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Red Hoptober | New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good
175 Reviews
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
Reviews:
175
Ratings:
809
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
28.27%
 
 
Wants:
36
Gots:
42
For Trade:
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Reviews: 175 | Ratings: 809
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown appearance, small head, beige, only 1/4" but the beer's carbonation was just fine, I happened to really like the color. Aroma, pretty mild, there's some malt huskiness to it, but nothing too aromatic, especially for having the name hoptober, the hop aroma was far from being forward.

The taste does yield more evidence of hops, but they are still playing second fiddle, but its done the right way. Immediately makes me think this is just as much winter warmer as it is an amber ale. Robust malt, but a carbonation and hop bitterness that doesn't bog down the palate into malt bomb territory. Sweet caramel leads. Definitely fits the bill as a beer for the fall and/or October.

Its actually probably best described as what you might get if you blended Fat Tire with Jubelale.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Photo of rlee1390
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Clear amber, some carbonation, two finger head.

S-Caramel, chocolate, roasted notes, earthy pine notes as well.

T-Starts with a mesh of caramel and roasty notes, earthy hops as well, with a nice mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, velvety.

O-A surprisingly good beer. Wasn't expecting much but this beer was good.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a clear reddish amber color with a one finger off white head. The head fades overall a moderate amount of time to give a decent level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is of roasted malt as well as some more hop heavy aromas. The hops are a mix of pine and some herbal aromas. Less sweet then the traditional red, but quite nice.

Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and nutty flavor with hints of some roasted malt. With these flavors are a good presence of pine. The pine fades a bit more toward the middle as some caramel flavors come to the tongue. At the end some of the sweetness fades again as more pine and a lighter herbal hop come to the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that is average. Good for the lightly roasted and hop flavors of the beer while still maintaining a great drinkability.

Overall – A fairly tasty brew with some nice mild to medium hop presence and decent roasted flavors.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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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Photo of ZAP
4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm quite impressed with this and will buy more....hop forward but backloaded with a nice dark toffee/brown sugar malt bone..

Hops begin with sole citrus rind....a brief foray into some pine notes and then settles down spicy and earthy which really complements the malt load perfectly....just a hint of garlic on the late finish but it blends ok...

Body is right on....great drinker....a lot of flavor to this red ale..

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe
6.0% ABV, Best before 18NOV12

A - From the label to the beer, Red Hoptopber evokes a deep crimson sunset shimmering with stark clarity. Carbonation keeps the frothy ivory head alive as it slowly descends to a loose layer, leaving clumps of it's former self on the glass.

S - With a host of earthy aromas, Red Hoptober immediately smells like a close relative of Fat Tire's. Toasted malt suggests peanut butter spread thinly over a golden brown piece of whole wheat toast. Faint chocolate notes follow up as the earthy hops jump in the mix; dried leaf pile and crisp, light pine offer notes of fall in the blend. Mild, older citrus rind finds it's way in the background too.

T - While the aroma might suggest a relative of Fat Tire's, the flavor is quite the contrary. Opening with plenty of malty complexity, toast and light nuttiness continue on from the aroma, as does the faint hint at chocolate. Hops are definitely showcased throughout the flavor, but take a back seat, slowly entering along the finish. Earthiness jumps forward again, carefully balancing the toasted malt characteristics with a recently cut and raked lawn under a tall tree shedding it's leaves.

M - Red Hoptober is medium-bodied but here is where the hops have their moment; crisp and earthy, the bigger maltiness of the flavor is held back with restraint, gently bitter on the finish. If ever there was a fall seasonal that evokes the feeling of fall preemptively, this would be it.

O - Seasonal releases seem to be departing their seasons with more haste each year and fall is no stranger to that. But Red Hoptober seems to bridge the gap nicely, offering some toasted malt and enough crisp hop to battle the ongoing heat as the days, with almost painstakingly slow speed, grow cooler. I can certainly get behind this beer for now. What pains me, though, is it's mid-November best by date. After all, if the weather's course is any indication, that's when Red Hoptober and it's ilk will be truly at their prime.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My first New Belgium, and I am impressed. Had on tap at Brasserie Brightwell in Easton, MD. Pours a very dark reddish brown, with slight off white head. Nice aroma that prepares for an exceptionally smooth sip, with caramel malts, hints of roast, spice, and some earthy bite. The flavor follows with sweet malts and balancing spice, biscuts, toffee, nicely light bitter finish. Finishes very clean for the style, and keeps you wanting more.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.63/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my bro in law mike for offering this up as soon as we got to town to visit. Enjoyed from a pint glass.

a - deep chestnut brown with an amber tint to the light. Nice foamy off white head. Lacing coats the glass.

s - nice crystallized malt. Somewhat marzen. Some nice hop presence. Nutmeg and brown sugar.

t - nice hop burst crossed with oktoberfest crossed with brown ale. Nice. Good amount of earthiness, similar taste and flavor profile to other new Belgium brews I have had.

m - medium to light bodied with a pinch of a bitter hop bite.

o - overall nice twist on an amber and makes it a better beer. Quite enjoyable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Comes out of the tap a clear, ruby-tinged copper with a thick, pale tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves very generous lacing. Malty aroma has a hoppy hay overtone and a firm earthy note. Malty, earthy flavor has hoppy and clove notes - it’s a little like drinking good mulch, but I mean that in a positive way. Body is only average, but fizz is strong and lively. Finish is woody but not bitter. Another winner from New Belgium.

