Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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3.95/5 rDev +4.5%
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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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 742 ratings.