Element 115
St. Paul Brewing

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California Common / Steam Beer
Ranked #20
Ranked #36,402
3.72 | pDev: 11.29%
St. Paul Brewing
Minnesota, United States
Element 115Element 115
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

this is hands down the least impressive beer i have had from these guys, a real lame lager thats flat, sweet, and completely off from what i might expect from the listed style. it seems amateur, and if they could release this, it lets me think some of their other beers must not be so hot, this is full of holes, and while i have enjoyed pretty much all the other flat earth beers i have had, this one is a real regression. a little darker than i have seen in the style, with almost no head and a lot of shine, really pretty unappealing in the pint glass, save for the high degree of clarity. aroma and flavor are overly malty, and pretty sweet for a lager, doesnt taste like the yeast has finished working yet, like an impatient brew in some ways, this seems less than all the way done. very little hops to to it, a hint of a toasted grain thing, and an overall fairly disappointing brew from an operation who has proven themselves to be capable of a whole lot better. to follow the fine winter spiced porter with this one was a real drag...

Mar 18, 2017
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CraigP83 from Minnesota

3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Darker that expected, amber with a thin head, smell was sweet. Drank easily and tasted alright but a little sticky and sweet on the end. Wasn't quite as refreshing as I hoped but was not terrible.

Feb 07, 2017
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

grainy, malty nose with spice, minty hops and traces of light fruit.
Pours coppery amber to brown under a rocky 2” white foam cap.
Palate: rich malt, a touch of sweetness, light fruit leading to a spicy, minty herbal hop accent on the finish. A perfect balance between the malt, yeast driven esters and the herbal hop flavors and bitterness.
Medium body and carbonation.

Sep 24, 2014
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NuclearDolphin from Minnesota

3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-Tap at Bunny's Bar & Grill

Appearance - Dark copper/rust color with a clear and clean look.

Smell - I'm picking up yeasts, malts, and a slight cider scent oddly enough. It's simple but nice

Taste - Yeasts, malts, cider and a slight hoppy taste. Finishes quite dry with only a slight hoppy bitter taste

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with just a slight carbonated kick. Very crisp!

Overall - It's a good tasting beer that finishes really well with pretty much any meal, especially a burger!

Aug 02, 2012
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jsprain1 from Minnesota

3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a copper color, almost red, with a two finger off-white head. Good retention and some lacing.
S- The aroma is bready, a touch toasty. There is a fair amount of herbal hop aromas as well.
T- There is a fair amount of herbal flavor up front, but the maltyness balances it out with a lightly toasted bread flavor and a touch of toffee.
M- Body is quite light. Carbonation is smooth, maybe a bit undercarbed. The flavors are long in the aftertaste.
O- A good beer that has a fair amount of flavor, and is super easy drinking.

Jun 21, 2012
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep and clear copper orange with lots of rising bubbles. Huge six finger off white foam head with good retention. Leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bready malt forward aroma with lots of wheat grains, biscuit, caramel, and toffee. Also a pretty noticeable grassy smell from some earthy hops. Very subtle hints of citrus. Smells a lot like dry bread.

Taste: Like the aroma leads, a very bready tasting brew. Sweet malts with big notes of biscuit and wheat grains. Some caramel and toffee. A light hint of citrus orange.There's a pretty big hop presence considering the style. Good amount of herbal, grassy hops. Pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy and somewhat chewy. Finishes fairly dry.

Overall: A pretty good take on the Cali Common style. Nice bready flavors with a good balancing hop presence.

Jun 12, 2012
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ccrida from Oregon

3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is copper with a light tan head, dense, leaving foamy lace.

Smell is weird, a little aspirin like, hint of sourness, like sour mash. Hop compost?

Taste is interesting, definitely a big leafy hop flavor, some caramel from the malt, bitter sweet. The leafy hops could use cut back to let the malt poke through better.

Mouthfeel is smooth, on the dry side, medium light bodied.

Drinkability is okay, the leafy vegetable qualities of the hops just didn't work here for me. Lacking the nuance of a steam beer, I'd have never guessed by the taste.

