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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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878 Ratings

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

A: Lightly clouded gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention. Decanted continually. Laced in thick rings.

S: Grapefruit, citrus up front. Sweet malt in the background with some orange.

T: Flavoring hops and malt prominant with plenty of grapefruit and citrus hops. Sharply bitter in the finish for balance.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation. Good malt and hop flavoring balanced with bitter.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth and nicely balanced. Moderate ABV makes it very sessionable.

Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 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 seanbhudson
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with best before date of 4/9/10. Pours a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a medium white head. Nice lacing.
Light citrusy hops.
Biscuity malt, citrus and grass. A bit of spiciness comes out as beer warms.
Light-medium body. Moderate carbonation.
Very easy drinking beer. Enough hops to make it interesting but overall a pretty simple beer.

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 Zundo
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Hvymetalsniper
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 SickGnar
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 40 IBUs, Serve at 45 degrees F, 6% ABV, Best before 12FEB10.

A - Totally clear golden yellow with a rocky white head. A solid two-finger construction with good retention and superb lacing on the glass. Totally blanketing any area of the glass possible.

S - Plenty of American hops burst fourth in the nose. A lot of grapefruit citrus punch with a bit of resiny, sappy, pine needle. The hops are balanced well by a sweet malt backbone, but still take the lead.

T - It's a nicely balanced beer that, while maintaining the American hop presence up front, allows for a good malty structure underneath. The hops are still citrusy grapefruit with the pine resin but not as potent as the aroma would lead you to believe. The malty backbone has a complexity to it with a sweet touch and holds it all together.

M - Well-carbonated but smooth, this medium-bodied golden ale goes down nicely . It's a bit slick and oily on the tongue too.

D - A good early fall beer, it's crisp and refreshing qualities blended with it's medium-body and bouquet of hops makes it a drinking winner! A fantastic beer to cool off with after a brisk afternoon of raking leaves.

Photo of bcm119
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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?

Photo of Riccymon
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice, hazy orange color. With "golden ale" on the label, I wasn't expecting bold flavors, but the smell is pretty dominantly of floral hops. The blend of hops, which produces a solid grapefruit note, is even more upfront in the taste. Medium in body, with a crisp finish, I found Hoptober pretty light and refreshing. Not what I expected from a beer labeled as a golden ale or from an autumn release, but I enjoyed it.

Photo of Cresant
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by 29 JAN 12. The body was light gold and had a white head that left a fine film. The appearance did not hint at the rich flavors!

The smell was crisp, sweet, and spicy. Plums? Celery?

The taste was richer that the appearance would have you anticipate. Crisp hops and deep malts. Spicy too. The tastes reflect the aromas well. Easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body with a prickly, fine carbonation. I couldn't resist the name but this one is surprisingly good.

Photo of bunnyhustle
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass. Almost yellow in color with creamy white head, great retention and lacing. Smell is great with some citrusy hops, pineapple, and sweet malt. Taste is about the same. A sweeter malt taste at first then a definite citrus kick, really has a pineapple taste i swear with a little orange. Hops are definitely there as well and add a nice balance to the initial sweetness. Mouthfeel was light and slightly oily thanks to the hops, very smooth though. Overall a great beer and quite honestly perhaps my favorite from New Belgium yet.

Photo of dfillius
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass
A: Aggressive pour yields 4/5 finger of white head with great retention. Crystal clear golden liquid.
S: Hop forward with dank citrus hop hints - bright lemon. Slight malt resides below. Very nice, but not very pronounced aroma
T: Smell represented it well. Bright citrus hop begins and finishes with some bready malt between. Coriander? Like a hoppy wit beer almost. Tasty and different.
M: Some spicy prickles, like the numbing effect of clove almost. A bit thin. Dry. Very bright.
D: Good. I might order another. I won't buy it again this year, but maybe next year.

Photo of Beer4Baltimore
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes, another New Belgium pickup on the East coast.
A - bright amber and crystal clear with just the slightest bit of a fizzy head.
S - hops are very present in nice quantities. Malts and a little yeastiness are detectable as well.
T - An easy hoppiness that flows in tune with the mild malty background. Mild enjoyable aftertaste that fades a little too quickly.
M - high, crisp carbonation and light body with a pleasant lingering feel.
D - easily drinkable and probably enjoyable with many foods.
This one is quite nice for the price.
I've had this more than once and it goes well with steamed crabs. Welcome to Maryland.

Photo of jgreenearrow
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a translucent light tan color with golden hues around the edges of the glass. A fluffy white head appeared at the top of the pour with lacing present on the sides of the glass.

S: Citrus and honey combine with malts and some earthiness in the nose. Some biscuit and light pine notes are present as well.

T: Sweet malts and some citrus flavors hit the tongue at the outset of the sip. The flavor transitions through sweetness of honey to earthiness of malt and slight smoke in the middle. The honey follows into the end of the sip with a slightly dry, bitter finish.

M: This is a pretty light bodied beer with good prickly carbonation on the tongue and in the throat.

Overall, this is a good beer. It's an interesting Fall seasonal in that it is pretty light in color and light in body. However the balanced flavors provide a refreshing beer that is perfect for the warmth of late Summer and early Fall days.

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