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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

94 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 11.81%


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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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 20:16:34 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +0.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:08:00 | More by brentk56
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metter98

New York

3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-07-2013 01:14:54 | More by metter98
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

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

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:16:46 | More by smcolw
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 00:14:12 | More by ppoitras
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2011 21:15:53 | More by DrJay
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:49:56 | More by GarthDanielson
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

02-01-2012 22:12:15 | More by woosterbill
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ADZA

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2011 23:09:58 | More by GbVDave
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 02:14:56 | More by BeerAdvocate
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 01:47:29 | More by cbutova
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Jayli

Massachusetts

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 00:47:22 | More by Jayli
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aerozeppl

New York

4.1/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 01:26:36 | More by aerozeppl
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 23:13:13 | More by WanderingFool
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Before I forget, this beer was finished and ready to drink the day before I bought it. Talk about fresh.
Here we go...
Pour - a dark red, mahogany color with some brilliant auburn colors shining throw with the light. The head is thick and bubbly, off-white in color and rather reluctant to fade into the abysmal depths of this brew.
 
Aroma - strong smells of caramel and molasses combine with fresh hops, grass, citrus and well steeped grains. The aroma of this beer is quite appealing and more than draws me in. 
 
Taste - when I think red/amber ales I think easy to drink and pretty standard fare for those that aren't big beer drinkers. This however is something different. These are big flavors and quite bold in nature. Lots of caramel malt flavor comes through with some nice floral hops as well. Everything combines so well. Its juicy, its fruity, its spicy, its sweet and its tangy. So many flavors that mesh so well together. This is a beer that brewers spend a long time trying to achieve. Great stuff.
 
Overall - excellent beer. I absolutely love it and I've gone through almost half the growler without an ounce of effort. I'll be back soon to fill it up again.
 
Would I buy more of it? - no doubt about it. I love this beer and I love the fact that I've got a new brewery so close by that is making some amazing beers.

Serving type: growler

02-25-2010 14:08:51 | More by indiapaleale
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bum732

Maryland

4.3/5  rDev +8%
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.

Serving type: growler

04-28-2010 03:53:25 | More by bum732
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Vermont

4.18/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL brown glass cork, caged and paper-wrapped bottle. Wrapper dated 3/28/11. Purchased at Liquors 44, Northampton, MA.

Pours a deep dark reddish brown with 1.5 inches of off-white head. Nose smells like baking bread and red mulch. Palate is deep and malty, but also bitter and structured. Flavors of roasted red malt, tree bark, mushroom rice, cappuccino, and that red mulch thing again. Bitterness is higher than most reds, and this one is dry to the bone. No malt sweetness here.

Notes: Very woody tasting in a delicious way. A big hoppy red without being an "Imperial Red" or something like that. Just happens to be one, and done right. Another success for Element.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 05:56:22 | More by SFLpunk
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connecticutpoet

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2011 02:28:55 | More by connecticutpoet
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kirok1999

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper brown with a rising off white head that lingers for quite a while and laces the glass beautifully.
Smells of sweet malts, biscuit, caramel and some mild dark fruits.
Taste matches the smell very well. Nicely sweet yet with enough hops to balance it. Fits the style of a red ale very well. Rich and smooth with a dry finish that leaves the flavor of citrus and pine hops.
A very satisfying brew, smooth and rich.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:21:44 | More by kirok1999
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 01:56:43 | More by mltobin
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Greywulfken

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 16:03:13 | More by Greywulfken
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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
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