Apr 26, 2011
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EwaldEichstaett from Jordan

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

First California Common Beer so, take this with a grain of salt.

A: Medium brown colour with highlights of gold. Quick dissipating head with no lacing.

S: Caramel, toffee, roasted and sweet malty smells. Maybe a slight bit of hops behind there as well.

T: Some burnt, toasted, earthy flavours in the malts. The beer is really smooth flavoured, but has a bitter taste at the end.

M/D: A bit syrupy but with a decent amount of carbonation. It coats your mouth as well. It took me a while to get the bomber down... maybe I was just not in the mood...

Oct 25, 2010
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Tballz420 from Minnesota

4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored brew, decent sized cream colored head. Kind of surprisingly the hops dominate the nose, bitter variety. Nice sweet malts too. Same kind of thing for the taste, hoppy to the point of being somewhat surprising. I've only had a couple to a handful of this kind of style, so im not sure if it has a "normal" profile or not. Really the only steam that i am really familiar with is of course anchor's, and this seems to be a bigger beer than that. Most malts and for sure more hops. Medium bodied, somewhat creamy mouth. Tastey brew, I've been hearing murmurs about this flat earth and will for sure dive deeper into their line.

Aug 19, 2010
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herman77 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange/amber with a thick off white head. Very good clarity. Not much for lacing

S: Earthy and dry bread malts. Hints of carmel and an odd medicinal scent that might be from the hops.

T: Clean and smooth. Biscuit malts, cereal grains, a touch of floral hops, hints of lemon and apricots. Finishes with a drier bread malt Flavor. Pretty basic flavors, but its good and flavorful.

M/D: Medium to thin body. Carbonation is a little on the lighter side. Very easy drinking. A bomber... no problem.

Haven't had much of this style before so its hard to compare this to any other commons.

Aug 08, 2010
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optiontwo from Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap into a pint.

A: a very clear slightly lighter than amber with a sticky quarter inch white head. Nice lacing.

S: the smell is kind of weird. Kind of like wet grains.

T: thankfully it tastes way better than it smells. Starts with a hit of sweet and some pretty intense breadiness that stays throughout. Then it finishes with a nice hop kick that's pretty herbal and compliments the breadiness nicely.

M: fairly light but sticks around in the mouh for a moment, which is nice.

D: pretty high. Tasty, refreshing, low abv.

O: a solid offering from flat earth. I feel like this beer is pretty underrated.

Jun 16, 2010
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Parrotbeak from Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pristine, light orange with a quarter-inch, creamy white head that remains.
Smell is slightly spicey malts, with some faint clove, ginger, cinnamon, and brown sugar.
Taste is spicey malts, with some hops following. Clove, cinnamon, and brown sugar come in as well. Finish is malty and slightly bitter.
Mouthfeel is crisp, with a nice, bitter bite halfway through. Medium-light body, with a nice, crisp finish.
Drinkability is very good. Given the style this beer falls under, I was a bit apprehensive, but I was pleasantly surprised. A very good "session" beer, in my opinion.

Apr 08, 2010
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mwagner1018 from Minnesota

3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First off the home brewer in me really appreciates the ingredient list, OG, SRM, IBU, and ABV on the bottle. I like to see what goes in and obviously they leave out a lot of their process, but it gives me some insight into the resulting output of the ingredients. Also looks like the label has changed vs the picture posted.

A- Poured out of the deuce deuce 1Pint 6 FL oz. Flat Earth bottle into a standard pint glass. A nice copper orange hue, carbonation rising through glass. Good 2 fingers of head, quickly diminishes down to a light cap with solid lacing on the glass.

S- Definitely get some light nice hop aroma. Lemon grass, fresh citrusy grapefruit zest.

T- Up front is significant grapefruit, mild banana cream, sweet caramel malt balances nicely. A bit of plum and raisin in its depth.

M- Has a nice grassy earthy texture on the finish, sits nicely on the back of tongue and has a good bitterness. Slight acidity and sharp on the front. Medium with a nice chewy bite.

D- Very good drinkable beer, tough to not compare this beer to Anchor Steam...as the notorious option in the style. Good everyday type of beer, solid core of malt, fresh and bitter with the hops, session-able @ 5.5%.

