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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

485 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 485
Hads: 895
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 43
Gots: 44 | 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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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +29.5%
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! (378 characters)

Photo of Jimboozle
4.8/5  rDev +24.4%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of aquaderek
4.75/5  rDev +23.1%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of demuzik
4.73/5  rDev +22.5%
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!) (487 characters)

Photo of TwinButte
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of drperm
4.72/5  rDev +22.3%
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. (1,623 characters)

Photo of nkersten
4.69/5  rDev +21.5%
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. (899 characters)

Photo of BobJustBob
4.64/5  rDev +20.2%
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. (1,175 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
4.62/5  rDev +19.7%
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. (676 characters)

Photo of diamondc
4.59/5  rDev +18.9%
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. (780 characters)

Photo of keethrax
4.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Bookseeb
4.53/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a golden yellow with a thin head, but fair lace. Smell has a big aroma of hops, malt and citrus. Taste has a very nice balance of malt and hop bringing out the citrus, but not overdoing it with the bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium that has a slickness with just the right amount of carbonation to go down smooth. Considering the hops involved, it was a rather clean finish that made it very enjoyable. (421 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a touch ofg haze, crowned by a massive, dense snow-white cloud-top head. The glass walls are adorned with Belgian lacing. Numerous streams of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Citric and pine hops dominate the aroma with a mildly spicy undercurrent. The aroma inspires a sense of anticipation.

Taste: Opens with a burst of complex hop flavors, bitter, spice, pine, and citric, tending toward grapefruit rind. Beneath the hops is a wave of lightly toasted pale malt.The rye malt contributes a slight spiciness as well, as well as a slight bread crust note. Towards the finish, the hops really shine,with a flourish of grapefruit and spices. Finishes with a lingering, mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A stellar example of the style and one which greatly exceeded my expectations. Well done, New Belgium.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager "sensory" glass. (1,046 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a New Belgium globe glass, the appearance is wonderful: frothy white head, beautiful apple cider golden hue with constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. As the beer goes down, the sticky white lacing clings to the glass beautifully. It smells like crisp sweet apples and bold golden wheat. The mouth-feel is light and carbonated, highly drinkable. You can taste sweet caramel apples and citrus hops here. At first you wonder if it really is an Autumn beer, but half-way through, you realize this beer is brilliant. It IS an Autumn beer, it's just presented in a different way. It's crisp, light, warm, brilliant. It's not an Oktoberfest, but it is meant for October. Highly recommended. (717 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with three fingers of head; both lacing and retention were impressive

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with just a hint of the light malt underneath

Taste: Four grains were used in the malt bill and the complexity that brings is apparent, up front, with a light toasted, shortbread character that has a crisp rye element to it; the malts, however, quickly move to the back seat, with the floral, citrusy hops taking over; nicely balanced, into the finish and the floral character lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Never thought I would rate a blonde so highly; this one re-defines the style, however (692 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4.5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that settles, but leaves a very nice lacing

S - strong American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - wonderfully strong full hop flavor from start to finish with a moderately strong hop finish but not extremely bitter like a double IPA would be

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very unique beer, somewhere between an APA and IPA, with a little too much strength - alcohol and hops - for a blonde ale in my opinion. It's quite wonderful when you're in the mood for hops, and quite sessionable to a certain degree. (591 characters)

Photo of JMforman
4.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden (like a west coast IPA). Decent head with good lacing as long is sat in my pint glass.

S- A bouquet of hops. A little biscuitty, some rye, very floral. Fantastic smell!

T- Biscuit, rye, grapefruit. The pale malt really exposes the hops in this one. At only 40 IBU's it still provides a nice hop kick.

M- Pretty citrusy and maybe a bit acidic, but great nonetheless.

