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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: indiapaleale on 02-25-2010)
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Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Poured a dark tea color in a Pretty things Balloon Glass with a 2F head.
I switched to a snifter which enhances the aroma, taste and finish.

At a colder temp, the beer's aroma and taste are more akin to a sour. Very bitter, sour cherry-like flavor.

This beer is best served at 60F- or cellar temp as recommended by the brewer. The taste mellows out at warmer temps: caramel, hoppy bitterness, and similar aroma/taste to a sour, but not quite as pronounced.

Style? This isn't a "red ale," , like a Lagunitas Imperial Red, or a Troegs Nuggett Nectar. It is a combo of different styles- which doesn't matter. The beer is distinctive and well crafted.

Another unusual standout beer from Element.

brureview, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of nkelley77
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nkelley77, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of pisano
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

pisano, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of mjstacker
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

mjstacker, Aug 09, 2014
Photo of Fettpopps
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

Fettpopps, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of pat_usher
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

pat_usher, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of locustking
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

locustking, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of shadyside
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

shadyside, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of HattedClassic
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

HattedClassic, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of tommyguz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

tommyguz, May 23, 2014
Photo of sjjn
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

sjjn, May 06, 2014
Photo of discharmingly
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

discharmingly, May 05, 2014
Photo of bcgeiman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

bcgeiman, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of justinm4bama
4/5  rDev +1.5%

justinm4bama, Apr 19, 2014
Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

cbutova, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of Kataco16
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Kataco16, Mar 24, 2014
Photo of ncelauro
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

ncelauro, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of iatethecloudsfor
2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of TheHumanTorch
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

TheHumanTorch, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of tabhill
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

tabhill, Dec 18, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

metter98, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Altrurian
4.34/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Altrurian, Nov 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

SpasmWaiter, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of tjpaige78
4/5  rDev +1.5%

tjpaige78, Oct 10, 2013
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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.