Hoptober Golden Ale - New Belgium Brewing
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4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
12oz. Poured a golden yellow with a fluffy white head that held good retention and left sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas were pleasant floral hops coupled with freshly squeezed citrus - mainly lemon with a hint of orange. Tastes were complex and very well balanced, consisting of biscuity malt - slightly bready, fresh crisp hop providing some lemon and grapefruit zest and some herbal qualities. Slight caramel mixed in with a peppery finish from the rye. Bitterness is present, but plays so well with the other flavors. Mouth-feel is light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and ever so mildly oily allowing the hop resins to cover the palate. Nice golden ale background with an awesome hop bite. The hop and malt medley is greatly balanced providing remarkable drinkability - this was much better than I anticipated. I also like the way the hop flavor is so pronounced without the huge bitterness - nice change of pace. This is the reason I love American craft brewers - they can take a classic style and completely change the way it is brewed, add different ingredients and come up with something that actually is reminiscent of an Oktoberfest Märzen with a definite American flare. Great idea and a fantastic outcome!
09-19-2009 22:29:15 | More by barnzy78
3.8/5 rDev 0%
A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, grassy, and floral hops. Some grapefruit bitterness. Not much sweetness for balance.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, grassy, and floral hops again. Some bread and grain. Not much else, but still enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. A little watery. Not hard to drink. Something I can session.
Not bad at all. I can see the appeal for this beer. It just does not do a lot for me. This really is worth a try though.
10-01-2009 03:37:31 | More by champ103
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Pours dark gold with a tinge of amber and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is citrus and hop resin with some sweetish malt. Flavor is just really solid. Complex hop profile includes citrus, apple, and just enough resinous character to temper the sweetness. Solid pale/caramel malt influence as well. Really excellent balance, super easy to drink. I'm pretty impressed with this one.
09-25-2009 20:51:36 | More by illidurit
4.38/5 rDev +15.3%
Clear bright brass under a tight-cropped carpet of white cream, pockmarked with large bubbles.
The crisp, crackery pale maltiness is scented below a varied layer of hops. Equal parts flowery, citric, and evergreen. The seem well meshed and cohere into a vibrant and unified hop aroma.
Down the hatch, the dry maltiness arrives first. Toasted egg bagels and oyster crackers. Slowly, the other grains reveal themselves. Wheat first, with a suave sub-sweetness. Rye with a tickly spicy note. Then finally (and maybe most evidently) the oats with their whipped sense of cream. Hops hit immediately, again, multidimensional, with intermeshed citrus, flowers, and pine, and a concluding and lingering, peppery, grassy bit.
The oats are the ringer for me, and they add they inimitatable glossy beefy slickness in the feel. Yet this still drinks with abandon with its sparkling carbonation. This shows a fantastic amount of complexity on its smallish frame, as each of its components takes its turn in the spotlight. It's sometimes difficult to slow the gulps down in order to savor and parse it.
09-09-2009 07:49:57 | More by cokes
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
12oz bottle, first time I've seen this stuff. Golden-amber color with a good head and decent lacing on the pint glass. Smells just slightly grassy, cool. The flavor is more grassy, green hops but almost none of the citrus promised on the label. This is quite easy to drink however and I put away the whole six-pack with absolutely no shame.
update 09/2011 super peachy flavor
09-25-2009 03:19:26 | More by ArrogantB
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
Pours a semi-cloudy gold w/ decent head and no lace on top of a nice mix of earthy hops and dry malt. Medium-bodied and chewey, it's real smooth w/ a wheat twang as well as having a piney, resinouse hop feel. Balanced brew as a touch of of chewey, doughy malt give off some fullness and dryness as a little bit of sugary sweetness. Throw in the touch of citrus and tart fruits and while a tad simplistic this is a very tastey beer that I enjoyed sipping on.
09-09-2011 21:03:19 | More by clayrock81
3.88/5 rDev +2.1%
948th Review on BA
Draft to pint
@Lucilles, Chino Hills, CA
App- A very golden color with some streaking yellow and only a 1/2 finger of head that fell to a great wall of sheen and cling.
