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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

871 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | 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)
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Photo of langcpa
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:head retention is fair with a rocky white head,pours golden clear, nice thick white lacing on glass,

S:smell is a very pleasant clean pine like smell, with the hop notes calling you to have a sip

T:Hops are definitely present without being overly strong, a shafe of maltyness comes through ath the finish. Very refreshing. The taste definitely matches the smell

M: Medium body with slight carbination, a very slight hop aftertaste that finishes to the dry side

D: A geat seasonal beer for sitting on the porch watching the harvest moon rise. Two or three of this beer at a setting would be plenty. I would be this beer again. Toured the brewery in August and would recommend the tour, very interactive and casual.

langcpa, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bud American Ale glass

Pours 2 fingers of slight beige head. Amazing retention with a ton of lace and lace walls. Color is a clear pale golden yellow/orange.

Aroma: kind of interesting and not really what I was expecting. There seems to be a decent amount of hops here. A big floral aroma. Some spices mixed in, but mainly pretty hoppy.

Taste: Wow, this beer is unlike any other I have had. It is super sweet with a ton of hops. Has some spices that linger around for a bit. I really don't know what to think of the taste as it is really unique.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth at the same time. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a unique beer. It isn't quite and IPA, but it resembles similar tastes. I am glad I just bought one of these, as it just isn't flowing for me. It is drinkable, but nothing I want a lot of.

Just a fun side note, but did anybody else notice the guy on the label to the far right? Kind of funny.

mothman, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional appearance with thick, rocky white head atop a translucent golden color for the beer itself.

Nose is a delight with some light melon, perhaps honeydew, and gentle herbal/spicey notes.

On the palate this comes across beautifully crisp with lovely citrus from the hops, a pleasant malt background, herbal qualities again, and has a bit of dryness/crispness that you might normally appreciate in other styles such as a bohemian pils. This is one of the most clean, refreshing, and drinkable ales I've sampled in a long time. Amazing result from New Belgium.

yemenmocha, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of captainfroth
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very tasty blonde; super silky mouthfeel and excellent hopping converge in New Belgium's Hoptober Golden Ale. I would love to get a number for the IBUs on this one. Also, I would love to see this on draught, it may lose something coming from the bottle; nonetheless, a perfect beer for the end of summer and start of autumn.

captainfroth, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Color is gold. Carbonation high. Head is sizable, but not excessive. Lacing is thick and attractive.

S - Clean pine, grapefruit pith, golden malt, clean hay. A very aromatic and pleasant scent.

T - The initial flavor is clean with a bit of maltiness, joined by a drier maltiness and a vaguely citrus pith flavor. Aftertaste is relatively mild with only a hint of pithy bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - A good brew. A winner for New Belgium. I enjoyed this almost as much as mighty arrow.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of drperm
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite New Belgium offering, hands-down. The "American Blonde Ale" designation does not even begin to do justice to this multifaceted, complex brew. In the best of the American Craft tradition, this one takes simple genre, tips its hat to it, and then leaves it far behind.

Appearance: Just beautiful. Golden, shimmery, clear, sparkly, with a snow-white pillow of foam atop. Looks like the best of the Czech pilsener world, as it smiles at me in its glass.

Aroma: Earthy, crisp, mellow, dark, woodsy. I'm reminded of laurels and boxwoods after a rainshower, and expect to hear a wood thrush start singing any minute. Rye, dark hops, green apple, and wheat bread round out the nose. This smell is stupendous, comforting, and slightly intoxicating.

Taste: Delicious and refreshing. Surprisingly complex for its color and clarity, and also for its unassuming beginning (but remember that nose...). A delicious rye-wheat note marries perfectly with the ever-so-fresh hop quintet, and something rather perfumey (but in a good way) finishes it off.

Palate: Sublime and divine, if maybe flirting with being ever-so-slightly thin.

Overall/Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Scarily drinkable, in fact. I'm kicking myself for buying only a single instead of a sixer. I could drink this all day, all summer and fall -- this would, in fact, be perfect on a crisp, warm autumn day. I see this one working perfectly with any number of foods, from smoked (or unsmoked) craft cheeses, to seafood, to Mexican dishes, to fish, omelettes....I had mine with a yesterday-picked fresh mountain green apple, and it was divine.

drperm, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber golden with a decent white head. Aroma is richly hoppy and just slightly fruity. Flavor is seriously hoppy but not too bitter and has both malty and fruity hints. Texture is fizzy and leaves a nice hoppy finish that is only slightly bitter.

Cyberkedi, Aug 30, 2009
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 allengarvin
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass, this presents a very light golden beer with a small white head. The aroma is hugely hoppy though. I could smell it across the table after I poured it, very citrus, grassy hops. Well-balanced flavor, not nearly as bitter as I expected. Plenty of citrus hop flavor, but bitterness is quite moderate. There's not much else here--malt is kept to a minimum with just a tad of graininess, though the rye adds a very subtle spicy, peppery edge (I noticed it but couldn't place the taste until I read the label. Quite drinkable offering from NB.

allengarvin, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of HoosBrews
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very light and highly carbonated; true to it's Golden Ale naming. The nose is sweet with a clear presence of Belgian yeast and just a hint of floral hops. Taste is semi-sweet and moderately hoppy. Slightly dry finish with a fairly complex mouthfeel, a little suprisingly considering the appearance. Highly drinkable and very unique for a fall seasonal!

HoosBrews, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bright and clear golden color is topped by a small frothy white cap which dissipates into a thin film. Moderate lacing is left as a memento.

A well balanced aroma made of pine and citrus, some sweet malt along with a very slight sensation of floral notes.

Taste follows the smell very closely. Once again, balance is the key here. The hops are there, but not overpowering everything else. They leave only a slightly bitter aftertaste, and in the very end it is the citric and floral tastes which leave their impression on my tongue. The only "complaint" I would have in regards to the taste is that everything seemed somewhat muted, perhaps a little too low key.

Mouthfeel is medium, slick and slippery. Some carbonation in there, but not too much.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It does seem to be more of a spring/summer type beer rather than a fall seasonal, but no matter what time of year it's a pretty decent offering from the folks at New Belgium.

JBogan, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Hullabaloo2, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of Thur123
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Thur123, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of LibraryTom
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

LibraryTom, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

JohnGalt1, Aug 26, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Onenote81, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

rajendra82, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of GeezLynn
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

GeezLynn, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Bitterbill, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

dpodratsky3, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Riccymon
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Riccymon, Aug 20, 2009
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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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