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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Photo of srandycarter
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Piss yellow, no disrespect intended. White frothy head, leaves fast, lots of cling lace remains. Crystal clear.

S - Light malt, light fruit and hops.

T - Frutier than expected. Nice light malt and hops.

M - Medium to light body. Nice balance. Clean finish.

D - Very easy to drink.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color with a finger of frothy and appearingly sticky head that is slightly off white and lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: citrus hops but also backed by something with a bit of depth like potatoes i guess
T: begins with gentle citrus hops then moves in the middle to something a bit deeper kind of like steamed veggies, finishes with an interesting puckering quality
M: intense carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves to a bit more smoothness and finishes with a distinctive puckering feeling on the palate
O: a solid brew, i wouldnt quite qualify it as something i would like to have as a harvest brew, a bit too light and hoppy, otherwise it is a good brew, bit strong on the carbonation but otherwise nicely done

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger this, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that sticks around for some time and produces a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is red-tinged, rich gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop dominated with notes of pine, a sharp herbal quality, notes of tangerine, essential citrus oil. This has a very slight malt character to it in the nose with just a touch of cracker like malt towards the finish.

A solid, biting bitterness greets my palate as the beer first hits my tongue; the bitterness lingers throughout the flavor profile and the beer is quite dry which accentuates the bitterness. The soft malt mutes the fruity hop notes a bit and instead focuses the flavor on the more herbal and pine like hop notes. That said a sort of herbal citrus character contributes oily notes of bergamot, tangerine zest and lychee. The finish has a nice, dry, biscuit maltiness along with a cracked wheat grain character. The body of this has a touch of viscous heft to it, especially for how dry this tastes, it seems the whole grains are adding some texture to the body here; this is still a beer meant to be quaffed though.

This is a nice, solid beer. I like that New Belgium has started to release a few more hop focused beers. This isn't nearly as good as fresh Mighty Arrow, but it definitely satisfies my inner need for hops.

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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 Spaceman_Jer
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying to get over my anti-NB bias and sample their full selection of cheap and widely available beers. Hoptober, activate!

A: Poured into a pint glass. If this were actually a golden ale (or a pilsner, for that matter), I'd grade it higher, but damned it if doesn't taste every bit like a pale ale, and the wimpy head and fizzy yellow color do not match.

S: Pretty basic. Bready malt (little bit of rye?) and citrusy hops.

T: Far exceeds the smell. Reminds me of Sumpin Sumpin and Mirror Pond. Surprisingly complex malt and hop profile given the unremarkable smell. As others have said, this needs to be relabeled a pale ale and changed to a Spring or Summer seasonal. Maybe add some wheat to the grain bill to for good measure.

M: Heavy on the carbonation, but makes it more refreshing, which again makes it a better candidate for a summer seasonal.

D: Almost perfect but there's a little bit of a dry tartness that will sit heavily on the palate after a while.

NB actually did a good job on pretty much every aspect of this beer except the labeling. Fire the guy who decided this was a golden ale and that it should be released in the fall.

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Photo of TippySelenoid
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a golden ale with a nice foamy head that retains itself nicely and laces well too. It's got lots of quickly rising bubbles.

It's got a very woody slightly peppery smell.

It has a very earthy flavor. The woodiness is offset by some peppery hop notes.

It's got a very soft and creamy mouthfeel. Luxurious.

This beer is really nice. It's got a great price and is a great beer for it's affordability.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice yellow/gold, small head, mild lace.

The smell has some bubblegum up front with some very nice floral and citrus hop notes. Keeps me interested.

Pale malts and earth start the taste. Floral hops and a hint of caramel sweetness follow. Citrus and a slight hint of minerals make up the finish. A little heavy in the mouth for a blonde.

Good seasonal brew from NB. I grew up on (and outgrew) Fat Tire, and love to check in on one of my homestate OG's. I grabbed a sixer and will probably wait until next year to grab another.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased at a VA grocery store! missed the kickoff party so im having my own tonight.

A: bright clear, brilliant gold. white head isnt the biggest or has the best retention, but some lacing is on the glass.

S: a spicy floral hop component. hop character is closer to that of an APA than an american blonde. chalky earth tones as well. after the hop blast, rye tries to make a point, but this is definitely more on the american hop end.

