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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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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful day in mid autumn called for this diverse tasting. We started with this Red Hoptober Ale. Very flavorfull. a beautiful pour. This beer from New Belgium Brewery was a perfect beer to start the evening. Nice red coloring with a bright head. smooth with a slight citrus ending. 6.0 abv

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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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A - rather clear dark burgundy in color. Great head retention with excellent lacing

S - Lot of sweet grassy herbal hops Fresh hop smell

T - Slight pine at front end with earthy hop finish. Some caramel. Malt is sweet and smooth at the front that finishes more bready on back end.

M - Medium to high medium bodied. Smooth with a good hop finish. Medium carbonation

O What an excellent beer for any season. I have had it on tap and in bottle. Really good. New Belgium scores with this one! I feel 2012 is much better than 2011.

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