Brr Hoppy Red
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
Winter Warmer
Ranked #62
Ranked #21,921
3.77 | pDev: 13%
Apr 28, 2022
Oct 19, 2008
Very Good
Brr Hoppy RedBrr Hoppy Red
Notes: availability: Late Oct. - Early Jan.
bitterness: 50 IBU
alcohol by volume: 7.2%
original gravity: 17° PLATO

Pale, Caramel 10L & 80L,
Munich 10L, Carapils, Dark Chocolate

Bittering: Alchemy
Aroma: Simcoe & Cascade
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3.81 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Apr 28, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by izraelc from New York

Pours red. Thin foam. Soapy aroma. Kind of bland. Loaded with hops but they dont come through like they should. Thick and slightly bitter. Could use some malt character. I expects better from my reds.

Apr 02, 2022
3.8 by icemanexit from Indiana on Dec 30, 2021
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3.01/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by Shelbs90 from Montana

it smells alright but the taste of this beer is a little too bitter. might be good for a cold winter day around a fire but for easy drinking i wouldn’t choose this

Dec 07, 2021
3.71 by Satsuma from Florida on Nov 26, 2021
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4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

12oz can

Pours a finger of just off white head into my teardrop glass. Retention is average, maybe a little below. Initial lacing looks pretty nice. Body is a lovely dark red, with hues of orange when held to light. Pretty looking beer so far.

Some nice rich malts up front, almost candi sugar like. Faint notes of bread, caramel, some hoppy pine, maybe some stone fruit. Sweet but inviting. Hard to reeeeally pull out individual aromas, but it smells very nice.

Flavor is a little more direct, noticeably less malty and sweet, instead a little more bitterness shines through. A touch a caramel, not as much bread coming though which is unfortunate. Not as much flavor all together to be honest. This is one of those beer that sessions really nice and the nose does a lot of work, but when you put it in a glass and really break it down there isn’t a lot going on. I’m going to be generous because I know how good this tastes out of the can as a casual drinker.

Carbonation is medium, maybe a little above that. Has a good body to it, not thick but sturdy. Sugars are quite well balanced all things considered. I wouldn’t have been upset with the sugar level that was presented on the nose, but if we’re talking balance, the flavor has more of it. Bitterness certainly helps that balance, and it creates a lively festive feel on the tongue, aided by the carbonation. Impressive mouthfeel.

Aforementioned, this drinks really well. Balanced and not too heavy.

Appearance turned out lovely. Thick sheets of lacing all the way down the glass. Head retention wasn’t amazing, but in this smaller glass I can only get a small head to begin with.

As this warms the nose and flavor start to open up a bit and get more character. This makes me feel more confident in some of these big scores I’m giving. Really nice beer that drinks dangerously easy and goes down fast.

Nov 16, 2020
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3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by stevoj from Idaho

Nice dark amber with foamy beige head., decent lacing. Aroma of malt and mulling spices, taste is also spicy, nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, mild lingering tartness/spiciness on the palate. Slight alcohol warmth.

Nov 29, 2019
3.94 by craigbelly from Iowa on Nov 15, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by TRZ83

Because this beer is self-described as a “Hoppy Red”, I would say that it is a little lacking in the hops flavor, but the hops blend very well with the malty redness, giving it a solid back-end, making it very drinkable out of a can.

Nov 09, 2019
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3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

Copper filtered with little carbonation and a finger of light beige head.

Dark toasted maltiness. Caramel and toffee.

Caramel and toffee, dark toasted, burnt notes, and light red fruit notes.

Medium, sticky body, with moderate carbonation.

Purchased in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Jan 23rd, 2019.

Jan 24, 2019
3.82 by SargeC from California on Aug 07, 2018
3.73 by IDABEERGUY from Idaho on Mar 18, 2018
1.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Jan 04, 2018
4.69 by GinDC from Virginia on Jul 25, 2017
3.86 by 11-52_4hops from Virginia on Jul 19, 2017
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3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Fowdy from Idaho

Appearance: filtered dark amber, almost brown with a caramel quick dissipating head.

Smell: subdued malts.

Taste: malts with mild hops.

Feel: smooth beer with a balanced taste.

Overall: looks heavy but is an easy drinking tasty brew.

May 07, 2017
3.91 by zotzot from Vermont on Mar 27, 2017
3.51 by mjbrandt18 from Pennsylvania on Mar 02, 2017
3.91 by rarigney from Washington on Feb 04, 2017
3.75 by krome from Illinois on Jan 30, 2017
3.1 by TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania on Jan 22, 2017
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3.41/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by gandres from Philippines

12 ounce glass poured to wine glass
Appealing: deep red dark amber color, small off white tan foam looks clear
not too fragrant, slightly hoppy
medium carbonation, long follow through, long intensifying bitter aftertaste
Overall: good beer, a bit on the sweet side, nothing exciting but nothing exceptional either
drank: January 17, 2017 1:07 AM

Jan 17, 2017
3.74 by ZachyZach from Illinois on Jan 17, 2017
3.38 by Keananmichael5 from California on Jan 08, 2017
3.75 by irongator from Kansas on Jan 05, 2017
3.9 by TrueMetalJake from Oregon on Jan 04, 2017
3.41 by klinej5 from Washington on Dec 30, 2016
3.84 by JohnBradSC from South Carolina on Dec 29, 2016
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4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LifesAnesthesia from Virginia

L - nice deep opaque amber/red/brown with minimal tan head
S - malty and dried fruit but definitely not a strong smell
T - malty with dried fruit flavors with a nice medium hoppy finish
F - rich, medium to full bodied with a good amount of carbonation
O - overall a very solid holiday ale with the traditional malty and dried fruit/spice character of the style but with more hops than traditionally found in the style which is definitely a welcome addition

Dec 17, 2016
3.55 by Rimbimhoot from Illinois on Dec 17, 2016
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3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Griffin2 from Virginia

Poured from. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
L - Poured a hazy reddish brown with a medium white head that lingers.
S - Smells of maltiness.
T - Medium hoppiness with maltiness to match. getting a little spiciness on the finish.
F - Nicely carbonated.
O - This is a nice beer for a cold night.

Dec 10, 2016
4.34 by OlegShora from Russian Federation on Nov 19, 2016
3.7 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Nov 14, 2016
2.83 by Madasyn from Ohio on Nov 05, 2016
3.19 by Yeldarb92 from Ohio on Nov 05, 2016
2.75 by mpenske from California on Oct 22, 2016
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3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75
by OregonMike from Oregon

It is a great beer for a red ale. I bought it thinking it was the regular Brr Winter Ale, not paying too much attention to the label. I got a surprise when I took my first sniff, and a bigger surprise on my first drink. But it is a great beer overall.

Oct 13, 2016
3.75 by ChaseTheAce from Texas on Jun 28, 2016
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1/5  rDev -73.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by Payton34904

Not for me

Jun 19, 2016
4.32 by Superheatnsubcool from Washington on May 31, 2016
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