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Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Photo of scratch69
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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.

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Photo of GreenCard
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: golden/yellow hue, very slight haze, nice layer of off-white tight-beaded foam, good head retention

Aroma: apple-y fruitiness with a touch of grain and herbal hops

Flavor: smooth, biscuity malt profile with a really mild hop flavor and just a touch of finishing bitterness

Mouthfeel: medium-light body, sparkly carbonation, crisp texture

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus notes. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, some citrus, a touch of sweetnesss. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of WMEugene
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color with a thick bubbly head and good lacing. Excellent appearance for this type of beer.

S - A blend of malts and hops, some sweet citrus and caramel notes.

T - A well-balanced mix of citrus hops and caramel malts. A crisp wheat taste as well. A little sweetness as well.

M - Medium bodied, crisp. Pretty nice hoppy finish.

O - New Belgium's Hoptober was a tasty blonde ale. It's a unique take on a fall seasonal and it's a beer I'll keep an eye open for next Fall.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter. Transparent golden color with a finger of head.
Citrus smell, with a backdrop of malt. Grapefruit and sour (good) dominate the citrus.
Strong bitter taste throughout, a little sweetness rounds it out. Straightforward profile and enjoyable.
High carbonation, light body and crisp.
As a golden ale it bring more flavor than normal, which is good. Not my favorite style but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow. One finger fizzy head. Melts to a quarter inch.

Citrusy hop aroma. Lightly malty.

Smooth citrus hop flavor. Appropriate bitterness for American pale ale. Malt backbone gives adequate support for style.

Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. I like the carbonation level.

Overall, this is basically a (good) standard American Pale ale. I'm not sure why New Belgium chose this style as their Autumn seasonal, but it's good. Just more of a spring or summer thing for me.

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Photo of joek440
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden yellow color. Crisp and clear with 2-finger white head that held and laced very nicely.

S - Smells of delicious fresh hops. Caramel malts come through with a nice flowery hop aroma. Hints of citrus and pines show the depth of the hop varieties

T - Light and crisp flavor of hops with hints of malt. The floral and citrus hops are most noticeable to my palate. The flavor is deeper than the crisp color would imply, but the hops are not overpowering.

M - Creamy but still light with medium carbonation

O - Very enjoyable and drinkable beer. Hop flavor and smell were both complex and gave good character. The bitterness was low and balanced by the malt which will appeal to a wide audience (reminiscent of their signature, Fat Tire).

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

948th Review on BA
Draft to pint

@Lucilles, Chino Hills, CA

App- A very golden color with some streaking yellow and only a 1/2 finger of head that fell to a great wall of sheen and cling.

Smell- A good crisp aromatic little beer with a bunch of little notes to comprise a very subtle one. A little citrus and a little wheat and a little bit of floral.

Taste- A crisp little beer with a little bit of each aromatic note flowing into the taste. A little bit of wheat, malt and citrus with out a very minute touch of bitter from some hop oils. One of the better blondes I have had.

Mouth- Light bodied and a medium/high carbonation level. A good bit of bubbles with a touch of hop oil and floral malt residual flavors.

Drink- A light and refreshing little beer with some solid flavors and creates a good pairing with a tri-tip & pasilla pepper sandwhich, really cut the heat and refreshed at the same time. Alone, I probably wouldn't have this beer but with that meal yes.

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Photo of Pauly2X
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very clear very bright golden color, half finger off-white head.

S- A veritable explosion of piney, citrusy, and spicy hop aromas. Very littl malt aroma is detectable.

T- Although it wasn't very present in the aroma the complex yet simple grainy, smooth, slightly sweet maltyness comes out right away to serve as a vertiable on which the wonderful hop flavors are served. Balance is good through the hoppy finish.

M- Good medium body with slightly peppery carbonation.

O- A very enjoyable beer. My only beef is that the name suggests to some (my wife) that it is an oktoberfest. No problem as it's still a great beer, just not an oktoberfest.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quickly, on to the beer:

Dirty yellow colored with a short head that leaves lots of dotty lacing onto the glass. Nose is subtle, but refreshing. It's grassy and has an appealing honeydue aroma.

The subtlety theme continues into the taste, which is a little bit of a surprise for a beer at 6% ABV. Melon rind and a little grassy bitterness are the dominant flavors in the bunch. Also a suggestion of wildflowers. Slight spice, perhaps from the rye. Or maybe it is the carbonation, which is medium-high. Its clean finish with some melon leftovers in the aftertaste are appealing and leave the beer with a good note.

As is the case with most of New Belgium's line of "regular" beers, Hoptober can appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes. This is something to keep in mind for future falls.

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Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/12/12

A - Pours a clear light golden brown with almost two fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Floral and grassy hops, a bit of citrus and a faint spiciness.

T -- Pretty strong hop presence up front, again grassy and floral. After the initial hop punch comes some rye spiciness and and a bit of bready malt.

M - Medium crisp mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

O - A pretty good blond ale, but not something I would come back to.

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

A - clear golden color with a finger of foamy white head that paces nicely and retains fairly well

S - abundant floral and earthy hops, some honey... nice hoppy aroma for a golden ale that I have never experienced before

T - floral, earthy and spicy hops of the bat, some bready malt after... Finishes with honey sweetness

M - no harsh after effects, slightly over carbonated burn

O - very nice twist on a golden ale... Recommend highly

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Cresant
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of quaybr
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of nimrod979
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of dunit697
2.75/5  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.

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Photo of iDrinknewglarus
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of thain709
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
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

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
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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Photo of ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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