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:
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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 FosterJM
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

948th Review on BA
Draft to pint
16oz

@Lucilles, Chino Hills, CA

App- A very golden color with some streaking yellow and only a 1/2 finger of head that fell to a great wall of sheen and cling.

Smell- A good crisp aromatic little beer with a bunch of little notes to comprise a very subtle one. A little citrus and a little wheat and a little bit of floral.

Taste- A crisp little beer with a little bit of each aromatic note flowing into the taste. A little bit of wheat, malt and citrus with out a very minute touch of bitter from some hop oils. One of the better blondes I have had.

Mouth- Light bodied and a medium/high carbonation level. A good bit of bubbles with a touch of hop oil and floral malt residual flavors.

Drink- A light and refreshing little beer with some solid flavors and creates a good pairing with a tri-tip & pasilla pepper sandwhich, really cut the heat and refreshed at the same time. Alone, I probably wouldn't have this beer but with that meal yes.

Photo of DCon
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $2.25 (Employee Beer Price). Tapped from the Brown Tap Handle that has Hoptober- Fall Seasonal on the Handle with Leafs on it into a .47l New Holland Tulip Glass and has a Keg Date of (2011).

Aroma- Medium hops and not like the name... Why is this called Hoptober when its a Blonde Ale. Good fruitness and sweet malts. Perfect!

Appearance- Received with a 1.5 Finger head that dies quickly. Has a deep golden body that has good clarity and huge lacing.

Flavor- Good overall malt sweetness that is bready and biscuity. Low esters are present and has a low bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and has an easy Blonde finish.

Overall Impression- Like my blondes, I like them easy and approachable. And this one is and you will think so to! Grab one of these seasonals while you can! Definintely recommend on tap, and will be reviewing a bottle shortly.

Photo of zeledonia
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.

Photo of gpogo
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden with moderately sized white head. Left a nice lacing, and dissipated to a foamy top.

A- Citrusy hop aroma. Nothing too intense. Sweet malt aroma as well. Kindof grassy aroma.

T- Very balanced hop and light malt flavors. As I take a drink I can taste the bitterness rolling down my tongue, followed by a light sweet malt flavor. Finishes semi-dry.

M- Surprisingly creamy body. Initially I expected more of a light bodied beer, but this has a decent body on it. Moderate carbonation.

D- I really enjoyed this beer. It sort of reminds me of Sierra Nevada Summerfest, with a creamier body. Seems like a nice transition to fall beer.

Photo of macrent2
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a light golden yellow colour with a healthy amount of carbonation and a 2 and a half finger head that disapated slowly. A nice amount of lacing to report.

Aroma:
Citrus Blossom (orange and lime), and of course a hoppy aroma as well, lives up to its name.

Palate:
Crisp and very refreshing.

Flavour:
Same as the aroma only a bit stronger on the orange and malty finnish, like a light IPA.

Overall:
Excellent fall beer, would have again.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal/floral hops. Taste is of malt and rye (slightly spicy), citrus zest, and a variety of herbal and floral hop flavors. Almost zero bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale that packs a nice hop punch in the aroma and taste.

Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Harris Teeter in Apex, NC. Best by date is Feb 5 2010.

A light yellow color with great clarity and a foamy white head. The aroma is a mix of floral, grassy hops and toasted malt with a touch of yeast. The flavor is somewhat dry and citrusy with a moderate bitterness throughout. It's very clean and crisp. The consistency is on the thin side and the moderate carbonation is full of very tiny but potent bubbles. There's some lacing as the glass empties.

This is a very refreshing beer that's incredibly easy to drink. I could only find this as a six pack and I'm certainly looking forward to the remaining bottles.

Photo of Drew_Turner
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%

Photo of wheatyweiss
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect pint.

Pours a golden straw with a half finger head that recedes to a thick capo and persists. Carbonation actively climbs the glass.

Aroma is sweet malt on the front. Smallish honey follows with a light crackery finish.

Flavor is sweet malt, reminiscent of pils. Malt is full bodied and substantial, very well represented. Golden malt gives way slightly to hops and then a caramel ride comes in strong. Middle also brings mineral flavors reminiscent of an English pale. Caramel malt is slightly sweet and delicious, chewy and slick very nice. Finishes a bit dry and bitter from the hops, balancing out the sweetness.

