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Red God - Cambridge Brewing Company

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170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 10.67%
Wants: 22
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-29-2003

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Ratings: 170 | Reviews: 64
Reviews by cheapxceptbeer:
Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Similar to spring training but with a pronounced caramel flavor, stronger, and more of the piney citrusy hops our country is known for. Outstanding beer, well balanced, which is impressive for such a hopped up beer. Wow from what I have noticed every beer from CBC is love me or hate me.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first try of Cambridge brewing's wares.Poured into an imperial pint glass a deep copper with a tight formed half finger slight off white head.A mix of earthy and piney hops in the nose,deep brown sugar maltiness underneath.Sharp piney hop notes upfront on the palate with more of the earthiness coming into play,light booze and brown sugar are there as well.A nice big red alot of pine and earthy hoppiness.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus rind and caramel malt nose with traces of sherry and ripe fruit. Pours red tinted amber with a slight haze under a 1” off-white foam cap. Enters with a light sweetness, fruit – cherry to plum, traces of sherry and dries by the finish with a burst of citrus rind bitterness. Medium full body and slightly above average carbonation.

Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap, the Publick House, Brookline, MA...

Hazy deep brown orange appearance, fine-bubbled creamy head that leaves very fine coating lace on the glass. Fresh rind aromas, some cantelope, some leathery tones. Medium mouthfeel, subdued but prickly carbonation. Full and staunch hops, almost toothpaste minty and holding on well from beginning to end. Malts are mostly felt in relatively simple sugars and by the residual stickiness that is characteristic of the general style. Very nice beer here.

Photo of UncleFlip
4.82/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's magically hoptastic! This brew hit my glass a beautiful copper colour with just hint of honey tinge to it..

The smell is all hops. 'nuff said.

Taste was also all hops. There's definitely some malt there (not quite the cleanest flavour out there- but not unpleasant), but the hops are front and center, and very present on the finish.

Mouth feel was not too heavy, and was just a tad grainy.

I found this one very drinkable- and I suspect you will as well...as long as you're a hop fan.

Be well
-UF

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap at Cambridge Common (i really need to remember to stop serving my beers in a frozen glass!):

This is a real hop bomb. I haven't been this blown away with the hop character of a dipa in quite a while, but this one really did it for me. Strong hop presence from start to finish. A rather full-bodied DIPA, in my opinion. Heavy on the palate - and a big malt backbone to finish it off.

Not too much else here, I thought. Straightforward, but likeable nonetheless.

FYI - I had this with some nachos, a law finished law school exam, and a buffalo tender sandwich - helluva combo.

Photo of bum732
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Toasted malt, grapefruit, some caramel.

L: Hazy red, off-white head that dissipates, some dusting.

T: Toasted malt with a very prominent grapefruit and orange rind and hoppy backbone. Medium high bitterness, fairly bold malt sweetness. Finishes with additional hoppiness and slightly sweet malt. Ends semi-dry.

M: Medium-full body, quite smooth, medium carbonation.

Not bad, quite bold for the style.

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head IPA glass.

A dull but dark copper amber and brown body, opaque with lots of rising carbonation. Head is huge and fluffy creamy, light tan and evenly proportioned with a giant island cap to match, it just will not quit.

Nose is toasty malt, and faint biscuit, but a good sense of orange and brown sugar. Slightly soapy profile though, but a great sense of cookie and brown bread action to match.

Palate is quite interesting. An interesting mouthfeel that at first feels quite light, but then gets bigger and almost fruit juice like bursting. Fruit action takes some mellow tangerine, we may have the fade here, but comes with a nice touch of caramel to go with it. Juice like hints of orange, but there's no bitterness that comes through on this at all either. Sweetness is toned nicley and in control

We may be a bit faded, but still enjoying this, but this beer deserves a revisit for me. A good juicy take on imperial amber with a nice thick malt sweetness, and fruit hop citrus quenching delivery.

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not a bad beer by any stretch, but something just didn't sit right with me for this one overall. i think it's main problem may be that it was a bit thin and watered down at times. it pours a very nice deep amber colour with a slightly off white head that is nice and sticky. odors present include a sweet fruitiness, alcohol, caramel, malt and hops, though the hop smell was not as dominant as one might guess here. as for flavour, i found that once again, malt and caramel dominated, with a sweet but earthy flavour overall. hops presence is definitely felt, but is scattered about more than a full on hit. as mentioned earlier, this one is seemingly a tad watery at times too. i'd sample it again, but it falls toward the bottom of the list brews i've sampled from the cbc.

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big IPA.
Reddish copper and clear with a foamy head that died away fairly quicky. Good stick lacing on the glass though.

Over the top hops, citrus explosion.

Bitter with a long sticky resin. A tad bit of belgian twang or yeast presence. Almost reminded me of a New Belgian type attempt at a big IPA.

