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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 31
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 IndolentReader
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As advertised, golden (a bit of a cloudy gold). Very little lacing.
S: Mild, hints of wheat. Very earthy.
T: Pretty good - a lot more carbonation than I was expecting but it didn't seem to overwhelm the flavor.
M: As mentioned above, strong carbonation. A bit of a bite.
D: Nice beer. Didn't knock my socks off and feels a bit heavy for numerous helpings, but I didn't regret the purchase.

Photo of Guyute
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a little bit pale yellow, but the thick head and lacing are nice. I could smell this one from across the room, tons of hops and fruit to it. Mouthfeel is a little too thick for me, kind of syrupy but definitely not so bad as to be a deal breaker. 6% abv makes these a little less drinkable, but the taste is good enough to want another one.

A good beer on a cool fall evening, maybe paired with a chili dog watching the world series.

Photo of Jimmys
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at a VA grocery store! missed the kickoff party so im having my own tonight.

A: bright clear, brilliant gold. white head isnt the biggest or has the best retention, but some lacing is on the glass.

S: a spicy floral hop component. hop character is closer to that of an APA than an american blonde. chalky earth tones as well. after the hop blast, rye tries to make a point, but this is definitely more on the american hop end.

T: bitterness mixed with a creamy body. tones of vanilla in the middle. the sweetness grows as the beer warms. fruitiness from the hops accentuate the malt to make this a very unique blonde. finish is slightly bitter and mostly dry.

M: pretty moderate to heavy carbonation on a light body that is very close to pushing medium.

D: definitely more "extreme" considering the style, but well welcomed.

Photo of brauseboof
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six at the local Harris Teeter.
Poured a good 2 1/2 fingers of head and a golden pale color.
Smells a bit earthy.
Taste was a nicely balanced hops and malt, again with an earthy note
Nice creamy feel with good carbonation
I found this quite drinkable. A very good brew for when the temperatures drop

Photo of Metalmonk
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First sampled this at The Great Carolina Sweatfest, er, I mean The Great Carolina Beer & Wine Festival. One of the most memorable beers on that sweltering day, and one I had to try again, so I nabbed a 6 pack a couple days ago.

The liquid could be any average-to-decent macro pils or something, its clarity very clear and its golden yellow very yellow (and golden!). Bone-white head is fluffy and likes to leaves tiny dots of lace in its wake.

Aroma is a mainlined hit of super-clean, super-breezy, very bright hops and a white-bread/washed-out grain sort of element to the malt.

Crisp green apple, pear, astringent herbal tea, grapefruit rind and lemon flash by as this crosses over lips and tongue. Delicate yet with a lasting and pleasing bitterness, hops that lean on the intense side of fruity, and just enough mellow bleached/white-bread grain to lend a little support. Interesting that this is an autumn seasonal, as it seems a perfect summer beer.

Texturally crisp, but with a softer, more delicate roundness/slickness that provides balance and gives a little depth to the feel. Even a slight pucker, which works well with the tart, pithy finish.

After a rough day of disappointment after disappointment, this hit the spot. I don't believe my judgment is askew because of that, but what if it is? Good beer can make a bad day good again (and then bad again if you let yourself get all fuckered up)...anyway, this is pure simplicity without any ho-hum elements. I like.

Photo of nms1987
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was initially fairly disappointed that something called "hoptober" would be yet another golden ale (the bottle calls it this) from New Belgium after their summer brew was a pretty weak golden ale.

I was pleasantly surprised by this stuff. I'd actually call this an American Pale Ale more so than a Blonde ale.
Golden, clear color with a brassy shade to it.

Fairly pungent nose, esp for the style. Some sticky, resiny hoppiness really coming through. More pine than citrus to me.

The hops come right through on the palate too. Not overwhelmingly but in a very nice firm, but not overdone manner. The beer is medium bodied and the combo of that and the hoppiness makes it fairly crisp and refreshing but there is a lasting oily hoppy-ness to the finish that is enjoyable.
The flaw is that there is a slightly sour, out of place, edge to the finish as well which mars it a little.

Overall quite good... Crisp and fairly easy drinking but not lacking in body or flavor and the lasting hop oil thing on the finish is enjoyable

Paired well with chips and bean dip around 6pm on a fall day : )

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is like no blonde ale I have ever had before. Pours a clear yellow, slightly darker than macro color, with a large white head that had excellant retention. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. A lot of hops in the aroma with the customary New Belgium malt bill lingering in the background. Light, crisp flavor from the "C" hops give some citrus notes, also some spice and grassy notes as well. Slight sweetness at first but finishes bitter and clean. New Belgium packed a lot of hop flavor in this beer. Light body with lively carbonation without being harsh. One nitpick I have with this beer is the unnecessarly high ABV. Is it because it is a Fall seasonal? If it could be at 4.5% ABV or lower I could drink these all day. This has been my favorite New Belgium beer to date, and it is a Blonde Ale!

