Hoptober (6.0% ABV & 40 IBU) is a seasonal Golden Ale from New Belgium based in Ft. Collins, CO. I wanted to try this beer last year, but I could not find it in stores. When I saw it this year, I immediately bought some. Hoptober pours clear and gold / yellow with a large fluffy head. The carbonation on this beer is great and the bubbles do not stop. Hoptober has a pleasant aroma of spice and earthy hops. The taste is very well-balanced and I thought the hop level was just right. The spicy notes probably come from the rye. This is probably my favorite American Blonde Ale to date. I am not a big fan of the style, but Hoptober is very good and I will buy it again. It was great to enjoy a few of these on Halloween evening while sitting out on the front porch doling out candy to the kids.
Website Description – “Five hops and four malts make Hoptober Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of the earth. Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to create a medium-bodied ale with a creamy mouthfeel. Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale. Seasonal in August, September, October.”