Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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Red HoptoberRed Hoptober

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BA SCORE
85
very good

802 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 802
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-20-2012

Centennial, Cascade & Eldorado hops
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Ratings: 802 | Reviews: 173
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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.93/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of maki88
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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.

Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big light tan head that leaves a nice lacing above a clear burnt caramel colored beer.

A light rich caramel malt mixes very well with light citrus hops in the aroma.

Roasted caramel malts and citrus fruit hops taste is well blended but lighted than the aroma would have suggested.

A light dryish aftertaste that brings with it some of the light tastes of caramel and citrus on this medium bodied beer.

Not bad but was hoping for more from these guys.

Photo of doubledteague
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz bottle into a frosty pint glass.

A- Dark red/amber color. (bout like a Coke) with a tan or very light brown lasting head and some nice lacing along the glass.

S- Right up front hit with the hops and the earthy smell, I do get some hints of pine, and ever so slight chocolatey smell.

T- Hoptober is about right for the name, very earthy taste. The only down to this is the aftertaste, not bad immediately however the longer you sit on it, it seems to taste like burned wood and just increasingly gets worse.

M- medium bodied, very dry, medium carbonation, can get a slight hint of the abv here.

O- no complaints other than the aftertaste that just seems to grow. Would definitely drink again, and most likely will end up trying again simply due to the best by date on this bottle was the week before I bought it, and two weeks before I tried it.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a NB goblet.

Red Hoptober is a dark redish brown color with good clarity. The head is thick at first and leaves some nice lacing as it settes.

The aroma is mildly hoppy but not as dry-hopped "pungant" as their employee at the tap room would have me think.

Flavor is nicely balanced with a nice dark malty base and a good dose of bittering and flavoring hops. It almost straddles the line between hoppy amber and cascadian style pale ale with a solid roasted malt note.

Mouthfeel is balanced and drinkable as most New Belgium beers tend to be.

Overall a nice summer-into-fall type of beer. Worth a try if you like Fat Tire and 1554.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear garnet brew with a nice little tan head. Decent lace. Head reduced to a collar after a few minutes. Really nice color... like the purple and darkest red leaves in autumn.

S - Deep and dusky malt notes with a hint of pine. Fresh brown pumpernickel. Minor tinge of penny-copper metallic aroma.

T - Much more hops than the nose suggest, but still very well balanced leaning toward malty. Well worn penny in the aftertaste. Quite complex for a style that can often be a little boring.

M - Medium bodied and neutral. A bit of citrusy acid at the finish. Would pair well with a burger, brat, or other "bar food."

Pretty good stuff. On the hoppy side for the style.

Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -translucent amber with a soft, off white head that has decent retention

S - roastiness, burnt aromas, herbal hops

T - nutty, caramel, roasty, herbal, spicy hops

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer but it's definitely not the regular Hoptober that I miss so much. This is roasty and nutty but also very hoppy. I'm not disappointed at all. I will probably try this again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich ruby in appearance, with a huge head of sudsy off-white carbonation. Thick, delicate lace.

Aroma is assertively strong and spicy hops, with a sharp earthiness.

Taste is a melding of roasty malt tones with bitter hops smack at the finish. An unusual collision of styles, and not a bad beer by any means, but Red Hoptober is not my favorite of New Belgium's seasonals.

Photo of tjsdomer2
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Extremely thick white fluffy foam and superb lacing. Amber red in color with good carbonation. The foam and lacing really get me with this.

Smell: Sweet, smokey nuttiness with a hint of peppery hops. Very nice, although I'd like it a bit bolder.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Smokey hazelnuts in the head with some earthly maple syrup in the background. Reminds me of Rogue Hazelnut a bit. Nice peppery bitterness in the finish as well. Excellent body, although I'd like it to be a big crisper. I love the flavors, I really like the mouthfeel.

Overall Drinkability: One of best, if not the best, from New Belgium.