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Photo of gtermi
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: This beer pours a dark brownish red body with a thick white head that slowly fades and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: There really isn't too much here IMO. There is a little bit of sweetness and a little bit of grain.. really not too much there.

T: The beer tastes very nice. There is a nice amount of sweet grain and a weird faint chocolate flavor that quickly fades. Some other things that I pick up is some bitterness and sweet bread flavor.

M: This beer is ridiculously smooth. It goes down with ease and has a tiny bit of crispness on the back of the throat and at the tip of the tongue.

O: Just a nice beer that goes well with the season. Its easy to drink and goes down with ease. I much prefer this over the last years Hoptober.

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Photo of StoutHunter
4.37/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a bottle of New Belgium's Red Hoptober a couple weeks ago for $2.69 at Meijers. It's a nice Fall night in Mid Michigan so a Fall seasonal sounds pretty fitting, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I'm sure it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, it's pretty nicely done and it has some nice information on it. It poured a nice dark copper color that took on a brighter ruby red hue when held to the light with two and a half fingers worth of chunky off white head that died down to a thick ring that stayed till the end and left some nice sheets of lacing. This was a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a good amount of malts that have a medium amount of sweetness and impart some nice toasted, nutty, grainy, caramel, biscuit, with some slight coffee and chocolate aromas. Up next come a slight amount of spice that is followed by some piney and citrus hops with the citrus hops sticking out the most with some nice citrus rind aromas. This beer has a very nice aroma, I really like how the bright hops balance out the toasted malts, it's really nice.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma, it starts off with some piney and earthy hops that impart a medium amount of bitterness followed by a nice amount of malts that have a lower amount of medium sweetness and impart some great toasted, nutty, caramel, biscuit, and some light chocolate like flavors. On the finish I get a good amount of citrus hops that impart some nice grapefruit and citrus rind flavors with a nice toasted malts and citrus hops aftertaste. I really like the taste of this beer, I like how nicely the toasted malts contrast the piney and citrus hops, it shouldn't work, but it does.

M- Pretty smooth, dry, slightly oily, medium bodied, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was ok, but the carbonation was just a little too high, still decent though.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer, it's not the best example of a Red Ale, it's got more Brown Ale aspects, but I would say that it's a very good example of a Fall seasonal beer. This beer had good drinkability, it went down pretty smooth and the flavors did a really great job at holding my attention, I think one bomber would be enough for me, but I wouldn't say two would be impossible. What I liked most about this beer was the great taste and aroma, I really like how the hops contrast the toasted malts. What I liked least about this beer was the mouthfeel, the carbonation was a little to high, but that seemed to be the only thing that didn't work that well with this beer. I would buy this beer again, in fact I already went back and got three more bottles before they jacked up the price, I highly recommend this beer to jut about anyone. All in all I was pretty impressed with this beer, it turned out to be the best out of the four bombers released in Michigan by New Belgium and so far it's my favorite Fall seasonal of the year, good job New Belgium, this is one great Fall time beer.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured deep red-orange with a two finger off-white head that subsided to one finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, caramel, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutty, caramel, bread, caramel hop, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I really wasn’t overly impressed with this one if I am honest. I had heard a lot of good things from other friends that it was one of the best from the style that they had to date. I dunno if I should listen to these people anymore. There were a lot of nice flavors going on here for the style, however, everything just clashed on your palate all at once and there was no chance to ever really recover from it. Hate that was the case. Worth trying at least once, but I wouldn’t go out of my way to do so again.

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Photo of n2185
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a clear copper with two fingers of khaki head that recedes into a thin ring with little lacing.

S: pineapple and grapefruit hop aromas up front with some sweet and nutty aromas mixed in.

T: the taste is more like a hoppy brown ale with piny and earthy hopnotes mixed with nuts and cocoa flavors.

M: medium body and carbonation, this beer is dry and nicely carbonated.

O: an interesting and solid beer overall. The hop and brown ale notes don't blend very well, but it's still an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of morimech
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, red-amber color with an attractive two finger head that had good retention before settling to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left down the glass.

Caramel malt aroma with notes of nuts, grass, with mild spice. Not the most interesting aromas.

Not as caramel malt dominated as I was fearing. Definately a solid base, but some more complex components adds interest. The hops are grassy and mildly spiced. Subtle citrus as well. Mildly bitter.

A bit surprised by the ABV of this beer as it does not feel that big. The carbonation is very well matched and provides a pleasant texture.

Definately a solid red ale that is a good change of pace to the typical Oktoberfest and horrible Pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.28/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A finger of reddish head on top of a clear copper colored body.
Powerful hop smell. Dull lemon and bright pine.
Nice bitter taste at the beginning; malt body, not sweet, in the middle; pine tree taste at the end.
Smooth and crisp texture. Moderate carbonation.
I enjoyed it.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Best before date of 18-Nov-12.

