Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.25/5 rDev +11.8%
This is a perfectly transparent golden ale with billowing pillows of foam and multiple tracings of lacings left behind as the foam recedes. There is some graininess and grassiness to its aroma, which leans towards the citrusy hops of Sierra Nevada. There is a bit of carbonation bite to its taste, but beyond that, there is soft subtle malt sweetness. Perhaps the word soft comes to mind because the texture of this beer, especially the initial foamy layers, reminds me of nothing less than soft lips of a sensual kiss. In this sense, this may be the sexiest beer I know. The beer is worth experiencing for that reason alone. A blonde? Maybe more like a pale ale, but I'm sure some will think of blondes when they spend time sipping this delightful ale.
09-12-2011 18:13:13 | More by pweis909
4.22/5 rDev +11.1%
A: Very clear straw color with nice 1-2 finger head that settled quickly.
S: The aroma is sweet with citrus and very mild (faint) floral tones
T: The malty and hoppy components are quite balanced at a medium range. There is an earthiness to this beer and the hops are noticeable, especially toward the end.
M: medium-light body and definitely creamy. A little heavier than I would expect from a blonde, but it works for fall style.
08-27-2011 19:22:51 | More by KMcG
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
This one isn't to bad, but I'm puzzled by it. Instead of putting out a Marzen this time of year NB makes a blonde and gives it a name that makes it sound like an octoberfest.
It's a pretty amber color with a decent amount of hops in the aroma. The taste is hoppy bit it isn't overpowering. It's actually pleasant to have despite the apparent lack of malt presence.
10-23-2009 19:04:04 | More by DesMoinesMike
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
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.
08-29-2009 18:31:25 | More by elniko
2.95/5 rDev -22.4%
Served in a shaker pint...
A- Very light in color and extremely clear. Nice inch head, creamy. Looks like a pilsener. I had no idea this was a bland when I ordered... Seems a bit weird for a fall seasonal.
S- Overall incredibly light aroma. Slight sweet gingerbread smell- thats about it with some subtle delicate floral hops hidden in there.
T/M- Bready but light, very very light. Hoppy for a fall beer. More earthy and spicy contribution from the hops. Well carbonated and extremely light bodied.
O- I tend to like my fall beers with more malt and warm flavors and more body. I think my score is eschewed a little lower because this is not your typical fall beer, nor should I think it be. Hard for me to rate to style when i'm thinking it should be a different style than it is. Was really in the mood for something fitting, but this is much more crisp and summer-y.
08-26-2011 13:58:08 | More by TheGordianKnot
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
A: Bright, clear golden with a slight copper hue. Ok size white head with decent retention and very nice lacing.
S: Plentiful hops in the nose, mostly citrusy and grassy. Toasted malt in the backseat with a whiff of grainy sweetness.
T: Flavor is slightly more balanced than the nose, but there are still plenty of hops. I get citrus, grassy, floral, a bit of pine, and some peppery notes. The malt profile is equally complex. There is lots of biscuity crackerness (shocking for an NB...), some good wheat character that while noticeable doesn't get twangy, creamy oats with a restrained sweetness, and poking through all this is a grainy rye spicyness.
M: Creamy medium body with lushness from oats and accentuated by tight, firm, sparkly carbonation. Both smooth and crisp with a slightly drying finish.
D: Quenching enough for an (Indian) summer day, robust enough wash down tailgate food, and complex enough for sitting, sipping and thinking. It has a lot going on, yet it all works super well together for a refreshing and enjoyable brew.
02-23-2010 05:07:28 | More by SickGnar
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
A - Light golden straw in color with a very fluffy head that dissipates into a nice thin layer and demonstrates fine lacing.
S - Aroma mostly consists of hops, light citrus, sweet grain, and some grassy notes. Not as aromatic as I was hoping for.
T - Mild pine hops, citrus by the way of lemon, malty sweetness is present, slight peppery notes, followed by a bitterness that remains on the palate.
M - Medium to light in body, pretty crisp and refreshing.
D - Very drinkable, although in my humble opinion rather unexciting. I certainly don't mind drinking it, but I don't plan on running out to get more any time soon.
08-20-2010 01:31:37 | More by StoneBrewFanatic
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
Pours a transparent golden color with a one finger white head. Smell is of citrus hops with a little malt in there too. Taste is pretty complex, some pine citrus and grassy hops, there are some malts in there too, grainy taste. Finish is tasty, not too bitter. Mouthfeel is light, with good carbonation. Overall its a refreshing beer, very tasty. I love marzen/octoberfest brews, but this was a nice break in the trend. Very good, definitely a beer I will seek out again next fall.
09-19-2010 20:32:39 | More by gkunkle
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Not too shabby, I like how new Belgium put their own twist on the October themed seasonal. This product stands out well in a sea of marzens.
Pours light and golden with a one finger cap. Head fades to a soapy ring that laces just a little.
The smell and taste are as hop forward as the name implies (considering the style and the brewery). Definitely more impressed by this brew than I expected, my favorite nb brew so far, but I look forward to trying some of the lips of faith series, especially la follie.
Quite easy drinking, a bit light on the mouthfeel, but notba bad beer at all.
01-02-2010 06:06:40 | More by grayburn
3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
A - Pour a dark golden color with a slight haze. Nice off-white head to go with it. The head is lasting and leaves nice amounts of lacing around the glass.
S - Very aromatic nose. Sweet and floral. Picking up apricots, citric hops, bread, green apple. Lots of pleasant earth tones. Very nice.
T - Taste is bittersweet. Bitter hops are dominant with a sweet, malty, bread like background. Again there is a nice earth feel to this. Still picking up an apricot flavor but with more bitterness.
M - Damn good mouth feel. Smooth, crisp, and clean. Very refreshing. Well done.
O - Ive seen this one before but never picked it up. I'm glad I did this time around. I should have known better. New Belgium is pretty solid when it comes down to it.
08-21-2011 23:12:35 | More by depechemode1983
4.18/5 rDev +10%
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.
11-22-2011 00:28:03 | More by WMEugene
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
A- Darker straw yellow, with golden highlights. A beautiful clear beer, great sparkling color. Huge loose heads erupts to the rim of my glass. Slightly rocky, firm but soapy and bubbly. this is fantastic headed beer. Quite lively, too. Large streams of carbonation flows from the scoring on the Perfect Pint bottom. Solid lacing coats the glass all the way down. Just gorgeous.
S- Honey malts and crisp, complex hops from the several types used here, notably the Glacier and Cascade variates. Spicy fruity notes in the aroma, mostly pears and apples. Notes of ganja and even champagne? Huge nose, quite complex with several overlapping layers of aromas.
T- Starts off with those wonderful honey malts giving Hoptober a bright entrance upon the palette. But then this brew takes a murky turn into muddled hops; flavors blend without reason and become a overpowering mess of bitter and earthen flavors. Muddled is the best word to describe the middle and finish here, it's just all collapses into itself. No fruitiness, no crispness, just confusing burnt bitterness. What a bummer, I expected great things from the looks and nose. I'm pretty underwhelmed by the taste of this. What happened here?
M- Firm body, lightly medium size and with great smoothness. No overbearing carbonation, just a smooth pulling beer with a zippy edge of bubbles, perfect fit for the American Blonde style.
D- Not great. Despite gorgeous looks and wonderful and complex smells, the tastes are lost in a smoldering collapsed pile. I hate to slam a local favorite so bad, but I don't like the taste of this.
08-16-2010 21:24:42 | More by SamN
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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