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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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496 Reviews

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Reviews: 496
Hads: 949
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 48
Gots: 64 | 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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Reviews: 496 | Hads: 949
Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden, strong carbonation creates a nice foam; pretty good lacing

S: There is a wonderful sweety maltiness in the first smell but also a citrus (orange?) that comes from a hoppiness that sits nicely on top of the maltiness.

T: The balance is not as good in the taste as it is in the smell. I do taste a subtle spice flavor that adds some complexity.

M: Not as carbonated as it looks; it actually dissipates a bit too quickly as it goes down.

D: This is another solid and drinkable beer from New Belgium. This isn't quite a session beer and perhaps is too hoppy for what I want in the Fall, but this is a good beer that goes down quite well.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.36/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a large mug at Old Chicago, Roseville, MN.

A-Pale white head, 1.5 cm off the pour, retained pretty decent as a consistent layer. Golden-amber brew, a bit darker than typical blode ales, crystal clear.

S-Herbal hoppiness, slightly grainy.

T-Lots of herbal hoppiness, along with a spicy/floral character, pair with malty semi-sweetness which tastes remniscent of a fest lager, slightly biscuity. Assertive bitterness, slightly herbal, tips the scale twoard the hoppy/bitter category. Finisher herbal, semi-dry.

M-Moderate body. Appropriately moderate carbonation. Lip-puckeringly bitter.

D-Deterred slighly by a balance too much towards the bitterness, which defied my expectations and hindered its drinkability compared to typical Oktoberfest brews. Still, I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden colored...minimal head

S-Big juicy citrus aroma...oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, etc..the longer I smell this the more the other layers become evident...it also has a sweeter, sugar note as well as a spicy rye dimension .

T-Juicy citrus flavor as well....the rye malt is clearly evident and I love the citrus hop/rye malt mix...

M-Light side of medium bodied...smooth but not creamy..they used oats and it must have added a little to the body but it is not super creamy..finishes with a little citrus tanginess.

D-Nice creative golden ale that is a joy to drink. Only 40 IBU but it smells and tastes very hop forward.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Stable in St. Louis.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a white, one-finger head of soapy foam. It left a little soapy lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma floral and citrus notes with a hint of sugar cookie. Really unique and really good.

T - It had a sweet caramel backbone (like most blonde ales) but it had a hop presence that was befitting its name. Good bitter citrus hops were delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Simply put, this is the best "American Blonde Ale" that I've ever had. A great hop presence with a sweet caramel taste that all blonde ales have.

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Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Ale. Anyways, nose is nice and hoppy with citrus flavors coming through. There's mostly hops in the flavor, though its not pale ale like. It's very refreshing. Malt is very light, but plays a role in complimenting the citrus hoppiness with sweetness. A good unfilling beer if you've got a hop craving.

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Photo of wknight167
2.91/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of head. Slight lacing.

Nose- Straight hops. Citrus and Pine.

Palate- Again, straight hops. More pine than citrus. Very dry with no evident malt profile. definitely off balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- average

Overall- The name lead me to think it was going to be a oktoberfest one off. It is not. Neither do I think this fits an American Blonde.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pale golden, clear body under a good sized white head. Good lace and retention. A really fine looking beer.

S: Pretty good hop character, pine like mostly with a hint of grapefruit. Sweet malt tones there as well. Very clean aroma.

T: Again, good hop character. More grapefruit this time, but still leaning towards pine. Mild bitterness. Malt character not as pronounced as aroma and where it shows up, it seems to be a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, relatively smooth, a bit prickly at times and slightly slick. Drinkability is good. Overall, a solid, surprising beer.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear straw hue with a thin and sticky pearl white head.

Lots of grapefruit and pineapple in the aroma, with only a little bit of soft bread in the background.

The hops have a strong bite to them, along with plenty of flavor. The malts sit in the background, with the slightest toastiness to them. Relatively full bodied, with a lot of carbonation.

This is sort of like the barley malt of a very hoppy wheat beer. This is the hoppiest American Blonde I've tasted, and it's one of those beers where you can really only taste the hops. If you're into that then this is perfect. A departure from you're typical Blonde Ale, and an enjoyable one. This could probably also be classified as an American Pale Ale, but whatever it is, recommended.

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Photo of clickpush
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: hefty pour leaves 3 finger white head over clear grainy colored body. Big lazy bubbles. Sticky lacing and a slow descending cap that wants to hang out all night.

