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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

106 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 106
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | 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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iatethecloudsfor

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -36.5%

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

New Hampshire

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

08-09-2014 12:31:10 | More by mjstacker
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discharmingly

Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

05-05-2014 14:02:10 | More by discharmingly
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claytong

Vermont

2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

01-18-2013 02:50:07 | More by claytong
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BogleHill

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -27.7%

750 ml bottled version. I was all excited to try this new Dan Kramer brew! Fancy packaging - all that paper - cannnot be very "green". Anyhoo. This one pours out a cloudy brownish amber with decent carbonation and a good head. The aroma is slightly woody, but otherwise not that impressive. The flavor profile is very very bready - almost doughy. I let it warm hoping for something different, but it never came. This was a big flop in my book!

08-05-2010 20:20:17 | More by BogleHill
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.9%

08-08-2012 00:44:12 | More by mfgreene
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DelicateDelirium

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.9%

09-04-2012 22:30:24 | More by DelicateDelirium
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Kataco16

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -23.9%

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

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

07-16-2014 19:57:36 | More by pat_usher
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TheHumanTorch

New York

3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

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

Massachusetts

3.38/5  rDev -14.2%

this beer pours a dark red caramelly color with a huge clingy off white head that lasts. the smell has almost no hops to it, but does have a huge caramel nose. the flavor has a low and well rounded bitterness with no hop flavor and a thin caramel taste. the mouthfeel is kind of thin with decent carbonation and the beer is drinkable but not mouth watering.

02-27-2011 05:12:34 | More by rowingbrewer
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

01-12-2012 04:41:24 | More by PicoPapa
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

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

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

02-02-2012 20:33:04 | More by JAHMUR
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

08-08-2014 23:58:39 | More by Fettpopps
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t0rin0

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

09-25-2012 23:36:56 | More by t0rin0
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Ommy

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -9.9%

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!

03-02-2012 02:58:17 | More by Ommy
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

03-29-2011 03:01:33 | More by TheManiacalOne
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

07-16-2012 20:16:34 | More by womencantsail
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

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!

08-09-2010 20:56:09 | More by jlindros
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ADZA

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -8.6%

Another first for me and it comes in a 750ml caged corked bottle with a paper wrapping and with a little pop of the cork pours a deep red copper hue which leaves a two finger creamy bubble packed head with lots of lacing,the smell is piney hops,caramel,port,rich toffee,lollipops and watermelon,the mouthfeel is medium bodied and very well carbonated with tastes of caramel candy,pineapple,nectarines,peaches with a light piney hop bitterness at the finish that i feel is abit overwhelmed by the malt character but in a good way as the brew is really drinakble and even though its a little overbalanced i could drink this all night if cheaper.

03-02-2012 10:52:40 | More by ADZA
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

03-23-2011 02:28:55 | More by connecticutpoet
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mclynch

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -7.9%

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.

01-26-2013 13:27:54 | More by mclynch
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freduardo

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

06-01-2013 05:52:55 | More by freduardo
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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 106 ratings.