T: bitterness mixed with a creamy body. tones of vanilla in the middle. the sweetness grows as the beer warms. fruitiness from the hops accentuate the malt to make this a very unique blonde. finish is slightly bitter and mostly dry.

M: pretty moderate to heavy carbonation on a light body that is very close to pushing medium.

D: definitely more "extreme" considering the style, but well welcomed.

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

another one from whole foods yesterday, and i really did like this one alot. served cold and consumed on 08/17/2010.

really just a very, very nice pour here with a pale golden amber and a two finger head of white foam that left a nice little cap on top and some good lacing.

aroma is light herbal hops, grasses, hints of light cereal grain and smooth caramel tones. very nice and tight, clean profile that really did not dissapoint at all. really well balance with light grassy notes leading the charge and wonderful light malt bill that kept it clean, lean, and crisp while providing a good bit of balance as well. quick hitting and very clean finish left me very happy with this one all the way around.

overall a really, really well done beer and a new favorite from new belgium for sure.

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

pours a rich golden straw hue with a decent creamy head that has decent retention, depositing waves of lace. impressive.

aroma is pleasantly crisp with sweet honey notes with some subtle piney notes, a bit of grapefruit, hints of raisin and some floral spice.

taste follows suit nicely, with a delicious and surprisingly rich vibrant flavor profile. plenty of citrusy hops with some pine and juniper, backed by a pleasant malt sweetness and a bit of floral rye spice. it works nicely.

mouth is moderate for the style, with a good peppery kick in the finish, subtle lingering bitterness that's pleasantly drying.

all in all, impressive. On tap, this is a completely different beast than I remember from the bottle... delicious!

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Photo of jocosa
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by date is Feb 26, 2010. Poured from a bottle into a DFH Signature Glass. Thin, but bright head, fairly tight, fades into almost nothing quickly. Minimal lacing. Nice clear golden color.

Bottle states 40 IBU, and lists 4 hops: Centennial, Cascade, Sterling and Glacier. These typically range in alpha index from between 5 and 12%, NB did a fine job of mixing these four to get a hop level that's more aroma than bittering, and while that's accented a very drinkable brew, it may turn away non-hop fans before they give this beer a chance.

Great citrus-piney aroma hits you hard first, not severe hops, but a good amount of hop smell, which later blends with the taste: grassy, malty, always with a touch of grapefruit and pine.

Medium carbonation leads to a fair level of drinkability, I think it would pair nicely with steak, or pasta. Bought a six-pack and will probably reinvest in this. Definitely a star in the NB lineup.

For those who don't really like a lot of hops, at least give this one a chance through roughly a third of a bottle or glass and then make a decision. Can't wait to have this one on tap.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Big white fluffy head, bright white. Light clear golden body, good lacing as well.

S: Nice, clean citrusy hops, very little malt. Very strong, perhaps too much hops though.

T: An odd first taste, and a terrible balance, but that kinda works here I guess, it is "hoptober." There's a nice clean citrusy finish and a great hoppy burp.

M: Dry and light

D: It was good, but I would have liked it better without the hops.

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

Poured into a 12 oz. Jimi Hendrix glass that my sister bought me for my birthday last year. Bottle purchased from the liquor store I work at on 7-28-2010.

This is my first review on BA! I'm so excited to finally contribute some of my thoughts to this wonderful community.

A: Coppery orange-gold, with a white/yellow head with tiny bubbles in quickly dissipating but pleasing lacing

S: Aromas of soft pine, slightly resiny with hints of lemon and orange citrus, a mild floral note that brings the citrus and pine together well in my nostrils

T: Predominantly pine, notes of resin with a mild lemon citrus, the floral note I smelled comes in nicely in the finish, very crisp, medium malty aftertaste keeps me wanting more

M: Medium malt body, a mild thickness that sticks to the palate for just the right amount of time, the crispness/effervescence is prominent in the mouth feel.

D: This golden ale is enjoyable for its crisp refreshing quality. The balance tips in favor of hops throughout the drinking of this brew, and the pine from those hops makes this beer definitely fall-appropriate. I enjoyed drinking it, and will drink it again as the fall season approaches and my desire for a mild pine flavor and excellent crisp mouth feel grows with the season change. Good stuff.

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

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Decent head and lacing.

S: Light and lemony. Nice citrus and floral aroma.

T: Same as smell. Really nice citrus flavor. For a "blonde ale" this is surprisingly hoppy. I like it.

