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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

867 Ratings

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Ratings: 867
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 28 | 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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3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

09-14-2009 02:09:55 | More by clickpush
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3.1/5  rDev -18.4%

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.

10-12-2009 00:44:01 | More by RJLarse
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3.13/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

08-29-2011 05:07:02 | More by musicman575
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3.15/5  rDev -17.1%

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.

09-11-2010 03:26:41 | More by RickS95
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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

Picked up as part of a mixed six pack last week on a whim. Poured a light golden color with a huge white head that poured over the sides. Light hoppy aroma, with similar hops on the palate, along with a little sweet malt. Decent, but ultimately forgettable.

09-09-2010 01:49:06 | More by emmasdad
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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Beer was a golden straw color, with a one-finger, foamy white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing.

Aroma was light hops, citrus, grass and spices.

Taste was lightly hoppy, apples and grains. Very crisp and clean. Easy drinking, but a bit on the plain side.

11-02-2009 04:49:42 | More by drumrboy22
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3.2/5  rDev -15.8%

A: Beautiful straw yellow with solid head retention
S: Hoppy smell of citrus, almost orange.
T: Citrus hop taste with not alot of carbonation bite. I feel they were going for a smooth drinkable version of an APA and the combinations of hops is very tasty
M: Creamy light carbonation but solid.

D: This is a solid beer however not what I was expecting. I was thinking hoppy Octoberfest and I feel this is more like a lighter APA. I should have known this since the beer is an ale and not a lager. This is a nice fruity ale and at 6% and 40IBU will not not kill you to drink a few.

09-17-2010 20:12:39 | More by DrCronic
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3.23/5  rDev -15%

Appearance- Pale golden with nice frothy white head.
Aroma- Very citrusy and piney
Taste- kind of blah... hop bitterness at end... not much else.
Mouthfeel- High carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel

Not my ideal fall beer... Would have liked them to made a hoppy brown ale..

10-02-2011 21:59:33 | More by hoppyweasel311
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3.23/5  rDev -15%

Pours a bright golden color with a good 1/2inch foam on the top. The smell somewhat funky as to what was expected. Aroma isn't that strong and really doesn't stick out. Maybe it's me. Bottle says it's a 5 hop 4 malt cornucopia of the earth and I get it but this doesn't really bring anything to the front. I keep getting an almost Belgian funk on the inhale before the sip but then comes a mixture of hops and malts. Sometimes it is a bit sweet others bitter. I am gonna have to try this one again.

09-18-2009 22:08:07 | More by lonestar4lunch
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass.

Appearance: Very clear, light yellow-gold with nice foamy stark white head.

Smell: Citrus, apple, candied sugar, dry pepper, and very light metal.

Taste: Very light semi-sweet caramel and fruity malts, which are quickly overshadowed by spicy, peppery hops with just a tinge of citrus. Ends bitter and a little metallic.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, light to medium body, very dry finish.

Drinkability: This is a crisp, fairly bitter beer, but the hops don't have as much taste or complexity as I would have hoped. At least it doesn't have that damn biscuity Fat Tire taste that most of their American-style beers do.

10-12-2010 22:04:48 | More by bsp77
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours with persistent head, sticky lace, good golden hue.

Simple and straightforward aromas of spice and peach, perhaps a gourd like hint. The flavors miss big time. Overly sweet and sticky, lacking the acidity or texture to really overcome the fruit cocktail medley of flavors.

I was at first expecting a more 'Oktoberfest' style brew, but even this being dubbed a golden ale, I found the style departed from the usual drinkable and balanced New Belgium recipe. Perhaps the 2011 batch had a little extra something that added more sweetness and less acidity. Though it does seem to be a commercially appealing style. But it reminds me waaay to much of Blue Moon....

08-28-2011 21:34:12 | More by cbarrett4
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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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