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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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very good

862 Ratings

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 30
Gots: 24 | 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 OzarkElmo


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

Pours a golden, mostly clear with moderate white head which mostly diminishes. Good lacing throughout. Floral, pine and citrus aromas dominate the nose. Well-balanced with good crisp, slightly bitter finish. Malt presence is overpowered by the hops. A very good offering from NB - one of their best and have enjoyed several of these this fall - CHEERS!

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:32:11 | More by OzarkElmo
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2009 20:53:17 | More by oberon
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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2009 23:43:00 | More by russpowell
Photo of CraftBeerTastic


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Ba Review #71
Served On: 10/1/2011
Glassware: Pint

What better way to ring in the month of October than with an exclusive fall seasonal. This was a 22oz bomber I picked up at Evergreen Liquors in Frederick, MD for around $3.99.

Look: A very light straw yellow color with a nice thick white 3 finger head. Carbonation bubbles were abundant but rose rather slowly. This was a nice looking blonde ale.

Smell: First was a pungent floral hop. Then a faint Belgian yeast note with some citrus. The beer had a nice crisp aroma that seemed like an IPA but had that light blonde ale quality and freshness.

Taste: The floral hops hit first – then that Belgian yeast with hints of clove and barnyard funk. The finish was rather dry with a faint citrus that lingered into the aftertaste.

This beer was a cross between an IPA and a Belgian Blonde or Saison. Not exactly what you would expect in a fall offering, but an interesting way to mesh a hoppy IPA characteristic with a blonde ale. This was very nice!

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 01:01:29 | More by CraftBeerTastic
Photo of DAllspaw


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours light golden with 1 inch white head. Bready aroma, kind of a nutty aroma as well.

Relatively light, not overpowering with nice hops as well. Not a hop bomb, just a nice ale. Similar to pale ale in the mouth, with bitter finish, finish leaves me wanting just a bit more, but a solid beer for regular drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 02:02:30 | More by DAllspaw
Photo of Dohdaman


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz btl into a New Glarus Pint Glass.

A. Clear golden color, long lasting head.

S. Citrus and Hops.

T. Hoppy, but not overdone.

M. Well carbonated, not too bitter.

D. Good beer overall, not over the top hoppy. Can drink a few of these in a row.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2010 18:44:13 | More by Dohdaman
Photo of champ103


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, grassy, and floral hops. Some grapefruit bitterness. Not much sweetness for balance.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, grassy, and floral hops again. Some bread and grain. Not much else, but still enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. A little watery. Not hard to drink. Something I can session.

Not bad at all. I can see the appeal for this beer. It just does not do a lot for me. This really is worth a try though.

Serving type: on-tap

10-01-2009 03:37:31 | More by champ103
Photo of beagle75


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of fizzy white foam head that collapses to a fine ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pale malt backbone and fine floral hops compose the majority of this beer's smell, with bright fruity esters barely detectable in the background and a little pepper around the edges.

T: Begins as crackers and yeast, with light, bright citrus hop aromatics. Just as the flavors begin to sweeten and some juicy melon is exposed, the palate is swept clean and dry. The finish features restrained bitterness but is rather seltzery.

M: Light-medium viscosity equates to a slightly heavier-than-expected presence, but moderate carbonation provides balance. Some astringency attacks the palate, providing a bit of a misplaced pucker-factor.

D: After seeing what direction New Belgium took Ranger IPA in, this beer seems to be cut from similar cloth. The overall sensory theme appears the same, but here the sensory volume is dialed back. This is a solid and versatile summer pale ale, not to mention a fine counterpoint to Fat Tire.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:32:23 | More by beagle75
Photo of superspak


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by Nov 20, 2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some nice lacing down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, floral, orange, apricot, light caramel, bread, and a bit of wheat. Some nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of nice grapefruit, pine, floral, orange, bread, light pine, spices, and wheat. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, spiciness, bread, and light caramel for a bit on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a nice and drinkable blonde ale. Quite enjoyable and definitely a nice option for a session. It is nicely balanced in flavors and not anything extreme that would make it unpalatable after a few glasses.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2012 03:36:51 | More by superspak
Photo of gabe23

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Deep golden color with a soapy white head. Decent lacing.

