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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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883 Ratings

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Ratings: 883
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 34
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Photo of ncsutton
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

A - A nice light golden, small head that faded fast, some lacing but also goes away fast

S - Strong pleasant citrus aroma with a nice hoppyness to it

T - A nice balance of hops and malts, neither one is overpowering, the hops are more noticeable but are not too bitter, a light citrus taste to it as well

M - Heavy carbonation that lead to a medium mouthfeel

O - I enjoyed this beer although I was expecting something more hoppy based on its name, its a great seasonal and is different then the other fall varieties which makes it stand alone in my opinion

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

This pours pale gold with a tight, frothy two finger eggshell head. On the nose there is a wet brain note lurking beneath citrus fruit. The wet malt note is the only detrimental aspect of this beer to me. In the mouth the citrus comes out as something like mellow orange zest, complimented by crystal malt. It's quite balanced. Body is medium light, perfectly drinkable, with a long but light finish of citrus.

Overall, this is a perfectly drinkable beer, great out of a pitcher at trivia Tuesday.

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color with a finger of frothy and appearingly sticky head that is slightly off white and lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: citrus hops but also backed by something with a bit of depth like potatoes i guess
T: begins with gentle citrus hops then moves in the middle to something a bit deeper kind of like steamed veggies, finishes with an interesting puckering quality
M: intense carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves to a bit more smoothness and finishes with a distinctive puckering feeling on the palate
O: a solid brew, i wouldnt quite qualify it as something i would like to have as a harvest brew, a bit too light and hoppy, otherwise it is a good brew, bit strong on the carbonation but otherwise nicely done

Photo of humuluslupulus8
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hoptober was a golden yellow color. The head was just barely off-white, thick, and left plenty of lacing.

S: I mainly smelled citrusy hops and some malt; it was fairly balanced for the aromas.

T: The beer tasted mainly of equal parts citrus hops and roasted malt. The taste was clean and well-proportioned.

M: Hoptober seemed thin from a high carbonation level, but the head was nice and creamy. Combined, these two elements produced a beer with a medium mouthfeel yet a short finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The flavors complemented each other perfectly and the beer was easy to drink. Hoptober's aromas, flavors, and slightly higher than average ABV make it a perfect beer for the autumn season.

Photo of rootbeerman
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours, well golden, clear, with a two finger white head. It also laces very well, large chunks on the glass.
S: light malt grainyness, and a mix between pine and grass hops.
T: light overall flavor, nice sweetness balancing the hop grass out.
M: wants to be light but has an odd thickness to it.
O: light simple, not plain by any means.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal/floral hops. Taste is of malt and rye (slightly spicy), citrus zest, and a variety of herbal and floral hop flavors. Almost zero bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale that packs a nice hop punch in the aroma and taste.

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 Luigi
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color a little bubble from the carbonation. Thick foamy head that starts off three finger white head and settles down to a half finger head from start to finish. Lace sticks to the glass.

Aromas have a hit to the nose of lemon and honey at first. Then, hop bitterness and citrus pulls though the malt.

The first taste I notice is opposite of what I was smelling. The bitter hops hits at first then is balanced out with a mild honey sweetness and malt. The flavor of bitter hops with a dry finish that lingers around help balance out this ale.

Light/medium bodied with some light carbonation.

Another tasty ale from the New Belgium Brewery! Good job guys!

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

I opened the bottle up and pour into a glass. I took a big nose full of citrus and flowery aroma from the hops. The head was about a finger which disappeared some what quickly, while the color was a gold color and quite clear. The flavor was dominated by the hops with a bit of the malt showing up in the aftertaste. The feel was of a medium body. I like IPA's and hoppy beer and this appeals to me much like Redhook's Longhammer.

Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden yellow with a thin and irregular white head that dissipated gradually and left nice lacing on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrus smell featuring lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit, in that order. Very pleasant and fruity.

T: More hops than malt, for sure, yet balanced only slightly more bitter than sweet. Quite fruity with some orange peel and earthy hops in the lingering aftertaste.

M: well carbonated; medium-light body. A bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: Definitely better (and fruitier!) than expected, especially for style. Easy drinking and would make for an excellent session beer.

Photo of iSip
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Hoptober: Great name and a great beer! The Hoptober pours with a clear deep golden color and light carbonation. The head is thick, pure white, pillowy and leaves a beautiful lacing. Aroma is very present with lots of hop. Hop flavor comes on strong at the start and lasts all the way through. The underlying malts are subtle and stay that way – the Hoptober is not too sweet as many types of ale are. There is a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. All in all, this is just what ale should be if you like complex hops winning over malt sweetness.

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

You get two fingers of pure white foam, loose and delicate, heavily dimpled surface with islands of larger bubbles, lots of stickiness leaves serious lacing residue behind. The liquid is not cloudy but it’s not crystal clear either, golden yellow with a vague hint of orange, random super-tiny bubbles float within. The nose first hits you with pepper, green grasses and grains as well as white grapefruit to lemon zest, slightly warmer there’s richer apricot, peach fruit and flower accents, ends with an earthy, metallic ring, aggressively jabs you. Medium to full-bodied, given its generally creamy mouth texture it is surprising how bitter it can seem at times, the hops are green and verging on mean. The pepper, saline, quinine and just plain poor dirt at once lends it punch and dries things out some. The white citrus adds more scrubbing sensations. Hidden off to the side are the peach, apricot, pear fruit as well as floral dew. It’s on the aggressive side, that creaminess really saves it from becoming overbearing. Could put down a couple in a row but that’s it.

Photo of lwillitz
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of codfeast
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of Minkybut
2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
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.

Photo of abeerlovr
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of slyke
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.


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.

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 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.

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!

Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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..

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
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+)

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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