Mar 16, 2010
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jwc215 from Arizona

3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to morimech for this!
22 oz bottle:

Pours copper with a thin white head that stays. Trailing, slowly vanishing, lace stays.

The smell is bready, with caramel, sour, with an herbal, metallic undertone.

The taste is tangy at first. Caramel grows as it progresses. It leans towards sour, with a rusty, metallic finish. As it progresses, it becomes more balanced and the various flavors come together more neatly, with caramel maltiness bringing things together. Finishes sweet, sour, bitter.

The feel is light-to-medium, with smoothness and a lasting aftertaste.

According to label - American pale, Victory, Crystal and wheat malts. Cluster, Mt. Hood and Northern Brewer hops. An odd brew. Mixed feelings, though I "like" more than "dislike" as a whole... seems over-hopped...which is odd in itself, coming from me - or just hopped in a "different" direction than I would like. The sourness is a bit much... I'll put this in the "interesting" category...

Feb 10, 2010
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BeardedBoffin from New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Element 115 Lager is a decent Steam beer. It pours light copper in color with a wisp head, which, surprisingly, stayed around throughout.

The aroma has bread and fruit notes with a hint of hops. More of the same in the flavor, but it goes down smooth and enjoyable. The finish is bitter and the bitterness stays around after the beer is gone.

This is a balanced drinkable beer. Not overly complex, but I enjoyed it.

Feb 05, 2010
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Kegatron from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with several fingers of dirty off-white foamy head. This sticks around with a nice frothy look to both the retention and lacing. The aroma is mostly sweet with bread and a fairly deep fruitiness that gives this a hefty tang in the nose. Touch of spice and floral hops float along the back.

That tangy feel carries over to the front of the taste, with bread and fruit taking control, while some light drying hops finishes this out with a steady lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a smooth crispness to it that gets more smooth and creamy feeling the mouth the more I work on it.

Plenty of flavor (lot of fruitiness from the Ale yeast here) and smooth drinkibility made for a fine quaff. Maybe a bit more balancing hop action would have been welcome but overall this is a decent example of a Steam Beer from Flat Earth.

Jan 29, 2010
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joepais from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my Santa justn for sending this my way.
My first steam beer, I enjoyed it.
I poured it into a pint glass and got a finger worth of white head that stuck a round a bit then faded to nothing. The body of the brew was clear copper in color.

The aroma was hop forward with a light malt backbone. There is a slight bready yeast smell in here as well. The flavor is dry hoppy citric in nature with a good malt balance. The feel in my mouth was light and refreshing with great carbonation.

It was real easy to drink. I could have finished a few more glasses of this easy. I did like the style so I will try a few more but this one was a quite interesting brew.

Dec 27, 2009
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jera1350 from Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden orange in color with sudsy off white head on top. Nice bitter hop scent fills the nose. Taste is moderately hoppy. A nice bite to go along with the malt. Crisp hops with a bit of graininess as well. Feel is fine, maybe a tad thin, but nothing crazy. Very drinkable. This is one is in the top two for me as far as offerings from Flat Earth. Several of their other beers I have come away with less than impressed. Nothing outrageous here, just a solid sessionable hopped up beer.

Nov 09, 2009
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Ragingbull from California

3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was very pleased with the draft variety of this beer. It seemed to present itself as less hoppy than its bottled counterpart. The color was light amber with a light white head. Sweet and malty nose. Sweet attack with some late presenting hops that acted more complementary in the draft than as the centerpiece in the bottle. There are some fruit notes in the flavor that seem almost like mild berry flavors. As I have said, much less hoppy than what I remember the bottled variety being.

Aug 25, 2009
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ChopperSmith from Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a large 22 oz. brown bottle into a chilled standard pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice amber/copper color with a decent orange/tan head that doesn't last long and leaves a little sticky lacing behind.

Smell - Very hoppy with a grapefruit citrus tang. Slight malty scents underlying the aggressive hops aroma.

