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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

485 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 485
Hads: 893
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 43
Gots: 43 | 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 Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Mild citrus hop aroma. Some esters. malty sweetness. The aroma is very soft.

Appearance - Amber color. Crystal clear. White head settled at about one fingerwidth. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - At the start I get malt followed closely by slight hop bitterness. Given time in the mouth hop flavor comes through more. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness lingers, but not for long. Like the aroma, all of the flavors are quite soft. Pretty well balanced.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. Slight carbonic "bite." Easy finish. No perceived alcohol.

Overall Impression - A fairly solid beer. Just enough hop aroma and flavor to please the palate, but very underwhelming. This would be very refreshing on a hot Summer day. Worth a try, but I probably won't but again. (803 characters)

Photo of Thur123
3.27/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden yellow with just a bit of orange color. Little to no head and average carnoation. Smell is light floral hops, citrus and a bit of spice, over grainy malts. Smells balanced but on the hoppy side. I want this to similar to A little sumpin sumpin, but i dont have my hopes up.

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A lemon hop burst comes in first followed by a bite of floral hops. There is a taste of pine and maybe even a bit of the booze comes through. Not nearly as balanced as I hoped, it also feels a little thin. The hops flavor could use a sweeter balance throughout. The texture of this reminds me of a BMC. Overall, eh. (622 characters)

Photo of LibraryTom
4.32/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A hoppy Belgian blonde ale is the best name for this one I think. Instead of having pale malt characteristics, this has the fruity Belgian blonde ale characteristics. Notes of ripe peaches are prevalent, as is a smoother, rounder mouthfeel as compared to West Coast Pale Ales. The hop character is present on the nose, as well as the palette, but is much less assertive. It tends to be a backdrop instead of the main event here. An easy drinking ale that has a beautiful rich, sweet, and smooth character, while still being refreshing. (535 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up today at the COOP... poured into my Delirium goblet.... Crystal clear gold... nice foamy head and pretty good retention and lace...

Nose is grassy and floral hops out front with (I think?) some sorta menthol notes... pale malts help out but are more second string.

An interesting beer.... I'm having a hard time with it... Good bitterness at the front with some spicy/lite oily/slick notes also sorta at the front... nice floral hoppiness mid palate and a lingering spiciness that I would guess comes from the rye and oats... The body is on the medium side and a nice sorta creamy carbonation.. Reminds me of an over-hopped, rye-dominant cream ale I brewed eons ago.. I haven't thought of that beer in years :-)

Still don't know what to make of this beer other than I like it... definitely in my mind this a blending of at least a few different styles.. that said, I would have bought this many times to have something interesting and very drinkable in the Boise heat... the fact that it's out now in very late summer will probably limit my drinking, but as long as it's on the shelf, I'll almost certainly make sure to have some in the fridge... good beer for sure. (1,186 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another NB brew on the shelves here. Pours a light gold with a big frothy white head on top. Great retention and it leaves some nice lacing on the glass edge. Smells like oranges, lemons, and candy.

The mouth is crisp and clean. Plenty of carbonation on this one. The taste is interesting. Pretty citrusy and hoppy. This is like a tamed down IPA. This is not bad. It's not your typical "October" beer, but it's good. Refreshing and tasty. (452 characters)

Photo of rajendra82
3.65/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking pour with a pale golden color, and a lively fizzy body fueling a two finger thick head. The smell was floral hoppy, with some tropical fruit showing through as well. The taste was fruity and hoppy with watermelon and apricot apparent. The body felt a bit thin and finished fizzy and metallic. Nice to drink, but not really memorable. (346 characters)

Photo of GeezLynn
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a moderate, short-lived white head. Good clarity. Nose is mainly fruity hops with minimal malt. Immediately noticeable flavors are pale malts and light citrus hops. Finish is slightly bitter with some spicyness, presumably from the rye. A surprisingly sturdy mouthfeel to this beer also - crisp, not watery. Not often you can say that about an American Blonde Ale.

This beer had plenty going on for a self-described Golden Ale, with some APA-like characteristics. The most enjoyable example of this style I have had in awhile. Not sure a different name isn't in order, as this is more of a summer beer in my opinion. But it definitely exceeded my expectations. (680 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a bright yellow gold with 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very hoppy with some spice..probably the hoppiest nose of any NB brew I've tried. It's like you're holding the hop in your hand and taking whiffs. Sticking my nose into the glass, I can just make out some malt but it's very very faint.

The taste is more balanced but them hops are dominant. Very floral, light citrus, very light maltiness that's really struggling for attention but it ain't getting much according to my palate.

Medium bodied for the most part(it does get a bit watery in the finish) with medium carbonation, it finishes quite bitter with just a tad of honey like sweetness. The head retention is good as is the lacing.

Drinkability? It's easy enough to put this bottle away. A tasty brew that may be a little too aggressive for the style but it works alright for me. (861 characters)

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a very slightly unclear, but pretty clear golden color with a big, thick, rocky head with some nice carbonation. Has some real nice lacing.

S: Distinctly floral hops. Smells nice. According to the bottle it is a blend of 5 hops and 4 malts. The hops stand out more as would be expected. The hop combinations combine to make a very nice smell. Not super strong but nice and pleasant.

T: Like the smell the taste is good hop combinations. A sharp floral hop presence with a bite to it. Maltiness doesn't really make it through as much but something is there. The hops are the star here. The malts serve to create some balance and an interesting different taste than just basic ale bitterness.

M: Thin to medium and crisp. Pretty smooth too though.

D: Drinkable and refreshing from so much hops. It is definitely easy to drink.

Notes: Not what I was expecting from the name hoptober. Should I wait until october to drink this? Because other than opening one during October I see no relation at all to a fall seasonal. That said it is supposedly a combination of the hops left at the end of the season. In that sense it lives up to its description. A hop blend, not spectacular, but nice and refreshing.

Edit: The more I have this beer the more impressed I am by the appearance and hop aroma/taste. It is pretty tasty beer when you need some hops that aren't too over the top. (1,425 characters)

Photo of Riccymon
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a nice, hazy orange color. With "golden ale" on the label, I wasn't expecting bold flavors, but the smell is pretty dominantly of floral hops. The blend of hops, which produces a solid grapefruit note, is even more upfront in the taste. Medium in body, with a crisp finish, I found Hoptober pretty light and refreshing. Not what I expected from a beer labeled as a golden ale or from an autumn release, but I enjoyed it. (443 characters)

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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