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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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Red HoptoberRed Hoptober

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BA SCORE
85
very good

798 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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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Photo of MrD
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe
6.0% ABV, Best before 18NOV12

A - From the label to the beer, Red Hoptopber evokes a deep crimson sunset shimmering with stark clarity. Carbonation keeps the frothy ivory head alive as it slowly descends to a loose layer, leaving clumps of it's former self on the glass.

S - With a host of earthy aromas, Red Hoptober immediately smells like a close relative of Fat Tire's. Toasted malt suggests peanut butter spread thinly over a golden brown piece of whole wheat toast. Faint chocolate notes follow up as the earthy hops jump in the mix; dried leaf pile and crisp, light pine offer notes of fall in the blend. Mild, older citrus rind finds it's way in the background too.

T - While the aroma might suggest a relative of Fat Tire's, the flavor is quite the contrary. Opening with plenty of malty complexity, toast and light nuttiness continue on from the aroma, as does the faint hint at chocolate. Hops are definitely showcased throughout the flavor, but take a back seat, slowly entering along the finish. Earthiness jumps forward again, carefully balancing the toasted malt characteristics with a recently cut and raked lawn under a tall tree shedding it's leaves.

M - Red Hoptober is medium-bodied but here is where the hops have their moment; crisp and earthy, the bigger maltiness of the flavor is held back with restraint, gently bitter on the finish. If ever there was a fall seasonal that evokes the feeling of fall preemptively, this would be it.

O - Seasonal releases seem to be departing their seasons with more haste each year and fall is no stranger to that. But Red Hoptober seems to bridge the gap nicely, offering some toasted malt and enough crisp hop to battle the ongoing heat as the days, with almost painstakingly slow speed, grow cooler. I can certainly get behind this beer for now. What pains me, though, is it's mid-November best by date. After all, if the weather's course is any indication, that's when Red Hoptober and it's ilk will be truly at their prime.

Photo of jtd335
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of elNopalero
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was surprised by this beer from the instant I opened and poured it. One, because of its appearance—I wasn’t expecting something with such a rich, deep amber brown hue, and literally two solid fingers of creamy foam topping it. And two, the aroma—oh, what an aroma! From the instant I cracked this open I could smell it. First impressions are of chocolate malt—just this wonderfully bright bouquet of roast and chocolate malt that comes across. It’s pleasing and another surprise. The flavor cracks with a smooth malt like an amber and a defined, distinct bitterness. There’s a pleasing hoppiness that develops and gives this some kick. Not sure where this beer fits in the grand scheme of things—it’s a hoppy amber, or a malty IPA, or just something altogether delicious.

Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear copper with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: pineapple and grapefruit hop aromas up front with some sweet and nutty aromas mixed in.

T: the taste is more like a hoppy brown ale with piny and earthy hopnotes mixed with nuts and cocoa flavors.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is dry and nicely carbonated.

O: an interesting and solid beer overall. The hop and brown ale notes don't blend very well, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

Photo of Eriktheipaman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe.

The beer is a deep amber/ruby color. A thick vanilla ice cream head slowly settles to an even film. Wide rings of lacing cling to the glass.

The aroma is very sharp with hops and citrus rinds dominating, but somewhere in there is a subtle sweet caramel malt note. The sharp hops almost smell like a black IPA ...

Taste is dominated again by hops. I guess that's what you get when you name your beer with the word "Hoptober." But the body does have a sweet malt base. I'd say it's well balanced as the malts and hops intertwine. Grapefruit rinds give way to caramel sweetness then back to a burnt, bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated with a dry finish.

Overall, I have to admit, I do not like this "amber/red" ale at all. I'm getting tired of New Belgium's beers all tasting the same with the same hop profile. And besides, i like reds/ambers to be malty, toasty, and sweet, not bitter and sour like this thing, despite it's name of "Red Hoptober." Their original Hoptober brew last year was phenomenal, this one ... not so much.

Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark red with ruby hues and a thick tan colored head. Toasted malt and citrus hop in the nose.

The initial taste is of grain husk and toasted malt. Then the citrus hop kicks in all the way through to the finish. I really like the cascade and toasted malt finish. The beer is medium body and has a smooth feel to it. It has good balance between the sweetness and bitterness in the finish. Very drinkable beer. This would be a good Amber or Brown ale on it's own, but the addition of citrus hops kicks it up a notch.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottles with a best before date of November 4th 2012.
A - aggressive pour yields two fingers of frothy lacy head riding on top of a clear caramel.
S - mildly fragrant hops with a touch of citrus and toasted malts. A solvent like quality to the aroma permeates everything.
T - a little sweet, a little toasted, a little hoppy with a caramel twist. Balance is good, not too syrupy like some other reds. The solvent smell apprears in the taste. I'm not sure what to describe it as but it is not off putting, just different.
M - moderately carbonated with moderate body and a lingering astringent coating.
D - would be better enjoyed with food.

Photo of Popp24
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of BrianGilbert
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Jmick28
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Momar42
3.03/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into NB globe glass

A - deep clear amber/brown in color with less than one finger of off-white head that dissipates rapidly.

S - chalky, bready, moldy, wet paint. I'm getting a slight hop nose but it's muddled. Not winning me over with the smell.

T - Malt dominates from the start. Hops are most present on the back end and after taste. Don't really know how describe the taste besides an average amber. Hops don't really add or subtract overall.

M - medium. Finishes medium as well. Somewhat coating on the palate.

O - I am pretty Meh on most of the recent NB offering and on ambers in general. When you combine the two, I guess I shouldn't be surprised at the results. Drinkable, but I wouldn't but it on the "have again" list. Average at best.

Photo of dbossman
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep reddish brown with a one-inch light brown head and lacing that isn't great

S: This is dank and spicy: grass, marijuana, citrus, black pepper; some bready and slightly burnt malts but mostly really dank hops

T: Doesn't taste as much like weed as it smells; much maltier with that typical, slightly burnt NB malt profile; some grassy hops with a touch of citrus; not bad but not as good as aromas hinted

F: Medium body and fairly creamy; a touch thin on back end

O: This is a nice beer, but man does it smell awesome--I just wish that translated more

Photo of pirmannt1
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of jake_richer
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of stonewild
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium tulip glass. Dark red color; earthy hop smell with a malty background came off of the 1/2 inch off white head. Hop smell replaced by sweet rich malt while drinking. Taste reminds me of a mildly sweet stout with balanced bitter character. There was a slight alcohol burn on the back end. Thin light lacing was left on glass. Overall impression is of a half stout and half IPA to warm a cool July airconditioned evening.

Photo of BrewCaveDweller
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of dogfish7
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ratamacue
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Kanewai
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/4/12.

Pours a clear dark amber with a 2 inch foamy tan head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Thin foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, toasted bread, and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with a slight sweetness and a fresh herbal hop flavor. There is a medium amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp yet medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty and very easy to drink.

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