Brew Review: Red Hoptober

by Kelli H. on October 30, 2012

Beer: New Belgium Red Hoptober
Date: 10-21-12
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Type: Red Ale
Availability: Fall Seasonal
Alcohol: 6%
IBU’s: 60

Aroma: Well balanced between malt and hops, neither is really sticking out more than the other.

Appearance: Beautiful deep crimson

Body & Texture: A slight bite from the carbonation not the alcohol. Pretty small head unless swirled around. Sweet malt flavors.

Aftertaste: Bitter

“A pleasing Ale for the harvest season, Red Hoptober is pitched with Centennial, Cascade, and Eldorado hops. It’s the perfect sipper for these last, fevered days of summer and the cooling, coming autumn nights. bold and delicious, Red Hoptober has just enough bitter to delight. Crack one open, sit back and enjoy the season’s change”. 

Overall Impression:
I think this beer is very solid. I’d buy a sixer next fall, but I won’t be eagerly waiting. The standout feature of Hoptober is the color. It’s one of the most beautiful red’s I’ve ever seen. Hold it up to the sun light and WOW! I really appreciated the carbonation in this beer. The head wasn’t huge, but that didn’t mean it lacked bubbles. This baby provided excellent beer burps. The artwork on the bottle is stunning. It’s really a bottle you want to hold on to for a few to take it all in. I appreciate the hops in this beer, but it doesn’t remind me of a fall seasonal so much. I definitely agree with their statement of “the perfect sipper for these last, fever days of summer and the cooling, coming autumn nights”.  I think it better not be too cold of a night, because this isn’t the kind of seasonal to warm you from the inside. If your a hophead, I think you’ll appreciate this fall seasonal, if not you may not enjoy it as much as you would have thought.

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Tiff @ Love Sweat & Beers October 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm

I’ve seen that one, but it wasn’t on my to-try list this year. Perhaps it should have been!


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