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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

485 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 485
Hads: 893
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | 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:
Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with a slightly off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. A few spots of lace here and there are left on the glass.

Smell - Bready aroma with a citrus hops and a touch of caramel.

Taste - Malt profile is nice, hitting on bread, caramel and toffee notes. Hops come in with a light, zesty citrus flavor and a bit of grass.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick and quaffable. Slightly dry finish.

Overall - Blonde/Golden that teeters on the edge of a being a pale. I can respect that. Pretty good beer all around, and an excellent choice for the Revival pack. (693 characters)

Photo of Libeertarian
3.46/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up today in assorted 12-pack. Very clear golden shade of yellow with fine, foamy, medium-retention, off-white head. Pale ale like smell to it, resinous and slightly citrusy hops, bit of grain. Tastes like a session IPA or a "summer ale" (usually just pales or blondes/goldens anyways). Not much flavor up front on first few sips (gets stronger with following notes after palate has been thoroughly saturated), but quickly turning to crackers or pasta and then distinct grapefruit rind, or young, green pine needles. Very nearly anise/licorice-like bitterness. A little black pepper in there as well, but barely noticeable through the hop flavors. Unfortunately, a little too off-kilter for me. I appreciate hops in all their varieties, but balance is key. Light body, smooth. Medium, fine carbonation, starts out a little prickly but quickly fizzing out to soft suds. Somewhat crisp, not too dry. Despite my complaint, not a bad beer. (946 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at TPC Scottsdale, Arizona (from notes)
A - clear bronze with a finger of head, pretty respectable lacing
S - leafy with some pine, toffee, gentle citrus zest
T - much like the nose with a solid balance of bitter-sweet
M - medium to light body, sweet with a mild bitter finish
O - a great treat after a day of golfing in the searing desert heat, i would call this more of a Pale than a blonde ale (403 characters)

Photo of TheRealBigC
3.7/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was sort of misleading. I was expecting something strong and outlandishly hoppy. While the hops definitely hit my nose, the taste is actually pretty tame. It is, after all, a blonde ale. The hops hit you up front, but it goes down smooth with a little aftertaste from the hops. It's actually a pretty refreshing autumn beer, a good way to transition from the crisp summer ones into the typically darker, warmer beers of the fall. (439 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a blonde ale? Well, if they say so, sure. Heavy malt nose is followed by a prickly hop spicyness. Citrus and pine dominate for the most part. This is a nice drinker. Definitely a fall "blonde ale", if there is such a thing. I can appreciate it. (252 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Semi hazed golden straw color with a single finger of white foam suds, decent retention time but minimal levels of lacing left behind.

S. Very heavy on the floral hopping spectrum with a subdued pale malt aroma underneath.

T. Citric peel flashes in and resolves to a honeyed malt base that finishes with a subdued earthy tone.

M. Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture (401 characters)

Photo of kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clean clear straw coluor with a decent white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves good lacing.

The nose is mostly grassy hops and sweet malts, almost a hint of coconut? I didn't notice that in the last bottle I cracked. Huh.

The taste is that same grassy sweet. Again I'm picking up a hint of coconut which kind of confuses me. I didn't notice it in the last bottle I drank, and it seems out of place (not bad, just out of place), so I'm going to chalk it up to either something I ate earlier, or just something about this bottle, or just... I don't know. some anomaly.

So... This is a good beer. I don't know why this bottle was giving me hints of coconut. I don't know what's wrong with me. Go get some if you can find it. Sadly this was the last sixer in town, so I don't get more. If you too notice a strange coconuttiness to it, maybe I'm not crazy. But don't expect it. (906 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of rawfish
3.79/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (812 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (922 characters)

Photo of KajII
3/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (887 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear as glass and golden. A big rocky head that shows no signs of dying anytime soon.

Plenty of hops in the aroma. Earthy and floral. Plenty of pine resin and citrus as well. A very robust hop aroma that leaves almost no room for an malt to come through.

