hopdog (13249) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2017 GarrettB (1692) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
June 30th, 2011 - The Elysian Men’s Room rounds out Elysian offerings, deviating from the Greek mythology I learned to love during my time in Seattle, and instead decorating their bottle with the kind of wryly strange sign I’d expect to see in any number of Seattle’s quirky bars. As another pale ale in Elysian’s line I sort of wonder where it fits, and whether or how the hop profile will set it apart from other brews coming out of Elysian. I believe it does. It begins with a great, consuming and growing head, which has more in common with a Belgian golden ale than it does other APAs, and the lacing runs a beautiful fishnet stocking pattern down the side of the glass. The aroma is generically malty, but chilled and caught behind the head - there’s a clean styrofoam type of aroma, but not likely what the beer actually smells like. A light body greets the palate, casting the classic flavors of an amber around palate, but a nice hop body as well to keep the caramel sugars at bat. It tastes almost like a double IPA with a bit of amber and red, and an insistence on using alcohol and sugar to strengthen the brew. The first sip is better than the last though, as the beer progressively loses its character. I don’t know why, but it tastes just a bit plain after that first sip wears off.
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a white head. Toasted grains with some caramel. Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - APR 12, 2017
Pours an amber color with a red hue. Aroma is malty with no true distinction. Taste is a bit bitter with a hay and resin flavor. Dry aftertaste with a slight bitter bite. Overall, light and not complex. BVery (11458) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 8, 2017
Bottle. Light orange pour with a white head. Caramel, watery, muted hops - this is weak. ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - MAR 23, 2017
Bottle. Need an apostrophe on the label there, fellas! Nose caramel malt and toast. Pour rich clear amber in the glass with ruby highlights, a large and frothy beige head with yellow overtones. Taste medium-sweet with light bitterness but very nice toastiness; medium caramel with a darker, earthier finish and light citric oils. Faintly floral, classic medium body, has some mild hop bite to match its crispness. Clean and refreshing, if a little common. Well done. [2017.03.23: 3.2] blipp (9904) - La Mesa, California, USA - FEB 26, 2017
Draft. Pours golden orange with a white head. Toasted malts, mild bitterness, and a balanced finish. Not bad.
Capa (3623) - DC, Washington DC, USA - FEB 8, 2017
A lightly hopped, clean, malt driven pale. Some medium bright fruits, caramel sugars, and light bread dough. Medium bodied. Easy drinking. sulawang (1209) - - DEC 31, 2016
Visual: Pours clear brown-amber without much of a head, a thin layer of retention, clusters of steady streams.Blairgus (4615) - California, USA - DEC 18, 2016
Nose: sweet light toasted barley malt (lvl-5)-pungency
Attack: quenching crisp bite
Mid-palate: immediate resiny bitter hops, smooth tingly CO2, (lvl-3-sweetness), bittersweet metallic toasted barley malt
Finish: hints of grassiness, residual grainy dry malt
Summary: Rather simple, short length and quenching mouthfeel - not terribly interesting. A bit above average but not worth seeking out.
18 dec 2016, tap. Red with steady bubbles. Nose is piney hops and red malt. Thin body and mildly fizzy. Mildly piney hops, slightly sweet and malty. Rather bland. djd07 (16298) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2016
On tap at Elysian Fields. Pours a hazy copper with small off white head that lasts. The aroma is caramel and toasted malt. Medium body, light bready malt, caramel, light finish, average. ljthiessen (1507) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - SEP 9, 2016
On tap at Elysian Capitol Hill. Cloudy golden amber pour with an off-white head. Caramel and sweet fuits, some slight berry notes. Slightly bitter toasty finish. Pretty average for the style.