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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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very good

112 Ratings

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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.37%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | 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 metter98
3.9/5  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.

metter98, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Altrurian
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
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
Photo of SpasmWaiter
4/5  rDev +1%

SpasmWaiter, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of tjpaige78
4/5  rDev +1%

tjpaige78, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of paresis
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

paresis, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of DeJayPe
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

DeJayPe, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of jwps214
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jwps214, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

JTomczak, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of mountdew1
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

mountdew1, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of AdamElb
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

AdamElb, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of ercxi
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

ercxi, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  rDev -4%
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.

cvm4, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of RummyRedbeard
4/5  rDev +1%

RummyRedbeard, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +1%

animal69, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

freduardo, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev +1%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Teddy-Pickles
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Teddy-Pickles, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of taez555
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

taez555, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of bluerabbit
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

bluerabbit, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Bdonschill
4/5  rDev +1%

Bdonschill, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of mclynch
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

mclynch, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of claytong
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%

claytong, Jan 18, 2013
Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.