Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Megahertz:
3.98/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
12 oz bottled on 2-JUL into a Hoffman House glass goblet.
A - Deep red, very clear, with large billowing off-white head that falls to a medium film. Carbonation appears mild.
S - Aggressive piney hops with molasses. Subtle floral and citrus in the background. Not nearly as citrusy as the hop bill would imply.
T - Lots of green hop flavor throughout. Initially creamy with a hard-to-define sweetness mingling with hop flavors. Fades into an almost smokey caramelized sugar mid with a firm, but very clean ending bitterness and a very slight roasted note. Finish seems dry due to considerable bitterness.
M - Surprisingly heavy bodied with mild carbonation.
O - An excellent example of a hoppy fall beer. It is easy to get carried away with the German malts at this time of year, so this is a nice change of pace.
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2012 20:46:23 | More by Megahertz
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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 751 ratings.