Photo of wedge
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with a beautifully thick and sticky head. Crazy sheets of lace. The aroma, at first, is light leafy hops over a bit of sweet malt. The more I sniff, however, the more the hops open up...citrusy, spicy, grassy, and juicy. The grassy, leafiness of the smell carries over into the flavor right off the bat. Sweet citrus pulp and sugar cookies. Hoppy, but fairly delicate. Nicely crisp and medium-light bodied...drinkable for sure.

Simple, tasty, and satisfying.

Photo of mdwalsh
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Big white fluffy head, bright white. Light clear golden body, good lacing as well.

S: Nice, clean citrusy hops, very little malt. Very strong, perhaps too much hops though.

T: An odd first taste, and a terrible balance, but that kinda works here I guess, it is "hoptober." There's a nice clean citrusy finish and a great hoppy burp.

M: Dry and light

D: It was good, but I would have liked it better without the hops.

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, a new brew from NB and a nice crisp blonde at that. This reminds me a lot like Mighty Arrow.

Light gold with a pretty little head. A nice leafy aroma with some proprietary NB yeast and a good dose of floral and spicy hops. This is a light brew, nothing over the top.

Some dry rye flavors in here, mixed with some powdery yeast and a good dose of sweet malt. It's very well balanced and downright drinkable.

I expected more of an oktoberfest style martzen, overlooking the golden ale part. It didn't dissapoint though. The wife and I tore though a 12pack of this in just two days, so yeah. It's good stuff.

Photo of dalix24
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So i am sitting at home drinking one, not a bad beer. I used to like fat tire back in the day, but i was over it fast. then one day i was up in Oregon working and i tasted 1554 out the tap. so i decided to give new Belgium again. 1554 by far the best they have. but i tell you what hotober is not a bad beer at all. it has a very light fresh hops taste with citusy ending.

TRY IT!

Photo of joek440
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
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).

Photo of ramseye4
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head,lots and lots of lacing
S=Hops hops and more hops, mostly citric, with a bit of a buttery malty aroma poking through as well
T=Citric fruit and slightly bitter hops, bready malts providing nice balance in the finish
M=Medium bodied, highly carbonated
O=Easy drinking beer, almost more reminiscent of a hopped up APA though

Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Piss yellow, no disrespect intended. White frothy head, leaves fast, lots of cling lace remains. Crystal clear.

S - Light malt, light fruit and hops.

T - Frutier than expected. Nice light malt and hops.

M - Medium to light body. Nice balance. Clean finish.

D - Very easy to drink.

Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying to get over my anti-NB bias and sample their full selection of cheap and widely available beers. Hoptober, activate!

A: Poured into a pint glass. If this were actually a golden ale (or a pilsner, for that matter), I'd grade it higher, but damned it if doesn't taste every bit like a pale ale, and the wimpy head and fizzy yellow color do not match.

S: Pretty basic. Bready malt (little bit of rye?) and citrusy hops.

T: Far exceeds the smell. Reminds me of Sumpin Sumpin and Mirror Pond. Surprisingly complex malt and hop profile given the unremarkable smell. As others have said, this needs to be relabeled a pale ale and changed to a Spring or Summer seasonal. Maybe add some wheat to the grain bill to for good measure.

M: Heavy on the carbonation, but makes it more refreshing, which again makes it a better candidate for a summer seasonal.

D: Almost perfect but there's a little bit of a dry tartness that will sit heavily on the palate after a while.

NB actually did a good job on pretty much every aspect of this beer except the labeling. Fire the guy who decided this was a golden ale and that it should be released in the fall.

Photo of RunForYourBeer
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear golden color with a nice fluffy head that sticks around. Little bubbles continuously come up.

S: Smells of some light citrus/piney hops.

T: Starts out with a sweet caramel/bready malt with a bit of toastiness then the hops from the smell come out.

M: Medium, much heavier than expected. Good amount of carbonation.

D: High.

I have to say I'm impressed with this. Of the New Belgium I've had this may be the best. Very good fall beer.

Photo of quaybr
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sits in the pint glass light and golden. A bubbly head.

Smells of clean floral hops.

Tastes hoppy for a golden ale, but it works for me. Light sweet malts come through before the bitters wash down. Some modest spices present themselves that go unnoticed in the nose. Pretty tasty.

