Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing

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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 +6.1%

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2/5  rDev -46.9%

4.75/5  rDev +26%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at King Street Grill in Charleston, SC.

A-Much prettier than anticipated. A deep ruby pour with abundant lacing. A very nice crown sits atop the beer and beckons the drinker in.

S-Very nice balance between hops, spices and malts. Definitely a hit of citrus, closer to grapefruit than orange, with very nice and consistent caramel malts flying underneath.

M- Disappointing in my eyes. The character of the beer was virtually non existent, as it sips much lighter than it both looks and smells. It is smooth, but any sort of bite would have been much appreciated.

T-Again not nearly as exciting as I would have hoped. Tastes very similar to a deeper blend of fat tire. The hops give a subtle jab at first, but those as well as much of the other smells that were uncovered seemed lost on my palate. Leaves what I can best describe as a salt and vinegar aftertaste which, although unique, does not make this the most enjoyable beer to drink.

O-very nice to try, but the taste does not live up to its nose and look predecessors.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have enjoyed New Belgium Hoptober over the past few years and was curious to see what the new Red Hoptober is all about.

Appearance: It is pretty dark, seems more brownish copper than red but a nice two finger of lacing and in the light it has a dark reddish glow.
Smell: Remeniscent of Fat Tire sort of a hazelnut and burnt carmel malt smell. Very inviting.
Taste: I would say similiar to Hoptober with a little more heaviness to it. Hints of caramel and cocoa and then a nice bitter finish. Starts out very bold and has a nice light follow through.
Mouthfeel: Feels really good, very malty and sweet with just the right amount of carbonation and hoppiness, truly a nice beer for these cooler nights on the deck.
Overall: Have shyed away from New Belgium for a bit but am excited to have new
and tasty varieties look forward to. Very drinkable seasonal Hoppy Red Ale. I think I'll have another!

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought from meijers, price: 2.85 for 22oz bottle

Paired with chocolate pretzels

A&S: The beer is on the darker side of amber. Pours about 2.5 fingers of creamy head. The head is off white has some lacying and hangs around forever in a thin creamy layer. The smell is not very potent and consists of citrus hops and breadlike malts.

T&M: Lots of caramel, toasty, slight piney hops. Medium bitterness towards the finish along with some smokeyness. Pretty light as far as body but kinda creamy, carbonation is on the low side of medium.

O: Nothing super special, however again like with the Tripel from New Belgium (and in this case a better example) it is a good example of the style for the price.

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.11/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Quarter Inch thin lightly lacy short lived off white light tan head. Clear rich ruby red deep bright color. Mildly roasted hop front.Toasted caramel medium light textured minimally sweet toasted malt fruit ester hint body. Dry mildly bitter end. Rich Crisp Odd Red Ale.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oZ bottle. Rather dark red color with a full hops flavor. I like the hops flavor in beer but feel many craft brewers are just adding more and more hops to make an impresssion. That is not the case with this brew. Just found this here in Michigan and enjoyed it very much.

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1.5/5  rDev -60.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 810 ratings
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