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Red God - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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138 Ratings
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Ratings: 138
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 20
Gots: 6 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Longstaff on 10-29-2003)
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Dope

Massachusetts

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
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

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
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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
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Lovely85

Florida

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-06-2014 02:14:48 | More by Lovely85
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Satchboogie

New Hampshire

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
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-02-2012 17:34:21 | More by sholland119
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

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
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

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
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

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
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richkrull

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

10-30-2012 00:19:09 | More by richkrull
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bum732

Lesotho

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
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doremite

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

06-13-2013 22:29:05 | More by doremite
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-23-2012 03:55:04 | More by PatGreer
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tbryan5

Louisiana

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

01-10-2014 00:23:21 | More by tbryan5
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ms11781

Massachusetts

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
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Resuin

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -25.9%

08-17-2012 03:38:39 | More by Resuin
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funkel81

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

04-23-2012 19:08:22 | More by funkel81
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babaracas

Florida

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
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

07-16-2012 16:23:03 | More by Chico1985
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mmulebarn

Minnesota

2/5  rDev -50.6%

05-04-2014 21:28:33 | More by mmulebarn
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

06-26-2012 23:22:58 | More by ryan1788a5
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Bilco

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-17-2012 13:16:36 | More by Bilco
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taez555

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

10-20-2004 10:35:50 | More by taez555
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BeerResearcher

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +2%

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.

01-04-2004 20:06:21 | More by BeerResearcher
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safaricook

Netherlands

4/5  rDev -1.2%

07-14-2013 09:11:43 | More by safaricook
Red God from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 138 ratings.