Smell- A good crisp aromatic little beer with a bunch of little notes to comprise a very subtle one. A little citrus and a little wheat and a little bit of floral.
Taste- A crisp little beer with a little bit of each aromatic note flowing into the taste. A little bit of wheat, malt and citrus with out a very minute touch of bitter from some hop oils. One of the better blondes I have had.
Mouth- Light bodied and a medium/high carbonation level. A good bit of bubbles with a touch of hop oil and floral malt residual flavors.
Drink- A light and refreshing little beer with some solid flavors and creates a good pairing with a tri-tip & pasilla pepper sandwhich, really cut the heat and refreshed at the same time. Alone, I probably wouldn't have this beer but with that meal yes.
11-16-2011 05:04:43 | More by FosterJM
British Columbia (Canada)
4/5 rDev +5.3%
A fairly orginal take on the blonde ale with a nice selection of hops that actually take a backseat in the finish to the creamy mouthfeel that the grain bill adds to the beer. Totally drinakable and very different than the malty Fat Tire or the hoppy Mighty Arrow APA. Not the malty autumn gold of most fall seasonals and not a OK fest lager either this is a cool addition to the Fall season
09-16-2011 01:32:18 | More by canucklehead
3.73/5 rDev -1.8%
A: pours a light golden color with a one inch head that leaves a good sized lacing and edges full of bubbles.
S: light hops, pale malt, and some oktoberfest-like spices.
T: taste is fairly complex, with many different spices and hops hitting the mouth at different times, and the pale malt is pretty noticeable and delicious.
M: good carbonation, yet smooth and coating with a medium body. Thicker than it looks for sure.
O: good beer overall, I would have this again. Nice that it's easy to get a delicious seasonal brew.
10-31-2011 00:32:07 | More by Holland
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-26-2009 21:32:41 | More by Vancer
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
This is like no blonde ale I have ever had before. Pours a clear yellow, slightly darker than macro color, with a large white head that had excellant retention. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. A lot of hops in the aroma with the customary New Belgium malt bill lingering in the background. Light, crisp flavor from the "C" hops give some citrus notes, also some spice and grassy notes as well. Slight sweetness at first but finishes bitter and clean. New Belgium packed a lot of hop flavor in this beer. Light body with lively carbonation without being harsh. One nitpick I have with this beer is the unnecessarly high ABV. Is it because it is a Fall seasonal? If it could be at 4.5% ABV or lower I could drink these all day. This has been my favorite New Belgium beer to date, and it is a Blonde Ale!
10-11-2009 16:56:15 | More by morimech
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
10-08-2009 04:54:49 | More by Reidrover
4.13/5 rDev +8.7%
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.
12-12-2009 18:42:20 | More by Florida9
3.53/5 rDev -7.1%
Best by 1/12/12
A - Pours a clear light golden brown with almost two fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.
S - Floral and grassy hops, a bit of citrus and a faint spiciness.
T -- Pretty strong hop presence up front, again grassy and floral. After the initial hop punch comes some rye spiciness and and a bit of bready malt.
M - Medium crisp mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.
O - A pretty good blond ale, but not something I would come back to.
11-13-2011 21:57:41 | More by warnerry
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
10-13-2011 22:26:49 | More by ehammond1
2.95/5 rDev -22.4%
12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.
A: Pour a golden-peach color with a couple fingers of light bubbly white head that faded into an oily film that left rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Exotic fruit hops fill the nose with a touch of grass and tangerine citrus.
T: Light clean flavors. More malt comes through than the nose with a pale malt flavor mixed with the sweet fruit hops. There is a light peppery-earthy-spiciness throughout. Finish is a touch bitter but the aftertaste has weird sourness that I don't really agree with.
M: Carbonation is a bit sharp over the medium body. Mouthfeel is tingly but fairly clean.
D: Another mediocre brew from a mediocre brewery. Fairly average except maybe appearance. Would be good with food or at a barbeque.
10-05-2010 01:57:34 | More by scottfrie
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-20-2011 10:48:59 | More by harrymel
Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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