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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

883 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 34
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is like no blonde ale I have ever had before. Pours a clear yellow, slightly darker than macro color, with a large white head that had excellant retention. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. A lot of hops in the aroma with the customary New Belgium malt bill lingering in the background. Light, crisp flavor from the "C" hops give some citrus notes, also some spice and grassy notes as well. Slight sweetness at first but finishes bitter and clean. New Belgium packed a lot of hop flavor in this beer. Light body with lively carbonation without being harsh. One nitpick I have with this beer is the unnecessarly high ABV. Is it because it is a Fall seasonal? If it could be at 4.5% ABV or lower I could drink these all day. This has been my favorite New Belgium beer to date, and it is a Blonde Ale!

Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow in color. Pours with about 1/2" of off-white, creamy thick head that eventually reduces down, but never really goes away. Nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus. Lemon. Heavy aromatic hops.

T: Slightly sweet with very light malts. This one is all about the hops flavor. Orange-lemon citrus mixed with some floral notes. Sweet corn. Virtually no bitterness at all.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Clean and crisp.

D: A very good beer and a good alternative to the typical American adjunct. Lightly malted, a little sweet, and bursting with hop flavor without any hop bitterness.

Photo of scottfrie
3.01/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pour a golden-peach color with a couple fingers of light bubbly white head that faded into an oily film that left rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Exotic fruit hops fill the nose with a touch of grass and tangerine citrus.
T: Light clean flavors. More malt comes through than the nose with a pale malt flavor mixed with the sweet fruit hops. There is a light peppery-earthy-spiciness throughout. Finish is a touch bitter but the aftertaste has weird sourness that I don't really agree with.
M: Carbonation is a bit sharp over the medium body. Mouthfeel is tingly but fairly clean.
D: Another mediocre brew from a mediocre brewery. Fairly average except maybe appearance. Would be good with food or at a barbeque.

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!

Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow ,clear, with a larrgish frothy white head. Nice fresh hop aromas from this one smells at least way above 40 IBUs! Flavour has a strong lemony hop combination..plenty citrus but not too bitter, slightly fruity, Malts underneath. Lot of peppery goodness in the end after taste. Also slightly salty adding to the drinkability. I liked the palate on this it is light but not really highly carbonated. Very drinkable , good Golden Ale.

Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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 argock
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.99.

A: Pleasing light amber with 1-2 finger foamy light beige head with good retention and plenty of lace up and down the glass.

S: Very nice rounded aroma with good balance of hops and malt aromas. The hops are a little more pronounced with citrus, herbal, and floral most prominent, but the maltiness is no slouch with a good dose of crystal malt which provides a good balance of caramel and toffee along with the pretty substantial pale amlt base.

T: This beer is one of my biggest surprises of the year. It is balanced and highly drinkable. I don't think blonde ale is correct for this beer as it screams APA with the strong orange citrus and floral flavors. It has some English pale ale flair as well with plenty of tea-like and herbal flavors. Maltiness is not forgotten, and caramel, toffee, and some soft chocolate flavors come through. This is a really nice rounded brew that really fits the APA style more in my opinion as it promotes hoppiness foremost but also doesn't neglect malt complexity. Hoptober is the best APA I have had this year.

M: A nice coating mouthfeel to this beer with even carbonation and a firm medium body, supported by generous malting.

O: This beer does not get enough respect -- it is a very good APA with plethora of hops and malt aromas and flavors. I am really impressed with this beer. Will I spend the money to buy this over a now $12.49/6-pack FW Union Jack -- probably not as I think UJ is one of the best IPAs around. But Hoptober is a sneaky good IPA that I would love as an everyday beer for its balance, body, and fresh hops and malt flavors.

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark golden and amber--almost a light copper. Thin off-white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A pleasant though simple aroma consisting of grassy, floral, and earthy hops and simple, grainy, bready malts.

Light bitterness throughout along with an earthy and floral hop character, though this beer remains quite bready and biscuity.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

An unexciting, though well crafted American blonde. The name is somewhat misleading however, as this is not a very hoppy beer.

Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Piss yellow, no disrespect intended. White frothy head, leaves fast, lots of cling lace remains. Crystal clear.

S - Light malt, light fruit and hops.

