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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

772 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 772
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 27
Gots: 27 | 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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skyisland

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-05-2012 03:37:32 | More by skyisland
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dmartin118

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.4%

09-16-2012 23:30:58 | More by dmartin118
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Captainawesome56

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-17-2012 19:36:25 | More by Captainawesome56
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Jave

Washington

3/5  rDev -20.4%

03-01-2013 22:29:01 | More by Jave
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Beefytits4

Illinois

3/5  rDev -20.4%

05-13-2013 14:46:08 | More by Beefytits4
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Theogre83

Kansas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

02-04-2014 23:38:13 | More by Theogre83
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jpro

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2012 15:09:03 | More by jpro
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-09-2012 21:32:01 | More by jenray
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thatdavegy

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-06-2012 00:06:39 | More by thatdavegy
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.4%

06-25-2014 00:38:06 | More by JAHMUR
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Abarhan

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-10-2012 17:37:36 | More by Abarhan
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TicoCali

California

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-30-2012 14:32:21 | More by TicoCali
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Kpitevl

Missouri

3/5  rDev -20.4%

02-16-2013 07:19:43 | More by Kpitevl
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mjurczak


3/5  rDev -20.4%

12-12-2012 07:40:39 | More by mjurczak
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Hoptologist

Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.4%

11-15-2012 16:31:03 | More by Hoptologist
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DeutschesBier

Maryland

3/5  rDev -20.4%

09-16-2013 13:52:30 | More by DeutschesBier
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Buck6196

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-17-2012 02:27:35 | More by Buck6196
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djs467

Colorado

3/5  rDev -20.4%

04-30-2013 16:20:04 | More by djs467
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brother_kenneth

Virginia

3/5  rDev -20.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 22:21:31 | More by brother_kenneth
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Plastikdust

Texas

3/5  rDev -20.4%

10-22-2013 21:24:15 | More by Plastikdust
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Momar42

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 22:38:44 | More by Momar42
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doubledteague

Texas

3.08/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2012 06:30:11 | More by doubledteague
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philbertk

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Quarter Inch thin lightly lacy short lived off white light tan head. Clear rich ruby red deep bright color. Mildly roasted hop front.Toasted caramel medium light textured minimally sweet toasted malt fruit ester hint body. Dry mildly bitter end. Rich Crisp Odd Red Ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 22:58:09 | More by philbertk
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RussBecker1


3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at King Street Grill in Charleston, SC.

A-Much prettier than anticipated. A deep ruby pour with abundant lacing. A very nice crown sits atop the beer and beckons the drinker in.

S-Very nice balance between hops, spices and malts. Definitely a hit of citrus, closer to grapefruit than orange, with very nice and consistent caramel malts flying underneath.

M- Disappointing in my eyes. The character of the beer was virtually non existent, as it sips much lighter than it both looks and smells. It is smooth, but any sort of bite would have been much appreciated.

T-Again not nearly as exciting as I would have hoped. Tastes very similar to a deeper blend of fat tire. The hops give a subtle jab at first, but those as well as much of the other smells that were uncovered seemed lost on my palate. Leaves what I can best describe as a salt and vinegar aftertaste which, although unique, does not make this the most enjoyable beer to drink.

O-very nice to try, but the taste does not live up to its nose and look predecessors.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2012 15:31:35 | More by RussBecker1
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CraftBeerTastic

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ba Review #214
Served On: 08/24/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 6.0%
Date/ Code: 11/12/2012

Found this at Ye Olde Spirits Shop on 7th St. in Frederick, MD.

Look: The pour formed a nice 2 1/2 finger creamy beige head. The color was a super clear dark copper. Carbonation level was big.

Smell: Strong herbal hop aroma - very similar to the regular Hoptober. I also picked up on some juniper and a sweet malt backbone. The expected Belgian funk was also found in the aroma.

Taste: First up was the start of a pungent and spicy hop profile that seemed to dominate most of the palate. A saltwater bitterness set in around the middle followed by the Belgian yeast funk. Aftertaste was more bitterness and some malt sweetness appearing to finally offset the unexpected bitter component of the brew.

From what I gathered, this one was the original Hoptober with a bigger malt bill and some interesting bittering hops added. It definitely had a little more substance than it’s stripped down counterpart; yet another solid seasonal from New Belgium.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 16:48:27 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.