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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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858 Ratings

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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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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, Fall. My favorite seasonal ale time of year.

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Like so many IPA-type beers, this brew poured out a deep golden color with a very small head. Small head formed and quickly disappeared. Very small carbonation bubbles, but few bubbles visible.

-Smell 3.0: Standard smell for a beer. I do detect a little more hops than I normally smell in the typical micro-brew ale, but that's about it.

-Taste 4.5: The hoppiness of this beer is really interesting. I taste the familiar (and well loved) alkaline flavor when the beer first enters my mouth, but then it becomes a different taste (but still very hoppy) when I swallow. Finally, there is a distinct hop aftertaste once I swallow. Delicious and thirst quenching.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: The label claims that this beer has a "creamy mouth feel," but I didn't think it was that creamy. Just an average mouth feel, but a good, session-beer level of carbonation present.

-Overall 4.0: Very good beer bordering on excellent. The taste is what sets this particular brew apart for me, but I found the other components to be only standard. I could see that 6% ABV creeping up on the casual drinker, so be aware. Could be a great session beer.

Six packs on sale for $7.99 at Targets in Atlanta.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 19:45:16 | More by BeerDocT
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3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: As the name suggests, this beer pours a pretty golden/orange color with a nice lingering head and some pretty nice lacing. The beer is pretty clear but a little hazy.

S: The beer smells slightly floral and hoppy, once again as the name suggests. Since this beer is pretty damn cold that is about all I am picking up.

T: The taste is really more delicate than I expected. The taste is hops throughout the whole of it with grass, hay, and other earthy leafy flavors mixed in throughout. There isn't near as much flavor as I was expecting.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is very silky and creamy. It feels great and very unique on the palate.

O: This is a solid ale. Very easy drinking and very simple to handle. this is not nearly as flavorful as I had expected but a good ale nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 20:42:22 | More by jifigz
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught poured into a shaker pint glass. There’s about a finger’s worth of head that takes its time to die down. Nice mellow aroma with some piney notes. Pours golden and clear. Is this a fall quaffer or a seasonal sipper? Light body, pleasing balance but dialed down to light music levels. There’s a maltiness to this that’s neither chewy nor overpowering. An enjoyable beer for falling leaves and cooler weather.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 18:01:38 | More by elNopalero
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3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a crystal clear golden body. Thick one finger head with good retention and lacing.

S- Citrus and earthy hop notes evenly balanced with a malty sweetness. There is a certain grain or bread-like aroma that is very appealing. Very complex aroma.

T-Bread-like malts up front, with a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Mild citrus and pine-like hops dominate the backbone, leaving the tiniest hint of pleasant lingering bitterness. The finish is sweet and smooth.

M-Very full and surprisingly creamy. This is most likely due to the addition of oats to the grain bill.

D- Sits very light. Definitely an all day drinker.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 05:08:34 | More by Jishguy
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours clear light amber with 1/3 inch of fizzy, brilliant white head. Leaves partial rings of sticky lacing.

S-Earthy, marijuana-esque hoppiness, light grainy malt sweetness. Very simple and appealing.

T/M-Really refreshing and light. The earthy hops from the nose are much more subtle in the flavor profile, which is pretty much in line with your standard American blonde (kolsch) style ale. The mouthfeel is soft and light, with dry, earthy hops on the back end and moderate/low carbonation.

O-This was designed to be a simple, easy drinking light beer and it works on that level. I would prefer a more assertive hop profile, but other than that, no complaints. I could see working through a 6 pack on a hot day, maybe while manning the barbecue.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 04:44:13 | More by DaveHS
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A) Golden in color as implied. There was 1 inch of light fluffy looking head. The head dissolved into a nice little cap. There was very nice lacing.

S) Mild malt character, predominantly hops powered, citrus and pineapple aroma is quite nice.

T) Nice balance of malt and hops is demonstrated with this brew. There is some sweetness upfront, followed by citrus tones and a slightly bitter finish.

M) A medium body, somewhat creamy on the palate, well carbonated, nice finish.

O) Purchased in error by a family member thinking it was an Oktoberfest, but what a pleasant surprise. This is a really good beer. I would certainly recommend this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:07:49 | More by RoamingGnome
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3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Very light amber with honey gold highlights. Has a finger of fine white head that fades somewhat quickly. Thick sheets of foamy lacing stick to the glass.

S - Assertive citrus and grassy hop aroma is immediately noticeable. Mild toasty grains are detectable as well. Very much like a milder version of an APA.

T - A thin sweetness is present up front--sort of like watered down honey and it is quickly followed by spicy hop flavor in the middle. It compliments the dry breadiness from the rye they use in this beer quite nicely. Smooth and creamy through the finish with some fruity wheat character and a medium-strength bitterness from the hops.

