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Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Centennial, Cascade & Eldorado hops

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,949
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
811
pDev:
13.26%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
46
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 811 |  Reviews: 176
Reviews by BucannonXC5:
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3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happily, New Belgium has finally made it's way into Michigan, so I picked up a bomber of this brew, mainly because of the name.

A good brew. Nice clean taste in this with a some kick of hops. Not very thick and goes down easily.

Very happy that I picked up a couple of this seasonal. A nice change from the octoberfests and pumpkins brews that everyone is putting out.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Delirium snifter on 9/16/12

Best before 18 Nov 12

Thanks to PDXHops

The appearance is a cross between dulled brown and light plum. The two finger head doesn't last too long, leaving only a bubbly skim. There's a good amount of lace, though.

Pine hops make a good showing in the nose and there are hints of citrus hops and floral tones. Malts are in abundance, too. Notes of toasted bread, caramel and some cocoa. The taste is similar, if a bit thinner than the aroma let on. Prickly pine hops offer a touch of resin to a fairly thin body. Citrus is faint, working in a bit in the mid section. Toasted bread and some caramel. Carbonation is on the thin side, but fussy. Toasted, malty finish.

Overall impression - A good tasting beer that could stand to have a more ample body.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Amber-brown color with a 3.5-finger cream-colored frothy head. Really nice retention and lacing. Clear with a decent amount of carbonation bubbles.

S – Toasty and toffee-like malts with pine, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango hops. Nicely balanced but the malt comes through particularly well as the beer warms.

T – Starts off sweet and toasty with toffee, caramel, and toasted malts. The toasty flavor lingers and blends into a bitter pineapple, pine, and grapefruit hop finish.

F – Medium-bodied with average carbonation, a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a toasty, bitter, and dry finish. Toasty malt and pine hop bitterness linger for a nice amount of time.

O – This is a really nice amber ale. It’s tasty, drinkable, and fits the style. I’m not entirely sure how I feel about it being a fall seasonal, but I guess it fits the bill as it has a decent amount of toasty malt. In the heart of autumn, I’d rather reach for a pumpkin ale or an Oktoberfest beer, but this beer certainly works well in the transitional period between summer and fall. Bottom line: this is a solid beer from New Belgium.

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4.45/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint glass:

Apparence: beautiful dark amber color, with red hues, crystal clear, slightly brown head, maybe beige.

Aroma: smells of amber to dark malt with some earthy, grassy hops, very slightly citrusy, but I'd describe it as biscuity with some chocolate and fresh cut grass with ripe pine needles sitting atop.

Flavor: earthy notes hit my tongue first, followed by dark malts, as if I was eating slightly burnt hawaiien bread in the middle of a pine tree forest with fresh cut grass surrounding. Really, really plesent flavor. Flavors balance each other very nicely.

Mouthfeel: I would say medium body, but with a dry finish, carbonation is nice, nothing cloying in the beer, just a plesent taste that dissipates into a mellow burnt sugar flavor/feel.

Overall: this is a good one. Want a dark amber ale, but you also want an IPA? This is perfect. Well balanced, hop and malt flavor are extremely well thought out and executed very well. Drinkability is also really high, 3-5 bottles of this would not be a problem for a Friday or Saturday night session.

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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 811 ratings