Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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88
very good

121 Ratings
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Ratings: 121
Reviews: 46
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 16
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: 121 | Reviews: 46
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 brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

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 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 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 mdfb79
3.87/5  rDev -2%

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.

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 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 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 DrJay
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged 750 wrapped in paper. Nice presentation. The beer is a little hazy, reddish brown with a short cap of very fine light brown foam. Great head retention, sticky lacing, a little clumpy. Lots of bready malt in the aroma, fruity and earthy, slight wood and toffee character. Sweet up front, a combination of malty and fruity flavours. Bitterness kicked in mid-palate and lingered in the finish. More sugary (think caramel) than bready in flavour, earthy hops, a bit citrusy towards the end. Mild alcohol flavour and warmth with a dry, oaky character. Medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation that gave it a creamy texture. Quite pleasant. Overall, I enjoyed this. It was nicely balanced and had an interesting range of flavours.

Photo of mltobin
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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 woosterbill
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
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!

Photo of ADZA
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Photo of Satchboogie
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler purchased fresh from the source Yesterday.

A: Dark Red, fairly clear though hard to see through, about a finger of red-tinted foamy head.

S: Caramel, herbal and spicy hops, some alcohol phenols, toasted grains

T: Lots of caramel, toasted grains, spicy hops, and warm alcohol on the front of the tongue. The caramel peaks as it enters the middle of the mouth, though the beer opens up with a lot of toasted grains. Spicy hop character lingers all the way through the finish. There's just a little warmth on the finish with lingering bitterness, mildly dry. Not too complicated or sophisticated, but tasty nonetheless.

M: The light side of medium for body, moderate carbonation, fairly chewy, semi-dry finish, moderate bitterness.

O: A big, malty red ale with a solid hop presence that adds a nice spicy and herbal depth. Not my favorite red ale, but it's solid and tasty. Seems maybe a touch too light. The alcohol is balanced, it gives a bit of warmth and spiciness but isn't overpower, it's just there to remind you "this isn't your average red ale". A great value for the cost of a growler.

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 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 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 Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 750 mL
Poured in to a pint glass

A: This beer pours a dark amber with slight reddish tinges. A ridiculous four finger of khaki, foamy, rocky head forms with a quasi-rigorous pour. Head retains very nicely, and leaves chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is nice sweet malt notes with a bit of molasses, followed by a citrus hops.

T: Taste is really quite hoppy! I'm liking it! The forefront has some minor earthy, pine hop flavoring before the bready, malt presence takes over. Hints of molasses and caramel malt work nicely with a breadiness in the middle. Finish has a grapefruit, lemony hop bite that retains on the back of the tongue for a while.
** There is a bit of a metallic taste in this bottle that I didn't pick up during a tasting last night...

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, oily body with a sticky finish.

D: Goes down easily, nice kick, not too filling, nice representation of style. I hadn't heard of Element until at a tasting last night - this is a nice brew that I would pick up again.

Photo of aerozeppl
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this at ACBF then grabbed a bottle at Julios on the way back to NY. Nice packaging. Paper over a plain caged and corked 750 into my Ithaca tulip.

A: Super deep brown color. Poured with a finger of slightly brownish head. A touch of lacing as well. The head has great retention. When you fill your glass it snakes every time though.

S: I remember saying all their beers have a secret oak technique on them. Quite malty and bready in the nose. Plenty of hops around to balance it out though. A touch of oak maybe. This is not an american red ale.

T: Quite hoppy. I remember this is not that big a beer. The darker matter? is 8% and that was their biggest beer. Light barleywine comes to mind.Sharp piney hops. Little bit of caramel. Really nice sweetness in the finish.

M: Really nice and smooth. It is super carbonated out of the bottle but not in the glass. Interesting.

D: I liked this beer. Something a little bit different. I think this was $10 for the bottle which is pricey but they are small. I enjoyed all of their offerings and this is worth seeking out.

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 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 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 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.

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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.