Photo of WoodBrew
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I loved the original Hoptober....so it is no surprise that I like the amber version. The beer pours a clear amber with finger and a half froathy slightly off white head that is leaving a lace. The smell is malty with a slight pine hop kick. The taste is a very nicely balanced hoppy red. Starts malty then there is a kick of piney slight citrus hop followed by bittering hops that clean the pallete. The mouthfeel is light to medium in body with decent carbonation. Overall this is a great beer and I could drink the heck out of it.

Photo of dbossman
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown with a one-inch light brown head and lacing that isn't great

S: This is dank and spicy: grass, marijuana, citrus, black pepper; some bready and slightly burnt malts but mostly really dank hops

T: Doesn't taste as much like weed as it smells; much maltier with that typical, slightly burnt NB malt profile; some grassy hops with a touch of citrus; not bad but not as good as aromas hinted

F: Medium body and fairly creamy; a touch thin on back end

O: This is a nice beer, but man does it smell awesome--I just wish that translated more

Photo of Fatehunter
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A finger of reddish head on top of a clear copper colored body.
Powerful hop smell. Dull lemon and bright pine.
Nice bitter taste at the beginning; malt body, not sweet, in the middle; pine tree taste at the end.
Smooth and crisp texture. Moderate carbonation.
I enjoyed it.

Photo of russpowell
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill-hazed prange/caramel with 3 fingers of tan head. Great lacing & head retention

S: Some toastyness, woody & herbal hops

T: Follows the nose, orange peel & hints of walnuts up front. More herbal & woody hops, dryness, plus toastyness as this warms. Finishes with a slight astringent bitterness, more toastyness, some dryness & a touch of pine

MF: Medium bodied, creamy with nice balance

A nice effort, I would this again especially at $8 a sixer

Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into the New Belgium globe glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with several fingers of rich, slightly off-white head. This maintains a robust look, slathering the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, floral and piney, with some light leafy spice character and an underpinning of herbal and tropical notes. Some tangier toffee and a touch of toast mix in as well from the back. The tropical flavors and pine are the standouts here.

The taste is pine, green bitter citrus, gentle tropical fruit and herbal textures and a more malty presence of sweet caramel that has a bit of a burnt edge to it. This is a very smooth mix of flavors here, with only that dry finish of resins, spice and bitterness giving this any real aggressiveness on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm on the tongue and roof of the mouth, which is wrapped up in a smooth, oily and creamy feel that flows nicely in the mouth. Just a smidge of alcohol is present in each sip, which doesn’t stand a chance against the flavor and feel here.

This was a pleasant surprise for me from New Belgium, being a well hopped yet balanced and smooth take on an American Amber Ale that had a really solid flavor and drinkability to it. I’ll be investing in a six pack next time.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured deep red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutty, caramel, bread, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really wasn’t overly impressed with this one if I am honest. I had heard a lot of good things from other friends that it was one of the best from the style that they had to date. I dunno if I should listen to these people anymore. There were a lot of nice flavors going on here for the style, however, everything just clashed on your palate all at once and there was no chance to ever really recover from it. Hate that was the case. Worth trying at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so again.

Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, red-amber color with an attractive two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Caramel malt aroma with notes of nuts, grass, with mild spice. Not the most interesting aromas.

Not as caramel malt dominated as I was fearing. Definately a solid base, but some more complex components adds interest. The hops are grassy and mildly spiced. Subtle citrus as well. Mildly bitter.

A bit surprised by the ABV of this beer as it does not feel that big. The carbonation is very well matched and provides a pleasant texture.

Definately a solid red ale that is a good change of pace to the typical Oktoberfest and horrible Pumpkin beers.

Photo of KTCamm
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark crimson red, bordering on black, with edges of white foam. Bready toffe nose, some pine too. Malty toffee taste, bready hop, blended. Hearty malt taste with a flavorful hop blend.

Really, really good. Solid amber, with the right balance of malt and hop.

Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In some respects it seems unfair to review this because I love Fat Tire so much. This brew resembles Fat Tire in its distinguishable maltiness but has a nice hint of citrus hops at the very end. Poured with a nice one finger creamy head it had significant lacing. Ruby colored, it had the scent of floral hoppiness but not the typical "biscuit" of Fat Tire. The flavor is of quality malt with a hop ending. Flavorful and full bodied it was a joy to drink.

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