Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
3.95/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance: Gorgeous dark, clear red with a two-finger white head and some great lacing.
Smell: Some slightly rindy, grassy hops, definantly pulling out the centennial and some nice grapefruity and citrusy notes. The malt is detectable in the nose, bread and toasted cracker. Very clean in the yeast department.
Taste: A nice hop bitterness up front, that fades out into some citrusy and grassy hops and a nice toasty edge to the malt. The malt is very well sculpted, not ever going into a robust sweet aftertaste, but instead acting purpose built to give some crisper crust and biscuit notes to enhance the dryness. With that said there is some sweetness to the aftertaste from the roasted or dark caramel malts used, as well as plenty of lingering hop flavor.
Mouthfeel: This beer has a nice silky mouthfeel and a moderate amount of carbonation, which gives it a mouthfeel that is rare with any beer around 6% alcohol. Instead of pushing the carbonation to give it that refreshing bite, they seem to have steered for a beer where a slower more savory sip is the method of preference. But still, maybe a little thin if I am being picky.
Overall: This is a light IPA that has been carefully balanced with some darker malts achieving a killer session brew. This is a highly recommended seasonal by me, and it is my favorite New Belgium beer to date.
Serving type: bottle
10-07-2012 20:09:24 | More by Siriusfisherman
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3.96/5 rDev +5%
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 772 ratings.