Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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Reviews: 490
Hads: 922
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger bubbly head that leaves lacing down the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

The smell is of lemon zest, grass and biscuity malt.

The taste is similar to the smell, lemon notes, grassy earthy notes, biscuit malt and a variety of hops.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Good drinkability, goes down smooth and refreshingly.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Easy flowing amber ale, pleasing if a bit unremarkable.

Presentation:22 oz brown capped bottle. New Belgium paper label design with a n image of a party bonfire framed by hops. Side paragraph goes over intent, main ingredients and serving notes. Show best before date 01jan12, and 6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear gold pour with a rig frothy head, good retention and surface memory with showy lacing.

S - Fresh hoppy nose, nothing too pungent but pleasing range of pineapple, and grapefruit,

T - Flavors offers a soft if correct biscuity pale malt sense with a lighter touch of hops… very light notes of grapefruit and a muted bitterness.

M - Medium/light body… In fact probably lighter but held by a medium carbonation that sustains the brew well. Light prickly finish with a tiny bitter touch.

O - Pleasing flow, a bit generic and safe for a mass audience, in that sense the aroma and looks are the most notable qualities, as an entry craft brew this might work well.

Notes: It's quality but I'm not crazy about it by far… Logically this can be part of the massive launch of NB brews in the region. Price/quality ratio is remarkable and in that context this could do very well. Having said that… If only for that nose, I'd take this over their pervasive Fat Tyre any day.

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Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a finger of thick white head. Good head retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops with a bready malt background. Mildly sweet.

Taste: A nice hop bitterness up front, citrus and mild herbal hop bitterness. As the hops fade, there is a bready biscuit like malt that shows up. The finish is a bit bitter and slightly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. I would have liked the finish to be a bit more dramatic, but the taste was very nice and easy to drink. I would have another.

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Photo of DaveHS
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear light amber with 1/3 inch of fizzy, brilliant white head. Leaves partial rings of sticky lacing.

S-Earthy, marijuana-esque hoppiness, light grainy malt sweetness. Very simple and appealing.

T/M-Really refreshing and light. The earthy hops from the nose are much more subtle in the flavor profile, which is pretty much in line with your standard American blonde (kolsch) style ale. The mouthfeel is soft and light, with dry, earthy hops on the back end and moderate/low carbonation.

O-This was designed to be a simple, easy drinking light beer and it works on that level. I would prefer a more assertive hop profile, but other than that, no complaints. I could see working through a 6 pack on a hot day, maybe while manning the barbecue.

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Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color and a completely clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated and some OK lacing.

S: A nice aroma of floral hops, some malt and citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, floral hops and a hint of lemon. Not bad, though a bit on the sweet side.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a sligtly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, though it doesn't exactly stand out. Blonde Ales are rarely standouts.

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Photo of Fnord
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Gold colored, with slow-moving effervescence and a thin white head.

Smell - Grass, lemon, grapefruit, a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste - Pretty similar to the taste, except with a bit more malt evident. The hops lend a sharp finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Notes - An interesting, hopped up take on a blonde ale. In retrospect, I'm surprised this hasn't been done before. It seems like a warm weather beer to me, but here in Texas October can still be fairly hot, so it's all good.

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Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I was getting into a Marzen style beer, was suprised after the pour and the aroma, hopefully it's for the better

Appearance-BMC like body. Head is a 2 finger off white head with some big tight bubbles. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell-Some nice floral hops, really suprised me, then realized the beer was called Hoptober, makes sense to me now. Some malts and light wheat.

Taste-Upfront a lot of Hop bitterness that carrys over to a spicey, light maltness. Hops carry through to the finish with some light bitterness and some nice floral hops.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, light bodied. Finish is kind of dry.

Overall-More of the same from New Belgium, simple but good beers for a reasonable price, and thats what you're getting here.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasty and study with a much stronger hop zing than one has any right to expect.

Pours a pale straw yellow with a fluffy head that falls away fairly quickly. The aroma leaps from the glass, with a sweet, fruity graininess, almost grapelike, with a distinct lemony hops. The flavor veers almost toward a wine, like an overripe Sauvignon Blanc, with a sprightly lemony hop and a grainy, toasty malt bite. The mouthfeel is prickly and smooth.

Tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of samie85
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber color with two and a half fingers of white head.

S-Light caramel malt with some honey with grapefruit and orange hop notes.

T-Light bitter grapefruit notes with some caramel malt backing and a crisp, bitter finish.