T - Frutier than expected. Nice light malt and hops.

M - Medium to light body. Nice balance. Clean finish.

D - Very easy to drink.

Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by 11DEC11

A: Pours a golden ale with a single finger head that goes down to a sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Rings of lace.

S: Citrusy and pleasant. Really great nose here, distinctly orange and lemon. Nice.

T: Sharp hops and sweet malts. Great flavor is just as citrus laden as the nose.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Semi dry finish.

O: Good beer. Easy to drink. Reminds me of fresh Bitter American. Very sessionable.

Photo of Boto
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear golden color. There was a small white head on it that dropped off rather quickly, but left a bit of lacing. The aroma is rather decent. There is a lot going on in this one. Some citrus and pine hop notes up front. Also some grassiness and malts in the background. A mild hop bite to the taste. Medium bodied. Some malts and earthiness to the taste also. Pretty easy drinking. Not bad at all!

Photo of ste5venla
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Daniellobo
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this presents a very light golden beer with a small white head. The aroma is hugely hoppy though. I could smell it across the table after I poured it, very citrus, grassy hops. Well-balanced flavor, not nearly as bitter as I expected. Plenty of citrus hop flavor, but bitterness is quite moderate. There's not much else here--malt is kept to a minimum with just a tad of graininess, though the rye adds a very subtle spicy, peppery edge (I noticed it but couldn't place the taste until I read the label. Quite drinkable offering from NB.

Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with mmtmatrix thanks!

Appearance: Rather golden body with a one finger white crown that shows some lace. The body is perfectly transparent.

Smell: Good amount of hops over a pale german malt. Some tangerine flavor makes itself known. Some floral hops with the smallest amount of herbal bitterness mixed in for good measure. Fairly nice.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium bodied with an interesting carbonation profile. Goes down a bit undercarbonated but shows a good amount of carbonation on the exhale.

Drinkability: Quaffable for sure.
Taste:

Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First sampled this at The Great Carolina Sweatfest, er, I mean The Great Carolina Beer & Wine Festival. One of the most memorable beers on that sweltering day, and one I had to try again, so I nabbed a 6 pack a couple days ago.

The liquid could be any average-to-decent macro pils or something, its clarity very clear and its golden yellow very yellow (and golden!). Bone-white head is fluffy and likes to leaves tiny dots of lace in its wake.

Aroma is a mainlined hit of super-clean, super-breezy, very bright hops and a white-bread/washed-out grain sort of element to the malt.

Crisp green apple, pear, astringent herbal tea, grapefruit rind and lemon flash by as this crosses over lips and tongue. Delicate yet with a lasting and pleasing bitterness, hops that lean on the intense side of fruity, and just enough mellow bleached/white-bread grain to lend a little support. Interesting that this is an autumn seasonal, as it seems a perfect summer beer.

Texturally crisp, but with a softer, more delicate roundness/slickness that provides balance and gives a little depth to the feel. Even a slight pucker, which works well with the tart, pithy finish.

After a rough day of disappointment after disappointment, this hit the spot. I don't believe my judgment is askew because of that, but what if it is? Good beer can make a bad day good again (and then bad again if you let yourself get all fuckered up)...anyway, this is pure simplicity without any ho-hum elements. I like.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip.
Golden wheaty color with thick white foam. Nice lacing remains as I drink.
Smell of belgian yeast, wheat, hops, and pear.
Taste is of fruity hops with straw undertones.
Easy drink.

Overall a really great brew and full of flavor. There is a lot going on with this...straw notes, slight belgian yeast, hops, and pear aftertaste. I would almost prefer a bit more hops, but overall this is a great brew. Another good one from New Belgian.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

An ample amount of hops is a good thing any time of the year. 40 IBUs come from five different hops; Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier are the paint for this canvas. Sweet aroma of wildflowers and citric zest with a trim graininess. Earthy citric bit- terness and flavor from the hops; nice little sting in the middle. Creamy, smooth medium body. Quick kiss of honey from the sweetness of the malt. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Long-lasting trail of hops and malt show that aftertaste is a good thing.

Brings memories of the Pale Ales we have tasted in West Flanders; hoppy, earthy, sweet golden beauties. By far one of the more interesting fall seasonals to be had.

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 883 ratings.