings, this would be my choice to go into regular production.

Jan 29, 2013
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LiquidAmber from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an Elysian snifter. Pours a slightly hazy medium orange amber. One finger white head dissipates quickly to a thick foam cap with lots of lacing. Aroma of grapefruit and pineapple, citrus hops, reminiscent of an American IPA. Flavor follows, with sweet malt, complex light fruit emphasizing grapefruit and other citrus. Nice citrus and slightly piney hops. The raisins and syrup promised by the label seem to add more to the heavy body and mouth feel than to the actual flavor. Nice creamy medium body. Not at all what I expected (a sweet dark fruit dominated flavor), but rather a very interesting take on a hoppy American IPA. I really enjoyed this, as I have the rest of the series. Tasted 12/2012; but my review seems to have disappeared, so I'm putting it up again.

Sep 11, 2013
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RoryOMoore from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Jan 23, 2013
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wrightst from Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jun 09, 2013
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rjvanston from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

May 20, 2013
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

Jun 09, 2013
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Drknight from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Jul 14, 2013
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