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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

785 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 785
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/4/12.

Pours a clear dark amber with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted bread, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight sweetness and a fresh herbal hop flavor. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and very easy to drink.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

zestar, Aug 21, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Texasfan549, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +6.1%

jaydoc, Dec 21, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, deep red body with a one-inch head of off-white foam. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Hop forward scent with notes of varied citrus fruits, spice, and pungent, dehydrated grasses. Some pale malts with a background deep toastiness, but, again, it's a hop forward nose.

Taste: Though the sugar-encrusted toasted breadcrusts does come across on the taste. Then, it's off to the spiced, candied citrus rinds, grasses, and peppery qualities. A few other ale esters hinted. Moderate bitterness. Citrusy, grassy still on the back half with a continued bitterness until the drying, toasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Actually, it's not a bad little beer at all. Not at all.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

oberon, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -20.4%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of TMoney2591
2.98/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

The hunt is over... ...ahem...sorry. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of glowing off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet toffee, sharp pine needle, miscellaneous greens, and light leek. There may or may not be some mint in the background, but I can't tell for sure. The taste brings in more of the same, though now the mint does, in fact, come through in the midst of the pine. The hops clash amongst themselves while also clashing with the toffee. Not sure how they pulled that off, but I'm considering giving some reluctant props... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, I feel the hops and malts just don't cooperate well enough in this beer to allow me to enjoy it. Something like that.

TMoney2591, Nov 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

SocalKicks, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, amber color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of strong pine notes with some toasty caramel malts.

T - It tasted of a sharp piney bitterness with some citrusy hop goodness. Good roasted malt backbone with some caramel sweetness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is great for the style. Almost blurs the line between amber ale and IPA.

zeff80, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

like a more hoppy 90 shilling, this is a big improvement from the hoptober golden ale that was around last year. it pours perfect autumn amber color, deep deep copper, with a tan head an inch or so high. smells like a fresh hopped odell 90 shilling. its got the same malt profile, english and caramely. the hops though take the taste over, bitter and well selected. the red malts arent as prominent as i thought they would be, but they balance the intense hops pretty well. its like a dark ipa that isnt quite a black beer. feel is good, fuller body and smooth to drink. id have a few of these, but they get a little filling. overall a nice upgrade to the new belgium fall offering.

StonedTrippin, Aug 28, 2012
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.

Jason, Aug 31, 2012
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.

Kegatron, Oct 05, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
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

russpowell, Oct 01, 2012
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3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Handsome coppery amber in the pint shaker. Average head but decent carbonation and usual well-made NB quality. Aromas of resiny hops but not very bitter. Earthy notes on the tongue along with that fragrant flavor.

A brief kiss of malt. Just the sightest sweetness followed by the tanginess. An interesting tasty mouthful but mostly it's of hops. Light bodied and watery in a thirst-quenching way. Pleasant less-bitter beer with a different take on the hop-centered style.

On tap at La Jolla Brew House. First draft beer of 2013 so I made sure it wasn't memorable.

mactrail, Jan 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

MarkyMOD, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of kojevergas
3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Uinta brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average; New Belgium's mainstays have usually hovered right around average (C) for me, but I loved La Folie. 6% ABV confirmed. Paired with Trader Joe's hard pretzels. Acquired at Trader Joe's earlier tonight. Best before January 20th 2013.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a 1.5 finger beige colour head of nice thickness, average cream, above average lacing, and good retention. Colour is a clear opaque dark copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Not particularly vibrant, but I wouldn't call it dull. It's generally appealing for what it is, but strange for the style.

Sm: Light oily hops, with some piney character in there as well. Some caramelization and toasted malt character. A hint of raisin. Even pumpkin. A bit of spice. Amber malts. I definitely get the Cascade hops. Some floral quality, a hint of bitterness. No yeast is detectable. A mild strength aroma. Tame.

T: Cascade comes through, especially on the finish. Some untamed hop bitterness, though it's mitigated in part by the oily quality. A bit of floral. Some pine. A strange unwelcome grapefruit note in the early second act. The foundation is mainly clean amber malts, with touches of caramelization and toasted malt. More non-committal than subtle though. I do get a bit of pumpkin - strange. A little spice - maybe a teensy bit of cilantro. It's flavourful. Not complex or particularly well layered. I do think it's nicely balanced and built. Not too hoppy for an amber, but not overdone on the toasted malt front. I like it, but it's not bold or experimental. There's nothing unique or special here. Good hop choices. No yeast comes through.

Mf: Dries on the climax - an enjoyable feature. Smooth throughout. Good thickness. A touch overcarbonated. It's too filling for its lack of flavour. Wet on the open, early second act, and finish. Somewhat oily in the third act though. Not at all chewy. It carries the flavours nicely. Not real creamy. Suits the flavours nicely. A slight warming sensation from the alcohol.

Dr: A drinkable beer for the style, and a solid mainstay seasonal from New Belgium. One of their better mainstays to be sure. I'd try it on draught back home in Colorado. It's well priced for its quality and distribution. I could down this for the better part of a night with little complaint. The alcohol isn't all that well hidden, but it's nicely balanced all around. I like the hop choice. Chinook might have ruined it.

High C+

kojevergas, Oct 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

oriolesfan4, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.4/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a deep brown, almost red into a New Belgium globe. Frothy off-white head, nice streaks of lace.

S: Toasty bread and crystal malt. Some roasty and burnt character.

T: Some sweet dark toffee flavours and caramel. Toasted bread as with the nose, but here it's much more understated, the taste has more sugar apparent than in the nose. Some earthy hops add a nice balance.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy and creamy. Moderately hoppy aftertaste.

O: A nice enough red ale, though I would have liked a bit more hop character to come through. It's not bad tasting, it just never gets really interesting. It does seem a bit like a beefed up Fat Tire, a solid drinking beer, but nothing to make you say wow.

Halcyondays, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a reddish amber color with a 1" head. Some moderate lace develops.

Smell: caramel, some fruity tones, and a bit of earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, some grapefruit, ripe apples, and a moderate earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Very crisp throughout. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: this cames across as a strange flavor profile to me, but a bit different for a red ale.

Gavage, Sep 28, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

imperialking, Oct 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

drewone, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 12/23/2012. Pours crystal clear reddish copper color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, nuttiness, grapefruit, citrus zest, herbal, floral, and pine. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, biscuit, toast, grapefruit, pine, orange zest, grass, floral, nuttiness, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, pine, grapefruit, toast, floral, and herbal on the finish for a good bit. Great hop/malt balance; with nice flavor complexity and balance. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent amber ale. Great hop and malt profile; and very smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one, and it is a very nice style example.

superspak, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark ale with a medium sized tan colored head. Very dark it is red if you hold it up to a strong light but you could just as well call it brown.

Smell is sweet and malty with a C type hop aroma. Smells a little spicy with a cedar or spruce wood aroma.

Starts out a little sweet and malty. Toasted grain with some molasses flavor. Woody spice taste, with a mineral water flavor. tastes like spruce. Tasty with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer. Tried it because this was in the slot where Belgo usually is at Vons.

Zorro, Sep 01, 2012
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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 785 ratings.