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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

872 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 872
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009)
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Sargully, Nov 30, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

jheezee, Dec 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

birchholz, Dec 11, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

harrylee773, Dec 24, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

dav, Nov 19, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

niceonebro, Jan 04, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WoW!! This has to be one of my favorite beers I have had to date. Though I am still acolyte I have been into craft beers for a while now. This beer is perfectly balanced it is so smooth you cant even tell its there. It has a perky hint of citrus hops. This beers is overall exceptional I love it. I wish it was around all year, but that would take away from it being so special!

kdawg105, Nov 05, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

uscbrasco, Oct 15, 2012
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Finatic, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

PhatAtUT, Dec 04, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
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5/5  rDev +31.6%

SavvyStudent, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Jimboozle
4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my ideal hot/mild weather beer. The bear looks amazing in a glass, its golden and clear with a good thick long lasting head. The aroma is a nice bouquet of hop, grassy and citrus. The taste, to quote The Lonely Island "Jizzed in my pants". Yeah its really that good, starts with wonderful blend of hop and stays all the way through. Good balance of malt and bitter. A wonderful vessel for hop flavor.

Jimboozle, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of demuzik
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite New Belgium brew by far. They do everything right with this one. Great appearance; a tempting golden bubbly brew, aroma is mixed from the various hop usage, but the balanced taste is where it's all at... balance of light to medium malt with light to medium hoppiness is very impressive. You get great doses of both malt and hop flavor yet feel the beer is light to medium in body, meaning you feel up for drinking the entire six pack (or twelve pack, which I buy every fall!)

demuzik, Nov 07, 2010
Photo of aquaderek
4.78/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I poured this beer into an oktoberfest mug, it pours a nice Orange golden color with the slightest lacing if a white head. The nose is nice and hoppy with exceptionally balanced sweet manliness. This is an exceptional oktober offering. Really well balanced with out being overly Mary like most oktober offerings. I wish this beer was on tap for more oktoberfest events, it is a great offering.

aquaderek, Sep 30, 2010
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

TheStashRide, Oct 08, 2012
Photo of TwinButte
4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful clear golden color color with a nice head on it. Stays well carbonated throughout the full glass.

S - Pale Ale 'ish hop aroma. Not overpowering like an IPA though. Some wheat notes do peak through too.

T - Tastes like an IPA but with a Belgium twist. Its a nice change up to the IPA's I have drank all summer. Not too bitter on the back end.

M - Very smooth. Is more complex than I expected. Carbonation is right on.

O - This is a great transition into the fall browns, and marzens from the summer IPA's. It has a strong hop aroma and taste but is well balanced with the four malts that are used. I find it hard not to like anything from New Belgium and this one is right near the top as well.

TwinButte, Sep 04, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +25%

Meibs, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of nkersten
4.72/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium Tulip. Color is golden with a fizzy white head and some nice lacing, but kind of ho hum. Smell is nothing i expected for a golden ale. Very hop forward, an amazing combination of grassy and tropical fruit notes. Some sweet mint in the background. A touch of sugary malt sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell. Tropical fruits up front, some malty sweet notes, and grassy bitterness in the finish. Not a perfect balance but it tastes great, a wonderful display of hops without being overly bitter. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and slightly sticky. Could have a cleaner finish. Drinkability is great. Not overly bitter, not overly sweet, not too high abv. The only downside to this is the hops has faded significantly since the first 6 pack I bought. Still a great beer, one of the best New Belgium has ever offered and by far the best blonde ale ive ever had.

nkersten, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of drperm
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite New Belgium offering, hands-down. The "American Blonde Ale" designation does not even begin to do justice to this multifaceted, complex brew. In the best of the American Craft tradition, this one takes simple genre, tips its hat to it, and then leaves it far behind.

Appearance: Just beautiful. Golden, shimmery, clear, sparkly, with a snow-white pillow of foam atop. Looks like the best of the Czech pilsener world, as it smiles at me in its glass.

