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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

885 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 885
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 36
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

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Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Ratings: 885 | Reviews: 485
Photo of ommegoose
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Ale seems apt to describe the appearance. Very bright, with a few bubbles of carbonation. Thick but short head. Even lacking around and a moderate cap remaining after a bit.

Piney hop aroma, a bit reminiscent of their pale ale. Warms into more citric notes. Bready yeasty/malty aroma. Could stand to be a little more potent.

Very well balanced beer. As the label states, there's some of everything here, with pale malt, wheat, rye and oats; and five hops on top of that. The hop profile is mostly grassy and herbal, with some piney notes. Fruitiness hides, but some citrus starts to show as it warms, namely with pineapple. The yeast character seems lively too, with some fresh breadiness, complimented nicely by a hint of rye spice. Surprisingly complex. Finishes a little spicy, with lingering citrus sweetness too.

It is about as creamy as the label boasts. Rye and oats work towards this end, even though they are a bit hard to find on the palate. Carbonation is rather low too.

This is nice beer. A good change of pace from Oktoberfests and Harvest Ales. I'm impressed. Probably will pick up some more before it leaves for the year. With Mighty Arrow and this, they have two seasonals I'd probably get every time around. I wouldn't have put it at around 6%. Wears it well.

Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, and sweet malt, and some citrus. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops (not too strong or bitter), earthy malt, sweet malt, citrus (fruit-loops), and some more hops in the finish. Overall, good bodied, smooth, inviting, well-blended blonde ale.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Hoptober Golden Ale was pale golden in color with good clarity. It had a thick white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was nice with plenty of malt and hops. The taste was more hops than malt, lightly bitter with a dry hoppy finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall this is a good beer that I will be buying more of.

Photo of thrawn208
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour leaves a couple inches of foam, lace is good. Color is a little bit darker than smell suggests. Hints of citrus, touch of floral. Very, very hoppy taste. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Definitely agree this is more like an APA. Pretty powerful for a New Belgium. One of the better seasonal efforts by NB.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp pale yellow with a slightly frothy off-white head. Aroma is a mild blend of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a nice subtle blend of citrus hops and pale malts with a nice subtle lingering sweetness. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. This is certainly an interesting beer, one that would also be good in summer.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice.

Attractive pour, with a straw golden, lager-esque look that sports sedate carbonation. A thick cap of foam initially, bone white in color and well-retained, but it eventually settles to an off-centered patch of large bubbles. Great lacing, too. Subtly hoppy nose, with soft & sweet grapefruits leading the way, backed by a hint of peppery spice from the rye and sweeter crystal malts. Enticing, but it makes you work for it...digging this one so far.

A damn tasty beer New Belgium has crafted here. Although it's called "Hoptober", the grain bill is the highlight for me, as the rye and oats meld perfectly to form a sublime, earthy smoothness to the body. Suggestions of wet hay and raw oatmeal, before a spicy kick from the rye hits mid-palate. Hops take charge of the finish, adding a great, bitter balance with notes of citrus flesh and green mint. Mouthfeel is a bit aggressive for the style, but that's not too much of an issue for me. Although this won't be the most in-your-face brew that New Belgium has to offer--far from it--but the flavor of Hoptober is both original and superbly well-balanced. An easy choice and easier drinking...seek this one out if you can!

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 bashiba
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dull yellow/orange with a thin white head, no retention or lacing.

The nose is very hoppy with a big lemony and juniper smell.

The flavor is thin and one dimensional with some grassy lemony hops and a some very faint pale malt. Diacytl comes through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily.

Not very good.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden in color with a decent white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is pale malt with a a pleasant grapefruit citrus character.

Taste is sweet, pale malt and lemon grass. The fruity hop aroma led me to expect more aggressive hops. Finish id crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall a decent lawnmower beer.

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

Poured into a perfect pint glass. Golden and crystal clear in appearance. Thick white head that laces nicely and never leaves.

Smells incredibly floral with a bouquet of hops and a crackery malt profile. Really nice all together.

