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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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885 Ratings

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Ratings: 885
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

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Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Ratings: 885 | Reviews: 485
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 Cresant
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served this 12 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by 29 JAN 12. The body was light gold and had a white head that left a fine film. The appearance did not hint at the rich flavors!

The smell was crisp, sweet, and spicy. Plums? Celery?

The taste was richer that the appearance would have you anticipate. Crisp hops and deep malts. Spicy too. The tastes reflect the aromas well. Easy to drink.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body with a prickly, fine carbonation. I couldn't resist the name but this one is surprisingly good.

Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a touch ofg haze, crowned by a massive, dense snow-white cloud-top head. The glass walls are adorned with Belgian lacing. Numerous streams of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Citric and pine hops dominate the aroma with a mildly spicy undercurrent. The aroma inspires a sense of anticipation.

Taste: Opens with a burst of complex hop flavors, bitter, spice, pine, and citric, tending toward grapefruit rind. Beneath the hops is a wave of lightly toasted pale malt.The rye malt contributes a slight spiciness as well, as well as a slight bread crust note. Towards the finish, the hops really shine,with a flourish of grapefruit and spices. Finishes with a lingering, mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A stellar example of the style and one which greatly exceeded my expectations. Well done, New Belgium.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager "sensory" glass.

Photo of quaybr
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sits in the pint glass light and golden. A bubbly head.

Smells of clean floral hops.

Tastes hoppy for a golden ale, but it works for me. Light sweet malts come through before the bitters wash down. Some modest spices present themselves that go unnoticed in the nose. Pretty tasty.

Feels particularly light given the hop profile. Its seems balanced, however. Maybe a bit overcarbonated. Had this from the bottle a few weeks back and don't recall having the same feeling.

Overall this is a very drinkable beer. I kind of wish this was New Belgium's summer seasonal instead of the fall.

Photo of nimrod979
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hempen Hill. The beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with a nice bubbly white head on top. Pretty nice lacing on the glass.
I like the aroma here. Floral and citrusy hops backed up with some mild earthy malt undertones. Very enticing.
Taste is a smooth hoppy and malt balance. Citrusy test, floral hoppy bitterness with dry biscuity malt. And a softness and creaminess that make drinking this beer a pleasure. Medium carbonation. Has a smooth bitter finish that upholds all the flavors about this beer. A bit different then most "Autumn seasonals" but a welcome change that it is.

Photo of dunit697
2.75/5  rDev -27.6%
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.

Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.4/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden and crystal clear. Forms a frothy head that sticks around and laces nicely.

S: Quite fruity and hoppy. I get a lot of bright citrus with pine undertones. I also get apple and pear. Very inviting.

T: Let me first say that the malt and hops are perfectly in check. The malt is slightly bready and with a touch of sweetness. The hops start off bright and juicy, then dry out to a pine aftertaste. Finishes clean.

M: Light. Not overcarbonated, small bubbles, slightly creamy, yet still crisp and refreshing. It doesn't get much better than that for this style.

As a hophead and a guy that isn't too big on oktoberfest beers in general, this is my oktoberfest beer of choice. It's immensely drinkable, yet still carries great flavor all the way through.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip.
Golden wheaty color with thick white foam. Nice lacing remains as I drink.
Smell of belgian yeast, wheat, hops, and pear.
Taste is of fruity hops with straw undertones.
Easy drink.

Overall a really great brew and full of flavor. There is a lot going on with this...straw notes, slight belgian yeast, hops, and pear aftertaste. I would almost prefer a bit more hops, but overall this is a great brew. Another good one from New Belgian.

Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written up from notes: enjoyed on 9/25/11

poured a clear gold with a half finger white head, scent is unimpressive, similar to a golden ale with a minimal hop addition, doesn't strike my fancy. I like the flavor, but wanted a little more from the hops. There was some malty sweetness that balanced it out overall.

Photo of thain709
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Double dry-hopped cask served during Baltimore Beer Week 2011.

A - Clear, golden-yellow body with two finger worth of bubbly, white head...a ring of bubbles was left and that didn't produce much lacing

S - The dry hopping added some extra citrus hop notes...there was a strong bready aroma suggesting a solid malt bill

T - Bready flavors were present throughout...the hops took a back seat and became an after thought...they peaked towards the finish but were earthy in flavor...some sweet caramel made an appearance...other grainy flavors were around and actually added a slight chewiness

M - Light bodied...smooth, slight chewiness, bready finish

O - The type of hops used for the dry hopping were not listed, but they showed off very nicely on the nose...unfortunately dry hopping only helps the nose...there could have been some citrus flavors to round out all of the grainy flavors

Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.24/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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 bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Light, golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly resulting in a thin layer of foam and a little beer ring. Plenty of beer ring lacing.

S: Pale malt, lemon citrus, a little hop, and some baked bread.

T: Bitter malt, a little piny hop, and lemon zest.

M: The pale, bitter malt comes out in the front and lingers throughout... something kind of like pecan shells. Very light body, and crisp.

