Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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Pours out a coppery reddish amber color with two fingers of cream colored craggy head that lasts for about two minutes and leaves behind interesting patterns and swirls of lacing. Light crisp texture and assertively carbonated.
Smells of musty and earthy hopping but mostly of herbal tea-like hop spectrum over the top of toasted bread slices. The flavor has these elements but also includes pine and grapefruit pith at a medium-light level, and some light toasted nut flavors join the party as the glass warms up. Its a good interplay between the nuttiness, the toasted bread, and the somewhat higher than usual hopping for an amber (It easily crosses the line into typical PA hopping strength.) Check this one out if you like the notion of mostly herbal hopping on toasted bread malts as the central focus for a sessionable ABV beer.
10-24-2012 05:08:54 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-07-2012 20:00:46 | More by oberon
2.85/5 rDev -24.4%
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.
08-15-2012 23:11:25 | More by Beaver13
4.03/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
08-31-2012 18:18:22 | More by Jason
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
11-25-2012 23:49:05 | More by maki88
3.78/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
08-26-2012 23:10:37 | More by bsp77
4.23/5 rDev +12.2%
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.
09-30-2012 05:58:55 | More by MattyG85
3.53/5 rDev -6.4%
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.
10-17-2012 20:38:03 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
10-14-2012 03:22:59 | More by chinchill
Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
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