Red God - Cambridge Brewing Company

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Reviews: 62
Hads: 170
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 6.33%
Wants: 22
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Longstaff
4.44/5  rDev +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. (593 characters)

Photo of UncleJimbo
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of taez555
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (977 characters)

Photo of CheezyBlaster
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (376 characters)

Photo of koopa
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
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! (451 characters)

Photo of awall422
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (681 characters)

Photo of ADR
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of WOLFGANG
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (561 characters)

Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of Truh
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (823 characters)

Photo of BostonHops
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (552 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (1,754 characters)

Photo of buzzarooski
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%

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! (226 characters)

Photo of Lnedrive14
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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. (591 characters)

Photo of SurlyDuff
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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! (519 characters)

Photo of AllThingsNinja
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had the pleasure of sampling the dry-hopped Red God at AC's Hophead Throwdown.

It poured an earthen reddish brown with a modest head and a pungent hop aroma. The flavors were a chorus of hop notes, at times cacophonous, and others quite consonant. There was a slight bitter-sweet malt profile, but the major impact of the grain bill was to provide a full body for the red god and the souls of the many hop flowers who found heaven in this elixir. (451 characters)

Photo of Phenom
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this at CBC and was very impressed. A solid effort all the way around, this beer had impressive hoppiness in both the aroma and taste that leaned more toward pine than citrus. It had plenty of malt biscuit flavors as well to balance it out and even a hint of yeastiness.

I would have loved to drink several of these, but since I was at a brewpub I thought I should try some of the other choices. Great drinkability for a strong beer. If I am ever back at CBC I will definitely be drinking more Red God. (512 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished red colour, furious bead on the sides. Big, generous head - fluffy with sticky lace. Nice.

Smells awesome, loads of resinous floral hop notes. Rosewater, musk, citrus, pine bark and a touch of raspberry. Ooh yeah that makes me want to drink up, for sure.

Loads of malt underlying, very nutty with hop resins early. Citrus pith and pine resin, lots of sharp oils and acid. Quite a lot of floral late-hopping character to counterbalance, so it's alright, but no denying it is very sharp. Beautiful sweet malt underneath though and a touch of alcohol heat. Pleasant.

Undeniable alcohol heat. Nice, full texture but a very big hop pull.

Pleasant big hoppy red ale. I think one of the best I've had from the east coast, and not just because the hops are very west coast in character. It's because it packs a big malty punch under it all, showing it has respect for the power of the hops it's using. Great job. (929 characters)

Photo of BeerResearcher
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC.
It poured a ruby tinted cordovan color with a medium sized beige head. A full sweet malty and floral hop aroma is equally potent. A mild alcohol fuminess is released soon after the pour. The caramel malt has a sweet flavor of toffee and fresh bread. White grapefruit bitterness and mild lemony taste provide a nice hoppiness. A slightly metallic tang gives it the IPA edge. The alcohol is noticeable throughout, but never interferes. (449 characters)

Photo of Dope
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled June 2012, just hit stores today. Very fresh.

A: Pours a dark amber with a big effervescent tan head. Takes a long time for it to fade away. Plentiful lacing left behind.

S: Quite hoppy, loaded with grapefruit initially and then follows some tropical fruit - mainly pineapple and a hint of apricot.

T: Again, grapefruit up front. Turns into a sweeter caramel in the middle with the pineapple. Then the grapefruit bitterness comes back strong in the finish. There is a herbal hop quality throughout as well, but especially in the finish, mixing in with the bitter grapefruit and amplifying it.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and very drying on the back end due to the lingering hop bitterness. Almost get a little bit of hop oil coating effect.

O: One of the best hoppy reds I've had. I'd put this a little above Lagunitas Imperial Red but below Zoe and Nugget Nectar. Delicious, well balanced hoppy red. (913 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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. (749 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (852 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at CBC, these are notes from June 3rd. The beer was served in a large teardrop.

Red God pours as dark as the name would suggest. It probably looks more like an amber ale to me, it's a nearly entirely opaque mahogany. There's about two fingers of khaki colored foam topping the beer, and it shows good retention and a bit of lacing. The nose is a powerfully pungent blend of citrus and tropical fruits (the requisite grapefruit, with some pineapple and mango lirking in there as well). It smells wonderful, but that's somewhat expected for the style. Given the color, there's a surprisingly small amount of caramel upfront, before some palate-shredding bitterness roars into focus. Those same hoppy notes from the nose come in to close out the beer in a big way. While I'm all for a beer with a nice smooth bitterness, sometimes an all out, no holds barred hop assault is what's in order, and this beer fit the bill perfectly. With the dark color and high ABV (9%), the beer isn't as heavy as anticipated. Despite using some more highly roasted malts than is usual for a big IPA, this one shows itself to be more of a west coast take on things. The carbonation is a bit of a dud though, and takes away from some of the lively nature of the beer. I'm not quite ready to bow down to Red God, but it's a damn good beer. (1,323 characters)

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