GarrettB (1635) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 25, 2016 rajendra82 (1101) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
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 (452) - 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 (8301) - 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 (10639) - 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 (12581) - 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 (2302) - - 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 (7190) - 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 (11050) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2014
Deep amber, creamy tan head. Malty and happy, just enough resinous hops to go with the malt bill.