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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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490 Reviews

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Reviews: 490
Hads: 922
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 55 | 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:
Beer added by: Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Reviews: 490 | Hads: 922
Photo of homersimpson67
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
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

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Photo of zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blond sunset in color, little white head looks nice and leaves some lace... light citrus hops on the nose leading to citrus on the tongue. Cantaloupe and ruby red grapefruit are the standout fruits, a little guava as well. A lot more tropical than autumn but thats no complaint. Medium body and a small bubble carbonation frizz.

Good beer, nice sixpack material.

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Clear and golden with little head, but still manages to leave some nice lacing.

S: Citrus from the hops, and a lot of other fruits, perhaps from the multitude of different grains or maybe the yeast.

T: Citric fruits, very clean and crisp. Some hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Good, but I help but feel that something's missing.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium body and fine bubble carbonation.

O: This beer is clean and refreshing, I can't help but feel it would make for a proper summer seasonal, not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm perfectly happy drinking it now, and it's a pleasant departure from the more typical fall seasonals.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

A - A nice light golden, small head that faded fast, some lacing but also goes away fast

S - Strong pleasant citrus aroma with a nice hoppyness to it

T - A nice balance of hops and malts, neither one is overpowering, the hops are more noticeable but are not too bitter, a light citrus taste to it as well

M - Heavy carbonation that lead to a medium mouthfeel

O - I enjoyed this beer although I was expecting something more hoppy based on its name, its a great seasonal and is different then the other fall varieties which makes it stand alone in my opinion

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Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours pale gold with a tight, frothy two finger eggshell head. On the nose there is a wet brain note lurking beneath citrus fruit. The wet malt note is the only detrimental aspect of this beer to me. In the mouth the citrus comes out as something like mellow orange zest, complimented by crystal malt. It's quite balanced. Body is medium light, perfectly drinkable, with a long but light finish of citrus.

Overall, this is a perfectly drinkable beer, great out of a pitcher at trivia Tuesday.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color with a finger of frothy and appearingly sticky head that is slightly off white and lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: citrus hops but also backed by something with a bit of depth like potatoes i guess
T: begins with gentle citrus hops then moves in the middle to something a bit deeper kind of like steamed veggies, finishes with an interesting puckering quality
M: intense carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves to a bit more smoothness and finishes with a distinctive puckering feeling on the palate
O: a solid brew, i wouldnt quite qualify it as something i would like to have as a harvest brew, a bit too light and hoppy, otherwise it is a good brew, bit strong on the carbonation but otherwise nicely done

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hoptober was a golden yellow color. The head was just barely off-white, thick, and left plenty of lacing.

S: I mainly smelled citrusy hops and some malt; it was fairly balanced for the aromas.

T: The beer tasted mainly of equal parts citrus hops and roasted malt. The taste was clean and well-proportioned.

M: Hoptober seemed thin from a high carbonation level, but the head was nice and creamy. Combined, these two elements produced a beer with a medium mouthfeel yet a short finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The flavors complemented each other perfectly and the beer was easy to drink. Hoptober's aromas, flavors, and slightly higher than average ABV make it a perfect beer for the autumn season.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours, well golden, clear, with a two finger white head. It also laces very well, large chunks on the glass.
S: light malt grainyness, and a mix between pine and grass hops.
T: light overall flavor, nice sweetness balancing the hop grass out.
M: wants to be light but has an odd thickness to it.
O: light simple, not plain by any means.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal/floral hops. Taste is of malt and rye (slightly spicy), citrus zest, and a variety of herbal and floral hop flavors. Almost zero bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale that packs a nice hop punch in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark golden and amber--almost a light copper. Thin off-white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A pleasant though simple aroma consisting of grassy, floral, and earthy hops and simple, grainy, bready malts.

Light bitterness throughout along with an earthy and floral hop character, though this beer remains quite bready and biscuity.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

An unexciting, though well crafted American blonde. The name is somewhat misleading however, as this is not a very hoppy beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color a little bubble from the carbonation. Thick foamy head that starts off three finger white head and settles down to a half finger head from start to finish. Lace sticks to the glass.

Aromas have a hit to the nose of lemon and honey at first. Then, hop bitterness and citrus pulls though the malt.

The first taste I notice is opposite of what I was smelling. The bitter hops hits at first then is balanced out with a mild honey sweetness and malt. The flavor of bitter hops with a dry finish that lingers around help balance out this ale.

