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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
86
very good

871 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 871
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 32
Gots: 29 | 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 depechemode1983
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

depechemode1983, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of WMEugene
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

WMEugene, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of ThirdEyePA
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

ThirdEyePA, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, and brilliantly clear. Pours a rocky white head with moderate retention.

Aroma is piney hops, and generally quite clean.

Biscuity malt flavor, followed by a nice gentle hop flavor. Finishes gently bitter, and this bitterness lingers into the finish.

Medium body and low-medium carbonation. No astringency or warming, the mouthfeel is fairly non-descript and unoffensive.

Overall a nice little hoppy ale with that New Belgium tweak. Very pleasant and clean, and not overpowering in any way.

mpyle, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of dpodratsky3
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a very slightly unclear, but pretty clear golden color with a big, thick, rocky head with some nice carbonation. Has some real nice lacing.

S: Distinctly floral hops. Smells nice. According to the bottle it is a blend of 5 hops and 4 malts. The hops stand out more as would be expected. The hop combinations combine to make a very nice smell. Not super strong but nice and pleasant.

T: Like the smell the taste is good hop combinations. A sharp floral hop presence with a bite to it. Maltiness doesn't really make it through as much but something is there. The hops are the star here. The malts serve to create some balance and an interesting different taste than just basic ale bitterness.

M: Thin to medium and crisp. Pretty smooth too though.

D: Drinkable and refreshing from so much hops. It is definitely easy to drink.

Notes: Not what I was expecting from the name hoptober. Should I wait until october to drink this? Because other than opening one during October I see no relation at all to a fall seasonal. That said it is supposedly a combination of the hops left at the end of the season. In that sense it lives up to its description. A hop blend, not spectacular, but nice and refreshing.

Edit: The more I have this beer the more impressed I am by the appearance and hop aroma/taste. It is pretty tasty beer when you need some hops that aren't too over the top.

dpodratsky3, Aug 20, 2009
Photo of Fitzmke
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Fitzmke, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of pmccallum86
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a two finger bubbly head that leaves lacing down the sides of the glass as it dissipates.

The smell is of lemon zest, grass and biscuity malt.

The taste is similar to the smell, lemon notes, grassy earthy notes, biscuit malt and a variety of hops.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Good drinkability, goes down smooth and refreshingly.

pmccallum86, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of devilben02
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden yellow color and a thick cloud-like eggshell-colored head. The aroma is dominated by pine and earth hop characteristics, with maybe a little lemon creeping in as well. The flavor is likewise primarily driven by a dull, earthy hop character up front with a bit of peppery spice, all balanced by a comparatively subtle nutty sweetness. Finely carbonated, this one is easy to drink but not special in that regard, although it is noted that it tastes lighter than I would have expected for 6% alcohol. Overall, it is a solid, hop-forward golden ale.

devilben02, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

famous_mortimur, Sep 30, 2013
Photo of uwmgdman
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant golden color with a clingy, moderate white head. The aroma is highly hoppy-citrus and floral. The flavor is highly hoppy as well, citrusy with a bit of sweet, doughy malt in the background. The hop bitterness is medium-high; this combined with a slightly dry finish yields a hop forward beer. The carbonation and body are medium. Overall a well brewed beer, nothing out of this world but certainly tasty.

uwmgdman, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of drumrboy22
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass. Beer was a golden straw color, with a one-finger, foamy white head. Moderate carbonation and heavy lacing.

Aroma was light hops, citrus, grass and spices.

Taste was lightly hoppy, apples and grains. Very crisp and clean. Easy drinking, but a bit on the plain side.

drumrboy22, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of Bloodbuzz99
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Bloodbuzz99, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of jskennedy
3/5  rDev -21.1%

jskennedy, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

wiscokid920, Dec 10, 2011
Photo of grover37
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Half of a 22oz bomber ($4 from D'Vines) poured into a 40cl Allaglass.

Appearance (4.5): A very clear light gold or dark yellow. One fat finger of dense head reduces to a thick layer. Some lacing at the top. Lots of carbonation with streamers maintaining the head.

Smell (4): Strong citrus notes of lemon, mango, and some grapefruit. Some bread or cracker but mostly dominated by fruit and perhaps some pine(-sol?).

Taste (3.5): Orange and mango up front, with a moderate bitterness balanced by a light bready character. Middle is mellow but with a stronger, but smooth, bitterness. The finish is more orange and a touch of lemon and pine. More sweetness here than I thought with a lingering flavor; not very crisp like I expect from a blond (a good thing?). A touch of bitterness sticks around on the tongue. Overall, the flavor is characterized by a semi-sweet fruitiness with a muted malt character.

Mouthfeel (3.5): Fairly effervescent but not particularly prickly. A smooth and somewhat soft mouthfeel juxtaposes a decent amount of bitterness. The flavors linger and are slightly coating.

Overall (4): Somewhere between a blond and an IPA, this is a very drinkable beer. Very light overall but with some great fruit flavors. This is better than I recall when I last tried it in 2009 and I will probably pick up some more.

grover37, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of yaksurf
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

yaksurf, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of SWMeyer4141
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thought I was getting into a Marzen style beer, was suprised after the pour and the aroma, hopefully it's for the better

Appearance-BMC like body. Head is a 2 finger off white head with some big tight bubbles. Pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell-Some nice floral hops, really suprised me, then realized the beer was called Hoptober, makes sense to me now. Some malts and light wheat.

Taste-Upfront a lot of Hop bitterness that carrys over to a spicey, light maltness. Hops carry through to the finish with some light bitterness and some nice floral hops.

Mouthfeel-Highly carbonated, light bodied. Finish is kind of dry.

Overall-More of the same from New Belgium, simple but good beers for a reasonable price, and thats what you're getting here.

SWMeyer4141, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of CaptainIPA
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at Harry's on Oakland. Presented in a frosted pint glass. Bad form, mates.

Pours a bright and polished gold with a frothy, pitted head that exhibits excellent lacing.

Opens big with an infusion of hops, tart citrus accents (primarily lemon) and an uber-crisp mouthfeel. Bitterness moves to the back of the tongue. Malts now come into play with toasty warmth and spice. A pronounced graininess enters into the fray. As Hoptober warms, the balance swings back to hops. More lemon, now with a dash of pepper, surfaces. Finishes with a pleasant note of malt sweetness.

A well-balanced American Blonde seasonal with lots of interesting interplay between hops and malts. Find it while it's still on tap.

CaptainIPA, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Nbdreher
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Nbdreher, Aug 19, 2014
Photo of beerbrains
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

beerbrains, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of wakajawaka76
4/5  rDev +5.3%

wakajawaka76, May 30, 2012
Photo of blakelive784
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

blakelive784, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of wo87810
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

wo87810, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hoptober, on taperino

a 4.5 light golden with a short, peristent head, great lacing. the carbonation looks quite fine--is the keg naturally conditioned?

s 3.5 citrus hops and pale malt. not terribly distinctive, but pleasant.

t 3.5-4 well balanced american hops and some residual sweetness. and there's something subtle going on as well. ahh, the rye and wheat. the finish is fairly crisp and dry enough to urge frequent pulls. interesting enough to keep my attention, but i'm surprised it's 6%--was hoping for the low 5s.

m 4.5 very fine carbonation throughout the smooth medium body.

d 4-4.5 not that i would go to lengths to seek it out, but hoptober is very drinkable in the right situation.

brewmudgeon, Aug 27, 2010
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 871 ratings.