Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing
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4.08/5 rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a deep amber color with a thick, long lasting tan head. Excellent retention and lacing. Aroma is quite strong, definitely some earthy notes, dark fruit, slight alcohol, and a little yeast. Taste is bitter right up front. Earthy, piney, bitterness, wonderful fall hop character. Slightly sweet tasting. Medium carbonation and a medium body. This beer has a lingering bite to the finish, and is slightly resin like in the mouthfeel. An excellent dark pale fall style for sure, I definitely recommend giving this beer a try.
Serving type: bottle
10-28-2012 21:44:37 | More by scvance
4.43/5 rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5
Red Hoptober was served on tap in a globe-shaped glass. Very nice.
Appearance: About 1" of cream colored foam. Very dark brown beer, almost black. Dense and opaque. Lots and lots of lacing.
Smell: Hops aroma, about midway between grapefruit and pine. Don't detect much else besides a lovely hops aroma.
Taste: A roasted flavor with a big hops presence. The roast flavor is like coffee or toasted pumpernickel bread. Very interesting taste. First there's the roasted malt flavors that linger awhile, and then the hops ending. The finish even suggested some grass.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel with a bit of chewiness. Nice bit of tingle.
Overall: Fantastic beer that's nicely complex. I love how the taste evolved. Drinking this beer is a certainly a wonderful experience.
Serving type: on-tap
09-15-2012 20:50:10 | More by sonata2008
4.15/5 rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
A: A clear, deep amber with an off-white head that persists. Good lacing.
S: Malts up front followed by the hoppy-floral scents, and finally a sort-off barn-yard-y off-aroma.
T: Both the malt and the hop flavor are well-defined. Malty sweetness persists. More chocolate-y roasted/burnt malts. Much more roasted than I had expected from the color. Malt flavors are strong. The hops character is more piney than citrus.
Even the scent of alcohol reveals itself as the brew warms. Well-balanced between malt and hops.
M: The carbonation is moderately high. I experience a prickly tingle from the carbonation even to the last sip. The finish is smooth (as this style should be) but some astringency lingers on my cheeks and tongue. A perceptible alcohol warmth presents itself.
Notes: At the end of this enjoyable brew, I am already feeling a smooth head-buzz. That may be why I enjoy a beer more and more as the review goes on.
The BJCP style guidelines refer to this style as "an American pale ale with more body, more caramel richness, and a balance more towards malt than hops." This brew pulls that off nicely.
Serving type: bottle
08-27-2012 19:47:37 | More by kevinjosephlee
Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 772 ratings.