Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing

very good
809 Ratings
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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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 drtth
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into the motel water glass a clear but dark copper with an ivory head that leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass as it slowly recedes to a thin layer on the surface. Sipping creates small scatter patches of lacing.

The aromas include some pine and citrus from the hops and some caramel from the malt. There's also some spice and floral in here.

The flavors include the floral, the pine, the citrus, the caramel and some sweetness from the malt, as well as some nice toast. The bitterness is noticeably here but kept in check and smoothed out a bit by the malt.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and prickly from the persistent moderate carbonation. The medium length finish begins a bit early as the other flavors slowly fade a way to leave a good solid bitter dryness that invites another sip.

This is a well made Amber that I could easily drink more of and surely will since this is the 3rd bottle from the 6 pack.

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Photo of Jason
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Clear, tawny, epic lacing

SMELL: Toasty, bread, hop resin, orange peel, caramel, dank herb

TASTE: Smooth, light creaminess, very bready, mild caramel, treacle, herbal hop, citrus rind, peppery, dried grass, toast, drying finish

A lovely sip, uh ... I mean quaff. No doubt one of the better fall seasonals out there, a must try IMO.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In some respects it seems unfair to review this because I love Fat Tire so much. This brew resembles Fat Tire in its distinguishable maltiness but has a nice hint of citrus hops at the very end. Poured with a nice one finger creamy head it had significant lacing. Ruby colored, it had the scent of floral hoppiness but not the typical "biscuit" of Fat Tire. The flavor is of quality malt with a hop ending. Flavorful and full bodied it was a joy to drink.

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Photo of godlessape
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I drank this one out of a snifter. The body has a interesting dark burnt plum hue, and the off white head hangs on with just a thin skim and leaves plenty of lacing.
The aroma is spicy and malty up front then right near the end of the nose you pick up the triple grouping of Centennial, Cascade and Eldorado hops.
The flavor is all over the place with burnt toffee, toasted bread, biscuit and molasses notes all balanced in the end with the citrusy American hop combo.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish.
Overall, you won't find a dull moment with this dark, rich, complex brew. Very satisfying. Glad I tried it.

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Photo of Kromes
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish brown color with a filmy off-white head. The aroma is strong with a caramel scent dominating with some piney hops along with a hint of tangerine and sugar. It tastes more hoppy than the smell. There is a nice piney base with some sweet toasty malt and a nice finish with some fruity flavors. The beer is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Very nice beer here.

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a deep red with a nice foamy slightly off white head. Smells of deep caramelized malt with chocolate and slight floral aroma. Tastes of slight chocolate with nice piney/earthy hop bite. The malt dominates at first, then the hops take over. Beer is carbonated fine and for a light/medium body, it goes down very smooth, could definately see throwing a couple of these back in a short time. Overall, a very good beer.

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Photo of mjryan
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoppy red ale is one of my beer styles. Love their red colour, their rich toffee and slight roast malt character and their abundance of hops. Red Hoptober delivers all of these attributes in spades. Looks red, okay, criteria number one delivered. Smells of pungent pine, pithy citrus and toffee. A strong nose and something New Belgium seems to pull off very well. Sometimes though I feel like NB beer tends to fall short of what the aroma promises flavour wise when it comes to their hop centric beers. Not Red Hoptober. Sweet citrus fruit hits first, followed by toffee and slight roast. Ample hop bitterness finishes the swollow. All in all very pleasing. Like I said, I'm fond of hoppy reds and this one shines.

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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 809 ratings.
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