D: Not quite a session brew, as the bitterness slows the pace a little bit.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Golden hue, nice foamy head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is baked bread malt accentuated with a light hop, and a touch of lemon. Flavor is bitter, and a little hoppy. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Trying the New Belgium Hoptober which is one of my favorites this time of year. The appearance is a pale clear yellow....the head is very thin and white. The beer laces nicely down the glass. The smell is good...it contains light hop with some citrus. The taste is good...contains citrus and subtle pine supported by some floral tones. The mouthfeel is decent...medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer and highly recommend above all the marzen bs that is out now.

Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WoW!! This has to be one of my favorite beers I have had to date. Though I am still acolyte I have been into craft beers for a while now. This beer is perfectly balanced it is so smooth you cant even tell its there. It has a perky hint of citrus hops. This beers is overall exceptional I love it. I wish it was around all year, but that would take away from it being so special!

Photo of heissebier
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color and good two finger head. I also enjoyed the nice lacing action.

This beer has a nice backbone of malt supporting a strong hoppiness. The taste was complex and hoppy but with a malty finish. An interesting fall beer that came as part of a new holland seasonal 12 pack.

Photo of TippySelenoid
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a golden ale with a nice foamy head that retains itself nicely and laces well too. It's got lots of quickly rising bubbles.

It's got a very woody slightly peppery smell.

It has a very earthy flavor. The woodiness is offset by some peppery hop notes.

It's got a very soft and creamy mouthfeel. Luxurious.

This beer is really nice. It's got a great price and is a great beer for it's affordability.

Photo of Vashtar
3.46/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is beautiful. A bit darker than I'd expect a golden ale to be, but it looked great.

The smell was good. It pretty much just smelled like hops... clean hops.

The taste was average and bitter.

Mouthfeel was slightly heavy. It was nice and strong.

Overall I really didn't like the personality. It was really hoppy and nice overall but didn't have much to differentiate it.

Photo of Holland
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light golden color with a one inch head that leaves a good sized lacing and edges full of bubbles.

S: light hops, pale malt, and some oktoberfest-like spices.

T: taste is fairly complex, with many different spices and hops hitting the mouth at different times, and the pale malt is pretty noticeable and delicious.

M: good carbonation, yet smooth and coating with a medium body. Thicker than it looks for sure.

O: good beer overall, I would have this again. Nice that it's easy to get a delicious seasonal brew.

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.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App- The head builds to an impressive three fingers. It's a nice dome with craters and big bubbles topping on the top. Great amount of lacey film on the side of the glass. The body is clear and dark yellow with some carbonation.

Smell- There are some hops in the nose that have citrus notes, some lemon and orange. The malts balance greatly and have a biscuity sweet quality.

Taste- The flavor profile is nicely balanced with the bittering hops and biscuit malt. Well into the finish though, it does err only slightly on the hops. Which I find interesting as this is a beer named after the "holy cones". The hops are interesting at least, being slightly citrusy, but I was assuming they would be more pronounced.

Mouth feel- The fizz is a little off putting. It also finishes a little dry. I'm not a huge fan for the lighter feel. Maybe it's for somebody.

Overall- For what I think would be a hop forward beer, it is incredibly balanced. It is a finely crafted beer, but they made it so balanced, it fails to be impressive in any aspect.

Photo of blakelive784
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a generic pint glass-

A - presents a nice, golden color with a white head of one finger and poor retention. Lacing is rather good, though.

S - honey sweet nose backed by mild, generic American hops. Mild in strength.

T - sweet honey and barley on the open, followed by a hit of cascade and centennial hops. Simple, but Balanced well and built very nicely. I'm actually very impressed.

M - smooth and wet. Highly carbonated. Actually suits the beers flavors nicely.

D - very nice. Simple, balanced well and very drinkable. I'm very surprised by this one and I'd have it again.

Photo of ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head,lots and lots of lacing
S=Hops hops and more hops, mostly citric, with a bit of a buttery malty aroma poking through as well
T=Citric fruit and slightly bitter hops, bready malts providing nice balance in the finish
M=Medium bodied, highly carbonated
O=Easy drinking beer, almost more reminiscent of a hopped up APA though

Photo of zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best before 18 December 2011. Into the glass it goes.

Pours a medium golden color with an orange cast. Clear, with a one-finger white head that fades fast but leaves good lacing.

Smells awesome. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells, I will be happy. Smells more like a Belgian golden ale to me than a blonde, but what are style categorizations anyway? Has a sweet fruity richness, heavy on the stone-fruit. Lovely peach aromas, with some pleasant tropical notes. Topped off by light citrus hops. Pure, sweet, crisp, balanced, and delicious.

Taste is hoppier and less balanced than the smell. The peach and sweetness is still there, though it's more subdued. Hops are present mostly as a tingly bitterness. I find that light bitterness clashes with the rest of the flavor, though, so it comes off as two different beers banging heads with each other. Very dry, clean finish with only a little lingering bitterness.

Light body. Carbonation is evasive; sometimes it feels fizzy, at other times flat. Dries out quickly but leaves my mouth slick - a strange combination.

Another beer that starts strong but loses ground. The smells are simply fantastic - if I have another bottle, I may just let it sit and inhale the fumes rather than actually drinking it. The flavors don't blend well, leaving it unbalanced and hard to enjoy.

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.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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