Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing

very good
176 Reviews
Red HoptoberRed Hoptober

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Centennial, Cascade & Eldorado hops

Added by UCLABrewN84 on 07-20-2012

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.01/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - The color of the beer is Dark brown with deep red hues. Beautiful. There is a huge stream of bubbles rising up from the center of the glass. Its got a nice two finger tan head with remarkable retention. The lacing on this beer is amazing. Its sticky and curtain like.

S - The nose is bittersweet with some nice grainy backbone. I'm getting sweet toasted caramel, bitter orange rind, and pine. Very nice.

T - Actually picking up some coffee in the taste. Its mostly toasted malts with a grapefruit bitterness mid way through. Finish is pretty clean.

M - Light to medium bodied mouth feel. The carbonation somewhat lighter than expected. Feels alright for the most part.

O - Not really a fan of Red Ales but this one is alright with me. Pretty much my favorite so far. It for sure the most attractive.

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Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into the New Belgium globe glass.

Pours a deep clear ruby, with several fingers of rich, slightly off-white head. This maintains a robust look, slathering the sides of the glass with a sticky latticework of lacing. The aroma smells fresh, floral and piney, with some light leafy spice character and an underpinning of herbal and tropical notes. Some tangier toffee and a touch of toast mix in as well from the back. The tropical flavors and pine are the standouts here.

The taste is pine, green bitter citrus, gentle tropical fruit and herbal textures and a more malty presence of sweet caramel that has a bit of a burnt edge to it. This is a very smooth mix of flavors here, with only that dry finish of resins, spice and bitterness giving this any real aggressiveness on the palate. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and firm on the tongue and roof of the mouth, which is wrapped up in a smooth, oily and creamy feel that flows nicely in the mouth. Just a smidge of alcohol is present in each sip, which doesn’t stand a chance against the flavor and feel here.

This was a pleasant surprise for me from New Belgium, being a well hopped yet balanced and smooth take on an American Amber Ale that had a really solid flavor and drinkability to it. I’ll be investing in a six pack next time.

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Photo of jellikit
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of Zorro
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear dark ale with a medium sized tan colored head. Very dark it is red if you hold it up to a strong light but you could just as well call it brown.

Smell is sweet and malty with a C type hop aroma. Smells a little spicy with a cedar or spruce wood aroma.

Starts out a little sweet and malty. Toasted grain with some molasses flavor. Woody spice taste, with a mineral water flavor. tastes like spruce. Tasty with a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty beer. Tried it because this was in the slot where Belgo usually is at Vons.

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Photo of AEArider
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with a tan head and swell lacing. Consistently pleasing. . . smell is of a malt base with hop resin, citrus, spices, and grass floating on top. Taste is hoppier than expected from the style, with a bready base layered with lots of grassy and piney overtones. Smooth mouthfeel with an ideal level of carbonation. Well enjoyed.

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Photo of DavidST
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best before Nov. 11, 12. This pours a nice reddish amber color with a large odd white head with good retention and leaves a lacing. The smells are a nice bit of hops, and caramel. The feel is medium. The taste is good nice amount of hops and caramel malts.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had the Redhoptober on draft at the 6th Street Grill in Eugene. Served in a standard pint, the beer is dark bronze with red highlights. It has a sticky tan head.

Nose of caramel, toasted grains and some pine notes.

This one is a bit of a hopped-up red. There are some citrus and pine and lots of caramel malts. A bit of red apple and some crackers round out the taste.

The mouth is decent with a bit of heft off-set by active carbonation. Very easy to drink several and it goes great with food. I liked the $3 price on Thirsty Thursdays. That is a deal for a beer this good!

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Photo of notchucknorris
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a deep copper color with a nice one finger cream colored head.

S: A big malty presence with a good dose of earthy and piney hops. A touch of campfire smell as well.

T: A good blend of caramel malts, earthy hops, pepper, campfire and some faint citrus. A really nice beer that grows on you the more you drink.

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Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Fairly clear red ale, tan head, leaves fast. Tons of cling lace.

S - Malty. As I am enjoying the pure malt, the hops set in. Malty and hoppy. Good things.

T - Nice big fat caramel center that is surgically cut with astringent hops. Nicely done.

M - Medium body, good carb, great balance.

D - Very sessionable.