Taste is similar to the smell, light bodies and floral with a slight bitterness up front but smooths out in the end to leave you with a light malt and a slight yeasty taste. Really a very refreshing beer especially for the season. Drinks very easy and I could see myself drinking quite a few in one sitting. Great for a cool fall afternoon.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: Feb. 26, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper-hued body with a tall, frothy, white head. Modest display of soapy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Simple pale malts let in airy, aromatic hop scents of fine florals, juicy tropical citrus fruits, and meager spice with just a little bit of bashful rye hiding in there as well.

Taste: Light pale maltiness paired with a soupçon of spicy rye and a relatively mild overall sweetness. Predominately citrusy hops (that starts off lemony and gradually develops into a taste of fresh, sliced grapefruit) with a bit of additional hopspice to it. Medium-light bitterness. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, lightly crisp and with a lingering taste of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant, tasty blonde, golden, whatever you want to call it that goes down fairly easy. It's one I could drink down in substantial quantities and would love to pair with food of some kind.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober, my favorite time of the year!

Straw yellow body with a thin white foamy head. Not the most appealing looking beer, but acceptable for the style.

Aroma is slightly sweet and citrusy, with an underlying toasty malt base. Appealing, yet not overwhelming.

Taste is a much welcome change from the lackluster appearance, and aroma. Starts out with a great creamy mouthfeel. Followed by an interesting display of delicious biscuity malt, with pale fringes of burnt toastiness. Soon followed by a nice citrus hop note with flavors of - lemon, sappy pine, and a healthy dose of grapefruit. The finish is dominated by some great display of peppery semi-spicy flowery florals, fresh rosemary, thyme, and lemongrass. Finishes crisp, and assertive - florals lingering.

I really liked this one, it's one of the more unique beers I've had in a while. Just very refreshing. It's totally satisfying in all aspects you have your malts, hops, and just that overall beer craving - plus it's from the great folks at New Belgium. What else could you ask for?

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

pours a perfect golden color with a very fresh head and nice lacing the smell is malts and spice and hops a little citrus..taste is the same it has a smooth malty start followed by a crisp hop/citrus flavor ..its quite tasty very drinkable...to me its like a hopped up wheat ..this brew would be great all summer instead of the fall its a very solid beer and its the 1st one from new belgium that does not have the proprietary yeast taste ..i like all of NB brews but have not found one that is over the top.. again this is a great blonde/pils/lager/pale?..and is recommended

Photo of Soneast
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear, golden color with a 2-finger thick, white colored head, with above average retention, slowly receding to a small layer of creamy bubbles, leaving just a ton of lace on the glass.

A very light aroma, lemon, and very mild toasted malts.

The flavor seems a bit ramped up compared to the aroma, as the hoppy character is more pronounced. A nice lemony flavor with a sweet, grainy, almost wheat-like malt flavor. A fairly mild bitterness towards the end, well balanced flavors.

Not your typical fall release, but I really did enjoy the overall flavors of this beer. Light bodied, and quite crisp. On one hand I am glad that New Belgium isn't necessarily following industry trends by releasing an Oktoberfest, but on the other hand, I feel like this beer could get more enjoyment during the warm summer months. A good beer overall, however.

Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Pours dark gold with a tinge of amber and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is citrus and hop resin with some sweetish malt. Flavor is just really solid. Complex hop profile includes citrus, apple, and just enough resinous character to temper the sweetness. Solid pale/caramel malt influence as well. Really excellent balance, super easy to drink. I'm pretty impressed with this one.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, first time I've seen this stuff. Golden-amber color with a good head and decent lacing on the pint glass. Smells just slightly grassy, cool. The flavor is more grassy, green hops but almost none of the citrus promised on the label. This is quite easy to drink however and I put away the whole six-pack with absolutely no shame.

update 09/2011 super peachy flavor

Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: visually this beer boasts a light yellow hue with a tinge of orange and gold. If anything it leans more towards a fuzzy yellow color. The lace was in good order with a very nice film hugging the upper rim of the glass. As drinking continued the lacing took charge and provided a visual experience (high marks for the lace). Just a thin layer of cream sits on top

S: light smells of toasted malts with earthy hops and not much else. It seems usual in the sense that it boasts toasted malts as so many of NBBC brews do. Otherwise the nose is lacking

T: the flavors are in harmony with the nose. I guess I was thinking of an october fest type of brew. Instead a light hopped, citrus spiced blonde ale is swirling on my palate. A light slap of hop oils hits the tongue. It also maintains a backbone of toasted caramel drizzled malts for an even character

