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Red God - Cambridge Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
90
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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 4.06
pDev: 11.08%
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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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

not a bad beer by any stretch, but something just didn't sit right with me for this one overall. i think it's main problem may be that it was a bit thin and watered down at times. it pours a very nice deep amber colour with a slightly off white head that is nice and sticky. odors present include a sweet fruitiness, alcohol, caramel, malt and hops, though the hop smell was not as dominant as one might guess here. as for flavour, i found that once again, malt and caramel dominated, with a sweet but earthy flavour overall. hops presence is definitely felt, but is scattered about more than a full on hit. as mentioned earlier, this one is seemingly a tad watery at times too. i'd sample it again, but it falls toward the bottom of the list brews i've sampled from the cbc.

SixpointJMH, Oct 25, 2004
Photo of tai4ji2x
2.13/5  rDev -47.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

on-tap at CBC in late may 2009. served in a teardrop stemware glass.

initially served WAY TOO COLD. my brother and i had to take turns rubbing hands to warm them back up, as we each tried to warm up this single glass.

dark brown amber. hazy. 1-finger light tan head, fades to wisps and ring. great curtainous lacing.

very fruity aroma. tropical, almost banana peel, plus candied citrus underneath. approaches mint as well. very weird. caramel underneath, but those weird fruity esters and minty phenols really dominate.

taste is similarly overwhelmed by the tropical esters and near-banana character. there's still some detectable citrusy, piney hop, with bold resinous bitterness, plus underlying malt and caramel character. but honestly, these weird esters are just too much.

medium body, somewhat smooth, but also lots of resins and astringency. carbonation is moderate, tingly, and helps with body, but also just accentuates those annoying artificially tropical esters.

dunno what happened here...

tai4ji2x, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of Mattias
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Mattias, Jan 31, 2013
Photo of kell50
4/5  rDev -1.5%

kell50, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of lovindahops
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I read about this brew so I was pretty excited to get it on tap

A- a red amber body with solid lacing on the sides. The body of the brew glows

S- an explosion of sweet malt flavor that instantly reminds me of a nugget nectar. Very strong with that slighty unfermented sugar scent. Very rich

T- so delicious as far as it goes in amber red ales. Great hoppiness that has a good balance with the sweet malt

M- smooth, creamy, and carbonates

O- this is a amped up amber ale that is absolutely loaded with flavor. The alcohol is present making it a lil bit of a sipper for this afternoon

lovindahops, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Massbmx
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Massbmx, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of sammyg832
4/5  rDev -1.5%

sammyg832, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of cestlavie
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

cestlavie, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

freewill35, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of aquazr1
4/5  rDev -1.5%

aquazr1, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of axeman9182
4.1/5  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.

axeman9182, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of Gatch
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
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!

Gatch, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

bjohnson, May 10, 2006
Photo of BostonHops
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

BostonHops, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of alamode
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

alamode, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of MoreThanWine
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 2.5" beige head of medium life. The body is a truely lovely deep amber red, especially held to the light. It smells mildly of malt. The taste has medium citrusy hops and a little dried fruit including fig. Medium long finish. I'd say it's a classy, quality, well-rounded red.

MoreThanWine, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of PatandDavid
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Handle with care, as the day I sat at the bar, this was listed as 8.3%. Tawny auburn in my glass, I reveled in the juicy hop aroma with bristling pine cones in the back. Medium + mouthfeel, the hops predominate, but not in a bad way. There's some fruityness in the finish. Malt provides the smooth backbone on this one. I did notice a warming sensation in my chest after the first sip, so beware.

PatandDavid, Jul 02, 2005
Photo of mattparsons
4/5  rDev -1.5%

mattparsons, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of aorloski
4/5  rDev -1.5%

aorloski, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Denzo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Denzo, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of BostonPhilly
3/5  rDev -26.1%

BostonPhilly, Jun 24, 2013
Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Marco_Gtz, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of harsley
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

harsley, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of JMScowcroft
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

CBC - Red God, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Pours a dark cloudy caramel amber red hued with a small head and good ropey lacing.

Smell - Piney hops, amber/red malts with some breadiness. Somewhat faint aroma, not bad. Some alcohol in the nose.

Taste - Hoppy and piney with definite alcohol, pretty good balance.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium bodied with low carbonation. Hot and boozy. OK drinkability, starts to falter a bit here.

Overall - Not bad, a little over the top. Alcohol content detracts from the quality here slightly.

JMScowcroft, Jan 15, 2014
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4/5  rDev -1.5%

In_Control_Mike, May 11, 2013
Red God from Cambridge Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.