S - Fresh, citrusy hop aroma with just a touch of breadiness. I also pick up some sweet apple notes, which was unexpected.

T - Piney hops dominate up front, and as the beer coats the tongue a malty sweetness balances things nicely. The finish has a nice bitterness that prepares you well for the next sip.

M - Quite thick with mild carbonation. Heavier than I expected, but not offputting.

D - I enjoyed this one, though it's hoppier than any other blonde ale that I remember drinking. I'd probably call it a pale ale, but whatever it is, I liked it. The flavor is clean and fresh, and I could easily drink a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:35:36 | More by gabe23
Photo of bonsreeb85


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear golden with foamy ivory head that stands about an inch tall before dissapateing to a thing layer of foam.

S - smells of grapefruit, citrus and dank mary j nuggies. excellent smell on this one, dank and juicy!

T - bitter up-front, slight malt flavor somes creeping through but grapefruit and citrus hops w/ floral qualities are predominant. Flavor is slightly less then potent, especially after such a strong nose.

MF - quite crisp and carbonated, with a medium light body. rather thin, but easy to quaff.

D - excellent session seasonal from NB.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2009 02:36:32 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of tbern007


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at BJs microbrewery in Las Vegas.
Dark golden in color, just the right amount of head at first, but did not remain so after just a short time.
Tasted very pine-like. A kind of hops taste that is unfamiliar, but very good. Slight malt taste, primarily hops flavored with some citrus.
Quite drinkable. Paired great with chicken wings!

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2010 21:19:19 | More by tbern007
Photo of Soneast


3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2009 21:16:07 | More by Soneast
Photo of homebrewhawk


3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a brilliant pale gold with a bit more than a finger of white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, but not overpowering. Also some bready malt in the aroma. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not as much going on in the flavor. Some spicy flavors in the finish. Restrained hop bitterness. Nice and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 00:42:47 | More by homebrewhawk
Photo of ElGordo


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow golden color with a decent amount of creamy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of slightly sweet pale malt with some bready notes, along with some pleasant, citrusy hops.
Palate is a bit delicate - light malt with a touch of wheat lends a dry character on the front of the mouth. Some sweetness with notes of crisp apple and citrus, along with a pleasant mellow bitterness from the hops. Finish has a mild lingering bitterness with a touch of lemon.
Body is light and crisp, very refreshing, but holds the flavor well. This is a fairly strong beer for a blonde ale, but the alcohol is well-integrated. Not the most exciting offering around, but it's a solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 04:34:23 | More by ElGordo
Photo of heissebier


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color and good two finger head. I also enjoyed the nice lacing action.

This beer has a nice backbone of malt supporting a strong hoppiness. The taste was complex and hoppy but with a malty finish. An interesting fall beer that came as part of a new holland seasonal 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2011 17:35:42 | More by heissebier
Photo of obrike


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a sixer at Round Rock HEB for 7 and change.

Golden color. One inch white head. Lacing was much more pronounced than I anticipated. Nice.

Definitely get the dank hops...orange, lemon, flowers...quite fresh.

Unfortunately, taste does't quite follow nose. Lemony bitter hops, maybe some honey. Much lighter flavor than I was expecting. Medium carbonation, has a bite to it though. I found this one to be pretty drinkable, but not a beer I'd seek out.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 23:44:10 | More by obrike
Photo of Knecht


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Pours a white, one and a half finger head that retains very nicely. The beer is a bright golden color, much lighter than I expected it to be (even with the "Golden Ale" in the title). The aroma smells of fresh hops and underlying malt. Despite the unexpectedly light color, I am enticed. The beer is refreshing and crisp, bordering on lager territory but with enough hops to give it a good bitter punch on the front.

