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Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

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492 Reviews

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Reviews: 492
Hads: 932
Avg: 3.83
pDev: 17.75%
Wants: 47
Gots: 59 | 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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Reviews: 492 | Hads: 932
Photo of Daniellobo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Easy flowing amber ale, pleasing if a bit unremarkable.

Presentation:22 oz brown capped bottle. New Belgium paper label design with a n image of a party bonfire framed by hops. Side paragraph goes over intent, main ingredients and serving notes. Show best before date 01jan12, and 6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear gold pour with a rig frothy head, good retention and surface memory with showy lacing.

S - Fresh hoppy nose, nothing too pungent but pleasing range of pineapple, and grapefruit,

T - Flavors offers a soft if correct biscuity pale malt sense with a lighter touch of hops… very light notes of grapefruit and a muted bitterness.

M - Medium/light body… In fact probably lighter but held by a medium carbonation that sustains the brew well. Light prickly finish with a tiny bitter touch.

O - Pleasing flow, a bit generic and safe for a mass audience, in that sense the aroma and looks are the most notable qualities, as an entry craft brew this might work well.

Notes: It's quality but I'm not crazy about it by far… Logically this can be part of the massive launch of NB brews in the region. Price/quality ratio is remarkable and in that context this could do very well. Having said that… If only for that nose, I'd take this over their pervasive Fat Tyre any day.

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Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.99.

A: Pleasing light amber with 1-2 finger foamy light beige head with good retention and plenty of lace up and down the glass.

S: Very nice rounded aroma with good balance of hops and malt aromas. The hops are a little more pronounced with citrus, herbal, and floral most prominent, but the maltiness is no slouch with a good dose of crystal malt which provides a good balance of caramel and toffee along with the pretty substantial pale amlt base.

T: This beer is one of my biggest surprises of the year. It is balanced and highly drinkable. I don't think blonde ale is correct for this beer as it screams APA with the strong orange citrus and floral flavors. It has some English pale ale flair as well with plenty of tea-like and herbal flavors. Maltiness is not forgotten, and caramel, toffee, and some soft chocolate flavors come through. This is a really nice rounded brew that really fits the APA style more in my opinion as it promotes hoppiness foremost but also doesn't neglect malt complexity. Hoptober is the best APA I have had this year.

M: A nice coating mouthfeel to this beer with even carbonation and a firm medium body, supported by generous malting.

O: This beer does not get enough respect -- it is a very good APA with plethora of hops and malt aromas and flavors. I am really impressed with this beer. Will I spend the money to buy this over a now $12.49/6-pack FW Union Jack -- probably not as I think UJ is one of the best IPAs around. But Hoptober is a sneaky good IPA that I would love as an everyday beer for its balance, body, and fresh hops and malt flavors.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow ,clear, with a larrgish frothy white head. Nice fresh hop aromas from this one smells at least way above 40 IBUs! Flavour has a strong lemony hop combination..plenty citrus but not too bitter, slightly fruity, Malts underneath. Lot of peppery goodness in the end after taste. Also slightly salty adding to the drinkability. I liked the palate on this it is light but not really highly carbonated. Very drinkable , good Golden Ale.

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Photo of Florida9
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright yellow in color. Pours with about 1/2" of off-white, creamy thick head that eventually reduces down, but never really goes away. Nice lacing.

S: Grapefruit and citrus. Lemon. Heavy aromatic hops.

T: Slightly sweet with very light malts. This one is all about the hops flavor. Orange-lemon citrus mixed with some floral notes. Sweet corn. Virtually no bitterness at all.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation. Clean and crisp.

D: A very good beer and a good alternative to the typical American adjunct. Lightly malted, a little sweet, and bursting with hop flavor without any hop bitterness.

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Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best by feb 26 2010

pours bright clear golden with a 2 finger head that cakes the glass with lacing

smell floral centennial hops along with some wheat - very nice nose which i would have rated higher but i picked up on that NB must that i get in most of their beers

taste - yep thats the stuff - hands down the best american blonde ale i have ever had - quick citrus then pine hops that lead into those floral hops right along the nice blend of rye and wheat

mouthfeel is a medium body - lots of hop resin - good carbonation creamy finish

drinkability is great i only wish this was not just a seasonal release

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip.
Golden wheaty color with thick white foam. Nice lacing remains as I drink.
Smell of belgian yeast, wheat, hops, and pear.
Taste is of fruity hops with straw undertones.
Easy drink.

