Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

887 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 39
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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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 Padron4KM
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 25, 2009
12 oz bottle, 2009 release.
Golden straw with a tight cream colored head. Fine lace left on the glass.
Aroma is grapefruity hops with bready malts. Missing the typical NB yeast notes.
Flavor is citrusy hops, with a light sweetness in the middle and a medium length bitter finish leves the mouth tingling and wanting more.
Not as sweet as most New Belgium's offerings, a pleasant surprise.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

turns out hoptober isnt very octobery at all. the tap had autumnal colors and fall leaves all over it, i thought this beer would do much more justice to the season. poured a watery yellow into a pint glass, nice lacey head. aromas of hops are robust and somehow also seemingly delicate. mouthfeel is light, this beer doesnt have much of a body to speak of. taste is good, not as unique as other new belgium beers, but its a nice pint. i enjoyed it with a burrito, but i find it not too fall. might be better as a spring seasonal, light and growing kind of, like spring itself. it worked out well enough though, given that october 1st here in denver was sunnny and 80 degrees.

Photo of alleykatking
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap last night....

A- Poured a golden orange color. Half finger white head dies by the time it is actually set in front of me. Couple stringy style lacing on the side of the glass but those fall back into the beer.

S- Malt forward beer. Light citrus hops in the background but the caramel malts overtake everything. A light citrus (orange) tone here and there but really nothing else. Kind of thinking this might not be the freshest keg or the lines haven't been cleaned in awhile.

T- More caramel malts come out on this one in the front. Light hop bite on the back end of the front of the beer but dies into a ceral grainy middle. Light earthy hops on the backend with more caramel malts on the ending.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation was good for the style but I thought high for this beer. Sweet malts left on the palate and long into the aftertaste. Flavors were mostly one sided and lacking any real body to them. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was a ok at best. Nothing that I would really want to spend my money on. The lack of alcohol taste in the beer made it super drinkable. Although, this beer might just be a little old so I'll try it again from a place that I know keeps their beer rotated.

Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very clear, light yellow-gold with nice foamy stark white head.

Smell: Citrus, apple, candied sugar, dry pepper, and very light metal.

Taste: Very light semi-sweet caramel and fruity malts, which are quickly overshadowed by spicy, peppery hops with just a tinge of citrus. Ends bitter and a little metallic.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a crisp, fairly bitter beer, but the hops don't have as much taste or complexity as I would have hoped. At least it doesn't have that damn biscuity Fat Tire taste that most of their American-style beers do.

Photo of cbarrett4
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with persistent head, sticky lace, good golden hue.

Simple and straightforward aromas of spice and peach, perhaps a gourd like hint. The flavors miss big time. Overly sweet and sticky, lacking the acidity or texture to really overcome the fruit cocktail medley of flavors.

I was at first expecting a more 'Oktoberfest' style brew, but even this being dubbed a golden ale, I found the style departed from the usual drinkable and balanced New Belgium recipe. Perhaps the 2011 batch had a little extra something that added more sweetness and less acidity. Though it does seem to be a commercially appealing style. But it reminds me waaay to much of Blue Moon....

Photo of Thur123
3.27/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden yellow with just a bit of orange color. Little to no head and average carnoation. Smell is light floral hops, citrus and a bit of spice, over grainy malts. Smells balanced but on the hoppy side. I want this to similar to A little sumpin sumpin, but i dont have my hopes up.

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A lemon hop burst comes in first followed by a bite of floral hops. There is a taste of pine and maybe even a bit of the booze comes through. Not nearly as balanced as I hoped, it also feels a little thin. The hops flavor could use a sweeter balance throughout. The texture of this reminds me of a BMC. Overall, eh.

Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pale golden with nice frothy white head.
Aroma- Very citrusy and piney
Taste- kind of blah... hop bitterness at end... not much else.
Mouthfeel- High carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel

Not my ideal fall beer... Would have liked them to made a hoppy brown ale..

Photo of DrCronic
3.22/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful straw yellow with solid head retention
S: Hoppy smell of citrus, almost orange.
T: Citrus hop taste with not alot of carbonation bite. I feel they were going for a smooth drinkable version of an APA and the combinations of hops is very tasty
M: Creamy light carbonation but solid.

D: This is a solid beer however not what I was expecting. I was thinking hoppy Octoberfest and I feel this is more like a lighter APA. I should have known this since the beer is an ale and not a lager. This is a nice fruity ale and at 6% and 40IBU will not not kill you to drink a few.

Photo of musicman575
3.21/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I started drinking Hoptober a year ago. It was my gateway to beers with more hops. This is a good beer to drink for my 1st BA anniversary!

Poured aggressively into a stemmed New Belgium glass and the head is still small. It has the color and transparency of pure, filtered apple juice.

