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Red God - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 174
Avg: 4.08
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 22
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 174
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2008 version, 8.6% ABV.

One of the best beers I have found, I love red god.

Nice ruby body with slight tan head.

Smells hoppy. Beautifully hoppy. Notes of grassy hops are all over the place. I had to remember this was a drink and not just something to sit around and sniff.

More hops. Great hop character throughout. It is a hop explosion in my mouth, I don't know how else to describe this fantastic fluid.

Good body and carbonation amazing drinkability. I Could drink this all night and all day.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of UncleFlip
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
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

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Photo of badseed1980
4.82/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was initiated into the hoppy mysteries of the Red God at NERAX 2006, where it was one of the Real Ale offerings from Cambridge. I had been a bit disappointed with the event for the first half hour or so, due to the fact that none of the beers I REALLY wanted to try were available. Red God made it all worthwhile.

The beer had a gorgeous red colour, like cherry amber, making my first reaction something along the lines of, "Ooh, pretty!" Then I sniffed. Suddenly, I was transported to Hop Heaven, where beer lovers who are very very good get to go when they die. The smell reminded me of new-mown hay in the late summer: grassy, slightly dusty, bitter and sweet at the same time, but sweet like hay and not like honey. I had to spend a while just smelling this beer: this was aromatherapy.

My first sip brought all that gorgeous hoppy aroma into my mouth with a vengeance, carried in on top of a wave of bitterness. That lovely grassy hoppiness didn't quit, though. It lingered even through the bitterness of the aftertaste. It made me want to be sitting in the shade of a tree, in the middle of a field, lazing around on a summer day. There was even a hint of a nice glass of lemonade in there--no, wait. Not lemon. Bergamot. A glass of iced Earl Gray, to drink in the middle of that field.

I do believe I have found my ultimate summer beer: the aroma relaxes me, while the crisp bitterness of the taste wakes me up and refreshes me.

I've read reviews of this beer that describe it as fizzy and bubbly. It makes me curious to find out what I'd think of it on tap. Oh shucks, I guess I'll just have to find out. I love living in the Boston area!

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Photo of Jacobob10
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap @ Bukowski Tavern in Boston, MA.

I have not been "wow-ed" by a beer like this in a while. Pours a deep amber color with a nice frothy head. Great retention and lacing on the glass. Amazing citrus hop aroma balanced extremely well by caramel malts. An absolutely irresistable aroma. One sip brings it all together. Incredible balance. The hop bitterness provides a great, long-lasting finish without leaving your mouth overly dry. One 12 oz. serving was not enough, I had to get another!

As you have probably figured out, I was overly impressed by this beer. I ordered it on a whim and did not expect it to be so delicious. Give it a try if you ever have the chance, you won't regret it!

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
4.65/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 2012.

A: Beautiful clear, ruby red with orange and gold hues. Big, fluffy, frothy cream-white head. Hangs around for a while. A ton of lace and a bit of retention. Becomes hazy when you pour the last few ounces.

S: Big, boozy hops, lightly roasted malt, caramelized sugar, yeast, raisins, other dried, dark fruit.

T: Great balance of piney, resiny American hops, sweet malt, and a pleasant alcohol presence. Everything comes together so well. Relatively simple yet delicious!

M: Right amount of bitterness balanced by sweetness from the malt and finished with the perfect amount of booze, because after all, this is a Double Red.

O: In my opinion, a killer brew. The epitome of what a Double/Imperial Red Ale/IPA should be. Has everything you want in it and a pleasure to drink. So happy CBC is bottling their awesome beers now!

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Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear garnet color with hues of orange. The cream-colored head tops the beer at a solid two fingers, and though it settles a little, a good half inch of it holds fast. Rings and patches of lacing stick to the glass. This one is easy on the eyes, as they say.

S: Highly aromatic citrus and tropical fruits. Passion fruit, kiwi, honeydew melon, blood orange, tangerine, nectarine. Ruby red grapefruit with a healthy dose of sugar on it. Green and floral scents with a touch of pith too. Malt base smells sugary and sweet with hints of caramel and sweet bread. Very nice nose.