Oily and dry. Earthy and bitter. Almost chalky with citrus, resin, and floral flavors. Smooth and hoppy throughout but with a sudden sweetness toward the end and the finish has a dry bite. Not a bad beer overall. Big hop profile and a lingering hoppy flavor. (516 characters)

Photo of confer
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Close to pale yellow and crystal clear. Big fluffy head that lingers.
S- Citrus hops at a low level.
T- Starts with small hop bite but it doesn't last. The hoppiness fades away almost as soon as it starts.
MO-Overall an okay beer. It' seems like a pale ale to me. (266 characters)

Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev -0.3%
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". (499 characters)

Photo of scratch69
3.08/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden/yellow hue, very slight haze, nice layer of off-white tight-beaded foam, good head retention

Aroma: apple-y fruitiness with a touch of grain and herbal hops

Flavor: smooth, biscuity malt profile with a really mild hop flavor and just a touch of finishing bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, sparkly carbonation, crisp texture (352 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus notes. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, some citrus, a touch of sweetnesss. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer. (264 characters)

Photo of WMEugene
4.14/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thick bubbly head and good lacing. Excellent appearance for this type of beer.

S - A blend of malts and hops, some sweet citrus and caramel notes.

T - A well-balanced mix of citrus hops and caramel malts. A crisp wheat taste as well. A little sweetness as well.

M - Medium bodied, crisp. Pretty nice hoppy finish.

O - New Belgium's Hoptober was a tasty blonde ale. It's a unique take on a fall seasonal and it's a beer I'll keep an eye open for next Fall. (497 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Transparent golden color with a finger of head.
Citrus smell, with a backdrop of malt. Grapefruit and sour (good) dominate the citrus.
Strong bitter taste throughout, a little sweetness rounds it out. Straightforward profile and enjoyable.
High carbonation, light body and crisp.
As a golden ale it bring more flavor than normal, which is good. Not my favorite style but definitely worth trying. (419 characters)

Photo of UnderPressure
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow. One finger fizzy head. Melts to a quarter inch.

Citrusy hop aroma. Lightly malty.

Smooth citrus hop flavor. Appropriate bitterness for American pale ale. Malt backbone gives adequate support for style.

Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. I like the carbonation level.

Overall, this is basically a (good) standard American Pale ale. I'm not sure why New Belgium chose this style as their Autumn seasonal, but it's good. Just more of a spring or summer thing for me. (483 characters)

Photo of joek440
3.92/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden yellow color. Crisp and clear with 2-finger white head that held and laced very nicely.

S - Smells of delicious fresh hops. Caramel malts come through with a nice flowery hop aroma. Hints of citrus and pines show the depth of the hop varieties

T - Light and crisp flavor of hops with hints of malt. The floral and citrus hops are most noticeable to my palate. The flavor is deeper than the crisp color would imply, but the hops are not overpowering.

M - Creamy but still light with medium carbonation

O - Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Hop flavor and smell were both complex and gave good character. The bitterness was low and balanced by the malt which will appeal to a wide audience (reminiscent of their signature, Fat Tire). (762 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev 0%
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. (980 characters)

Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear very bright golden color, half finger off-white head.

S- A veritable explosion of piney, citrusy, and spicy hop aromas. Very littl malt aroma is detectable.

T- Although it wasn't very present in the aroma the complex yet simple grainy, smooth, slightly sweet maltyness comes out right away to serve as a vertiable on which the wonderful hop flavors are served. Balance is good through the hoppy finish.

M- Good medium body with slightly peppery carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable beer. My only beef is that the name suggests to some (my wife) that it is an oktoberfest. No problem as it's still a great beer, just not an oktoberfest. (649 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
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. (795 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/12/12

A - Pours a clear light golden brown with almost two fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Floral and grassy hops, a bit of citrus and a faint spiciness.

T -- Pretty strong hop presence up front, again grassy and floral. After the initial hop punch comes some rye spiciness and and a bit of bready malt.

M - Medium crisp mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

O - A pretty good blond ale, but not something I would come back to. (481 characters)

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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