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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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88
very good

119 Ratings
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Ratings: 119
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 14
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  8.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: indiapaleale on 02-25-2010

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Ratings: 119 | Reviews: 46
Reviews by mountdew1:
Photo of mountdew1
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #46 (Nov 2010):

A healthy head on a ruddy-looking ale. Smells of caramel, baked apples, spicy hops and molasses cookies. Smoothness precedes a quick kick of crispness in the medium body. Broth and hay flavors soon meet a flash of caramel and breadi- ness. Hops are there to balance this big brew even if they sidestep here and there. Alcohol warms a bit but is noncha- lant. Leafy hops pool on the palate toward the end with a linger of a fruitiness from when the cork was popped--that caramel flavor just doesn't want to let go. A big beauty, this lush and untouched ale has won us over.

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

This does not strike me as an American Amber or Red Ale. There is a sour tartness on the nose along with cherry and other fruits over rich malt that do not belong to the style.
The beer pours a deep garnet brown under a moussey 2" persistent tan tinted foam cap.
The attack on the palate starts with big malt, tart, fruit, cherry then a big bitter hop presence to bring it on home. Lingering bitter fruit flavors. Good balance between the tart flavors, the malty sweetness, the bitter hops and the alcohol.
The very creamy body and very fine soft carbonation suggest a touch of wild yeast. It is medium bodied and very smooth. If this is indeed an American Amber Ale then I lucked out and got an infected bottle.

Photo of bum732
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson red, nice creamy head, good lacing. Smells of light caramel malt, dark fruits, citrus hops, tart cherries, soft apple and rasberry notes, floral notes, mostly daisies. Taste is very similar, fruity esters dominate the light caramel sweetness with a good dose of citrus bitterness as it tails off. Touch of roastiness in the finish, slightly dry. Good moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

This is a terrific beer, i was blown away by how powerful the esters were in this beer without being too solvent like. Great body and loved the blast of hops and slightly roasty finish, a very unique beer, never had anything like this. Great offering from a brand new brewery, i'll make sure to make the long drive again to try their other beers. Highly recommend.

Photo of ComputerBeer
4.97/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best bottle conditioned beer ever! Rich red color, laced all the way. Earthy aroma, possibly EKG? bitterness balanced carmel malt notes. Very hazy, yeast did not settle but it is conditioned in the bottle after all. I have not seen this beer on tap, I think you can only get in in the 750ml bottles?

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep ruby brown body with rich tan head 3 fingers-thick; good head retention; drops some lace

S: floral and herbal hoppiness, some sweet dark malt aromas

T: hearty malts, molasses and pine, bitter, roasty hops; flavors shift nicely, and bring up savory beer stew flavors and rugged dark caramelly malt notes

M: well-carbonated, solid medium-weight body, great chewiness; nice bitter close, some sticky sweetness residue

O: I've only had a few "red ales" and they remind me of a cross between an American strong ale and a DIPA - this beer has great heartiness and is very palatable; wonderful piney bitter hops wash over a rich, sweet and chewy malt base. This particular beer seemed akin to a strong American ale like Stone's Bastard beers or Speakeasy's Betrayal.
Element Brewing is very impressive, and this beer is another great in their line-up. Recommended.

Photo of Ommy
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with big head that dissipates rather quickly.

Getting a lot of sweetness on the nose with some hops and banana. First whiff reminded me of a warm summer night.

The taste is not completely what I expected, but not far off. It has a pretty well balanced assortment of hops, malts and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is great, not overly carbonated, but not tasting flat.

Overall this is a great beer, but nothing too special. Definitely nice to try!

Photo of Opportunivore
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful find. A beer that appears unrefined and yet improves with each sip and temperature change. As the beer warms even more flavors and smells appear. The IBU were more apparent cold and much more rolled and enjoyable as it came up in temp. A really enjoyable beer on its own or with a meal. We tried it with grilled turkey and really enjoyed the play. Worth a shot.

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a tan but slightly reddish and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a very dark ruby that is almost fully purple. The beer smell has a strong caramel malt sweetness that mixes well with the hop bitterness but neither note dominates the other. The smell also has some notes of oak and a tiny hint of vanilla. The beer taste is similar to the smell in regards to notes but differ in strength. The hop bitterness is much stronger than the malt sweetness and the sweetness appears to actually dull the hoppiness. The slight oak and vanilla are still there as hidden notes but come out stronger in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of the beer is smooth and slick with biting carbonation. Overall ,a pretty good beer and worth getting.

Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked, caged, and paper wrapped 750ml bottle into a Loterbol tulip. Extra special to jayli for this nice little suprise!

A: Pours a perfectly hazed dark amber/ruby red color. About three fingers of pillowy, off-white/khaki colored head form on top, sports excellent retention, and leaves a gorgeous lacey mess all over the inside of the glass.

S: Picked up toffee/caramel, slightly tangy grain, bright citrus, sourdough bread, and earthy minerals.

T: Big flavors, initially, of toffe, caramel, and molassas. This is followed closely by toasty grain, sourdough bread, tangy citrus-y hops, and an earthy flavor of new leather and/or tree bark. Roasted nuts and a hint of aspirin in the finish.

M: Wants to be big and cloyingly sweet but is reigned in buy a huge amount of dry & roasty malt and astringent, spicy hops. Finish is long, dry, and peppery.