T: Oily hop tastes on the attack are quickly brushed aside by a malt presence that is much more pronounced than the nose suggested. Big wave of caramel. Bread crust and toast. Slight spike of alcohol brings tropical esters of pineapple and tangerine and a bit of spiciness. Hop bitterness builds mid-palate. Lots of pine tar and resin. Green and pithy hop tastes come through later. Bold citrus flavors toward the end. The sugary grapefruit is there, as are the blood orange, kiwi, and passion fruit. Finishes with grapefruit pulp, bread crust, and a lingering alcohol spiciness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied. Creamy and a bit foamy in the mouth. Carbonation is prickly and lends crispness. Mild enamel-stripping hop feel. Alcohol is warming in the swallow. Good.

O: I will liken the experience of drinking this beer to that of watching a good thriller. It takes its time developing and unfolding on the palate, and then all of a sudden the action speeds up, jarring you. You're hooked. You're on the edge of your seat; a slave to the action and you love every second. Delicious stuff.

Notes: This is a big beer, and although you feel the 9% abv, I wouldn't call it hot. The alcohol is detectable, and adds some depth and complexity of its own, but it never gets too boozy.

Being that this is a hoppy red ale, everyone will probably want to know how it stacks up against Nugget Nectar. It can hold its own in that company. Buy it, or add it to your wants list if you aren't from around here.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Red God IPA is a big, fat, juicy IPA that is bordering on the Imperial IPA category. Dark ruby / black cherry colored and slightly cloudy topped with a thin whitish head. Hop aromas jump out at you with earthy, herbal, and fruity notes. Kind of thick and sweet up front, but grapefruity hops comes in and cleans up the stickiness leaving a decent bitterness that balances nicely. This has a thick mouthfeel for its style and moderate carbonation. The higher alcohol is barely noticed until you've had a couple. A very nice IPA that is big, but not too big to drink many pints.A Red God indeed.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at the brewpub (2003 vintage).

This beer poured a hazy/cloudy red, chestnut color with white foam that settled and coated the inside of the glass. The smell was dominated by the fruity hops but with a good dose of malt, too. The taste was sweetly malty with fruity hops and a slight oaky bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was smooth and hoppy with a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation. This was a very smooth and easy to drink IPA, very hoppy but not "over the top" in bitterness.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a beautiful color. An absolutely radiant crimson/amber hybrid. Head is epic. Frothy and bubbly and boy does it retain. This is a looker. Body is rather clear.

S-Nose is quite balanced. Plenty of ruby red grapefruit hops. The hops are tropical and light piney and grassy. Very stable (if not bold) maltiness. Big caramel and breads. Smells nice but was expecting a more dominant hop aroma.

T-The flavor is an upgrade! The citrus and grassy hops don't just work together, they mold into one combination of leafy-grapefruit goodness. Very bright flavor! Malt adds the perfect balance. Sweetened bread, light grain and a ton of caramel. The finish is piney and bitter but retains its bright tropical flavors as well.

M-Creamy and full bodied. Massaging carbonation. Dry and bitter. ABV is tamed quite effectively.

O/D-I have been wanting to try this forever. When I heard they were bottling it I became very excited. Very happy to have been able to destroy a bomber of this. It lived up to my rather lofty expectations. Really need to try this on-tap now.

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Photo of taez555
4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
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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Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Red God indeed! It's big, but it's easily my new Zoe rival. Fresh, juicy, complex, gum tingling. Fresh pineapple and citrus gives way to a beautiful caramel center, followed quickly by grapefruit and pith finish. That bitterness sends you back instantly for more of the juicy, sweet up front. Dangerous at 9% abv. Very dangerous indeed. Get this beer and drink it, if you can.

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Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the 22nd anniversary party today.

Appearance: Pours a nice rustic red with a 2 finger off white (buttery) crown that displays good retention and lace.

Smell: Nice amount of herbal bittering hops over a very bready and neutral malt base.

Taste: Same as nose but it just comes together so much better.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, light, dry, and excellent.

Overall: This is one of the few brews out of 22 that I ordered more than once....nuff said!

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Photo of awall422
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another good one @ the AOBF in Boston.