Light/medium bodied with some light carbonation.

Another tasty ale from the New Belgium Brewery! Good job guys!

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Photo of Rantingfury
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened the bottle up and pour into a glass. I took a big nose full of citrus and flowery aroma from the hops. The head was about a finger which disappeared some what quickly, while the color was a gold color and quite clear. The flavor was dominated by the hops with a bit of the malt showing up in the aftertaste. The feel was of a medium body. I like IPA's and hoppy beer and this appeals to me much like Redhook's Longhammer.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden yellow with a thin and irregular white head that dissipated gradually and left nice lacing on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrus smell featuring lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit, in that order. Very pleasant and fruity.

T: More hops than malt, for sure, yet balanced only slightly more bitter than sweet. Quite fruity with some orange peel and earthy hops in the lingering aftertaste.

M: well carbonated; medium-light body. A bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: Definitely better (and fruitier!) than expected, especially for style. Easy drinking and would make for an excellent session beer.

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Photo of iSip
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Belgium Hoptober: Great name and a great beer! The Hoptober pours with a clear deep golden color and light carbonation. The head is thick, pure white, pillowy and leaves a beautiful lacing. Aroma is very present with lots of hop. Hop flavor comes on strong at the start and lasts all the way through. The underlying malts are subtle and stay that way – the Hoptober is not too sweet as many types of ale are. There is a bit of bitter in the aftertaste. All in all, this is just what ale should be if you like complex hops winning over malt sweetness.

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Photo of farrago
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You get two fingers of pure white foam, loose and delicate, heavily dimpled surface with islands of larger bubbles, lots of stickiness leaves serious lacing residue behind. The liquid is not cloudy but it’s not crystal clear either, golden yellow with a vague hint of orange, random super-tiny bubbles float within. The nose first hits you with pepper, green grasses and grains as well as white grapefruit to lemon zest, slightly warmer there’s richer apricot, peach fruit and flower accents, ends with an earthy, metallic ring, aggressively jabs you. Medium to full-bodied, given its generally creamy mouth texture it is surprising how bitter it can seem at times, the hops are green and verging on mean. The pepper, saline, quinine and just plain poor dirt at once lends it punch and dries things out some. The white citrus adds more scrubbing sensations. Hidden off to the side are the peach, apricot, pear fruit as well as floral dew. It’s on the aggressive side, that creaminess really saves it from becoming overbearing. Could put down a couple in a row but that’s it.

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

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of thick, pure white head over a transparent golden body; moderate carbonation is visible; head leaves nice lace

S - smells like a flower shop; touch of citrus

T - sweet bready malt, floral hops, citrus, sweet honey; all the flavors seem to linger for a bittersweet aftertaste; complex and well-balanced

M - smooth medium body; medium/high carbonation

O - Hops are the main feature here, but the sweet malt puts up a fight. Hoptober is a good hoppy ale.

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Photo of codfeast
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: malt and hops, (earth, popcorn, and citrus).

T: Starts out with the sweetness of the malt, followed quickly by some citrus and hops. then some back and forth between the two, final to the hops.

M: Nicely carbinated, prickly on the tounge, body slightly south of medium.

O: Very easy drinking and refreshing, like to battle between the sweet and the bitter. Something I would drink again.

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Photo of Minkybut
2.86/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. I do not get New Belgian beers in my area and a friend brought me a 6-pack of Fat Tire, replacing one of the Fat Tires with this beer...glad he did, wish I had more of these.

A: clear golden yellow color white a nice small white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrusy smell, picked up scents of grapefruit and orange.

T: hop forward beer, but not over done or as big as an IPA. Hint of something fruity there other than the citrus. Had an orange peel aftertaste.

M: well carbonated and light on the tongue with a bit of bitter aftertaste like orange pith.

Overall: surprise. I've only had Fat Tire and I guess used to a malty beer from NB, this was a very nice surprise. Easy drinker and would be an excellent introduction beer to a beginner craft beer drinker.

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Photo of slyke
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober pours a bright, clear golden color with a pillowy white head that laces nicely. The aroma has faint notes of grains and grasses, perhaps a touch of alcohol. The taste has those grain and grass notes in a much stronger (better, I think) way. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and clean with a crisp finish and pleasant aftertaste. Overall this beer is a good one - try one if you find it.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.