1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Not Rated.
Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
86
very good

872 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 872
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 33
Gots: 31 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hoptober Golden Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 872 | Reviews: 484 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Padron4KM
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 25, 2009
12 oz bottle, 2009 release.
Golden straw with a tight cream colored head. Fine lace left on the glass.
Aroma is grapefruity hops with bready malts. Missing the typical NB yeast notes.
Flavor is citrusy hops, with a light sweetness in the middle and a medium length bitter finish leves the mouth tingling and wanting more.
Not as sweet as most New Belgium's offerings, a pleasant surprise.

Padron4KM, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of bunnyhustle
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.

bunnyhustle, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of clickpush
3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

clickpush, Sep 14, 2009
Photo of Moose90
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Moose90, May 26, 2013
Photo of pweis909
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.

pweis909, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of KMcG
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very clear straw color with nice 1-2 finger head that settled quickly.

S: The aroma is sweet with citrus and very mild (faint) floral tones

T: The malty and hoppy components are quite balanced at a medium range. There is an earthiness to this beer and the hops are noticeable, especially toward the end.

M: medium-light body and definitely creamy. A little heavier than I would expect from a blonde, but it works for fall style.

KMcG, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev +5.3%

djcira, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one isn't to bad, but I'm puzzled by it. Instead of putting out a Marzen this time of year NB makes a blonde and gives it a name that makes it sound like an octoberfest.

It's a pretty amber color with a decent amount of hops in the aroma. The taste is hoppy bit it isn't overpowering. It's actually pleasant to have despite the apparent lack of malt presence.

DesMoinesMike, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of Huffaroma
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of deanhead
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

deanhead, Oct 05, 2012
Photo of elniko
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium glass. Bottle marked best by 2/5/2010.

A: As the bottle foretold, golden amber coloring with relatively minimal head. Good lacing and light carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Wonderful citrus notes from the nose, an interesting melding of the various hops that were used in the brew.

T & M: Relatively light bodied, citrus tones in the nose come through in the taste as well. There are some spicy hints in the finish. Malt never really become apparent even as the beer warms.

D: Very drinkable, not sure why this is fall seasonal as I feel that this is an awesome summer sipper. Quality new brew from New Belgium.

elniko, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of SavvyStudent
5/5  rDev +31.6%

SavvyStudent, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of TheGordianKnot
2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint...

A- Very light in color and extremely clear. Nice inch head, creamy. Looks like a pilsener. I had no idea this was a bland when I ordered... Seems a bit weird for a fall seasonal.

S- Overall incredibly light aroma. Slight sweet gingerbread smell- thats about it with some subtle delicate floral hops hidden in there.

T/M- Bready but light, very very light. Hoppy for a fall beer. More earthy and spicy contribution from the hops. Well carbonated and extremely light bodied.

O- I tend to like my fall beers with more malt and warm flavors and more body. I think my score is eschewed a little lower because this is not your typical fall beer, nor should I think it be. Hard for me to rate to style when i'm thinking it should be a different style than it is. Was really in the mood for something fitting, but this is much more crisp and summer-y.

TheGordianKnot, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

wiscokid920, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of Sipchue
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Sipchue, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of NCbeerpirate
4/5  rDev +5.3%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of SamN
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Darker straw yellow, with golden highlights. A beautiful clear beer, great sparkling color. Huge loose heads erupts to the rim of my glass. Slightly rocky, firm but soapy and bubbly. this is fantastic headed beer. Quite lively, too. Large streams of carbonation flows from the scoring on the Perfect Pint bottom. Solid lacing coats the glass all the way down. Just gorgeous.

S- Honey malts and crisp, complex hops from the several types used here, notably the Glacier and Cascade variates. Spicy fruity notes in the aroma, mostly pears and apples. Notes of ganja and even champagne? Huge nose, quite complex with several overlapping layers of aromas.

T- Starts off with those wonderful honey malts giving Hoptober a bright entrance upon the palette. But then this brew takes a murky turn into muddled hops; flavors blend without reason and become a overpowering mess of bitter and earthen flavors. Muddled is the best word to describe the middle and finish here, it's just all collapses into itself. No fruitiness, no crispness, just confusing burnt bitterness. What a bummer, I expected great things from the looks and nose. I'm pretty underwhelmed by the taste of this. What happened here?

M- Firm body, lightly medium size and with great smoothness. No overbearing carbonation, just a smooth pulling beer with a zippy edge of bubbles, perfect fit for the American Blonde style.

D- Not great. Despite gorgeous looks and wonderful and complex smells, the tastes are lost in a smoldering collapsed pile. I hate to slam a local favorite so bad, but I don't like the taste of this.

SamN, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Ajmorriso1
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%

Ajmorriso1, Sep 02, 2014
Photo of SickGnar
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.

SickGnar, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of TEAMHOLT
5/5  rDev +31.6%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Light golden straw in color with a very fluffy head that dissipates into a nice thin layer and demonstrates fine lacing.

S - Aroma mostly consists of hops, light citrus, sweet grain, and some grassy notes. Not as aromatic as I was hoping for.

T - Mild pine hops, citrus by the way of lemon, malty sweetness is present, slight peppery notes, followed by a bitterness that remains on the palate.

M - Medium to light in body, pretty crisp and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable, although in my humble opinion rather unexciting. I certainly don't mind drinking it, but I don't plan on running out to get more any time soon.

StoneBrewFanatic, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Sinewave
5/5  rDev +31.6%

Sinewave, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +5.3%

rob99er, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of canders0927
3/5  rDev -21.1%

canders0927, May 21, 2013
Photo of buffs9
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

buffs9, Mar 06, 2012
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 872 ratings.