The oatiness is much more apparent to me now than it was a year ago, probably because I am more used to the hops now. This beer used to finish like a stronger pale ale, but now I can hardly taste any bitter hops. It's all aromatic citrusy, piney, and pineappley hops.

Even at 6% ABV, this beer feels very drinkable, much like an oktoberfest is drinkable. The bottle says that this is a medium-bodied beer and I don't agree with that.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.2/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a good 1/2inch foam on the top. The smell somewhat funky as to what was expected. Aroma isn't that strong and really doesn't stick out. Maybe it's me. Bottle says it's a 5 hop 4 malt cornucopia of the earth and I get it but this doesn't really bring anything to the front. I keep getting an almost Belgian funk on the inhale before the sip but then comes a mixture of hops and malts. Sometimes it is a bit sweet others bitter. I am gonna have to try this one again.

Photo of RickS95
3.19/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not what I look for in a beer and a little light for the style. Golden straw, very clear, but has a great white head and lots of retention.

I love the smell of Cascade hops and this is no exception. Your nose fills up with pine and citrus notes.

Deosn't taste as good as it smells. The pine and citrus is there, and your palate will mention spices like cloves and all spice, but the different flavors don't seem to go well together.

The mouthfeel isn't great either. It's pretty much bitter from beginning to end, which is fine, but it's almost sour in the swallow.

It's not a bad beer to drink, but the flavors are pretty stout and like I said, I didn't feel they went very well together. It has great lacing, however.

Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mixed six pack last week on a whim. Poured a light golden color with a huge white head that poured over the sides. Light hoppy aroma, with similar hops on the palate, along with a little sweet malt. Decent, but ultimately forgettable.

Photo of SamN
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Darker straw yellow, with golden highlights. A beautiful clear beer, great sparkling color. Huge loose heads erupts to the rim of my glass. Slightly rocky, firm but soapy and bubbly. this is fantastic headed beer. Quite lively, too. Large streams of carbonation flows from the scoring on the Perfect Pint bottom. Solid lacing coats the glass all the way down. Just gorgeous.

S- Honey malts and crisp, complex hops from the several types used here, notably the Glacier and Cascade variates. Spicy fruity notes in the aroma, mostly pears and apples. Notes of ganja and even champagne? Huge nose, quite complex with several overlapping layers of aromas.

T- Starts off with those wonderful honey malts giving Hoptober a bright entrance upon the palette. But then this brew takes a murky turn into muddled hops; flavors blend without reason and become a overpowering mess of bitter and earthen flavors. Muddled is the best word to describe the middle and finish here, it's just all collapses into itself. No fruitiness, no crispness, just confusing burnt bitterness. What a bummer, I expected great things from the looks and nose. I'm pretty underwhelmed by the taste of this. What happened here?

M- Firm body, lightly medium size and with great smoothness. No overbearing carbonation, just a smooth pulling beer with a zippy edge of bubbles, perfect fit for the American Blonde style.

D- Not great. Despite gorgeous looks and wonderful and complex smells, the tastes are lost in a smoldering collapsed pile. I hate to slam a local favorite so bad, but I don't like the taste of this.

Photo of drumrboy22
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Beer was a golden straw color, with a one-finger, foamy white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing.

Aroma was light hops, citrus, grass and spices.

Taste was lightly hoppy, apples and grains. Very crisp and clean. Easy drinking, but a bit on the plain side.

Photo of clickpush
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: hefty pour leaves 3 finger white head over clear grainy colored body. Big lazy bubbles. Sticky lacing and a slow descending cap that wants to hang out all night.

Nose: Citrus hops all the way. Grapefruits galore. Grassy or, more appropriately, lemon grass(y). Not much else. I mean, smells refreshing & very much like a session beer, but not so complex.

Mouth: Dominated by hops, all the way. Very piney now that it's in the mouth. I mean, I don't get it. I was excited by the label because the October part of it makes me think malts, and of course the hops part hops. But there is absolutely no balance. I'm looking for an over-hopped German style beer. Now I just get an over-hopped seltzer. Not so much going on here. Not my favorite New Belgium beer. Mouth feel is somewhat flabby.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Another random gift bottle from my brother. Sometimes family can pay off, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is a very simple and straightforward blast (okay, blast is a strong word...more like a light breeze) of lemon zest. I'm gettin' nuthin' else in my 'strils, baby. The taste is similarly simple, with the aforementioned lemon being wrapped in a soft blanket of mild pine and grapefruit rind. It's exceedingly light, and the flavors don't even try to linger on the tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, an okay beer at best, something akin to a lemon-flavored macro (that was originally handled decently well, admittedly).

