Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing

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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 DavoleBomb
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep amber mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with plenty of caramel underneath and even some toffee. Berry fruitiness. Grassy and earthy hops. A bit resiny. It's a bit different than most ambers and I like it.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but has less punch to it. Toasty with caramel and toffee. Berry and apple fruits. Grassy, earthy, and resiny hops.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I like big toastiness in my ambers, so this hit the spot with regard to that. Solid all around.

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Photo of denver10
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beautifully dark amber with a big khaki head. Better lacing would have give appearance a 5 for sure. A thickly sweet and floral aroma of some caramel, a hint of some coffee, bread, and earthy florals from the dry hops. Taste followed suit; floral and a touch bitter from the hops, the big, thick caramel malt belly offer of a dose of some toffee, coffee, and bread. The more I drink of this the more the sweet syrupy and rather chewy base of this beer does show itself. A full body on this one with enough activity to give it some life but not enough to properly counter the chewiness of it. Right now in the warmth of the closing summer it is a bit too heavy, come fall it might hit the spot. Overall, another nice surprise from New Blegium, though maybe I shouldn't be so surprised at this point as I have enjoyed each of their last 3 seasonals (Dig, Somersault, and now this). This is definitely more of a Fall beer than a late summer beer, as NB claims this to also be. It's heavy and sweet and will go much better with the drop in weather and shortening of the days.

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Photo of Mojo
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This offering pours up a deep copper, amost bronze color with a nice khaki head. There is decent retention and world class lacing (if there is such a thing.) The nose is floral, grass, nuts, and biscuit. Taste is very dry with the hop profile dominating the flavor. I also get a bit of citrus fruit upfront. Mouthfeel is okay with decent carbonation and a not completely unpleasant aftertaste. I'd probably drink this again, but I wouldn't actively search for it. But it's not bad, especially if you prefer a dry finish.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice light amber red with good clarity.

Nutty, caramel, slight citric aroma.

Biscuits, caramel, toffee, and slightly earthy hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall, a damn good beer to bring in the fall.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

last minute grocery store purchase pre - wolfpack vs tennessee opener

a: served in a curved pint glass, the beer is a deep reddish brown in color, topped with a finger of khaki head that retains well and leaves some lace behind

s: lots of nutty roasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness, earthy pine and some grapefruit rind, leafty and autumnal, a hint of fruit here and there

m: carbonation medium-high, body on the lighter side of moderate, crisp but satisfying mouthfeel

t: surprisingly flavorful at first sip - toasted and roasted malts give leafy, toffee dipped coffee flavors, nutty, some glimpses of darker fruits, well hopped with notes of earthy pine and dried citrus, a good flavor set here

o: an interesting beer that pulls off a nice complexity between hop and malt while not overwhelming, instead maintaining great balance

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Photo of t2thebro
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a dark ruby red color supporting a healthy head giving way to fair lace. Smell has a nice balance of hops and malts with aromas of citrus and caramel malts. Taste holds a helping of hops giving way to citrusy grapefruit, but not overpowering the malt. Mouthfeel is medium light with good carbonation. Overall a very nice fall seasonal.

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Photo of Star80
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a pint glass at Global Brew in O'Fallon, IL. Clear amber body with red tint. About a one-finger tan head that leaves a bit of lacing.

Nice hoppy aroma of mostly pine resin with grassy notes. Solid caramel malt in the background.

The flavor is very similar to the aroma with a strong up-front pine resin flavor with a solid malt finish. Not a very complex flavor, but a solid mix overall.

Medium texture in the mouthfeel and very drinkable. Nothing to write home about but a solid fall offering with some hops to boot.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear reddish amber color with a one finger off white head. The head fades overall a moderate amount of time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of roasted malt as well as some more hop heavy aromas. The hops are a mix of pine and some herbal aromas. Less sweet then the traditional red, but quite nice.

Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and nutty flavor with hints of some roasted malt. With these flavors are a good presence of pine. The pine fades a bit more toward the middle as some caramel flavors come to the tongue. At the end some of the sweetness fades again as more pine and a lighter herbal hop come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that is average. Good for the lightly roasted and hop flavors of the beer while still maintaining a great drinkability.

