Born in early August, this child is a seasonal beer that goes well with most light-to-medium papered cigars. It’s called Red Hoptober. Loaded with a trio of hops, its taste inspires thoughts of roasted barley and caramel malt.
When it first reaches your tongue, though, you’d think you had just bit into a pink grapefruit. Fear not, the fruitiness gives way to those wonderful Cascade, Centennial and El Dorado hops. While you’ll experience the citrus, the combination of the trinity makes these suds clean and quenching. This is a definite “sit around an outdoor fire” beer.
It comes from the same folks who bring us Fat Tire Amber Ale. New Belgium Brewing Company started gifting us back in 1991 out of a basement in Fort Collins, Colorado. The brewmeister, Grady Hull notes that, “Fall seasonals are a terrific transition from hot weather’s lighter beers into the warm embrace of winter beers and the Red Hoptober is perfect for a cool day of fishing or a relaxing night around the campfire.”
Red Hoptober is amber in color with dark rose shading. It’s 6% ABV which makes it about average for light beers such as this autumn brew.
About The Brewery
New Belgium Brewing Company is the makers of Fat Tire Amber Ale and a host of Belgian-inspired beers. Today, the third largest craft brewer in the U.S., New Belgium produces nine year-round beers; Fat Tire Amber Ale, Sunshine Wheat, Ranger IPA, Belgo IPA, Shift Pale Lager, Blue Paddle Pilsner, 1554 Black Ale, Abbey and Trippel, as well as a host of seasonal releases like Red Hoptober. In addition to producing world-class beers, New Belgium takes pride in being a responsible corporate role model with progressive programs such as employee ownership, open book management and a commitment to environmental stewardship.
By the way, here’s a fun fact about the brewery. They sponsor the “Tour de Fat” which is a festival and bike parade. It’s not all drunken silliness, kids. At the end of the event there’s a trade-in where participants transfer the title and keys to their motorized vehicles in exchange for a brand new bicycle.
CH would like to thank Stan at Beertaps.com for the post!Shaken, Not Stirred: New Belgium Red Hoptober Ale by David Sabot