Saturday, December 18, 2010

New Belgium Brewing Hoptober Golden Ale

6% ABV.  This beer pours dark golden with a touch of honey.  The aroma is fairly well balanced between an almost spicy malt and hoppy fruitiness.  It is hard to discern anything that predominates, it is pleasing all around.  In the taste there is a surprising pronounced pineapple/coconut.  This is like a beer pina colada.  There is a bit of a bitter finish.  The mouth-feel is creamy and smooth.  I find the taste of this beer surprising, pleasant but surprising.  From the bottle:  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 mouth feel.  Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale.

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