October’s Top-Rated Beers for October

October 31, 2018

By October Staff, October 31, 2018

October is here (and gone), which means one thing: This was our month. Jokes aside we take our name from the month that ushers in a season of incredible beer. From Oktoberfest-style lagers to pumpkin ales, there’s plenty to savor during the peak of fall. These are the five best beers that our reviewers tasted this month.

86: Great Divide’s Hoss

“Great Divide takes its shot at the Oktoberfest style with an ambitious lager in Hoss. The beer strikes an interesting balance between two standard German märzen styles, ultimately hitting on the best characteristics of each.” —Tucker Anders

86: Harpoon’s Dunkin’ Coffee Porter

“In a market full of gimmick beers and co-branding, it’s refreshing to see Harpoon respect the simple coffee that powers the city around it, with a classic yet complex version of this style.” —Tom Thornton

90: Southern Tier’s Pumking

“Pumking was one of my initial five-star beers on Untappd. Before the haze hype, before anything else, I was a pumpkin beer fan. I’ve since had many others, and while this may not quite hold up to my more pretentious palate these days, it’s pretty damn close.” —Mike Wilpiszeski

94: Bent Paddle’s Cold Press Black Ale

“Coffee and beer have been combined in countless forms and proportions over time, but never has one so obviously enriched the other. The searing bitterness of the cold press is underpinned by the sweet roast of the malt. The crisp bite of the beer is smoothed and thickened by the coffee.” —Jerard Fagerberg

100: Summit’s Keller Pils

“Summit founder Mark Stutrud has called Keller Pils ‘truly a masterpiece.’ That’s not just marketing. In one year, the beer has gone from locally renowned one-off to GABF gold medal winner, and now it’s officially a standby in Summit’s rich tradition of paradigm-shifting releases.” —Jerard Fagerberg

ZX Ventures, a division within AB InBev, is an investor in October
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