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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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very good

862 Ratings

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Ratings: 862
Reviews: 484
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 30
Gots: 24 | 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 djcira


4/5  rDev +5.3%

02-19-2012 22:08:23 | More by djcira
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 04:49:42 | More by drumrboy22
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 23:41:50 | More by mpyle
Photo of jskennedy


3/5  rDev -21.1%

01-27-2012 03:38:39 | More by jskennedy
Photo of SavvyStudent


5/5  rDev +31.6%

10-30-2012 13:46:33 | More by SavvyStudent
Photo of devilben02

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 01:52:47 | More by devilben02
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:40:53 | More by SWMeyer4141
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 04:52:57 | More by uwmgdman
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2010 15:14:39 | More by CaptainIPA
Photo of rob99er


4/5  rDev +5.3%

01-08-2012 04:42:23 | More by rob99er
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4/5  rDev +5.3%

05-30-2012 15:18:03 | More by wakajawaka76
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-27-2011 23:26:20 | More by blakelive784
Photo of wo87810


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

11-22-2011 19:44:39 | More by wo87810
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4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

07-08-2012 04:39:23 | More by beerbrains
Photo of goldbot

District of Columbia

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

Best before 01 January 2012.

Pours crystal clear and golden. Good carbonation, thick, white, sparkly (almost soapy-looking) foam. Plenty of lacing. Crisp, clean hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, some pine resin. Some caramel malt in the background. Flavor is light and hoppy - more grapfruit with a nice planty, floral bent. Caramel/toffee sweetness. The mouthfeel is very delicate and silky. The beer explodes into a light, carbonated foam in your mouth. A great well-balanced, light beer, although it seems to be missing some of the boldness that I look for in autumnal offerings and that is promised on the label.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 23:24:42 | More by goldbot
Photo of Spineypanda


4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hoptober reminds me of a less harsh Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Although its IBU's are 3 points higher at 40 than Sierra Nevada's, it seems a bit more palatable.

It has a nice hoppy flavor, but with a bit of a citrus or orange flavor.

The color is nice and golden... makes sense considering it is a golden ale.

This is now one of my more favorite Oktoberfest brews, although it has Magic Hat's to compete against.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 02:12:24 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of akinsja


4/5  rDev +5.3%

11-28-2011 16:12:45 | More by akinsja
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

01-15-2013 03:14:57 | More by elcrawl
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

12-19-2013 03:20:44 | More by crowbar540
Photo of SpecialK088


3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams pint glass

Pours a light gold very little good color to it with a light head that leaves a film over the top

Hops dominate the smell, very fragrent grassy hops that can be smelled from the moment you pop it open. Notes of some spices and sweet malt are also noteable.

Very much the same as the smell, the hops are completely dominate if you drink this right out of the fridge with citrus such as sour orange or grapefruit, but as you let it warm even just a little you can pull out alot more spices and malt. Also a fruity note in the finish

Its a little overcarbonated, kinda makes a fizzy feeling in your mouth and down your throat. Body is actually pretty thin.

Very easy to drink this one overall, for the hopheads this one will be right up your ally everyone else I say give it a shot and let it warm up a little before you judge it

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 23:09:09 | More by SpecialK088
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

05-28-2013 20:18:47 | More by DMc8ride
Photo of TenHornsProud


4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange that is brilliant, clear, with a nice white head that laces.

Smells of floral and citrus hops with some malt character coming through. Not completely complex, but a nice, strong floral hop nose.

Tastes of grapefruit, pear, slight tropical fruit, a hint of pine. It's all hops in the taste with the malt balancing and coming in just in the back.

Mouthfeel is good, medium bodied...easy to drink. Maybe a bit more body would be nice. Smooth finish.

This beer really showcases its floral, fruity hops and has enough malt sweetness to keep it almost perfectly balanced. It's easy to drink yet slightly complex, but more than anything, the flavor is just fantastic. If only there was some of the oily-ness of Pliney, this would be to the next level. I look forward to this one every year.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2011 01:46:40 | More by TenHornsProud
Photo of diamondc


4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 19Dec10.

A: Shiny, clear, golden bronze color. Leaves some good head, 'bout 2 fingers tall.

S: This is where the beer shines. This is hop and malt aroma heaven. The honey, sugar cookie, granola malt aromas balance out the tropical fruit / spring floral hop aromas. Amazing.

T: The hops are what I taste first. Like chewing on flower stems almost. Pineapple and kiwi flavors emerge afterwards. The malts remind me of a standard American pale ale. Very bread-y, rye, some hints of caramel, generic grain husk.

M/D: NB has surprised me again. This isn't a one dimensional beer due to the genius selection of hops used. Even though there's 'hop' in the name, this doesn't kill your palate with bitterness. Hoptober would be a great addition to their year round lineup.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 08:01:06 | More by diamondc
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-27-2010 02:07:32 | More by brewmudgeon
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

01-02-2012 20:48:10 | More by Bloodbuzz99
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