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RATINGS: 354   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Fall is here and with it our seasonal ale, Red Hoptober. Shining like autumn leaves in a globe glass this beer pours a dark and lovely garnet as it builds a bright, inviting head. The Eldorado hops are bold and present with a distinct, piney flavor while the caramel malt and roasted barley provide a backbone to stand Red Hoptober upright. Centennial and Cascade hops offer hints of citrus, tickling the nose, while the tongue carries a subtle, roasty tone that pairs pleasantly with the warming bite of bitter. Red Hoptober is perfect for shortening days and campfire nights.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear dark amber with a large, frothy light tan head, long retention with good lacing. Aroma is floral, citrus, and earthy hops, light caramel and toast malt, nutty notes, dates and plums. Flavor is malt forward with medium hops and bitterness, light fruity esters and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
arojewski (49) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Pours deep reddish with moderate head. Slightly malty without being too bitter. Thin but noticeable lacing. Decent autumn brew.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
oddaroma (139) - Texas, USA - AUG 22, 2012
Dark amber or brown, not red. Tan head that is gone halfway through. Grapefruit, bread, and grain hit the nose first. The taste is initially malty with hops on the back end. Thin bodied. Caramel and biscuity mixed with a weak IPA. It seems that the guys at New Belgium mixed a fat tire with an original hoptober. The results are pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
robforbes (2055) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - AUG 22, 2012
pours a clear dark copper with a small dirty white head, and great lacing. smell is of roasted malt, caramel, plenty of hop notes, and some spice. taste is a tad watery, spice, hops, roasted malt, a little bit of cocoa comes out in the back, and some pine. ends bitter and a little dry.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2175) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head. Big citrus / pine hop nose with some bread notes. Sweet grainy malt body with bright citrus and dank hop bitterness. Sweet and bitter finish. An amped up hoppy fat tire.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Garito793 (241) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 20, 2012
This is a tasty and drinkable amber ale, like Fat Tire, but with more flavor. Pours a dark red with large, lingering head. Slightly hoppy finish. Citrus hops, sweet caramel and coffee, toasted malts, bread.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
HughConway (784) - Washington, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear red-brown (garnet) with a thick white head. Aroma of floral hops, taste is malt, crisp finish. Not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 20, 2012
A nice reddish copper ale with a nice thin creamy mocha head. In aroma, nice pungent hops with nice caramel malt with rye grains, nice citrus notes, resinous well done. In mouth, smooth grainy malt with nice floral hops, roasty and nice. On tap at New Belgium Hub at DIA, August 7 2012.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - AUG 20, 2012
Crimson red, thin lacing. A little basement, musky aroma; woodsy. Smooth palate, malty but with some bitterness on the finish. Woodsy, earthy flavors with an herbal/spice note on the back palate. Quite a nice showing for New Belgium.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
rangerred (914) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - AUG 19, 2012
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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