Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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3.75/5 rDev -0.5%
last minute grocery store purchase pre - wolfpack vs tennessee opener
a: served in a curved pint glass, the beer is a deep reddish brown in color, topped with a finger of khaki head that retains well and leaves some lace behind
s: lots of nutty roasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness, earthy pine and some grapefruit rind, leafty and autumnal, a hint of fruit here and there
m: carbonation medium-high, body on the lighter side of moderate, crisp but satisfying mouthfeel
t: surprisingly flavorful at first sip - toasted and roasted malts give leafy, toffee dipped coffee flavors, nutty, some glimpses of darker fruits, well hopped with notes of earthy pine and dried citrus, a good flavor set here
o: an interesting beer that pulls off a nice complexity between hop and malt while not overwhelming, instead maintaining great balance
09-01-2013 21:04:38 | More by blackie
3.58/5 rDev -5%
I was a little disappointed that they didn't bring back the Hoptober from last year but I was hoping this would be good too. Reddish amber color, good lacing. Smell is malts, maybe a hint of coffee (I sometimes get that from red ales), hints of grassy hops. Flavor is alternating between grassy hops, melon rind, and chewy malt. i think the old Hoptober was better but this was alright.
09-09-2012 02:10:47 | More by ArrogantB
3.98/5 rDev +5.6%
1544th Review on BA
Draft to Abita Pint
@Mission Pizza, Fremont, CA
App- A darker medium bronze with a bit of reds, browns in the glass. A small capped 1/2 finger of head that was almost a bit creamy of white. A very good looking cling and lace pattern down the glass.
Smell- A bit hoppy, a bit malty. Really takes the normal red ale and turns it on its head with the 3x hop addition. More of a small IPA without the bitter and replaced by a fuller malt aroma to it.
Taste- I would venture to step out and call this a blend of a red/IPA with some flaky rye. The hops are what make it a bit creamy and peppery with a good amount of deep citrus and a bit of grass on the finish.
Mouth- A bit too thick for me. Needs to be brought down just a little bit. A very nice medium body with a thicker medium carbonation. Residual malts and peppery hops.
Drink- I dont normally like Ambers/Reds and this kicks the shit out of Fat Tire. i could drink a few of these and be pretty happy actually.
10-04-2012 03:40:51 | More by FosterJM
3.8/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a clear reddish amber color with a one finger off white head. The head fades overall a moderate amount of time to give a decent level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is of roasted malt as well as some more hop heavy aromas. The hops are a mix of pine and some herbal aromas. Less sweet then the traditional red, but quite nice.
Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and nutty flavor with hints of some roasted malt. With these flavors are a good presence of pine. The pine fades a bit more toward the middle as some caramel flavors come to the tongue. At the end some of the sweetness fades again as more pine and a lighter herbal hop come to the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that is average. Good for the lightly roasted and hop flavors of the beer while still maintaining a great drinkability.
Overall – A fairly tasty brew with some nice mild to medium hop presence and decent roasted flavors.
10-21-2012 01:57:16 | More by Darkmagus82
3.7/5 rDev -1.9%
Poured into a snifter.
3.5 A: Deep amber mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent and a moderate amount of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Big toastiness with plenty of caramel underneath and even some toffee. Berry fruitiness. Grassy and earthy hops. A bit resiny. It's a bit different than most ambers and I like it.
3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but has less punch to it. Toasty with caramel and toffee. Berry and apple fruits. Grassy, earthy, and resiny hops.
3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.
4.0 D: Tasty beer. I like big toastiness in my ambers, so this hit the spot with regard to that. Solid all around.
08-12-2012 20:39:10 | More by DavoleBomb
3.9/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
09-19-2012 21:55:41 | More by morimech
3.63/5 rDev -3.7%
Thanks to my bro in law mike for offering this up as soon as we got to town to visit. Enjoyed from a pint glass.
a - deep chestnut brown with an amber tint to the light. Nice foamy off white head. Lacing coats the glass.
s - nice crystallized malt. Somewhat marzen. Some nice hop presence. Nutmeg and brown sugar.
t - nice hop burst crossed with oktoberfest crossed with brown ale. Nice. Good amount of earthiness, similar taste and flavor profile to other new Belgium brews I have had.
m - medium to light bodied with a pinch of a bitter hop bite.
o - overall nice twist on an amber and makes it a better beer. Quite enjoyable.
11-10-2012 19:15:31 | More by cosmicevan
4/5 rDev +6.1%
A - Fairly clear red ale, tan head, leaves fast. Tons of cling lace.
S - Malty. As I am enjoying the pure malt, the hops set in. Malty and hoppy. Good things.
T - Nice big fat caramel center that is surgically cut with astringent hops. Nicely done.
M - Medium body, good carb, great balance.
D - Very sessionable.
09-14-2012 02:36:40 | More by srandycarter
3.88/5 rDev +2.9%
Very nice looking beer, pours a bright and clear deep garnet color with a fine white head, nice lacing too.
Aromas are caramel, cereal grains, and earthy hops. Smells good, but nose is kind of subtle.
Taste starts with some cereal grains, biscuit, spicy, with lightly sweet caramel maltiness. Finish has mineral, pine and earthy hop bite. Nicely balanced and flavorful.
Mouthfeel is smooth, maybe a touch light though.
Overall, a very solid amber. Somewhat complex, plenty flavorful, but really easy to drink. Nice offering from New Belgium who seems to constantly be tinkering with/changing their seasonals.
08-31-2012 20:41:52 | More by flexabull
3.93/5 rDev +4.2%
A: This beer pours a dark brownish red body with a thick white head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.
S: There really isn't too much here IMO. There is a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of grain.. really not too much there.
T: The beer tastes very nice. There is a nice amount of sweet grain and a weird faint chocolate flavor that quickly fades. Some other things that I pick up is some bitterness and sweet bread flavor.
M: This beer is ridiculously smooth. It goes down with ease and has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and at the tip of the tongue.
O: Just a nice beer that goes well with the season. Its easy to drink and goes down with ease. I much prefer this over the last years Hoptober.
09-26-2012 04:54:04 | More by gtermi
4.05/5 rDev +7.4%
Served on tap at Lucky Monk. Appearance is clear and dark red with a thin layer of tan head. Copious amounts of sticky lacing and decent head retention are present. Aroma is freh and hoppy with a huge dose of cascade hops. Relatively one note on the nose, grapefruit and pine make up the hop profile. The taste is rather hoppy as well with a decent presence of caramel an amber malt. Fairly bitter by the mid palate with an earthy finish. Mouthfeel is medium with appropriate carbonation. Overall, this is nice and fresh and quite tasty. This is a little more drinkable than ranger, well made brew.
10-24-2012 00:58:09 | More by homebrew311
Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
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