Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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86
very good

879 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 879
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 32 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009)
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Photo of russpowell
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Grassy, citrussy & leafy hops

T: Grassy & leafy hops up front, pretty much follows the nose, plus biscuitty malts & dryness, much like most NB offerings. Grapefruitty & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes crisp & dry with kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium body, light carbonation & good balance

Drinks really easy, nothing too exciting here, but a decent session ale, none the less

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nose is highly hoppy - American citrus floral with some pine and spicy herb. Smells good, quite good.

Pours clear pale gold, moderate head. Looks good.

Medium body - clean malt with toasty edge and some caramel. Much softer hops than the nose advertised, but to the same variety. Moderately sweet - a caramel malty sweetness. Restrained bitterness for the hop level suggests either the use of hop extract or limited bittering hops. Nice tight balance. Finishes slightly dry and hoppy. Tastes good. Feels pretty good - I would like it better with a grounding bitterness. Good drinkability.

A hoppy golden ale to be enjoyed in the fall

Photo of barnzy78
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured a golden yellow with a fluffy white head that held good retention and left sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas were pleasant floral hops coupled with freshly squeezed citrus - mainly lemon with a hint of orange. Tastes were complex and very well balanced, consisting of biscuity malt - slightly bready, fresh crisp hop providing some lemon and grapefruit zest and some herbal qualities. Slight caramel mixed in with a peppery finish from the rye. Bitterness is present, but plays so well with the other flavors. Mouth-feel is light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and ever so mildly oily allowing the hop resins to cover the palate. Nice golden ale background with an awesome hop bite. The hop and malt medley is greatly balanced providing remarkable drinkability - this was much better than I anticipated. I also like the way the hop flavor is so pronounced without the huge bitterness - nice change of pace. This is the reason I love American craft brewers - they can take a classic style and completely change the way it is brewed, add different ingredients and come up with something that actually is reminiscent of an Oktoberfest Märzen with a definite American flare. Great idea and a fantastic outcome!

Photo of minnunderground
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle of this stuff. Pours a golden clear color. Smells hoppy with citrus. Tastes pretty good hits you with some hops off the bat then ends on some citrus and malts making it easy to drink. Mouth feel is pretty light all and all pretty drinkable. In the end it is a pretty good brew, Not sure if I would buy any more though.

Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a light golden color. Extremely clear, filtered, Almost lagerlike. Head formation is light white, well retained.

S - Incredibly meaty hop profile, edgy, earthy. Simcoe I would guess. Orangish notes hang around in the background.

T - Starts off with only enough malt to introduce the grassy hop profile. Bitterness is pronounced in the mid-stream. The sweetness really shows in the final finish, where then it continues to sit on the tongue.

M - Moderate thickness, light creaminess, no carbonation bite. Smooth going down. Leaves a sugary cling on the tongue.

D - Very smooth, easy drinking. Abv is potent, but well hidden. Not very filling.

Maybe I was fooled when I bought this thinking it was a Marzen- but it doesn't matter, its a good solid beer.

Photo of lonestar4lunch
3.23/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright golden color with a good 1/2inch foam on the top. The smell somewhat funky as to what was expected. Aroma isn't that strong and really doesn't stick out. Maybe it's me. Bottle says it's a 5 hop 4 malt cornucopia of the earth and I get it but this doesn't really bring anything to the front. I keep getting an almost Belgian funk on the inhale before the sip but then comes a mixture of hops and malts. Sometimes it is a bit sweet others bitter. I am gonna have to try this one again.

Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again another new seasonal beer from New Belgium. This Hoptober (not to be confused for an Oktoberfest style) will be released as their fall seasonal. This Golden Ale is comprised of five hops (Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier) and four malts, in which the pale and wheat malts are mashed together with rye and oats. The beer pours with clear golden color and foamy white head with aromas of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit very prevalent throughout the palate with a slight hint orange. The finish is crisp and dry but is short lived. Overall this new seasonal from New Belgium was okay, but really it reminded me of a water downed IPA.

Photo of colts9016
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that is white and has some foamy head. The head is a light straw color. The beer has some effervescence. The body of the beer is clear.

Nose: A medium malt body with floral bouquet and a nice mild grapefruit aroma.

Taste: A nice medium malt body with a very good bouquet of flowers and a grapefruit aroma. There are some phenols on the background.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is slightly carbonated with some astringency. The body of the beer is medium light. This is actually a really good blonde ale. I am very surprised. I will enjoy the other Hoptober's from the brewery.

