Red Giant | Element Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by indiapaleale on 02-25-2010

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Photo of Aaron58
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of 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.

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Photo of Kkottonmouthkngz
5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

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5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of ComputerBeer
4.97/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best bottle conditioned beer ever! Rich red color, laced all the way. Earthy aroma, possibly EKG? bitterness balanced carmel malt notes. Very hazy, yeast did not settle but it is conditioned in the bottle after all. I have not seen this beer on tap, I think you can only get in in the 750ml bottles?

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

This does not strike me as an American Amber or Red Ale. There is a sour tartness on the nose along with cherry and other fruits over rich malt that do not belong to the style.
The beer pours a deep garnet brown under a moussey 2" persistent tan tinted foam cap.
The attack on the palate starts with big malt, tart, fruit, cherry then a big bitter hop presence to bring it on home. Lingering bitter fruit flavors. Good balance between the tart flavors, the malty sweetness, the bitter hops and the alcohol.
The very creamy body and very fine soft carbonation suggest a touch of wild yeast. It is medium bodied and very smooth. If this is indeed an American Amber Ale then I lucked out and got an infected bottle.

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Photo of durkle
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of Jason
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of ClavisAurea
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

April 2013 bottle served in a tulip glass. 750ml bottle

Appearance: fantastic packaging on this one. Not too many paper wrapped bottle out there now days. The bottle has nothing on it at all and is secured with a cork and cage. The cork has a significant amount of pop to it when opened. The beer poured a bright mahogany brown with a little carbonation and a small tan head that disappeared quickly. No sediment in the glass.

Nose: port wine, sherry, raisins, plenty of oxidation, dark fruits, very complex

Taste: follows the nose: low carbonation, moderate sweetness, port, sherry, nice level of oxidation, no hop character at all, cherries, raisins, plums and other dark fruits, no alcohol at all.

Overall: this was a very nice surprise. I bought this bottle on clearance for $7 and had very low expectations. Turns out Element didn't make an American Red Ale but they made a killer Old Ale that can be cellared for over 2 years and still be delicious. This is one of the best cellared beers I've ever had and I will be seeking this out in the future. It is one of my go-to cellar staples.

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Photo of bluerabbit
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of shigg85
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of locustking
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Cgraham
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of founddrama
4.36/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dry and hoppy and a lovely color. Robust flavor and a clean finish.

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Photo of BlackMath
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of gfreed
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't realize when I was drinking this at the Cambridge Common that Element is a Massachusetts brewery, which makes this beer all the more pleasant to review. Red Giant is probably the only beer I've had that actually looks polished and shiny, like a new pair of shoes, with a dense walnut color that appears rubyish around the edges. Loads of grapefruit and something along the lines of chocolate jimmies in the aroma, with edges of coffee. The body seemed strangely heated and taut, but eased after warming up a bit. A nice slam of malt up front in the taste, followed by chocolate and cherries; a tad sour but quite refreshing even at this ABV and density. A slight hint of booze rides along the long, hoppy tail, and leaves a warm, lingering glow of sour fruit afterwards.

This was exceptional. Looking forward to hunting down Element's other offerings.

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Photo of Altrurian
4.31/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Element's prolix but eloquent wrapper surrounds a corked and capped bomber. The cork yields after considerable effort and an extraordinarily loud and satisfying report. The decanted liquid is a beautiful deep auburn, surmounted by a frothy, uneven, tan head that is surprisingly short-lived. No cling to speak of.

The beer has a reserved wood-and-leather flavor, with a baking chocolate backdrop. Each draw from the pilsner glass has a distinct beginning, middle, and end. Initial maltiness leads to an expectation of sweetness; a welling of boozy volatility elicits bracing for a bitter finish; then a surprising, subtle, carob-like sendoff wraps things up. The beer's feel is all foam and cream. A nice piece of work from an apparently brainy brewer.

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Photo of bum732
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crimson red, nice creamy head, good lacing. Smells of light caramel malt, dark fruits, citrus hops, tart cherries, soft apple and rasberry notes, floral notes, mostly daisies. Taste is very similar, fruity esters dominate the light caramel sweetness with a good dose of citrus bitterness as it tails off. Touch of roastiness in the finish, slightly dry. Good moderate carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

This is a terrific beer, i was blown away by how powerful the esters were in this beer without being too solvent like. Great body and loved the blast of hops and slightly roasty finish, a very unique beer, never had anything like this. Great offering from a brand new brewery, i'll make sure to make the long drive again to try their other beers. Highly recommend.

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Red Giant from Element Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 133 ratings