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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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878 Ratings

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 31
Gots: 32 | 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 brewanddrink
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i am a fan of all oktoberferst style or spin offs so i had to try this one. It pour smooth golden into my glass and had a great malt smell with hop notes following right after. It is good with food or by itself. Just one more great beer put out by the awesome New Belgium brewing co.

Photo of schleprock
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.
A: This beer looks more like a pilsner than a blonde ale with it's crisp golden color and lots of bubbles. Very nice lacing in the glass.

S: As the name suggests, plenty of fresh hops, earthy and citrusy. The aroma is crisp, sweet and full of citrus.

T: Lots of fruity esthers and a pleasant mild bite from the hops.

M: This beer starts out strong and finishes nicely. A bit of lingering bitterness from the hops and the carbonation give a nice feel.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. This could be a year round brew, or at the very least, available during summer and fall.

Photo of goblue3509
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a one finger white head and decent lacing. The aroma is of citrus hops and floral hops. The aroma for a blond is great. The taste has a sweet malt backbone and then a nice ctirus hop bite along with a piney hop bite. The taste is crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Overall for a blond this is a very solid beer. One of the best blondes I have ever had.

Photo of rowew
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical New Belgium label and bottle. As usual, they have all the relevant information easily available.

Appearance: Clear golden and a bit effervescent. Nice sized head, dense with pretty good retention.

Smell: Peppery hops, some varied grain flavors. Definitely appealing.

Taste: Definitely hop forward, but not bitter. Spicy and peppery hop flavors, with a bit of the flavor I associate with rye beers.

Overall impression: Definitely a drinkable offering, I tried this on draft and wasn't impressed - but I'm really enjoying the six pack, so maybe it was my taste buds or the lines or something.

Photo of MOB210SA
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never wanting to risk buying the 6 pack (which is unusual), I came across a single and picked it up.

Getting close to the exp..

Best Before: Mar 05 2010

Brite white fluffy and light white head that is staying and holding up nicely. Light fuzzy golden in color. Looks great. At the end of my glass that is no shortage of lacing on my glass. It is well covered.

Before I even went in for a smell a great crisp hoppiness crossed my nose from the pour. Really sweet caramel/ caramel malt with a citrusy hoppiness. A good impressive hop nose like an IPA.

Mmm. That is my first impression. Very flavorful. Delicious maltiness with a great tasting soft hoppy finish. Slightly sweet. So similar to me, to an IPA, but less bitter hoppiness. Thats why I love it so much- instantly. So smooth and goes down easy. I could drink these all night happily. I have to say this is my favorite beer Ive tried from NB, and Ive had around 5-10.
Sweet slightly tangy hoppiness fades into sweet caramel hues with a delicious lasting finish.

Medium/light bodied, silky smooth, slightly tongue tingling carbonation. Mouthfeel is great and fits the beer/style perfect.

I guess it was my loss that I never bought it all the times I saw it.

Photo of wagenvolks
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice.

Attractive pour, with a straw golden, lager-esque look that sports sedate carbonation. A thick cap of foam initially, bone white in color and well-retained, but it eventually settles to an off-centered patch of large bubbles. Great lacing, too. Subtly hoppy nose, with soft & sweet grapefruits leading the way, backed by a hint of peppery spice from the rye and sweeter crystal malts. Enticing, but it makes you work for it...digging this one so far.

A damn tasty beer New Belgium has crafted here. Although it's called "Hoptober", the grain bill is the highlight for me, as the rye and oats meld perfectly to form a sublime, earthy smoothness to the body. Suggestions of wet hay and raw oatmeal, before a spicy kick from the rye hits mid-palate. Hops take charge of the finish, adding a great, bitter balance with notes of citrus flesh and green mint. Mouthfeel is a bit aggressive for the style, but that's not too much of an issue for me. Although this won't be the most in-your-face brew that New Belgium has to offer--far from it--but the flavor of Hoptober is both original and superbly well-balanced. An easy choice and easier drinking...seek this one out if you can!

Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
Best Before: 05DEC10 is screened on the label

Pours a clear pale yellow with some orange tinges. Fills the pint to the rim with head and deposits rings of lace that drop together forming a spiderweb coating on the glass. Carbonation is intense, robust and unheeding.

Nose: Faint pale malts and citrus hops.

Much bolder body than expected. No thin blonde ale here. A hopeful and smooth pale malt base teases, before being back handed by a orange-citric hop blast. Finishes quick as the bitterness doesn't hang around for long but does deposit a orange malt float flavor on the mouth. The wheat and oats leave their mark in the remarkable smoothness of the brew. I really like this beer.

We can't get New Belgium in Pennsylvania and that is a shame. Thanks to Simon for bringing the beer over for tasting at the after Big Pour 4 hangout, oh yeah and his cousin for bringing it up from SC. ( Yes, i stashed a couple so i could do a review proper )

Photo of Duttonic
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes 10/30/10.

A- Golden, one finger white head, aggressive bubbling, great lacing.

S- Citrus (orange peel), hops, sourdough bread.

T/M- Light body, airy, mild hoppiness, great flavor.

D- This is a solid fall session for me. It breaks up the monotony of Oktoberfest for me and gives me something different than the usual enamel removers I love so much. Thank you New Belgium.

