Hoppy Blonde | New Belgium Brewing

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Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Take the leap and hop into the tropics with Hoppy Blonde Ale. This easy-drinking beer sips light and refreshing with a soft malt base, while vibrant notes of mango, lemon, blueberry and pine spring across the tongue courtesy of Mosaic, UK Admiral and Centennial dry-hopping. Light enough to session, but with a head rush of hops, Hoppy Blonde will leave you jumping for more.

IBU: 45

YEAST: Ale yeast

HOPS: Nugget, Simcoe, Mosaic, UK Admiral, Centennial

MALTS: Pale, Caramel 80, Munich

Dry-hopping adds more aroma and flavor without adding additional bitterness. Heat sensitive aromatic hop essential oils that otherwise were lost in the brewhouse are captured here. In this case: Mosaic: rich in mango, lemon, citrus, pine and blueberry and earthy; UK Admiral: hints of citrus with herbal and earthy flavors as well; Centennial: floral and citrus tones.

Added by Parmesan on 02-13-2016

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 215 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into willibecher.

A- Blonde, almost gold, with some nice clarity. White head, dense. Leaves some fat lacing.

S- Tropical notes, some citrus sweetness and tartness. Citra pungency. Not much in the nose as far as malt/grain goes.

T- Mild tropical and citrus. A little bitey, with a small light toast background.

M- Body is light with a fairly sweet finish.

O- Hop overshadows most blonde characteristics. Not bad, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of JimKal
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice looking beer on the pour, dark gold with a nice head and good lacing on the drink down. Nice but not overstated hoppiness. While I enjoyed it I'm not sure I'll repeat it. NB seems to be doing a lot of things with their lineup these days and most of them don't seem to work for me. Most of the core beers are gone but they have kept Fat Tire which could use some change. Most of the beers in their Fat Tire and Friends were an improvement on the base beer. Even this Hoppy Blonde would be a good addition even if it didn't work for me in terms of looking for a repeat. That might change if I could find one that wasn't bumping up against the sell by date.

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Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice yellow/amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of spartanlaker
3.79/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Karibourgeois
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cmbeddoe7997
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cbcrunch
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dewsby
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of greencovesteve
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Griphon
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Berg-the-Boiler
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of elNopalero
3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a crystal clear gold color. I get notes of honeydew melon and a green apple peel on the nose. Flavor tastes all over the place, with melon and an unpleasant vegetal note. Onions and garlic for the finish, and not in a good way. This was not appealing in the least, although I wouldn't expect it to be skunked that would at least explain some of the problems with the beer.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A blonde ale, yes, but very hoppy. Good lacing.

Smells flowery.

Tastes mildly piney. Lemony citrus. Forrest-like qualities. A step down from an IPA, but hoppy nonetheless.

Feels full.

Overall, better than some, not as good as others. Worth a try, but not a mainstay for me.

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Photo of BigGold
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 12-oz. bottle, stamped enjoy by "24 JUL 16," into faceted mug. With the malt backbone and nice hops, this Blonde drinks more like an American Pale Ale, which is not a bad thing.

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Photo of dag1991
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip 11/7/16 some hoser gave me the bottle, cheers man!!

A crystal clear bright golden yellow liquid, two fingers of dense foam has great retention and never really falls and cakes the side of my glass with partial rings

S at first all I got was orange juice, then some canned pineapple, some mango and papaya, sweet malts starting to come out, and a little sweet lemonade

T a little spruce and lemon rind come out with the tropical notes I was smelling, a small step back from the nose

M lighter side of medium, softens up from the bubbles, a mild bitter bite, a little gritty, weedy citrus finish

O I was expecting Belgian yeast for some reason, the name of the brewery might have something to do with it, either way solid beer that i enjoyed

A day past its date but still hoppy as can be and drinking fresh, much like most of these American 6ers its way overpriced on the shelf here in Alberta

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It's hoppy. It's blond. I give the name a 5 for appropriateness.

The beer is good. Maybe a little thin. Not quite watery, but almost lite. The hops are there, the head is super thick. Malt didn't come through.

More like a light, session ipa than a blond ale

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Photo of d5001986
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerBobber
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear golden color a white soapy head full of bubbles. Also left a ton of lacing all down the glass.

Smell is strong on the citrus with a lot of lemon jumping out and some orange. Tropical fruits, maybe pineapple and some hop bitterness with a bit of dankness.

A wild taste of citrus with a strong center of the tongue taste of grapefruit and bittering of the hops going down at the back of the swallow.

Mouth feel borders on the medium side. Kind of surprising that this tastes a bit watery even with that border of medium mouthfeel and large flavor profile.

For my final overall I did have to go to the website to check for the IBU's because I could not find it anywhere on the bottle.. It is rated at 45 IBU and I can kind of get this a bit because it does leave one with a bit of bitter at the back of each sip. Not bad at all for that, almost like a sessions IPA. However not quite like that because I could detect some alcohol warming as I continued to sip on this one. I really like the complexity and simplicity that New Belgium brewed into this one. Just not a huge fan of that grapefruit taste. However they may convert me with this one.

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Photo of Henefield
3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good And hoppy. Light color with heavy, boozy taste (feels a little like a DIPA).

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Photo of irongator
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Mojo
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sebas
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hoppy Blonde from New Belgium Brewing
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