Mouhfeel is full and slick. Lush on the tongue and very well carbonated. A little bit watery on the finish.

I really don't know a ton about the style but this is a home run.

Photo of irish53b
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Wonderful brassy yellow color with a tightly bubbled head. The foam dissipates quickly but those tiny bubbles stick to the sides of the glass all the way through.

Smells of pine, citrus, and cut grass with that typical New Belgium biscuit note. Appearance and smell is the basis for this beers appeal.

The taste is almost savory, a blend of tart grapefruit or raspberry a note of salt and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin. The carbonation enhances the tartness and give a nice little shock to the tongue.

Darn near dangerous drinkability. The flavors are unique and will not leave you bored. The taste isn't overbearing and nicely refreshing. I would pair this with a healthy plate of pasta and chicken with a white sauce.

Photo of goldbot
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 01 January 2012.

Pours crystal clear and golden. Good carbonation, thick, white, sparkly (almost soapy-looking) foam. Plenty of lacing. Crisp, clean hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, some pine resin. Some caramel malt in the background. Flavor is light and hoppy - more grapfruit with a nice planty, floral bent. Caramel/toffee sweetness. The mouthfeel is very delicate and silky. The beer explodes into a light, carbonated foam in your mouth. A great well-balanced, light beer, although it seems to be missing some of the boldness that I look for in autumnal offerings and that is promised on the label.

Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a big bubble lacing on top. Slight haze. Consistent upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Robust hop aroma - sweet floral, hints of spruce, and citrus fruit.
T) Bold hop bite upfront. Pleasant sweet caramel and grainy undertones but a bit overpower by the hops. Linger hops in the finish.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Tannin.
O) Overall a good brew. The hops overpower the Blonde characteristics but I guess that is why it's call "Hoptober".

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hoptober, on taperino

a 4.5 light golden with a short, peristent head, great lacing. the carbonation looks quite fine--is the keg naturally conditioned?

s 3.5 citrus hops and pale malt. not terribly distinctive, but pleasant.

t 3.5-4 well balanced american hops and some residual sweetness. and there's something subtle going on as well. ahh, the rye and wheat. the finish is fairly crisp and dry enough to urge frequent pulls. interesting enough to keep my attention, but i'm surprised it's 6%--was hoping for the low 5s.

m 4.5 very fine carbonation throughout the smooth medium body.

d 4-4.5 not that i would go to lengths to seek it out, but hoptober is very drinkable in the right situation.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw color that is clear as day, can see right through the glass - small head fades leaving some interesting lacing around my glass. The smell is somewhat sweet and very crisp, floral hops shine through. The taste is floral, earthy, faintly bitter, grainy with characteristics of a maize adjunct beer. Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with light carbonation. A crisp drinkable beer, I know it's called "HOPtober" but I wasn't actually expecting the hops to play through as much as they did. Nice session beer for me after a long night of studying.

Cheers!

Photo of tronester
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with a big off-white head. Smells of tropical fruit and some light grain. Taste is initially some malt sweetness, followed by a big hop middle and finish. Citrus flavors, though primarily pine flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is a touch light. Overall very good. Tastes more like a pale ale than a golden ale to me with it's pronounced hop flavor.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden with a rich, bright white cap (it looks like a Pils), with nice tiny streams of bubbles. Nice lacing, too! Head diminishes after a few minutes, but watch that pour!

S-Floral grassy hops pop from the glass, leading me to think it might be a hop bomb. This ale also has white wine-like aromas.

T-Hops at first that are quickly supported by a nice tier of malt. Decent aftertaste that tells me it's food friendly. Very nice.

M-Rich at first with a light mid-palate but finishes rich, assuming that makes sense. The carbonation is nice and there is not much heat on the finish at all.

O-Highly versatile ale that I think might be enjoyable year 'round. This is worth your time and money.

Photo of JennyJam
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tap.

Pours medium thickness with a very wide, velvety head. A bit of the head remains throughout.

Amber-yellow-golden in color, clear with a bit of carbonation.

