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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

844 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%


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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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

2/5  rDev -47.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2009 21:58:47 | More by CosmoHopHead
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nickhiller

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -34.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 22:48:04 | More by nickhiller
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hardy008

Minnesota

2.58/5  rDev -32.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2009 00:35:05 | More by hardy008
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kojevergas

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
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...)

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 01:43:39 | More by kojevergas
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enbotellabuey

New Mexico

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2009 20:09:20 | More by enbotellabuey
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jwinship83

Illinois

2.65/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 04:54:48 | More by jwinship83
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bashiba

Iowa

2.73/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2009 19:39:20 | More by bashiba
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dunit697

California

2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 18:44:09 | More by dunit697
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BevMoAndrew

California

2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 02:21:40 | More by BevMoAndrew
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 16:56:01 | More by Minkybut
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wknight167

California

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of head. Slight lacing.

Nose- Straight hops. Citrus and Pine.

Palate- Again, straight hops. More pine than citrus. Very dry with no evident malt profile. definitely off balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- average

Overall- The name lead me to think it was going to be a oktoberfest one off. It is not. Neither do I think this fits an American Blonde.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2009 08:55:23 | More by wknight167
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WhatsNewinBooze

Colorado

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again another new seasonal beer from New Belgium. This Hoptober (not to be confused for an Oktoberfest style) will be released as their fall seasonal. This Golden Ale is comprised of five hops (Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier) and four malts, in which the pale and wheat malts are mashed together with rye and oats. The beer pours with clear golden color and foamy white head with aromas of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit very prevalent throughout the palate with a slight hint orange. The finish is crisp and dry but is short lived. Overall this new seasonal from New Belgium was okay, but really it reminded me of a water downed IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 17:31:22 | More by WhatsNewinBooze
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mdcrouser

Missouri

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like an IPA - golden yellow, with a light white head ringing the top and staying throughout. Great, thick rings to the end.

Bitter, sweet, spicy, lemongrass, and fresh on the nose, it smells much like what I'd expect from an IPA as well.

Crisply hopped, with a bit of immediate spiciness and grapefruit notes, fading into some evergreen and even a hint of bubblegum - really? Yes, bubblegum - I'd never tasted it in a beer before either. Too "flat" in overall flavor profile though to be fully appealling - it's just not very complex, failing to deliver much more than those basic flavors.

A little hop bomb. It lingers in the mouth for quite awhile, and like a wily grandmother, turns everything bitter. Carbonation is fine, but again, nothing outstanding.

It's fine to drink one or more, but there are many better choices - just save a good IPA from the summer and enjoy it during the fall if you're looking for hoppy. Not sure why they felt the need to position this as a fall seasonal, as it's clearly out of season.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 03:22:33 | More by mdcrouser
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tykees88

Indiana

2.93/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A pretty golden delicious apple color with a nice two finger frothy head that sticks around.

S- Smells hoppy. Smells like sugar. Ehhh.... not liking the combo

T-Like an overhopped AAL. Very bland mild taste with a much more prominent hop finish

M- It is a nice fluffy brew though. Gotta give it that.

O-Not the worst in the world, but I don't like it

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 22:34:29 | More by tykees88
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scottfrie

California

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pour a golden-peach color with a couple fingers of light bubbly white head that faded into an oily film that left rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Exotic fruit hops fill the nose with a touch of grass and tangerine citrus.
T: Light clean flavors. More malt comes through than the nose with a pale malt flavor mixed with the sweet fruit hops. There is a light peppery-earthy-spiciness throughout. Finish is a touch bitter but the aftertaste has weird sourness that I don't really agree with.
M: Carbonation is a bit sharp over the medium body. Mouthfeel is tingly but fairly clean.
D: Another mediocre brew from a mediocre brewery. Fairly average except maybe appearance. Would be good with food or at a barbeque.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:57:34 | More by scottfrie
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TheGordianKnot

Tennessee

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint...

A- Very light in color and extremely clear. Nice inch head, creamy. Looks like a pilsener. I had no idea this was a bland when I ordered... Seems a bit weird for a fall seasonal.

S- Overall incredibly light aroma. Slight sweet gingerbread smell- thats about it with some subtle delicate floral hops hidden in there.

T/M- Bready but light, very very light. Hoppy for a fall beer. More earthy and spicy contribution from the hops. Well carbonated and extremely light bodied.

O- I tend to like my fall beers with more malt and warm flavors and more body. I think my score is eschewed a little lower because this is not your typical fall beer, nor should I think it be. Hard for me to rate to style when i'm thinking it should be a different style than it is. Was really in the mood for something fitting, but this is much more crisp and summer-y.

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2011 13:58:08 | More by TheGordianKnot
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BucannonXC5

California

2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was mostly golden. About ¾ inches of head. Nice lacing. Film stayed on the glass throughout.

Full of flavorful smells. Citrus hops with orange coming through. Some light wheat in there as well.

Not as good as the nose. Citrus still is the main taste and still seems to be orange. Kind of a flower feel in there, too. A very slight bitter finish. EDIT: Next time I tried it (three hours later), butter was dominant. To the point I had to drop the ratings. Pretty gross.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Still that slight abrupt bitter finish.

I had big expectations for this after the smell, but it disappointed me a bit. I’d probably give it the old college try again, though.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 04:42:21 | More by BucannonXC5
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KajII

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) frothy white head that diminished to just a little residue left floating on top after about five minutes or so, which created some really good sticky lacing.

The aroma was very mild of floral, grassy and pine hops with a grain malt and a soapy yeast and a note of citrus.

