Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
85
very good

795 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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

Looks great... I poured this brew into a regular beer mug, and the brew makes three fingers thick worth of white foam crown, and retains quite nicely. The body is dark copper in color and has awesome clarity.

The aroma is of toffee with an earthy tea fragrance. Lemony and metallic hops round it out.

The taste is also earthy, slight tobacco and molasses, and burnt toast as well. There is a slight lemon undertone here too.

Feels dry, medium body, and leaves the palate fuzzy if you know what I mean.

Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark ruby with a thick one finger tan head. Wonderful head retention.

Aroma is a bouquet of piny hops with a touch of caramel and roasted malt. Very tiny bit of chocolate.

The flavor has lots of hops up front but that transitions nicely into some subdued caramel and toffee. There is some toasted malt along with chocolate/coffee but it is very subtle and becomes more apparent as the beer warms. Bitterness is on the moderate side with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.

Overall, a really good fall seasonal in my opinion. It is something unique and is really quite drinkable. Definitely worth picking up.

Photo of dbstuart88
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KimenTshom
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of 59rockabilly
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of JSchock7
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of RoamingGnome
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Served chilled...

A) Nice amber with a lot of red tone to it. A nice creamy two finger head was generated with the pour. Excellent retention on the head. Several sticky layers of lacing were left clinging to the glass.

S) The aroma is quite nice. The malt brings out sweet caramel. There is also a nutty scent, and some toast. The hops are piney and a bit floral as well.

T) The flavor is near the nose. It also reminded me a little of Fat Tire, just with more of a hopped up aroma and taste. The finish is earthy hops and lighty roasted. Nice aftertaste...

M) Medium to lighter medium body. Moderate carbonation. This is quite smooth, almost creamy. This is very easy drinking.

O) Highly enjoyable seasonal offering right here. I really enjoy amber ales that incorporate more hops. This one is more pine and floral than citrus, but it works well. Glad to recommend this one...

Photo of mattafett
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Listers
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of artvandelay44
2.5/5  rDev -33.7%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.33/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up tonight at the COOP... poured into my slim tulip glass.. nice 1" tannish head.. the brew is clear deeeep amber... very pretty.. nice lacing and retention.

Fairly abundant citrus and floral hoppiness... but smacked with a ton of toasty malts.. I've never thought this combination works well, but apparently New Belgium thinks otherwise.

Light bitterness... good hoppy flavors that mirror the nose... and plenty of malty essence that leaves not too much sweetness... just plenty biscuity and medium toast..

Body is standard so is carbonation.

Meh.... I bought 2x bottles.... I will drink the other, but will not buy another.

The "biscuit/toasty malt" qualities is just sooo prevalent in New Belgium beer.... Too much of a "house flavor".

4/3/3.5/3.5/3

Photo of hippityhophead24
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buiscuts, nuts, toffee, toast, grass, and roast. I love this aroma!

Deep red in color and perfectly clear. No visible carbonation but a beautiful light tan head that is so thick it creates a mustache as you drink it. Lacing is above par.

Red Hoptober is lightly roasted on the palate and brings on this wonderful nuttiness with slight hints of wheatgrass and citrus.

Carbonation is somewhere between low and medium with a lighter body than expected. It's a smooth drink and makes me want more.

Photo of danmouer
4.23/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Described as an American Amber, this year's version of NB's Hoptoberfest c omes across to me like a Duesseldorf Alt with a distinctive American accent.

The colori is more brown than amber or red, by my eyes, but it isa a pretty, very clear beer with a modest, but persistent head.

Like so many American craft beers, this is about hops...I wish they had waited to make it from this year's crop of wet hops. Nonetheless, the hop aromas and flavors are 1. All-American, 2. Very fresh and refreshing, and 3. prominent yet well balanced by a complex, caramel malt backgound.

Bottom line, I enjoyed the heck out of this beer. Well made. Tasty. Not meant for lawn-mowing, but for back porch sipping on a cool Fall evening. Hops are focused on favor and aroma, not mouth-wrenching bitterness. Just as it should be.

Good job, New Belgium.

Photo of alysmith4
1.95/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was surprised at how little I enjoyed this beer. I just couldn't get over the musty smell. It was something like furniture polish! The taste was similar. I'm not sure if I just got a bad batch or what, as I think New Belgium usually makes solid beers.

Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of Buck6196
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Photo of Star80
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours out a dark copper red color with lots of lacing on the glass. Overall looks impressive.

S - the smell is citric, resiney, piney with a touch of raisin bread-like sweetness.

T - the taste is a lot of citric and somewhat earthy tasting hops. However the hops tastes somewhat dull and muted, not as complex as I would have hoped. Well I could taste a cornucopia of hop Varieties the quality of the Hops themselves are not flowery, leafy whole cone hops.

M - mouth feel is fine not too carbonated pretty smooth and drinkable.

I- overall a nice beer but like too many hoppy beers not nice enough to have me prefer over a Victory or even a Sierra Nevada.

Photo of t2thebro
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle

A- dark copper color, thin sudsy head, leaves a good amount of lacing.

S- earthy, fresh with hints of citrus and toasted nuts.

T- nutty, with a nice spicy citrus hop profile. Grains taste of roasted nuts, Caramel and butterscotch.

M- smooth but in my opinion a bit under carbonated which gave it almost a slimy feel kinda strange but not all that bad.

O- very nice. When I cracked the bottle all I smelt was hops. Then I poured it and everything mixed together well. A brew with excellent balance but a strong flavor in each the hop and grain profile. It is a beer that is fit for a beer geek as the different flavors come one after another.

Photo of Psilo707
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off I should state that I'm not a big Red Ale fan and never have been. It's probably my least favorite of brews, but sometimes I find one that I really like (like Duchess), and this new release from New Belgium is another exception.

A: Extremely red. Holy crap that's red. Awesome looking thick burgundy color with a medium-sized head that has out-of-this-world lacing.

S: Ruby-red citrus floral scent. Lots of hops present right away but not aggressive in any way. Somewhat tame but an overall sweet scented experience and I'm definitely ready to taste it.

T: Somewhat hoppy, but also malty for sure. Toffee and semi-sweet chocolate aftertones complete the dark red palette in a sensible manner. Actually tastes much more like an amber ale or even a slight pale ale more than a red brew. Very nice all the way down - there isn't one moment when the taste seems lackluster and this is definitely a solid 4.0 category.

M: Smooth, semi thick yet very fluid, and most of all... inviting. Feels like I could drink this next to a warm campfire as well as on the ski slopes. Doesn't quit this quality all the way down, either. Very nice!

Overall: The definition of a 4.0 beer in my opinion. As stated before I don't like red ales that much, but I do LOVE New Belgium and feel like I often may over-rate their releases. This time I feel I'm being subjectively fair and giving it exactly what it deserves. This is a great beer for the price (6.99-8.99 per 6 pack) and I recommend it for anyone who likes Ales of any type. GOOD STUFF!

Photo of JottaGibboo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of ZAP
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
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 rob99er
4/5  rDev +6.1%

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