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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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883 Ratings

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 34
Gots: 37 | 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 Zundo
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance; light Clear golden (good color) white one finger frothy head with heavy lacing and the head stays for a decent period of time

Smell: Fairly citruity hops apple lemon orange with sweet malt

Taste: Spicy hops, hint of apple, grapefruit and sweet orange, light bitterness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pretty carbonated, medium body

Drinkability: a session beer that despite its hoppiness doesn't overwhelm the taste buds.

The taste definitely grows on you. You can taste more flavors as you drink.

Photo of Reidrover
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
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 zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best before 18 December 2011. Into the glass it goes.

Pours a medium golden color with an orange cast. Clear, with a one-finger white head that fades fast but leaves good lacing.

Smells awesome. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells, I will be happy. Smells more like a Belgian golden ale to me than a blonde, but what are style categorizations anyway? Has a sweet fruity richness, heavy on the stone-fruit. Lovely peach aromas, with some pleasant tropical notes. Topped off by light citrus hops. Pure, sweet, crisp, balanced, and delicious.

Taste is hoppier and less balanced than the smell. The peach and sweetness is still there, though it's more subdued. Hops are present mostly as a tingly bitterness. I find that light bitterness clashes with the rest of the flavor, though, so it comes off as two different beers banging heads with each other. Very dry, clean finish with only a little lingering bitterness.

Light body. Carbonation is evasive; sometimes it feels fizzy, at other times flat. Dries out quickly but leaves my mouth slick - a strange combination.

Another beer that starts strong but loses ground. The smells are simply fantastic - if I have another bottle, I may just let it sit and inhale the fumes rather than actually drinking it. The flavors don't blend well, leaving it unbalanced and hard to enjoy.

Photo of colts9016
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that is white and has some foamy head. The head is a light straw color. The beer has some effervescence. The body of the beer is clear.

Nose: A medium malt body with floral bouquet and a nice mild grapefruit aroma.

Taste: A nice medium malt body with a very good bouquet of flowers and a grapefruit aroma. There are some phenols on the background.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is slightly carbonated with some astringency. The body of the beer is medium light. This is actually a really good blonde ale. I am very surprised. I will enjoy the other Hoptober's from the brewery.

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

A: Bright, clear golden with a slight copper hue. Ok size white head with decent retention and very nice lacing.

S: Plentiful hops in the nose, mostly citrusy and grassy. Toasted malt in the backseat with a whiff of grainy sweetness.

T: Flavor is slightly more balanced than the nose, but there are still plenty of hops. I get citrus, grassy, floral, a bit of pine, and some peppery notes. The malt profile is equally complex. There is lots of biscuity crackerness (shocking for an NB...), some good wheat character that while noticeable doesn't get twangy, creamy oats with a restrained sweetness, and poking through all this is a grainy rye spicyness.

M: Creamy medium body with lushness from oats and accentuated by tight, firm, sparkly carbonation. Both smooth and crisp with a slightly drying finish.

D: Quenching enough for an (Indian) summer day, robust enough wash down tailgate food, and complex enough for sitting, sipping and thinking. It has a lot going on, yet it all works super well together for a refreshing and enjoyable brew.

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 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 dalix24
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.


Photo of kemoarps
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of n00tz
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Sparkling golden body with a thin head with tight frothy bubbles.

S - Grassy, piney and citrusy hops can all be detected - fairly wide variance in the "nosey" hop spectrum. Malts include pales, grains, and some creamy somethings... Smells pretty good!

T - What a delicious hoppy beer from New Belgium! The hops are noted immediately after a sweet grainy introduction. Everything I can smell I can taste (Grassy, piney, citrusy), even in as quick succession as it comes.

M - Creamy mouthfeel, like a light porter with less carb. Hops stick to the palate with the citrus most predominant .

D - GIMME MOAR. This is absolutely my favorite of New Belgium's offerings. I took care of a 6-er over the last two days because it was so good.

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

Pours a hazy straw color, with some light amber notes. Large white head, retains well.

Aroma is has moderate rye with peppery spice and citrus.

Wheat and rye notes are both evident in the flavor. Finishes dry, somewhat grainy with a mild to moderate hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with a moderate-to-high carbonation bite. Somewhat creamy. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing. An enjoyable brew certainly, but not sure it really fits in teh American Blonde category...seems more like a different take on an American Pale.

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

This is a classic case of something that is more than the sum of its parts.

It looks like a clear golden color - like apple juice or pee - with a thin white head. Not bad, but not great.

Aromas of mostly fresh grain and a mild fruit/diacetyl note I can't quite place - again, not bad, but not great.

What follows is nothing short of the most fresh and delightful simple top shelf training wheel craft beer I have ever tasted - forget Fat Tire and its legions of thoughtless enthusiastic craft beer philistines - this stuff is liquid gold in the mouth (as far as mild middle of the road craft beer goes).