Photo of dbossman
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden, strong carbonation creates a nice foam; pretty good lacing

S: There is a wonderful sweety maltiness in the first smell but also a citrus (orange?) that comes from a hoppiness that sits nicely on top of the maltiness.

T: The balance is not as good in the taste as it is in the smell. I do taste a subtle spice flavor that adds some complexity.

M: Not as carbonated as it looks; it actually dissipates a bit too quickly as it goes down.

D: This is another solid and drinkable beer from New Belgium. This isn't quite a session beer and perhaps is too hoppy for what I want in the Fall, but this is a good beer that goes down quite well.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a large mug at Old Chicago, Roseville, MN.

A-Pale white head, 1.5 cm off the pour, retained pretty decent as a consistent layer. Golden-amber brew, a bit darker than typical blode ales, crystal clear.

S-Herbal hoppiness, slightly grainy.

T-Lots of herbal hoppiness, along with a spicy/floral character, pair with malty semi-sweetness which tastes remniscent of a fest lager, slightly biscuity. Assertive bitterness, slightly herbal, tips the scale twoard the hoppy/bitter category. Finisher herbal, semi-dry.

M-Moderate body. Appropriately moderate carbonation. Lip-puckeringly bitter.

D-Deterred slighly by a balance too much towards the bitterness, which defied my expectations and hindered its drinkability compared to typical Oktoberfest brews. Still, I enjoyed this beer.

Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden colored...minimal head

S-Big juicy citrus aroma...oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, etc..the longer I smell this the more the other layers become evident...it also has a sweeter, sugar note as well as a spicy rye dimension .

T-Juicy citrus flavor as well....the rye malt is clearly evident and I love the citrus hop/rye malt mix...

M-Light side of medium bodied...smooth but not creamy..they used oats and it must have added a little to the body but it is not super creamy..finishes with a little citrus tanginess.

D-Nice creative golden ale that is a joy to drink. Only 40 IBU but it smells and tastes very hop forward.

Photo of zeff80
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Stable in St. Louis.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a white, one-finger head of soapy foam. It left a little soapy lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma floral and citrus notes with a hint of sugar cookie. Really unique and really good.

T - It had a sweet caramel backbone (like most blonde ales) but it had a hop presence that was befitting its name. Good bitter citrus hops were delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Simply put, this is the best "American Blonde Ale" that I've ever had. A great hop presence with a sweet caramel taste that all blonde ales have.

Photo of johnnybgood1999
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Ale. Anyways, nose is nice and hoppy with citrus flavors coming through. There's mostly hops in the flavor, though its not pale ale like. It's very refreshing. Malt is very light, but plays a role in complimenting the citrus hoppiness with sweetness. A good unfilling beer if you've got a hop craving.

Photo of wknight167
2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of head. Slight lacing.

Nose- Straight hops. Citrus and Pine.

Palate- Again, straight hops. More pine than citrus. Very dry with no evident malt profile. definitely off balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- average

Overall- The name lead me to think it was going to be a oktoberfest one off. It is not. Neither do I think this fits an American Blonde.

Photo of NCSUdo
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pale golden, clear body under a good sized white head. Good lace and retention. A really fine looking beer.

S: Pretty good hop character, pine like mostly with a hint of grapefruit. Sweet malt tones there as well. Very clean aroma.

T: Again, good hop character. More grapefruit this time, but still leaning towards pine. Mild bitterness. Malt character not as pronounced as aroma and where it shows up, it seems to be a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, relatively smooth, a bit prickly at times and slightly slick. Drinkability is good. Overall, a solid, surprising beer.

Photo of BeerSox
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear straw hue with a thin and sticky pearl white head.

Lots of grapefruit and pineapple in the aroma, with only a little bit of soft bread in the background.

The hops have a strong bite to them, along with plenty of flavor. The malts sit in the background, with the slightest toastiness to them. Relatively full bodied, with a lot of carbonation.

This is sort of like the barley malt of a very hoppy wheat beer. This is the hoppiest American Blonde I've tasted, and it's one of those beers where you can really only taste the hops. If you're into that then this is perfect. A departure from you're typical Blonde Ale, and an enjoyable one. This could probably also be classified as an American Pale Ale, but whatever it is, recommended.

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.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this while picking up supplies for the fondue my fiancée and I are making tonight.

Appearance - Shimmers through the glass with a light golden. A have about two fingers of thick head that is lasting for quite some time in my glass. There also is sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - I can smell hops, but not in the traditional sense (not sure how to explain it). A bit earthy tone (flowers, grass, etc), some sweetness, and malts.

