Element 115 | Flat Earth Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flat Earth Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: California Common / Steam Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-05-2007

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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...

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Photo of CraigP83
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of MattMorin
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jakemn91
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 31Sam13
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BigAl18
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

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Photo of KTMinnesota
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TENichols
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of SortaAmbivalent
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of drop6301
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AnalogErik
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Chucker17
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
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!

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Photo of jsprain1
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of Hopstout
3/5  rDev -18.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

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4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ccrida
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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...

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Element 115 from Flat Earth Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 92 ratings