Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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Reviews by kevinjosephlee:
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
A: A clear, deep amber with an off-white head that persists. Good lacing.
S: Malts up front followed by the hoppy-floral scents, and finally a sort-off barn-yard-y off-aroma.
T: Both the malt and the hop flavor are well-defined. Malty sweetness persists. More chocolate-y roasted/burnt malts. Much more roasted than I had expected from the color. Malt flavors are strong. The hops character is more piney than citrus.
Even the scent of alcohol reveals itself as the brew warms. Well-balanced between malt and hops.
M: The carbonation is moderately high. I experience a prickly tingle from the carbonation even to the last sip. The finish is smooth (as this style should be) but some astringency lingers on my cheeks and tongue. A perceptible alcohol warmth presents itself.
Notes: At the end of this enjoyable brew, I am already feeling a smooth head-buzz. That may be why I enjoy a beer more and more as the review goes on.
The BJCP style guidelines refer to this style as "an American pale ale with more body, more caramel richness, and a balance more towards malt than hops." This brew pulls that off nicely.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2012 19:47:37 | More by kevinjosephlee
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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.