Taste - I can immediately taste the maltiness/grain which is quickly followed by floral/citrus notes ending with an overall crisp finish of light hop flavor. I honestly am really liking this beer and how it tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good carbonation, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is quite decent for this brew. Any thicker and I think it would hinder it.

Drinkability - Quite so. I can't wait to have a couple of these on a sunny, cooler Autumn day. I am extremely glad I picked this up today. I was about to put it back (seeing as I have way to much other stuff I need to finish off at home) but threw caution to the wind. I will probably have a couple with fondue tonight after trying my Oro De Calabaza!

Photo of jsh420
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best by feb 26 2010

pours bright clear golden with a 2 finger head that cakes the glass with lacing

smell floral centennial hops along with some wheat - very nice nose which i would have rated higher but i picked up on that NB must that i get in most of their beers

taste - yep thats the stuff - hands down the best american blonde ale i have ever had - quick citrus then pine hops that lead into those floral hops right along the nice blend of rye and wheat

mouthfeel is a medium body - lots of hop resin - good carbonation creamy finish

drinkability is great i only wish this was not just a seasonal release

Photo of jocosa
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date is Feb 26, 2010. Poured from a bottle into a DFH Signature Glass. Thin, but bright head, fairly tight, fades into almost nothing quickly. Minimal lacing. Nice clear golden color.

Bottle states 40 IBU, and lists 4 hops: Centennial, Cascade, Sterling and Glacier. These typically range in alpha index from between 5 and 12%, NB did a fine job of mixing these four to get a hop level that's more aroma than bittering, and while that's accented a very drinkable brew, it may turn away non-hop fans before they give this beer a chance.

Great citrus-piney aroma hits you hard first, not severe hops, but a good amount of hop smell, which later blends with the taste: grassy, malty, always with a touch of grapefruit and pine.

Medium carbonation leads to a fair level of drinkability, I think it would pair nicely with steak, or pasta. Bought a six-pack and will probably reinvest in this. Definitely a star in the NB lineup.

For those who don't really like a lot of hops, at least give this one a chance through roughly a third of a bottle or glass and then make a decision. Can't wait to have this one on tap.

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

On-tap at the Stable.

Poured a bright, clear golden-yellow with a thick and creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral and citrus hops along with with cracker and freshly- baked cookies.

Tastes of peach and light grapefruit upfront followed by sweet malts, cracker and yeast. Finishes quite smooth.

Lighter bodied, slightly dry, and moderately carbonated.

An enjoyable and solid Blonde ale from New Belgium.

Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells great - tropical and citrus hop aromas with very light amounts of pale malt.

Tastes good, although it's not as good as it tastes. Light citrus hop flavors up front segue into a lightly bitter ending. Pale malt flavors lurk in the background. Neither the malt or hop flavors are as intense as the smell lets on.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer smells great but the taste doesn't follow through as much as I'd hoped. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of Fnord
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Gold colored, with slow-moving effervescence and a thin white head.

Smell - Grass, lemon, grapefruit, a bit of malty sweetness.

Taste - Pretty similar to the taste, except with a bit more malt evident. The hops lend a sharp finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium thickness and high carbonation.

Drinkability - Very drinkable.

Notes - An interesting, hopped up take on a blonde ale. In retrospect, I'm surprised this hasn't been done before. It seems like a warm weather beer to me, but here in Texas October can still be fairly hot, so it's all good.

Photo of skeeordye11
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly clear gold with a thick white head that clings well.
S: Great hop aromas. Citrus, spicy, piney, lots of different hop aromas in this one.
T: The hops get you up front with the citrus and pine followed by a good malt backbone for such a light colored beer and finishes with the spicy grassy hop flavors.
M: Fuller than expected from such a light colored beer. Very good.
D: Very drinkable beer. Could def sit down with a six pack and not feel too full. Very nice.

Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very nice looking golden/amber looking beer with a very thick white head that sticks around for quite a while.
S- smells very floral, with a little citrus, particularly grapefruit integrated in. a little bit of cookie smell hidden in the background, but the scent is definitely hop oriented.
t- very tasty. starts citrusy, moves to a little bit of a bitterness and finishes with some floral and bready flavors.
m- I like my beers to have some presence to them, and this one does, but it was a little overagressive. the carbonation left a little bit of piercing feeling on the pallate. mouthfeel was slightly above average for me.
d- overall a very good beer. one of new belgium's better beers. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will likely enjoy it again soon.

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 879 ratings.