Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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795 Ratings

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Ratings: 795
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 30
Gots: 33 | 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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Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich ruby in appearance, with a huge head of sudsy off-white carbonation. Thick, delicate lace.

Aroma is assertively strong and spicy hops, with a sharp earthiness.

Taste is a melding of roasty malt tones with bitter hops smack at the finish. An unusual collision of styles, and not a bad beer by any means, but Red Hoptober is not my favorite of New Belgium's seasonals.

Photo of cafemondegar
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

With the first few sips, I sensed a balance of nuttiness and hoppines, a bit heavier on the malt than the hops.
After a few sips, the mouthfeel is still somewhat malty but the aftertaste is unmistakebly hoppy bitterness. Not much nose to this one beside a hint of ester - part floral part fruity. Nice bold red color although the relative humidity in Austin this time of year fogs up the glass pretty good and I was sitting indoors so my assessment of its appearance may be a tad inaccurate.

Photo of TheBishopco
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of Jparker37
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best before November 11, 2012.

A - Big pillowy vanilla head sits atop a dark/brilliant amber beer, nearly brown. Left a little bit of lacing.

S - Really nice balance of citrus and pine dry hop smells. I am also getting a bit of rich caramel and distinct chocolate malts.

T - The malts have that characteristically toasty flavor but the hops play a large role in taste composition. The hops come across as piney on my tongue and the carbonation plays a refreshing role. Plenty of bitterness to finish but not unpleasant.

M - The body seems to be between light and medium. The carbonation is medium to high. Finishes nice and dry.

O - I fully enjoyed this brew. My first instinct when I hear of red ales are more malt forward beers but it seems I am fooled many a time. This beer seems to have a emphasis on hops but in that I did expect a little more body to stay balanced. This beer was great, but it could have used more malt depth. The hops did come through very bright and distinguishable.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, deep red body with a one-inch head of off-white foam. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Hop forward scent with notes of varied citrus fruits, spice, and pungent, dehydrated grasses. Some pale malts with a background deep toastiness, but, again, it's a hop forward nose.

Taste: Though the sugar-encrusted toasted breadcrusts does come across on the taste. Then, it's off to the spiced, candied citrus rinds, grasses, and peppery qualities. A few other ale esters hinted. Moderate bitterness. Citrusy, grassy still on the back half with a continued bitterness until the drying, toasted finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Actually, it's not a bad little beer at all. Not at all.

Photo of InlandTaipan
2.88/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Beer is a deep red almost mahogany like, tan head looks appetizing

S- Malt, subtle breadiness. a little citrus.

T- Malt character is confusing. I feel like the bitterness clashes. Getting some Fusel alcohol too.

M- a little overcarbonated for my personal taste but a good feel overall.

O - I would give it around a 2.8/3

Not a bad beer, just not my preference for this season. I do not find balance in this one.

Photo of BBrewington
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark, burnt red. Small-lacey head.

Smell: the malt tones are semi-sweet and slightly burnt. Hops are piney.

Taste: biscuity, malty sweet. Hoppy flavor and great bittering.

Mouthfeel: carbonated just right, borderline effervescent.

Overall: great fall-time red ale. Great color. Aroma and flavor are balanced well between malty and hoppy. Great beer

Photo of rayj212
4.75/5  rDev +26%

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a NB goblet.

Red Hoptober is a dark redish brown color with good clarity. The head is thick at first and leaves some nice lacing as it settes.

The aroma is mildly hoppy but not as dry-hopped "pungant" as their employee at the tap room would have me think.

Flavor is nicely balanced with a nice dark malty base and a good dose of bittering and flavoring hops. It almost straddles the line between hoppy amber and cascadian style pale ale with a solid roasted malt note.

Mouthfeel is balanced and drinkable as most New Belgium beers tend to be.

Overall a nice summer-into-fall type of beer. Worth a try if you like Fat Tire and 1554.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

like a more hoppy 90 shilling, this is a big improvement from the hoptober golden ale that was around last year. it pours perfect autumn amber color, deep deep copper, with a tan head an inch or so high. smells like a fresh hopped odell 90 shilling. its got the same malt profile, english and caramely. the hops though take the taste over, bitter and well selected. the red malts arent as prominent as i thought they would be, but they balance the intense hops pretty well. its like a dark ipa that isnt quite a black beer. feel is good, fuller body and smooth to drink. id have a few of these, but they get a little filling. overall a nice upgrade to the new belgium fall offering.

Photo of smalenberg
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of joelBfrasier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of kevinjosephlee
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.

Photo of CommonRider
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of ejw127
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Photo of Keith_R
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of assman79
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of pkmnzach
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of bsp77
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mahogany with light tan head that mostly dissipates, leaving light lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, caramel and light chocolate. The Cascade is pretty evident.

Taste: Malt body of caramel, toffee, chocolate and even some light coffee. Definitely more roasted than expected. Nice hop counterbalance of orange and grapefruit. Finish has some light spice and pine notes, but is just slightly bitter. Slight Fat Tire taste, which is the only issue I have.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Nicely balanced ale that straddles the line between a Red Ale and a Black Ale. I like this a lot better than the previous standard Hoptober.

Photo of beertunes
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a clean, clear reddish amber color with 1/2 inch of light tan head that had good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma featured piney hops upfront, with a a lightly sweet malt scent underneath. I picked up a slight bit of roast on the tongue, and, perhaps, a bit of peat. The pine hops kept nibbling around the edges, but overall, were lower in the profile.

The body was OK, but on the thinnish side for the style. Drinkability was OK, but that will depend on your taste for the peat/roast taste. Overall, an OK beer, one I'm glad I tried, but I'm not sure I'll have another.

Photo of mjryan
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy red ale is one of my beer styles. Love their red colour, their rich toffee and slight roast malt character and their abundance of hops. Red Hoptober delivers all of these attributes in spades. Looks red, okay, criteria number one delivered. Smells of pungent pine, pithy citrus and toffee. A strong nose and something New Belgium seems to pull off very well. Sometimes though I feel like NB beer tends to fall short of what the aroma promises flavour wise when it comes to their hop centric beers. Not Red Hoptober. Sweet citrus fruit hits first, followed by toffee and slight roast. Ample hop bitterness finishes the swollow. All in all very pleasing. Like I said, I'm fond of hoppy reds and this one shines.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by Nov 4, 2012.

A deep dark red pour with an excellent 1 finger head of foam, great lacing.

There's lots of citrus hops in the smell with a small amount of caramel malt peaking through.

The taste is citrusy though the bitterness is on the light side. Some caramel malt in there and does a good job of balancing; Light fruity tones when I swish the beer in my mouth. Some warming after the swallow.

Goodish mouthfeel though the carbonation is on the very light end.

This is good though I don't see myself buying more. Good doesn't always equate to great drinkability.;^(

Photo of circus_cat
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of WritersBlock
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 795 ratings.