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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

857 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 29
Gots: 21 | 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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Eaglefan344

Missouri

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

10-22-2012 21:53:25 | More by Eaglefan344
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RBorsato

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

10-22-2013 19:30:01 | More by RBorsato
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BevMoAndrew

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served fridge into a belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Gold with a thick white froth that dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell - Grapefruit, straw, a little barnyard, citrus, biscuit yeastiness
Taste - a little dry hoppiness, citrus, grapefruit, yeastiness.
Drinkability - Not a bad brew. crisp and dry. Would be good to pair with food (Orange Chicken?) or to drink on a really hot day, but nothing exciting here.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:21:40 | More by BevMoAndrew
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Twpsyn

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%

05-07-2014 22:39:58 | More by Twpsyn
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a golden blond color. The beer poured a nice white fluff head and I had high hopes. However the beer had a terrible sour smell. I mean it flat out stunk. Taste was not like that but the smell ruined it. The beer had a yeasty taste. I will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 16:56:01 | More by Minkybut
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wknight167

California

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of head. Slight lacing.

Nose- Straight hops. Citrus and Pine.

Palate- Again, straight hops. More pine than citrus. Very dry with no evident malt profile. definitely off balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- average

Overall- The name lead me to think it was going to be a oktoberfest one off. It is not. Neither do I think this fits an American Blonde.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 08:55:23 | More by wknight167
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mdcrouser

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like an IPA - golden yellow, with a light white head ringing the top and staying throughout. Great, thick rings to the end.

Bitter, sweet, spicy, lemongrass, and fresh on the nose, it smells much like what I'd expect from an IPA as well.

Crisply hopped, with a bit of immediate spiciness and grapefruit notes, fading into some evergreen and even a hint of bubblegum - really? Yes, bubblegum - I'd never tasted it in a beer before either. Too "flat" in overall flavor profile though to be fully appealling - it's just not very complex, failing to deliver much more than those basic flavors.

A little hop bomb. It lingers in the mouth for quite awhile, and like a wily grandmother, turns everything bitter. Carbonation is fine, but again, nothing outstanding.

It's fine to drink one or more, but there are many better choices - just save a good IPA from the summer and enjoy it during the fall if you're looking for hoppy. Not sure why they felt the need to position this as a fall seasonal, as it's clearly out of season.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 03:22:33 | More by mdcrouser
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again another new seasonal beer from New Belgium. This Hoptober (not to be confused for an Oktoberfest style) will be released as their fall seasonal. This Golden Ale is comprised of five hops (Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier) and four malts, in which the pale and wheat malts are mashed together with rye and oats. The beer pours with clear golden color and foamy white head with aromas of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit very prevalent throughout the palate with a slight hint orange. The finish is crisp and dry but is short lived. Overall this new seasonal from New Belgium was okay, but really it reminded me of a water downed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 17:31:22 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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tykees88

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A pretty golden delicious apple color with a nice two finger frothy head that sticks around.

S- Smells hoppy. Smells like sugar. Ehhh.... not liking the combo

T-Like an overhopped AAL. Very bland mild taste with a much more prominent hop finish

M- It is a nice fluffy brew though. Gotta give it that.

O-Not the worst in the world, but I don't like it

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 22:34:29 | More by tykees88
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scottfrie

California

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pour a golden-peach color with a couple fingers of light bubbly white head that faded into an oily film that left rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Exotic fruit hops fill the nose with a touch of grass and tangerine citrus.
T: Light clean flavors. More malt comes through than the nose with a pale malt flavor mixed with the sweet fruit hops. There is a light peppery-earthy-spiciness throughout. Finish is a touch bitter but the aftertaste has weird sourness that I don't really agree with.
M: Carbonation is a bit sharp over the medium body. Mouthfeel is tingly but fairly clean.
D: Another mediocre brew from a mediocre brewery. Fairly average except maybe appearance. Would be good with food or at a barbeque.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:57:34 | More by scottfrie
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint...

A- Very light in color and extremely clear. Nice inch head, creamy. Looks like a pilsener. I had no idea this was a bland when I ordered... Seems a bit weird for a fall seasonal.

S- Overall incredibly light aroma. Slight sweet gingerbread smell- thats about it with some subtle delicate floral hops hidden in there.

T/M- Bready but light, very very light. Hoppy for a fall beer. More earthy and spicy contribution from the hops. Well carbonated and extremely light bodied.

O- I tend to like my fall beers with more malt and warm flavors and more body. I think my score is eschewed a little lower because this is not your typical fall beer, nor should I think it be. Hard for me to rate to style when i'm thinking it should be a different style than it is. Was really in the mood for something fitting, but this is much more crisp and summer-y.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 13:58:08 | More by TheGordianKnot
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BucannonXC5

California

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was mostly golden. About ¾ inches of head. Nice lacing. Film stayed on the glass throughout.

Full of flavorful smells. Citrus hops with orange coming through. Some light wheat in there as well.

Not as good as the nose. Citrus still is the main taste and still seems to be orange. Kind of a flower feel in there, too. A very slight bitter finish. EDIT: Next time I tried it (three hours later), butter was dominant. To the point I had to drop the ratings. Pretty gross.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Still that slight abrupt bitter finish.

I had big expectations for this after the smell, but it disappointed me a bit. I’d probably give it the old college try again, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:42:21 | More by BucannonXC5
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damuts222

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-29-2011 00:54:58 | More by damuts222
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vtownAL

Georgia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

12-14-2011 15:37:05 | More by vtownAL
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mechanicalprints

Arkansas

3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-20-2012 23:35:19 | More by mechanicalprints
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bismarksays

Iowa

3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-04-2013 09:57:43 | More by bismarksays
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zaptone

California

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-22-2012 16:27:20 | More by zaptone
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jskennedy

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-27-2012 03:38:39 | More by jskennedy
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Redglimmer


3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-04-2012 02:49:19 | More by Redglimmer
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deweese

Missouri

3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-06-2013 22:16:55 | More by deweese
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PGVG

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-06-2012 19:50:32 | More by PGVG
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J_Dub

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.1%

04-22-2013 21:58:42 | More by J_Dub
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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3/5  rDev -21.1%

02-12-2012 01:07:00 | More by dugly2ugly
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aussiebeer

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.1%

06-12-2014 19:35:42 | More by aussiebeer
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brez8791

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.1%

03-26-2012 01:16:56 | More by brez8791
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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