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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

778 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 778
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 28
Gots: 29 | 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:
Centennial, Cascade & Eldorado hops

(Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 07-20-2012)
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bigpatvoodoodad

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Poured a nice 2 finger white head that lingers a bit and leaves a nice lacing. The beer itself is a nice crimson

S - Hoppy and nice. Got me excited to drink it as soon as I got a whiff.

T - Like no other beer I've ever had. Has a good hop twang, but it is also kind of malty with a caramel undertone

M - Just right. Carbonation is just right. Not a bad aftertaste.

Overall I am impressed with this beer. This beer intrigues me because of it's mixed beer style pedigree which is evident in the taste. It's like someone took red ale and an IPA and forced them to have a love child. There's also something about the taste that is just really distinct and very delicious. The taste is complex. Bitter at the start, but not too much. Then as it hits the back of the tongue, the sweetness and caramel flavor just comes through. Great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2012 23:39:28 | More by bigpatvoodoodad
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe
6.0% ABV, Best before 18NOV12

A - From the label to the beer, Red Hoptopber evokes a deep crimson sunset shimmering with stark clarity. Carbonation keeps the frothy ivory head alive as it slowly descends to a loose layer, leaving clumps of it's former self on the glass.

S - With a host of earthy aromas, Red Hoptober immediately smells like a close relative of Fat Tire's. Toasted malt suggests peanut butter spread thinly over a golden brown piece of whole wheat toast. Faint chocolate notes follow up as the earthy hops jump in the mix; dried leaf pile and crisp, light pine offer notes of fall in the blend. Mild, older citrus rind finds it's way in the background too.

T - While the aroma might suggest a relative of Fat Tire's, the flavor is quite the contrary. Opening with plenty of malty complexity, toast and light nuttiness continue on from the aroma, as does the faint hint at chocolate. Hops are definitely showcased throughout the flavor, but take a back seat, slowly entering along the finish. Earthiness jumps forward again, carefully balancing the toasted malt characteristics with a recently cut and raked lawn under a tall tree shedding it's leaves.

M - Red Hoptober is medium-bodied but here is where the hops have their moment; crisp and earthy, the bigger maltiness of the flavor is held back with restraint, gently bitter on the finish. If ever there was a fall seasonal that evokes the feeling of fall preemptively, this would be it.

O - Seasonal releases seem to be departing their seasons with more haste each year and fall is no stranger to that. But Red Hoptober seems to bridge the gap nicely, offering some toasted malt and enough crisp hop to battle the ongoing heat as the days, with almost painstakingly slow speed, grow cooler. I can certainly get behind this beer for now. What pains me, though, is it's mid-November best by date. After all, if the weather's course is any indication, that's when Red Hoptober and it's ilk will be truly at their prime.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2012 22:57:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 778 ratings.