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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: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Cambridge Brewing Company visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-29-2003

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Reviews: 62 | Hads: 174
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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Red God from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 62 ratings.