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Element Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Imperial IPA
3.82 | pDev: 11.78%
Nov 13, 2017
Apr 27, 2013
Very Good
Notes: Plasma is a Sake-I.P.A.™ style beer brewed with pure water, brown rice, malted millet, and generous amounts of Aramis hops. This gluten free beer has everything you want from an I.P.A and a Genmaishu Namazake Sake.
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Reviewed by fitzy84 from Massachusetts

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.
Nov 13, 2017
Rated: 4.39 by brookline from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2017
Rated: 3.25 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.6 by NHhomebrewguy from New Hampshire

Feb 06, 2017
Rated: 3.69 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Feb 05, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by halfshell from Massachusetts

Feb 04, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by LoudRed from Massachusetts

Aug 21, 2016
Rated: 3.88 by Stephan16 from Connecticut

Aug 04, 2016
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Reviewed by threeviews from Florida

4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
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 ~$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 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).
May 08, 2016
Rated: 3.94 by Supergenou from Canada (QC)

Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 3.85 by Nomis from Massachusetts

Nov 26, 2015
Rated: 4.39 by joshuaswilcox from Massachusetts

Oct 03, 2015
Rated: 3.83 by Houley from Massachusetts

Sep 13, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by Jason from Massachusetts

Jul 09, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerAdvocate from California

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
Jul 08, 2015
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

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.
Jul 03, 2015
Rated: 4 by 80x2HopHead from Vermont

Jun 27, 2015
Rated: 4 by Masters from Massachusetts

Jun 03, 2015
Rated: 4 by Petegrieco from Massachusetts

Jun 01, 2015
Rated: 3.12 by Uzarnayme from Vermont

May 29, 2015
Rated: 3.24 by Faxmesomehalibut from New Hampshire

Apr 23, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by mattycasey from Massachusetts

Apr 13, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Dave_Treat from Virginia

Apr 03, 2015
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Reviewed by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.
Mar 23, 2015
Rated: 3.58 by DinoBlueShoes from Maine

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 3.75 by nkelley77 from Massachusetts

Dec 06, 2014
Rated: 3 by XmnwildX12 from Minnesota

Nov 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by Vultr_of_cultr from Uzbekistan

Oct 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by jpd7374 from Pennsylvania

Oct 19, 2014
Rated: 3.55 by JohnofUpton from Massachusetts

Oct 15, 2014
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
Pre-tasting: be careful of the caged cork- it actually works, unlike corked beers from other breweries (e.g Unibroue).
Unloosen the cage and the cork will come out easily - be sure to hold it with a dish towel and obviously point it away from your face and lights.

Beautiful light amber color with a 4F head which resolved itself to 2F which maintained itself.

Unsusual aroma: grapefruit, citrus with resin.- Sake style? The beer is brewed to be Sake-like, but I haven't tasted Sake.

Mouth feel- very pleasant and tangy.

The taste is citrus-spicy, although lighter than the aroma.

The finish is wonderfully dry.

Warming up: the beer is brewed with brown rice and millet- there is a rice whiskey ( or wine) quality to the beer- the rice and millet are more pronounced. The taste is more spicy with subtle citrus.

This is the most unusual IPA I have tasted. Like other beers from Element, the goods come through in the warming. There is an overall rice-grain taste and consistency to this beer, complemented with a citrus-spicy character. This brewery is definitely sailing in uncharted craft brew waters.
Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by TripelMark from North Carolina

Sep 03, 2014
Rated: 4.4 by JoyJer from New Jersey

Aug 31, 2014
Rated: 4 by scotorum from Massachusetts

Jun 24, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by HattedClassic from Virginia

Jun 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by seakayak from Massachusetts

Jun 10, 2014
Rated: 4 by balinor from Connecticut

Jun 02, 2014
Rated: 2.5 by adjunctlager from Massachusetts

May 05, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by oline73 from Maryland

Mar 28, 2014
Rated: 3 by ncelauro from New York

Mar 24, 2014
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