Feels particularly light given the hop profile. Its seems balanced, however. Maybe a bit overcarbonated. Had this from the bottle a few weeks back and don't recall having the same feeling.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. I kind of wish this was New Belgium's summer seasonal instead of the fall.

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Initially skeptical of this one for some reason, possibly because their recent seasonals have been "crowd pleasers" in the worst way.

Best before Apr 2, 2010.

Served cold in a pint glass. It's very pale yellow in color with great clarity and white head. The head sticks around a good while leaving some very nice lacing on the glass. Otherwise a pretty average looking beer.

Aroma is sweet with light malts and mild hops. Nothing too exciting here but it's pleasant.

Flavor is still mild and not as hoppy as the name might suggest but it's good in the long run. Pale malts start the beer off sweet but it soon becomes surprisingly bitter. It's not a big 'west coast' type of hop bitterness. More british or pacific NW with an earthy/grassy character. Nice balance to it.

Mouthfeel is light in body and heavy in carbonation. I prefer the opposite but it's not too bad for this style.

Drinkability is very good. This could easily be a summer seasonal and I would greatly prefer it to their current Skinny Dip although, given the way it sells around here, I know it's not going away.

Overall a more impressive offering than I expected. A great session beer. I just don't know how it works as an autumn seasonal.

Photo of bum732
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Fresh, grassy hop aroma, some spicy resiny hoppiness. Light bready maltiness. Apricots as it warms.

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, white creamy head that dissipates to a dusting. Good lacing.

T: Sweet malt with a fresh hoppiness. Slightly spicy. There is an interesting sweetness of rye and perhaps oats near the middle. medium, slightly minty bitterness leads to a slight spicy, semi-dry finish. Very clean and refreshing.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

An interesting beer, refreshing and clean with some different flavors, but i think it worked overall.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

Pours a light gold very little good color to it with a light head that leaves a film over the top

Hops dominate the smell, very fragrent grassy hops that can be smelled from the moment you pop it open. Notes of some spices and sweet malt are also noteable.

Very much the same as the smell, the hops are completely dominate if you drink this right out of the fridge with citrus such as sour orange or grapefruit, but as you let it warm even just a little you can pull out alot more spices and malt. Also a fruity note in the finish

Its a little overcarbonated, kinda makes a fizzy feeling in your mouth and down your throat. Body is actually pretty thin.

Very easy to drink this one overall, for the hopheads this one will be right up your ally everyone else I say give it a shot and let it warm up a little before you judge it

Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a creamy eggshell head of different sized bubbles that lasts awhile and leaves fine lacing on the glass. The nose is fresh with piney hop and caramel malt. Nice mild hop forward flavors are balanced with toasty malt. The oats impart a smooth mouthfeel on this one. An easy drinker, I dig it.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a moderate, short-lived white head. Good clarity. Nose is mainly fruity hops with minimal malt. Immediately noticeable flavors are pale malts and light citrus hops. Finish is slightly bitter with some spicyness, presumably from the rye. A surprisingly sturdy mouthfeel to this beer also - crisp, not watery. Not often you can say that about an American Blonde Ale.

This beer had plenty going on for a self-described Golden Ale, with some APA-like characteristics. The most enjoyable example of this style I have had in awhile. Not sure a different name isn't in order, as this is more of a summer beer in my opinion. But it definitely exceeded my expectations.

Photo of Reidrover
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow ,clear, with a larrgish frothy white head. Nice fresh hop aromas from this one smells at least way above 40 IBUs! Flavour has a strong lemony hop combination..plenty citrus but not too bitter, slightly fruity, Malts underneath. Lot of peppery goodness in the end after taste. Also slightly salty adding to the drinkability. I liked the palate on this it is light but not really highly carbonated. Very drinkable , good Golden Ale.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Stable.

Poured a bright, clear golden-yellow with a thick and creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral and citrus hops along with with cracker and freshly- baked cookies.

Tastes of peach and light grapefruit upfront followed by sweet malts, cracker and yeast. Finishes quite smooth.

Lighter bodied, slightly dry, and moderately carbonated.

An enjoyable and solid Blonde ale from New Belgium.

Photo of womencantsail
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a light copper color with hints of gold and a nice big white head.

S: The nose offers plenty of toasted biscuit malts with a clean, light, floral hop aroma and a touch of grass. A hint of spice to the beer as well that I'm guessing is from the yeast.

T: A well balanced flavor with some good floral and earthy hops along with a touch of bitterness. The pale malts offer up some biscuit flavor and ties everything together.

M: The body is medium with a nice carbonation that leaves a crisp, dry, refreshing feel on the tongue.

D: New Belgium's beers are sort of hit or miss for me and blonde ales are not really my favorite, but this was quite enjoyable. I'd happily have this one again.

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.