New Belgium: Red Hoptober Ale
http://www.ratebeer.com/beer/new-belgium-red-hoptober/180193/ rating = 94
http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/192/83434 rating = 86
While this is not officially an IPA, it is however a VERY hoppy beer. So I'm treating this as if it were an IPA. That being said, it is slightly paste it's best-by date of December 2nd 2012. So instead of reviewing it on camera, I'm going to let you know how it holds up over time.
This beer had a different name a few years ago. It was simply called "Hoptober." The packaging is the same as "Red Hoptober", only they simply added "Red" to the label. While this isn't official, it is, however, true.
Malts: Pale, Crystal 80
Hops: Target, Nugget, Cascade, El Dorado, Centennial
- Best By "02Dec12" = Dec 2nd 2012
- Bottled On Date: "120727" July 27th 2012
LookDark brown color. Resembles a brown ale.
Very light but steady carbonation.
AromaPiney hop aroma.
Very malty aroma, similar to Thomas Creek's Appalachian Amber Ale.
TasteLight hop taste. Spicy piney flavor.
Very very malty. More malt than hops is coming through.
Has a roasted nut flavor.
VerdictDue to it's age (more than 2.5 months out of date), the bulk of the hoppiness has disappeared. This would make a great brown ale, at this point.
RatingBased on the style (IPA) I'd give this beer a "B"
Rated as an Amber Ale, I would give this an "A"