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Red Giant - Element Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
88
very good

107 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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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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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Auror, Jan 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

Jason, Jan 20, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

PicoPapa, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

smcolw, Dec 30, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Kkottonmouthkngz, Dec 15, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

Aaron58, Dec 11, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Bilco, Nov 25, 2011
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5/5  rDev +26.9%

PEIhop, Nov 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Aberration, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of DoreenAndDave
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

DoreenAndDave, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of kirok1999
3.9/5  rDev -1%
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.

kirok1999, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.18/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

SFLpunk, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of BlackMath
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

BlackMath, Jul 26, 2011
Photo of Satchboogie
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Satchboogie, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 29, 2011
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3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

connecticutpoet, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of WanderingFool
3.93/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

WanderingFool, Mar 06, 2011
Photo of rowingbrewer
3.38/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

rowingbrewer, Feb 27, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

wmcneill26, Feb 16, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
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!

GbVDave, Feb 13, 2011
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Feb 04, 2011
Photo of DrJay
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

DrJay, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Jayli, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
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!

jlindros, Aug 09, 2010
Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.