Red God - Cambridge Brewing Company
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4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
07-09-2012 21:56:53 | More by VelvetExtract
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
First beer review for the new year and pours a hazy copper hue with a thick creamy three finger head and lacing everywhere,the smell is fruity with aromas of nectarines,candied oranges,passionfruit and sherbet,the mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation and has tastes of candied oranges,lemon sherbet,toffee,boiled candy,passionfruit and finished with a pine hop bitterness and overall its nice and drinkable but i think the one is enough for me cheers.
01-02-2013 11:26:12 | More by ADZA
4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
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.
11-16-2003 00:25:22 | More by UncleJimbo
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
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!
05-07-2011 04:19:59 | More by koopa
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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.
06-09-2012 04:50:10 | More by Dope
4.93/5 rDev +21.7%
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.
05-03-2008 17:27:05 | More by Hojaminbag
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
06-17-2005 02:57:01 | More by ADR
3.6/5 rDev -11.1%
On tap at CBC, served in a teardrop glass
A: Red and hazy with about an inch of off-white head. Leaves many rings of lacing.
S: Dank herbal hops, citrus (grapefruit and tangerine mainly), and slight herbal aromas. Smells sweet and malty. Alcohol is noticeable.
T: Just like the nose, I get an overload of very dank herbal hops, bordering marijuana dankness. The citrus and floral hops battle the herbal dankness and do take over the middle. There's pine resin, but mainly in the background. There's a decent bit of bitterness, but nothing extreme, though the heavy helping of sweet malt probably hides quite a bit. The middle is loaded with toasted grains and caramel, approaching barleywine territory. Finish is wet, slightly bitter, with the herbal dankness and citrus coming back for a final pop. Alcohol gives a little on the finish as well.
M: About as full bodied as a DIPA can get, moderate carbonation. Very sticky, wet, resinous, with a lot of residual sweetness. A touch boozy on the finish.
O: This wasn't what I was expecting, but I did enjoy it. I'm normally not a fan of overly dank herbal IPAs, but this had just enough balance to make it palateable.
05-20-2011 04:21:58 | More by Satchboogie
4.08/5 rDev +0.7%
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.
08-04-2012 17:40:36 | More by WanderingFool
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
22oz bottle from July, batch 1.
Pours hazy amber with a dense, bone head of an inch-plus. Loads of sheeted lacing and a solid surface coating for the duration.
Aromatics lead off with plenty of pine and ripe malt. Juicy and plump with ripe fruit and spruce.
On the sticky side of medium bodied with a slightly gummy mouthfeel.
Red apples, pine sap, and sweet malt start the palate. A mild bitterness with piney hops following through.
Finishes with some lingering sweet malt, pine dew and ripe fruit.
Tasty, tasty, but the draft version is head and shoulders above this bottle.
09-11-2012 00:31:19 | More by brewandbbq
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Poured into a tulip glass from a 22oz bomber.
Pours a nice dark amber color its almost a muddy brown. There is a nice ecru light eggshell white color. Nice sticky lacing as the brew goes down.
Aroma is of pungent grassy hops. SOme slight grapefruit and tangerine citrus notes are present from the alpha acids. However the nice thick rich malt body is very well profiled in the nose with notes of caramel.
Flavor starts off with strong caramel notes. Malty notes a-plenty with a delicious and enticing spicy hop backbone. Notes of citrus and dank flowery notes are present. The brew is pretty robust both on the grain and the hops. Nice crisp mouthfeel with notes of resinous hops and a sticky yet bitter dryness.
02-23-2014 00:23:02 | More by JoEBoBpr
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
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.
07-31-2012 02:47:20 | More by bum732
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
06-16-2012 04:04:14 | More by ms11781
3.33/5 rDev -17.8%
Pours a mostly clear red tinged amber, billowing thick cream colored head, big splotches of thick lace on the glass. Smell: big caramel, fruit note, little leafiness and pine. Sweet, malt dominated aroma. Taste: alcohol hit, caramel, dried stone fruit, hops start to cut through the sweetness... pine and a little citrus rind. Sugary. Syrupy into creamy then bails into hop soup and thins out into a bitter end. Bitter, sure, but muted hop flavor and aroma. Not so good.
01-21-2014 05:41:13 | More by babaracas
Red God from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.