Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Trying to get over my anti-NB bias and sample their full selection of cheap and widely available beers. Hoptober, activate!
A: Poured into a pint glass. If this were actually a golden ale (or a pilsner, for that matter), I'd grade it higher, but damned it if doesn't taste every bit like a pale ale, and the wimpy head and fizzy yellow color do not match.
S: Pretty basic. Bready malt (little bit of rye?) and citrusy hops.
T: Far exceeds the smell. Reminds me of Sumpin Sumpin and Mirror Pond. Surprisingly complex malt and hop profile given the unremarkable smell. As others have said, this needs to be relabeled a pale ale and changed to a Spring or Summer seasonal. Maybe add some wheat to the grain bill to for good measure.
M: Heavy on the carbonation, but makes it more refreshing, which again makes it a better candidate for a summer seasonal.
D: Almost perfect but there's a little bit of a dry tartness that will sit heavily on the palate after a while.
NB actually did a good job on pretty much every aspect of this beer except the labeling. Fire the guy who decided this was a golden ale and that it should be released in the fall.
Serving type: bottle
09-25-2010 07:51:01 | More by bridgetowhophead
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