Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

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

Now that it actually feels like October, and not early September (not that I'm complaining), it's time to crack this souvenir from my most recent border crossing.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fingers of creamy white head, which leaves a nice paint job around the glass as it falls away. It smells strongly of sweet, fruity citrus and green hops, and mild bready malt. The taste is another large rush of varied hop flavours - sweet, bitter, floral, leafy. There's a decent malt under there too - biscuity and sourdough like. The carbonation is moderate, the body nice and hefty for a blonde ale, smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes surprisingly even, the hops thinning out a bit against the sweet bready malt, with some latent warming.

Definitely one of the better examples of the style that I've encountered thus far. Big and hoppy, but still light and easy to drink. A very nice bridge, or lead-in, to the coming winter and its warming requirements, beer or otherwise.

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

A 12 oz bottle, newly released, from Chip's.

A: The blonde ale is quite blonde, pale golden yellow that is nearly transparent. Two fingers of white head, densely packed, result in several bands of lace.

S: A passing whiff revealed plenty of fresh hops, earthy and citrusy. The aromas are crisp and sweet, plenty fruity. Pale breads and a bit of wheat are counterpoints to the hops.

T: The addition of wheat to the malt bill creates a refreshing, mildly tart body that sets up the hops nicely. The hops, plenty strong, lack the kick that the nose emits. Instead, their citrusy flavors are soft with a floral zest. A nice summertime ale that needn't wait for the chilly days of Oktoberfest.

M: The ale starts out strong and coasts to a blonde ale finish. The wheat body is a nice aspect.

D: A strong summer beer, nice flavor-wise with a killer aroma. For a blonde ale, it kicks tail.

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

Appearance: Golden pour, slightly hazy from chill haze. Tall foamy white head that settles quite slowly and leaves thick rings of lace down the bulk of the glass.

Smell: Beautiful citrus hop and floral hop aromas along with some bready malts. Absolutely wonderful and welcoming!

Taste: Mmmm. Very nice hop presence: citrus hops and wheat detectable and the malt balance is fantastic. A very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and a very smooth mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, and still crisp and refreshing. Finish is slightly bitter but not overpowering at all.

Overall: A damn good beer, one of my favorite and regular seasonals; a great cascade taste and very refreshing. A scrumptious beer.

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

I opened the bottle up and pour into a glass. I took a big nose full of citrus and flowery aroma from the hops. The head was about a finger which disappeared some what quickly, while the color was a gold color and quite clear. The flavor was dominated by the hops with a bit of the malt showing up in the aftertaste. The feel was of a medium body. I like IPA's and hoppy beer and this appeals to me much like Redhook's Longhammer.

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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 patobandito
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely light golden color, which is expected from a golden ale, but not a fall seasonal. nice fluffy white head. Smells very hoppy, which is always a plus in my opinion, but again, not something you expect from a seasonal this time of year. Great taste, with some hoppy citrus, some various malt flavors, and of course the requisite biscuit flavor that New Belgium is known for.
Its a little thinner than I would like, but easily drinkable. A nice change of pace from sweeter, maltier fall seasonals.

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

Poured chilled in flared ale glass from bomber

A: Yet again, a stellar New Belgium beer; clear golden yellow; very strong carb beads; lacing thin but visible
S: very nice lingering aroma of sweet malt, honeysuckle; very inviting
T: Willamette, Glacier hops give this a sweet and not bitter profile; rich spicing; very hoppy

Overall, an impressive offering.

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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 barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

A - Color is gold. Carbonation high. Head is sizable, but not excessive. Lacing is thick and attractive.

S - Clean pine, grapefruit pith, golden malt, clean hay. A very aromatic and pleasant scent.

T - The initial flavor is clean with a bit of maltiness, joined by a drier maltiness and a vaguely citrus pith flavor. Aftertaste is relatively mild with only a hint of pithy bitterness.

M - Smooth, thin, refreshing.

D - A good brew. A winner for New Belgium. I enjoyed this almost as much as mighty arrow.

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Photo of centbeerfest
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a newly tapped keg.