Overall this beer has a faint commanding presence. Nothing really stands out for me

M: the feel is light, crisp, and airy with some noticeable carbonation. Body is average and seems to fit the style

D: a nicely hopped brew and a nice diversion from the usual autumn brews. I still have yet to find my niche with New Belgium. This is a decent brew and easy to put a few down the hatch

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This usually isnt a style for a fall seasonal so a nice change of pace.Poured into a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with a thinner quick to fade white head that left some broken lace behind.Big citric hop aromas along with some sweetish caramel.Hmm the hops dont seem to hit home as much on the palate as the nose,pretty citric in its hop profile,a big caramel/biscuit malt layer stands up to the hops making it pretty balanced.Not bad but to me its not as hoppy as others have suggested,still a nice change of pace for fall.

As I drank more the more I noticed the creamy,lush mouthfeel the oats imparted so I gave the mouthfeel a higher score.

Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/21/09- Purcahsed at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for a freshness code. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice medium golden colored pour with a sparkiling white 1/2 inch head and some minor lace streaks and spots remaining.

Smell- Some slight grassy aromas, a bit of toasted malt and a decent cascade hoppy aroma.

Taste- Not as hoppy as expected. Fairly light in flavor with a split between a lightly toasted malt and some lighter grapefruit spiked hops. Maybe a touch herbal.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Thinking more of a lighter APA rather than a Blonde Ale, but still drinkable and better than average.

Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is all Northwestern style hops. Strong grapefruit and other citrus aromas, this isn't very piney to me. Little bit of menthol and wood in this one with a minimal amount of malt scent.

Starts out dry and malty with a woody flavor. Slightly warming in the chest some of that is from a menthol and mint sensation from the hops. Slightly sour taste from the hops this is almost all citrus. Bottle says only 40 IBUs.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Flavorful and quite easy to drink. Smells stronger than it tastes, basically what we have here is a hoppy pale ale. Tasty beer I can recommend.

Photo of Beaver13
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 2/26/10. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready grainy malts and fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with citrus fruits leading to a medium fruity hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid NBB brew. Pretty hoppy for a golden ale. I really like the hop flavors and think this would rate as a solid well balanced pale ale.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the few classifications that this beer can fall under, the Blonde Ale wasn't one that I thought.

The color falls between straw and golden making me think that it was done with a lower kilned Brittish pale malt rather than pilsner. Especially since I don't get any of the grainy, vegital, or sulfury notes that come along with pilsner malts.

Malts aside, this beer is all about those precious Cascade hops. At the proportion of a strong Pale Ale, this beer definately takes on Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale aromas and flavor because of those signature hops.

Higher abv gives a solid dryness and crispness further emphasize the lighter body and low levels of sweetness. I just wish this beer was a Summer seasonal to quench my thirst for easy drinking hoppy beers.

Although this beer uses different hops, it reminds me a lot of Goose Island IPA with it's light color, crisp and clean flavors, and dry hoppy finish. Though Goose Island's is more full and stronger, they are in a similar class.

Thanks dpodratsky!

Photo of Spineypanda
4.04/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hoptober reminds me of a less harsh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Although its IBU's are 3 points higher at 40 than Sierra Nevada's, it seems a bit more palatable.

It has a nice hoppy flavor, but with a bit of a citrus or orange flavor.

The color is nice and golden... makes sense considering it is a golden ale.

This is now one of my more favorite Oktoberfest brews, although it has Magic Hat's to compete against.

Photo of HalfFull
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a relatively clear deep straw in color, perhaps light golden on tap into a pint glass. Offers an inch or so of rather resilient foam which casts off some solid lacing.

Quite hoppy on the nose with pine, earth and a bit of citrus. Slight sweetness emanates but doesn't overwhelm and is in fact masked well by the hops.

Full flavor with some hop spice and a bit of citrus on the finish. Rather full bodied given the color of the beer due to the rye addition I would gather. Somewhat bitter on the conclusion given the robust hop nature as well. A bit filling given the coarse and bready texture of the beer but quite drinkable otherwise, though the bitterness may deter in time.

Surely not what I was expecting yet an interesting beer that seems a bit homeless in the style department. Or perhaps more appropriately it has many homes in that regard.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 885 ratings.