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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

857 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 857
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 29
Gots: 21 | 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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Spikester

Oregon

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

Clear pale gold with two fingers of white fluffy head and very good fine lacing. Aroma is bit of cracker. Taste is malty slightly sweet with a fair amount of bitter piney hops. Mouthfeel is decent with slightly high carbonation. The finish is medium dry and bitter. Alcohol was fairly prominent.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2011 03:34:53 | More by Spikester
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chodinheaven

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 23:53:35 | More by chodinheaven
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Beer4Baltimore

Maryland

3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

- from the notes, another New Belgium pickup on the East coast.
A - bright amber and crystal clear with just the slightest bit of a fizzy head.
S - hops are very present in nice quantities. Malts and a little yeastiness are detectable as well.
T - An easy hoppiness that flows in tune with the mild malty background. Mild enjoyable aftertaste that fades a little too quickly.
M - high, crisp carbonation and light body with a pleasant lingering feel.
D - easily drinkable and probably enjoyable with many foods.
This one is quite nice for the price.
I've had this more than once and it goes well with steamed crabs. Welcome to Maryland.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:45:05 | More by Beer4Baltimore
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SWMeyer4141

Texas

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

Thought I was getting into a Marzen style beer, was suprised after the pour and the aroma, hopefully it's for the better

Appearance-BMC like body. Head is a 2 finger off white head with some big tight bubbles. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell-Some nice floral hops, really suprised me, then realized the beer was called Hoptober, makes sense to me now. Some malts and light wheat.

Taste-Upfront a lot of Hop bitterness that carrys over to a spicey, light maltness. Hops carry through to the finish with some light bitterness and some nice floral hops.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, light bodied. Finish is kind of dry.

Overall-More of the same from New Belgium, simple but good beers for a reasonable price, and thats what you're getting here.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:40:53 | More by SWMeyer4141
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 01:42:28 | More by kylehay2004
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RBassSFHOPit2ME

California

4.45/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice pleasant surprise this beer was. "Best Before December"

A - Nice, crisp golden beer poured into a Guiness perfect pint glass with solid activation throughout.

S - Hops, flowers and Apricots and Lemon rind.

T - Rating this beer to style...and as a Hop-head, this is arguably the best American "Blonde Ale" I've ever had. Extremely crisp and sessionable packed with a dry, yet juicy Apricot flavor. Light and hoppy at the same time. Not an overly complex beer here but just a nice delight to session. A nice light dry Apricot IPA I'd explain it as...Very pleased.

M - Crisp, light, juicy apricot, not much malt backing it up. A wee-bit more malt could be used to back this up some as could Ranger but that's getting picky. Loving the bitterness in the finish. Pretty good.

O - This is my new favorite beer from NB. Better than Ranger IMHO. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:53:10 | More by RBassSFHOPit2ME
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JennyJam

Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tap.

Pours medium thickness with a very wide, velvety head. A bit of the head remains throughout.

Amber-yellow-golden in color, clear with a bit of carbonation.

Smells of fresh hops, a bit floral, sweet malt scents.

Refreshing taste, hoppy with sweet malts and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall, well-balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth with a little carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not boring yet not extremely complex. Not a disappointment, I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 21:25:43 | More by JennyJam
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jjboesen

Maryland

3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I live in the Washington DC area; New Belgium has just begun distribution in this area. "Oh boy!," I thought. This one, the Hoptoberfest, was the first one tasted.

It pours a thick soapy head that makes a shimmery crown atop a vibrant body of light amber. Within, if you should care to observe, is an active school of carbonation bubbles.

The nose detects an intense nose of pine and apple. The palate, meanwhile, is distracted by an initial slap of malt that quickly dissipates into some sugary finish. Bizarre, but not unpleasant. Please note that Hoptober contains five types of hops and four types of malts; this makes for a complex recipe for a simple style of beer.

While it is named Hoptoberfest, I would brand it as a pleasant Summer quaff - not much else, though. A nice beer; not a great one.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 01:55:53 | More by jjboesen
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jlindros

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with hints of lacing, over crystal clear pale golden color.

Nose has some nice light but plentiful hops, light floral noble hop style, bit of earthiness, slight hint of grassy and fruity hops, with hints of golden malts and toasty straw.

