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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

878 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 878
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 32 | 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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Photo of cokes
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright brass under a tight-cropped carpet of white cream, pockmarked with large bubbles.
The crisp, crackery pale maltiness is scented below a varied layer of hops. Equal parts flowery, citric, and evergreen. The seem well meshed and cohere into a vibrant and unified hop aroma.
Down the hatch, the dry maltiness arrives first. Toasted egg bagels and oyster crackers. Slowly, the other grains reveal themselves. Wheat first, with a suave sub-sweetness. Rye with a tickly spicy note. Then finally (and maybe most evidently) the oats with their whipped sense of cream. Hops hit immediately, again, multidimensional, with intermeshed citrus, flowers, and pine, and a concluding and lingering, peppery, grassy bit.
The oats are the ringer for me, and they add they inimitatable glossy beefy slickness in the feel. Yet this still drinks with abandon with its sparkling carbonation. This shows a fantastic amount of complexity on its smallish frame, as each of its components takes its turn in the spotlight. It's sometimes difficult to slow the gulps down in order to savor and parse it.

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

Had this from a 12 oz bottle, first time having this bier.
A: pours a nice golden yellow, almost shiney. A nice, thick head that hangs around for a good long time. Nice lacing. A good looking bier.
S: a nice hoppy aroma, mild sweetness, a little orange is detected.
T: A good hoppy flavor that is a little dry at the end, typical of a heavy-hop bier. A nice combo of tart-sweetness. Able to taste the alcohol, but is minimal. An enjoyable taste.
M: medium to full bodied.
D: easy going down and enjoyable, could have many of these without complaint.

Overall, a very solid bier that does not disappoint on any level. Do yourself a favor and pick up a few of these. Prosit!

Photo of paco1029384756
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden color with one finger of light white head.

Scent of sweet and lightly bitter hops, caramel, grass, flowers and some malts. Nice hop presence and balance.

Taste of pale malts, grain, and faint hops. Another solid offering from New Belgium.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and somewhat smooth with good carbonation.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden and decent white head that didn't retain long, but had nice lacing.

Smell: Crisp pine hops scents and light malts behind it. Nice.

Taste: As it smells, bright and crisp grapefruit and pine hops up front, sweet malts a little more subtle on the finish.

Mouth Feel: Medium body and lighter carbonation Crisp hops bite on the tongue.

Drinkability: A respectable hoppy blonde ale. I've had better and I've had worse. All in all a decent seasonal offering.

Photo of GJ40
3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Harris Teeter in Apex, NC. Best by date is Feb 5 2010.

A light yellow color with great clarity and a foamy white head. The aroma is a mix of floral, grassy hops and toasted malt with a touch of yeast. The flavor is somewhat dry and citrusy with a moderate bitterness throughout. It's very clean and crisp. The consistency is on the thin side and the moderate carbonation is full of very tiny but potent bubbles. There's some lacing as the glass empties.

This is a very refreshing beer that's incredibly easy to drink. I could only find this as a six pack and I'm certainly looking forward to the remaining bottles.

Photo of Goliath
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/pale amber color with a half inch foamy bright white head. There is poor head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is decent. A nice bit of citrus hits you up front with some big hop notes and a touch of sappy pine.

The taste is ok. There is a decent hop presence giving a nice citrus and pine combo with a very light hop bitterness. I enjoy the variety of malts present in the beer as well. Unfortunately I think the rye overpowers the rest. I still enjoy it though.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated with a very fine and crisp bubble.

Drinkability is moderate. The ABV is relatively low and well incorporated making for a nearly sessionable beer. The flavor profile is fairly interesting and pleasing as well which brings me back to the glass every now and again. Overall not a bad beer.

Photo of beertunes
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of Jan. 29 2010. Poured into NB goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden straw color. Even with an aggressive pour, less than 1/4 inch of white head appeared and had poor retention but left attractive lacing.

A very pleasant and pleasing grain aroma greets the nose, then is followed by an interesting hop scent. The flavors were very tasty, a pleasing mix of the malt and hop.

The body was typical for the style, but still crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, You want to, and could have, a bunch of these in a row and remain pleased throughout. This will be a great beer for tailgates and fall parties in the backyard.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that I don't have high expectations for. I'm sure this beer will be near you soon, I think you'll be as happy with it as I am.

Photo of langcpa
3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A:head retention is fair with a rocky white head,pours golden clear, nice thick white lacing on glass,

S:smell is a very pleasant clean pine like smell, with the hop notes calling you to have a sip

T:Hops are definitely present without being overly strong, a shafe of maltyness comes through ath the finish. Very refreshing. The taste definitely matches the smell

M: Medium body with slight carbination, a very slight hop aftertaste that finishes to the dry side

D: A geat seasonal beer for sitting on the porch watching the harvest moon rise. Two or three of this beer at a setting would be plenty. I would be this beer again. Toured the brewery in August and would recommend the tour, very interactive and casual.

