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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

871 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | 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 lwillitz
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of thick, pure white head over a transparent golden body; moderate carbonation is visible; head leaves nice lace

S - smells like a flower shop; touch of citrus

T - sweet bready malt, floral hops, citrus, sweet honey; all the flavors seem to linger for a bittersweet aftertaste; complex and well-balanced

M - smooth medium body; medium/high carbonation

O - Hops are the main feature here, but the sweet malt puts up a fight. Hoptober is a good hoppy ale.

lwillitz, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of codfeast
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: malt and hops, (earth, popcorn, and citrus).

T: Starts out with the sweetness of the malt, followed quickly by some citrus and hops. then some back and forth between the two, final to the hops.

M: Nicely carbinated, prickly on the tounge, body slightly south of medium.

O: Very easy drinking and refreshing, like to battle between the sweet and the bitter. Something I would drink again.

codfeast, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of Minkybut
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.

Minkybut, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of abeerlovr
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. I do not get New Belgian beers in my area and a friend brought me a 6-pack of Fat Tire, replacing one of the Fat Tires with this beer...glad he did, wish I had more of these.

A: clear golden yellow color white a nice small white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrusy smell, picked up scents of grapefruit and orange.

T: hop forward beer, but not over done or as big as an IPA. Hint of something fruity there other than the citrus. Had an orange peel aftertaste.

M: well carbonated and light on the tongue with a bit of bitter aftertaste like orange pith.

Overall: surprise. I've only had Fat Tire and I guess used to a malty beer from NB, this was a very nice surprise. Easy drinker and would be an excellent introduction beer to a beginner craft beer drinker.

abeerlovr, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of slyke
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober pours a bright, clear golden color with a pillowy white head that laces nicely. The aroma has faint notes of grains and grasses, perhaps a touch of alcohol. The taste has those grain and grass notes in a much stronger (better, I think) way. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and clean with a crisp finish and pleasant aftertaste. Overall this beer is a good one - try one if you find it.

slyke, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw color that is clear as day, can see right through the glass - small head fades leaving some interesting lacing around my glass. The smell is somewhat sweet and very crisp, floral hops shine through. The taste is floral, earthy, faintly bitter, grainy with characteristics of a maize adjunct beer. Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with light carbonation. A crisp drinkable beer, I know it's called "HOPtober" but I wasn't actually expecting the hops to play through as much as they did. Nice session beer for me after a long night of studying.

Cheers!

antlerwrestler19, Oct 05, 2011
Photo of Strix
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow, good initial head, some lacing.

Floral notes atop a generally grainy nose.

Sweet, with floral and earthy hops, black pepper and mild citrus. Some Oktoberfest tendencies, though much milder.

Crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

This was easy drinking, with pleasant flavors. Nicely blended, would be a good session beer. Also one of the more flavorful blonde ales I've had.

Strix, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale gold color with a crystally head of clean white foam on top. Very nice lacing.

Lots of fruit and citrus to fill the nose. Some honey sweetness and grassy notes as well. Smells like an IPA.

Buttery, with honey sweetness up front. Floral hops then open up to offer some light citrus notes. More floral than citrus though. Getting a touch of noticeable alcohol at the back end. This is a really clean and refreshing taste going on.

Lighter bodied with lots of pillowy carbonation to fill the mouth. Finishes lightly sticky.

I am not a big NB fan, but this one is quite impressive. It is flavorful and refreshing, but not in your face at all. It's the perfect marriage of flavor and drinkability. Not at all what I expected from this style. Give this one a shot!

jera1350, Oct 04, 2011
Photo of claspada
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased and enjoyed during homecoming weekend in Virginia.

Pours a clear, dark yellow, almost light orage color with a tall, frothy, white head. Modest display of soapy lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with a slight bit of pale malts that let in aromatic hop scents of fine florals, juicy tropical citrus fruits and meager spice with just a little bit of earthy hops hiding in there as well.

The tastes begin with the same pale maltiness but a little heavier than I expected from the nose. The I get some light spicy, earthy rye and a relatively mild overall sweetness. Predominately citrus hops with a bit of additional floral and earthy hop spice to help balance and add to the overall flavor profile. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, lightly crisp and with a lingering taste of citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-plus carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp thanks to the higher carbonation and above average hop character.

Overall this was a very unique beer if you ask me. The golden maltiness was on the heavier side but the hops were also equally present and added a great balance of flavor. Would definitely be best enjoyed during the early fall months, as opposed to the colder/later ones, especially while it is still fresh.

claspada, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ba Review #71
Served On: 10/1/2011
Glassware: Pint

What better way to ring in the month of October than with an exclusive fall seasonal. This was a 22oz bomber I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD for around $3.99.

