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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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
BeerOnTheWall (15) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 5, 2012
What a nice suprise! To be honest, I was expecting a malty brew made for the mass beer drinker, but this beer is definitely not that. A very nice hop aroma and taste with almost perfect balance. Way to go New Belgium Brewing!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2012
Magnificent! Beautiful deep Maroon red color a bit murky and i dont exactly remember the head. Full mouthfeel like whipped pudding tastes red and bursting with piney hop,citrus, some chocolate and yeast. On tap at the Capital Ale House Harrisonburg VA. Bought some bottles back behind the place down the hall.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GrainyGranny (1) - New Concord, Kentucky, USA - SEP 17, 2012 does not count
So happy to have taken the leap back to a New Belgium after a few meh experiences. Nice head, beautiful amber color and wow, gotta stick your nose in this one! Niiiice hop aroma. Wonderful, but not overpowering, malt sweetness first, balanced by a nice hoppy blend, "balanced" being the most important descriptor for me. Easy drinking with just the right body. Tired of "hop soup". This one is a winner in my book.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
ozarkspops (368) - - SEP 27, 2012
I love this beer and it caught me totally by surprise. Great deep amber color and thick head. I love the earthy hop flavors with the roasty undertones of the malt. Love it. ---Rated via iPhone

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rajendra82 (1048) - 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
PourBoyJones (12) - Virginia, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Very nice color and strong head. Sting hop aeroma. Nice flavor of hops, light body, and easy finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ttrunk (57) - California, USA - SEP 6, 2012
I enjoy this beer. Very delicious with a great blend. I will enjoy this again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KUEric (943) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2012
Delicious! Red, hops, wonderful. Some caramel, crystal malts, and plenty of hops. As balanced a beer as I have ever had.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bs476 (80) - - AUG 8, 2012
Provided description hits all the points: Caramel on the nose with piney hops balancing out a leathery subtlety. Very enjoyable. Literally said "wow!" when I poured it. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
thetmaxx (901) - West Sacramento, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Poured from the bottle, aroma is great, spicy hops must be el Dorado. Lots of big malt in this beer really balanced it. Flavor shows greed the citrus better, but the spice is still there. Really a great beer! Palate is thick, nice head and good lacing. Colour really is dark deep red. This will be a favorite this fall!

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