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RATINGS: 359   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.52/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - AUG 5, 2012
light, hoppy, red ale. Pours clear red, moderate carbonation. It;s got some malty, creamyness from the red malt, some light hops in the nose and on the finish of the palate. Taste like hoptober, but a little muddled in the palate from the red, and a little creamier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rdixon77 (2328) - Georgia, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Nice seasonal for NB. Brownish-red pour. Crisp, but fully malty. Hops are definitely there, but lost in the NB-style caramel taste. Not too much bitterness as suggested in description. Drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Suttree (6075) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 5, 2012
Sampled at the Cleveland (TN) BrewHaHa. This is a significan step down from the regular hoptober that was out last year. More caramel, less crisp. Just kind of a mess all around.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Pours a dark red color, nice favors of roasted malt and caramel, very smooth and drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6010) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Bottle. Dark, almost cola colored, brown pour. Tall, foamy tan head. Aroma is mostly floral hops and pine with citrus and hints of roasted malt. Taste is roasted malt blended with pine, floral hops, and citrus. Touches of caramel and light smoke as well. Body is medium with an oily feel and soft, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more citrus, pine resins, floral hops, roasted malt notes and light caramel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
high_on_hops (809) - Burlingame, California, USA - AUG 4, 2012
Pours a copper-amber with a foamy tan head and plenty of lacing. It has a great hop aroma with grass and some spiciness, with the amber malts in the background. The flavor has plenty of hops up front, with a maltier middle that leads too a balanced bittersweet aftertaste. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rollinsr (566) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - AUG 4, 2012
Pours a rich amber with a finger of tan head. Aroma is sour citrus hops with some intermittent pine notes. The flavor is surprisingly malty given the lack off malt aroma. The hops tend to melt away as the malt begins to dominate the palate, but then come back as the malt subsides and gives way to a bitter finish. Another solid brew from New Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - AUG 3, 2012
On draught at New Belgium Hub at DIA. Pours a clear, deep mahogany color with a lasting tan head. Big hoppy aroma. Medium body with full mouthfeel. Assertive hop bitterness. Even dry/sweet malty flavor balance. Distracting roasted character. Flavors don’t blend well, no synergy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
poisoneddwarf (2283) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - AUG 2, 2012
12 oz bottle bought at Super 1 in Rathdrum, ID. Pours clear amber with a medium beige head that sticks around; leaves some decorative lace. Aroma is citrusy hoppy, bready, biscuity. Taste is much hoppier than Fat Tire, therefore much better than Fat Tire. It finishes with a lingering unharsh bitterness; it’s also faintly tart in the finish. When I first heard New Belgium came out with a new amber ale, I thought, why? Their flagship is an amber. Does a brewery really need more than one amber ale in their portfolio? After tasting it, it’s obvious it’s as different to Fat Tire as autumn is to spring. I like hoppy ambers. Nice effort.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
obguthr (5646) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 2, 2012
Collard and cumin nose, very green. Crystal clear tea colored, medium head. Slight astringency. Tea and grass flavor. Quite similar to Fat Tire, but greener.

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