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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

858 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 29
Gots: 21 | 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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mjkingman

Wyoming

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-03-2013 22:05:49 | More by mjkingman
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hyoung41

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-10-2011 21:44:56 | More by hyoung41
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GRR

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-18-2013 18:51:37 | More by GRR
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Pegasus

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a touch ofg haze, crowned by a massive, dense snow-white cloud-top head. The glass walls are adorned with Belgian lacing. Numerous streams of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Citric and pine hops dominate the aroma with a mildly spicy undercurrent. The aroma inspires a sense of anticipation.

Taste: Opens with a burst of complex hop flavors, bitter, spice, pine, and citric, tending toward grapefruit rind. Beneath the hops is a wave of lightly toasted pale malt.The rye malt contributes a slight spiciness as well, as well as a slight bread crust note. Towards the finish, the hops really shine,with a flourish of grapefruit and spices. Finishes with a lingering, mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A stellar example of the style and one which greatly exceeded my expectations. Well done, New Belgium.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager "sensory" glass.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 14:28:10 | More by Pegasus
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MrBillyMac

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-18-2012 02:02:36 | More by MrBillyMac
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When poured into a New Belgium globe glass, the appearance is wonderful: frothy white head, beautiful apple cider golden hue with constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. As the beer goes down, the sticky white lacing clings to the glass beautifully. It smells like crisp sweet apples and bold golden wheat. The mouth-feel is light and carbonated, highly drinkable. You can taste sweet caramel apples and citrus hops here. At first you wonder if it really is an Autumn beer, but half-way through, you realize this beer is brilliant. It IS an Autumn beer, it's just presented in a different way. It's crisp, light, warm, brilliant. It's not an Oktoberfest, but it is meant for October. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 19:18:02 | More by JuicesFlowing
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danharrington99


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-12-2012 05:29:47 | More by danharrington99
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justinhhunt

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-17-2013 05:41:27 | More by justinhhunt
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M_Burkey


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

08-06-2012 22:40:46 | More by M_Burkey
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CousinSuzy

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-25-2012 04:38:56 | More by CousinSuzy
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gleemonger

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-29-2012 01:59:29 | More by gleemonger
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with three fingers of head; both lacing and retention were impressive

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with just a hint of the light malt underneath

Taste: Four grains were used in the malt bill and the complexity that brings is apparent, up front, with a light toasted, shortbread character that has a crisp rye element to it; the malts, however, quickly move to the back seat, with the floral, citrusy hops taking over; nicely balanced, into the finish and the floral character lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Never thought I would rate a blonde so highly; this one re-defines the style, however

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 18:38:52 | More by brentk56
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ffshore545

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-06-2014 16:02:07 | More by ffshore545
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Pjev11

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

11-16-2011 02:40:19 | More by Pjev11
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BTFU

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

02-11-2012 04:30:59 | More by BTFU
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scoobybrew

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that settles, but leaves a very nice lacing

S - strong American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - wonderfully strong full hop flavor from start to finish with a moderately strong hop finish but not extremely bitter like a double IPA would be

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very unique beer, somewhere between an APA and IPA, with a little too much strength - alcohol and hops - for a blonde ale in my opinion. It's quite wonderful when you're in the mood for hops, and quite sessionable to a certain degree.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 23:48:31 | More by scoobybrew
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Butch5555

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

10-27-2012 00:06:05 | More by Butch5555
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ipcolling

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-09-2012 00:10:06 | More by ipcolling
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tonyf55

Alberta (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-03-2012 05:54:54 | More by tonyf55
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dogfish7

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

07-25-2012 00:47:37 | More by dogfish7
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kiki3drt292

California

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

01-10-2012 18:47:22 | More by kiki3drt292
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ardy007

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

03-18-2012 00:30:01 | More by ardy007
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savagepm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

12-12-2011 09:28:05 | More by savagepm
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jkdrummer

Washington

4.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New Belgium has done it again, a hoppy fall season ale. For those that don't like the fall season offerings, this one New Belgium is friggin good! Really crisp, almost like a lager. Sweet and balanced with great cleansing hoppy and slight lemony aftertaste. A great beer on a hot Indian Summer evening. Even BMC drinkers mayb enjoy this libation.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2010 23:44:13 | More by jkdrummer
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nickthegun12

Alabama

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

sorry y'all i might be a little biased here>>cause this here is my personal favorite beer>>>no.1 on my list of beers of all time>>to be such a simple beer
i would like to see a bit more head>>straw color>leaves a nice lacing
the smell is of wheat, oats, hops, and malted barley
oh my gosh the taste where do i start?>>wow>>spicy, hoppy but not bitter>>>the hops in this beer are more aromatic
very creamy feel>>lots of carbonation
i could DRINK THIS BEER ALL DAY AND ALL NIGHT for the rest of my life!

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 23:30:18 | More by nickthegun12
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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