Photo of LibraryTom
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A hoppy Belgian blonde ale is the best name for this one I think. Instead of having pale malt characteristics, this has the fruity Belgian blonde ale characteristics. Notes of ripe peaches are prevalent, as is a smoother, rounder mouthfeel as compared to West Coast Pale Ales. The hop character is present on the nose, as well as the palette, but is much less assertive. It tends to be a backdrop instead of the main event here. An easy drinking ale that has a beautiful rich, sweet, and smooth character, while still being refreshing.

Photo of jsprain1
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very nice looking golden/amber looking beer with a very thick white head that sticks around for quite a while.
S- smells very floral, with a little citrus, particularly grapefruit integrated in. a little bit of cookie smell hidden in the background, but the scent is definitely hop oriented.
t- very tasty. starts citrusy, moves to a little bit of a bitterness and finishes with some floral and bready flavors.
m- I like my beers to have some presence to them, and this one does, but it was a little overagressive. the carbonation left a little bit of piercing feeling on the pallate. mouthfeel was slightly above average for me.
d- overall a very good beer. one of new belgium's better beers. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will likely enjoy it again soon.

Photo of KomodoDragon
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
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 DovaliHops
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 bottle. Pours a clear golden color. Very bubbly with a large white, frothy head. Smells of a lot of hops and some wheat. I'm digging the scent on it. Very subtle yet intriguing. Taste is initially a sweet, malty flavor with some definite rye notes. Then you get the hop flavors. Not very bitter, but hoppy at the same time. At the end you get some caramel and some very delightful fruitiness. The mouthfeel is very crisp and refreshing. A perfect beer for a warm summer night. The drinkability is VERY HIGH.

Photo of anchordrinker
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- transparent golden with a cloud-white two fingered head that dissipates to a thin layer. good lace.

S- piney, ester-y, resiny, grainy

T- citrusy, spicy, delicate floral sweetness, toasted grains (oatmeal and rye come through here). incredibly complex for the low abv.

M- silky smooth, but a little too much carb bite for my taste. (probably could have poured it more aggressively)

D- exceptionally drinkable and light while being highly complex

this is a great seasonal offering, especially if the prospect of a moderately-hopped complex golden ale sounds up your alley!

Photo of Tunafever73
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Holy crap! This is kinda what I said after the first sip of this creamy elixr of the heavens.

Poured into 20oz glass, I could only empty 3/4 of the bottle before the rich creamy head spilled over the rim. It then stayed there until I couldn't take it any longer and waded past it. The nase is hit with strong citrus, mostly grapefruit, without losing the hoppy aroma. The taste was exactly what it should be, creamy, smooth, and citrusy.

After the second bottle I knew for sure.
This just earned a spot on my favorite list. Superb!

Photo of garymuchow
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into SN tulip glass.
Very attractive golden with nice white head and reasonable stamina. Lots of bubble action from the nucleation.
Balanced malt hop aroma, but I especially like it when the sweet, spicy, citrus, fruit of the hops is most forward. Malt backing is biscuit, toast, nuttiness similar to Fat Tire and some of the other beers from New Belgium. Just a touch of yeast.
Balanced flavors, as with the aroma. I really enjoy the hop character as it blends best with the interesting, yet familiar malt character. Hop as flavor (citrus, spice, mild grassiness) and bitterness (blending, yet laying flat on tongue as the long dryness of the finish kicks in).
Rather fully carbonated which gives a touch of fillingness (if that's a word). Surprisingly heavy body, closer to moderate than light.
The best bottles of this I've had approach Gumballhead. It's not quite there, but it's easier for me to get and I know it will be fresh. An easy beer for me to pick up annually, if it continues to be like this.

Photo of chodinheaven
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Perfectly clear pale orange beer with a lots of visible carbonation. Nice two finger snow-white head on top that leaves a holey blanket of lacing down the side of the glass after dissapating. The smell has a nice sharp piney hoppiness to it backed by a very pleasant malted barley aroma. Clean, balanced nose.

Up front there is a nice clean feel that tastes almost sweet, like there's a twinge of tangerine almost. Bold and bitter hops take over the back of the palate. Piney hops are the main feature, but they are almost matched with a nice smacking of caramel malts that come close to balancing this one. Certainly a hop-forward beer, but there is that balancing factor in the malt bill. Every now and then, a sip will just remind me of tangerine as well, adding a layer onto the complexity. The carbonation level is right on for the style at medium-high, but despite that, there is a wateriness to the feel that is just a smidge out of place. Otherwise, it finishes crisp and dry, fitting for a beer featuring the month of October in its name. Very good beer, and definitely worth the 3.99 price tag. I will almost certainly be picking this one up again.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of pweis909
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is a perfectly transparent golden ale with billowing pillows of foam and multiple tracings of lacings left behind as the foam recedes. There is some graininess and grassiness to its aroma, which leans towards the citrusy hops of Sierra Nevada. There is a bit of carbonation bite to its taste, but beyond that, there is soft subtle malt sweetness. Perhaps the word soft comes to mind because the texture of this beer, especially the initial foamy layers, reminds me of nothing less than soft lips of a sensual kiss. In this sense, this may be the sexiest beer I know. The beer is worth experiencing for that reason alone. A blonde? Maybe more like a pale ale, but I'm sure some will think of blondes when they spend time sipping this delightful ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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