Appearance: Pours a deep brownish amber red with a moderate amount of bubbles. A solid three fingers of off white head which fade into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Big hop aroma up front with grassy, earthy, and herbal hops. Strong scent of pine resin. A little bit of citrus hop with some orange peel, tangerine, and grapefruit hints. Strong malt presence with good hints of toasted caramel, biscuit, grains, toffee, toast,and a subtle hint of roast chocolate and coffee. A pretty piney a solid aroma.

Taste: A nice combination of hops and toasted caramel malts. Fresh earthy hops abound with lots of grass. Some herbal hops and a quite noticeable taste of spicy pine resin. Some citrus esters are also in the mix with some notes of orange, grapefruit, and tangerine. A nice bready sweetness follows from the malts. Notes of toasted caramel, toffee, toasted bread, grains, and biscuit. Also some roasty undertones with some mild notes of chocolate and coffee. Solid balance between bitterness and sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Smooth, spicy, and somewhat chewy. Has a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty nice hopped up red ale. Ripe mix of hops with a good taste of caramel and subtle roast.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours dark crimson red, bordering on black, with edges of white foam. Bready toffe nose, some pine too. Malty toffee taste, bready hop, blended. Hearty malt taste with a flavorful hop blend.

Really, really good. Solid amber, with the right balance of malt and hop.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Deep amber mahogany color. Two and a half fingers of frothy tan head. Retention is decent and a moderate amount of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Big toastiness with plenty of caramel underneath and even some toffee. Berry fruitiness. Grassy and earthy hops. A bit resiny. It's a bit different than most ambers and I like it.

3.5 T: Tastes like the nose, but has less punch to it. Toasty with caramel and toffee. Berry and apple fruits. Grassy, earthy, and resiny hops.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Reasonably creamy and smooth.

4.0 D: Tasty beer. I like big toastiness in my ambers, so this hit the spot with regard to that. Solid all around.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-brown amber color with a nice off-white head and good lacing

S-fruity, herbal, toasted bread, slight floral notes

T-light roasted malt, fruit, herbal and earthy

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-a decent amber ale, but depth of flavor not as prevalent as others

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

A: Pours a deep copper color with a nice one finger cream colored head.

S: A big malty presence with a good dose of earthy and piney hops. A touch of campfire smell as well.

T: A good blend of caramel malts, earthy hops, pepper, campfire and some faint citrus. A really nice beer that grows on you the more you drink.

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Photo of blackie
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

last minute grocery store purchase pre - wolfpack vs tennessee opener

a: served in a curved pint glass, the beer is a deep reddish brown in color, topped with a finger of khaki head that retains well and leaves some lace behind

s: lots of nutty roasted malts with a touch of caramel sweetness, earthy pine and some grapefruit rind, leafty and autumnal, a hint of fruit here and there

m: carbonation medium-high, body on the lighter side of moderate, crisp but satisfying mouthfeel

t: surprisingly flavorful at first sip - toasted and roasted malts give leafy, toffee dipped coffee flavors, nutty, some glimpses of darker fruits, well hopped with notes of earthy pine and dried citrus, a good flavor set here

o: an interesting beer that pulls off a nice complexity between hop and malt while not overwhelming, instead maintaining great balance

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Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1544th Review on BA
Draft to Abita Pint
12oz

@Mission Pizza, Fremont, CA

App- A darker medium bronze with a bit of reds, browns in the glass. A small capped 1/2 finger of head that was almost a bit creamy of white. A very good looking cling and lace pattern down the glass.

Smell- A bit hoppy, a bit malty. Really takes the normal red ale and turns it on its head with the 3x hop addition. More of a small IPA without the bitter and replaced by a fuller malt aroma to it.

Taste- I would venture to step out and call this a blend of a red/IPA with some flaky rye. The hops are what make it a bit creamy and peppery with a good amount of deep citrus and a bit of grass on the finish.

Mouth- A bit too thick for me. Needs to be brought down just a little bit. A very nice medium body with a thicker medium carbonation. Residual malts and peppery hops.

Drink- I dont normally like Ambers/Reds and this kicks the shit out of Fat Tire. i could drink a few of these and be pretty happy actually.

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Photo of KYGunner
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In some respects it seems unfair to review this because I love Fat Tire so much. This brew resembles Fat Tire in its distinguishable maltiness but has a nice hint of citrus hops at the very end. Poured with a nice one finger creamy head it had significant lacing. Ruby colored, it had the scent of floral hoppiness but not the typical "biscuit" of Fat Tire. The flavor is of quality malt with a hop ending. Flavorful and full bodied it was a joy to drink.

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Photo of arizcards
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer from Total Wine in mid-September for $7.99.

Beer poured a deep amber with a nice off white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is bready caramel malts and citrus hops.

Taste is very well balanced, bready caramel malts finishes with a nice citrus hop,

Mouthfeel is medium, pretty smooth, satisfying.

Overall a nice addition to the NBB lineup. My brother and i shared several bottles at a recent tailgate and he thoroughly enjoyed the brew. Recommended.

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Red Hoptober from New Belgium Brewing
3.82 out of 5 based on 809 ratings.
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