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RATINGS: 357   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 1, 2012
Pours a dark red color. Aroma is primarily a biscuity malt. Nice amount of hops really balances thus out. A really nice beer for this style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Drake (9454) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JUL 31, 2012
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine West Richmond, VA. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a large tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of spicy and peppery hops with toffee malts. The taste is toffee, nutty notes, citrus and herbal hops. Medium bodied.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
degbert (1249) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 31, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark red-brown with a high, cinnamon head. Nose is pine tree with a touch of pomelo. Strong resiny notes on the front of the tongue, shifting to a maple/toffee sweetness before turning dry again. A lot of depth on the palate; finishes rich and clean. I like it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
arminjewell (7030) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 30, 2012
Pour on tap at the Denver Summer Brew Fest, reddish orange pour with white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, toffee, yeast, some spice, touch of grass and piney hops, hints of citrus as well. Taste is a nice mix of caramel, toffee, some spice notes, hints of orange, some grass, pine notes, finishing fairly bitter and dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1623) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 28, 2012
An impressive and good reddish amber beer with some nice hoppy flavor to go with the malty character. Looking forward to more of this new seasonal.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a very deep red color with a nice off white head. Nice lacing left behind too. The nose highlights the malt with dark toast, a touch of dark caramel, some earthy and piney hops. The malt strikes the tongue first with toasted malt, bread, and caramel notes, but the pine hops quickly balance things out. The finish ends up leaning towards the hop side. Slightly earthy undertones the whole way. Nice, medium mouthfeel, not too heavy, not too light. Softer carbonation and a lasting finish. A solid daily drinker for the fall season.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GandGKevin (920) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 26, 2012
Citrusy hop floral aromas. Very prominent hop flavors that finishes with smooth malt backbone. Overall a very good amber.

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