Taste is nice as well, starts with light golden malts, hint of toasty straw, juicy. Then come the hops with some light floral hops, a bit grassy and earthy, juicy fruit hops with hint of musty resin and slightest hint of citrus fruit. Finishes dry with more bitterness and some light musty hops with hints of citrus.

Mouth is med bodied, dry and slightly crisp, with good carb.

Overall pretty nice, a nice light end of summer / early fall style beer with nice hops, light on the malts but they're there, a nice American twist on a nice fall style beer, and I'm happy how they kept the hops from going overboard.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 00:25:26 | More by jlindros
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danmouer

Virginia

4.43/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The classification "American Blond Ale" is cometely off the mark. Nr is this New Belgium Brew an American-made Belgian Blond. What it is is a very very nice example of an American Pale Ale, and increasingly becoming one of my very favorite everyday brews.

Pours a medium gold color with just a touch of opalescent haze. An enthusiastic head rises and then quckly falls to a pretty, consistent wreath of foam.

As the name implies, the first real impression comes as a cloud od fresh hop aroma. I can't recognize the hops, but they have chsrscteristics of fine English and Amwrican varieties

All those hop aromas in most American ales would set me up for s double barrel blast of bitter upon tasting. Not so. There is, of course, a nice bitter hop spine, but just enough to balance the cookie-like sweetness of the malt. The hops reallyshow their stuff in the flavor and aroma, not in bitterness.

This beer is all about hops, but these are mostly late-addition hops: hops for flavor and aroma, just as they should be.

I'm a BJCP judge, and if I encountered thia beer in competition entred s qn American Blond, I'd tell the brer I really liked it, but hos score would suffer ror missing the style by a mile. If it were entered as an ESB, I'd send it to the Best of Show round!

I really wush this were not a seaonal. Hear me New Belgiam? Please make this a permanent entry in your repertoire.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 23:18:47 | More by danmouer
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BurpingtonDC

Maryland

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice golden color with a big creamy head.

S - floral notes, a little hop, bread and sweet malt.

T - Taste is good for the style. Nothing special, just a decent, refreshing golden ale. Not overly complex though.

M -Crisp and refreshing on the tongue. Nice level of carbonation.

O - Overall it's a decent, drinkable golden ale. Good but not great, not memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 23:02:06 | More by BurpingtonDC
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bum732

Lesotho

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

S: Fresh, grassy hop aroma, some spicy resiny hoppiness. Light bready maltiness. Apricots as it warms.

L: Crystal clear golden yellow, white creamy head that dissipates to a dusting. Good lacing.

T: Sweet malt with a fresh hoppiness. Slightly spicy. There is an interesting sweetness of rye and perhaps oats near the middle. medium, slightly minty bitterness leads to a slight spicy, semi-dry finish. Very clean and refreshing.

M: Medium light mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

An interesting beer, refreshing and clean with some different flavors, but i think it worked overall.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2011 03:19:43 | More by bum732
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DoktorZee

Alberta (Canada)

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

Enjoyed at the New Belgium pub at the Denver airport. This one is hot off the presses!!

A - golden, clear with lots of rising bubbles. Fluffy white head that hangs around and coats the glass with some chunky lacing.

S - nice, clean grassy hops nose; slight floral hints

T - nice subtle hops bitterness with a slightly resinous quality. Exceptionally smooth with just enough malt. Initial attack is a bit like a Pale but finishes like a subtle IPA.

M - this has an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel; medium bodied with just a hint of carbonation

D - easy and delicious fall drinking

I think this is my new favorite from New Belgium. It's a bit subtle but hits some great notes with the moderate hops and creaminess. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

09-20-2011 23:29:05 | More by DoktorZee
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MrVonzipper

California

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

Clear yellow-gold color with a nice frothy white head. Decent retention and good initial lacing.

Pale malt on the nose with faint floral notes.

Floral hop flavor notes up front with a light, fairly sweet malt back end.

Light bodied mouthfeel, crisp with high carb.

Overall it's pretty Meh. Pretty boring. Started off ok and got more and more mehhhh as it went on. Won't get this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 06:05:58 | More by MrVonzipper
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright golden with a small bit of foam which recedes quite quickly. Tiny cap, some lacing.

Smell is good...hoppy, mostly.

