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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

875 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 875
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 nickthegun12
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sorry y'all i might be a little biased here>>cause this here is my personal favorite beer>>>no.1 on my list of beers of all time>>to be such a simple beer
i would like to see a bit more head>>straw color>leaves a nice lacing
the smell is of wheat, oats, hops, and malted barley
oh my gosh the taste where do i start?>>wow>>spicy, hoppy but not bitter>>>the hops in this beer are more aromatic
very creamy feel>>lots of carbonation
i could DRINK THIS BEER ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT for the rest of my life!

nickthegun12, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice pleasant surprise this beer was. "Best Before December"

A - Nice, crisp golden beer poured into a Guiness perfect pint glass with solid activation throughout.

S - Hops, flowers and Apricots and Lemon rind.

T - Rating this beer to style...and as a Hop-head, this is arguably the best American "Blonde Ale" I've ever had. Extremely crisp and sessionable packed with a dry, yet juicy Apricot flavor. Light and hoppy at the same time. Not an overly complex beer here but just a nice delight to session. A nice light dry Apricot IPA I'd explain it as...Very pleased.

M - Crisp, light, juicy apricot, not much malt backing it up. A wee-bit more malt could be used to back this up some as could Ranger but that's getting picky. Loving the bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

O - This is my new favorite beer from NB. Better than Ranger IMHO. Recommended.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of JMforman
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden (like a west coast IPA). Decent head with good lacing as long is sat in my pint glass.

S- A bouquet of hops. A little biscuitty, some rye, very floral. Fantastic smell!

T- Biscuit, rye, grapefruit. The pale malt really exposes the hops in this one. At only 40 IBU's it still provides a nice hop kick.

M- Pretty citrusy and maybe a bit acidic, but great nonetheless.

D- I'll have another.

JMforman, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of coastiefish
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz pouring happily into a pint glass

I like this American Blonde for being an American Blonde.

A- Straw yellow- an easy on the eyes [refreshing] translucent golden pilsner looking brew.
head depending on the pour. lace will lingers.

S - pineapple comes through with the tiniest bit of mango and [interesting] corn.

T- Pineapple, biscuit, a pinch of mango follows through with the aroma

M- Creamy laced with gassy carbonation in the mouth. lightweight.

D - Easy, for everyone.

This brew, "Hoptober"
It will transition you from a great summer, into the perfect uncertainty that those late summer months will bring.

coastiefish, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of danmouer
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The classification "American Blond Ale" is cometely off the mark. Nr is this New Belgium Brew an American-made Belgian Blond. What it is is a very very nice example of an American Pale Ale, and increasingly becoming one of my very favorite everyday brews.

Pours a medium gold color with just a touch of opalescent haze. An enthusiastic head rises and then quckly falls to a pretty, consistent wreath of foam.

As the name implies, the first real impression comes as a cloud od fresh hop aroma. I can't recognize the hops, but they have chsrscteristics of fine English and Amwrican varieties

All those hop aromas in most American ales would set me up for s double barrel blast of bitter upon tasting. Not so. There is, of course, a nice bitter hop spine, but just enough to balance the cookie-like sweetness of the malt. The hops reallyshow their stuff in the flavor and aroma, not in bitterness.

This beer is all about hops, but these are mostly late-addition hops: hops for flavor and aroma, just as they should be.

I'm a BJCP judge, and if I encountered thia beer in competition entred s qn American Blond, I'd tell the brer I really liked it, but hos score would suffer ror missing the style by a mile. If it were entered as an ESB, I'd send it to the Best of Show round!

I really wush this were not a seaonal. Hear me New Belgiam? Please make this a permanent entry in your repertoire.

danmouer, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden and crystal clear. Forms a frothy head that sticks around and laces nicely.

S: Quite fruity and hoppy. I get a lot of bright citrus with pine undertones. I also get apple and pear. Very inviting.

T: Let me first say that the malt and hops are perfectly in check. The malt is slightly bready and with a touch of sweetness. The hops start off bright and juicy, then dry out to a pine aftertaste. Finishes clean.

M: Light. Not overcarbonated, small bubbles, slightly creamy, yet still crisp and refreshing. It doesn't get much better than that for this style.

As a hophead and a guy that isn't too big on oktoberfest beers in general, this is my oktoberfest beer of choice. It's immensely drinkable, yet still carries great flavor all the way through.

iDrinknewglarus, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden colored...minimal head

S-Big juicy citrus aroma...oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, etc..the longer I smell this the more the other layers become evident...it also has a sweeter, sugar note as well as a spicy rye dimension .

