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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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Ratings: 810 |  Reviews: 176
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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -20.4%

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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  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty dark in color; there’s red in there, but it’s more of a deep maroon; off-white head forms then quickly subsides to film; does leave some nice lacing.

Smell is good, surprisingly malty as it is hoppy. It really reminds me more of a brown ale with its toasty, slightly sugary and smoky character; hops provide a bright citrus counterpoint.
Full mouthfeel with a smooth carbonation—a step up in heft from the lighter summer seasonals.

Taste is pretty well split; the first half seems like a malt-centric beer, but then the latter half finishes strong on hops. It’s kind of like someone poured in half a brown ale and half an IPA. Interesting. Just a slight toast flavor in the malts, as well as some light sugar sweetness. Hops are bright and citrusy, really cutting through everything and finishing bitter and dry.

I like it. For a fall seasonal, it really does deliver in that I get more malt and heft, but I still get those hops I love too. Rather than just make another hoppy ale and call it a fall seasonal, I’m glad they truly amped up the malts. A bit filling, so two would probably be my max in an evening.

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

Its a pretty solid red ale. Its a little weak on the smell, but its well balanced in taste, the hops not being overpowering and the malt not being too sweet with just enough toastiness. There's hints of a caramel sweetness as well.

Just drink it cold. As it warmed I felt it becoming a little too thick.

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3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful looking beer and the hoppy aroma is downright sublime, but I didn't think this beer finished well. I would mirror a lot of other's observations that it has a bit of an earthy aroma and flavor, but just a bit too strong of an aftertaste for my liking. Overall, solid beer though. New Belgium and I have a love-hate relationship; I can't stand Fat Tire, but the winter ale they put out this winter was/is one of my favorite beers, so I figured this was worth a try.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer tastes quite good. It has a very resiny-like hop profile on the nose and taste, but is mostly overpowered by that deeply roasted malt character. It leaves a very mild chocolate taste on the back end of my tongue.

The only problem is that it feels very fizzy and watery on the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.81/5  rDev +1.1%
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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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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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4/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

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