Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
964 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
964
Reviews:
498
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
51
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 498
Photo of nkersten
4.69/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into New Belgium Tulip. Color is golden with a fizzy white head and some nice lacing, but kind of ho hum. Smell is nothing i expected for a golden ale. Very hop forward, an amazing combination of grassy and tropical fruit notes. Some sweet mint in the background. A touch of sugary malt sweetness. Taste is similar to the smell. Tropical fruits up front, some malty sweet notes, and grassy bitterness in the finish. Not a perfect balance but it tastes great, a wonderful display of hops without being overly bitter. Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated and slightly sticky. Could have a cleaner finish. Drinkability is great. Not overly bitter, not overly sweet, not too high abv. The only downside to this is the hops has faded significantly since the first 6 pack I bought. Still a great beer, one of the best New Belgium has ever offered and by far the best blonde ale ive ever had.

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Photo of BobJustBob
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled 16 Oz mug.
I had high expectations for this Beer, reading the other reviews.
Was not disappointed in anything but the colour, which looks like standard American macro stuff. That's where any comparison ends.
At only 40 IBU's, I expected far less Hop punch than I got. It's there and perfectly playing off the addition of Rye to the mash, which gives it a very unique and satisfying character. It's very noticeable in the flavour and adds a Rye Bread note that's extremely pleasant.
There's a nice very light sweetness that balances the Beer out, but never gets into cloying territory.
With a 6% ABV, the drinkability is almost dangerous. The mouth-feel is creamy and rewarding. Similar to SNPA, if a bit less easily quaffable.
Since I'm also a Cheese snob, I'll add a couple of hardened Lactose suggestions with this. Smoked Mozzarella, Muenster or Butterkasse would be excellent choices to go along with Hoptoberfest.
Or you can do as I did today while trying this Beer and microwave a couple of hot pretzels with some Dijon mustard and enjoy.
A substantial brew and something you have to try before the great dirt nap that awaits us all.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.62/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer has a clear golden body with a 3/4 inch tight white head. Small patches of lacing.

S - Grassy hops with notes of straw, oranges, honey, floral spice on top of a sweet malt base.

T - Starts off with a green grassy bitterness that turns to candy grapefruit sweetness. A prevalent malt backbone adds character that blends and balances all the green together. There's some tartness towards the end that adds good dimension. Finishes dry and spicy.

M - Light to medium body average carbonation.

One of the best I've had of this style. Love the hop profile and the malt is actually what makes this a winner. The burps taste like leafy green hops. Top of the line.

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Photo of diamondc
4.59/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by 19Dec10.

A: Shiny, clear, golden bronze color. Leaves some good head, 'bout 2 fingers tall.

S: This is where the beer shines. This is hop and malt aroma heaven. The honey, sugar cookie, granola malt aromas balance out the tropical fruit / spring floral hop aromas. Amazing.

T: The hops are what I taste first. Like chewing on flower stems almost. Pineapple and kiwi flavors emerge afterwards. The malts remind me of a standard American pale ale. Very bread-y, rye, some hints of caramel, generic grain husk.

M/D: NB has surprised me again. This isn't a one dimensional beer due to the genius selection of hops used. Even though there's 'hop' in the name, this doesn't kill your palate with bitterness. Hoptober would be a great addition to their year round lineup.

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Photo of keethrax
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stone soup of a beer. Barley/What/Oat/Rye with five varieties of hops.

There's a lot going on, but all in balance and somewhat muted. Think of it as a quiet conversation amongst a group of friends, with no component shouts over the others.

Considering the hop aromas and flavors, the bitterness is muted, allowing the different malts to come through.

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Photo of Bookseeb
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is a golden yellow with a thin head, but fair lace. Smell has a big aroma of hops, malt and citrus. Taste has a very nice balance of malt and hop bringing out the citrus, but not overdoing it with the bitter aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium that has a slickness with just the right amount of carbonation to go down smooth. Considering the hops involved, it was a rather clean finish that made it very enjoyable.

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Photo of mjkingman
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of hyoung41
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of GRR
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

Appearance: Medium golden in color with a touch ofg haze, crowned by a massive, dense snow-white cloud-top head. The glass walls are adorned with Belgian lacing. Numerous streams of minute bubbles drift lazily to the surface.

Aroma: Citric and pine hops dominate the aroma with a mildly spicy undercurrent. The aroma inspires a sense of anticipation.

Taste: Opens with a burst of complex hop flavors, bitter, spice, pine, and citric, tending toward grapefruit rind. Beneath the hops is a wave of lightly toasted pale malt.The rye malt contributes a slight spiciness as well, as well as a slight bread crust note. Towards the finish, the hops really shine,with a flourish of grapefruit and spices. Finishes with a lingering, mild bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A stellar example of the style and one which greatly exceeded my expectations. Well done, New Belgium.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce custom brown glass long neck bottle, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager "sensory" glass.

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Photo of MrBillyMac
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

When poured into a New Belgium globe glass, the appearance is wonderful: frothy white head, beautiful apple cider golden hue with constant bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. As the beer goes down, the sticky white lacing clings to the glass beautifully. It smells like crisp sweet apples and bold golden wheat. The mouth-feel is light and carbonated, highly drinkable. You can taste sweet caramel apples and citrus hops here. At first you wonder if it really is an Autumn beer, but half-way through, you realize this beer is brilliant. It IS an Autumn beer, it's just presented in a different way. It's crisp, light, warm, brilliant. It's not an Oktoberfest, but it is meant for October. Highly recommended.

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Photo of danharrington99
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of justinhhunt
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of M_Burkey
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of CousinSuzy
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of gleemonger
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with three fingers of head; both lacing and retention were impressive

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with just a hint of the light malt underneath

Taste: Four grains were used in the malt bill and the complexity that brings is apparent, up front, with a light toasted, shortbread character that has a crisp rye element to it; the malts, however, quickly move to the back seat, with the floral, citrusy hops taking over; nicely balanced, into the finish and the floral character lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Never thought I would rate a blonde so highly; this one re-defines the style, however

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Photo of ffshore545
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of Pjev11
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of BTFU
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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

A - very clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that settles, but leaves a very nice lacing

S - strong American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - wonderfully strong full hop flavor from start to finish with a moderately strong hop finish but not extremely bitter like a double IPA would be

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very unique beer, somewhere between an APA and IPA, with a little too much strength - alcohol and hops - for a blonde ale in my opinion. It's quite wonderful when you're in the mood for hops, and quite sessionable to a certain degree.

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Photo of Butch5555
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of ipcolling
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of tonyf55
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
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