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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Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Ratings: 965 |  Reviews: 500
Photo of dunit697
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I compliment this beer on its unique timbre, but I personally am not as big a fan of hops or spicy beer. I recognize the quality of the beer and recommend it to anyone who does prefer the spicy genre of beer. This beer has much better drink ability compared to other hop-beers such as arrogant bastard.

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Twpsyn
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of enbotellabuey
2.76/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It has the hops. There's no doubt about that. Unfortunately, that's about all it has. There is definitely a lot missing from this beer in the flavor department. The aroma is inviting. It has the aroma of a typical (good) IPA--plenty of pine and citrus filling the nose. The initial hop bite is pleasant, but is not backed up by any appreciable flavor. The hops linger on the tongue to give it a decent finish. But, again, it seems like the middle is completely missing--like a nice glass of water with 40 IBUs.

I am quite disappointed because NB is one of my favorite breweries--especially for the Belgian styles. I was hoping for something really flavorful and delicious. I wasn't sure what to expect. I had it in my mind that it might be a little bit like Duvel--which is delicious. But, unfortunately, this beer misses the mark. Sorry, NB! I'll still buy plenty of Abbey, Trippel, and 1554, but I won't be picking up this one again.

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Photo of bashiba
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dull yellow/orange with a thin white head, no retention or lacing.

The nose is very hoppy with a big lemony and juniper smell.

The flavor is thin and one dimensional with some grassy lemony hops and a some very faint pale malt. Diacytl comes through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily.

Not very good.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.78/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served fridge into a belgian tulip glass.
Appearance - Gold with a thick white froth that dissipates somewhat quickly.
Smell - Grapefruit, straw, a little barnyard, citrus, biscuit yeastiness
Taste - a little dry hoppiness, citrus, grapefruit, yeastiness.
Drinkability - Not a bad brew. crisp and dry. Would be good to pair with food (Orange Chicken?) or to drink on a really hot day, but nothing exciting here.

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Photo of firkingroovin
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Minkybut
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was a golden blond color. The beer poured a nice white fluff head and I had high hopes. However the beer had a terrible sour smell. I mean it flat out stunk. Taste was not like that but the smell ruined it. The beer had a yeasty taste. I will not buy again.

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Photo of WhatsNewinBooze
2.9/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Once again another new seasonal beer from New Belgium. This Hoptober (not to be confused for an Oktoberfest style) will be released as their fall seasonal. This Golden Ale is comprised of five hops (Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier) and four malts, in which the pale and wheat malts are mashed together with rye and oats. The beer pours with clear golden color and foamy white head with aromas of citrus. Flavors of grapefruit very prevalent throughout the palate with a slight hint orange. The finish is crisp and dry but is short lived. Overall this new seasonal from New Belgium was okay, but really it reminded me of a water downed IPA.

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Photo of wknight167
2.91/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apearance - Pours a clear golden yellow with half a finger of head. Slight lacing.

Nose- Straight hops. Citrus and Pine.

Palate- Again, straight hops. More pine than citrus. Very dry with no evident malt profile. definitely off balanced.

Mouthfeel- medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry.

Drinkability- average

Overall- The name lead me to think it was going to be a oktoberfest one off. It is not. Neither do I think this fits an American Blonde.

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Photo of mdcrouser
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like an IPA - golden yellow, with a light white head ringing the top and staying throughout. Great, thick rings to the end.

Bitter, sweet, spicy, lemongrass, and fresh on the nose, it smells much like what I'd expect from an IPA as well.

Crisply hopped, with a bit of immediate spiciness and grapefruit notes, fading into some evergreen and even a hint of bubblegum - really? Yes, bubblegum - I'd never tasted it in a beer before either. Too "flat" in overall flavor profile though to be fully appealling - it's just not very complex, failing to deliver much more than those basic flavors.

A little hop bomb. It lingers in the mouth for quite awhile, and like a wily grandmother, turns everything bitter. Carbonation is fine, but again, nothing outstanding.

It's fine to drink one or more, but there are many better choices - just save a good IPA from the summer and enjoy it during the fall if you're looking for hoppy. Not sure why they felt the need to position this as a fall seasonal, as it's clearly out of season.

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Photo of Sweetmambyjamby
2.96/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- A pretty golden delicious apple color with a nice two finger frothy head that sticks around.

S- Smells hoppy. Smells like sugar. Ehhh.... not liking the combo

T-Like an overhopped AAL. Very bland mild taste with a much more prominent hop finish

M- It is a nice fluffy brew though. Gotta give it that.

O-Not the worst in the world, but I don't like it

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

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3/5  rDev -20.8%

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 965 ratings
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