Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Jparker37:
3.58/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before November 11, 2012.
A - Big pillowy vanilla head sits atop a dark/brilliant amber beer, nearly brown. Left a little bit of lacing.
S - Really nice balance of citrus and pine dry hop smells. I am also getting a bit of rich caramel and distinct chocolate malts.
T - The malts have that characteristically toasty flavor but the hops play a large role in taste composition. The hops come across as piney on my tongue and the carbonation plays a refreshing role. Plenty of bitterness to finish but not unpleasant.
M - The body seems to be between light and medium. The carbonation is medium to high. Finishes nice and dry.
O - I fully enjoyed this brew. My first instinct when I hear of red ales are more malt forward beers but it seems I am fooled many a time. This beer seems to have a emphasis on hops but in that I did expect a little more body to stay balanced. This beer was great, but it could have used more malt depth. The hops did come through very bright and distinguishable.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2012 01:56:14 | More by Jparker37
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3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass
A - Pours a perfectly transparent amber with several small bubbles rising to the creamy, two-finger, off-white head. A nice cap stays in place all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing. Nice.
S - Caramel, red apple and sour earthy hops great the nose upon opening the bottle. More of the same in the glass with perhaps some caramelized brown sugar. Really quite good.
T - Caramelized brown sugar and red apple upfront. The body is a nice blend of tart red apple, hop bitterness riding on the back of the tongue, and a hint of caramel malt. Huge wave of hops and apple as the beer passes over the back of the tongue fades into a biscuit, caramel and slightly overripe red apple finish.
M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to give it a fresh feeling (even though this particular bottle is several months old). Well done.
As promised, Red Hoptober is a well hoped red ale that has a beautiful appearance. The only downside to this gem of a beer is that on a clean palate, the finish will start to turn slightly caustic at the end. Otherwise, the flavors, mouthfeel, and smell jive well to form a very delicious brew. One of my favorite red ales, I hope to get some more this coming fall. Now that I go to CSU, hopefully I can get is straight from the brewery!
Serving type: bottle
04-15-2014 04:56:35 | More by Bockrules
Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.