Summer is ending which means the next round of seasonal beers are out. This past week I was at my local grocery store and saw New Belgium’s Hoptober out and had to give it a whirl. Hoptober is New Belgium’s seasonal that they release August-September.
I had a little trouble getting started with this review. I drank the first 5 of the 6 before I snapped a picture. When I poured the 6th beer for review, my camera battery died, and of course I couldn’t find my backup battery until after the head died down (although I did manage to get a picture with my cell phone camera).
The beer poured a nice golden color with a good thick layer of head. As the head died down, it left nice lacing on the glass, which is a thing of beauty.
I really enjoyed smelling this beer. It has a fairly strong hoppy and malty smell with some slight citrus notes. It definitely got my mouth watering.
It was a little hoppier then I was expecting from a golden ale, although I shouldn’t be surprised with huge hop lineup of Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier hops. It tastes great with a somewhat creamy mouthfeel. One drawback I thought it had was that is tasted slightly over carbonated. I’m not so sure that it is a big deal as this beer tastes GOOD.
Overall this is a perfect “transition” beer from summer to fall. It is more like a summer beer compared to most fall seasonals, but is more like a fall beer compared with most summer seasonals. It is easy to drink and pretty dang delicious if you are a fan of the hops.
My New Belgium Hoptober Grade: A-
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