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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

886 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 36
Gots: 37 | 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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Ratings: 886 | Reviews: 485
Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with a big off-white head. Smells of tropical fruit and some light grain. Taste is initially some malt sweetness, followed by a big hop middle and finish. Citrus flavors, though primarily pine flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is a touch light. Overall very good. Tastes more like a pale ale than a golden ale to me with it's pronounced hop flavor.

Photo of pinotboy007
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden with a rich, bright white cap (it looks like a Pils), with nice tiny streams of bubbles. Nice lacing, too! Head diminishes after a few minutes, but watch that pour!

S-Floral grassy hops pop from the glass, leading me to think it might be a hop bomb. This ale also has white wine-like aromas.

T-Hops at first that are quickly supported by a nice tier of malt. Decent aftertaste that tells me it's food friendly. Very nice.

M-Rich at first with a light mid-palate but finishes rich, assuming that makes sense. The carbonation is nice and there is not much heat on the finish at all.

O-Highly versatile ale that I think might be enjoyable year 'round. This is worth your time and money.

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

Quickly, on to the beer:

Dirty yellow colored with a short head that leaves lots of dotty lacing onto the glass. Nose is subtle, but refreshing. It's grassy and has an appealing honeydue aroma.

The subtlety theme continues into the taste, which is a little bit of a surprise for a beer at 6% ABV. Melon rind and a little grassy bitterness are the dominant flavors in the bunch. Also a suggestion of wildflowers. Slight spice, perhaps from the rye. Or maybe it is the carbonation, which is medium-high. Its clean finish with some melon leftovers in the aftertaste are appealing and leave the beer with a good note.

As is the case with most of New Belgium's line of "regular" beers, Hoptober can appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes. This is something to keep in mind for future falls.

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of thick, pure white head over a transparent golden body; moderate carbonation is visible; head leaves nice lace

S - smells like a flower shop; touch of citrus

T - sweet bready malt, floral hops, citrus, sweet honey; all the flavors seem to linger for a bittersweet aftertaste; complex and well-balanced

M - smooth medium body; medium/high carbonation

O - Hops are the main feature here, but the sweet malt puts up a fight. Hoptober is a good hoppy ale.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: single finger head, clear amber color with little lace

S: pale malt and some earthy hop notes.

T: excellent flavor and nice hops with a semi bitter finish. Grain notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A drinkable beer that is relatively simple.

Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly clear golden color with a thick creamy head... Super clear, like a pilsner almost...

Hoppy aromas mix with light graininess here... The hops seem to take over in the end and that's a good thing...

Pretty good hoppy flavor with this... Light malts mixed with the piney hops make this a nice little brew...

Not bad at all.. I liked the spring seasonal a little better but there's nothing wrong with this one at all...

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of DAllspaw
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of MrDonQuixote
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Tap Room of New Belgium

A- Golden color, almost no head

S- Hoppy smell, but not super intense

T- Nice and light with a nice hoppy finish, citric intensity

M- nice carbonation. slightly strong aftertaste

O- Great smooth nice summery beer although its a fall seasonal.

Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of Jan. 29 2010. Poured into NB goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden straw color. Even with an aggressive pour, less than 1/4 inch of white head appeared and had poor retention but left attractive lacing.

A very pleasant and pleasing grain aroma greets the nose, then is followed by an interesting hop scent. The flavors were very tasty, a pleasing mix of the malt and hop.

The body was typical for the style, but still crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, You want to, and could have, a bunch of these in a row and remain pleased throughout. This will be a great beer for tailgates and fall parties in the backyard.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that I don't have high expectations for. I'm sure this beer will be near you soon, I think you'll be as happy with it as I am.

Photo of codfeast
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: malt and hops, (earth, popcorn, and citrus).

T: Starts out with the sweetness of the malt, followed quickly by some citrus and hops. then some back and forth between the two, final to the hops.

M: Nicely carbinated, prickly on the tounge, body slightly south of medium.

O: Very easy drinking and refreshing, like to battle between the sweet and the bitter. Something I would drink again.

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of alli4051
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Felt like a fall seasonal, had surprisingly few options, and settled on this. Pours a bright gold with a just slightly off white head. Head is creamy and recedes slowly leaving some thick lacing. The nose on this is incredibly potent. Lost of biscuity malts up front with some nice faint hop aromas to compliment. Unfortunately after the nose the taste is a bit subtle and kind of a let down but seems appropriate for the style. Malty up front with noble hops in the finish. Some nice sweet honey notes as well. Mouthfeel is a little disappointing, kind of thin and watery. Overall a solid,very drinkable beer. Not really sure why this is a fall seasonal thought, doesn't feel very fall like (beermail me if there is something obvious I'm missing that makes this a fall brew).

Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

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!

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

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint Pours a light to medium orange yellow amber, thin fine head the slowly dissipates to a ring, lots of lacing. Light aroma of sweet malt and hops. Taste follows aroma, sweet bready malt, light orange and lemon citrus hops. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a mild hop bite on the back of the tongue. Subdued, but pleasant. Nicely hopped for a blonde ale.

Photo of BeerDocT
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Ah, Fall. My favorite seasonal ale time of year.

Poured into a wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 3.0: Like so many IPA-type beers, this brew poured out a deep golden color with a very small head. Small head formed and quickly disappeared. Very small carbonation bubbles, but few bubbles visible.

-Smell 3.0: Standard smell for a beer. I do detect a little more hops than I normally smell in the typical micro-brew ale, but that's about it.

-Taste 4.5: The hoppiness of this beer is really interesting. I taste the familiar (and well loved) alkaline flavor when the beer first enters my mouth, but then it becomes a different taste (but still very hoppy) when I swallow. Finally, there is a distinct hop aftertaste once I swallow. Delicious and thirst quenching.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: The label claims that this beer has a "creamy mouth feel," but I didn't think it was that creamy. Just an average mouth feel, but a good, session-beer level of carbonation present.

-Overall 4.0: Very good beer bordering on excellent. The taste is what sets this particular brew apart for me, but I found the other components to be only standard. I could see that 6% ABV creeping up on the casual drinker, so be aware. Could be a great session beer.

Six packs on sale for $7.99 at Targets in Atlanta.

Photo of obrike
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of paco1029384756
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of setexascustoms
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of dpodratsky3
3.8/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of homersimpson67
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had Hoptober the last few years and I do enjoy it this time of year. Pleasant blend of malt and hops.
Pours a nice orange copper with a good 2 fingers of lacing into my New Belgium tulip.
Very inviting aroma of pine, citrus and spice.
Not an overpowering taste but the hoppy bitterness does linger a bit, very warming and drinkable.
Mouthfeel is nothing special, sits well and goes down smoothly leaving a bit of aftertaste that keeps you wanting more.
Overall pretty decent, I enjoy most brews by New Belgium, while not my all time favorite always a reasonably priced and clean drinking ale.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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