T-Juicy citrus flavor as well....the rye malt is clearly evident and I love the citrus hop/rye malt mix...

M-Light side of medium bodied...smooth but not creamy..they used oats and it must have added a little to the body but it is not super creamy..finishes with a little citrus tanginess.

D-Nice creative golden ale that is a joy to drink. Only 40 IBU but it smells and tastes very hop forward.

ZAP, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Stable in St. Louis.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a white, one-finger head of soapy foam. It left a little soapy lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma floral and citrus notes with a hint of sugar cookie. Really unique and really good.

T - It had a sweet caramel backbone (like most blonde ales) but it had a hop presence that was befitting its name. Good bitter citrus hops were delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Simply put, this is the best "American Blonde Ale" that I've ever had. A great hop presence with a sweet caramel taste that all blonde ales have.

zeff80, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of mweso2000
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I would not rank Hoptober up there with your IPA's like Great Divide or Stone, then again Hoptober is a Golden Ale.

Pours clear with a thin lacy head. Nice fresh hoppy smell. Slight hoppy taste reminds me more of a pale ale. Creamy mouthfeel and nice and light and crisp. Sometimes it is nice to drink a beer that will not make you feel full and bloated. This is a great beer if you are looking to sit back and relax with a group of friends.

mweso2000, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of droomyster
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a fascinating beer. Pours a clear golden body with white head with decent retention. The aromas are fascinating: lots of tropical and assorted fruits like pineapple, mango, kiwi, even some strawberries come through quite prominently, with floral notes and a lime-like zestiness in the background. The hops are more prominent in the flavor, which has a well-balanced hop to malt ratio. Fruit, grain and honey flavors are equal to the assertive hops. This is easily the best blonde ale I've ever tried. Brilliant stuff.

droomyster, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of lhaqq
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Don't know; drinking from the bottle. I'd assume "blonde."

S: Fairly doughy. Some grains, straw, yeast, oats. Actually smells a bit like an oatmeal stout.

T: Great dosage of hops throughout. More light fruits rather than citrus. Has a bit of a tart finish. Suprisingly doesn't leave much of a bitter aftertaste.

M: Light, refreshing. Aftertaste dissipates relatively quickly.

D: Easy to drink, surprised its at 6%. Would go great with a volleyball game. Don't drink blonde ales much, but probably my favorite in awhile of the style.

lhaqq, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Luigi
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color a little bubble from the carbonation. Thick foamy head that starts off three finger white head and settles down to a half finger head from start to finish. Lace sticks to the glass.

Aromas have a hit to the nose of lemon and honey at first. Then, hop bitterness and citrus pulls though the malt.

The first taste I notice is opposite of what I was smelling. The bitter hops hits at first then is balanced out with a mild honey sweetness and malt. The flavor of bitter hops with a dry finish that lingers around help balance out this ale.

Light/medium bodied with some light carbonation.

Another tasty ale from the New Belgium Brewery! Good job guys!

Luigi, Oct 12, 2011
Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright brass under a tight-cropped carpet of white cream, pockmarked with large bubbles.
The crisp, crackery pale maltiness is scented below a varied layer of hops. Equal parts flowery, citric, and evergreen. The seem well meshed and cohere into a vibrant and unified hop aroma.
Down the hatch, the dry maltiness arrives first. Toasted egg bagels and oyster crackers. Slowly, the other grains reveal themselves. Wheat first, with a suave sub-sweetness. Rye with a tickly spicy note. Then finally (and maybe most evidently) the oats with their whipped sense of cream. Hops hit immediately, again, multidimensional, with intermeshed citrus, flowers, and pine, and a concluding and lingering, peppery, grassy bit.
The oats are the ringer for me, and they add they inimitatable glossy beefy slickness in the feel. Yet this still drinks with abandon with its sparkling carbonation. This shows a fantastic amount of complexity on its smallish frame, as each of its components takes its turn in the spotlight. It's sometimes difficult to slow the gulps down in order to savor and parse it.

cokes, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of Ryan011235
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter on 10/10/10

Best before Jan 9th, 2011

Very clear; golden yellow to the point it's almost shiny. Two fingers of fluffy head dropped to an 1/8th inch of bubbles but it seems to be holding. Clumpy rings of lace; right on. Consistently thin retention throughout with ok lacing.