Nose: Citrus hops all the way. Grapefruits galore. Grassy or, more appropriately, lemon grass(y). Not much else. I mean, smells refreshing & very much like a session beer, but not so complex.

Mouth: Dominated by hops, all the way. Very piney now that it's in the mouth. I mean, I don't get it. I was excited by the label because the October part of it makes me think malts, and of course the hops part hops. But there is absolutely no balance. I'm looking for an over-hopped German style beer. Now I just get an over-hopped seltzer. Not so much going on here. Not my favorite New Belgium beer. Mouth feel is somewhat flabby.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this while picking up supplies for the fondue my fiancée and I are making tonight.

Appearance - Shimmers through the glass with a light golden. A have about two fingers of thick head that is lasting for quite some time in my glass. There also is sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - I can smell hops, but not in the traditional sense (not sure how to explain it). A bit earthy tone (flowers, grass, etc), some sweetness, and malts.

Taste - I can immediately taste the maltiness/grain which is quickly followed by floral/citrus notes ending with an overall crisp finish of light hop flavor. I honestly am really liking this beer and how it tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good carbonation, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is quite decent for this brew. Any thicker and I think it would hinder it.

Drinkability - Quite so. I can't wait to have a couple of these on a sunny, cooler Autumn day. I am extremely glad I picked this up today. I was about to put it back (seeing as I have way to much other stuff I need to finish off at home) but threw caution to the wind. I will probably have a couple with fondue tonight after trying my Oro De Calabaza!

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Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best by feb 26 2010

pours bright clear golden with a 2 finger head that cakes the glass with lacing

smell floral centennial hops along with some wheat - very nice nose which i would have rated higher but i picked up on that NB must that i get in most of their beers

taste - yep thats the stuff - hands down the best american blonde ale i have ever had - quick citrus then pine hops that lead into those floral hops right along the nice blend of rye and wheat

mouthfeel is a medium body - lots of hop resin - good carbonation creamy finish

drinkability is great i only wish this was not just a seasonal release

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Photo of jocosa
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date is Feb 26, 2010. Poured from a bottle into a DFH Signature Glass. Thin, but bright head, fairly tight, fades into almost nothing quickly. Minimal lacing. Nice clear golden color.

Bottle states 40 IBU, and lists 4 hops: Centennial, Cascade, Sterling and Glacier. These typically range in alpha index from between 5 and 12%, NB did a fine job of mixing these four to get a hop level that's more aroma than bittering, and while that's accented a very drinkable brew, it may turn away non-hop fans before they give this beer a chance.

Great citrus-piney aroma hits you hard first, not severe hops, but a good amount of hop smell, which later blends with the taste: grassy, malty, always with a touch of grapefruit and pine.

Medium carbonation leads to a fair level of drinkability, I think it would pair nicely with steak, or pasta. Bought a six-pack and will probably reinvest in this. Definitely a star in the NB lineup.

For those who don't really like a lot of hops, at least give this one a chance through roughly a third of a bottle or glass and then make a decision. Can't wait to have this one on tap.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells great - tropical and citrus hop aromas with very light amounts of pale malt.

Tastes good, although it's not as good as it tastes. Light citrus hop flavors up front segue into a lightly bitter ending. Pale malt flavors lurk in the background. Neither the malt or hop flavors are as intense as the smell lets on.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer smells great but the taste doesn't follow through as much as I'd hoped. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of Fnord
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Gold colored, with slow-moving effervescence and a thin white head.

Smell - Grass, lemon, grapefruit, a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste - Pretty similar to the taste, except with a bit more malt evident. The hops lend a sharp finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Notes - An interesting, hopped up take on a blonde ale. In retrospect, I'm surprised this hasn't been done before. It seems like a warm weather beer to me, but here in Texas October can still be fairly hot, so it's all good.

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Photo of skeeordye11
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very nice looking golden/amber looking beer with a very thick white head that sticks around for quite a while.
S- smells very floral, with a little citrus, particularly grapefruit integrated in. a little bit of cookie smell hidden in the background, but the scent is definitely hop oriented.
t- very tasty. starts citrusy, moves to a little bit of a bitterness and finishes with some floral and bready flavors.
m- I like my beers to have some presence to them, and this one does, but it was a little overagressive. the carbonation left a little bit of piercing feeling on the pallate. mouthfeel was slightly above average for me.
d- overall a very good beer. one of new belgium's better beers. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will likely enjoy it again soon.

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Photo of Petrislav
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 12oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass.

