Hoptober Golden Ale
New Belgium Brewing Company

Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
ABV:
6%
Score:
86
Avg:
3.83 | pDev: 12.79%
Reviews:
501
Ratings:
967
From:
New Belgium Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
  77
SCORE
86
Very Good
Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale
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Reviews by TheSixthRing:
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours clear and golden in color with a slightly off-white, finger width head. Fair retention, resulting in a thin, broken layer of surface suds. A few spots of lace here and there are left on the glass.

Smell - Bready aroma with a citrus hops and a touch of caramel.

Taste - Malt profile is nice, hitting on bread, caramel and toffee notes. Hops come in with a light, zesty citrus flavor and a bit of grass.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Slick and quaffable. Slightly dry finish.

Overall - Blonde/Golden that teeters on the edge of a being a pale. I can respect that. Pretty good beer all around, and an excellent choice for the Revival pack.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was sort of misleading. I was expecting something strong and outlandishly hoppy. While the hops definitely hit my nose, the taste is actually pretty tame. It is, after all, a blonde ale. The hops hit you up front, but it goes down smooth with a little aftertaste from the hops. It's actually a pretty refreshing autumn beer, a good way to transition from the crisp summer ones into the typically darker, warmer beers of the fall.

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Photo of hjmayniac
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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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Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of StoutHobbit
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: From the pour you get an impressive, thick white glossy head that doesn't dissipate, it's a gorgeous honey golden color.
S: /light hops, grassy, and a touch of something spicy
T: Definitely hoppy, a lovely ale flavor permeated my rye and sweet wheat notes that offset the bitterness
F: Gives light crisp start and ends with a little grit to the tongue, that could be a little more smooth on the finish for my expectations of a blonde.
O: A good brew, fresh and dewy, and well hopped.

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Photo of OKCNittany
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of tbern007
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured at BJs microbrewery in Las Vegas.
Dark golden in color, just the right amount of head at first, but did not remain so after just a short time.
Tasted very pine-like. A kind of hops taste that is unfamiliar, but very good. Slight malt taste, primarily hops flavored with some citrus.
Quite drinkable. Paired great with chicken wings!

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Photo of TheStashRide
4.75/5  rDev +24%

Photo of Kitesurferdude
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of alli4051
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Felt like a fall seasonal, had surprisingly few options, and settled on this. Pours a bright gold with a just slightly off white head. Head is creamy and recedes slowly leaving some thick lacing. The nose on this is incredibly potent. Lost of biscuity malts up front with some nice faint hop aromas to compliment. Unfortunately after the nose the taste is a bit subtle and kind of a let down but seems appropriate for the style. Malty up front with noble hops in the finish. Some nice sweet honey notes as well. Mouthfeel is a little disappointing, kind of thin and watery. Overall a solid,very drinkable beer. Not really sure why this is a fall seasonal thought, doesn't feel very fall like (beermail me if there is something obvious I'm missing that makes this a fall brew).

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Photo of UnderPressure
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy golden yellow. One finger fizzy head. Melts to a quarter inch.

Citrusy hop aroma. Lightly malty.

Smooth citrus hop flavor. Appropriate bitterness for American pale ale. Malt backbone gives adequate support for style.

Medium bodied, nice mouthfeel. I like the carbonation level.

Overall, this is basically a (good) standard American Pale ale. I'm not sure why New Belgium chose this style as their Autumn seasonal, but it's good. Just more of a spring or summer thing for me.

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Photo of drewsdad08
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time at the end of a long day of work. On a fairly empty stomach, this beer is a real winner. The smell was a surprising eye opener and the taste was slightly creamy to me. I loved it and look forward to the next time I have it and hope it is with a good meal.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear dark yellow. Head is light (one finger), with solid retention, leaving moderate lace.

S: Has a rye spice note, and also a little bit of what smells like cinnamon and oranges, sugar cereal, intriguing.

T: Direct grassy & citrus hop bite upfront, fresh tasting and very clean. Some cereal notes and a bit of an earthy hop note (Sterling?) with banana on the back end.

M: Crisp carbonation bite, though it balloons in the mouth a little bit. Light enjoyable aftertaste of hops. Creamy, medium-bodied ale.

