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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle from Kroger. Deep brown pour with a big white head. Aroma is toasty citrus and a little spice. Taste is burned bread, caramel, ash, and a terrible finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zeswaft (1756) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Another great offering from New Belgium. Hoppy and citrusy and plenty of malt to back it up. Enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with nice deep red hues. Ample frothy head. Aroma is slight pine with roasty light caramel coming thru. Taste is a nice blend of roast caramel, maybe some toffee with those eldorado hops coming thru in the finish. A nice one for those first cool summer evenings.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Cybercat (5563) - Georgia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
Comes out of the tap a clear, ruby-tinged copper with a thick, pale tan head that sticks around for a while and leaves very generous lacing. Malty aroma has a hoppy hay overtone and a firm earthy note. Malty, earthy flavor has hoppy and clove notes - its a little like drinking good mulch, but I mean that in a positive way. Body is only average, but fizz is strong and lively. Finish is woody but not bitter. Another winner from New Belgium.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (3078) - La Mesa, California, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from BevMo. Fairly well hopped nose with a hint of sweetness and some malts. Hoppy and crisp flavors decent maltiness with a touch of roast, Pretty tasty amber.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerdrinker79 (2173) - 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 wasnt 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 (6558) - 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 (1763) - 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, its OK and has some decent bitterness. I personally dont 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 (1793) - OFallon, 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 (1826) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 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.

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