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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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Ratings: 810 |  Reviews: 176
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle, pours a deep, deep red, nearly brown, nice tall, frothy off-white head holds good retention and leaves killer lacing on the glass. Aromas are malty, caramel, citric hop (hop pellet-like), bready, biscuity. Tastes are bready, caramely, biscuity, spicy hop, crisp, fresh, and again that pellet hop characteristic, somewhat grassy and fresh. Thinner bodied, god carbonation, finishes clean. Overall, I liked this one, but maybe it could have used another week or 2 in the bottle. I've never had a beer where the hops smell and taste like hop pellets. Not that it's a bad thing, just different. I'll probably pick up another one of these before the season is gone, especially at $3.49 a bomber!

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

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5/5  rDev +32.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed that they didn't bring back the Hoptober from last year but I was hoping this would be good too. Reddish amber color, good lacing. Smell is malts, maybe a hint of coffee (I sometimes get that from red ales), hints of grassy hops. Flavor is alternating between grassy hops, melon rind, and chewy malt. i think the old Hoptober was better but this was alright.

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, heavily steeped tea-like color; dark in the shadows, deep umber in light, and its darkness makes me fear this one might be a malt-bomb too. (And actually now that I think of it, I'm not really sure often what looks good and what LOOKS good; kinda maybe because most beer looks good to me anyway, when you think of it.) Smell is a bit malt and caramel and sweet and hops...synthetic like notes (not bad either) but overall all its scent is muted surely. Tastes great, whew! Good balance on the grains, and not bombed out on the sweetness or the malt and coffee, and nice hops...I get the centennial for sure, and it seems to dominate, the others hidden below. Mouthfeel is great, carbonation is active and fussy and refreshing, and not chewy or boggy or anything. I really like this! And it could be because it's Friday eve too. Either way, I'll buy again.

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4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Glass - Nonic

A - A dark, amber/mahogany colored brew with a soapy 2-finger head. Clarity is pretty good although the beer is quite dark, so not a lot of light comes through.

S - Herbal and grapefruit rind like hop notes upfront. Soft dark chocolate and biscuit underneath. I also pick up the faintest bit of smoke. Very inviting.

T - Resinous hop oils roll off the tongue and add lots of grapefruit rind, lemon, and pine throughout. Mid to finish I pick up cocoa, brown sugar and bark like flavors. Bitterness is mild-moderate.

M - Oily, low crispness, and medium bodied.

O - This is a really nice, tasty brew that reminds me more of winter than fall. I really enjoyed it's warming flavors of cocoa, and bark. The appearance couldn't really be much better either. Just a great beer from New Belgium Brewing, and I would definitely buy another six pack. Cheers!

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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

a: Dark woody color with some red throughout. 2-finger, creamy yet frothy with sticky lacing.

s: Sappy, dank, resin-y pine. Orange and lemon rind, rich dark fruit, caramel and faint chocolate.

t: Bitter, pine resin, bark, lemon rind. Malt provides caramel, cocoa nibs and helps round out the taste.

m: medium-full, medium carbonation. Not overbearing, not as syrupy as the flavor/aroma profile would lead one to believe.

o: Full flavor, looks great, not overbearing, great beer.

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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.77 out of 5 with 810 ratings
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