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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

884 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 35
Gots: 38 | 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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Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #3 American Blonde Ale on beeradvocate.com best of styles lists. Served in a New Belgium goblet because I am one sick bastard and this sort of thing gets me off.

Beer is amber to blonde....clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet and a little grainy, eh...

Beer is light in body with a grainy finish but not offputting. It is an interesting and decent beer, I drank the whole bomber of it out of my awesomeness tulip and I'd have more. It is mildly hoppy even on the midpalate, minimal yeast contribution.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoptober Golden Ale, New Belgium

It's golden, alright, bursting with effervescence, capped with a solid and sure head of snowy white, lacy foam. Beautiful.

Lovely, outspoken aromatics. Floral, honeyed, and lightly spicy notes meet big, beefy citrus esters from the Pac NW hops at play. Bitter, sweet, enticing and intriguing.
I'm loving the nose, now, let's move on to the drinking part.

Taste: Bitterness leads the charge, then steps back and makes with the mellow. Soft, sweet malt flavor is the pleasure below. Lemon and pepper remain.
Citrus and spice come back, sip after sip. American pale ale meets Belgian golden, without some of the latter's finer attributes.
Medium bodied, soft finish, starts big and brash, ends smooth and quiet.

Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle was obtained as part of a New Belgium variety pack. Served alone, unpaired with food.

A: Pours a four finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a slightly cloudy lemon yellow.

Sm: Aroma is light in strength: all me broken nose can pick up is a vague citrus ester. All apologies, lads.

T: Sloppy indistinct citrus esters mixed with clean bland barley. It's poorly built and balanced. Very simple as well.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't really suit the flavours. It's almost watery.

Dr: Not very drinkable on account of the limited quality. Decently priced as part of a variety pack, but still not worth a go for any serious beer fanatic. (or advocate, as it were...)

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, light lemons and some grain notes. The aroma is a little bit lacking overall. The flavor is more prominent. I get some lemon and orange citrus notes, as well as some wheat and some grassy hops. The overall bitterness level is low, but it is nicely done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger this, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that sticks around for some time and produces a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is red-tinged, rich gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop dominated with notes of pine, a sharp herbal quality, notes of tangerine, essential citrus oil. This has a very slight malt character to it in the nose with just a touch of cracker like malt towards the finish.

A solid, biting bitterness greets my palate as the beer first hits my tongue; the bitterness lingers throughout the flavor profile and the beer is quite dry which accentuates the bitterness. The soft malt mutes the fruity hop notes a bit and instead focuses the flavor on the more herbal and pine like hop notes. That said a sort of herbal citrus character contributes oily notes of bergamot, tangerine zest and lychee. The finish has a nice, dry, biscuit maltiness along with a cracked wheat grain character. The body of this has a touch of viscous heft to it, especially for how dry this tastes, it seems the whole grains are adding some texture to the body here; this is still a beer meant to be quaffed though.

This is a nice, solid beer. I like that New Belgium has started to release a few more hop focused beers. This isn't nearly as good as fresh Mighty Arrow, but it definitely satisfies my inner need for hops.

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

09/21/09- Purcahsed at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for a freshness code. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice medium golden colored pour with a sparkiling white 1/2 inch head and some minor lace streaks and spots remaining.

Smell- Some slight grassy aromas, a bit of toasted malt and a decent cascade hoppy aroma.

Taste- Not as hoppy as expected. Fairly light in flavor with a split between a lightly toasted malt and some lighter grapefruit spiked hops. Maybe a touch herbal.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Thinking more of a lighter APA rather than a Blonde Ale, but still drinkable and better than average.

Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear dark yellow. Head is light (one finger), with solid retention, leaving moderate lace.

S: Has a rye spice note, and also a little bit of what smells like cinnamon and oranges, sugar cereal, intriguing.

T: Direct grassy & citrus hop bite upfront, fresh tasting and very clean. Some cereal notes and a bit of an earthy hop note (Sterling?) with banana on the back end.

M: Crisp carbonation bite, though it balloons in the mouth a little bit. Light enjoyable aftertaste of hops. Creamy, medium-bodied ale.

