Thursday, July 7

Beer Review: Elysian Loser Pale Ale

Elysian has been about awhile, and I have started seeing a lot of them around the Portland and Vancouver area doing tastings and promotions. It might be because their new production brewery is about to kick off here in a couple of weeks. I have always been a fan of their regular line up of beers which have all been very solid.

Loser Pale Ale celebrates Sub Pop Records 20+ years of business.


Brewed with Pale, Munich, Crystal, and Cara-Hell malts. Bittered with Sorachi Ace, and finished with Crystal hops. Ranks in at a big 7% alcohol by volume which is pretty big for a pale ale. I paid around $5 for this bomber at a QFC in Vancouver.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a dark clear copper brew with a big fluffy couple fingers of head. Leaving lace all the way down to a large bubbly ring and blanket of spotty cream. Very creamy and pretty head.

Smell: (3.5)
- Nice grainy and slightly sweet malt. Very bready indeed. Light fruit notes, fresh grassy hop, and light resinous pine. Overall very malt forward, but not a caramel malt so much... just more bready.

Taste: (3.5)
- Bready grainy malt. Light fruit and ester, bitter zesty hops with a fruity and grassy finish. Rather herbal, and light on hops. Big on bready and lightly sweet malts with maybe a touch of a brown sugar and cinnamon-like quality.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied, slightly drying from the bittering hops, and a bit chewy. Well carbonated. Lightly syrupy and sticky as well.

Overall: (3.5)
- Overall the beer is very solid. It's hops shine in the bittering end, and it has an even more unique malt quality. Very bready, smooth, and tasty while still remaining unique. Overall I am not too impressed with it, but it is worth the shot. I wonder how this beer would be on tap.

B / 3.53

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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