The dry crispness of the bitter flavors really appealed to me. I've had so many big red ipa's that were really cloying and syrupy. If I could get back to CBC, I would get me a pitcher of this, to hell with the 7.8!

Photo of wyllder
4.02/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Anam Cara during the hophead throwdown.

Pours a cloudy copper-brown with a minimal head and no lacing.

Nose is musky apple & caramel malt with a backing of apricot.

First hit on the palate is a kick of bitterness mixed with musky apple and apricot flavors. Midsip introduces a nicely balanced malt backbone to smooth things out. Finish is bitter with a nice caramel maltiness to it. As you progress through the glass the malt becomes more pronounced and makes this more relaxing than punishing.

Mouthfeel suffers from a some astringency that creates a puckering sensation in the mouth the longer you drink it.

Drinkability is solid and I could have had another one.

Overall, a solid Imp IPA.

Wyll-

Photo of awall422
4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just had a couple of pints of the 2007 release. Weighs in at 8.4%abv this time around. It's the first time I've had the Red God and after reading about it for awhile, I was really looking forward to it. It did not disappoint! It's light reddish hue came covered in a light tan head that dimidhed quickly and left a light lacing. A nice, but not overwhelming aroma of hops hit me as i took a sip. Then the hops bludgeoned me over the head. What i liked best about this beer is that it didn't just try to be a strong beer, it's a strong beer that doesn't waver from it's hop-head roots. If you're looking for an all out hop attack on your taste buds, get over to the CBC and try one.

Photo of gentlebubbles
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on cask at Redbones 5/8/06

Beautiful dark amber with bright red highlight at the bottom, and an airy tan head.

The sweet scent and tender mouth leads into a jangly dark caramel with sticky pine. Somehow it got heavier toward the end, growing syrupy and fizzy. Still, on the whole, a tasty brew.

Photo of ppoitras
4.85/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA.

Poured into an imperial glass, formed a 1/2" caramel head over the slightly cloudy reddish amber brew. Head holds well, with slow-falling lace. Aroma is citrus and pine hops, with a sweet undercurrent.

Taste follows the nose's lead, sweet to start, ample citrus and pine hoppiness in the middle, and closes bitter with peeks of alcohol afterwarmer and numbing. Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is dangerously good. This one is worth the search.

Photo of jlindros
3.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big creamy 1.5 finger head that fades at a med pace with some nice lacing, slight hazy copper reddish orange color.

Nose light creamy toasty malts with some caramel and toffee, hint of esters I think, then light earthy grassy spicy hops.

Taste starts with a hint of booze, light toasty reddish malts with touch of caramel and toffee and juicy malt. Then earthy light spicy hops with decent bitterness. A hint of orange zest comes through with the hops and a slight candied orange peel. Light creamy feel on the finish with lingering bitterness and spicy earthy hops light chewy even fairly dry but light sticky.

Mouth is med to slightly bigger bodied, decent carb, just a hint of warming booze.

Overall not bad. Interesting malts and hops, pretty much what I expected. Nose had a slight possible off-flavor like yeast touch but barely if at all.

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle served in a snifter.

pours a deep amber / copper tone while yielding a solid 1"-plus of a frothy beige head; decent retention and lacing. aromatic nose is rife with a citric / tropical hoppiness that leaps out of the glass, accompanied by a malt presence. very appealing albeit somewhat commonplace for the style.

flavor delivers more of that citrus / tropical hoppy melange coupled with secondary notes of pine, a slight herbal character, and a solid (but not overdone) malt showing. nice; flavorful and well-balanced. medium-plus bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall another keeper from one of my favorite breweries... enjoying this one a lot. not the best DIPA (or imperial red, which it seems this technically is) out there - nor is it the best offering i've had from CBC - but pretty damn good nonetheless. well worth a try.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest but thick and lasting head. Leaves a ring of lace after each sip. The broth is darker amber and has a mild haze.

Plenty of fresh grapefruit rind aroma. Light alcohol in the background.

The flavor starts with a thick, dry caramel flavor. This is quickly overwhelmed by spicy hop with warming alcohol. This becomes particularly acute in the swallow with a long, slowly dissipating aftertaste. The bottle states "Imperial Red Ale", but it tastes far more closely to a Double IPA. Full bodied with a lower level of carbonation. Potent and prickly.

Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Red God pours a hazy, dark amber with a thick, frothy head. The foam dissolves slowly to a thick sheet on the surface leaving behind a netted pattern of lace on the glass.

The aroma is bready and fruity with some floral hop notes. Dark bread,caramel, tropical fruit, pine and citrus are all present.