I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. I usually do not go for beers that are this lightly colored, but it really is quite refreshing, and would serve as a solid session beer on a crisp autumn day of football. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2009 21:21:49 | More by Knecht
Photo of paco1029384756


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with one finger of light white head.

Scent of sweet and lightly bitter hops, caramel, grass, flowers and some malts. Nice hop presence and balance.

Taste of pale malts, grain, and faint hops. Another solid offering from New Belgium.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth with good carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2009 22:56:43 | More by paco1029384756
Photo of OlieIPA


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Tim Pehl and devoured by Pehlman and OlieIPA.

A: A nice light golden color along with a white colored head and mediocre lacing.

S: Fresh wort! First hop addition in a wort would be the best way to describe it...leafy/fresh produce aroma. Not that much malt either; very light.

T: The malt character compliments the very forestry/plant-like taste; sometimes biscuity and sweet, but overall...hop like for the most part. As my friend puts it, "Broccoli-like flavor".

M: Light and oily at times; carbonation is mild to medium as well.

D: Very impressed; one of New Belgium's better beers.

Overall: I love 1554 from NB...this one is up there. Very drinkable and something I would buy to impress my friends. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 01:30:55 | More by OlieIPA
Photo of mikereaser


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 10-20-10.

A - pours a clear golden orange with 2 inches of fluffy foam that left plenty of lacing

S - Interesting aroma, mostly citrus, some apple, lemon and orange zest, but a bit of grassiness as well

T - grassy hops, some apple and orange zest with a touch of spiciness

M/D - light bodied, crisp carbonation with a slightly bitter finish, the flavor is nice and it would be easy to drink alot of this.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 20:28:37 | More by mikereaser
Photo of setexascustoms


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Clear and golden with little head, but still manages to leave some nice lacing.

S: Citrus from the hops, and a lot of other fruits, perhaps from the multitude of different grains or maybe the yeast.

T: Citric fruits, very clean and crisp. Some hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Good, but I help but feel that something's missing.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium body and fine bubble carbonation.

O: This beer is clean and refreshing, I can't help but feel it would make for a proper summer seasonal, not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm perfectly happy drinking it now, and it's a pleasant departure from the more typical fall seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 00:35:31 | More by setexascustoms
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy gold w/ decent head and no lace on top of a nice mix of earthy hops and dry malt. Medium-bodied and chewey, it's real smooth w/ a wheat twang as well as having a piney, resinouse hop feel. Balanced brew as a touch of of chewey, doughy malt give off some fullness and dryness as a little bit of sugary sweetness. Throw in the touch of citrus and tart fruits and while a tad simplistic this is a very tastey beer that I enjoyed sipping on.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2011 21:03:19 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Overlord


3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly hoppy for a blonde!

Pours a very light hazy white/gold/yellow. Big white tightly bubbled head.

Smells like ground up dirt/grass/flowers, with a bit of pine. Interesting. No sweetness in aroma.

No sweetness in flavor, either. Just a pleasant, one-note, lightly bittered pine, almost herbal/earthy in quality, with a bit of a very gentle acrid aftertaste. Maybe some lemon rinds or bitter citrus, as well.

Well carbonated. Pleasant.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2010 04:00:14 | More by Overlord
Photo of grayburn

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not too shabby, I like how new Belgium put their own twist on the October themed seasonal. This product stands out well in a sea of marzens.

Pours light and golden with a one finger cap. Head fades to a soapy ring that laces just a little.

The smell and taste are as hop forward as the name implies (considering the style and the brewery). Definitely more impressed by this brew than I expected, my favorite nb brew so far, but I look forward to trying some of the lips of faith series, especially la follie.

Quite easy drinking, a bit light on the mouthfeel, but notba bad beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 06:06:40 | More by grayburn
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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