This beer had an awesome head, could almost rest a coin on it! The lacing completely covered the glass on one side. Wonderful light brown/amber color.

I pick up hops, citrus peel and a floral note in the smell.

The first sip will hit you with a mouth full of hops, and it's quick to finish bitter then sweet.

I could drink a ton of these

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Photo of cokes
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright brass under a tight-cropped carpet of white cream, pockmarked with large bubbles.
The crisp, crackery pale maltiness is scented below a varied layer of hops. Equal parts flowery, citric, and evergreen. The seem well meshed and cohere into a vibrant and unified hop aroma.
Down the hatch, the dry maltiness arrives first. Toasted egg bagels and oyster crackers. Slowly, the other grains reveal themselves. Wheat first, with a suave sub-sweetness. Rye with a tickly spicy note. Then finally (and maybe most evidently) the oats with their whipped sense of cream. Hops hit immediately, again, multidimensional, with intermeshed citrus, flowers, and pine, and a concluding and lingering, peppery, grassy bit.
The oats are the ringer for me, and they add they inimitatable glossy beefy slickness in the feel. Yet this still drinks with abandon with its sparkling carbonation. This shows a fantastic amount of complexity on its smallish frame, as each of its components takes its turn in the spotlight. It's sometimes difficult to slow the gulps down in order to savor and parse it.

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Photo of nocheinsbitte
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this from a 12 oz bottle, first time having this bier.
A: pours a nice golden yellow, almost shiney. A nice, thick head that hangs around for a good long time. Nice lacing. A good looking bier.
S: a nice hoppy aroma, mild sweetness, a little orange is detected.
T: A good hoppy flavor that is a little dry at the end, typical of a heavy-hop bier. A nice combo of tart-sweetness. Able to taste the alcohol, but is minimal. An enjoyable taste.
M: medium to full bodied.
D: easy going down and enjoyable, could have many of these without complaint.

Overall, a very solid bier that does not disappoint on any level. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few of these. Prosit!

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Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with one finger of light white head.

Scent of sweet and lightly bitter hops, caramel, grass, flowers and some malts. Nice hop presence and balance.

Taste of pale malts, grain, and faint hops. Another solid offering from New Belgium.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth with good carbonation.

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Photo of ChopperSmith
3.42/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden and decent white head that didn't retain long, but had nice lacing.

Smell: Crisp pine hops scents and light malts behind it. Nice.

Taste: As it smells, bright and crisp grapefruit and pine hops up front, sweet malts a little more subtle on the finish.

Mouth Feel: Medium body and lighter carbonation Crisp hops bite on the tongue.

Drinkability: A respectable hoppy blonde ale. I've had better and I've had worse. All in all a decent seasonal offering.

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Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Harris Teeter in Apex, NC. Best by date is Feb 5 2010.

A light yellow color with great clarity and a foamy white head. The aroma is a mix of floral, grassy hops and toasted malt with a touch of yeast. The flavor is somewhat dry and citrusy with a moderate bitterness throughout. It's very clean and crisp. The consistency is on the thin side and the moderate carbonation is full of very tiny but potent bubbles. There's some lacing as the glass empties.

This is a very refreshing beer that's incredibly easy to drink. I could only find this as a six pack and I'm certainly looking forward to the remaining bottles.

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Photo of Goliath
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/pale amber color with a half inch foamy bright white head. There is poor head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is decent. A nice bit of citrus hits you up front with some big hop notes and a touch of sappy pine.

The taste is ok. There is a decent hop presence giving a nice citrus and pine combo with a very light hop bitterness. I enjoy the variety of malts present in the beer as well. Unfortunately I think the rye overpowers the rest. I still enjoy it though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and crisp bubble.

Drinkability is moderate. The ABV is relatively low and well incorporated making for a nearly sessionable beer. The flavor profile is fairly interesting and pleasing as well which brings me back to the glass every now and again. Overall not a bad beer.

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Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of Jan. 29 2010. Poured into NB goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden straw color. Even with an aggressive pour, less than 1/4 inch of white head appeared and had poor retention but left attractive lacing.

A very pleasant and pleasing grain aroma greets the nose, then is followed by an interesting hop scent. The flavors were very tasty, a pleasing mix of the malt and hop.

The body was typical for the style, but still crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, You want to, and could have, a bunch of these in a row and remain pleased throughout. This will be a great beer for tailgates and fall parties in the backyard.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that I don't have high expectations for. I'm sure this beer will be near you soon, I think you'll be as happy with it as I am.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 496 ratings.