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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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47 Reviews

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 126
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: indiapaleale on 02-25-2010

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Reviews: 47 | Hads: 126
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of kirok1999
3.88/5  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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of BlackMath
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Just shared this 25oz bottle a few moments ago and was overall happy with it. The way the bottle is packaged is awesome. The label is printed on paper and wrapped around a blank brown bottle like a present. Pours a dark red amber color. Overall this beer has a balanced taste but also has very subtle complexities throughout. Awesome beer, worth a try, however it is on the pricier side.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.91/5  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.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of wmcneill26
4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The unadorned bottle is wrapped in paper with the company logo. After unwrapping, a cork must be popped (no corkscrew required). Presentation is excellent. Makes you feel like you're pouring champagne.

When I poured into the glass, the head was absolutely amazing. A few inches thick and clung to the glass. Head lasted quite a while, which was almost annoying because I picked too small of a glass and had to wait for the head to die down so I could continue the pour, lol!

Great smell. Regarding the color, I really don't see the "red" so much. To me, my pour seemed like a very dark red bordering on burnt sienna or brown.

Taste has a sharp, earthy, malty bite to it that seems like it might be overpowering at first, but quickly resides. Drinkability is smooth and fulfilling. The beer has a nice body to it, like a stout.

The aftertaste has a sharp bite, but is not overly annoying. I would definitely recommend this beer to both malt and hops lovers. It has a nice balance between the two.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.93/5  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.

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Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
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!

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Photo of aerozeppl
4.09/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of BogleHill
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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!

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Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't realize when I was drinking this at the Cambridge Common that Element is a Massachusetts brewery, which makes this beer all the more pleasant to review. Red Giant is probably the only beer I've had that actually looks polished and shiny, like a new pair of shoes, with a dense walnut color that appears rubyish around the edges. Loads of grapefruit and something along the lines of chocolate jimmies in the aroma, with edges of coffee. The body seemed strangely heated and taut, but eased after warming up a bit. A nice slam of malt up front in the taste, followed by chocolate and cherries; a tad sour but quite refreshing even at this ABV and density. A slight hint of booze rides along the long, hoppy tail, and leaves a warm, lingering glow of sour fruit afterwards.

This was exceptional. Looking forward to hunting down Element's other offerings.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of ComputerBeer
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best bottle conditioned beer ever! Rich red color, laced all the way. Earthy aroma, possibly EKG? bitterness balanced carmel malt notes. Very hazy, yeast did not settle but it is conditioned in the bottle after all. I have not seen this beer on tap, I think you can only get in in the 750ml bottles?

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Photo of bum732
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.