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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

858 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 858
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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skeeordye11

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2009 23:36:41 | More by skeeordye11
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Zundo

Kansas

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:11:37 | More by Zundo
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Beaver13

Colorado

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 05:17:58 | More by Beaver13
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SickGnar

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 05:07:28 | More by SickGnar
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 02:10:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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bcm119

California

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 22:32:49 | More by bcm119
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HoustonTX

Texas

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?

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 02:09:20 | More by HoustonTX
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Riccymon

Texas

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 03:59:51 | More by Riccymon
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Cresant

Kentucky

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 14:21:00 | More by Cresant
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bunnyhustle

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 02:40:53 | More by bunnyhustle
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dfillius

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 01:06:19 | More by dfillius
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:45:05 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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jgreenearrow

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 02:28:48 | More by jgreenearrow
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dedrinker

Kansas

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 02:35:51 | More by dedrinker
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ncsutton

Minnesota

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

Serving Type - Bottle

A - A nice light golden, small head that faded fast, some lacing but also goes away fast

S - Strong pleasant citrus aroma with a nice hoppyness to it

T - A nice balance of hops and malts, neither one is overpowering, the hops are more noticeable but are not too bitter, a light citrus taste to it as well

M - Heavy carbonation that lead to a medium mouthfeel

O - I enjoyed this beer although I was expecting something more hoppy based on its name, its a great seasonal and is different then the other fall varieties which makes it stand alone in my opinion

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2011 23:45:25 | More by ncsutton
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

#125. As an introductory look into those early fall beers, I felt this would have been perfectly fitting for the first of the month. This is my first New Belgium beer in a long time but I have been eagerly anticipating this one as the kickoff for my personal oktoberfest and pumpkin ale marathon this fall. Okay, so this beer isn't either of those, but the title does allude to October, so this has to be when they expect me to drink it. Best by date is November 20, 2011.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a beer clean pint glass (Fat Tire Amber Ale, close enough!) at room temperature. Served at about 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 1.5 finger thick frothy head of a slightly off-white cream tint color. Retention is pretty nice and good sticky lacing on the sides round out to an impressive head for this beer. The color of this beer is a cross between a pale honey gold and a pure yellow. Beer is somewhat filtered but there's still a slight haze to the beer. There's some small relaxed carbonation bubbles visible to the eye. An appealing appearance. 4

(Smell) Some particularly calm hop aroma is the first thing that I detect in the smell, boasting mostly fruity tones like hints of citrus and lemon zest, but a substantial malt base is in here too. It's mostly medium tones like barley but a possibility of a touch of lighter wheat could be sensed here too. Rye is harder to find. The balance of what is here is not bad but the aroma seems to be missing a "low" character like some darker or more earthy malt aromas. Perhaps turning up the rye might help this beer reach that sort of potential. Potency is nice but could be turned up a notch. There's some improvement to be made in the aroma. 3

(Taste) The first wave of flavor is a medium hoppy bitterness with a mild malty backbone, which then calms to a sweet pure barley malt midsection complete with fruity tones before drifting to a lemongrass and citrus-tinged calm hoppy finish. The taste is great, it's excited and serene in all the right places and the finish just seems to drift on forever instead of coming to an abrupt halt with an everlasting mild piney hop essence. This is a much more exciting beer than most of the other blonde ales that I have had in the past and certainly is the case for golden ales too. It does quite well. 4.5

(Mouthfeel) A perky crisp greeting that tones to a relaxed smoothness in the middle of the brew. Both the first and middle part of the mouthfeel do very well for their respective sections. There's a lightly dry finish. I'm not sure if the dry finish pairs quite as nicely with the final part of the beer, it might be a tone too much. Alcohol is well concealed, aside from the occasional tingle that peeks through in the mouthfeel. The body is certainly swinging closer to the light end of the scale. Largely the mouthfeel does quite well for the taste of the beer. 3.5

(Overall) A pretty awesome seasonal and certainly nothing like I expected, especially as nonchalant as I am about both Blonde Ales and Golden Ales, this one hit the mark quite well and brought some excitement to the table. With some fine tuning to the aroma and mouthfeel, this would be one stellar brew and worthy of several more in a single fall season. Certainly worth at least a single now, so get it before it's gone! 4

New Belgium Brewing's
Hoptober Golden Ale
3.98 (B+)

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 03:48:10 | More by Jadjunk
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younger35

Minnesota

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

Picked up a sixer of this at a local liquor store for about $9. I need to drink some regular 12oz brews for home brewing and this looked good. Drank from my Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a light orange yellow with excellent clarity and a small creamy half finger bright white head. A small spotty cap is left with minimal lacing and thin collar.
Smell- Fresh and fruity with a bit of spice atop a soft malty base. Somewhat floral with some light fresh fruits consisting of a touch of grapefruit and a dollop of green apple. Maybe even a bit of pine hiding amongst the hoppy goodness. A lightly biscuity malt adds just a bit of malt to the nose as well.
Taste- Starts with a light bit of spicy rye and some soft bready malt. The hops are nice and fruity at times but nothing crazy. A bit of lemon zest works its way in as does some lightly juicy grapefruit. The rye kind of lingers as does the malt in the finish.
Mouthfeel- Stern medium body with a bit of light carbonation and a nice creaminess.
Drinkability- This is a nice easy drinking brew that I really enjoyed. The rye is in perfect balance with the rest of the beer and adds that little something extra. A nice brew that I'm glad I decided to try.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 21:56:21 | More by younger35
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livewire05

Georgia

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-06-2012 04:06:05 | More by livewire05
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spd3350

Texas

4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-22-2011 16:46:10 | More by spd3350
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Keemohoppy

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-05-2011 17:07:42 | More by Keemohoppy
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TimMack

California

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-02-2012 08:25:09 | More by TimMack
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RDW

Nebraska

4/5  rDev +5.3%

03-03-2012 20:37:14 | More by RDW
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heather625

Oregon

4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-19-2012 03:58:58 | More by heather625
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TLieu


4/5  rDev +5.3%

12-05-2012 10:18:45 | More by TLieu
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mtparty37

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-25-2012 19:40:04 | More by mtparty37
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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