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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brenn79 (1519) - Idaho, USA - AUG 17, 2012
12 oz. bottle, thanks Poisoneddwarf- Pours clear autumn amber with a dense creamy light tan head that is reducing to a ice cream float appearance and good cobwebby lace. The aroma is hops actually, sticky resinous hops, spicy and piney. The taste is more amber ale, it is like a dry hopped amber, not my style personally, but the extra hops makes me like this more than say Fat Tire. Body and carbonation are both average, and the mouthfeel is creamy. Overall I wasn’t expecting much, and was disappointed they went away from the Hoptober Golden beer, because I really liked that, but this was better than expected.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
blutt59 (6019) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Bottle, dark amber color with no foam, malty caramel aroma, flavor is caramel with a lingering hop finish

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Beaver (1289) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 15, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark reddish amber with a medium fluffy off-white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet toasty caramel/crystal malts and resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet toasted caramel and crystal malts with an earthy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, it’s OK and has some decent bitterness. I personally don’t care for the biscuity malts or the hop flavors though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wxman (1425) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - AUG 15, 2012
Pours a clear garnet/amber with a robust off white head that sticks around and rings the glass. Aroma is caramel malt, citrus and pine. Taste is sweet roasted malt, buttery caramel and plenty of hop spicyness (pine and grapefruit), but not overdone. Afterall, it is an Oktoberfest/Marzen and we want malty sweetness to be in the fore. Excellent effort, as always, from New Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
skmikeg (900) - Poway, California, USA - AUG 14, 2012
Pours a reddish amber color with a off white head. Aroma is of toasted malts, pine, caramel, and some toffee notes. Taste is of toasted biscuit malts, grass, pine, some citrus, caramel, and some toffee. has a medium body with a creamy mouthfeel and a crisp semi dry finish. overall, a pretty good amber ale that seems like a good fall seasonal.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brucebruce81 (254) - Wyoming, USA - AUG 14, 2012
This beer had a hint of something I couldn’t quite pick out this really was smooth but nothing great

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 13, 2012
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. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 08-12-2012 20:39:10

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6457) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 13, 2012
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma: organic, moist , hoppy ale with citrus side. Good malt backing. Mature well constructed aroma. 8-
Appearance: deep amber , clear with bone white cap. Nice lace shown.
Palate / Taste: nutty, malty with soft character. Chewy mid. Good red ale. Balancing hoppy top end. Very drinkable brew.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACHops (687) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 12, 2012
On tap @ The Viking. Pours dark golden amber with thin steady head. Aroma is light citrus hops and and caramel malts. Taste is dark roasty malts with substantial pine hops on the back. Clean, crisp finish. Nicely hoppy for an amber.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3554) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 12, 2012
Tap. Pours very dark amber with average, fizzy off-white head; decent retention and spare lacing. Aroma is caramel and toasted malts, earthy and grassy hops, figs, pears, light pine, and faint spice. Flavor is balanced sweet malt and hops (medium bitterness) with some faint fruit esters; dry, hoppy finish. Medium body and carbonation with low warmth.

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