Fall is here! At least it is in New Belgium seasonal-beer land... Starting August 1st Red Hoptober is officially on beer-shop shelves and in tap lines all across our distribution area. When you're in line at the bar, trying to decide what you want, look for this handle, and then order it. You will not be disappointed (at least I hope not).
Let me give you a quick rundown:
Red Hoptober is the perfect beer for warm days, or cooling nights. Fall is a strange time of year that can require a backpack full of clothes to make it comfortably through a day. You can spend the afternoons hiking around, soaking your cut-off jean shorts in sweat, and then the evenings chilled in a pullover, standing next to a warming campfire. You don't want summer to disappear quite yet, but when it does you might as well have the right beer for the job. And Red Hoptober will make this transition easier...
Red Hoptober pours a deep and dark red, almost burnt. The foam comes up a tannish-white and billows high, like decorative pillows on the most comfortable bed in the world. The aroma is bold and hoppy. Red Hoptober is dry hopped with Centennial and Eldorado hops, and those are the first things off the nose, lush floral and citrus tones float right up your smell-holes. A malty sweetness is present as well. Some caramel and coffee aromas are unmistakable, but they are hiding behind the hops for sure. When you get into the flavor the hops back off a touch to make room for some fig and toffee and roasted nuts, but the hop bite shows up in the end (for sure). It brings bitterness to refresh and clean your palate. There is a balance in Red Hoptober, but it's teetering towards the hoppy side. It finishes soundly bitter and clean and leaves you wanting more. This beer scores high in my (very biased) book.
To finish, here is a very big and dramatic shot of a poured up glass of Red Hoptober.
Now it's time to start your hunt for Red Hoptober...
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