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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

886 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 37
Gots: 38 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Ratings: 886 | Reviews: 484
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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This usually isnt a style for a fall seasonal so a nice change of pace.Poured into a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with a thinner quick to fade white head that left some broken lace behind.Big citric hop aromas along with some sweetish caramel.Hmm the hops dont seem to hit home as much on the palate as the nose,pretty citric in its hop profile,a big caramel/biscuit malt layer stands up to the hops making it pretty balanced.Not bad but to me its not as hoppy as others have suggested,still a nice change of pace for fall.

As I drank more the more I noticed the creamy,lush mouthfeel the oats imparted so I gave the mouthfeel a higher score.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

An ample amount of hops is a good thing any time of the year. 40 IBUs come from five different hops; Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier are the paint for this canvas. Sweet aroma of wildflowers and citric zest with a trim graininess. Earthy citric bit- terness and flavor from the hops; nice little sting in the middle. Creamy, smooth medium body. Quick kiss of honey from the sweetness of the malt. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Long-lasting trail of hops and malt show that aftertaste is a good thing.

Brings memories of the Pale Ales we have tasted in West Flanders; hoppy, earthy, sweet golden beauties. By far one of the more interesting fall seasonals to be had.

Photo of Chuggs
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good blond. Nice color, nice aroma , and nice flavor. More of a warm weather beer than what you expect for the fall but good to sit back with and watch a game. Best of the New Belgiums, in my opinion. Drinking from the bottle and poured it in a glass. Skimpy on the hops but overall a nice and smooth palate. I have to put this up as one of my favorite; however I am patial to blonds.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/12/12

A - Pours a clear light golden brown with almost two fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Floral and grassy hops, a bit of citrus and a faint spiciness.

T -- Pretty strong hop presence up front, again grassy and floral. After the initial hop punch comes some rye spiciness and and a bit of bready malt.

M - Medium crisp mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

O - A pretty good blond ale, but not something I would come back to.

Photo of Beaver13
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 2/26/10. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready grainy malts and fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with citrus fruits leading to a medium fruity hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid NBB brew. Pretty hoppy for a golden ale. I really like the hop flavors and think this would rate as a solid well balanced pale ale.

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, light lemons and some grain notes. The aroma is a little bit lacking overall. The flavor is more prominent. I get some lemon and orange citrus notes, as well as some wheat and some grassy hops. The overall bitterness level is low, but it is nicely done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very clear, light yellow-gold with nice foamy stark white head.

Smell: Citrus, apple, candied sugar, dry pepper, and very light metal.

Taste: Very light semi-sweet caramel and fruity malts, which are quickly overshadowed by spicy, peppery hops with just a tinge of citrus. Ends bitter and a little metallic.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a crisp, fairly bitter beer, but the hops don't have as much taste or complexity as I would have hoped. At least it doesn't have that damn biscuity Fat Tire taste that most of their American-style beers do.

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark golden and amber--almost a light copper. Thin off-white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A pleasant though simple aroma consisting of grassy, floral, and earthy hops and simple, grainy, bready malts.

Light bitterness throughout along with an earthy and floral hop character, though this beer remains quite bready and biscuity.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

An unexciting, though well crafted American blonde. The name is somewhat misleading however, as this is not a very hoppy beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white foam head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very vibrant aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple with lots of lemon zest and some pine. Pale malts and wheat back things up. Also some hints of coriander spice.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit and pineapple hop flavor up front that is sweet and mildly bitter. A moderate amount of pine adds some bitterness. Solid backing of wheat and pale malts. Light hints of spice. Tropical fruit sweetness stands out and the hoppy bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy.

Overall: A very solid wheat ale from New Belgium. Nice balance of fruity sweetness with some mild bitterness.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored with a white head that sinks quickly. Aroma of bread dough and citrus, some notes of pine.

Flavors of hops upfront, mix of citrus and floral, notes of honey and cinnamon. Some grapefruit rind in the finish. Piney notes linger. Full mouthfeel, tingly carbonation, a bit dry, good beer.

Photo of Soonami
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptober Golden Ale is very good for an American Blonde. This doesn't mean that it would necessarily be a great beer compared to more flavorful beers of different styles, but for what it is, it's very good.

This beer is beautiful! It pours a bright, clear lemon color with voluminous white head that billows out and leaves fine lace all over the glass. The beer has very interesting hop aromas, from the unmistakable woody Willamette to the fruity of the Cascade and Centennials. The hops are definitely featured in this 40 IBU beer with the spicy Willamette and citrusy C hops. The mouthfeel and body is full with nice creamy carbonation.

Tasty beer, I would buy more if it were available to me.

Photo of centbeerfest
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a newly tapped keg.

