Red God - Cambridge Brewing Company
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4.23/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-04-2013 05:14:34 | More by lacqueredmouse
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
3.68/5 rDev -9.1%
Bomber into a snifter, the brew appears a clear ruby color with a finger cap of off-white head. Some spotty lace sticks to the glass.
The smell is fruity and floral with a bright hop quality. A bit of toffee mixes with minerals and an edge of cheese quality sometimes found in quite hoppy brews. Not bad, just interesting. While the hoppy bouquet is enjoyable and inviting, I could do without the mineral components.
The flavor is hoppy with fruity and floral aspects upfront before the onset of mineral character that was also found in the nose. More sips reveal hop character that is herbal to pulpy and rind-like. A bit musty across the back and as it warms up with a perfume-like inclusion of alcohol.
This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It has a big perfume alcohol character and an oily hoppy bitterness. The alcohol is not hiding at all in this offering. Overall not bad.
12-03-2012 14:18:50 | More by stakem
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
4.05/5 rDev 0%
From 08/18/12 notes. Bought a bomber of this at the brewpub, I believe for $4ish. Batch 1 bottled in June 2012, poured into a pint glass.
a - Pours a hazy dark reddish amber color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of fruity malts, pine hops, citrus hops, caramel malts, and a little bit of bready malts. Very nice, though I was hoping it would be a little hoppier.
t - Tastes of citrus hops, grapefruit, fruity malts, pine hops, bread, and caramel malts. Like the nose but more hoppy; lots of citrus and grapefruit. A step up.
m - Medium body and low to moderate carbopnation, body is smooth and creamy. Definitely does not feel like 9% ABV.
o - Overall a very good red ale, though based on the reviews I was hoping for a little more. Some nice hops in the taste but they had faded a little in the nose; probably because the bottle was 2 months-ish old. Still a good beer but I have a feeling if you get this super fresh it would be outstanding.
08-26-2012 20:37:23 | More by mdfb79
4.03/5 rDev -0.5%
22oz bottle received as an extra from excellent BA trader trxxpaxxs.
Amber, orange, red elixir poured in SA glass. Clear, without precipitant. Huge marsh mellow/caramel head. Plenty of sticky lacing.
Strong hop aroma, grapefruit, lemon rind, mingles with spicy herbal tones.
Sticky hop flavor, mild bitterness, malt caramel. Some spice and alcohol at the back.
Well carbonated, medium body, oily.
CBC did a nice job hopping this one up. A quality amber.
08-17-2012 22:14:49 | More by CaptCleveland
4.88/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
08-11-2012 23:24:16 | More by ppoitras
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
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
Red God from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.