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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

769 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 26
Gots: 26 | 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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MN_Beerticker

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

09-08-2012 03:24:00 | More by MN_Beerticker
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, heavily steeped tea-like color; dark in the shadows, deep umber in light, and its darkness makes me fear this one might be a malt-bomb too. (And actually now that I think of it, I'm not really sure often what looks good and what LOOKS good; kinda maybe because most beer looks good to me anyway, when you think of it.) Smell is a bit malt and caramel and sweet and hops...synthetic like notes (not bad either) but overall all its scent is muted surely. Tastes great, whew! Good balance on the grains, and not bombed out on the sweetness or the malt and coffee, and nice hops...I get the centennial for sure, and it seems to dominate, the others hidden below. Mouthfeel is great, carbonation is active and fussy and refreshing, and not chewy or boggy or anything. I really like this! And it could be because it's Friday eve too. Either way, I'll buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 01:54:26 | More by Bitter_Echo
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PintOHops

California

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A dark, amber/mahogany colored brew with a soapy 2-finger head. Clarity is pretty good although the beer is quite dark, so not a lot of light comes through.

S - Herbal and grapefruit rind like hop notes upfront. Soft dark chocolate and biscuit underneath. I also pick up the faintest bit of smoke. Very inviting.

T - Resinous hop oils roll off the tongue and add lots of grapefruit rind, lemon, and pine throughout. Mid to finish I pick up cocoa, brown sugar and bark like flavors. Bitterness is mild-moderate.

M - Oily, low crispness, and medium bodied.

O - This is a really nice, tasty brew that reminds me more of winter than fall. I really enjoyed it's warming flavors of cocoa, and bark. The appearance couldn't really be much better either. Just a great beer from New Belgium Brewing, and I would definitely buy another six pack. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:29:34 | More by PintOHops
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JosiahS

California

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark woody color with some red throughout. 2-finger, creamy yet frothy with sticky lacing.

s: Sappy, dank, resin-y pine. Orange and lemon rind, rich dark fruit, caramel and faint chocolate.

t: Bitter, pine resin, bark, lemon rind. Malt provides caramel, cocoa nibs and helps round out the taste.

m: medium-full, medium carbonation. Not overbearing, not as syrupy as the flavor/aroma profile would lead one to believe.

o: Full flavor, looks great, not overbearing, great beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:21:11 | More by JosiahS
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oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 20:00:46 | More by oberon
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Huntingtonbasser

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-07-2012 19:50:14 | More by Huntingtonbasser
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-07-2012 02:52:36 | More by Kunstman
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GMan

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-07-2012 02:42:36 | More by GMan
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twkirkby

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-06-2012 23:28:02 | More by twkirkby
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wagenvolks

Texas

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-06-2012 21:47:42 | More by wagenvolks
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Joefisherman

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.9%

09-06-2012 19:26:16 | More by Joefisherman
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +26%

09-06-2012 17:18:08 | More by TEAMHOLT
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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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cfinch2

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-06-2012 13:48:11 | More by cfinch2
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-06-2012 03:08:32 | More by stampfler07
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homersimpson67

Minnesota

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

Have enjoyed New Belgium Hoptober over the past few years and was curious to see what the new Red Hoptober is all about.

Appearance: It is pretty dark, seems more brownish copper than red but a nice two finger of lacing and in the light it has a dark reddish glow.
Smell: Remeniscent of Fat Tire sort of a hazelnut and burnt carmel malt smell. Very inviting.
Taste: I would say similiar to Hoptober with a little more heaviness to it. Hints of caramel and cocoa and then a nice bitter finish. Starts out very bold and has a nice light follow through.
Mouthfeel: Feels really good, very malty and sweet with just the right amount of carbonation and hoppiness, truly a nice beer for these cooler nights on the deck.
Overall: Have shyed away from New Belgium for a bit but am excited to have new
and tasty varieties look forward to. Very drinkable seasonal Hoppy Red Ale. I think I'll have another!

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 02:15:01 | More by homersimpson67
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jbierling

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-06-2012 00:08:52 | More by jbierling
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qwe2323

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-05-2012 21:13:54 | More by qwe2323
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Tracker83

Michigan

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-05-2012 00:40:59 | More by Tracker83
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CaryBrew92

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

09-05-2012 00:30:53 | More by CaryBrew92
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jak

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-04-2012 11:39:52 | More by jak
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CelticAleMan

California

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

09-04-2012 06:42:49 | More by CelticAleMan
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DeezGunz14

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

09-04-2012 03:19:01 | More by DeezGunz14
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minterro

Colorado

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from meijers, price: 2.85 for 22oz bottle

Paired with chocolate pretzels

A&S: The beer is on the darker side of amber. Pours about 2.5 fingers of creamy head. The head is off white has some lacying and hangs around forever in a thin creamy layer. The smell is not very potent and consists of citrus hops and breadlike malts.

T&M: Lots of caramel, toasty, slight piney hops. Medium bitterness towards the finish along with some smokeyness. Pretty light as far as body but kinda creamy, carbonation is on the low side of medium.

O: Nothing super special, however again like with the Tripel from New Belgium (and in this case a better example) it is a good example of the style for the price.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:09:57 | More by minterro
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JimSmetana

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

09-03-2012 23:54:00 | More by JimSmetana
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