Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Appearance - Pours a dark amber red with a thick, off-white 2 finger head. Great retention; leaves behind a thick, sticky lace.
Smell - Notes of caramel and nutty malt character, backed by a spicy floral hop undertone.
Taste - Starts with a nutty, caramel malt character that's quickly matched and balanced by some spicy floral and citrus hops. Bisquity malt pops in midtaste. Aftertaste is a mild citrus bitterness; hints of grapefruit pith.
Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Decently carbonated. Somewhat chalky.
Overall - A very good amber. Nicely hopped to compliment a rich, malty backbone. More assertive than your average amber.
Serving type: bottle
09-17-2012 02:37:40 | More by TheSixthRing
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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 769 ratings.