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Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark in color; there’s red in there, but it’s more of a deep maroon; off-white head forms then quickly subsides to film; does leave some nice lacing.

Smell is good, surprisingly malty as it is hoppy. It really reminds me more of a brown ale with its toasty, slightly sugary and smoky character; hops provide a bright citrus counterpoint.
Full mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation—a step up in heft from the lighter summer seasonals.

Taste is pretty well split; the first half seems like a malt-centric beer, but then the latter half finishes strong on hops. It’s kind of like someone poured in half a brown ale and half an IPA. Interesting. Just a slight toast flavor in the malts, as well as some light sugar sweetness. Hops are bright and citrusy, really cutting through everything and finishing bitter and dry.

I like it. For a fall seasonal, it really does deliver in that I get more malt and heft, but I still get those hops I love too. Rather than just make another hoppy ale and call it a fall seasonal, I’m glad they truly amped up the malts. A bit filling, so two would probably be my max in an evening.

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Photo of Mosstrooper
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip glass.

Appearance: Clear, deep amber color with a large brownish head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind large spots of foam.

Smell: Earthy aromas with pine and some citrus and a bready backing.

Taste: Begins nutty and bready, rounding out to some sweet caramel and finishing with a balanced bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with balanced carbonation and a watery but slightly dry finish.

Overall: Not quite outstanding, but solid overall with almost perfect balance. Definitely tastes like fall.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of DocJitsu
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear brown-copper with a short, sticky caramel-colored head. Roasted smoky malt and grapefruit aromas. The moutfheel is a little thin and wet with some scrubbing toward the end and a powdery finish. This is a Porter meets Calofornia Pale Ale. Coffee up front with floral and citrus hops being picked up in that order. There are some interesting things going on with this one. Otherwise, it's average.

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Photo of JimKal
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice one finger head. Color is dark brown/amber. As the head slowly dissipates it leave behind some nice lacing.

S - I pick up a nice citrus/floral aroma.

T - It definitely displays the NB heritage in the taste. I'm not sure what yeast they used but this one has a taste profile that reminds me of Belgo. The IBU count of 60 just doesn't show here, while it definitely is hoppy it doesn't blow out the taste buds.

M - very smooth with a slight bitter finish.

O - OK I'm biased. I do like just about everything NB produces and I also seem to like every fall seasonal I try. Perhaps the deck and the cool air are working their magic. This one will only be with us for a short time so let's enjoy it while we can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from "bomber" bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear copper/amber in color, with a thick cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, piney hops
Taste-Big piney hopwave followed by spicy, toasted malt backbone. Not sure what "Eldorado" hops are but are in use here according to the label, and they work out very nicely, providing a flavorfull piney aspect that complements the spicy malt very well. Recommended.

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Photo of streetcommander
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

VMouthfeel, ery nice.

Malt, brown sugar, and darker barleys are the predominant flavors. Cascade hops during the drink, Eldorado on the finish and beltch. Very well balanced hoppieness, clear and present hop flavor without being excessively bitter.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent amber with several small bubbles rising to the creamy, two-finger, off-white head. A nice cap stays in place all the way down the glass. Leaves behind several large splotches of lacing. Nice.

S - Caramel, red apple and sour earthy hops great the nose upon opening the bottle. More of the same in the glass with perhaps some caramelized brown sugar. Really quite good.

T - Caramelized brown sugar and red apple upfront. The body is a nice blend of tart red apple, hop bitterness riding on the back of the tongue, and a hint of caramel malt. Huge wave of hops and apple as the beer passes over the back of the tongue fades into a biscuit, caramel and slightly overripe red apple finish.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation to give it a fresh feeling (even though this particular bottle is several months old). Well done.

As promised, Red Hoptober is a well hoped red ale that has a beautiful appearance. The only downside to this gem of a beer is that on a clean palate, the finish will start to turn slightly caustic at the end. Otherwise, the flavors, mouthfeel, and smell jive well to form a very delicious brew. One of my favorite red ales, I hope to get some more this coming fall. Now that I go to CSU, hopefully I can get is straight from the brewery!

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Photo of chinchill
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Fall for Greenville Fest.

Pours very clear, a dark red-amber color with a very good head.

Plenty of hop aroma. Both the nose and the flavor are fresh, fruity, and clean. Has a complex hop-based sensory array, with fruity, herbal and floral aspects. A hint of charred weed.