Sampler cup couldn't hide the hazy ruby red color with a decent sized perfumy head that comes up tan.

Full floral hop aroma heeds only to caramel malt, but not an afterthought.

Imp. IPA all the way with sweet caramel coated toast up front giving way to the bitter fruit hops and lemon zest. Not impeded by the ABV. A good strong IPA.

Mildly carbonated with an upper medium mouthfeel.

I'd say all components are there for a session brew, but perhaps the higher ABV may cloud the senses a bit towards the end.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the source at a cool temperature into a (small) wine glass.

Didn't see the pour. Presentation was filled almost to the top, only scant remains of a head left. Predictably left good lacing. Color is fantastic blood red.

Aroma is likewise fantastic. A nice piney bomb, almost like bitterness straight up the nose. Nice respite from citric IPAs.

Taste is great, considering the dark color, possibly under-balanced for a red ale. Strong hop flavor. None of the cloying, sickly sweetness that damages so many big IPAs. Really like this one.

Mouthfeel is totally dominated by the hops, both with a bitter bite and slickness. Perfectly balanced, not astringent at all.

Drinkability is great. I don't know why they call this sub-8% IPA a "double" and serve it in a puny glass. Pretty lame. This one needs to be served in a nonic with a massive head for full effect. This is one to order by the pitcher and share with friends, too. Great beer.

Edit: Warning: had this on tap at Sunset in Allston and it was loaded with diacetyl, overwhelmingly reeked of butter/butterscotch. Try it at CBC if you're going to review it.

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Photo of Truh
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Scarfed this one down at Sunset with Jim on 5/31/04. We were dumbfounded to find some locals on like this one.

Shaker glass pint pour. Ruby to copper in hue, fairly clear. A nice sheen for head, even coating of carbonation. A wonderfully yummy deep hop profile jumped right out of the glass’s concavity, which only grew as I gently powered my way through it. Some sweet clover and honey seemed to whisper gently to me as well. Juniper and all-spice flavors to start, and not as hoppy as I would have thought, which brought to mind The Tap’s Leatherlips. Hops are short but sweet, and there’s a hint of spearmint or peppermint. Cloying alcohol is not unwarranted. Chewy mouthfeel, like a velvet painting of Elvis with the black light turned on high.

This was a really excellent offering, and one that I rate highly.

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Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle gifted to me by @LaitueGonflable, originally purchased from Slowbeer in Melbourne. Batch #01, bottled June 2012.

Pours a very, very hazy deep reddish amber hue, with a slick and fine film of pale yellow on top of the glass. Body is very solid and thick, and although the carbonation isn't particularly fine, it stays pretty static when the glass is tilted. Some small, patchy lacing. Looks good overall.

Nose is that beautifully fragrant and rich blend that works so well in a red ale: sharp, spicy hops pressing their piney note into a deep bed of sweet, deep caramel. Citrus fragrance, comes through, along with a slightly floral note, the fragrance of which maybe just accentuates some of the booziness when you get a big whiff of it. But overall, it's aromatic and stylistically good stuff.

Taste follows very similar lines. Lovely bright, citric hops on the front palate, mellowing into sweet sultana characters on the mid, and a burnt toffee richness on the back. The hops are front-heavy, but this is nice in a red: it allows the malt to have its place too. Mild toasty characters come through on the finish, almost giving a reprise to the sultana notes that appear earlier—it's a little bit like an overcooked, peely fruitcake. Very nice stuff indeed, a very well-constructed red palate.

Mouthfeel is smooth but strangely empty: it could even use a bit more carbonation, or a thicker body.

Overall, this is excellent stuff. In particular, I love how well the malt and hops are balanced: both are given equal standing on the nose and on the palate, which is just right, as far as I'm concerned. I feel a bit like it doesn't do anything outside the mould of a classic American Red, but it sure does fill that mould very nicely indeed.

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Photo of buzzarooski
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%

Solid Red Ale Flavor, NOT overly hoppy, pours with a thick white head that sticks around for a while, smooth but bitter finish with a kick (9% ABV) I hope to show my respects (and bottle opener) to the RED GOD again and again!

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Red God from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.