D- I'll have another. (401 characters)

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (867 characters)

Photo of jkdrummer
4.45/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New Belgium has done it again, a hoppy fall season ale. For those that don't like the fall season offerings, this one New Belgium is friggin good! Really crisp, almost like a lager. Sweet and balanced with great cleansing hoppy and slight lemony aftertaste. A great beer on a hot Indian Summer evening. Even BMC drinkers mayb enjoy this libation. (346 characters)

Photo of nickthegun12
4.44/5  rDev +15%
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! (558 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden colored...minimal head

S-Big juicy citrus aroma...oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, etc..the longer I smell this the more the other layers become evident...it also has a sweeter, sugar note as well as a spicy rye dimension .

T-Juicy citrus flavor as well....the rye malt is clearly evident and I love the citrus hop/rye malt mix...

M-Light side of medium bodied...smooth but not creamy..they used oats and it must have added a little to the body but it is not super creamy..finishes with a little citrus tanginess.

D-Nice creative golden ale that is a joy to drink. Only 40 IBU but it smells and tastes very hop forward. (633 characters)

Photo of coastiefish
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pouring happily into a pint glass

I like this American Blonde for being an American Blonde.

A- Straw yellow- an easy on the eyes [refreshing] translucent golden pilsner looking brew.
head depending on the pour. lace will lingers.

S - pineapple comes through with the tiniest bit of mango and [interesting] corn.

T- Pineapple, biscuit, a pinch of mango follows through with the aroma

M- Creamy laced with gassy carbonation in the mouth. lightweight.

D - Easy, for everyone.

This brew, "Hoptober"
It will transition you from a great summer, into the perfect uncertainty that those late summer months will bring. (623 characters)

Photo of danmouer
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The classification "American Blond Ale" is cometely off the mark. Nr is this New Belgium Brew an American-made Belgian Blond. What it is is a very very nice example of an American Pale Ale, and increasingly becoming one of my very favorite everyday brews.

Pours a medium gold color with just a touch of opalescent haze. An enthusiastic head rises and then quckly falls to a pretty, consistent wreath of foam.

As the name implies, the first real impression comes as a cloud od fresh hop aroma. I can't recognize the hops, but they have chsrscteristics of fine English and Amwrican varieties

All those hop aromas in most American ales would set me up for s double barrel blast of bitter upon tasting. Not so. There is, of course, a nice bitter hop spine, but just enough to balance the cookie-like sweetness of the malt. The hops reallyshow their stuff in the flavor and aroma, not in bitterness.

This beer is all about hops, but these are mostly late-addition hops: hops for flavor and aroma, just as they should be.

I'm a BJCP judge, and if I encountered thia beer in competition entred s qn American Blond, I'd tell the brer I really liked it, but hos score would suffer ror missing the style by a mile. If it were entered as an ESB, I'd send it to the Best of Show round!

I really wush this were not a seaonal. Hear me New Belgiam? Please make this a permanent entry in your repertoire. (1,398 characters)

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden and crystal clear. Forms a frothy head that sticks around and laces nicely.

S: Quite fruity and hoppy. I get a lot of bright citrus with pine undertones. I also get apple and pear. Very inviting.

T: Let me first say that the malt and hops are perfectly in check. The malt is slightly bready and with a touch of sweetness. The hops start off bright and juicy, then dry out to a pine aftertaste. Finishes clean.

M: Light. Not overcarbonated, small bubbles, slightly creamy, yet still crisp and refreshing. It doesn't get much better than that for this style.

As a hophead and a guy that isn't too big on oktoberfest beers in general, this is my oktoberfest beer of choice. It's immensely drinkable, yet still carries great flavor all the way through. (770 characters)

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Stable in St. Louis.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a white, one-finger head of soapy foam. It left a little soapy lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma floral and citrus notes with a hint of sugar cookie. Really unique and really good.

T - It had a sweet caramel backbone (like most blonde ales) but it had a hop presence that was befitting its name. Good bitter citrus hops were delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Simply put, this is the best "American Blonde Ale" that I've ever had. A great hop presence with a sweet caramel taste that all blonde ales have. (641 characters)

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