Nice frothy white head that held out for a good time. Not a lot of carbonation. Crystal clear appropriately gold color.

Gives a bit of citrus to begin with a nice depth of character. Excellent blend of hops and a very good refreshing balance.

A hint of butterscotch at the very finish. A very good beer that was a nice surprise from an excellent brewery.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, didnt expect to like this beer so much. Appearance was pale straw yellow, usually not the greatest sign in a beer. Smell, aroma, didn't give me anything to think I was getting into anything good.

But alas, the taste, not very complicated, light, but a good little hop zest and mild bitterness. I don't know that I would call this "hop" tober and all, but for an all access type of beer like New Belgium makes (this would be a good alternative to the fat tire hags), this makes sense to bring them in another direction.

Mouthfeel and drinkability rate higher, because it doesn't fade, nor does it get tiresome.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden yellow with a thin and irregular white head that dissipated gradually and left nice lacing on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrus smell featuring lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit, in that order. Very pleasant and fruity.

T: More hops than malt, for sure, yet balanced only slightly more bitter than sweet. Quite fruity with some orange peel and earthy hops in the lingering aftertaste.

M: well carbonated; medium-light body. A bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: Definitely better (and fruitier!) than expected, especially for style. Easy drinking and would make for an excellent session beer.

Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells great - tropical and citrus hop aromas with very light amounts of pale malt.

Tastes good, although it's not as good as it tastes. Light citrus hop flavors up front segue into a lightly bitter ending. Pale malt flavors lurk in the background. Neither the malt or hop flavors are as intense as the smell lets on.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer smells great but the taste doesn't follow through as much as I'd hoped. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug) best before 09 jan11
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a cobweb that last for a good while.
S- The slightly tart hop hint turns into more of a pungent but bright hop aroma followed by some dry biscuit and lightly toasted malt aromas.
T- The pale malt give way to a soft green hop flavor and some light sulfury notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens up the sulfury note takes on a citrusy and green herbal hop flavor.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture.
D- This beer has some nice light dry fresh malt flavors with a good pungent hop flavor that is a bit stronger than the malt. There are some nice clean lager qualities and it is very easy to drink but also has some good character.

Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptober flows very clear and lightly golden in color slightly warmer in tone then corn yellow. The head is tan and built out of medium sized bubbles. It fades fast and leaves little reminisce of it's existence.

I was expecting something a little heavier for a seasonal beer this time of year but I guess it's not that kind of style. The nose is warm and grainy with notes of caramel and sweet steeped grains. A firm hop profile is also present that consists of citrus and awesomeness. I'm glad to see this brew cutting through the fat beers of october.

Taste is along the same lines of the nose. Creamy toasted grain with a nice sweetness and light caramelized notes. The hops are strong in the taste with a firm citrus note and a lovely bite of bitterness.

Creamy and easy to drink, hoptober is a beer's beer. It has perfect amounts of ingredients and is very well balanced. An absolute pleasure to drink and one that goes down smooth and finishes strong.

Photo of nickthegun12
4.44/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sorry y'all i might be a little biased here>>cause this here is my personal favorite beer>>>no.1 on my list of beers of all time>>to be such a simple beer
i would like to see a bit more head>>straw color>leaves a nice lacing
the smell is of wheat, oats, hops, and malted barley
oh my gosh the taste where do i start?>>wow>>spicy, hoppy but not bitter>>>the hops in this beer are more aromatic
very creamy feel>>lots of carbonation
i could DRINK THIS BEER ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT for the rest of my life!

Photo of IntriqKen
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

American Blonde???
Don't think so...a little too much hops for the style, IMHO, but I really enjoy it. The hops finish this brew nicely.

Color is a golden straw...crystal clear...with a nice white head of 2 fingers that melts slowly leaving a nice map in it's wake. Spot on for style.

Aroma is slightly sweet toasted malts with fresh citrus hops blending well.

Mouthfeel is creamy with a nice bite from carbonation..again, spot on.

Taste is lightly sweet malts followed immediately with fresh citrus hops giving grapefruit and orange peel notes.

Aftertaste is so smooth and drying...very, very nice.

Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that it actually feels like October, and not early September (not that I'm complaining), it's time to crack this souvenir from my most recent border crossing.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fingers of creamy white head, which leaves a nice paint job around the glass as it falls away. It smells strongly of sweet, fruity citrus and green hops, and mild bready malt. The taste is another large rush of varied hop flavours - sweet, bitter, floral, leafy. There's a decent malt under there too - biscuity and sourdough like. The carbonation is moderate, the body nice and hefty for a blonde ale, smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes surprisingly even, the hops thinning out a bit against the sweet bready malt, with some latent warming.

