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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Ratings: 92 |  Reviews: 75
Reviews by icemonkey908:
Photo of icemonkey908
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tried this one on tap last night. Appeared a golden/copper color and clear. Smell is 'woodsy' with a lot of pine and grass type aromas. Very interesting hopping. Taste follows along the same lines. Nice beer, drinkable. I will try another one next time I spot it somewhere.

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of beerkittycat
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted this one at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. It poured a golden-amber color (oh no, is this going to be another boring amber?) with a light tan head. The first thing I smell is HOPS. A good sign so far. My first taste leads to a surprising thicker mouthfeel considering the color and lager style. The malt profile is bready and sweet but not heavy and balances out nicely with the assertive hops. Interesting hop flavors of pine, grapfruit, and citrus. This beer is complex as I can clearly pick out the smoothness of lager and the malty ale characteristics. It's a beer that will make you say hmmmm. Good to see a California common fresh from MN that delivers. Oh, and I found out from the brewer that Element 115 is an undiscovered element on the Periodic Table, however, experts claim that combined with another element it is what makes UFO's fly. Cool.

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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 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 brewgetter
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

crystal clear dark amber with a rocky off white head that leaves very decent lacing. smell is fruity, berries. Taste is pretty clean. Some nice balance here. Niether the hops or the malt is jumping out at me, yet I can tell that both are there. the aftertaste is drying and nice. the feeling it leaves in the mouth is not quite right though, and not to my liking. Mouthfeel is creamy with good carbonation. A nice, easy to drink beer that I thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of degerbah
3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
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

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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!

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is beer is a little simple for beer geek, but I can see it being a nice gateway beer for the friends of beer geeks. The malt is very mellow with a little caramel and the flavor is dominated but hops fruit flavors. It was highly drinkable. Nothing special, but tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of kenito799
4.09/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass.

Medium amber, clear, small foamy head, little retention or lace. OK looking.

Very frsh, clean, malty aroma with soft undertones of dried leaves. Nose is not remarkable, but is inviting. The first sip brings an unexpectedly perfect impression of Anchor Steam, but maybe better...very soft, creamy mouthfeel, broad fruitiness that gives a feeling of sweetness but isnt really sweet...dry roasted bittreness in the finish. Outstandingly drinkable, a perfect session beer. One to get by the case for parties or BBQs. Impressive effort.

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Photo of djschnabel
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Kegatron
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of morimech
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a chalice. It is light ambered in color with almost no head. Very little lacing. The beer appears to be lifeless. This is a bad sign.

I get a little musty funkiness and sweet malt in the aroma.

The taste is a bit weak. The malt character is not that complex. It does have a nice hop bitterness on finish. It feels thin and totally flat. It is not a bad tasting beer but the poor condition of the bottled product makes it very hard to drink. There must be some QC problems with the bottling process as I have had one of their Belgium ales that was in the same sad condition. I will have to wait a few months before I revisit Flat Earth's beer and hopefully things improve in their bottling process.

Another bottle sampled Date 08/15/08
This bottle has carbonation. A small head with moderate sticky lacing. Much better tasting as well with a nice toasted malt and hop bitterness. Nice carbonation adds to the enjoyment of this beer. Overall I will raise the score 1 point in each catagory.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with a half-inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing is very good. The aroma is very light (but nice), it smells like some toasted malt and herbal/grassy hops. Luckily the taste is stronger than the aroma. It tastes like sweet and toasted malt, along with the herbal and grassy hops. Starts off sweet, and has a bitter finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium, with low carbonation. It's also a bit creamy and coating. Drinkability is decent, it's smooth and not hard to drink at all. I think this is a solid beer, I'd buy it again.

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Photo of Tolnik
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured this beer into a pint glass. The copperish wheat colour of beer gave off a fair amount of foam then reducing to wisps of beer. The aroma was that of citrus and malts. The taste however tasted of flat citrus with slight tones of malt that left a bitterness in the aftertaste. Overall I won't have this beer again just due to the unbalanced combination that it gave.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of edbeered
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer appears to have been reformulated since its initial release, and to me it is all the better for it. It pours a clear light amber-brown, with a small white head that fades quickly. There is a pleasant malty smell. Now, the taste is of a biscuity maltiness, with a slight brown sugar sweetness, finishing with a hint of hop goodness on the tip of the tongue. Initially, the hop flavor was much more pronounced, to the detriment of the other more delicate flavors. The only other beer of this style that I've tried(Anchor)is not particularly hoppy either. The mouthfeel is nice and full and it goes down easily. This is a nice version of a(for the Twin Cities)rarely brewed style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice twenty two ounce bottle that was acquired via a trade recently. I had heard of this beer many times, but never pulled the trigger on a trade, so I figured what the heck. Served cold, right out of the fridge and poured the whole thing into a 24 ounce pilsner glass. Consumed on 10/05/2008.

The pour was very nice, with a rich amber color coming forward right away. Nice carbonation was evident right away. Lots of bubbles rippling to the surface to reinforce the inch and a half of white foam that came up across the top of the glass. Nice settle left behind soem good side glass lace.

The aroma was much more hoppy then I would have thought. Light citrus aromas are peaking up throughout the session, with hints of orange, lemon, and a touch of tangerine all joining in here. Light grain and a touch of sweet malts are bringing up the rear on this one and really pushing it to the forefront. The flavor was fantastic. Rich, and very bright notes of citric hops stole the show here for sure. Light orange and pineapple flavors were playing off the light grain and bready malt base. Easy to throw down, I found myself drinking this one far too quickly which caused me to slow down a bit for a while afterward. Nice light to medium bodied feel never became dull or too heavy, and the long lasting dry hoppy bite kept going long after the last sip.

Overall I was really taken by suprise on this one. It was a hoppy little ale that I did not see coming. Nice balance and feel lef to this one being a favorite of mine over the last week or so. I would have to recommend this one for sure.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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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 twbrewer
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours crystal clear golden honey colored.Very little head,no lacing.

S-Nice malt and hop nose,both seem sweet.Hops are floral and earthy,malt is syrup and caramel.

T-Great malt flavor,great hop taste,great balance between the two.Aftertaste has a almost nutty or roasted touch,but has a earthy hop and yeast finish.

M-Clean and crisp,slightly bitter on palate.Light to medium bodied with low carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable beer,smooth with a great malt taste and great balance overall.Carbonation may hurt appearance but does nothing to the taste or mouthfeel of this beer,if anything it makes it a easy and great choice to enjoy just one or for a session.

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Photo of drop6301
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for opening this...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white, soapy head that fades into a mild collar. Tiny spots of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is grainy, fruity, citrusy, caramel, cake, and sugary candy.
Taste is that of the aromas with a fruity, caramel mix standing out.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, dry, and yeasty.

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