Smells of fresh hops, a bit floral, sweet malt scents.

Refreshing taste, hoppy with sweet malts and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall, well-balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth with a little carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not boring yet not extremely complex. Not a disappointment, I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quickly, on to the beer:

Dirty yellow colored with a short head that leaves lots of dotty lacing onto the glass. Nose is subtle, but refreshing. It's grassy and has an appealing honeydue aroma.

The subtlety theme continues into the taste, which is a little bit of a surprise for a beer at 6% ABV. Melon rind and a little grassy bitterness are the dominant flavors in the bunch. Also a suggestion of wildflowers. Slight spice, perhaps from the rye. Or maybe it is the carbonation, which is medium-high. Its clean finish with some melon leftovers in the aftertaste are appealing and leave the beer with a good note.

As is the case with most of New Belgium's line of "regular" beers, Hoptober can appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes. This is something to keep in mind for future falls.

Photo of psychoholicagogo
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This crisp golden ale lives up to it's name in the aroma department, with a moderate malt character in support. Pours out with a moderate well-lasting head and demonstrates a brilliant clarity. Flavor is medium bitter with mild malt flavors with a bit of toasty dryness. Bittering is slightly sharp and lingers well on the palate. A real back of the throat sensation.

Photo of lwillitz
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of thick, pure white head over a transparent golden body; moderate carbonation is visible; head leaves nice lace

S - smells like a flower shop; touch of citrus

T - sweet bready malt, floral hops, citrus, sweet honey; all the flavors seem to linger for a bittersweet aftertaste; complex and well-balanced

M - smooth medium body; medium/high carbonation

O - Hops are the main feature here, but the sweet malt puts up a fight. Hoptober is a good hoppy ale.

Photo of Bbloom1989
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

After a hard day at work this beer beats most. After a generous pour down the middle a wonderful white head was produced. The aroma of centennial hops filled my nose. It was a wonderful way to finish off the work day. The color was a deep gold and crystal clear. After my first taste I really was able to feel how refreshing this beer truly is, and I enjoyed ever sip. Not your normal fall seasonal, due to the lack of heavy sweet notes, but none the less one of the better seasonal beer I have had.

Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of Jan. 29 2010. Poured into NB goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden straw color. Even with an aggressive pour, less than 1/4 inch of white head appeared and had poor retention but left attractive lacing.

A very pleasant and pleasing grain aroma greets the nose, then is followed by an interesting hop scent. The flavors were very tasty, a pleasing mix of the malt and hop.

The body was typical for the style, but still crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, You want to, and could have, a bunch of these in a row and remain pleased throughout. This will be a great beer for tailgates and fall parties in the backyard.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that I don't have high expectations for. I'm sure this beer will be near you soon, I think you'll be as happy with it as I am.

Photo of codfeast
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: malt and hops, (earth, popcorn, and citrus).

T: Starts out with the sweetness of the malt, followed quickly by some citrus and hops. then some back and forth between the two, final to the hops.

M: Nicely carbinated, prickly on the tounge, body slightly south of medium.

O: Very easy drinking and refreshing, like to battle between the sweet and the bitter. Something I would drink again.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: single finger head, clear amber color with little lace

S: pale malt and some earthy hop notes.

T: excellent flavor and nice hops with a semi bitter finish. Grain notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A drinkable beer that is relatively simple.

Photo of tlazaroff
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color and perfectly clear topped by a bubbly (big bubbles) head which laces to the glass in nice patterns.

S: Interesting, it's not too hoppy, but thats the first thing I get. Citrus all the way, it's like walking through an orange grove with a few lemon trees sprinkled in. The maltiness peeks into the smell as well in the form of a mild sweetness.

T: I get a tad more lemon in the taste than what presents itself in the smell. The beer has a somewhat bready note as well, accentuated by fresh citrus. The rye and wheat malt give it a unique herbal/spicy background flavor. Nothing new here, but it is quite tasty.

M: It's creamy and smooth, you can thank the oats for this. Carbonation is on the moderate side, along with the body. I really like how this beer drinks.

D: Drinkability is in the moderate range. It is quite easy to drink, though I don't quaff the ones above 5% like I used to. Personal preference.

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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