Each sip of this medium to full bodied beer is soft and creamy with moderate carbonation. The flavor begins malty with notes of caramel and bread. In the middle some tropical and dark fruit (mango? and raisin) are present. It finishes moderately bitter with hoppy flavors of pine and orange citrus. An alcohol taste is also present in the end. Once gone the citrus and fruity flavors linger on the palate.

This beer was more malty than I thought it would be, but there's still a fair amount of hop flavor. Very tasty and easy drinking for a 9% beer.

Photo of LouZ
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very malt-forward and a pronounced nuttiness that was not expected. A pretty good beer overall, but I've had others I've enjoyed more.

Photo of Cmack15
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: deep reddish brown

Aroma: weird funky smell reminded of a wet dish rag

Taste: starts malty and sweet then finishes dry with the hops lingering. got a touch of smokiness very faint though

Mouthfeel: full body nice carbonation

the aroma of the beer was not in the taste which was good. Not as hop forward as I like. The malt backbone really comes through in this beer.

Cheers

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with reddish highlights and a huge fluffy off white head that slowly dissipates but leaves lots of sticky lace down the side of the glass. Smells of citrus, garlic, green onion, resin, pine, and maybe some malt. The flavor contains more malt that the aroma suggests. Up front I get a solid shot of caramel and toffee before the hop patrol figures out I've taken a sip and the hit me full force. Lots of bitter resin, garlic, onions, and a bit of pine fill the palette with each sip. a long lingering garlic hoppy bitterness fill the finish of every sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a resinous sticky mouthfeel. This is a nice IPA! I might tone down the garlic a bit, but I enjoyed it just the same.

Photo of ms11781
4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, bottled June 2012. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a clear, deep amber color. May actually be closer to ruby red. An excellent, dense, off-white/tannish head rises to about a finger and sticks around for the duration. Great foamy lacing clings to the glass with each sip. The head retention here is amazing. Really exceptional looking beer.

The nose is a nice mix of citrusy hops and some sweet malt character. Not quite balanced, it definitely leans towards the hoppy side but the sweetness complements very nicely. A big dose of some juicy citrus hits first, grapefruit and maybe even some pineapple come to mind, and mixes well with a nice caramel-like sweetness.

The taste follows extremely closely with the nose and throws in a nice bitter kick at the finish. Big citrus up front again, the same grapefruit and pineapple notes, followed by the caramel malt sweetness. The hops are still huge but the sweet malt seems to be kicked up a notch in the taste which balances it a bit more. A moderately bitter, resiny finish rounds each sip out.

Medium body with medium carbonation. The resiny, bitter finish leads to the beer being a bit sticky at times and thus gives it a fuller feeling, especially when it warms.

Overall this is an excellent beer. It finds the right balance between the hops and the sweet malts. A lot of hugely hops beers with a strong malt presence tend to end up being either too hoppy or too malty. This beer finds the delicate balance that lies in between.

Photo of jvdineen
2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If Tabasco was looking for a beer companion this is the beer for them. This beer is very red and the look gives a window to the true spicyness of the hops. Also it smells just like it tastes. Very hoppy with some of the hops balanced with malt. The alcohol (8.5%) is quite hidden behind the bitterness. I would definetly see Bodb Derg the famous red skinned god of the ancient Irish drinking this.

Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Red Bones. 10.5 oz. glass. From notes.

A: Pours a dark ruby red color with a frothy, but bubbly, two finger off white head that dissipates after it sits awhile.
S: Huge hop blast hits the nostrils like a right hook that knocks your head back. Floral hops are the most noticeable with a background of caramel malts. Hop heaven.
T & M: Nice clean hoppy blast up front with a kick of caramel malts to boot. Oily and juicy hops bite the tongue and are the most dominant flavor. Hops coat the mouth, but go down very smoothly. This is a wonderful tasting ipa. After about half the glass, my chest became very warm--abv sneaks up on you.
D: Drinkability is high on this offering, especially in cask form. Would like to try it on tap, but am very pleased with it. It's like a slice of hop heaven.

Photo of taez555
4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer poured a dark tan/amber body with a decent small off white head.

The nose was a lovely malt and hop mix.

The taste was medium bodied, maybe a leaning a bit towards full. A rich, but very smooth, big ale taste. Caramel and some very slight munich style malt dominate. A big alcohol punch mixes in but never overtakes the malt. A beautiful combination of hops in this baby. A nice milder citrus and earthy hop flavor are up front but never overtake the malt taste. The tomahawk, amarillo and centennial hops are an amazing combination. Sort of the perfect combination of a big american IPA and mellowness of an english ipa. It’s evenly bitter from start to finish and although is somewhat of a palate killer it’s never overbearing.

Simply an amazing beer. Maybe I just love CBC’s fall and winter big beers too much, but this is just what I was looking for. A knockout, malty, hoppy but not overly sharp, big alcohol, fresh malt. I think I’ll have another.

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Red God from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.