Look: A very light straw yellow color with a nice thick white 3 finger head. Carbonation bubbles were abundant but rose rather slowly. This was a nice looking blonde ale.

Smell: First was a pungent floral hop. Then a faint Belgian yeast note with some citrus. The beer had a nice crisp aroma that seemed like an IPA but had that light blonde ale quality and freshness.

Taste: The floral hops hit first – then that Belgian yeast with hints of clove and barnyard funk. The finish was rather dry with a faint citrus that lingered into the aftertaste.

This beer was a cross between an IPA and a Belgian Blonde or Saison. Not exactly what you would expect in a fall offering, but an interesting way to mesh a hoppy IPA characteristic with a blonde ale. This was very nice!

CraftBeerTastic, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pale golden with nice frothy white head.
Aroma- Very citrusy and piney
Taste- kind of blah... hop bitterness at end... not much else.
Mouthfeel- High carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel

Not my ideal fall beer... Would have liked them to made a hoppy brown ale..

hoppyweasel311, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

turns out hoptober isnt very octobery at all. the tap had autumnal colors and fall leaves all over it, i thought this beer would do much more justice to the season. poured a watery yellow into a pint glass, nice lacey head. aromas of hops are robust and somehow also seemingly delicate. mouthfeel is light, this beer doesnt have much of a body to speak of. taste is good, not as unique as other new belgium beers, but its a nice pint. i enjoyed it with a burrito, but i find it not too fall. might be better as a spring seasonal, light and growing kind of, like spring itself. it worked out well enough though, given that october 1st here in denver was sunnny and 80 degrees.

StonedTrippin, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Jadjunk
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+)

Jadjunk, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a New Belgium globe glass, the appearance is wonderful: frothy white head, beautiful apple cider golden hue with constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. As the beer goes down, the sticky white lacing clings to the glass beautifully. It smells like crisp sweet apples and bold golden wheat. The mouth-feel is light and carbonated, highly drinkable. You can taste sweet caramel apples and citrus hops here. At first you wonder if it really is an Autumn beer, but half-way through, you realize this beer is brilliant. It IS an Autumn beer, it's just presented in a different way. It's crisp, light, warm, brilliant. It's not an Oktoberfest, but it is meant for October. Highly recommended.

JuicesFlowing, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold with two fingers of white fluffy head and very good fine lacing. Aroma is bit of cracker. Taste is malty slightly sweet with a fair amount of bitter piney hops. Mouthfeel is decent with slightly high carbonation. The finish is medium dry and bitter. Alcohol was fairly prominent.

Spikester, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear pale orange beer with a lots of visible carbonation. Nice two finger snow-white head on top that leaves a holey blanket of lacing down the side of the glass after dissapating. The smell has a nice sharp piney hoppiness to it backed by a very pleasant malted barley aroma. Clean, balanced nose.

Up front there is a nice clean feel that tastes almost sweet, like there's a twinge of tangerine almost. Bold and bitter hops take over the back of the palate. Piney hops are the main feature, but they are almost matched with a nice smacking of caramel malts that come close to balancing this one. Certainly a hop-forward beer, but there is that balancing factor in the malt bill. Every now and then, a sip will just remind me of tangerine as well, adding a layer onto the complexity. The carbonation level is right on for the style at medium-high, but despite that, there is a wateriness to the feel that is just a smidge out of place. Otherwise, it finishes crisp and dry, fitting for a beer featuring the month of October in its name. Very good beer, and definitely worth the 3.99 price tag. I will almost certainly be picking this one up again.

chodinheaven, Sep 30, 2011
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.

Beer4Baltimore, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I was getting into a Marzen style beer, was suprised after the pour and the aroma, hopefully it's for the better

Appearance-BMC like body. Head is a 2 finger off white head with some big tight bubbles. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell-Some nice floral hops, really suprised me, then realized the beer was called Hoptober, makes sense to me now. Some malts and light wheat.

Taste-Upfront a lot of Hop bitterness that carrys over to a spicey, light maltness. Hops carry through to the finish with some light bitterness and some nice floral hops.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, light bodied. Finish is kind of dry.

Overall-More of the same from New Belgium, simple but good beers for a reasonable price, and thats what you're getting here.

SWMeyer4141, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of kylehay2004
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: single finger head, clear amber color with little lace

S: pale malt and some earthy hop notes.

