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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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Red HoptoberRed Hoptober

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very good

798 Ratings

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Ratings: 798
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | 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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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

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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!

Photo of JosiahS
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of homersimpson67
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 798 ratings.