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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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very good

870 Ratings

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Ratings: 870
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | 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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Photo of Bookseeb
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%

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.

Bookseeb, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of mjkingman
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

mjkingman, Dec 03, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

hyoung41, Dec 10, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

GRR, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

Pegasus, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of MrBillyMac
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

MrBillyMac, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of danharrington99
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

danharrington99, Mar 12, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

justinhhunt, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of M_Burkey
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

M_Burkey, Aug 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

CousinSuzy, Oct 25, 2012
Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

gleemonger, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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

brentk56, Sep 03, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ffshore545, Jul 06, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Pjev11, Nov 16, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

BTFU, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of scoobybrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

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.

scoobybrew, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of Butch5555
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Butch5555, Oct 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ipcolling, Jan 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

tonyf55, Jan 03, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

dogfish7, Jul 25, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

kiki3drt292, Jan 10, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

ardy007, Mar 18, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

savagepm, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of jkdrummer
4.47/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

jkdrummer, Aug 13, 2010
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