Hoppy aroma, citrus notes - grapefruit rind, lemon zest & orange peel. Has some pine-sol mixed in, too. Floral hops round it out. There's a nice malt offset that start off with a touch of sweetness a la cotton candy, then moves on to distinct rye note. The bottle indicates oats & wheat but I'm not picking them out. Possibly they just contribute to the overall earthiness. Sweetens over time.

A good bit of bitterness is quickly accented by toasted rye & citric hop flavor, all of which comprises most of the flavor profile. Despite some subtle sugar cookie notes, the malts aren't too sweet. Wheat is apparent & there's a general graininess in the flavor. It's actually quite dry.

Hoptober is medium in body. It doesn't want for carbonation; there's a spot-on amount of prickliness working in tandem with the flavors. Finishes very dry with lingering citric hops & a ghost note of the aforementioned sugar cookie.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer & would drink my fair share of it, were it available to me. Well done, New Belgium, well done. This is an easily quaffable ale with layers of complexity aplenty in both the aroma & taste.

Ryan011235, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of climax
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Real good clarity to this one, nice gold color and a good size frothy head with excellent retention made this one a looker.

Nose had a lot going for it as well. Real grassy hop aroma at first whiff. Cinnamon and spice were clearly apparent, as well as a bit more complexity with the hops showing through; floral, citrus...

Flavor was well hopped for a blonde/gold ale (albeit the name). Initially it was soapy and a bit fruity,and even some sweeter pumpkin pie. The pale malt and some diacetyl notes held the background nicely.

The body was not nice and creamy. It had some real good substance too it, not too light. Feel was nice and slick, finished a little dry, very nice.

Some light ales just don't have much going on... this one does. Nice work NB.

climax, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of kkipple
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Mmm, New Belgium Hoptober... I've gone through a 12 pack and a half before I even thought to reviewing this gem. And it IS a gem. Fat Tire haters, you may want to avert your eyes.

A. Crystal-clear appealing yellow-gold, with a few lazily rising bubbles. A smack-dam gorgeous full porcelain head fluffs up a half-inch about my glass, looking quite well-fed and falls seductively, leaving lots of sticky white lace all 'round the glass. The head never fully dies. Simply wonderful.

S. Just flat out interesting: a wonderful earthy, dry and hop-complex aroma. Notes of honey, wheat and grain, with a rawness that is eye-opening and full. The hops are spicy and layered, but keep from overwhelming - this is not an IPA, or even a Pale ale, although it has more hop character than plenty of beers in those styles.

T. And where has this beer been all my life? You could be forgiven if you said Hoptober was a "hoppy blonde", and it is, but it's just so much more... no doubt, the 4 advertised malts (pale, wheat, oats, rye) and 5 hops (buy one and read the label) go a long way to the delicious layered hop and malt interplay here, but it rather defies easy description. Hoptober is dry, and grainy, and rye-spiced, and hop-bitter, and lemony, and earthy, and sweet, and full, and wet, and easy, and... and... well, I'm on my second bottle and not yet done with the review, that's what. This is exceptional, raw and fresh-tasting stuff.

M / D. Wet, medium-full, finely carbonated and crisp, quite easy to drink - in fact, superbly easy to drink. Just sorta slides down on its own. The 6% is too high and is just barely noticeable, I'd much prefer this be in the high 4%, but I shan't complain too much.

Hoptober is my sleeper hit of the season; a deliciously subtle and complex session brew that resists easy pigeon-holing and absolutely is memorable. Give this one a few more years and it very well be THE go-to Autumn brew for many more folks than just myself. This is one of the top beers I've tried in 2009. Please go buy some Hoptober.

kkipple, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Beerbythepool
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to New Belgium(of course) snifter.

The head was fairly thin for me, but that always happens in this glass so hard to get a true read, but no more than half a finger for me. Some lacing, but nothing substantial really sticks to the glass.

Very nice hop aroma of pine and resin. I love that they list the hops and details of the beer on the label. Thank you New Belgium for taking the time.

Even though it says Golden Ale I was expecting a darker color. This a nice light gold color perfectly clear.

The taste is very nice and easy. Hops hit you first with wonderful pine and grapefruit notes. Then especially after it warms a few minutes you get a nice malty finish. But the hop oil stays around to remind you that this is a hoppy beer. The oil is the only downfall for the mouthfeel for me.

I am impressed and I think they should call it Hopril or Hopgust because I would rather drink this beer all summer than in the fall. I was going to hold off on buying it because I not ready for autumn beers just yet, but this is just right for this season. I think the name and the label confused me on what to expect.