M: Light and crisp. Very refreshing. Good carbonation. Would be easy to drink on a hot day.

O: Excellent blonde ale. I will try to pick up a few six packs

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

Had a 12oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass.

This beer had an awesome head, could almost rest a coin on it! The lacing completely covered the glass on one side. Wonderful light brown/amber color.

I pick up hops, citrus peel and a floral note in the smell.

The first sip will hit you with a mouth full of hops, and it's quick to finish bitter then sweet.

I could drink a ton of these

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Photo of JennyJam
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tap.

Pours medium thickness with a very wide, velvety head. A bit of the head remains throughout.

Amber-yellow-golden in color, clear with a bit of carbonation.

Smells of fresh hops, a bit floral, sweet malt scents.

Refreshing taste, hoppy with sweet malts and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall, well-balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth with a little carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not boring yet not extremely complex. Not a disappointment, I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

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

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Pours dark gold with a tinge of amber and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is citrus and hop resin with some sweetish malt. Flavor is just really solid. Complex hop profile includes citrus, apple, and just enough resinous character to temper the sweetness. Solid pale/caramel malt influence as well. Really excellent balance, super easy to drink. I'm pretty impressed with this one.

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Photo of Drew_Turner
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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

A- Beautiful golden color. Clear with a crisp white head. This head is untarnished. pure white. great looking beer with perfect carbonation to it.

S- Hops come through at first then the hops take over and I detect a hint of hops at the finish. There may be a touch of added hops that I can't pick up because they are hidden by the hops up front.

T- Well this is a surprise. I get some hops but in all fairness at first I didn't taste the malt. It's subtle. Comes through ever so gently. Actually balances the taste nicely.

M- Creamy medium body feel. Smooth finish.

O- this one took a little getting used to. I would recommend that if you are not used to a hoppy style beer such as this work your way up to it with a few other beers first. But if you want to really wake up your taste buds I would say go straight to this one. It's a keeper.

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

12oz bottle, first time I've seen this stuff. Golden-amber color with a good head and decent lacing on the pint glass. Smells just slightly grassy, cool. The flavor is more grassy, green hops but almost none of the citrus promised on the label. This is quite easy to drink however and I put away the whole six-pack with absolutely no shame.

update 09/2011 super peachy flavor

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

A: As advertised, golden (a bit of a cloudy gold). Very little lacing.
S: Mild, hints of wheat. Very earthy.
T: Pretty good - a lot more carbonation than I was expecting but it didn't seem to overwhelm the flavor.
M: As mentioned above, strong carbonation. A bit of a bite.
D: Nice beer. Didn't knock my socks off and feels a bit heavy for numerous helpings, but I didn't regret the purchase.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color and perfectly clear topped by a bubbly (big bubbles) head which laces to the glass in nice patterns.

S: Interesting, it's not too hoppy, but thats the first thing I get. Citrus all the way, it's like walking through an orange grove with a few lemon trees sprinkled in. The maltiness peeks into the smell as well in the form of a mild sweetness.

T: I get a tad more lemon in the taste than what presents itself in the smell. The beer has a somewhat bready note as well, accentuated by fresh citrus. The rye and wheat malt give it a unique herbal/spicy background flavor. Nothing new here, but it is quite tasty.

M: It's creamy and smooth, you can thank the oats for this. Carbonation is on the moderate side, along with the body. I really like how this beer drinks.

D: Drinkability is in the moderate range. It is quite easy to drink, though I don't quaff the ones above 5% like I used to. Personal preference.

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

Bought a six at the local Harris Teeter.
Poured a good 2 1/2 fingers of head and a golden pale color.
Smells a bit earthy.
Taste was a nicely balanced hops and malt, again with an earthy note
Nice creamy feel with good carbonation
I found this quite drinkable. A very good brew for when the temperatures drop

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Photo of dbossman
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: golden, strong carbonation creates a nice foam; pretty good lacing

S: There is a wonderful sweety maltiness in the first smell but also a citrus (orange?) that comes from a hoppiness that sits nicely on top of the maltiness.

T: The balance is not as good in the taste as it is in the smell. I do taste a subtle spice flavor that adds some complexity.

M: Not as carbonated as it looks; it actually dissipates a bit too quickly as it goes down.

D: This is another solid and drinkable beer from New Belgium. This isn't quite a session beer and perhaps is too hoppy for what I want in the Fall, but this is a good beer that goes down quite well.

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