Nice frothy white head that held out for a good time. Not a lot of carbonation. Crystal clear appropriately gold color.

Gives a bit of citrus to begin with a nice depth of character. Excellent blend of hops and a very good refreshing balance.

A hint of butterscotch at the very finish. A very good beer that was a nice surprise from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of slyke
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober pours a bright, clear golden color with a pillowy white head that laces nicely. The aroma has faint notes of grains and grasses, perhaps a touch of alcohol. The taste has those grain and grass notes in a much stronger (better, I think) way. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and clean with a crisp finish and pleasant aftertaste. Overall this beer is a good one - try one if you find it.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a glass dimple mug) best before 09 jan11
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a cobweb that last for a good while.
S- The slightly tart hop hint turns into more of a pungent but bright hop aroma followed by some dry biscuit and lightly toasted malt aromas.
T- The pale malt give way to a soft green hop flavor and some light sulfury notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens up the sulfury note takes on a citrusy and green herbal hop flavor.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture.
D- This beer has some nice light dry fresh malt flavors with a good pungent hop flavor that is a bit stronger than the malt. There are some nice clean lager qualities and it is very easy to drink but also has some good character.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Saw this while picking up supplies for the fondue my fiancée and I are making tonight.

Appearance - Shimmers through the glass with a light golden. A have about two fingers of thick head that is lasting for quite some time in my glass. There also is sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell - I can smell hops, but not in the traditional sense (not sure how to explain it). A bit earthy tone (flowers, grass, etc), some sweetness, and malts.

Taste - I can immediately taste the maltiness/grain which is quickly followed by floral/citrus notes ending with an overall crisp finish of light hop flavor. I honestly am really liking this beer and how it tastes.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, good carbonation, and refreshing. The mouthfeel is quite decent for this brew. Any thicker and I think it would hinder it.

Drinkability - Quite so. I can't wait to have a couple of these on a sunny, cooler Autumn day. I am extremely glad I picked this up today. I was about to put it back (seeing as I have way to much other stuff I need to finish off at home) but threw caution to the wind. I will probably have a couple with fondue tonight after trying my Oro De Calabaza!

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Photo of mntlover
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a white head that fallls to ring of bubbles and laces well.

Smell is hops grassy, piney lightly herbal riding on a sweet malt background. Really nothing extra ordinary but fins myself really enjoying it.

Taste is same as nose sweet malt but lightly dry at same time. Lots of hops not overly bitter just nice flavors, citrus lots of fresh cut grass nice herbal notes. Taste is nice sweet and hoppy and fresh crisp even clean at the same time.

Mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation thats peppy withoout being fizzy.

Drinkability is great this brew is so easy drinking nothing special really but my taste buds keep yelling more please. Usually this time of year have quit a few Oktoberfests but tried this one and have been buying more for some reason. Just a good easy drinking beer.

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Photo of culver501
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-beautiful crystal clear yellow, 2" inch fluffy white head, good carbonation, good retention, minimal lacing

S-lemongrass, piney hops, wood

T-florarl hops, more delicate less hit you in the face, good sweetness lingers after the bitter fades, good citrus note, it's quite refreshing for a something with a decent hop profile (40 IBU)

M-pretty light, little dance of carbonation on the tongue at the front of the sip

D-need to buy a sixer of this

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Photo of Wheelinb
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden color with a creamy head that left nice lacing on the glass. The color made me think this was not going to pack the flavor it did. It had a nice citrus flavor with the hop bite being present, but not overwhelming. Very balanced and easy to drink. You could have several of these and enjoy each one.

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Photo of Foxtrot
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed 1554, and thought to give this seasonal a go.

Beer pours a crystal clear gold with a two finger white cap with good retention and minor lacing.

Beautiful herbal and hop aroma. Pale malt is also prominent but melds easily with the hops and citrus notes making it a joy to smell.

Taste was crisp and clean, nice citrus and pines up front with a malty bread-like body and followed by a nice semi bitter finish. I loved the spiceyness of this beer about mid-palate, makes the hop flavors really shine.

Mouthfeel was light, added by good carbonation.

