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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

793 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 793
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
Centennial, Cascade & Eldorado hops

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-20-2012)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Siriusfisherman:
Photo of 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.

Siriusfisherman, Oct 07, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a rich clear amber/bronze with a two finger sticky slightly off white crown atop that never completely settles ,a thick frothy mass is left.Sharp piney hops come out well after the pour along with underlying biscuit malt,the hop aromas did fade quite a bit after the pour but after a good swirl they come out.Pretty dry on the palate except for a small amount of brown sugar flavor,the hops are not nearly as big as in the nose but they meld with the crisp dryer slightly roasted malt base.It's got some good things going on,it's not an overly complex or a "wowing" beer but it's not bad.

oberon, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of mojohawk21
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

mojohawk21, Jan 04, 2014
Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -20.4%

tectactoe, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of ratamacue
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ratamacue, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of drewkennedy
1/5  rDev -73.5%

drewkennedy, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

danthehopslamman, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
2.85/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish amber with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet toasty caramel/crystal malts and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet toasted caramel and crystal malts with an earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, it's OK and has some decent bitterness. I personally don't care for the biscuity malts or the hop flavors though.

Beaver13, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of jonphilipp
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

jonphilipp, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear, tawny, epic lacing

SMELL: Toasty, bread, hop resin, orange peel, caramel, dank herb

TASTE: Smooth, light creaminess, very bready, mild caramel, treacle, herbal hop, citrus rind, peppery, dried grass, toast, drying finish

A lovely sip, uh ... I mean quaff. No doubt one of the better fall seasonals out there, a must try IMO.

Jason, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of maki88
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Enjoyed at home.

A: Deep, rich clear, red color, bordering on a burnt color/brown. Thick, long-lasting, tan head with beautiful lacing. A beautiful-looking beer.

S: Sharp, hoppy aroma, balanced with some sweeter notes of citrus (grapefruit?) and sweet malts. Definite note of bready, toasty malts.

T: Far more pleasant and balanced than the nose suggested. Sharp and toasty up front, with the sweeter malt and citrus flavors blending in for a pleasant finish.

M: A bit thin, but generally unremarkable. Carbonation seems a bit high.

O: Solid brew - definitely lives up to the "hoptober" name. I wouldn't be knocking down doors to get this again, but I'd definitely drink it again.

maki88, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mahogany with light tan head that mostly dissipates, leaving light lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, caramel and light chocolate. The Cascade is pretty evident.

Taste: Malt body of caramel, toffee, chocolate and even some light coffee. Definitely more roasted than expected. Nice hop counterbalance of orange and grapefruit. Finish has some light spice and pine notes, but is just slightly bitter. Slight Fat Tire taste, which is the only issue I have.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Nicely balanced ale that straddles the line between a Red Ale and a Black Ale. I like this a lot better than the previous standard Hoptober.

bsp77, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of NOLTERN
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

NOLTERN, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of NilocRellim
3/5  rDev -20.4%

NilocRellim, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Best before date of 18-Nov-12.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. A solid three fingers of off white head which fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Big hop aroma up front with grassy, earthy, and herbal hops. Strong scent of pine resin. A little bit of citrus hop with some orange peel, tangerine, and grapefruit hints. Strong malt presence with good hints of toasted caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, toast,and a subtle hint of roast chocolate and coffee. A pretty piney a solid aroma.

Taste: A nice combination of hops and toasted caramel malts. Fresh earthy hops abound with lots of grass. Some herbal hops and a quite noticeable taste of spicy pine resin. Some citrus esters are also in the mix with some notes of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. A nice bready sweetness follows from the malts. Notes of toasted caramel, toffee, toasted bread, grains, and biscuit. Also some roasty undertones with some mild notes of chocolate and coffee. Solid balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, spicy, and somewhat chewy. Has a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty nice hopped up red ale. Ripe mix of hops with a good taste of caramel and subtle roast.

MattyG85, Sep 30, 2012
Photo of blaze8
4/5  rDev +6.1%

blaze8, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of Hopinho
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Hopinho, Jul 13, 2014
Photo of wo87810
4/5  rDev +6.1%

wo87810, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown appearance, small head, beige, only 1/4" but the beer's carbonation was just fine, I happened to really like the color. Aroma, pretty mild, there's some malt huskiness to it, but nothing too aromatic, especially for having the name hoptober, the hop aroma was far from being forward.

The taste does yield more evidence of hops, but they are still playing second fiddle, but its done the right way. Immediately makes me think this is just as much winter warmer as it is an amber ale. Robust malt, but a carbonation and hop bitterness that doesn't bog down the palate into malt bomb territory. Sweet caramel leads. Definitely fits the bill as a beer for the fall and/or October.

Its actually probably best described as what you might get if you blended Fat Tire with Jubelale.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 17, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fall for Greenville Fest.

Pours very clear, a dark red-amber color with a very good head.

Plenty of hop aroma. Both the nose and the flavor are fresh, fruity, and clean. Has a complex hop-based sensory array, with fruity, herbal and floral aspects. A hint of charred weed.

M: Crisp with medium body and carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: a hoppy, aromatic red ale that is easy to drink.

chinchill, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of timontheroad
4/5  rDev +6.1%

timontheroad, May 26, 2013
Photo of Mango
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Mango, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of TimMack
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

TimMack, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of richkrull
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

richkrull, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of robthepenguin
4/5  rDev +6.1%

robthepenguin, Oct 30, 2012
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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.