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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

862 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 30
Gots: 24 | 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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irish53b

Nebraska

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 01:00:08 | More by irish53b
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goldbot

District of Columbia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:24:42 | More by goldbot
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u2carew

Massachusetts

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".

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 01:42:15 | More by u2carew
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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 02:07:32 | More by brewmudgeon
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antlerwrestler19

Nebraska

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!

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2011 05:17:20 | More by antlerwrestler19
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tronester

Oklahoma

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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2011 00:51:06 | More by tronester
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pinotboy007

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 19:09:56 | More by pinotboy007
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JennyJam

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:25:43 | More by JennyJam
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DoubleJ

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 05:57:22 | More by DoubleJ
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psychoholicagogo

Oregon

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 05:57:30 | More by psychoholicagogo
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lwillitz

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 23:49:30 | More by lwillitz
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Bbloom1989

Missouri

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 00:22:17 | More by Bbloom1989
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beertunes

Washington

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2009 22:57:28 | More by beertunes
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codfeast

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2011 18:41:37 | More by codfeast
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kylehay2004

Florida

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 01:42:28 | More by kylehay2004
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tlazaroff

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:28:39 | More by tlazaroff
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden, strong carbonation creates a nice foam; pretty good lacing

S: There is a wonderful sweety maltiness in the first smell but also a citrus (orange?) that comes from a hoppiness that sits nicely on top of the maltiness.

T: The balance is not as good in the taste as it is in the smell. I do taste a subtle spice flavor that adds some complexity.

M: Not as carbonated as it looks; it actually dissipates a bit too quickly as it goes down.

D: This is another solid and drinkable beer from New Belgium. This isn't quite a session beer and perhaps is too hoppy for what I want in the Fall, but this is a good beer that goes down quite well.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 22:35:48 | More by dbossman
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint Pours a light to medium orange yellow amber, thin fine head the slowly dissipates to a ring, lots of lacing. Light aroma of sweet malt and hops. Taste follows aroma, sweet bready malt, light orange and lemon citrus hops. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a mild hop bite on the back of the tongue. Subdued, but pleasant. Nicely hopped for a blonde ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 05:07:54 | More by LiquidAmber
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TheSarge

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a Delerium Tremens tulip, which always makes any beer look great. There is about two fingers of bright white head, and the body is copperish gold having no haze.

In the aroma there is a citrusy hops presence up front, but a husky and herbal finish kicks in. Oddly, there is a fish smell going on here too.

The brew is a little hoppy at first and then the nice sweetness of cereal grains kicks in and finishes quite clean to leave the palate satisfied.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 00:13:31 | More by TheSarge
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recieved as an extra in a trade with briarscratch, thanks brad!

a- bottle poured into a pint, two fingers of creamy white head, wonderful retention (best i've seen in awhile), one eighth inch layer of head the whole beer long, clear goldeny yellow color, loads of bubbles, tons of head cling to glass.

s- very flowery/powdery, little bit of dryness, hoppy, interesting mix of a kolsch and a lager.

t- earthy, less flowery than the nose, not sure exactly how to word it, but it tastes very fresh, delicate hop bitterness hits the back of the mouth, lemon rind, delicate overall but definately drinkable for the fall, it's a nice change of pace from oktoberfest beers.

m- very smooth and silky in the mouth, light crisp body.

d- much better than i thought it would be, definately sessionable, i'm glad i got this included as an extra in a trade, solid beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 02:25:54 | More by thecarster1
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NCSUdo

Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pale golden, clear body under a good sized white head. Good lace and retention. A really fine looking beer.

S: Pretty good hop character, pine like mostly with a hint of grapefruit. Sweet malt tones there as well. Very clean aroma.

T: Again, good hop character. More grapefruit this time, but still leaning towards pine. Mild bitterness. Malt character not as pronounced as aroma and where it shows up, it seems to be a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, relatively smooth, a bit prickly at times and slightly slick. Drinkability is good. Overall, a solid, surprising beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 00:46:09 | More by NCSUdo
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rawfish

California

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw with a mild chill haze to start, forms a pillowy 2 finger head of white foam that recedes nicely and leaves behind some spectacular lacing, a very pretty drink.

Musty straw, adjunct grain even that's brought back into focus by some grassy hops, rye spice and very subtle earthiness.

Equal balance of pale grains, a touch bready and grassy and pine needle hops. Bitters nicely towards the end of the drink and is finished off by a peppery crisp tinge from the rye.

Average carbonation, oats make this beer drink unexpectly smooth and creamy over the palate while maintaining a peppery rye note at the end. Well done.

A very good session beer and it manages to avoid that biscuit tone that alot of NB beers get. Rye and oats play nice with each other here. Very satisfied with this bottle.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 03:43:30 | More by rawfish
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MrDonQuixote

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Tap Room of New Belgium

A- Golden color, almost no head

S- Hoppy smell, but not super intense

T- Nice and light with a nice hoppy finish, citric intensity

M- nice carbonation. slightly strong aftertaste

O- Great smooth nice summery beer although its a fall seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 04:46:51 | More by MrDonQuixote
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Tilley4

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly clear golden color with a thick creamy head... Super clear, like a pilsner almost...

Hoppy aromas mix with light graininess here... The hops seem to take over in the end and that's a good thing...

Pretty good hoppy flavor with this... Light malts mixed with the piney hops make this a nice little brew...

Not bad at all.. I liked the spring seasonal a little better but there's nothing wrong with this one at all...

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 21:35:16 | More by Tilley4
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: Feb. 26, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper-hued body with a tall, frothy, white head. Modest display of soapy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Simple pale malts let in airy, aromatic hop scents of fine florals, juicy tropical citrus fruits, and meager spice with just a little bit of bashful rye hiding in there as well.

Taste: Light pale maltiness paired with a soupçon of spicy rye and a relatively mild overall sweetness. Predominately citrusy hops (that starts off lemony and gradually develops into a taste of fresh, sliced grapefruit) with a bit of additional hopspice to it. Medium-light bitterness. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, lightly crisp and with a lingering taste of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant, tasty blonde, golden, whatever you want to call it that goes down fairly easy. It's one I could drink down in substantial quantities and would love to pair with food of some kind.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 03:36:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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