D: I continue to be impressed by the beers from Element. Keep 'em coming Jax!

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml caged & corked bottle into a mug glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, brown sugar, some fruit and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a hearty malt character followed by sweet flavors of brown sugar, caramel and fruit. Then a bit on an alcohol sting comes in. The hops presence is decent for the style and brings some balance. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while but there are better beers in the style.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of mclynch
3.64/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice ruby red, but our bottle's carbonation was quit low, so there was no head at all.
Smelled nicely hoppy & grassy.
Taste: biscuity, spicy, citrus... a lot going on in this beer, quite complex but not entirely pleasing to my palate. Perhaps the lack of carbonation had something to do with that.
Mouthfeel: Again, lack of carbonation, but otherwise a full-bodied beer. Maybe a little syrupy.
Overall: we were not overly impressed with this beer. Expected more from Element.
Might try it again to see if this was just a bad bottle.

Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle purchased at Yankee Spirits, Sturbridge, MA. Cool informative paper wrap, corked and caged.

Poured into a heavy glass chalice, formed a 1" tan head over the slightly cloudy red brew. Frothy head lasts very nicely, with plentiful lacing. Aroma is delicate, sweet with oak notes. Taste starts sweet, a touch tart in the middle, with full bitterness to close. Lingering oak flavors and warmth. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth, and drinkability is pretty good. Doesn't come together as well as I hoped, but I think it will grow on me.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.4/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle. Pours a brownish, dark ruby color with a large light brown head. Lots of lacing. Aroma is of caramel apples, earthiness, malts, and some floral hops. Taste is much like the smell. Floral hops, candy apple, malts and earth. Slight notes of alcohol. Lots of carbonation. A bit pricey. Overall, its nothing out of the ordinary. I had it once and that's probably enough.

Photo of founddrama
4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry and hoppy and a lovely color. Robust flavor and a clean finish.

Photo of BlackMath
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just shared this 25oz bottle a few moments ago and was overall happy with it. The way the bottle is packaged is awesome. The label is printed on paper and wrapped around a blank brown bottle like a present. Pours a dark red amber color. Overall this beer has a balanced taste but also has very subtle complexities throughout. Awesome beer, worth a try, however it is on the pricier side.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap Armsby Abbey.

A: A decent 1.5 finger head rises and falls semi slowly with a nice fluff. Its a mostly clear tan mahogany brown with reddish hue. It has a nice lacing on the glass too.

N: Some classic red malts, toasty and earthy, an interesting musty note too that comes win the earthy bitter hops and fresh dry hops add that slight resinous aroma. Its a deep interesting aroma and different.

T: Start with lots of hops again, fresh candy hops win some misty flavor, slightly resinous, chest hops too. It has a distinct hop flavor that I can't remember which one. Im thinking Simcoe as it bombards with bitterness and i get a slight almost plasticy resin taste. Also some red malts, little toasty and earthy with smooth malt taste. Seems to overpower a bit with the hops for a red ale, even if it is imperial, I can barely taste malts.

M: Mouth is medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty bitter with more earthy, floral, resinous and even piney hops that again bombard the palate for a long lingering bitterness. A touch of sticky sweetness too, but with the bitterness the dryness start to dry off quite a bit. It has a long briney and minerality taste on the finish with a little leather and salts flavors, and also gives that taste I get when I chew on a fresh hop pellet of Simcoe or some high alpha hop that never goes away! Uuuggg!

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

No "pop" to the removal of the cork. The head corresponds to this, relatively flat with some slippery lace left behind. The color is light brown where light does pass. Cloudy.

Plenty of sweet caramel to the nose. A little bit nutty and toasty. Overall, appealing.

Rich body with a high level of carbonation. The beer starts with a toffee-like sweetness. Reminds me of overcooked caramel, but not quite burnt. Good peppery hop kick to provide balance in the swallow. This is one well balanced beer. The alcohol is notably warming but not overwhelming.

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is amber with an off-white head. A decently hoppy aroma; mostly floral in nature with a few herbal and pine notes. Fairly sweet as well with toffee and bread. The flavor is much more bitter than I had expected. Not a ton of hop flavor, but some pine and a bit of an herbal note. The typical toffee and bread sweetness is present as well.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a vibrant, rich, ruby red color with a thin, small bubbled, yellowish head that starts a towering couple of inches but settles into a decently retaining half inch. Aromas of rich malt, both caramel and nutty, with some scotch characteristics, also. Smells blended and complex. Flavors are slightly smokey and slightly boozey, with a rich, sweet, and tangy malt backbone with a finishing profile of wet, dark, resiny hops. The hops spicing dominates the aftertaste, with a rich caramel highlight to it. The finish is light and slightly sharp due to the increased carbonation, and yet has a slight cloying feel as well. Decent brew.

Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red Giant pours a dark, hazy ruby color with a massive light tan head on top. The foam dissolves slowly down to a thick sheet on the surface. Clumps of netted lace cling to the glass.

The aroma is light and grainy with toasted malt notes and hints of citrus.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate, dry with an effervescent fizz. The flavor is malty with bready notes of toasted malt and caramel malt. In the middle some toffee sweetness approaches. It finishes mildly bitter and herbal with hoppy flavors of grass and a hint of lemon citrus. Once gone the sweet malt flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a tasty, easy drinking beer. Very dry and malty. A nice change from all the hoppy beers out there today.

Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.