Taste...here it isn't as one dimensional as the aroma suggests, there is a mild malty undertone to it that goes well with the hops. Nothing overpowering from either the malt or hop profile. Crisp mouthfeel, light bodied. Overall a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2011 02:16:11 | More by kshankar
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/18/11
*From notes

-- This bottle was generously shared by my Pops --

A: Rich straw golden. The beer's pretty clean in presentation. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and some really nice lacing.

S: A bit sweet. The grains are present, yet there's a hoppy profile that provides decent balance.

T: Pretty low key, there's really nothing here that stands out as being a "wow" factor. It's easy drinking and approachable for sure, as the hops are minimal yet juicy. There's also a minute herbal streak in the brew that's quite refreshing.

M: Decent mouthfeel. The carbonation is surprisingly off and low. It feels like someone took the bottle, shook the living hell out of it and my Dad purchased it a few days later.

O: New Belgium's Hoptober Golden Ale was a nice, if not unspectacular, little beer. It should be called "Hopril", as this would be much better as an April release/Spring seasonal. It's too light and playful for the cooler weather. Maybe NB's trying to pull in the BMC crowd with this?

Regardless, I'd take opportunity to give this a try as it's well-assembled, but it's not even close to the best Autumn seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 20:58:19 | More by Rhettroactive
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Arithmeticus

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared ale glass from bomber

A: Yet again, a stellar New Belgium beer; clear golden yellow; very strong carb beads; lacing thin but visible
S: very nice lingering aroma of sweet malt, honeysuckle; very inviting
T: Willamette, Glacier hops give this a sweet and not bitter profile; rich spicing; very hoppy

Overall, an impressive offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 16:15:46 | More by Arithmeticus
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gtermi

Texas

3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is very nice. The golden color this beer has is really nice and looks very enjoyable.The head is nice too because it is small, but covers the whole beer.

The smell has a lot of hoppy smells and has similar characteristics of an IPA.

The taste is amazing. It is super smooth and has tons of hoppy and malty tastes.

This is one of the best beers I have ever had from New Belgium and if you find are contemplating trying this, dont hesistate and do it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 07:23:05 | More by gtermi
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claytong

Vermont

3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - not the nicest looking golden ale but certainly not the worst. great head retention and lacing. color and clarity are bland and typical for the style.

smell - lots of hops here and some sugar.

taste - hops and sugar, a odd spice that i cant place.

mouthfeel - medium to heavy body for the style. medium carbonation for the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2011 04:03:40 | More by claytong
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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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KomodoDragon

Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2011 03:53:55 | More by KomodoDragon
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stckhndlr

Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Beautiful golden color. Clear with a crisp white head. This head is untarnished. pure white. great looking beer with perfect carbonation to it.

S- Hops come through at first then the hops take over and I detect a hint of hops at the finish. There may be a touch of added hops that I can't pick up because they are hidden by the hops up front.

T- Well this is a surprise. I get some hops but in all fairness at first I didn't taste the malt. It's subtle. Comes through ever so gently. Actually balances the taste nicely.

M- Creamy medium body feel. Smooth finish.

O- this one took a little getting used to. I would recommend that if you are not used to a hoppy style beer such as this work your way up to it with a few other beers first. But if you want to really wake up your taste buds I would say go straight to this one. It's a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 14:04:31 | More by stckhndlr
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pBRale

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Golden pour, slightly hazy from chill haze. Tall foamy white head that settles quite slowly and leaves thick rings of lace down the bulk of the glass.

Smell: Beautiful citrus hop and floral hop aromas along with some bready malts. Absolutely wonderful and welcoming!

Taste: Mmmm. Very nice hop presence: citrus hops and wheat detectable and the malt balance is fantastic. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a very smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, and still crisp and refreshing. Finish is slightly bitter but not overpowering at all.

Overall: A damn good beer, one of my favorite and regular seasonals; a great cascade taste and very refreshing. A scrumptious beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:46:12 | More by pBRale
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A fairly orginal take on the blonde ale with a nice selection of hops that actually take a backseat in the finish to the creamy mouthfeel that the grain bill adds to the beer. Totally drinakable and very different than the malty Fat Tire or the hoppy Mighty Arrow APA. Not the malty autumn gold of most fall seasonals and not a OK fest lager either this is a cool addition to the Fall season

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2011 01:32:18 | More by canucklehead
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BeerDocT

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 19:45:16 | More by BeerDocT
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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