Photo of RJLarse
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Hoptoberfest at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass. From the packaging I knew this was not really a fall seasonal.

Pours a stray yellow color and is crystal clear. Thin frothy white head, and thin wispy lacing.

Smell is an acerbic floral scent. Dandelion or milk weed perhaps.

Taste is a one-dimensional bitter flavor. Dandelion leaves, no malt of sweetness to speak of.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit watery, with mild carbonation and a bitter clinging after taste.

It's drinkable, but would be better in the summer. Good lawn mower beer. It's over hopped and under malted in my opinion. I doubt I'll buy this again.

Photo of scratch69
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Small amount of lacing.

Smell- Piney hop aroma.

Taste- Strong hop flavor with a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall- A little too hoppy for my tastes. Not a bad beer but I probably will not try it again.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was mostly golden. About ¾ inches of head. Nice lacing. Film stayed on the glass throughout.

Full of flavorful smells. Citrus hops with orange coming through. Some light wheat in there as well.

Not as good as the nose. Citrus still is the main taste and still seems to be orange. Kind of a flower feel in there, too. A very slight bitter finish. EDIT: Next time I tried it (three hours later), butter was dominant. To the point I had to drop the ratings. Pretty gross.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Still that slight abrupt bitter finish.

I had big expectations for this after the smell, but it disappointed me a bit. I’d probably give it the old college try again, though.

Photo of scottfrie
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pour a golden-peach color with a couple fingers of light bubbly white head that faded into an oily film that left rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Exotic fruit hops fill the nose with a touch of grass and tangerine citrus.
T: Light clean flavors. More malt comes through than the nose with a pale malt flavor mixed with the sweet fruit hops. There is a light peppery-earthy-spiciness throughout. Finish is a touch bitter but the aftertaste has weird sourness that I don't really agree with.
M: Carbonation is a bit sharp over the medium body. Mouthfeel is tingly but fairly clean.
D: Another mediocre brew from a mediocre brewery. Fairly average except maybe appearance. Would be good with food or at a barbeque.

Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy white head that diminished to just a little residue left floating on top after about five minutes or so, which created some really good sticky lacing.

The aroma was very mild of floral, grassy and pine hops with a grain malt and a soapy yeast and a note of citrus.

The taste was lightly bitter with a hint of grapefruit in the beginning and then became a tad more on the bitter side with a mild sweet orange citrus note at the end. The flavor lasted a really short time after the swallow and mostly consisted of a hoppy citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel was light in body and a bit watery in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a beer with a lot of different hops working very well together so not to overpower each other, or the rest of the flavors in this well rounded brew.

Photo of tykees88
2.96/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A pretty golden delicious apple color with a nice two finger frothy head that sticks around.

S- Smells hoppy. Smells like sugar. Ehhh.... not liking the combo

T-Like an overhopped AAL. Very bland mild taste with a much more prominent hop finish

M- It is a nice fluffy brew though. Gotta give it that.

O-Not the worst in the world, but I don't like it

Photo of mdcrouser
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like an IPA - golden yellow, with a light white head ringing the top and staying throughout. Great, thick rings to the end.

Bitter, sweet, spicy, lemongrass, and fresh on the nose, it smells much like what I'd expect from an IPA as well.

Crisply hopped, with a bit of immediate spiciness and grapefruit notes, fading into some evergreen and even a hint of bubblegum - really? Yes, bubblegum - I'd never tasted it in a beer before either. Too "flat" in overall flavor profile though to be fully appealling - it's just not very complex, failing to deliver much more than those basic flavors.

A little hop bomb. It lingers in the mouth for quite awhile, and like a wily grandmother, turns everything bitter. Carbonation is fine, but again, nothing outstanding.

It's fine to drink one or more, but there are many better choices - just save a good IPA from the summer and enjoy it during the fall if you're looking for hoppy. Not sure why they felt the need to position this as a fall seasonal, as it's clearly out of season.

Photo of wknight167
2.91/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of head. Slight lacing.

Nose- Straight hops. Citrus and Pine.

Palate- Again, straight hops. More pine than citrus. Very dry with no evident malt profile. definitely off balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- average

Overall- The name lead me to think it was going to be a oktoberfest one off. It is not. Neither do I think this fits an American Blonde.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again another new seasonal beer from New Belgium. This Hoptober (not to be confused for an Oktoberfest style) will be released as their fall seasonal. This Golden Ale is comprised of five hops (Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier) and four malts, in which the pale and wheat malts are mashed together with rye and oats. The beer pours with clear golden color and foamy white head with aromas of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit very prevalent throughout the palate with a slight hint orange. The finish is crisp and dry but is short lived. Overall this new seasonal from New Belgium was okay, but really it reminded me of a water downed IPA.

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.