Plasma | Element Brewing Company

BA SCORE
86
very good
68 Ratings
PlasmaPlasma
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
elementbeer.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Gluten free Sake IPA.

Added by smcolw on 04-27-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
68
Reviews:
12
Avg:
3.91
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.69/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4.1/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Gluten-free and bottled conditioned DIPA...yes, please!
Poured from a 750ml bottle (BOD: April 6, 2016) into a Catamount Glassware IPA glass.

A - Pours an attractive, clear sunset orange color which screams DIPA. A conservative pour yielded a full, one finger's worth of a frothy white head. The lack of retention is due to the lack of gluten-rich malts and elevated ABV. (4.5)

S - Not overwhelming, but very pleasant and well balanced. Orange flesh, floral (honeysuckle), mild peach, woody (cedar)/earthy and grassy. The 9+% ABV is nowhere to be found. (3.75)

T - All of the aromas play out in the flavor with a piney finish which grows as it warms. Being rather familiar with Elements beers, the earthiness found in the nose and flavor is most likely contributed to their proprietary yeast stain. Assuming this is a single-hop (Aramis) beer, the bittering is clean and dances playfully atop the very, very unique grain bill (Brown Rice, Malted Millet & Malted Buckwheat). Like the nose, the booze goes undetectable. The more I drink it, the more that woody/earthy characteristic grows to the point that it gives the impression that wood was involved in the conditioning process. Being a fan of Oak-Aged IPAs (Burton Baton, Hop Crisis, Burton IPA/Ale), this is hitting all the marks for me. (4.75)

M - Medium bodied and finishes with an woody/earthy dryness. Absolutely clean, refreshing and highly quaffable. (4.5)

O - Not only does Plasma stand on its own as a well-constructed DIPA, I dare anyone to find a better example of a gluten-free beer...and an Imperial one at that! Although I wish the aroma was more pungent (especially with regard to citrus and stone fruit), this is a really delicious, unique, well-crafted and boundary-breaking beer that I will get whenever available...and no, I am not gluten intolerant. The only other slight knock is its price...at ~$12/750ml bottle, it is not an offering that would constitute an everyday drinker (4.5)

Postscript: I lost track and found another bottle of Plasma lurking in my inventory with a BOD of Sept. 1, 2015! Yikes, 9+ months does not look promising for an IPA. However, I am supremely excited to announce that this tasted as good aged as it did fresh. All of the aroma and flavor remains intact (per my initial review) without any signs of oxidation...no doubt courtesy from the bottle conditioning. For a beer I anticipated to be a drain pour (as most IPA's are after 4-6 months), Plasma reigns supreme and remains a favorite of mine...fresh or "aged" (as IPA's go).

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3.94/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
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4.39/5  rDev +12.3%
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3.83/5  rDev -2%
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
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3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #91 (Aug 2014):

Savory, Musty, Grainy, Yeast

This is where extreme brewing can go, naturally gluten free from a grain base of brown rice, malted millet, and malted buckwheat. All of that and its a sake-hybrid. A bit of funk and a whole lot of unique grainy complexities that are thrown up against a massive Double IPA strength hop character. As interesting as it is amazing.

STYLE: Sake IPA | ABV: 9.33% | AVAILABILITY: Rotating

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3.56/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1 pint, 9 fluid oz. bottle
Served in a tulip glass

It pours hazy with an orange hue and golden highlights. It is topped with two inches of off-white head that leaves little lacing.

I get hints of citrus. It is not a real aromatic beer.

The taste is mostly bitter. I pick up some citrus in the aftertaste.

Highly effervescent

This beer is one of those IPA's that are just bitter for bitter's sake in taste. I wish more citrus would have come through for me. Now it did pair nicely with my sushi. The carbonation cleansed my palate leaving me eager and ready for another bite of food.

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.12/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.24/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a gluten free beer, this is really good. Doesn't taste out seem gluten free at all.

Good hoppiness. Nice and dry cause of the rice. Good body, texture, and carbonation. All in all, I would drink this as a regular drinking IPA.

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3.58/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

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Plasma from Element Brewing Company
3.91 out of 5 based on 68 ratings.
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