Taste - Very crisp and hoppy. The floral citrus hops are right up front and a little malt on the finish. very little hop bitterness on the finish. A crisp and smooth drinking beer.

Mouthfeel - A little overly carbonated, but not too bad. Light-to-medium body.

Drinkability - It's a good representation of the American Steam beer style. I could see having more of this one if I run across it again.

Aug 19, 2009
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Apokalypsdetta from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The reason I selected this beer, amongst the other selections at the Flat Earth growler Tuesday (and Thursday) sales, was to accompany a night of barbecuing. After tasting the array of beers and walking away with the Element 115 I headed to home to throw on a peppercorn encrusted pork loin, a trio of waxed/green/purple beans in a shallot butter (wrapped in tinfoil for easy grilling), and roasted sweet corn. This beer was a excellent selection as it was my purpose to match rather than contrast the flavors in the pairing.

Element 115 is, as it is categorized here, a california common and reminiscent of Anchor Steam in many ways. The lead in sip has a nice creamy maltiness but finishes lean, mean and clean with hints of white pepper and grapefruit rind. I particularly liked the acidity and hoppiness...palate cleansing and perfect for washing down anything smoked or grilled.

A: It has a rich golden tawny color and a nice white head upon pouring.

S: The aroma is a very soft butterscotch and smells like the every lead in sip as described above.

T: See above.

M: Light bubbles that jump once it crosses your lips. It looked surprisingly flat in the glass after the initial pour and first few sips but it instantly revives in your mouth particularly on the back end with the hops.

D: Very drinkable with the right food choice but as it stands alone I could have only a few before I would want to pair it with food.

Thanks for reading my first review and if there are are any of you traveling to this part of the country I live in Saint Paul, MN near Summit, Flat Earth, Lift Bridge and a couple killer beer bars (Happy Gnome, Muddy Pig, Great Waters and Bulldog Lowertown). Hit me up, bring some beer and well definitely raise our glasses in a cheer!

Aug 14, 2009
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degerbah from Ohio

3.03/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

cloudy yellow with some sediment in the glass. Has a sweet smell with lots of floral hops. Tastes citrusy, reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale with a very clean drinkable mouthfeel. As I drink it I notice tremendous head retention with a bitter hop aftertaste. This is a

Jun 27, 2009
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wardough from Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up at 4 Firkins in St. Louis Park. Thanks guys.

Pours a light copper into the glass. Not a ton of head. Barely any now!
Smells of sweet grain and malts. Very little hop presence.
Taste is sweet. A little hop bitterness in the middle to balance it out. Overall, very solid try.

Jun 13, 2009
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ckeegan04 from Texas

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Claer medium to dark amber with a large head consisting of lots of little bubbles. Head slowly fades leaving good lacing a thick foam cap on the beer.

S - Lightly toasted malts dominate the nose. There is a faint hint of fruity hoppiness, but the breadines dominates. A little tropical fruit.

T - Very fruity with a light breadiness as well. The fruitiness is a little off and just not that good. Hints of berries as well as a little lime. Not a bad taste, just a weird mix of tastes.

M/D - Light to medium boided, excellent carbonation. Easy drinking but the flavor does not leave me wanting more.

May 19, 2009
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Metalmonk from North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with nary a head, and only a quarter-inch if I really throw it in there. Dies out almost entirely and pretty quickly. Has a copper/rust glow that veers toward orange, which I associate with double IPAs. (I do understand this will not taste like a double IPA and I'm willing to accept that. Boo hoo.)

Aroma is a bit dead--not much happening. Light caramel/biscuit-like malt with that tell-tale lager yeast aroma.

Flavor-wise there's a pretty stark contrast between the buttery, biscuity malt and herbal bite from these particular hops--at first. They mingle pretty well once you sit with it awhile though. The mouthfeel delivers these contrasts well, having a tingly carbonation over the top of a smooth, almost silky body. A bitterness like astringent black tea ends up dominating the finish.

A good beer. Hardly a great one, but certainly an interesting offering, with an equally interesting label and text to accompany it. Thanks to BDLBrewster for the chance to try it!

May 07, 2009
Element 115 from St. Paul Brewing
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 92 ratings