The taste was lightly bitter with a hint of grapefruit in the beginning and then became a tad more on the bitter side with a mild sweet orange citrus note at the end. The flavor lasted a really short time after the swallow and mostly consisted of a hoppy citrus flavor.

Mouthfeel was light in body and a bit watery in texture with a medium carbonation.

Overall a beer with a lot of different hops working very well together so not to overpower each other, or the rest of the flavors in this well rounded brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2012 18:49:10 | More by KajII
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SamN

Colorado

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Darker straw yellow, with golden highlights. A beautiful clear beer, great sparkling color. Huge loose heads erupts to the rim of my glass. Slightly rocky, firm but soapy and bubbly. this is fantastic headed beer. Quite lively, too. Large streams of carbonation flows from the scoring on the Perfect Pint bottom. Solid lacing coats the glass all the way down. Just gorgeous.

S- Honey malts and crisp, complex hops from the several types used here, notably the Glacier and Cascade variates. Spicy fruity notes in the aroma, mostly pears and apples. Notes of ganja and even champagne? Huge nose, quite complex with several overlapping layers of aromas.

T- Starts off with those wonderful honey malts giving Hoptober a bright entrance upon the palette. But then this brew takes a murky turn into muddled hops; flavors blend without reason and become a overpowering mess of bitter and earthen flavors. Muddled is the best word to describe the middle and finish here, it's just all collapses into itself. No fruitiness, no crispness, just confusing burnt bitterness. What a bummer, I expected great things from the looks and nose. I'm pretty underwhelmed by the taste of this. What happened here?

M- Firm body, lightly medium size and with great smoothness. No overbearing carbonation, just a smooth pulling beer with a zippy edge of bubbles, perfect fit for the American Blonde style.

D- Not great. Despite gorgeous looks and wonderful and complex smells, the tastes are lost in a smoldering collapsed pile. I hate to slam a local favorite so bad, but I don't like the taste of this.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 21:24:42 | More by SamN
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scratch69

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear golden color with a fingers worth of head. Small amount of lacing.

Smell- Piney hop aroma.

Taste- Strong hop flavor with a hint of malt.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall- A little too hoppy for my tastes. Not a bad beer but I probably will not try it again.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 00:31:58 | More by scratch69
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clickpush

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pour: hefty pour leaves 3 finger white head over clear grainy colored body. Big lazy bubbles. Sticky lacing and a slow descending cap that wants to hang out all night.

Nose: Citrus hops all the way. Grapefruits galore. Grassy or, more appropriately, lemon grass(y). Not much else. I mean, smells refreshing & very much like a session beer, but not so complex.

Mouth: Dominated by hops, all the way. Very piney now that it's in the mouth. I mean, I don't get it. I was excited by the label because the October part of it makes me think malts, and of course the hops part hops. But there is absolutely no balance. I'm looking for an over-hopped German style beer. Now I just get an over-hopped seltzer. Not so much going on here. Not my favorite New Belgium beer. Mouth feel is somewhat flabby.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2009 02:09:55 | More by clickpush
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RJLarse

Washington

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six-pack of Hoptoberfest at a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass. From the packaging I knew this was not really a fall seasonal.

Pours a stray yellow color and is crystal clear. Thin frothy white head, and thin wispy lacing.

Smell is an acerbic floral scent. Dandelion or milk weed perhaps.

Taste is a one-dimensional bitter flavor. Dandelion leaves, no malt of sweetness to speak of.

Mouthfeel is light, a bit watery, with mild carbonation and a bitter clinging after taste.

It's drinkable, but would be better in the summer. Good lawn mower beer. It's over hopped and under malted in my opinion. I doubt I'll buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 00:44:01 | More by RJLarse
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Another random gift bottle from my brother. Sometimes family can pay off, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is a very simple and straightforward blast (okay, blast is a strong word...more like a light breeze) of lemon zest. I'm gettin' nuthin' else in my 'strils, baby. The taste is similarly simple, with the aforementioned lemon being wrapped in a soft blanket of mild pine and grapefruit rind. It's exceedingly light, and the flavors don't even try to linger on the tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, an okay beer at best, something akin to a lemon-flavored macro (that was originally handled decently well, admittedly).

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2011 05:48:35 | More by TMoney2591
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musicman575

California

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I started drinking Hoptober a year ago. It was my gateway to beers with more hops. This is a good beer to drink for my 1st BA anniversary!

Poured aggressively into a stemmed New Belgium glass and the head is still small. It has the color and transparency of pure, filtered apple juice.

The oatiness is much more apparent to me now than it was a year ago, probably because I am more used to the hops now. This beer used to finish like a stronger pale ale, but now I can hardly taste any bitter hops. It's all aromatic citrusy, piney, and pineappley hops.

Even at 6% ABV, this beer feels very drinkable, much like an oktoberfest is drinkable. The bottle says that this is a medium-bodied beer and I don't agree with that.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 05:07:02 | More by musicman575
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RickS95

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not what I look for in a beer and a little light for the style. Golden straw, very clear, but has a great white head and lots of retention.

I love the smell of Cascade hops and this is no exception. Your nose fills up with pine and citrus notes.

Deosn't taste as good as it smells. The pine and citrus is there, and your palate will mention spices like cloves and all spice, but the different flavors don't seem to go well together.

The mouthfeel isn't great either. It's pretty much bitter from beginning to end, which is fine, but it's almost sour in the swallow.

It's not a bad beer to drink, but the flavors are pretty stout and like I said, I didn't feel they went very well together. It has great lacing, however.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:26:41 | More by RickS95
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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.