Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Bottle says best before 18 December 2011. Into the glass it goes.
Pours a medium golden color with an orange cast. Clear, with a one-finger white head that fades fast but leaves good lacing.
Smells awesome. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells, I will be happy. Smells more like a Belgian golden ale to me than a blonde, but what are style categorizations anyway? Has a sweet fruity richness, heavy on the stone-fruit. Lovely peach aromas, with some pleasant tropical notes. Topped off by light citrus hops. Pure, sweet, crisp, balanced, and delicious.
Taste is hoppier and less balanced than the smell. The peach and sweetness is still there, though it's more subdued. Hops are present mostly as a tingly bitterness. I find that light bitterness clashes with the rest of the flavor, though, so it comes off as two different beers banging heads with each other. Very dry, clean finish with only a little lingering bitterness.
Light body. Carbonation is evasive; sometimes it feels fizzy, at other times flat. Dries out quickly but leaves my mouth slick - a strange combination.
Another beer that starts strong but loses ground. The smells are simply fantastic - if I have another bottle, I may just let it sit and inhale the fumes rather than actually drinking it. The flavors don't blend well, leaving it unbalanced and hard to enjoy.
Serving type: bottle
10-26-2011 03:26:25 | More by zeledonia
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