M - Surprising medium-to-full body (no doubt bolstered by the flaked oats they use in this recipe). Carbonation is a little strong but not overpowering. Very drinkable beer and great for the cool autumn weather. I actually had my first taste of this at a bonfire--coincidental considering the label design.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 02:31:29 | More by rundocrun
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober pours a golden tone of amber. Almost light orange-butternut squash. Great October tone Beautiful thick head, medium high carbonation.
Smells of Cascade, pepper, Centenial, lemon, orange,malt, hint of toasted grain/ fruit that create a beautiful nose of an fall brew. The peppery spice at the finish really sets of the whole nose.
Flavor is a noticeable step above most standard NB offerings. Spiced grains, floral hops, maple, toasted bread, tangerines, squash, peppep,coriander seed, bit of clove honey and orange round out the finish, spiked with a hop profile that is assertive and extremely well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium. Malt is kept in check by the spice/hops. Carbonation could be a touch higher but is very good the way that it is.
Excellent beer, excellent fall beer. Great overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 18:23:32 | More by czfreeman
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfectly transparent golden ale with billowing pillows of foam and multiple tracings of lacings left behind as the foam recedes. There is some graininess and grassiness to its aroma, which leans towards the citrusy hops of Sierra Nevada. There is a bit of carbonation bite to its taste, but beyond that, there is soft subtle malt sweetness. Perhaps the word soft comes to mind because the texture of this beer, especially the initial foamy layers, reminds me of nothing less than soft lips of a sensual kiss. In this sense, this may be the sexiest beer I know. The beer is worth experiencing for that reason alone. A blonde? Maybe more like a pale ale, but I'm sure some will think of blondes when they spend time sipping this delightful ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 18:13:13 | More by pweis909
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Nice Golden color, great looking 2 fingers worth of nice fluffy white head. Head settles to a nice layer and ring. Wonderful lacing... Little to no bubbles.

S: First thing I smell is very floral hops with a touch of caramel like malt, with a little saltine cracker smell mixed in.. Smells pretty balanced.... But I love the smell of the hops here.. little more hops than most ABA I've had.

T: The hops are right up front, much like the smell.. nice floral hops with a hint of citrus, the mid palette has a nice balance of malt.. Touches of caramel, toffee and a little biscuit.. Finish is clean with very little hop bitterness. A well rounded and balance brew.

M: Med bodied, carbonation is mild, leaves a little oily coating on my tongue... Strangely feeling a little heat from the ABV. Very nice feel over all.

O: Very nice beer from New Belgium Brewing... Good mix of hops and malt... good balance, good flavors and feel.. Cannot ask for much more... I was really impressed with this one, but I should not be surprised.. They make some great beers. The ABV was pretty good so 1 or 2 Bombers could be thrown down. Worth looking for...

Hey New Belgium Brewing welcome to VA.... What took you so long..

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 04:12:39 | More by mralphabet
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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a two-finger head into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Nice citrus and earth notes.

Medium-bodied and quite smooth, this is a citrusy and earthy ale and warms up a bit in the middle. The addition of oats adds a nice silky touch to the mouthfeel. Bready but balanced.

A really nice early fall drink to help wash down a good spicy spaghetti dinner. I could see this also working well with grilled seafood.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 22:09:44 | More by Zraly
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Decent head and lacing.

S: Light and lemony. Nice citrus and floral aroma.

T: Same as smell. Really nice citrus flavor. For a "blonde ale" this is surprisingly hoppy. I like it.

M: Light and crisp. Very refreshing. Good carbonation. Would be easy to drink on a hot day.

O: Excellent blonde ale. I will try to pick up a few six packs

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 06:36:29 | More by avaldivia
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2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was mostly golden. About ¾ inches of head. Nice lacing. Film stayed on the glass throughout.

Full of flavorful smells. Citrus hops with orange coming through. Some light wheat in there as well.

Not as good as the nose. Citrus still is the main taste and still seems to be orange. Kind of a flower feel in there, too. A very slight bitter finish. EDIT: Next time I tried it (three hours later), butter was dominant. To the point I had to drop the ratings. Pretty gross.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Still that slight abrupt bitter finish.

I had big expectations for this after the smell, but it disappointed me a bit. I’d probably give it the old college try again, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:42:21 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white foam head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very vibrant aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple with lots of lemon zest and some pine. Pale malts and wheat back things up. Also some hints of coriander spice.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit and pineapple hop flavor up front that is sweet and mildly bitter. A moderate amount of pine adds some bitterness. Solid backing of wheat and pale malts. Light hints of spice. Tropical fruit sweetness stands out and the hoppy bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy.

Overall: A very solid wheat ale from New Belgium. Nice balance of fruity sweetness with some mild bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:07:51 | More by MattyG85
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3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear amber color with two and a half fingers of white head.

S-Light caramel malt with some honey with grapefruit and orange hop notes.

T-Light bitter grapefruit notes with some caramel malt backing and a crisp, bitter finish.

M-Light bodied with light, prickly carbonation and a crisp, drying finish.

D-Incredibly easy drinking for those last few hot days of the year; not an in your face beer by any means, but still a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 01:43:50 | More by samie85
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear, golden ale, with a fizzy one inch white head. Lacing slid down the glass.

