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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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Red HoptoberRed Hoptober

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BA SCORE
85
very good

801 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 801
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 33
Gots: 36 | 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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Ratings: 801 | Reviews: 173
Photo of WOLFGANG
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured deep red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutty, caramel, bread, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really wasn’t overly impressed with this one if I am honest. I had heard a lot of good things from other friends that it was one of the best from the style that they had to date. I dunno if I should listen to these people anymore. There were a lot of nice flavors going on here for the style, however, everything just clashed on your palate all at once and there was no chance to ever really recover from it. Hate that was the case. Worth trying at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so again.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, pours a deep, deep red, nearly brown, nice tall, frothy off-white head holds good retention and leaves killer lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty, caramel, citric hop (hop pellet-like), bready, biscuity. Tastes are bready, caramely, biscuity, spicy hop, crisp, fresh, and again that pellet hop characteristic, somewhat grassy and fresh. Thinner bodied, god carbonation, finishes clean. Overall, I liked this one, but maybe it could have used another week or 2 in the bottle. I've never had a beer where the hops smell and taste like hop pellets. Not that it's a bad thing, just different. I'll probably pick up another one of these before the season is gone, especially at $3.49 a bomber!

Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm quite impressed with this and will buy more....hop forward but backloaded with a nice dark toffee/brown sugar malt bone..

Hops begin with sole citrus rind....a brief foray into some pine notes and then settles down spicy and earthy which really complements the malt load perfectly....just a hint of garlic on the late finish but it blends ok...

Body is right on....great drinker....a lot of flavor to this red ale..

Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1544th Review on BA
Draft to Abita Pint
12oz

@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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of gtermi
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 801 ratings.