Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by jkrich:
3.93/5 rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: deep, garnet red with hints of brown. The beige head slowly dissipates leaving very nice, intricate lacing.
There is quite a hop profile in the aroma: very resinous and piney with some earthy malt wafting through.
The hop flavor is quite prominent initially with a quick dash of piney bitterness on the tongue a solidly malty palate taking control. There are hints of roastiness, caramel and even a faint flavor of licorice, before the pleasant hop bitters return.
There is a soft and supple mouthfeel with a medium body. The carbonation is mild and complementary.
This is a nice alternative to the Octoberfest lagers abundant this time of year. This one is definitely hop driven but the malt and roast flavor keep this one balanced and somewhat quaffable.
Serving type: bottle
10-06-2012 23:08:07 | More by jkrich
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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 752 ratings.