Overall a really great brew and full of flavor. There is a lot going on with this...straw notes, slight belgian yeast, hops, and pear aftertaste. I would almost prefer a bit more hops, but overall this is a great brew. Another good one from New Belgian.

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Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with a beautifully thick and sticky head. Crazy sheets of lace. The aroma, at first, is light leafy hops over a bit of sweet malt. The more I sniff, however, the more the hops open up...citrusy, spicy, grassy, and juicy. The grassy, leafiness of the smell carries over into the flavor right off the bat. Sweet citrus pulp and sugar cookies. Hoppy, but fairly delicate. Nicely crisp and medium-light bodied...drinkable for sure.

Simple, tasty, and satisfying.

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Photo of Vancer
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this golden ale certainly pours a semi-hazy gold in the tulip glass, nice white head and a layer of sheet lace around the rim.

Certainly not a blond ale as listed here on BA, close to a IPA (or maybe an APA) with all the hops swirling around in the aroma and taste. Bits of citrus, orange and even some toasted bread kick in for a pot puree of flavors. Only one drawback for me, a sturdy dose of floral - but I'll not knock off for a personal quirk. Crisp and clean finish, no hint of any alcohol for this 6% brew.

Another good beer from NB - they continue to crank out nice beers at an economical price.

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Photo of Boto
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear golden color. There was a small white head on it that dropped off rather quickly, but left a bit of lacing. The aroma is rather decent. There is a lot going on in this one. Some citrus and pine hop notes up front. Also some grassiness and malts in the background. A mild hop bite to the taste. Medium bodied. Some malts and earthiness to the taste also. Pretty easy drinking. Not bad at all!

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Piss yellow, no disrespect intended. White frothy head, leaves fast, lots of cling lace remains. Crystal clear.

S - Light malt, light fruit and hops.

T - Frutier than expected. Nice light malt and hops.

M - Medium to light body. Nice balance. Clean finish.

D - Very easy to drink.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark golden and amber--almost a light copper. Thin off-white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A pleasant though simple aroma consisting of grassy, floral, and earthy hops and simple, grainy, bready malts.

Light bitterness throughout along with an earthy and floral hop character, though this beer remains quite bready and biscuity.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

An unexciting, though well crafted American blonde. The name is somewhat misleading however, as this is not a very hoppy beer.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into SN tulip glass.
Very attractive golden with nice white head and reasonable stamina. Lots of bubble action from the nucleation.
Balanced malt hop aroma, but I especially like it when the sweet, spicy, citrus, fruit of the hops is most forward. Malt backing is biscuit, toast, nuttiness similar to Fat Tire and some of the other beers from New Belgium. Just a touch of yeast.
Balanced flavors, as with the aroma. I really enjoy the hop character as it blends best with the interesting, yet familiar malt character. Hop as flavor (citrus, spice, mild grassiness) and bitterness (blending, yet laying flat on tongue as the long dryness of the finish kicks in).
Rather fully carbonated which gives a touch of fillingness (if that's a word). Surprisingly heavy body, closer to moderate than light.
The best bottles of this I've had approach Gumballhead. It's not quite there, but it's easier for me to get and I know it will be fresh. An easy beer for me to pick up annually, if it continues to be like this.

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Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with mmtmatrix thanks!

Appearance: Rather golden body with a one finger white crown that shows some lace. The body is perfectly transparent.

Smell: Good amount of hops over a pale german malt. Some tangerine flavor makes itself known. Some floral hops with the smallest amount of herbal bitterness mixed in for good measure. Fairly nice.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium bodied with an interesting carbonation profile. Goes down a bit undercarbonated but shows a good amount of carbonation on the exhale.

Drinkability: Quaffable for sure.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a lightly hazy bronze-amber hue. Powerful carbonation creates foam that takes some time to settle.

Lightly hoppy/malty smell. Nice, but not out of the ordinary.

Crisp taste, reminiscent of a lager/or blonde ale which evolves rapdily into a hop blend bittering finish. Closes with a fourish. Grape skin notes in there, possible even some lemon flavors. All blended really well.

I liked it, good drinkability. Just a really nice blend.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of harrymel
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by 11DEC11

A: Pours a golden ale with a single finger head that goes down to a sheet of the same. Excellent clarity. Rings of lace.

S: Citrusy and pleasant. Really great nose here, distinctly orange and lemon. Nice.

T: Sharp hops and sweet malts. Great flavor is just as citrus laden as the nose.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carb. Semi dry finish.

