Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
810 Ratings
Red HoptoberRed Hoptober
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
810
Reviews:
176
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
13.09%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
44
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 810 |  Reviews: 176
Photo of ncstateplaya
3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Chaney
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Stone Brewing Co. pint glass.

A: Poured a crystal clear dark red color, with a whopping slightly off-white head... but maybe that's because I got a bit overly zealous in my pouring.

S: Cascade bomz R' Us for sure. Also, I got that grainy red velvet cake batter-esque smell I often get with this style. Rock on!

T: Hoppy, yet not too much. Seriously, this is about as earthy as it gets.The understated quality was appropriate to my mind considering this is a fall, seasonal brew. The cushion off yeast over top of the hops in this setting was quite remarkable.

M: In terms of drinkability, I could drink this all day... and gulp it even. The carbonation was spot on and the lacing was ridiculous.

O: As a fall seasonal brew, this is about as good as it gets outside of Pumpkin Ales and Octoberfests.

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Photo of Hanzo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of denver10
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A beautifully dark amber with a big khaki head. Better lacing would have give appearance a 5 for sure. A thickly sweet and floral aroma of some caramel, a hint of some coffee, bread, and earthy florals from the dry hops. Taste followed suit; floral and a touch bitter from the hops, the big, thick caramel malt belly offer of a dose of some toffee, coffee, and bread. The more I drink of this the more the sweet syrupy and rather chewy base of this beer does show itself. A full body on this one with enough activity to give it some life but not enough to properly counter the chewiness of it. Right now in the warmth of the closing summer it is a bit too heavy, come fall it might hit the spot. Overall, another nice surprise from New Blegium, though maybe I shouldn't be so surprised at this point as I have enjoyed each of their last 3 seasonals (Dig, Somersault, and now this). This is definitely more of a Fall beer than a late summer beer, as NB claims this to also be. It's heavy and sweet and will go much better with the drop in weather and shortening of the days.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of GilGarp
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served chilled into a NB goblet.

Red Hoptober is a dark redish brown color with good clarity. The head is thick at first and leaves some nice lacing as it settes.

The aroma is mildly hoppy but not as dry-hopped "pungant" as their employee at the tap room would have me think.

Flavor is nicely balanced with a nice dark malty base and a good dose of bittering and flavoring hops. It almost straddles the line between hoppy amber and cascadian style pale ale with a solid roasted malt note.

Mouthfeel is balanced and drinkable as most New Belgium beers tend to be.

Overall a nice summer-into-fall type of beer. Worth a try if you like Fat Tire and 1554.

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Photo of beerpadawan
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of bsp77
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Mahogany with light tan head that mostly dissipates, leaving light lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus, grapefruit, caramel and light chocolate. The Cascade is pretty evident.

Taste: Malt body of caramel, toffee, chocolate and even some light coffee. Definitely more roasted than expected. Nice hop counterbalance of orange and grapefruit. Finish has some light spice and pine notes, but is just slightly bitter. Slight Fat Tire taste, which is the only issue I have.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body, mostly dry finish.

Overall: Nicely balanced ale that straddles the line between a Red Ale and a Black Ale. I like this a lot better than the previous standard Hoptober.

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Photo of Beerlover
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich ruby in appearance, with a huge head of sudsy off-white carbonation. Thick, delicate lace.

Aroma is assertively strong and spicy hops, with a sharp earthiness.

Taste is a melding of roasty malt tones with bitter hops smack at the finish. An unusual collision of styles, and not a bad beer by any means, but Red Hoptober is not my favorite of New Belgium's seasonals.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interested to see what kind of hop-forward beer New Belgium can crank out; plus, if it’s replacing the original Hoptober, it has to be good.

A: Translucent, red-hued body that’s more dark than luminescent; above is a thin tan head, nothing special. Light, filmy lacing, but minimal retention.

S: Soap. Dish soap, something like Dawn. The mix of citrus and pine from the hops with the huge toasty malt aroma underneath creates something so familiar. It’s not a superb aroma, but it’s definitely interesting. The hops have more of a floral character than something you’d get from a big American IPA, but the thickest tones are nutty caramel malts. Can’t get around that soap character, though.

T: Lots of sweet, dark malts up front, showing thick fig, walnut, wheat toast, biscuit, and toffee tastes to start. There’s more than a handful of nut, anise, and cinnamon flavors, too, tasting a lot like a black ale, too; must be the roasted barley. They’re not unwelcome, just strange. A touch of soap returns with crisp lemon rind from the hops, though it’s easily dispelled by chewy pine and flowery tartness; balanced bitters. Rounding it out is a brown ale darkness of chocolate and coffee, which I really wasn’t expecting – a little out of place. Finishes with that black ale anise and burnt toast flavor, only mildly dry.

M: Chewy, but most definitely New Belgium frothy. Pretty hefty.

O: Reminds me of Fat Tire with more hops and black ale leanings. I don’t think I’d buy it again, but it was interesting while it was still in my glass. Not surprisingly, of course, it went quick.

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of rangerred
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
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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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 810 ratings.
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