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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

884 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 35
Gots: 38 | 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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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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1/5  rDev -73.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -60.5%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

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2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of CosmoHopHead
2.02/5  rDev -46.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured into a New Belgium pint glass:

A: very light see through yellow color with very little head and no lacing.

S: Smells sweet with light floral hops.

T: like the smell, sweet with a light hop taste and maybe hints of grass and some malts

M: light carbonation. feels thin and very mild

D: had a somewhat hard time finishing this one. to light with nothing behind it.

Had hopes that this might actually be a well hopped offering from NB for once. You would think calling it "Hoptober" that it might actually have a hop kick to it but it didn't. Would not recommend to anyone.

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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -40.8%

Photo of nickhiller
2.46/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: urine yellow, a dab of head and pretty decent lacing for the light lager-y color

S: sunblock, soap, really faint smells, I get almost nothing.

T: apricot, potpourri, not all that pleasant, though I'd bet my grandma would like it

M: a little light on the carbonation, more akin to a lager than an ale in body

D: let's just say I won't be having this again. It's way too fruity and flowery, especially for a Fall seasonal. Try Spring boys!

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.2%

Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold color with a small white head and a decent lace. Smells of floral hops with some malt. Taste is mostly floral hops with bit of a malt backbone. Light bodied, decent carbonation, but overall, nothing very exciting. I won't be buying this again.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle was obtained as part of a New Belgium variety pack. Served alone, unpaired with food.

A: Pours a four finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a slightly cloudy lemon yellow.

Sm: Aroma is light in strength: all me broken nose can pick up is a vague citrus ester. All apologies, lads.

T: Sloppy indistinct citrus esters mixed with clean bland barley. It's poorly built and balanced. Very simple as well.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't really suit the flavours. It's almost watery.

Dr: Not very drinkable on account of the limited quality. Decently priced as part of a variety pack, but still not worth a go for any serious beer fanatic. (or advocate, as it were...)

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2.67/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, drank from the new belgium globe glass like the bottle requests.

A- this one pours out a pale straw colored body with a full finger bright white head. the head lasts for a long time, and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing.

S- the nose is pretty subdued. it starts out with a light scent of pale malts and a little bit of bread. after that comes some faint pine and citric hops.

T- the taste is just as weak as the nose. faint pale malts and a little bit if cereal grains. maybe some toasted bread. after that comes a little bit of hops. a little bit of orange zest and some light floral notes. also a little bit of pine.

M- light to medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. no trace of the alcohol in this one.

D- meh, i found this beer to be bland and boring. something i dont think id try again. this is a rare let down from new belgium. oh well, maybe next time.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I compliment this beer on its unique timbre, but I personally am not as big a fan of hops or spicy beer. I recognize the quality of the beer and recommend it to anyone who does prefer the spicy genre of beer. This beer has much better drink ability compared to other hop-beers such as arrogant bastard.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.