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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.12%
Wants: 12
Gots: 15 | FT: 1
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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waiting4lunch

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-22-2012 15:00:18 | More by waiting4lunch
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yeti123

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

08-20-2012 17:06:17 | More by yeti123
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mfgreene

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -24.2%

08-08-2012 00:44:12 | More by mfgreene
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womencantsail

California

3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
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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Opportunivore


5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

What a wonderful find. A beer that appears unrefined and yet improves with each sip and temperature change. As the beer warms even more flavors and smells appear. The IBU were more apparent cold and much more rolled and enjoyable as it came up in temp. A really enjoyable beer on its own or with a meal. We tried it with grilled turkey and really enjoyed the play. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 21:19:23 | More by Opportunivore
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-12-2012 00:15:45 | More by Thickfreakness
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erlenmeyer

Maine

4/5  rDev +1%

06-03-2012 19:46:38 | More by erlenmeyer
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-03-2012 05:30:00 | More by PatGreer
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plasticfantastic

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

05-23-2012 04:55:01 | More by plasticfantastic
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

05-16-2012 15:37:04 | More by standardcherry
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mltobin

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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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thegerm87

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1%

04-11-2012 23:08:06 | More by thegerm87
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raythealeman

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-06-2012 01:47:00 | More by raythealeman
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de322

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

03-11-2012 03:30:27 | More by de322
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GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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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ADZA

Australia

3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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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Ommy

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper color with big head that dissipates rather quickly.

Getting a lot of sweetness on the nose with some hops and banana. First whiff reminded me of a warm summer night.

The taste is not completely what I expected, but not far off. It has a pretty well balanced assortment of hops, malts and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is great, not overly carbonated, but not tasting flat.

Overall this is a great beer, but nothing too special. Definitely nice to try!

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 02:58:17 | More by Ommy
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dennho

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle corked & caged into a Duvel tulip.

This might be the darkest red color I've seen in a beer. Two finger head with good lacing. Red Giant is a good name for this.

Smell is caramel & grain. Maybe some wood/oak.

Taste is earthy, fruity and malty. Bitter in the middle with a nice sweet finish.

Medium carbonation, nice slick mouthfeel.

This a a complex beer. It deserves your full attention. It shouldn't matter, but it's a $12.00 bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 02:46:42 | More by dennho
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

02-02-2012 20:33:04 | More by JAHMUR
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
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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Auror

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1%

01-25-2012 04:59:19 | More by Auror
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

01-20-2012 02:49:26 | More by Jason
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
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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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2011 23:16:46 | More by smcolw
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OBIrish24

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

12-27-2011 03:16:03 | More by OBIrish24
Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.