Photo of mothman
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bud American Ale glass

Pours 2 fingers of slight beige head. Amazing retention with a ton of lace and lace walls. Color is a clear pale golden yellow/orange.

Aroma: kind of interesting and not really what I was expecting. There seems to be a decent amount of hops here. A big floral aroma. Some spices mixed in, but mainly pretty hoppy.

Taste: Wow, this beer is unlike any other I have had. It is super sweet with a ton of hops. Has some spices that linger around for a bit. I really don't know what to think of the taste as it is really unique.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth at the same time. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a unique beer. It isn't quite and IPA, but it resembles similar tastes. I am glad I just bought one of these, as it just isn't flowing for me. It is drinkable, but nothing I want a lot of.

Just a fun side note, but did anybody else notice the guy on the label to the far right? Kind of funny.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Exceptional appearance with thick, rocky white head atop a translucent golden color for the beer itself.

Nose is a delight with some light melon, perhaps honeydew, and gentle herbal/spicey notes.

On the palate this comes across beautifully crisp with lovely citrus from the hops, a pleasant malt background, herbal qualities again, and has a bit of dryness/crispness that you might normally appreciate in other styles such as a bohemian pils. This is one of the most clean, refreshing, and drinkable ales I've sampled in a long time. Amazing result from New Belgium.

Photo of captainfroth
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very tasty blonde; super silky mouthfeel and excellent hopping converge in New Belgium's Hoptober Golden Ale. I would love to get a number for the IBUs on this one. Also, I would love to see this on draught, it may lose something coming from the bottle; nonetheless, a perfect beer for the end of summer and start of autumn.

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

A - Color is gold. Carbonation high. Head is sizable, but not excessive. Lacing is thick and attractive.

S - Clean pine, grapefruit pith, golden malt, clean hay. A very aromatic and pleasant scent.

T - The initial flavor is clean with a bit of maltiness, joined by a drier maltiness and a vaguely citrus pith flavor. Aftertaste is relatively mild with only a hint of pithy bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - A good brew. A winner for New Belgium. I enjoyed this almost as much as mighty arrow.

Photo of drperm
4.7/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is my new favorite New Belgium offering, hands-down. The "American Blonde Ale" designation does not even begin to do justice to this multifaceted, complex brew. In the best of the American Craft tradition, this one takes simple genre, tips its hat to it, and then leaves it far behind.

Appearance: Just beautiful. Golden, shimmery, clear, sparkly, with a snow-white pillow of foam atop. Looks like the best of the Czech pilsener world, as it smiles at me in its glass.

Aroma: Earthy, crisp, mellow, dark, woodsy. I'm reminded of laurels and boxwoods after a rainshower, and expect to hear a wood thrush start singing any minute. Rye, dark hops, green apple, and wheat bread round out the nose. This smell is stupendous, comforting, and slightly intoxicating.

Taste: Delicious and refreshing. Surprisingly complex for its color and clarity, and also for its unassuming beginning (but remember that nose...). A delicious rye-wheat note marries perfectly with the ever-so-fresh hop quintet, and something rather perfumey (but in a good way) finishes it off.

Palate: Sublime and divine, if maybe flirting with being ever-so-slightly thin.

Overall/Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Scarily drinkable, in fact. I'm kicking myself for buying only a single instead of a sixer. I could drink this all day, all summer and fall -- this would, in fact, be perfect on a crisp, warm autumn day. I see this one working perfectly with any number of foods, from smoked (or unsmoked) craft cheeses, to seafood, to Mexican dishes, to fish, omelettes....I had mine with a yesterday-picked fresh mountain green apple, and it was divine.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber golden with a decent white head. Aroma is richly hoppy and just slightly fruity. Flavor is seriously hoppy but not too bitter and has both malty and fruity hints. Texture is fizzy and leaves a nice hoppy finish that is only slightly bitter.

Photo of elniko
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium glass. Bottle marked best by 2/5/2010.

A: As the bottle foretold, golden amber coloring with relatively minimal head. Good lacing and light carbonation apparent. Solid looking brew.

S: Wonderful citrus notes from the nose, an interesting melding of the various hops that were used in the brew.

T & M: Relatively light bodied, citrus tones in the nose come through in the taste as well. There are some spicy hints in the finish. Malt never really become apparent even as the beer warms.

D: Very drinkable, not sure why this is fall seasonal as I feel that this is an awesome summer sipper. Quality new brew from New Belgium.

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

Poured into a pint glass, this presents a very light golden beer with a small white head. The aroma is hugely hoppy though. I could smell it across the table after I poured it, very citrus, grassy hops. Well-balanced flavor, not nearly as bitter as I expected. Plenty of citrus hop flavor, but bitterness is quite moderate. There's not much else here--malt is kept to a minimum with just a tad of graininess, though the rye adds a very subtle spicy, peppery edge (I noticed it but couldn't place the taste until I read the label. Quite drinkable offering from NB.

Photo of HoosBrews
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very light and highly carbonated; true to it's Golden Ale naming. The nose is sweet with a clear presence of Belgian yeast and just a hint of floral hops. Taste is semi-sweet and moderately hoppy. Slightly dry finish with a fairly complex mouthfeel, a little suprisingly considering the appearance. Highly drinkable and very unique for a fall seasonal!

