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Plasma | Element Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States

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

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3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the menu at Redbones in Somerville Massachusetts: Gluten free IPA brewed with sake, millet, buckwheat, and brown rice.

Small head but it leaves a blanket of glass lace. Copper colored and clear.

Plenty of sweet caramel to the nose.

Surprisingly good "malt" flavor. Leans toward the sweet side but without reading the description, I would be fooled. The predominant flavor is the white pepper hop. Lingering aftertaste is a combination of sweet and bitter. Full bodied.

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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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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3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.12/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Judies Restaurant in Amherst. The beer had a copper appearance with a decent sized head and lacing. The aromas definitely had a good hint of booze near the end of each sniff, but it was mostly wrapped in this herby smell. The taste was pretty bitter up front with a mostly earthy malt flavor. Decent body. Overall, it was ok.

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3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.85/5  rDev +27%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

From the beer fest in Springfield Massachusetts: Gluten free IPA brewed with, malted millet, malted buckwheat, and brown rice.

Lots of glass lace, perfect head in a 4oz glass.

Plenty of sweet malt in the nose? Lots of hop presence in the aroma, what it is not sure, American, German- not sure.

Surprisingly body for a GF beer. Full bodied. Could have been a 'regular' malt based beer. Lots of hop finish, dry bitter on pallet.

Another win for Element Brewing Company, this malt-ternative beer stands up to any malt based IPA.

Serving type: on-tap, cold-box

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3.56/5  rDev -6.8%
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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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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

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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

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3.55/5  rDev -7.1%

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4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at The Bodega BK. it's their strongest selection today, as well as a rare find. Glad to have been able to try this today.

A: light copper tone. Looks beautiful in this August sun. Virtually no head. Could be due to the fill or the nature of this DIPA beast. Probably a little bit of both.

S: Pleasantly malty and hoppy. Along the lines of most DIPAs. Doesn't offend yet doesnt surprise either. Average.

T: Now here's where we run into a little bit of trouble. Still nice, because it's a big DIPA, but a bit unbalanced. There is definitely a heavy malt presence, some hoppieness, but an unwelcome alcohol afterburn. Nothing crazy, but just not super pleasent. It's what separates it from a lot of other DIPAs, just not in a good way.

M: Full, low carb, not bad.

I love this ganre, so it's still an ok beer, but far from the best. I regret missing Double Trouble that Bodega had on tap last week.

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Plasma from Element Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 69 ratings
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