Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

879 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 32 | 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 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.

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.

Photo of Bookseeb
4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of mjkingman
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of hyoung41
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of GRR
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of MrBillyMac
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of danharrington99
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of justinhhunt
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of M_Burkey
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of CousinSuzy
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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

Photo of ffshore545
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Pjev11
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of BTFU
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of scoobybrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of Butch5555
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ipcolling
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of tonyf55
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of dogfish7
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of ardy007
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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