M: Crisp with medium body and carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall: a hoppy, aromatic red ale that is easy to drink.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1544th Review on BA
Draft to Abita Pint

@Mission Pizza, Fremont, CA

App- A darker medium bronze with a bit of reds, browns in the glass. A small capped 1/2 finger of head that was almost a bit creamy of white. A very good looking cling and lace pattern down the glass.

Smell- A bit hoppy, a bit malty. Really takes the normal red ale and turns it on its head with the 3x hop addition. More of a small IPA without the bitter and replaced by a fuller malt aroma to it.

Taste- I would venture to step out and call this a blend of a red/IPA with some flaky rye. The hops are what make it a bit creamy and peppery with a good amount of deep citrus and a bit of grass on the finish.

Mouth- A bit too thick for me. Needs to be brought down just a little bit. A very nice medium body with a thicker medium carbonation. Residual malts and peppery hops.

Drink- I dont normally like Ambers/Reds and this kicks the shit out of Fat Tire. i could drink a few of these and be pretty happy actually.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Caramel, chocolate, roasted notes, earthy pine notes as well.

T-Starts with a mesh of caramel and roasty notes, earthy hops as well, with a nice mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, velvety.

O-A surprisingly good beer. Wasn't expecting much but this beer was good.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottled on 2-JUL into a Hoffman House glass goblet.

A - Deep red, very clear, with large billowing off-white head that falls to a medium film. Carbonation appears mild.

S - Aggressive piney hops with molasses. Subtle floral and citrus in the background. Not nearly as citrusy as the hop bill would imply.

T - Lots of green hop flavor throughout. Initially creamy with a hard-to-define sweetness mingling with hop flavors. Fades into an almost smokey caramelized sugar mid with a firm, but very clean ending bitterness and a very slight roasted note. Finish seems dry due to considerable bitterness.

M - Surprisingly heavy bodied with mild carbonation.

O - An excellent example of a hoppy fall beer. It is easy to get carried away with the German malts at this time of year, so this is a nice change of pace.

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Photo of MEsoJD
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

[Poured into a mason jar]

I: I was in the store and saw Red Hoptober and thought that I could go for a red ale. New Belgium was the brewery that I started early out with when I started expanding my horizons for good beer. For a more kind of main stream beer, they aren't bad at all. From the looks of it, hopefully it'll have some decent hop presence.

B: [6.00 % ABV 12FL. OZ. Bottled July 2012] I really like the presentation of this bottle. It doesn't draw to much attention to itself and has all the information you can ask for. The label itself has some nice simplistic art bordered with hops, insisting that this brew has big emphasis on hops. That said, the label texture is decent. The bottle has a nice ridge for flow/carbonation ingrained with the words New Belgium. As for information, back story/summary, temp advise, abv, bottle date, brew location, and etc.. are there and much appreciated. Overall the bottles good, but not one for shelving.

A: A dark red/brownish body with low transparency, bubbly head (fast dissipation), and good lacing.

S: Upfront are the centennial/cascade/Eldorado hops, sweet piney/bready malt, and a roasty/woody back ground presence.

T: The hops are upfront and throughout to the back of the tongue, caramel/light chocolate sense, creamy sweet bread/piney malt followed by citrus, and roasty/slight warming alcohol. Unexpected and frankly one could go on and on about what flavors they feel are in this beer.

M: creamy/smooth/slight crisp finish, medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and apparent alcohol(warming but gentle).

O: Wow, I didn't expect to be this pleased. Very tasty, perhaps complex brew from New Belgium. Favorite part is that there are many flavors to choose from, yet nothing seems out of control. I would say that this is a great beer for the summer with friends, but I like it on the warmer end. I would recommend and buy again. A great season/regular beer. Savor Good Beer!

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 Oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- Pours dark clear amber with a one finger of a bubbly off white head. Great retention.

S- Toffee, caramel, pine, resinous hop, maybe a slight chocolate.

T- Im surprised. Drinks like a red or brown ale. A nice hop presence. There is a sharp pine and some citrus notes as well. This beer has nice bit of toffee and caramel in it. This is a like a hop driven brown ale with some amber ale notes. A nice malty full flavored brew.

M- As thick as it should be. Not too bitter. Clean and somewhat refreshing.

O- This is a great beer. Wish I bought more then just a single.

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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 810 ratings.
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