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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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very good

107 Ratings

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Ratings: 107
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 12.44%
Wants: 12
Gots: 14 | 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 paresis
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

paresis, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of ELECTRONICAnonymous
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

ELECTRONICAnonymous, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of DeJayPe
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

DeJayPe, Sep 24, 2013
Photo of jwps214
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

jwps214, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of JTomczak
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

JTomczak, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of mountdew1
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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 26, 2013
Photo of AdamElb
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

AdamElb, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of ercxi
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ercxi, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of cvm4
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
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 +1.5%

RummyRedbeard, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of animal69
4/5  rDev +1.5%

animal69, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of freduardo
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

freduardo, Jun 01, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Kelp, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of Atomicskis5
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Atomicskis5, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Teddy-Pickles
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Teddy-Pickles, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of taez555
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

taez555, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of bluerabbit
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

bluerabbit, Mar 10, 2013
Photo of Bdonschill
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bdonschill, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of mclynch
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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 -30.2%

claytong, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of pjs234
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

pjs234, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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

brentk56, Nov 25, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

hopley, Oct 29, 2012
Photo of Greywulfken
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Greywulfken, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

bigred89, Oct 03, 2012
Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.