GarrettB (1656) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2016 heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 23, 2012 Bottle. A deep ruddy brown with rich red at the edges. The top was covered in a thin, but long lasting medium khaki head. Lots of caramel and fall leaves in the finish. There was also some light milk chocolate. This tasted light of chocolate and some fall leaves. I expected that this would be hoppy considering the name, but it’s more like a decent bitter. It is almost like an ofest with notes of milk chocolate and very little sweetness. This is pretty good, but not great. A smooth middle of the road brown ale rather than an amber as this site states. I know I said it resembles 3 different styles other than an amber, but that it part of the problem with this beer, it doesn’t know what it should be in the taste department.
May 15th, 2014 - New Belgium’s seasonal six-pack this year is the Red Hoptober (one drink only), a dark, brown bear sort of beer that looks more appropriate for the fall than the spring, like a corduroy blazer, or suede shoes. It looks cozy, and for May, a little out of place. I blame my drinking schedule. The aroma is slightly soapy, with a light wheat touch, but very delicate, almost tip-toeing around the fact that it is a beer with a scent. The body is surprisingly heavy then, burly and weighty, and a little flat. The sweeter side of the flavor profile is up front, falling away to the subtle sugars of a corn tortilla, and revived in the aftertaste with a slightly unpleasant taste of lime and mineral water. aumentm (750) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
Mid level beer for the buck. It looks red and has a mild taste that is good with the aftertaste. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - FEB 19, 2015
Bottle: Deep, toasted amber color, moderate clarity with a foamy off-white cap that settles in just a few moments. Aroma is strongly earthy, dirty, & full of weedy, nearly vegetal hops drawn across a stale caramel candy sweet malt background. Ashy, pine laden, strangely sweet... Not a good sign. Flavor loaded with more of the same stuff; heavy pines, really raunchy & dirty hop notes, stale toffee & caramel malt, with a strange vegetal finish. Peppery? Awkward. Not a huge fan of this one. radagast83 (8446) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2014
12 oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a medium sized fluffy white head. Aroma was malty, with some pine notes. Flavor was nice light juicy citrus, with some malts, light spicy hops. Drinkable. alexsdad06 (10784) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have have a mildly toasted malt backbone, caramel, light resiny and herbal hop character, all in all a basici amber ale with a hint more hop character.
slowrunner77 (12804) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Nice interplay between some citrus and spicy hops and a pretty hearty malt backbone (that was not really expected but enjoyed). Not really sure what I was expecting, but the nutty Irish red qualities was definitely not it, yet I enjoyed this brew thoroughly. " Darkmagus82 (2303) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-21-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a clear reddish amber color with a one finger off white head. The head fades overall a moderate amount of time to give a decent level of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is of roasted malt as well as some more hop heavy aromas. The hops are a mix of pine and some herbal aromas. Less sweet then the traditional red, but quite nice.
Taste – The taste starts out with a bready and nutty flavor with hints of some roasted malt. With these flavors are a good presence of pine. The pine fades a bit more toward the middle as some caramel flavors come to the tongue. At the end some of the sweetness fades again as more pine and a lighter herbal hop come to the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly above average side with a carbonation level that is average. Good for the lightly roasted and hop flavors of the beer while still maintaining a great drinkability.
Overall – A fairly tasty brew with some nice mild to medium hop presence and decent roasted flavors.
Iphonephan (7263) - Jackson Hole/McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 8, 2014
From a 12 oz bottle. Pours a deep red amber with an off white head. Malty nose. Flavors of toasted nuts, some light caramel and grassy hop notes. Bitter finish. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 6, 2014
Pours a nice amber color with white head. Caramel malt, pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice amount of citrus. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Deep amber, creamy tan head. Malty and happy, just enough resinous hops to go with the malt bill.