Photo of JBogan
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bright and clear golden color is topped by a small frothy white cap which dissipates into a thin film. Moderate lacing is left as a memento.

A well balanced aroma made of pine and citrus, some sweet malt along with a very slight sensation of floral notes.

Taste follows the smell very closely. Once again, balance is the key here. The hops are there, but not overpowering everything else. They leave only a slightly bitter aftertaste, and in the very end it is the citric and floral tastes which leave their impression on my tongue. The only "complaint" I would have in regards to the taste is that everything seemed somewhat muted, perhaps a little too low key.

Mouthfeel is medium, slick and slippery. Some carbonation in there, but not too much.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It does seem to be more of a spring/summer type beer rather than a fall seasonal, but no matter what time of year it's a pretty decent offering from the folks at New Belgium.

Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Mild citrus hop aroma. Some esters. malty sweetness. The aroma is very soft.

Appearance - Amber color. Crystal clear. White head settled at about one fingerwidth. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - At the start I get malt followed closely by slight hop bitterness. Given time in the mouth hop flavor comes through more. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness lingers, but not for long. Like the aroma, all of the flavors are quite soft. Pretty well balanced.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. Slight carbonic "bite." Easy finish. No perceived alcohol.

Overall Impression - A fairly solid beer. Just enough hop aroma and flavor to please the palate, but very underwhelming. This would be very refreshing on a hot Summer day. Worth a try, but I probably won't but again.

Photo of Thur123
3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden yellow with just a bit of orange color. Little to no head and average carnoation. Smell is light floral hops, citrus and a bit of spice, over grainy malts. Smells balanced but on the hoppy side. I want this to similar to A little sumpin sumpin, but i dont have my hopes up.

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A lemon hop burst comes in first followed by a bite of floral hops. There is a taste of pine and maybe even a bit of the booze comes through. Not nearly as balanced as I hoped, it also feels a little thin. The hops flavor could use a sweeter balance throughout. The texture of this reminds me of a BMC. Overall, eh.

Photo of LibraryTom
4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A hoppy Belgian blonde ale is the best name for this one I think. Instead of having pale malt characteristics, this has the fruity Belgian blonde ale characteristics. Notes of ripe peaches are prevalent, as is a smoother, rounder mouthfeel as compared to West Coast Pale Ales. The hop character is present on the nose, as well as the palette, but is much less assertive. It tends to be a backdrop instead of the main event here. An easy drinking ale that has a beautiful rich, sweet, and smooth character, while still being refreshing.

Photo of JohnGalt1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up today at the COOP... poured into my Delirium goblet.... Crystal clear gold... nice foamy head and pretty good retention and lace...

Nose is grassy and floral hops out front with (I think?) some sorta menthol notes... pale malts help out but are more second string.

An interesting beer.... I'm having a hard time with it... Good bitterness at the front with some spicy/lite oily/slick notes also sorta at the front... nice floral hoppiness mid palate and a lingering spiciness that I would guess comes from the rye and oats... The body is on the medium side and a nice sorta creamy carbonation.. Reminds me of an over-hopped, rye-dominant cream ale I brewed eons ago.. I haven't thought of that beer in years :-)

Still don't know what to make of this beer other than I like it... definitely in my mind this a blending of at least a few different styles.. that said, I would have bought this many times to have something interesting and very drinkable in the Boise heat... the fact that it's out now in very late summer will probably limit my drinking, but as long as it's on the shelf, I'll almost certainly make sure to have some in the fridge... good beer for sure.

Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see another NB brew on the shelves here. Pours a light gold with a big frothy white head on top. Great retention and it leaves some nice lacing on the glass edge. Smells like oranges, lemons, and candy.

The mouth is crisp and clean. Plenty of carbonation on this one. The taste is interesting. Pretty citrusy and hoppy. This is like a tamed down IPA. This is not bad. It's not your typical "October" beer, but it's good. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of rajendra82
3.63/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking pour with a pale golden color, and a lively fizzy body fueling a two finger thick head. The smell was floral hoppy, with some tropical fruit showing through as well. The taste was fruity and hoppy with watermelon and apricot apparent. The body felt a bit thin and finished fizzy and metallic. Nice to drink, but not really memorable.

Photo of GeezLynn
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden yellow with a moderate, short-lived white head. Good clarity. Nose is mainly fruity hops with minimal malt. Immediately noticeable flavors are pale malts and light citrus hops. Finish is slightly bitter with some spicyness, presumably from the rye. A surprisingly sturdy mouthfeel to this beer also - crisp, not watery. Not often you can say that about an American Blonde Ale.

This beer had plenty going on for a self-described Golden Ale, with some APA-like characteristics. The most enjoyable example of this style I have had in awhile. Not sure a different name isn't in order, as this is more of a summer beer in my opinion. But it definitely exceeded my expectations.

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 878 ratings.