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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
87
very good

485 Reviews
THE BROS
83
good

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Reviews: 485
Hads: 894
rAvg: 3.86
pDev: 9.59%
Wants: 43
Gots: 44 | 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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Reviews: 485 | Hads: 894
Photo of Minkybut
2.86/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a golden blond color. The beer poured a nice white fluff head and I had high hopes. However the beer had a terrible sour smell. I mean it flat out stunk. Taste was not like that but the smell ruined it. The beer had a yeasty taste. I will not buy again. (316 characters)

Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.78/5  rDev -28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served fridge into a belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Gold with a thick white froth that dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell - Grapefruit, straw, a little barnyard, citrus, biscuit yeastiness
Taste - a little dry hoppiness, citrus, grapefruit, yeastiness.
Drinkability - Not a bad brew. crisp and dry. Would be good to pair with food (Orange Chicken?) or to drink on a really hot day, but nothing exciting here. (411 characters)

Photo of bashiba
2.77/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dull yellow/orange with a thin white head, no retention or lacing.

The nose is very hoppy with a big lemony and juniper smell.

The flavor is thin and one dimensional with some grassy lemony hops and a some very faint pale malt. Diacytl comes through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily.

Not very good. (318 characters)

Photo of enbotellabuey
2.76/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It has the hops. There's no doubt about that. Unfortunately, that's about all it has. There is definitely a lot missing from this beer in the flavor department. The aroma is inviting. It has the aroma of a typical (good) IPA--plenty of pine and citrus filling the nose. The initial hop bite is pleasant, but is not backed up by any appreciable flavor. The hops linger on the tongue to give it a decent finish. But, again, it seems like the middle is completely missing--like a nice glass of water with 40 IBUs.

I am quite disappointed because NB is one of my favorite breweries--especially for the Belgian styles. I was hoping for something really flavorful and delicious. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had it in my mind that it might be a little bit like Duvel--which is delicious. But, unfortunately, this beer misses the mark. Sorry, NB! I'll still buy plenty of Abbey, Trippel, and 1554, but I won't be picking up this one again. (936 characters)

Photo of dunit697
2.75/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I compliment this beer on its unique timbre, but I personally am not as big a fan of hops or spicy beer. I recognize the quality of the beer and recommend it to anyone who does prefer the spicy genre of beer. This beer has much better drink ability compared to other hop-beers such as arrogant bastard. (302 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
2.67/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, drank from the new belgium globe glass like the bottle requests.

A- this one pours out a pale straw colored body with a full finger bright white head. the head lasts for a long time, and leaves behind a solid wall of lacing.

S- the nose is pretty subdued. it starts out with a light scent of pale malts and a little bit of bread. after that comes some faint pine and citric hops.

T- the taste is just as weak as the nose. faint pale malts and a little bit if cereal grains. maybe some toasted bread. after that comes a little bit of hops. a little bit of orange zest and some light floral notes. also a little bit of pine.

M- light to medium bodied with a little bit too much carbonation. no trace of the alcohol in this one.

D- meh, i found this beer to be bland and boring. something i dont think id try again. this is a rare let down from new belgium. oh well, maybe next time. (901 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle was obtained as part of a New Belgium variety pack. Served alone, unpaired with food.

A: Pours a four finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a slightly cloudy lemon yellow.

Sm: Aroma is light in strength: all me broken nose can pick up is a vague citrus ester. All apologies, lads.

T: Sloppy indistinct citrus esters mixed with clean bland barley. It's poorly built and balanced. Very simple as well.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't really suit the flavours. It's almost watery.

Dr: Not very drinkable on account of the limited quality. Decently priced as part of a variety pack, but still not worth a go for any serious beer fanatic. (or advocate, as it were...) (892 characters)

Photo of hardy008
2.58/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear gold color with a small white head and a decent lace. Smells of floral hops with some malt. Taste is mostly floral hops with bit of a malt backbone. Light bodied, decent carbonation, but overall, nothing very exciting. I won't be buying this again. (254 characters)

Photo of nickhiller
2.46/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: urine yellow, a dab of head and pretty decent lacing for the light lager-y color

S: sunblock, soap, really faint smells, I get almost nothing.

T: apricot, potpourri, not all that pleasant, though I'd bet my grandma would like it

M: a little light on the carbonation, more akin to a lager than an ale in body

D: let's just say I won't be having this again. It's way too fruity and flowery, especially for a Fall seasonal. Try Spring boys! (444 characters)

Photo of CosmoHopHead
2.02/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured into a New Belgium pint glass:

A: very light see through yellow color with very little head and no lacing.

S: Smells sweet with light floral hops.

T: like the smell, sweet with a light hop taste and maybe hints of grass and some malts

M: light carbonation. feels thin and very mild

D: had a somewhat hard time finishing this one. to light with nothing behind it.

Had hopes that this might actually be a well hopped offering from NB for once. You would think calling it "Hoptober" that it might actually have a hop kick to it but it didn't. Would not recommend to anyone. (584 characters)

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
87 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.