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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Beer pick of the week: Thomas Hooker Octoberfest

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Thomas Hooker Octoberfest

Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

Bloomfield, CT

6.1% ABV

This American version of an Oktoberfest pours a dark copper-brown with a foamy, 2-finger head and plenty of nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel and brown bread crust, wet leaves, and some herbal, earthy hops. Toffee dominates the initial taste, along with some toasted, husky bran, and baked cookie. Grassy hops and some allspice balance the sweetness. The mouthfeel is full and smooth, with a semi-dry finish. This is a bit rich and lacking in crispness for an Oktoberfest, but the texture and flavor are superb for a lager. Very satisfying.

(photo courtesy Thomas Hooker Brewing Company)

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