Definitely one of the better examples of the style that I've encountered thus far. Big and hoppy, but still light and easy to drink. A very nice bridge, or lead-in, to the coming winter and its warming requirements, beer or otherwise.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice pleasant surprise this beer was. "Best Before December"

A - Nice, crisp golden beer poured into a Guiness perfect pint glass with solid activation throughout.

S - Hops, flowers and Apricots and Lemon rind.

T - Rating this beer to style...and as a Hop-head, this is arguably the best American "Blonde Ale" I've ever had. Extremely crisp and sessionable packed with a dry, yet juicy Apricot flavor. Light and hoppy at the same time. Not an overly complex beer here but just a nice delight to session. A nice light dry Apricot IPA I'd explain it as...Very pleased.

M - Crisp, light, juicy apricot, not much malt backing it up. A wee-bit more malt could be used to back this up some as could Ranger but that's getting picky. Loving the bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

O - This is my new favorite beer from NB. Better than Ranger IMHO. Recommended.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow-gold color with a nice frothy white head. Decent retention and good initial lacing.

Pale malt on the nose with faint floral notes.

Floral hop flavor notes up front with a light, fairly sweet malt back end.

Light bodied mouthfeel, crisp with high carb.

Overall it's pretty Meh. Pretty boring. Started off ok and got more and more mehhhh as it went on. Won't get this again.

Photo of GilGarp
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially skeptical of this one for some reason, possibly because their recent seasonals have been "crowd pleasers" in the worst way.

Best before Apr 2, 2010.

Served cold in a pint glass. It's very pale yellow in color with great clarity and white head. The head sticks around a good while leaving some very nice lacing on the glass. Otherwise a pretty average looking beer.

Aroma is sweet with light malts and mild hops. Nothing too exciting here but it's pleasant.

Flavor is still mild and not as hoppy as the name might suggest but it's good in the long run. Pale malts start the beer off sweet but it soon becomes surprisingly bitter. It's not a big 'west coast' type of hop bitterness. More british or pacific NW with an earthy/grassy character. Nice balance to it.

Mouthfeel is light in body and heavy in carbonation. I prefer the opposite but it's not too bad for this style.

Drinkability is very good. This could easily be a summer seasonal and I would greatly prefer it to their current Skinny Dip although, given the way it sells around here, I know it's not going away.

Overall a more impressive offering than I expected. A great session beer. I just don't know how it works as an autumn seasonal.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First sampled this at The Great Carolina Sweatfest, er, I mean The Great Carolina Beer & Wine Festival. One of the most memorable beers on that sweltering day, and one I had to try again, so I nabbed a 6 pack a couple days ago.

The liquid could be any average-to-decent macro pils or something, its clarity very clear and its golden yellow very yellow (and golden!). Bone-white head is fluffy and likes to leaves tiny dots of lace in its wake.

Aroma is a mainlined hit of super-clean, super-breezy, very bright hops and a white-bread/washed-out grain sort of element to the malt.

Crisp green apple, pear, astringent herbal tea, grapefruit rind and lemon flash by as this crosses over lips and tongue. Delicate yet with a lasting and pleasing bitterness, hops that lean on the intense side of fruity, and just enough mellow bleached/white-bread grain to lend a little support. Interesting that this is an autumn seasonal, as it seems a perfect summer beer.

Texturally crisp, but with a softer, more delicate roundness/slickness that provides balance and gives a little depth to the feel. Even a slight pucker, which works well with the tart, pithy finish.

After a rough day of disappointment after disappointment, this hit the spot. I don't believe my judgment is askew because of that, but what if it is? Good beer can make a bad day good again (and then bad again if you let yourself get all fuckered up)...anyway, this is pure simplicity without any ho-hum elements. I like.

Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: visually this beer boasts a light yellow hue with a tinge of orange and gold. If anything it leans more towards a fuzzy yellow color. The lace was in good order with a very nice film hugging the upper rim of the glass. As drinking continued the lacing took charge and provided a visual experience (high marks for the lace). Just a thin layer of cream sits on top

S: light smells of toasted malts with earthy hops and not much else. It seems usual in the sense that it boasts toasted malts as so many of NBBC brews do. Otherwise the nose is lacking

T: the flavors are in harmony with the nose. I guess I was thinking of an october fest type of brew. Instead a light hopped, citrus spiced blonde ale is swirling on my palate. A light slap of hop oils hits the tongue. It also maintains a backbone of toasted caramel drizzled malts for an even character

Overall this beer has a faint commanding presence. Nothing really stands out for me

M: the feel is light, crisp, and airy with some noticeable carbonation. Body is average and seems to fit the style

D: a nicely hopped brew and a nice diversion from the usual autumn brews. I still have yet to find my niche with New Belgium. This is a decent brew and easy to put a few down the hatch

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.