M-Light bodied with light, prickly carbonation and a crisp, drying finish.

D-Incredibly easy drinking for those last few hot days of the year; not an in your face beer by any means, but still a solid beer.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden straw in color with a very fluffy head that dissipates into a nice thin layer and demonstrates fine lacing.

S - Aroma mostly consists of hops, light citrus, sweet grain, and some grassy notes. Not as aromatic as I was hoping for.

T - Mild pine hops, citrus by the way of lemon, malty sweetness is present, slight peppery notes, followed by a bitterness that remains on the palate.

M - Medium to light in body, pretty crisp and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable, although in my humble opinion rather unexciting. I certainly don't mind drinking it, but I don't plan on running out to get more any time soon.

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Photo of Goliath
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/pale amber color with a half inch foamy bright white head. There is poor head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is decent. A nice bit of citrus hits you up front with some big hop notes and a touch of sappy pine.

The taste is ok. There is a decent hop presence giving a nice citrus and pine combo with a very light hop bitterness. I enjoy the variety of malts present in the beer as well. Unfortunately I think the rye overpowers the rest. I still enjoy it though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and crisp bubble.

Drinkability is moderate. The ABV is relatively low and well incorporated making for a nearly sessionable beer. The flavor profile is fairly interesting and pleasing as well which brings me back to the glass every now and again. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of VWBuggirl
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a light golden, hay colored yellow with a thin white head. There is a decent hoppy scent, which I expected based on the name. The hops came through with the taste, along with some floral notes and a hint of citrus. Not my favorite, but pretty decent.

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Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops on a slight malt backing

T - Follows the nose citrus hops on a bready malt backing

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - One of the better NB beers that I see around the hops definitely add some life to this beer making it fairly good to me worth a try sometime

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Photo of rye726
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper with a thin beige head. Nose has floral hops over candy malts and spices. Taste is also on the hoppy side for a Marzen, but still has some nice malt characteristics. Body is a bit light, but well carbonated. I like the addition of extra hops to the style, but would also like to see a stronger base beer.

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Photo of Genghis22
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best Before 2/26/10 on bottle.

A - Pours a bright golden yellow. Nice creamy white head. Very clear. Nice lacing.

S - Good hop presence on the first smell. The sweet malty notes come through on the seconf whiff. Bitter citrus smells, grapefruit rind, with some piney floral hops as well.

T - Very mellow actually. A bit bisuity, and slightly tangy, like a mild belgian yeast strain was used. The hops that are in the nose do not come through on the taste at all. The malts over power this beer, which is unfortuante given the name of the beer. There is a slight hint of the hops in the aftertaste, a nice bitter drying effect takes place.

M - Very smooth. Medium to light body with moderate carbonation. Very crisp and refreshing beer.

D - Great session beer. Doesn't live up to the name IMHO. This is a good BBQ beer that might help BMC people get into craft. I wouldn't turn this one down, but I won't seek it out again. The best thing about this beer was the smell.

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Photo of lawman834
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a Marzen or something like it. This was not what I expected. The name made me think Octoberfest, it's actually an American Blonde, but it tastes like an APA. Go figure.

It pours straw colored with a decent head that dissapates quickly. Smells of grass and grapefruit. Also tastes of grapefruit up front with a pretty strong hop bite. Crisp and bright.

I thought it was pretty tasty. Not what I expected, but was actually a good surprise.

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Photo of Jishguy
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a crystal clear golden body. Thick one finger head with good retention and lacing.

S- Citrus and earthy hop notes evenly balanced with a malty sweetness. There is a certain grain or bread-like aroma that is very appealing. Very complex aroma.

T-Bread-like malts up front, with a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Mild citrus and pine-like hops dominate the backbone, leaving the tiniest hint of pleasant lingering bitterness. The finish is sweet and smooth.

M-Very full and surprisingly creamy. This is most likely due to the addition of oats to the grain bill.

D- Sits very light. Definitely an all day drinker.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

An ample amount of hops is a good thing any time of the year. 40 IBUs come from five different hops; Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier are the paint for this canvas. Sweet aroma of wildflowers and citric zest with a trim graininess. Earthy citric bit- terness and flavor from the hops; nice little sting in the middle. Creamy, smooth medium body. Quick kiss of honey from the sweetness of the malt. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Long-lasting trail of hops and malt show that aftertaste is a good thing.