O: Good beer. Easy to drink. Reminds me of fresh Bitter American. Very sessionable.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Stable.

Poured a bright, clear golden-yellow with a thick and creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing left behind.

Aroma of floral and citrus hops along with with cracker and freshly- baked cookies.

Tastes of peach and light grapefruit upfront followed by sweet malts, cracker and yeast. Finishes quite smooth.

Lighter bodied, slightly dry, and moderately carbonated.

An enjoyable and solid Blonde ale from New Belgium.

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Photo of allengarvin
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white foam head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very vibrant aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple with lots of lemon zest and some pine. Pale malts and wheat back things up. Also some hints of coriander spice.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit and pineapple hop flavor up front that is sweet and mildly bitter. A moderate amount of pine adds some bitterness. Solid backing of wheat and pale malts. Light hints of spice. Tropical fruit sweetness stands out and the hoppy bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy.

Overall: A very solid wheat ale from New Belgium. Nice balance of fruity sweetness with some mild bitterness.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First sampled this at The Great Carolina Sweatfest, er, I mean The Great Carolina Beer & Wine Festival. One of the most memorable beers on that sweltering day, and one I had to try again, so I nabbed a 6 pack a couple days ago.

The liquid could be any average-to-decent macro pils or something, its clarity very clear and its golden yellow very yellow (and golden!). Bone-white head is fluffy and likes to leaves tiny dots of lace in its wake.

Aroma is a mainlined hit of super-clean, super-breezy, very bright hops and a white-bread/washed-out grain sort of element to the malt.

Crisp green apple, pear, astringent herbal tea, grapefruit rind and lemon flash by as this crosses over lips and tongue. Delicate yet with a lasting and pleasing bitterness, hops that lean on the intense side of fruity, and just enough mellow bleached/white-bread grain to lend a little support. Interesting that this is an autumn seasonal, as it seems a perfect summer beer.

Texturally crisp, but with a softer, more delicate roundness/slickness that provides balance and gives a little depth to the feel. Even a slight pucker, which works well with the tart, pithy finish.

After a rough day of disappointment after disappointment, this hit the spot. I don't believe my judgment is askew because of that, but what if it is? Good beer can make a bad day good again (and then bad again if you let yourself get all fuckered up)...anyway, this is pure simplicity without any ho-hum elements. I like.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles at Magnums back at the end of September for $1.69 each. Best before 2-12-10.

Beer poured golden with a two finger head that is leaving rings of lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, full of floral hops even halfway through. Taste is hop forward, citrus to start, balanced with a good malt backbone, finishing peppery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a nice well balanced beer with some different characteristics that make it quite good!

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Photo of Chaney
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Welcome to DC New Belgium.... earthquake and all....

NB is new to the DC area and everyone's excited.... including me. Not only is it in the craft beer gourmet markets, but I bought this one over at Safeway!

Presently #3 in the Blonde Ale category huh? Hell, I thought Victory Summer Lover was much better.

A: Golden ale for sure! Crystal clear, with a slight foamy head that died down within seconds.

S: Not much.... maybe some slight puffs of malt.

T: Hmmm... Slides down the throat VERY well. Blonde Ale huh? I can see that. Mild hop profile, but overall, this was very lager-like.

M: First of all, the lacing was ridiculous! After that, the carbonation was great for the style, and the brew had a very clean finish, but nothing special.

O: I think the other reviews on BA are totally in line with my experience overall. Good, but not great. Someone would have to twist my arm to order this one in a bar....

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Photo of Beaver13
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 2/26/10. Pours a clear yellow gold with a smallish creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is bready grainy malts and fruity resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with citrus fruits leading to a medium fruity hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a solid NBB brew. Pretty hoppy for a golden ale. I really like the hop flavors and think this would rate as a solid well balanced pale ale.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up as part of a mixed six pack last week on a whim. Poured a light golden color with a huge white head that poured over the sides. Light hoppy aroma, with similar hops on the palate, along with a little sweet malt. Decent, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of elNopalero
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught poured into a shaker pint glass. There’s about a finger’s worth of head that takes its time to die down. Nice mellow aroma with some piney notes. Pours golden and clear. Is this a fall quaffer or a seasonal sipper? Light body, pleasing balance but dialed down to light music levels. There’s a maltiness to this that’s neither chewy nor overpowering. An enjoyable beer for falling leaves and cooler weather.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
86 out of 100 based on 492 ratings.