D: A solid beer, but nothing like a traditional Oktoberfest. Clearly an ale with the fruitiness and has a definite American influence. A crowd pleaser for a fall party.

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Photo of beagle75
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of fizzy white foam head that collapses to a fine ring. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pale malt backbone and fine floral hops compose the majority of this beer's smell, with bright fruity esters barely detectable in the background and a little pepper around the edges.

T: Begins as crackers and yeast, with light, bright citrus hop aromatics. Just as the flavors begin to sweeten and some juicy melon is exposed, the palate is swept clean and dry. The finish features restrained bitterness but is rather seltzery.

M: Light-medium viscosity equates to a slightly heavier-than-expected presence, but moderate carbonation provides balance. Some astringency attacks the palate, providing a bit of a misplaced pucker-factor.

D: After seeing what direction New Belgium took Ranger IPA in, this beer seems to be cut from similar cloth. The overall sensory theme appears the same, but here the sensory volume is dialed back. This is a solid and versatile summer pale ale, not to mention a fine counterpoint to Fat Tire.

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Photo of Necronomad
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There are four of these in the fall 12-pack, so I was looking forward to my first NB Hoptober ever—and I have to say I'm underwhelmed. NB calls Hoptober a "golden ale" and it is that, almost wheat-ale in color (a slightly cloudy straw that cleared up in a few minutes). On the nose, I get citrus, apricot and dish soap; as it warmed, I got hints of black pepper. Taste is malt liquor, watered down but hopped up; nothing really stands out, nothing really changes. It's a perfectly serviceable, drinkable quaff, and after several I wouldn't much care—but it's not a lot more than that.

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Photo of Overlord
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly hoppy for a blonde!

Pours a very light hazy white/gold/yellow. Big white tightly bubbled head.

Smells like ground up dirt/grass/flowers, with a bit of pine. Interesting. No sweetness in aroma.

No sweetness in flavor, either. Just a pleasant, one-note, lightly bittered pine, almost herbal/earthy in quality, with a bit of a very gentle acrid aftertaste. Maybe some lemon rinds or bitter citrus, as well.

Well carbonated. Pleasant.

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Photo of Recordgrooves
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I 100% agree with jayhawk73, he took every word right from my mouth, especially the part about tasting and feeling like an IPA.

...except I pump this one up to an A-.

IMO, if you don't mind an IPA inspired beer, this would be the best bang for the buck.

Thanks guys, keep up the good work.

New Belgium does it again!

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Photo of setexascustoms
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Clear and golden with little head, but still manages to leave some nice lacing.

S: Citrus from the hops, and a lot of other fruits, perhaps from the multitude of different grains or maybe the yeast.

T: Citric fruits, very clean and crisp. Some hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Good, but I help but feel that something's missing.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium body and fine bubble carbonation.

O: This beer is clean and refreshing, I can't help but feel it would make for a proper summer seasonal, not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm perfectly happy drinking it now, and it's a pleasant departure from the more typical fall seasonals.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale straw color with brilliant clarity (almost light lager-like). Creamy white head that is well retained.

S- Floral and spicy aromas dominate. Hops dominate with a suggestion of rye.

T- Exceptionally balanced with malt complexity despite light color. Hop profile is citrus and floral.

F- Full bodied and creamy. Balanced finish.

O- A well balanced golden ale that is easy to drink but ultimately not very interesting.

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Photo of colts9016
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A half finger head that is white and has some foamy head. The head is a light straw color. The beer has some effervescence. The body of the beer is clear.

Nose: A medium malt body with floral bouquet and a nice mild grapefruit aroma.

Taste: A nice medium malt body with a very good bouquet of flowers and a grapefruit aroma. There are some phenols on the background.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is slightly carbonated with some astringency. The body of the beer is medium light. This is actually a really good blonde ale. I am very surprised. I will enjoy the other Hoptober's from the brewery.

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Photo of DAllspaw
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours light golden with 1 inch white head. Bready aroma, kind of a nutty aroma as well.

Relatively light, not overpowering with nice hops as well. Not a hop bomb, just a nice ale. Similar to pale ale in the mouth, with bitter finish, finish leaves me wanting just a bit more, but a solid beer for regular drinking.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 967 ratings