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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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Red HoptoberRed Hoptober

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very good

798 Ratings

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | 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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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from into a pint glass.

A- Nice dark red color. Minimal amount of tannish/white foam, doesn't last very long.

S- Toasted malts and hops are the most evident in the nose. There is a good bit of caramel / burnt sugar.

T- The taste is very malty and nutty. The hops blend very well here, Cascades I believe. This is not an ultra-sweet red, but is definitely what I consider to be a "malt bomb." Think big toasty malts and caramel, with hops in the background.

M- About average on the mouth for this type of malty brew. Light to medium body with just the right amount of carbonation.

O- This is what I consider to be a great seasonal beer. It is not extreme, it is not incredible. It is just very drinkable for the fall season. It is a bit different than most of the others out there, in that there are at least initially some noticeable hops. I plan to drink a few more of these before they are gone this year.

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of jpro
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz single from Total Wine... into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a dark copper / ruby, with a nice, 2.5-finger, tapioca head; milky retention leaves a few strands of lace.

S: Sweet caramel / toasty malts; resiny hops; candy shell sugariness; basically, sweet and hoppy.

T: Not as hoppy as aroma; light hop resin and toast are the main flavor components here; finishes sweet and a little weak.

M: Too thin... almost watery on the end; moderate carbonation; very uninspiring mouthfeel and finish to this beer.

O: Looks nice, smells OK, tastes average... Unfortunately this beer has a very boring / nonexistent mouthfeel or finish - I was really hoping for something better than this, considering I usually love hoppy red ales.

PS - what's with all the different seasonals New Belgium puts out? It seems like their Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer beers are different every year or two...

Oh well, I can confidently say that I won't be imbibing in anymore Red Hoptober.

*from notes 8.28.12

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3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into NB globe glass

A - deep clear amber/brown in color with less than one finger of off-white head that dissipates rapidly.

S - chalky, bready, moldy, wet paint. I'm getting a slight hop nose but it's muddled. Not winning me over with the smell.

T - Malt dominates from the start. Hops are most present on the back end and after taste. Don't really know how describe the taste besides an average amber. Hops don't really add or subtract overall.

M - medium. Finishes medium as well. Somewhat coating on the palate.

O - I am pretty Meh on most of the recent NB offering and on ambers in general. When you combine the two, I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the results. Drinkable, but I wouldn't but it on the "have again" list. Average at best.

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3.04/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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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.

Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.