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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

93 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 93
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%


Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 02-25-2010)
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Reviews by connecticutpoet:
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

This beer presented itself with a nice half finger head resting on a clear, reddish-amber body. There was some head retention, and I thought the color was perfect for the style.

Aroma was of caramel and other medium-bodied malts, with a light fruitiness and a slight bitter twang. Not a lot of aromatic hop character, this one was mostly malts.

Hops sure came through on the taste though. Strong hop resins to the fore, balanced with caramel and some toasted flavors. Quite bitter, indeed. But it was not an overwhelming bitterness.

Mouthfeel was full bodied, creamy, yet astringent at the same time. An interesting interplay.

Better than average drinkability, to be sure. A good beer for the style. Well worth trying, but I like their Extra Special Oak a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:28:55 | More by connecticutpoet
More User Reviews:
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle reviewed from phone notes taken a month or so ago. Almost forgot to enter this review but glad I remembered it.

A- Fairly hazy and murky dark red body with a frothy creamy off white head. The cap forms to about two fingers with good retention. Fizzy ring leaves spotty lace all around the glass.

S- Mostly malts and yeast in the aroma. Toasty, nutty and somewhat spicy. Caramel sweets and apples also come to mind.

T- Yeasty, feels somewhat spicy Belgian with nice fruity esters. Fruit notes of apples and raisins as well as toasty, nutty, caramel and biscuit malts. Spicy hops provide some balance.

MF- Moderately thick body with carbonation that is at the high end with crisp and silky textures. Finishes with some yeast spice and hop bitterness

Interesting yeast flavors mixed with a nice complex and deep malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:47:29 | More by cbutova
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Kataco16

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.6%

03-24-2014 15:04:04 | More by Kataco16
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ncelauro

New York

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

02-20-2014 04:07:00 | More by ncelauro
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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

12-28-2013 02:17:51 | More by iatethecloudsfor
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TheHumanTorch

New York

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

12-18-2013 17:49:03 | More by TheHumanTorch
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tabhill

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-18-2013 01:59:19 | More by tabhill
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Cooper's Craft & Kitchen, New York, NY

A: The beer is crystal clear dark amber in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin beige head that died down and left lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and spices are present in the nose along with hints of caramel.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very good balance between the malts and hops.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 01:14:54 | More by metter98
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-29-2013 20:53:44 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Altrurian

New York

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Element's prolix but eloquent wrapper surrounds a corked and capped bomber. The cork yields after considerable effort and an extraordinarily loud and satisfying report. The decanted liquid is a beautiful deep auburn, surmounted by a frothy, uneven, tan head that is surprisingly short-lived. No cling to speak of.

The beer has a reserved wood-and-leather flavor, with a baking chocolate backdrop. Each draw from the pilsner glass has a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Initial maltiness leads to an expectation of sweetness; a welling of boozy volatility elicits bracing for a bitter finish; then a surprising, subtle, carob-like sendoff wraps things up. The beer's feel is all foam and cream. A nice piece of work from an apparently brainy brewer.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 19:46:58 | More by Altrurian
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

4/5  rDev +0.5%

11-24-2013 08:14:17 | More by SpasmWaiter
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tjpaige78

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-10-2013 01:31:35 | More by tjpaige78
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paresis

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-07-2013 16:08:05 | More by paresis
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ELECTRONICAnonymous

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

10-06-2013 20:07:32 | More by ELECTRONICAnonymous
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DeJayPe

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

09-24-2013 16:46:55 | More by DeJayPe
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

09-21-2013 21:50:55 | More by jwps214
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-05-2013 01:25:42 | More by JTomczak
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mountdew1

New Hampshire

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dated March 29th, 2012 on the wrapper. Poured into a goblet. Colo was a very dark burgundy red that as slightl translucent. Had a light brown creamy head that left a nice layer on top. Aroma was slightly peppery, but also has sweet roasty malt aromas as well. Flavor matched up nicely with the aroma. Hints of spice, but not overly so. A bit on the sweet side, but not like a lactose sugar. No hoppy kick, and no overpowering malts either. Seemed slightly different with each sip, but never over the top. Coated well, but had a bit much carbonation tickling the tongue. Not really detracting, but enough to be noticeable. Overall the shifting flavors made this an intriguing beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 23:24:35 | More by mountdew1
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AdamElb

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

07-08-2013 02:28:24 | More by AdamElb
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ercxi

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-19-2013 02:12:44 | More by ercxi
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cvm4

Mississippi

3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a brown bodied beer with hues of red laced through it. One finger tan head with small, tight bubbles.

S - Bready malts, caramel and light floral notes.

T - Molasses, pine hops, earthy and a pleasing bitter finish. More of a sweet (caramel) beer than the hops taking over. Bottled on March 29, 2012, so that could explain less of the hops and more of the malty goodness.

M - Medium bodied and on the high side of medium carbonation. Finishes wet and has sticky, not cloying, flavors in the taste.

O - Such an easy drinking beer. The flavors have melding wonderfully and time has graced this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2013 20:23:02 | More by cvm4
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RummyRedbeard

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-02-2013 15:38:24 | More by RummyRedbeard
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animal69

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

06-02-2013 03:28:39 | More by animal69
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-01-2013 05:52:55 | More by freduardo
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-29-2013 06:23:56 | More by Kelp
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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 93 ratings.