1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

872 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 872
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hoptober Golden Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 872 | Reviews: 484 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of NCSUdo
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.

NCSUdo, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of rawfish
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.

rawfish, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of MrDonQuixote
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.

MrDonQuixote, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of Tilley4
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...

Tilley4, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of ChainGangGuy
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 27, 2009
Photo of OzarkElmo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, mostly clear with moderate white head which mostly diminishes. Good lacing throughout. Floral, pine and citrus aromas dominate the nose. Well-balanced with good crisp, slightly bitter finish. Malt presence is overpowered by the hops. A very good offering from NB - one of their best and have enjoyed several of these this fall - CHEERS!

OzarkElmo, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of oberon
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This usually isnt a style for a fall seasonal so a nice change of pace.Poured into a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with a thinner quick to fade white head that left some broken lace behind.Big citric hop aromas along with some sweetish caramel.Hmm the hops dont seem to hit home as much on the palate as the nose,pretty citric in its hop profile,a big caramel/biscuit malt layer stands up to the hops making it pretty balanced.Not bad but to me its not as hoppy as others have suggested,still a nice change of pace for fall.

As I drank more the more I noticed the creamy,lush mouthfeel the oats imparted so I gave the mouthfeel a higher score.

oberon, Sep 24, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Grassy, citrussy & leafy hops

T: Grassy & leafy hops up front, pretty much follows the nose, plus biscuitty malts & dryness, much like most NB offerings. Grapefruitty & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes crisp & dry with kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium body, light carbonation & good balance

Drinks really easy, nothing too exciting here, but a decent session ale, none the less

russpowell, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ba Review #71
Served On: 10/1/2011
Glassware: Pint

What better way to ring in the month of October than with an exclusive fall seasonal. This was a 22oz bomber I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD for around $3.99.

Look: A very light straw yellow color with a nice thick white 3 finger head. Carbonation bubbles were abundant but rose rather slowly. This was a nice looking blonde ale.

Smell: First was a pungent floral hop. Then a faint Belgian yeast note with some citrus. The beer had a nice crisp aroma that seemed like an IPA but had that light blonde ale quality and freshness.

Taste: The floral hops hit first – then that Belgian yeast with hints of clove and barnyard funk. The finish was rather dry with a faint citrus that lingered into the aftertaste.

This beer was a cross between an IPA and a Belgian Blonde or Saison. Not exactly what you would expect in a fall offering, but an interesting way to mesh a hoppy IPA characteristic with a blonde ale. This was very nice!

CraftBeerTastic, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of DAllspaw
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours light golden with 1 inch white head. Bready aroma, kind of a nutty aroma as well.

Relatively light, not overpowering with nice hops as well. Not a hop bomb, just a nice ale. Similar to pale ale in the mouth, with bitter finish, finish leaves me wanting just a bit more, but a solid beer for regular drinking.

DAllspaw, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Dohdaman
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz btl into a New Glarus Pint Glass.

A. Clear golden color, long lasting head.

S. Citrus and Hops.

T. Hoppy, but not overdone.

M. Well carbonated, not too bitter.

D. Good beer overall, not over the top hoppy. Can drink a few of these in a row.

Dohdaman, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, grassy, and floral hops. Some grapefruit bitterness. Not much sweetness for balance.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, grassy, and floral hops again. Some bread and grain. Not much else, but still enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. A little watery. Not hard to drink. Something I can session.

Not bad at all. I can see the appeal for this beer. It just does not do a lot for me. This really is worth a try though.

champ103, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of beagle75
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of fizzy white foam head that collapses to a fine ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pale malt backbone and fine floral hops compose the majority of this beer's smell, with bright fruity esters barely detectable in the background and a little pepper around the edges.

T: Begins as crackers and yeast, with light, bright citrus hop aromatics. Just as the flavors begin to sweeten and some juicy melon is exposed, the palate is swept clean and dry. The finish features restrained bitterness but is rather seltzery.

M: Light-medium viscosity equates to a slightly heavier-than-expected presence, but moderate carbonation provides balance. Some astringency attacks the palate, providing a bit of a misplaced pucker-factor.

D: After seeing what direction New Belgium took Ranger IPA in, this beer seems to be cut from similar cloth. The overall sensory theme appears the same, but here the sensory volume is dialed back. This is a solid and versatile summer pale ale, not to mention a fine counterpoint to Fat Tire.

beagle75, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by Nov 20, 2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some nice lacing down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, floral, orange, apricot, light caramel, bread, and a bit of wheat. Some nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of nice grapefruit, pine, floral, orange, bread, light pine, spices, and wheat. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, spiciness, bread, and light caramel for a bit on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a nice and drinkable blonde ale. Quite enjoyable and definitely a nice option for a session. It is nicely balanced in flavors and not anything extreme that would make it unpalatable after a few glasses.

superspak, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of gabe23
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden color with a soapy white head. Decent lacing.

S - Fresh, citrusy hop aroma with just a touch of breadiness. I also pick up some sweet apple notes, which was unexpected.

T - Piney hops dominate up front, and as the beer coats the tongue a malty sweetness balances things nicely. The finish has a nice bitterness that prepares you well for the next sip.