A very soft and smooth medium body with some hop bitterness on the finish. The over all flavor goes nowhere fast, but is everywhere at once. I think it's just the freshness and the meticulous brewing regime of New Belgium that makes most of their beers stand out despite not being particularly noteworthy for aggresive flavors (excepting La Folie et. al. of course). In terms of pure craft, the man in the brewhouse is walking a razor thin line of craftmanship.

Don't get me wrong - I'm no New Belgium fanboy, I just know a solid, superlatively designed and executed beer when I taste one - regardless of how hoppy or roasty or barrel aged sour and funky it is or isn't.

It's one thing for Evil Knieval to land an impossible jump, but another thing for your neighborhood redneck to execute an endless and flawless wheelie.

The only downside is that even the best beers don't taste good when they aren't fresh. New Belgium is mainly successfull on their purity (and safety) of flavor and freshness.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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

12oz brown bottle

Hoptober Golden Ale was pale golden in color with good clarity. It had a thick white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was nice with plenty of malt and hops. The taste was more hops than malt, lightly bitter with a dry hoppy finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall this is a good beer that I will be buying more of.

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

Reviewing the New Belgium beers is something that will take me a long time. They are very expensive, but they are available at recent tastings, which is what I did and subsequently was not as hesitant to pay 9$ (on-sale) for a six-pack of Hoptober.
This was in true New Belgium fashion, dark, hearty, slightly bitter yet finishing smooth.
Aromas of spices and wheat, slightly yeasty, with a one inch head dissipated quickly leading to a creamy taste, with a wide variety of flavors, including rye, and I think oats.
A good finish with solid hop flavor making for a good measure of drinkability.
So far so good on the New Belgiums as far as I am concerned. A good solid brew.

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

Well, this golden ale certainly pours a semi-hazy gold in the tulip glass, nice white head and a layer of sheet lace around the rim.

Certainly not a blond ale as listed here on BA, close to a IPA (or maybe an APA) with all the hops swirling around in the aroma and taste. Bits of citrus, orange and even some toasted bread kick in for a pot puree of flavors. Only one drawback for me, a sturdy dose of floral - but I'll not knock off for a personal quirk. Crisp and clean finish, no hint of any alcohol for this 6% brew.

Another good beer from NB - they continue to crank out nice beers at an economical price.

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

Bottle from TheOtherDave. Poured cleaqr copper color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium earthy bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

Photo of skeeordye11
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly clear gold with a thick white head that clings well.
S: Great hop aromas. Citrus, spicy, piney, lots of different hop aromas in this one.
T: The hops get you up front with the citrus and pine followed by a good malt backbone for such a light colored beer and finishes with the spicy grassy hop flavors.
M: Fuller than expected from such a light colored beer. Very good.
D: Very drinkable beer. Could def sit down with a six pack and not feel too full. Very nice.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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 mikedrinksbeer2
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written up from notes: enjoyed on 9/25/11

poured a clear gold with a half finger white head, scent is unimpressive, similar to a golden ale with a minimal hop addition, doesn't strike my fancy. I like the flavor, but wanted a little more from the hops. There was some malty sweetness that balanced it out overall.

Photo of Hvymetalsniper
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 2/26/10. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready grainy malts and fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with citrus fruits leading to a medium fruity hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid NBB brew. Pretty hoppy for a golden ale. I really like the hop flavors and think this would rate as a solid well balanced pale ale.

Photo of bcm119
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with some small white lace.

Herbal hops mingle with bready malt sweetness in the aroma. Hops are fairly dominant, with clean bitterness and green, leafy flavors. Malt base is light, but bread-like and substantial. The malt flavors, while subtle, are most interesting. Almost lager-like in its clean mouthfeel and lack of esters, Hoptober is a nice blend of bright American hops and a German-esque malt profile. This beer hints at Oktoberfests, while keeping hop heads happy. I liked it much more than I expected, and it is certainly my favorite New Belgium brew to date.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober, my favorite time of the year!

Straw yellow body with a thin white foamy head. Not the most appealing looking beer, but acceptable for the style.

Aroma is slightly sweet and citrusy, with an underlying toasty malt base. Appealing, yet not overwhelming.

Taste is a much welcome change from the lackluster appearance, and aroma. Starts out with a great creamy mouthfeel. Followed by an interesting display of delicious biscuity malt, with pale fringes of burnt toastiness. Soon followed by a nice citrus hop note with flavors of - lemon, sappy pine, and a healthy dose of grapefruit. The finish is dominated by some great display of peppery semi-spicy flowery florals, fresh rosemary, thyme, and lemongrass. Finishes crisp, and assertive - florals lingering.

I really liked this one, it's one of the more unique beers I've had in a while. Just very refreshing. It's totally satisfying in all aspects you have your malts, hops, and just that overall beer craving - plus it's from the great folks at New Belgium. What else could you ask for?

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.