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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

884 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 35
Gots: 38 | 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 3agle87
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of captainfroth
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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 Perducci
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of friedpotatoes
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of randymanar
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jgarvis
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of jewellrunner
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of devonnaire
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of ssjkyle
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured a cloudy golden with a 1" pure white head with great lacing.

S - Pine & citrus and all that comes with a fully hopped ale

T - Terrific malt and oat flavoring gives way to a dry bitter finish.

M - Light carbonation and smooth

Over-hopped? perhaps. Wonderful malt and crisp bitter finish - YEP.

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

Fresh (1/8/12) 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Puffy white cap raises to 2 fingers and slowly fades leaving plenty of lacing. Color is golden, crisp and clear. Half an inch head remains throughout leaving thick lacing when the beer is finished.

Nose is big fresh piney/citrusy hops, light yeast, very nice. The 5 hops beat out the 4 malts in the super fresh beer.

Taste is piney and some citrus hops, bready malt, very smooth, dangerously drinkable. The rye is noticeable and enjoyable.

Overall this is a great and very drinkable beer.

Photo of rmdunlap85
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks very nice, clear, deep golden color with a clean white head. The head stays until the end of the beer, at least it did for me.

S - I loved the nose on this beer. It smelled strongly of citrus and smelled very appealing.

T - The overpowering citrus character of the nose is evident, but not overpowering in the taste. It also has some grassiness and floral notes.

M - It is creamy mouthfeel, not very heavy carbonation

O - I really enjoyed this beer, it is unlike any other fall seasonal that I have had. It is light and crisp with very nice citrusy flavors. I wouldn't necessarily have this on a colder fall day, but it is pleasant when the weather is still warmish.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Closest looking to a regular macro that I've seen. Light to middle hued golden color and a short fizzy head. Head did retain decently.

S- Definite floral tones along with a light lager type of smell. Slight sweet smell along with light malt smells.

T- Makes me think of a lighter beer with actual flavor. Good hops bitterness mingles with quality malts, no adjuncts. 40 IBU seems a little high for this, but according to the bottle that's what it is. Finishes clean and refreshing.

M- Slightly creamy, yet still light and refreshing. Great compliment to the taste profile.

Overall, I really liked this beer outside of its appearance. The appearance made me not expect much, then, boom, great beer. I'll have this again for sure.

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

Pours a light orange that is brilliant, clear, with a nice white head that laces.

Smells of floral and citrus hops with some malt character coming through. Not completely complex, but a nice, strong floral hop nose.

Tastes of grapefruit, pear, slight tropical fruit, a hint of pine. It's all hops in the taste with the malt balancing and coming in just in the back.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied...easy to drink. Maybe a bit more body would be nice. Smooth finish.

This beer really showcases its floral, fruity hops and has enough malt sweetness to keep it almost perfectly balanced. It's easy to drink yet slightly complex, but more than anything, the flavor is just fantastic. If only there was some of the oily-ness of Pliney, this would be to the next level. I look forward to this one every year.

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

Nice foamy head topping two fingers an sticky lacing. Just exceptional bubbling, hundreds of tiny columns of bubbles rising to the top of this foamy brew. The color is a golden hay with light copper hues mixed in. Medium hoppy nose, adding light citrus and heavy earthen grass aromas to a dry pilsner malt smell. The taste is mildly bitter to start Repeats of the earthen grass, but no citrus. The malts add a dry toasted gristy taste and mouthfeel. Pretty good balance for a hoppy blonde ale. Good tasting beer, but the hoppiness makes this beer falls a little short for drinkability on my scale. Still very good overall.

Photo of beer2day
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a decent pale gold with a forced 1-finger head. No retention. Laces well.

Very bright nose. Lots of hops here, which I should have guessed from the name. Definitely not your standard fall beer. Faint citrus, mostly lemon, and some very faint pine. Picking up toast as well, maybe some toasted malt thrown in.

Thin up front, but the hops kick in quick. Very nice flavor. I get the roasted malt that was there in the nose as well as some bready yeast and a slight lemon-apricot zest. A fall IPA.

Feel has a smidge less body than the flavor demands, but not a big detraction.

Overall, a very nice beer from NB. Well worth a try. Or two.

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

A: Very clear straw color with nice 1-2 finger head that settled quickly.

S: The aroma is sweet with citrus and very mild (faint) floral tones

T: The malty and hoppy components are quite balanced at a medium range. There is an earthiness to this beer and the hops are noticeable, especially toward the end.

M: medium-light body and definitely creamy. A little heavier than I would expect from a blonde, but it works for fall style.

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

Appearance: A crystal-clear, golden-amber body capped by a little over a finger of near-white head that features good retention and lacing.

Aroma: Citrusy and tropical-fruity hops over a biscuity malt body. If you'd presented this to me as an India Pale Ale, I wouldn't have thought twice based on the aroma.

Taste: Moderately bitter, green, and citrusy hops up front. Underneath, a toasty, biscuity, and caramel-like malt body keeps everything nicely balanced. The aftertaste is citrusy, a little leafy, and biscuity with a nice bitter kick. In the flavor department it ends up resembling a Pale Ale, rather than an IPA.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly creamy with good carbonation. A dry finish.

Drinkability: A very quaffable brew that would be make for a great session choice.

Verdict: It's always nice to see New Belgium playing on the hoppier side of the spectrum, and Hoptober ends up being a tasty, easily drinkable, and cheerful little beer.

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

Hoptober pours a golden tone of amber. Almost light orange-butternut squash. Great October tone Beautiful thick head, medium high carbonation.
Smells of Cascade, pepper, Centenial, lemon, orange,malt, hint of toasted grain/ fruit that create a beautiful nose of an fall brew. The peppery spice at the finish really sets of the whole nose.
Flavor is a noticeable step above most standard NB offerings. Spiced grains, floral hops, maple, toasted bread, tangerines, squash, peppep,coriander seed, bit of clove honey and orange round out the finish, spiked with a hop profile that is assertive and extremely well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium. Malt is kept in check by the spice/hops. Carbonation could be a touch higher but is very good the way that it is.
Excellent beer, excellent fall beer. Great overall.

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.