Aroma: Earthy, crisp, mellow, dark, woodsy. I'm reminded of laurels and boxwoods after a rainshower, and expect to hear a wood thrush start singing any minute. Rye, dark hops, green apple, and wheat bread round out the nose. This smell is stupendous, comforting, and slightly intoxicating.

Taste: Delicious and refreshing. Surprisingly complex for its color and clarity, and also for its unassuming beginning (but remember that nose...). A delicious rye-wheat note marries perfectly with the ever-so-fresh hop quintet, and something rather perfumey (but in a good way) finishes it off.

Palate: Sublime and divine, if maybe flirting with being ever-so-slightly thin.

Overall/Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Scarily drinkable, in fact. I'm kicking myself for buying only a single instead of a sixer. I could drink this all day, all summer and fall -- this would, in fact, be perfect on a crisp, warm autumn day. I see this one working perfectly with any number of foods, from smoked (or unsmoked) craft cheeses, to seafood, to Mexican dishes, to fish, omelettes....I had mine with a yesterday-picked fresh mountain green apple, and it was divine.

drperm, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of BobJustBob
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled 16 Oz mug.
I had high expectations for this Beer, reading the other reviews.
Was not disappointed in anything but the colour, which looks like standard American macro stuff. That's where any comparison ends.
At only 40 IBU's, I expected far less Hop punch than I got. It's there and perfectly playing off the addition of Rye to the mash, which gives it a very unique and satisfying character. It's very noticeable in the flavour and adds a Rye Bread note that's extremely pleasant.
There's a nice very light sweetness that balances the Beer out, but never gets into cloying territory.
With a 6% ABV, the drinkability is almost dangerous. The mouth-feel is creamy and rewarding. Similar to SNPA, if a bit less easily quaffable.
Since I'm also a Cheese snob, I'll add a couple of hardened Lactose suggestions with this. Smoked Mozzarella, Muenster or Butterkasse would be excellent choices to go along with Hoptoberfest.
Or you can do as I did today while trying this Beer and microwave a couple of hot pretzels with some Dijon mustard and enjoy.
A substantial brew and something you have to try before the great dirt nap that awaits us all.

BobJustBob, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of StaveHooks
4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer has a clear golden body with a 3/4 inch tight white head. Small patches of lacing.

S - Grassy hops with notes of straw, oranges, honey, floral spice on top of a sweet malt base.

T - Starts off with a green grassy bitterness that turns to candy grapefruit sweetness. A prevalent malt backbone adds character that blends and balances all the green together. There's some tartness towards the end that adds good dimension. Finishes dry and spicy.

M - Light to medium body average carbonation.

One of the best I've had of this style. Love the hop profile and the malt is actually what makes this a winner. The burps taste like leafy green hops. Top of the line.

StaveHooks, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of diamondc
4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 19Dec10.

A: Shiny, clear, golden bronze color. Leaves some good head, 'bout 2 fingers tall.

S: This is where the beer shines. This is hop and malt aroma heaven. The honey, sugar cookie, granola malt aromas balance out the tropical fruit / spring floral hop aromas. Amazing.

T: The hops are what I taste first. Like chewing on flower stems almost. Pineapple and kiwi flavors emerge afterwards. The malts remind me of a standard American pale ale. Very bread-y, rye, some hints of caramel, generic grain husk.

M/D: NB has surprised me again. This isn't a one dimensional beer due to the genius selection of hops used. Even though there's 'hop' in the name, this doesn't kill your palate with bitterness. Hoptober would be a great addition to their year round lineup.

diamondc, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of keethrax
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stone soup of a beer. Barley/What/Oat/Rye with five varieties of hops.

There's a lot going on, but all in balance and somewhat muted. Think of it as a quiet conversation amongst a group of friends, with no component shouts over the others.

Considering the hop aromas and flavors, the bitterness is muted, allowing the different malts to come through.

keethrax, Sep 10, 2011
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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.