The hunt is over. New Belgium’s new fall seasonal beer, Red Hoptober Ale, is arriving in Memphis this week.
FuzzyBrew got a sneak peek at this beer, and it’s a really different offering from Colorado’s New Belgium Brewing Company.
This is no Octoberfest beer. Dry-hopped with El Dorado and Centennial hops, and brewed with Target, Nugget and Cascade, Red Hoptober is piny and floral on the nose.
And while there’s a noticeable hop bitterness when you first sip it (Red Hoptober is packed with 60 IBUs), the malts quickly make themselves known.
I tasted coffee and baker’s chocolate, along with sweet caramel. Red Hoptober is brewed with a pale malt base, and has Caramel 80 and roasted barley for specialty malts.
Medium in body, the beer is deep garnet color and is close to an American-style Red Ale, though it doesn’t fit neatly into a particular style category.
At 6% ABV, you’ll find Red Hoptober in Memphis area-grocery stores over the next couple of months. Red Hoptober replaces the Hoptober Golden Ale as New Belgium’s fall seasonal beer.