T: excellent flavor and nice hops with a semi bitter finish. Grain notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A drinkable beer that is relatively simple.

kylehay2004, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice pleasant surprise this beer was. "Best Before December"

A - Nice, crisp golden beer poured into a Guiness perfect pint glass with solid activation throughout.

S - Hops, flowers and Apricots and Lemon rind.

T - Rating this beer to style...and as a Hop-head, this is arguably the best American "Blonde Ale" I've ever had. Extremely crisp and sessionable packed with a dry, yet juicy Apricot flavor. Light and hoppy at the same time. Not an overly complex beer here but just a nice delight to session. A nice light dry Apricot IPA I'd explain it as...Very pleased.

M - Crisp, light, juicy apricot, not much malt backing it up. A wee-bit more malt could be used to back this up some as could Ranger but that's getting picky. Loving the bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

O - This is my new favorite beer from NB. Better than Ranger IMHO. Recommended.

RBassSFHOPit2ME, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of JennyJam
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tap.

Pours medium thickness with a very wide, velvety head. A bit of the head remains throughout.

Amber-yellow-golden in color, clear with a bit of carbonation.

Smells of fresh hops, a bit floral, sweet malt scents.

Refreshing taste, hoppy with sweet malts and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall, well-balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth with a little carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not boring yet not extremely complex. Not a disappointment, I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

JennyJam, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of jjboesen
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I live in the Washington DC area; New Belgium has just begun distribution in this area. "Oh boy!," I thought. This one, the Hoptoberfest, was the first one tasted.

It pours a thick soapy head that makes a shimmery crown atop a vibrant body of light amber. Within, if you should care to observe, is an active school of carbonation bubbles.

The nose detects an intense nose of pine and apple. The palate, meanwhile, is distracted by an initial slap of malt that quickly dissipates into some sugary finish. Bizarre, but not unpleasant. Please note that Hoptober contains five types of hops and four types of malts; this makes for a complex recipe for a simple style of beer.

While it is named Hoptoberfest, I would brand it as a pleasant Summer quaff - not much else, though. A nice beer; not a great one.

jjboesen, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of jlindros
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with hints of lacing, over crystal clear pale golden color.

Nose has some nice light but plentiful hops, light floral noble hop style, bit of earthiness, slight hint of grassy and fruity hops, with hints of golden malts and toasty straw.

Taste is nice as well, starts with light golden malts, hint of toasty straw, juicy. Then come the hops with some light floral hops, a bit grassy and earthy, juicy fruit hops with hint of musty resin and slightest hint of citrus fruit. Finishes dry with more bitterness and some light musty hops with hints of citrus.

Mouth is med bodied, dry and slightly crisp, with good carb.

Overall pretty nice, a nice light end of summer / early fall style beer with nice hops, light on the malts but they're there, a nice American twist on a nice fall style beer, and I'm happy how they kept the hops from going overboard.

jlindros, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of danmouer
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The classification "American Blond Ale" is cometely off the mark. Nr is this New Belgium Brew an American-made Belgian Blond. What it is is a very very nice example of an American Pale Ale, and increasingly becoming one of my very favorite everyday brews.

Pours a medium gold color with just a touch of opalescent haze. An enthusiastic head rises and then quckly falls to a pretty, consistent wreath of foam.

As the name implies, the first real impression comes as a cloud od fresh hop aroma. I can't recognize the hops, but they have chsrscteristics of fine English and Amwrican varieties

All those hop aromas in most American ales would set me up for s double barrel blast of bitter upon tasting. Not so. There is, of course, a nice bitter hop spine, but just enough to balance the cookie-like sweetness of the malt. The hops reallyshow their stuff in the flavor and aroma, not in bitterness.

This beer is all about hops, but these are mostly late-addition hops: hops for flavor and aroma, just as they should be.

I'm a BJCP judge, and if I encountered thia beer in competition entred s qn American Blond, I'd tell the brer I really liked it, but hos score would suffer ror missing the style by a mile. If it were entered as an ESB, I'd send it to the Best of Show round!

I really wush this were not a seaonal. Hear me New Belgiam? Please make this a permanent entry in your repertoire.

danmouer, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of BurpingtonDC
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color with a big creamy head.

S - floral notes, a little hop, bread and sweet malt.

T - Taste is good for the style. Nothing special, just a decent, refreshing golden ale. Not overly complex though.

M -Crisp and refreshing on the tongue. Nice level of carbonation.

O - Overall it's a decent, drinkable golden ale. Good but not great, not memorable.

BurpingtonDC, Sep 23, 2011
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.