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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

46 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 46
Hads: 123
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.52%
Wants: 16
Gots: 19 | 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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Photo of ChinaskiWMA
4.18/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap at a barbecue joint (Wildwood, Rt. 9, Hadley, MA). The color was very dark. I wasn't seeing a lot of red. The nose was very rich and malty. Likewise, the flavor was rich with maltiness, but without being too heavy. The maltiness was nicely countered with hops for a smooth finish. At eight percent it is still very drinkable and works very nicely with the bbq. (384 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev -3%

From 10/12/14 notes. On tap at The Jeffrey in NYC.

Reddish brown color, lots of caramel and bready malts. Not bad but not a ton going. very malty, not as hoppy as advertised. Medium body and low carbonation. (208 characters)

Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

10/02/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Malts, a sweet espresso & a hint of smoke are the greeting. Medium body & a nice lingering aftertaste, but with an 8% ABV this will be a one & done....for now. (197 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19%

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. (713 characters)

Photo of brureview
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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. (700 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.89/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of Altrurian
4.31/5  rDev +8%
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. (753 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (612 characters)

Photo of mclynch
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three-fingered head; excellent stickage and a nice pattern of lace

Smell: Caramel, stone fruit and pine

Taste: Biscuit and caramel flavors, up front, with a fruity character developing, as well; a nice piney hop character develops in the middle, though there is a surprising depth of spice cookie malt flavor that builds, too; nicely balanced, through the finish, where some tobacco flavor adds another dimension

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: One of those surprisingly good ambers that crop up every now and again (590 characters)

Photo of Greywulfken
4.23/5  rDev +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. (870 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev -10.3%
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. (347 characters)

Photo of Opportunivore
5/5  rDev +25.3%
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. (378 characters)

Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle picked up at Anconas in CT.

Appearance is amber/red with one finger of head. This red ale has a nose of malts, fruit and caramel. Looks kinda like the name would lead you to believe. The taste is more of the malts, some hops, chocolate and a bit of bread. Mouthfeel is medium, bitter finish. Overall, a nice beer from this newer brewery outta MA. (363 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.81/5  rDev -4.5%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (643 characters)

Photo of Ommy
3.55/5  rDev -11%
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! (466 characters)

Photo of dennho
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle corked & caged into a Duvel tulip.

This might be the darkest red color I've seen in a beer. Two finger head with good lacing. Red Giant is a good name for this.

Smell is caramel & grain. Maybe some wood/oak.

Taste is earthy, fruity and malty. Bitter in the middle with a nice sweet finish.

Medium carbonation, nice slick mouthfeel.

This a a complex beer. It deserves your full attention. It shouldn't matter, but it's a $12.00 bottle. (453 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Cask Republic into a tulip.

A: Clear, brilliant ruby body under a thin but solid cap of tan foam. The head settles into a ring pretty quickly, and leaves light lace. Quite nice.

S: Rather simple, piquant aroma of caramel malt and spicy hops. Very clean and balanced, but not terribly complex.

T: Lovely caramel malt starts things off - sweet, yes, but ultimately more bready and toasty than purely sugary. Solid hop spice and bitterness closes things out, although the caramel notes do show up on the ultimately bittersweet finish. The aftertaste is a bit heavy, but overall its balance and malty subtlety keep me impressed.

M: Medium body, plenty of creamy carbonation. Solid.

O: Very tasty beer. It's not exciting in any way, and some people might find the heaviness of the finish to be off-putting, but you can't beat its malt/hop balance and the delicacy of its specialty malt character. Very nice.

Cheers! (930 characters)

Photo of PicoPapa
3.4/5  rDev -14.8%
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. (379 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.07/5  rDev +2%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of DoreenAndDave
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer is an attractive, murky dark amber. Very little head. Smell is complex: brown bread, cherries, malt. Taste starts off with some almost astringent hops and then is has a long, lingering finish of caramel and malt, nicely warmed by the high alcohol content. Mouthfeel is good, nicely carbonated with a warm finish. Overall, a complex and hearty beer. (353 characters)

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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.