D: A solid beer, but nothing like a traditional Oktoberfest. Clearly an ale with the fruitiness and has a definite American influence. A crowd pleaser for a fall party.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by Nov 20, 2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some nice lacing down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, floral, orange, apricot, light caramel, bread, and a bit of wheat. Some nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of nice grapefruit, pine, floral, orange, bread, light pine, spices, and wheat. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, spiciness, bread, and light caramel for a bit on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a nice and drinkable blonde ale. Quite enjoyable and definitely a nice option for a session. It is nicely balanced in flavors and not anything extreme that would make it unpalatable after a few glasses.

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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 chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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

This is a fairly clean and crisp beer, and darn good representative of the style, imho. Pours a light golden, clear body with a 1 finger head. The white foam settled down to a respectable collar, although I'd like to see more of it.
Fairly weak aroma. Citrus and slight bubblegum are a nice surprise from a New Belgium beer that are typically malt and yeast driven.

Flavors follow suit. I wouldn't guess this to be a NB product. The malt is light and the yeast provides just enough spice to accentuate the hops. Citrus hops; grapefruit mostly, but subtle.

Clean finish. Good for late summer, sitting on the porch.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very shocking large white head with some fairly good retention and foamy, sits on a crystal clear lager like straw gold body.

Sweet grain and almost corn like, but goes more to honey on the nose. Faint hint of grass like hop, but sweetly dominant smelling.

Taste is a hop and grass mix of crispness. Sweet grain in the mid palate and doesn't bring a hind of adjunct suggested from the nose. Small lingering hop bitter on the finish with some citrus zest in the aftertaste. Texture is a nice mix of smooth and crisp.

Overall pretty enjoyable, and highly drinkable as well.

Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with little head that quickly fades. Smells of floral, earthy hops with faint wheat notes. Taste is malty and bready with mild grassy, earthy, floral hops; slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing.

Overall a nice beer. Definitely a nice change of pace from the marzen/pumpkin soaked fall market.

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, newly released, from Chip's.

A: The blonde ale is quite blonde, pale golden yellow that is nearly transparent. Two fingers of white head, densely packed, result in several bands of lace.

S: A passing whiff revealed plenty of fresh hops, earthy and citrusy. The aromas are crisp and sweet, plenty fruity. Pale breads and a bit of wheat are counterpoints to the hops.

T: The addition of wheat to the malt bill creates a refreshing, mildly tart body that sets up the hops nicely. The hops, plenty strong, lack the kick that the nose emits. Instead, their citrusy flavors are soft with a floral zest. A nice summertime ale that needn't wait for the chilly days of Oktoberfest.

M: The ale starts out strong and coasts to a blonde ale finish. The wheat body is a nice aspect.

D: A strong summer beer, nice flavor-wise with a killer aroma. For a blonde ale, it kicks tail.

Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is all Northwestern style hops. Strong grapefruit and other citrus aromas, this isn't very piney to me. Little bit of menthol and wood in this one with a minimal amount of malt scent.

Starts out dry and malty with a woody flavor. Slightly warming in the chest some of that is from a menthol and mint sensation from the hops. Slightly sour taste from the hops this is almost all citrus. Bottle says only 40 IBUs.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Flavorful and quite easy to drink. Smells stronger than it tastes, basically what we have here is a hoppy pale ale. Tasty beer I can recommend.

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

(Served in a glass dimple mug) best before 09 jan11
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a cobweb that last for a good while.
S- The slightly tart hop hint turns into more of a pungent but bright hop aroma followed by some dry biscuit and lightly toasted malt aromas.
T- The pale malt give way to a soft green hop flavor and some light sulfury notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens up the sulfury note takes on a citrusy and green herbal hop flavor.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture.
D- This beer has some nice light dry fresh malt flavors with a good pungent hop flavor that is a bit stronger than the malt. There are some nice clean lager qualities and it is very easy to drink but also has some good character.

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured golden amber in color with a frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a bright, floral hoppiness to it. I get some citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit to it. I get a little of the pale malts peeking though, but the hops are definitely steal the show in the aroma at least.

The taste starts off with more of the floral, citrusy hoppiness to it. Towards the finish I get more of a bitter, citrus rind hoppiness coming through. More of the pale malts come out as well in the finish. Nice flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel definitely has a little added body and creaminess from the oats, which I really like. The carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a very flavorful and delicious beer. The hoppiness was very bright and fresh which made it very drinkable overall. really liked the mouthfeel as well. Excellent beer for the style as well.

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 884 ratings.