Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by WastingFreetime:
3.9/5 rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewed from notes.
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.
Serving type: bottle
10-24-2012 05:08:54 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.96/5 rDev +4.8%
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 751 ratings.