Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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88
very good

116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | FT: 0
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:
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(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 02-25-2010)
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Photo of Aaron58
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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 Kkottonmouthkngz
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of jimbo25350
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of PEIhop
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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 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 durkle
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of de322
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of ncelauro
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of bluerabbit
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of plasticfantastic
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of locustking
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BlackMath
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
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 gfreed
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't realize when I was drinking this at the Cambridge Common that Element is a Massachusetts brewery, which makes this beer all the more pleasant to review. Red Giant is probably the only beer I've had that actually looks polished and shiny, like a new pair of shoes, with a dense walnut color that appears rubyish around the edges. Loads of grapefruit and something along the lines of chocolate jimmies in the aroma, with edges of coffee. The body seemed strangely heated and taut, but eased after warming up a bit. A nice slam of malt up front in the taste, followed by chocolate and cherries; a tad sour but quite refreshing even at this ABV and density. A slight hint of booze rides along the long, hoppy tail, and leaves a warm, lingering glow of sour fruit afterwards.

This was exceptional. Looking forward to hunting down Element's other offerings.

Photo of Altrurian
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Photo of bum732
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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 wmcneill26
4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The unadorned bottle is wrapped in paper with the company logo. After unwrapping, a cork must be popped (no corkscrew required). Presentation is excellent. Makes you feel like you're pouring champagne.

When I poured into the glass, the head was absolutely amazing. A few inches thick and clung to the glass. Head lasted quite a while, which was almost annoying because I picked too small of a glass and had to wait for the head to die down so I could continue the pour, lol!

Great smell. Regarding the color, I really don't see the "red" so much. To me, my pour seemed like a very dark red bordering on burnt sienna or brown.

Taste has a sharp, earthy, malty bite to it that seems like it might be overpowering at first, but quickly resides. Drinkability is smooth and fulfilling. The beer has a nice body to it, like a stout.

The aftertaste has a sharp bite, but is not overly annoying. I would definitely recommend this beer to both malt and hops lovers. It has a nice balance between the two.

Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 shadyside
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of yeti123
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.