Hoppy Blonde
New Belgium Brewing Company

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American Blonde Ale
3.83 | pDev: 9.4%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: 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.
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Reviews: 65 | Ratings: 215
Photo of BWED
3.83/5  rDev 0%
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 -1.6%
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 +4.4%
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 elNopalero
3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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 -6.5%
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 -3.9%
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 wordemupg
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 -2.1%
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 BeerBobber
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 UPMD_Bill
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from bottle. Yellow colors on label suggest a good beer for a sunny day.
Smell/taste is tropical with some floral and citrus notes. Mild sweetness followed by bitter finish, as the "hoppy" name suggests. mouthfeel is somewhat creamy with only some carbonation bite in the beginning. Overall: lots of different flavors for an almost-session beer, would get it again.

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Photo of MikeWard
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 7/2/16.

Pours good, pale golden yellow with generous foamy head. Nice Lacing.

Excellent hop aroma, and a very clean smell to it.

Although the aroma is strongly hops, the taste has them somewhat muted and is strongly of pineapple with some grapefruit as well. There is however, a strong hop bite finish in the back of the mouth.

Mouth is just below medium.

All in all, a very tasty beverage.

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Photo of Spikester
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with two fingers of white head that lasts about ten minutes and leaves a very good amount of lace.
Smell is malty and a bit of herbal hops.
Taste is malts herbal hops.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and good amount of carbonation.
Finish is dry and lightly bitter.
Overall a fine beer and very good for the style.

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Photo of TSuthard
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Presents nicely in the glass with robust head (which petered out quickly) and clear bronze body. Clean, yet faint floral nose. The flavor presents more on the back end than up front. Water feel that leave a faint oily taste.

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Photo of ordybill
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is full of hops and citrus. The taste matches the smell. A really nice beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

New Belgium Hoppy Blonde Ale has a frothy, thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with some bubble streams and sporadic lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of citrusy hop oils and white bread, and the flavor is similar, with low-to-moderate bitterness in the sip's finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Hoppy Blonde Ale finishes dry and drinkable.


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Photo of Bear1964
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mason Jar show off a beautiful beer indeed, a cloudy honey colored brew with a fluffy white head. The aroma is straight forward hoppy goodness with the Mosaic hops letting you know they are there, a little malty sweetness pops up as well. The taste is simple and yet awesome, it's hoppy without making you think is a weak IPA and its solid and refreshing enough to be an everyday beer for me...mouthfeel is light to medium with a nice hoppy tang that stays on the tongue as you wait to take another sip...carbonation is medium which works well with this beer. Overall I'm very glad I picked it up as it turned out to be solid and very tasty!

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Photo of John1985
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Impressive pour of yellow gold with inch of head & plenty of lacing. Decent aroma, flavor was citrus fruits with malt in the back. Brisk hopped finish. It was a little off-putting at first but it grows on you. I enjoyed the last two of the six pack last night more than the first two a week ago. My experience was that it made me miss the old Hoptober. It was good but could have been better as a blond ale.

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Photo of stevoj
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Albertsons. Although labelled hoppy, the hops are still very much a background element, maybe hoppy to a novice, but nothing at all close to a hop bomb. Slight pine elements on a slick, oily body, nice airy head with clumpy lacing. More mild hoppiness on the finish.

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into signature globe glass, best before 7/3/2016. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, berry, light pepper/pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fantastic aromas with awesome complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, berry, light pepper, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, pineapple, peach, mango, papaya, berry, light caramel, toasted bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an incredible blonde ale! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. Very bright and lightly dank on hop notes all around. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of russpowell
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 3 Jul 2016

Pours an effervescent bronze with a pinky of cream colored head. Great lacing and good head retention

S: A little breadyness, a little mango, some pine

T: Bready, some grapefruit, a little pear and some biscuitty malt up front. A little mango, a little pine and lovely breadyness as this warms, some dryness as well. Finishes with a little grapefruit, mango, tangerine and biscuitty malt, plus a little grassyness

MF: Light/medium body, fairly firm carbonation with nice balance

Very drinkable, this is one I would buy again

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fairly clear golden color, with a large solid head. Little visible carbonation.

Smell has a substantial amount of floral, pine, and citrus. I also detect some sweet malts.

Taste is similar to the smell, and delightfully balanced. Body is light, and carbonation low. This is very OK.

I understand that this is a blonde ale, and should thus not be that radical. Yet, I can't get away from feeling that while emphasizing balance, greatness was missed. This is the single of beers, I just wish it was a homerun.

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Photo of ckornmannn
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a bottle into a pint glass: golden yellow, transparent with a tenacious lacy head of foam. Citrus and tangerine on the nose. Taste follows; very citrus hop character up front with some malt in the background. This beer is a lot like the Fremont summer ale, one of my all time favorites.

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Photo of alexrichman
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L) Pours completely clear with a nice bright golden color and a white, fluffy 1-2 finger head that lasts for a bit before settling down and leaving a considerable amount of lacing down the glass and floating on top of the beer. Really a gorgeous beer.

S) Hop aroma pours out of the glass. Big aromas of bright citrus, berries, and some pine.

T) The taste is dominated by the hops. Here the hops take on qualities of citrus rind, grass, pine,and hints of tart berries. Ends with a pleasing mild bitterness.

F) Dry finish that's a bit parching, quite a bit of carbonation, surprisingly soft mouth feel. Nice drinkability.

O) I find most blonde ales to be rather bland and boring. Hoppy Blonde really ups the game for Blonde Ales, the hops really shine through on this one. The Mosaic hops are great, providing a lot of complexity to keep things interesting. Reminds me a bit of an IPA. Overall a really good beer and a must try for people who enjoy hop forward beers - I'll be drinking more of this over the summer.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought from Foodland $8.88 6-pack
Clear golden color
Citrus smell
Medium carbonation
Medium-light mouthfeel
Initially had a slight bitterness, but that went away after a few sips. Sweet fruity taste. Kind of watery.
Overall an ok beer, but not worth a premium price.

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Photo of babaracas
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with fluffy white head settling to a thin layer with a spiderweb of lace down half the glass. Smell: mildly sweet and grainy with underwhelming dry hop... mildly floral, a little resin, orange, green mango. Taste: grapefruit rind, powdery dried mango, pine, minty and blueberry skin notes. Light bodied, substantial carbonation. Nice summer beer. Interestingly hits a similar spot in the pale ale / low-bitterness-session-plus ipa area as Founder's mosaic.

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