Overall – A fairly tasty brew with some nice mild to medium hop presence and decent roasted flavors.

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Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mahogany with light tan head that mostly dissipates, leaving light lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, caramel and light chocolate. The Cascade is pretty evident.

Taste: Malt body of caramel, toffee, chocolate and even some light coffee. Definitely more roasted than expected. Nice hop counterbalance of orange and grapefruit. Finish has some light spice and pine notes, but is just slightly bitter. Slight Fat Tire taste, which is the only issue I have.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Nicely balanced ale that straddles the line between a Red Ale and a Black Ale. I like this a lot better than the previous standard Hoptober.

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Photo of tdm168
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A -translucent amber with a soft, off white head that has decent retention

S - roastiness, burnt aromas, herbal hops

T - nutty, caramel, roasty, herbal, spicy hops

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This isn't a bad beer but it's definitely not the regular Hoptober that I miss so much. This is roasty and nutty but also very hoppy. I'm not disappointed at all. I will probably try this again.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.81/5  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.

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Photo of NatetheGreat
3.81/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A beautiful pour, huge frothy tan head over a bold, deep amber-dark brown color. Very inviting. Aroma is filled with fresh hops, mainly piney, with toasty and herbal notes and a whiff of ester and sweet fruit. The taste gives a nice back and forth - quite balanced- between hoppy bite and fruity sweetness. I detected what I would describe as a chocolate-cherry taste among the other flavors breaking through. Nice body with a clean, fresh flavor and a dry finish. Good one.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark reddish brown beer with off white head. Head lingers at 1/4 inch or so

Balanced aroma of hops and sweet malt

Roasted grain flavor upfront. Fruity, citrusy hops in the finish.

Medium thick mouthfeel. Pretty dry finish.

A good malty, hoppy beer with plenty of flavor and body.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle, taken from a sampler pack. review is from notes

dark amber look, small yellowish head. smell is light earthy hops and grain. taste is dominated by bitter earthy hops accentuated by toasty grain and the NB house yeast/malt.

overall a nice bitter, hoppy brew. not the best NB, but solid. rating for style, it's supurb.

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Photo of oberon
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint a rich clear amber/bronze with a two finger sticky slightly off white crown atop that never completely settles ,a thick frothy mass is left.Sharp piney hops come out well after the pour along with underlying biscuit malt,the hop aromas did fade quite a bit after the pour but after a good swirl they come out.Pretty dry on the palate except for a small amount of brown sugar flavor,the hops are not nearly as big as in the nose but they meld with the crisp dryer slightly roasted malt base.It's got some good things going on,it's not an overly complex or a "wowing" beer but it's not bad.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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...

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Quackershnoc
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle, served in a Weizen glass
Appearance: deep amber color, very pretty actually; nice white head that sticks around
Aroma: really hoppy, almost stingy; a little pine perhaps
Taste: really surprised that the hops don't dominate all the way through; a lot nut flavor up front; moves really nicely into the hops, a little woody maybe somewhere in the middle; ends with a kind of burnt/roasty flavor; the aftertaste sticks around well and is quite nice
Mouthfeel: bright carbonation at the beginning, but not overly so; it goes down very smooth; not thick or thin, just right
Overall Impression: this is a great beer, just what you want in the fall; it's a mild pale ale that goes down smooth; very attractive beer, something I'd really like to drink (and keep drinking!); the nut and the fire-roasty flavors at the beginning and the end are just right; a very worth while beer and a good one to sip with a pal; I think my favorite part is the nutty transitioning into the hoppy flavor...that's just excellent

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark amber red with a thick, off-white 2 finger head. Great retention; leaves behind a thick, sticky lace.

Smell - Notes of caramel and nutty malt character, backed by a spicy floral hop undertone.

Taste - Starts with a nutty, caramel malt character that's quickly matched and balanced by some spicy floral and citrus hops. Bisquity malt pops in midtaste. Aftertaste is a mild citrus bitterness; hints of grapefruit pith.

Mouthfeel - Medium to full bodied. Decently carbonated. Somewhat chalky.

Overall - A very good amber. Nicely hopped to compliment a rich, malty backbone. More assertive than your average amber.

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