Brings memories of the Pale Ales we have tasted in West Flanders; hoppy, earthy, sweet golden beauties. By far one of the more interesting fall seasonals to be had.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. I do not get New Belgian beers in my area and a friend brought me a 6-pack of Fat Tire, replacing one of the Fat Tires with this beer...glad he did, wish I had more of these.

A: clear golden yellow color white a nice small white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrusy smell, picked up scents of grapefruit and orange.

T: hop forward beer, but not over done or as big as an IPA. Hint of something fruity there other than the citrus. Had an orange peel aftertaste.

M: well carbonated and light on the tongue with a bit of bitter aftertaste like orange pith.

Overall: surprise. I've only had Fat Tire and I guess used to a malty beer from NB, this was a very nice surprise. Easy drinker and would be an excellent introduction beer to a beginner craft beer drinker.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a pale straw with two fingers of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Biscuit malt, cracked wheat, faint spice, floral and citrusy hops, some grassiness. Could stand to be more aromatic, but nonetheless pleasant.

Taste -- Hop flavors greet the tongue upon the sip with clover and prarie flowers, lemon slice, and a dab of pine. Malts are pale, biscuity with cream of wheat and very mild rye spiciness. Hop bitterness moderate throughout. Finish is long and with mild resiny bitterness.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in boy with medium prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Overall, pretty good. Crisp, nice hop profile, the malt choices were interesting, albeit a little scattered. Wasn't thrilled, but I still enjoyed it a good deal.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow w/ a good two finger off white head that quickly disappears. Little carbonation and decent lacing. Super clear, and very easy to see right through. Smell is of hops, malt, spice, grass, grain. Very distinct nose to this beer. Not particularly balanced, but a nice smelling brew for the style. Hops, lemon, fruit, and some malt really come through in the taste. Definitely a different taste profile from the nose. Almost IPA-like. I expected a little more malt in the flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly full w/ a spicy bite from the hops carrying into the aftertaste. Overall, this beer drinks more like an IPA to me. I enjoyed it, and the price was right. Recommended, but I probably won't seek this one out again. Cheers.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear, darker straw-gold color with a nice off-white head.

Smell: Mild spicy hops with some sweeter malts.

Taste: Spicy hops and malts with a bit of sweetness. Bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Good drinkability; moderate ABV.

Nothing too special, but an alright beer that tries to cross an Oktoberfest with a hoppier lighter Ale.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bud American Ale glass

Pours 2 fingers of slight beige head. Amazing retention with a ton of lace and lace walls. Color is a clear pale golden yellow/orange.

Aroma: kind of interesting and not really what I was expecting. There seems to be a decent amount of hops here. A big floral aroma. Some spices mixed in, but mainly pretty hoppy.

Taste: Wow, this beer is unlike any other I have had. It is super sweet with a ton of hops. Has some spices that linger around for a bit. I really don't know what to think of the taste as it is really unique.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth at the same time. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a unique beer. It isn't quite and IPA, but it resembles similar tastes. I am glad I just bought one of these, as it just isn't flowing for me. It is drinkable, but nothing I want a lot of.

Just a fun side note, but did anybody else notice the guy on the label to the far right? Kind of funny.

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Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You get two fingers of pure white foam, loose and delicate, heavily dimpled surface with islands of larger bubbles, lots of stickiness leaves serious lacing residue behind. The liquid is not cloudy but it’s not crystal clear either, golden yellow with a vague hint of orange, random super-tiny bubbles float within. The nose first hits you with pepper, green grasses and grains as well as white grapefruit to lemon zest, slightly warmer there’s richer apricot, peach fruit and flower accents, ends with an earthy, metallic ring, aggressively jabs you. Medium to full-bodied, given its generally creamy mouth texture it is surprising how bitter it can seem at times, the hops are green and verging on mean. The pepper, saline, quinine and just plain poor dirt at once lends it punch and dries things out some. The white citrus adds more scrubbing sensations. Hidden off to the side are the peach, apricot, pear fruit as well as floral dew. It’s on the aggressive side, that creaminess really saves it from becoming overbearing. Could put down a couple in a row but that’s it.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one isn't to bad, but I'm puzzled by it. Instead of putting out a Marzen this time of year NB makes a blonde and gives it a name that makes it sound like an octoberfest.

It's a pretty amber color with a decent amount of hops in the aroma. The taste is hoppy bit it isn't overpowering. It's actually pleasant to have despite the apparent lack of malt presence.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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