M - Quite thick with mild carbonation. Heavier than I expected, but not offputting.

D - I enjoyed this one, though it's hoppier than any other blonde ale that I remember drinking. I'd probably call it a pale ale, but whatever it is, I liked it. The flavor is clean and fresh, and I could easily drink a few.

gabe23, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of bonsreeb85
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear golden with foamy ivory head that stands about an inch tall before dissapateing to a thing layer of foam.

S - smells of grapefruit, citrus and dank mary j nuggies. excellent smell on this one, dank and juicy!

T - bitter up-front, slight malt flavor somes creeping through but grapefruit and citrus hops w/ floral qualities are predominant. Flavor is slightly less then potent, especially after such a strong nose.

MF - quite crisp and carbonated, with a medium light body. rather thin, but easy to quaff.

D - excellent session seasonal from NB.

bonsreeb85, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of tbern007
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at BJs microbrewery in Las Vegas.
Dark golden in color, just the right amount of head at first, but did not remain so after just a short time.
Tasted very pine-like. A kind of hops taste that is unfamiliar, but very good. Slight malt taste, primarily hops flavored with some citrus.
Quite drinkable. Paired great with chicken wings!

tbern007, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of Soneast
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a 2-finger thick, white colored head, with above average retention, slowly receding to a small layer of creamy bubbles, leaving just a ton of lace on the glass.

A very light aroma, lemon, and very mild toasted malts.

The flavor seems a bit ramped up compared to the aroma, as the hoppy character is more pronounced. A nice lemony flavor with a sweet, grainy, almost wheat-like malt flavor. A fairly mild bitterness towards the end, well balanced flavors.

Not your typical fall release, but I really did enjoy the overall flavors of this beer. Light bodied, and quite crisp. On one hand I am glad that New Belgium isn't necessarily following industry trends by releasing an Oktoberfest, but on the other hand, I feel like this beer could get more enjoyment during the warm summer months. A good beer overall, however.

Soneast, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a brilliant pale gold with a bit more than a finger of white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, but not overpowering. Also some bready malt in the aroma. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not as much going on in the flavor. Some spicy flavors in the finish. Restrained hop bitterness. Nice and drinkable.

homebrewhawk, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of ElGordo
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow golden color with a decent amount of creamy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of slightly sweet pale malt with some bready notes, along with some pleasant, citrusy hops.
Palate is a bit delicate - light malt with a touch of wheat lends a dry character on the front of the mouth. Some sweetness with notes of crisp apple and citrus, along with a pleasant mellow bitterness from the hops. Finish has a mild lingering bitterness with a touch of lemon.
Body is light and crisp, very refreshing, but holds the flavor well. This is a fairly strong beer for a blonde ale, but the alcohol is well-integrated. Not the most exciting offering around, but it's a solid brew.

ElGordo, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of heissebier
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color and good two finger head. I also enjoyed the nice lacing action.

This beer has a nice backbone of malt supporting a strong hoppiness. The taste was complex and hoppy but with a malty finish. An interesting fall beer that came as part of a new holland seasonal 12 pack.

heissebier, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of obrike
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at Round Rock HEB for 7 and change.

Golden color. One inch white head. Lacing was much more pronounced than I anticipated. Nice.

Definitely get the dank hops...orange, lemon, flowers...quite fresh.

Unfortunately, taste does't quite follow nose. Lemony bitter hops, maybe some honey. Much lighter flavor than I was expecting. Medium carbonation, has a bite to it though. I found this one to be pretty drinkable, but not a beer I'd seek out.

obrike, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of Knecht
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a white, one and a half finger head that retains very nicely. The beer is a bright golden color, much lighter than I expected it to be (even with the "Golden Ale" in the title). The aroma smells of fresh hops and underlying malt. Despite the unexpectedly light color, I am enticed. The beer is refreshing and crisp, bordering on lager territory but with enough hops to give it a good bitter punch on the front.

I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. I usually do not go for beers that are this lightly colored, but it really is quite refreshing, and would serve as a solid session beer on a crisp autumn day of football. Very nice.

Knecht, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with one finger of light white head.

Scent of sweet and lightly bitter hops, caramel, grass, flowers and some malts. Nice hop presence and balance.

Taste of pale malts, grain, and faint hops. Another solid offering from New Belgium.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth with good carbonation.

paco1029384756, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of OlieIPA
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Tim Pehl and devoured by Pehlman and OlieIPA.

A: A nice light golden color along with a white colored head and mediocre lacing.

S: Fresh wort! First hop addition in a wort would be the best way to describe it...leafy/fresh produce aroma. Not that much malt either; very light.

T: The malt character compliments the very forestry/plant-like taste; sometimes biscuity and sweet, but overall...hop like for the most part. As my friend puts it, "Broccoli-like flavor".

M: Light and oily at times; carbonation is mild to medium as well.

D: Very impressed; one of New Belgium's better beers.

Overall: I love 1554 from NB...this one is up there. Very drinkable and something I would buy to impress my friends. Cheers!

OlieIPA, Sep 30, 2009
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.