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RATINGS: 356   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACHops (799) - 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 (3852) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
pintocb (646) - Darsville, Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2012
Well named. Very red. Sweet caramel in the nose followed by piney hops. Flavor is the same....with a coffee taste lingering. Decent amber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
johnbuck100 (241) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 11, 2012
6-pack from whole foods, foggy bottom. Extremely complex. first sip reminded me of deschutes hop in the dark. toasty, chocolaty hoppy red amber ale. Wow. full of flavor but not overwhelming with alcohol. Very Very nice and Highly recommended. I think I’ll have another.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3862) - - AUG 11, 2012
growler. a new hoptober style. this time an amber instead of the original golden ale. this one pours a clear rusty color with a large, creamy, beige head. aromatic hop nose with a bready and light cocoa malt nose. just like the last version, these hoptober beers have been very hop forward obviously. it drinks with a slick medium body from the growler pour. a generous malt backbone in this one. juicy, fruity hop notes with light florals in finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (1968) - Salem, Oregon, USA - AUG 10, 2012
12 oz single from a 6-pack from Roths Sunnyside Market,S.Salem $8.49 Dark amber ale with a large thick bubbly light tan head. Nice fresh aromas of resiney/citric hop and caramel malts Taste is excellent and very well balanced..though you never lose the better aspects of the hops or malt.. intertwined but still recognizable as distinct. Nice mouthfeel very smooth then a nice after taste. Overall an excellent drink even in hot late summer

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (964) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
The burnt umber colored body was clear, and topped by a two finger thick, foamy, beige head. I could smell the bright hops even before bringing the glass up to the nose. Once I did, the nose was dominated by piney, earthy, spicy, and musty hops. As anticipated, the taste was quite bitter and earthy, with a flash of brown sugar mid palette, and a carbonated, drying, finish. The body felt medium thick, oily, and soft. This is better than the typical New Belgium seasonal, and approaches the quality of the Lips of Faith series.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Good. What else is there to know. Ok. Deep red ale. Small white head. Bitter malty aroma. Flavor is oaty barley with a bitter stomp. Nice bite. Good way to drink an amber cuz the other way, with less hops, sucks.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jmohno (1147) - Iowa, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Clear dark ruby red.Light head froth light lacing. Aroma is nice fresh hops pungent herbal dankish resin with light citrus tones,some sweet dark toffee,busicuit malt. It turnes pretty herbal mostly as it warms. Very smooth,creamy,hoppy more on the herbal earthy side with dark carmel light roast mild chocolate. More citrusy in the finish,very good balance of malt/hop taste. Enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (2366) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Clear dark amber with a frothy, long-lasting off-white head and swirling lace. The taste is an immediate combination of caramel malt and light, but persistent, US hops. The bitter and sweet balance each other well, making this highly desirable for anyone who likes their malt and is open to the hop experience. Well-conceived and executed light amber ale. Recommended.

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