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Red Hoptober - New Belgium Brewing

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783 Ratings

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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 173
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 13.53%
Wants: 31
Gots: 32 | 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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

patre_tim, Jul 19, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Kunstman, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

LJWalker, Nov 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.4%

DeutschesBier, Sep 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

szmnnl99, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of klipper
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

klipper, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

secondtooth, Aug 29, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

Localdrinklax, Aug 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

savagepm, Jun 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

neckbracesub, Sep 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

UWBadgerFan4Life, May 23, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

bismarksays, Feb 04, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Danobold, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

leprechaunandfatman, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of rajendra82
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

The burnt umber colored body was clear, and topped by a two finger thick, foamy, beige head. I could smell the bright hops even before bringing the glass up to the nose. Once I did, the nose was dominated by piney, earthy, spicy, and musty hops. As anticipated, the taste was quite bitter and earthy, with a flash of brown sugar mid palette, and a carbonated, drying, finish. The body felt medium thick, oily, and soft. This is better than the typical New Belgium seasonal, and approaches the quality of the Lips of Faith series.

rajendra82, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

SkinniePost, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Beerlover, Aug 07, 2013
Photo of rangerred
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

rangerred, Aug 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

ryanpj, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of TheSarge
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

TheSarge, Aug 20, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

BigTrubble, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of vkv822
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

12oz : tulip

Clear amber read, foamy off-white head, decent lacing.

For the style, fairly hop-forward, with resiny pine, and citric notes upfront in both taste and nose, followed by a bready, malty base.

A medium body, with average bubbly carbonation.

One of the better examples of this style of beer. Hop-forward, but still well balanced with the malts. Something that's easy to get through a 6-pack of.

vkv822, Oct 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

EyePeeAyBryan, Jan 03, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +26%

captainbearcat, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

12-oz. bottle into a pint glass at my house on Aug. 30, 2012 (for $9.99 per six-pack at KnB Wine Cellar’s in San Diego, Calif.). Poured a mahogany with khaki lacing. Very good retention on the top and sides (wet, foamy).

Good on the nose. Got a sharp whiff of hops, but couldn’t put my finger on what kind (bottle says centennial, cascade and eldorado. I didn’t taste cascade and don’t know the other two at all). Lots of malts, maybe caramel and toffee. Reminded me of a black IPA.

Smelled butter, light citrus hops (orange, tangerine), caramel, toffee and butterscotch.

Tasted more like a black IPA than an amber. Got bitter malts, caramel/toffee/coffee-like. Just malty.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish.

Good beer overall, but still not quite what I would picture an amber/red ale.

BucannonXC5, Aug 31, 2012
Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
85 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.