Go try this one out, but don't wait for the calendar to tell you when it is time...go now.

Beerbythepool, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light yellow with a one inch head. It had absolutely amazing lacing, some of the best I've seen. Smelled of hops like the name suggests. Very piney with the malt smell nearly absent.

The taste, for an American Blonde Ale was out of this world. The piney hops came through perfectly, with a malty backbone. The only knock is the malts kind of a had a sour taste that I can attribute to adjunct grains. If it wasnt for this flavor, the taste would be perfect. The aftertaste's only problem is that off flavor tends to linger, but the piney hops stick around just as long as you want them too.

I would drink this beer any day, even if it were an APA. Solid brew all-around.

VncentLIFE, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional appearance with thick, rocky white head atop a translucent golden color for the beer itself.

Nose is a delight with some light melon, perhaps honeydew, and gentle herbal/spicey notes.

On the palate this comes across beautifully crisp with lovely citrus from the hops, a pleasant malt background, herbal qualities again, and has a bit of dryness/crispness that you might normally appreciate in other styles such as a bohemian pils. This is one of the most clean, refreshing, and drinkable ales I've sampled in a long time. Amazing result from New Belgium.

yemenmocha, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of LongsPeakAveBrew
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Apperance
New Belgium's Hoptober Golden Ale Pours into a thin wall Bass pint glass with a crystalline light pumpkin color and plentiful airy off white head. Head disipates as I write to a thinner and denser layer, leaving significant lace.

Aroma
First notes of floral and piney hops develope with the addition of bready malt, but hops still dominate.

Taste
Strong hop impression in both flavor and bittering. The grassier hop elements come to the foreground, while biscuit malt lurks behind.

Mouthfeel
There is more body to this beer than its color, clarity, and aroma might lead you to guess. The carbonation is just right, doesn't mask any of the flavors.

Drinkability
After a half a pint, the beer tastes better than ever. The opening of each sip is smooth biscuity sweetness. Then the tag team of hops and carbonation bring the beer back into balncce before the hops charge on alone and leave with your mouth prepped for the next round.

LongsPeakAveBrew, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of elniko
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium glass. Bottle marked best by 2/5/2010.

A: As the bottle foretold, golden amber coloring with relatively minimal head. Good lacing and light carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Wonderful citrus notes from the nose, an interesting melding of the various hops that were used in the brew.

T & M: Relatively light bodied, citrus tones in the nose come through in the taste as well. There are some spicy hints in the finish. Malt never really become apparent even as the beer warms.

D: Very drinkable, not sure why this is fall seasonal as I feel that this is an awesome summer sipper. Quality new brew from New Belgium.

elniko, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of Tballz420
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober Golden Ale is a clear, golden colored brew with a big, bubbly white head. Lots of lacing sticks to the glass. There's just a slight chill haze, and no rising carbonation bubbles. The scent is pretty nice and consists mostly of a variety of hops, ranging from floral to citrus and just a bit of bitter. The taste starts off with a pale malt start, toasty, pretty spicy, I guess very spicy for the style. Nice floral undercurrents, some wheat grains, I think some rye as well. The malt profile is getting fairly complex the more I let this one run around my mouth. Some lemon zest and some grassy notes as well. The hops finish bitter. Medium bodied with a dry finish.

Tballz420, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold color with a decent white head.

Nose is nice yeast nose with a hint of sea water.

Mouthfeel is wonderful with perfect hop/malt balance; big and rich.

Full big hop character and flavors of pine and grapefruit but fully integrated with other flavors.

This is a big brew yet elegant. Finish is short grapefruit with undertones of pine. This could easily be a "go to" daily beer.

GRG1313, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of brewanddrink
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i am a fan of all oktoberferst style or spin offs so i had to try this one. It pour smooth golden into my glass and had a great malt smell with hop notes following right after. It is good with food or by itself. Just one more great beer put out by the awesome New Belgium brewing co.

brewanddrink, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of schleprock
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.
A: This beer looks more like a pilsner than a blonde ale with it's crisp golden color and lots of bubbles. Very nice lacing in the glass.

S: As the name suggests, plenty of fresh hops, earthy and citrusy. The aroma is crisp, sweet and full of citrus.

T: Lots of fruity esthers and a pleasant mild bite from the hops.

M: This beer starts out strong and finishes nicely. A bit of lingering bitterness from the hops and the carbonation give a nice feel.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. This could be a year round brew, or at the very least, available during summer and fall.

schleprock, Sep 20, 2010
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.