S - Quite nice...floral, lemon peel zest.

T - Good flavor, a little bit of malt up front, followed by a toasty flavor. Finished with a good balance of hops.

M - A refreshing beer.

O - A good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 23:28:31 | More by LuthersMug
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North Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with little head that quickly fades. Smells of floral, earthy hops with faint wheat notes. Taste is malty and bready with mild grassy, earthy, floral hops; slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing.

Overall a nice beer. Definitely a nice change of pace from the marzen/pumpkin soaked fall market.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 18:43:11 | More by tdm168
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4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stone soup of a beer. Barley/What/Oat/Rye with five varieties of hops.

There's a lot going on, but all in balance and somewhat muted. Think of it as a quiet conversation amongst a group of friends, with no component shouts over the others.

Considering the hop aromas and flavors, the bitterness is muted, allowing the different malts to come through.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 00:51:35 | More by keethrax
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy gold w/ decent head and no lace on top of a nice mix of earthy hops and dry malt. Medium-bodied and chewey, it's real smooth w/ a wheat twang as well as having a piney, resinouse hop feel. Balanced brew as a touch of of chewey, doughy malt give off some fullness and dryness as a little bit of sugary sweetness. Throw in the touch of citrus and tart fruits and while a tad simplistic this is a very tastey beer that I enjoyed sipping on.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 21:03:19 | More by clayrock81
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4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh (1/8/12) 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Puffy white cap raises to 2 fingers and slowly fades leaving plenty of lacing. Color is golden, crisp and clear. Half an inch head remains throughout leaving thick lacing when the beer is finished.

Nose is big fresh piney/citrusy hops, light yeast, very nice. The 5 hops beat out the 4 malts in the super fresh beer.

Taste is piney and some citrus hops, bready malt, very smooth, dangerously drinkable. The rye is noticeable and enjoyable.

Overall this is a great and very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 21:38:49 | More by ElmerBruisery
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District of Columbia

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Easy flowing amber ale, pleasing if a bit unremarkable.

Presentation:22 oz brown capped bottle. New Belgium paper label design with a n image of a party bonfire framed by hops. Side paragraph goes over intent, main ingredients and serving notes. Show best before date 01jan12, and 6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear gold pour with a rig frothy head, good retention and surface memory with showy lacing.

S - Fresh hoppy nose, nothing too pungent but pleasing range of pineapple, and grapefruit,

T - Flavors offers a soft if correct biscuity pale malt sense with a lighter touch of hops… very light notes of grapefruit and a muted bitterness.

M - Medium/light body… In fact probably lighter but held by a medium carbonation that sustains the brew well. Light prickly finish with a tiny bitter touch.

O - Pleasing flow, a bit generic and safe for a mass audience, in that sense the aroma and looks are the most notable qualities, as an entry craft brew this might work well.

Notes: It's quality but I'm not crazy about it by far… Logically this can be part of the massive launch of NB brews in the region. Price/quality ratio is remarkable and in that context this could do very well. Having said that… If only for that nose, I'd take this over their pervasive Fat Tyre any day.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2011 17:59:15 | More by Daniellobo
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass.

A- Light golden. Well carbonated with a finger and a half or so of light, loose white head.

S- Lots of grapefruit up front completely dominates the smell profile. And this isn't just hints of grapefruit, it is more like diluted pink grapefruit juice. Some slight malt notes in the background, the grapefruit is just so distinctive it is almost all I get.

T- A lot of grapefruit right up front and on the finish. A bit of pineapple. Some bready malt notes in the background.

M- Light of medium. Nice for the style. Easy drinking.

O- I like this NB fall release. Not a huge Marzen fan, although I do enjoy them now and again, so a non-marzen fall seasonal is a nice alternative.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2011 20:53:17 | More by fsvan
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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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South Dakota

4.75/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful clear golden color color with a nice head on it. Stays well carbonated throughout the full glass.

S - Pale Ale 'ish hop aroma. Not overpowering like an IPA though. Some wheat notes do peak through too.

T - Tastes like an IPA but with a Belgium twist. Its a nice change up to the IPA's I have drank all summer. Not too bitter on the back end.

M - Very smooth. Is more complex than I expected. Carbonation is right on.

O - This is a great transition into the fall browns, and marzens from the summer IPA's. It has a strong hop aroma and taste but is well balanced with the four malts that are used. I find it hard not to like anything from New Belgium and this one is right near the top as well.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 20:28:26 | More by TwinButte
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was nothing special, very light colored and clear, with little head or lacing.

Smell and taste were pretty good, with a floral hops presence and some bready maltiness. There's a bit of a grainy/grassy aspect as well.

Feel wise it was very light and super easy to drink, although it seems a bit more of a summer beer to me.

Overall it's not bad stuff at all, but may not make the headlines. It's plenty drinkable though.

Serving type: on-tap

09-04-2011 19:45:53 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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