Drinkability is superb. Huge flavors, light body, and decent carbonation makes this a very good session brew that I will come to enjoy all through the fall. Good job New Belgium

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Photo of Chuggs
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a very good blond. Nice color, nice aroma , and nice flavor. More of a warm weather beer than what you expect for the fall but good to sit back with and watch a game. Best of the New Belgiums, in my opinion. Drinking from the bottle and poured it in a glass. Skimpy on the hops but overall a nice and smooth palate. I have to put this up as one of my favorite; however I am patial to blonds.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden yellow with a thin and irregular white head that dissipated gradually and left nice lacing on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrus smell featuring lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit, in that order. Very pleasant and fruity.

T: More hops than malt, for sure, yet balanced only slightly more bitter than sweet. Quite fruity with some orange peel and earthy hops in the lingering aftertaste.

M: well carbonated; medium-light body. A bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: Definitely better (and fruitier!) than expected, especially for style. Easy drinking and would make for an excellent session beer.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Ale seems apt to describe the appearance. Very bright, with a few bubbles of carbonation. Thick but short head. Even lacking around and a moderate cap remaining after a bit.

Piney hop aroma, a bit reminiscent of their pale ale. Warms into more citric notes. Bready yeasty/malty aroma. Could stand to be a little more potent.

Very well balanced beer. As the label states, there's some of everything here, with pale malt, wheat, rye and oats; and five hops on top of that. The hop profile is mostly grassy and herbal, with some piney notes. Fruitiness hides, but some citrus starts to show as it warms, namely with pineapple. The yeast character seems lively too, with some fresh breadiness, complimented nicely by a hint of rye spice. Surprisingly complex. Finishes a little spicy, with lingering citrus sweetness too.

It is about as creamy as the label boasts. Rye and oats work towards this end, even though they are a bit hard to find on the palate. Carbonation is rather low too.

This is nice beer. A good change of pace from Oktoberfests and Harvest Ales. I'm impressed. Probably will pick up some more before it leaves for the year. With Mighty Arrow and this, they have two seasonals I'd probably get every time around. I wouldn't have put it at around 6%. Wears it well.

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Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured golden amber in color with a frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a bright, floral hoppiness to it. I get some citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit to it. I get a little of the pale malts peeking though, but the hops are definitely steal the show in the aroma at least.

The taste starts off with more of the floral, citrusy hoppiness to it. Towards the finish I get more of a bitter, citrus rind hoppiness coming through. More of the pale malts come out as well in the finish. Nice flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel definitely has a little added body and creaminess from the oats, which I really like. The carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a very flavorful and delicious beer. The hoppiness was very bright and fresh which made it very drinkable overall. really liked the mouthfeel as well. Excellent beer for the style as well.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptober flows very clear and lightly golden in color slightly warmer in tone then corn yellow. The head is tan and built out of medium sized bubbles. It fades fast and leaves little reminisce of it's existence.

I was expecting something a little heavier for a seasonal beer this time of year but I guess it's not that kind of style. The nose is warm and grainy with notes of caramel and sweet steeped grains. A firm hop profile is also present that consists of citrus and awesomeness. I'm glad to see this brew cutting through the fat beers of october.

Taste is along the same lines of the nose. Creamy toasted grain with a nice sweetness and light caramelized notes. The hops are strong in the taste with a firm citrus note and a lovely bite of bitterness.

Creamy and easy to drink, hoptober is a beer's beer. It has perfect amounts of ingredients and is very well balanced. An absolute pleasure to drink and one that goes down smooth and finishes strong.

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Photo of GirlMeetsBrass
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Creamy head with tons of soap bubble lacing. Really pretty light golden color that smells strongly of hops and fruit. Not an overpowering sweet malty smell that comes from some seasonals of this style.

Taste follows in lockstep with the aroma - lots of hops up front with crisp fruity overtones. Finish is somewhat oily and leaves me with a sensation of dry mouth.

Oily mouthfeel is kind of off-putting. My only knock on this beer's drinkability is the hoppy oiliness that would keep me from enjoying more than one at a stretch.

Otherwise...pleasantly surprised with the contrast this beer poses to other fall seasonals.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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