Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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86
very good
964 Ratings
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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:
499
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of Jan. 29 2010. Poured into NB goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden straw color. Even with an aggressive pour, less than 1/4 inch of white head appeared and had poor retention but left attractive lacing.

A very pleasant and pleasing grain aroma greets the nose, then is followed by an interesting hop scent. The flavors were very tasty, a pleasing mix of the malt and hop.

The body was typical for the style, but still crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, You want to, and could have, a bunch of these in a row and remain pleased throughout. This will be a great beer for tailgates and fall parties in the backyard.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that I don't have high expectations for. I'm sure this beer will be near you soon, I think you'll be as happy with it as I am.

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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 codfeast
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle to pint.

A: Clear gold, thin head, minimal lacing.

S: malt and hops, (earth, popcorn, and citrus).

T: Starts out with the sweetness of the malt, followed quickly by some citrus and hops. then some back and forth between the two, final to the hops.

M: Nicely carbinated, prickly on the tounge, body slightly south of medium.

O: Very easy drinking and refreshing, like to battle between the sweet and the bitter. Something I would drink again.

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Photo of goldbot
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Best before 01 January 2012.

Pours crystal clear and golden. Good carbonation, thick, white, sparkly (almost soapy-looking) foam. Plenty of lacing. Crisp, clean hoppy aroma. Grapefruit, some pine resin. Some caramel malt in the background. Flavor is light and hoppy - more grapfruit with a nice planty, floral bent. Caramel/toffee sweetness. The mouthfeel is very delicate and silky. The beer explodes into a light, carbonated foam in your mouth. A great well-balanced, light beer, although it seems to be missing some of the boldness that I look for in autumnal offerings and that is promised on the label.

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden straw color that is clear as day, can see right through the glass - small head fades leaving some interesting lacing around my glass. The smell is somewhat sweet and very crisp, floral hops shine through. The taste is floral, earthy, faintly bitter, grainy with characteristics of a maize adjunct beer. Mouthfeel is lighter side of medium with light carbonation. A crisp drinkable beer, I know it's called "HOPtober" but I wasn't actually expecting the hops to play through as much as they did. Nice session beer for me after a long night of studying.

Cheers!

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Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden with a big off-white head. Smells of tropical fruit and some light grain. Taste is initially some malt sweetness, followed by a big hop middle and finish. Citrus flavors, though primarily pine flavors dominate. Mouthfeel is a touch light. Overall very good. Tastes more like a pale ale than a golden ale to me with it's pronounced hop flavor.

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Photo of pinotboy007
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Clear golden with a rich, bright white cap (it looks like a Pils), with nice tiny streams of bubbles. Nice lacing, too! Head diminishes after a few minutes, but watch that pour!

S-Floral grassy hops pop from the glass, leading me to think it might be a hop bomb. This ale also has white wine-like aromas.

T-Hops at first that are quickly supported by a nice tier of malt. Decent aftertaste that tells me it's food friendly. Very nice.

M-Rich at first with a light mid-palate but finishes rich, assuming that makes sense. The carbonation is nice and there is not much heat on the finish at all.

O-Highly versatile ale that I think might be enjoyable year 'round. This is worth your time and money.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quickly, on to the beer:

Dirty yellow colored with a short head that leaves lots of dotty lacing onto the glass. Nose is subtle, but refreshing. It's grassy and has an appealing honeydue aroma.

The subtlety theme continues into the taste, which is a little bit of a surprise for a beer at 6% ABV. Melon rind and a little grassy bitterness are the dominant flavors in the bunch. Also a suggestion of wildflowers. Slight spice, perhaps from the rye. Or maybe it is the carbonation, which is medium-high. Its clean finish with some melon leftovers in the aftertaste are appealing and leave the beer with a good note.

As is the case with most of New Belgium's line of "regular" beers, Hoptober can appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes. This is something to keep in mind for future falls.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 2 fingers of thick, pure white head over a transparent golden body; moderate carbonation is visible; head leaves nice lace

S - smells like a flower shop; touch of citrus

T - sweet bready malt, floral hops, citrus, sweet honey; all the flavors seem to linger for a bittersweet aftertaste; complex and well-balanced

M - smooth medium body; medium/high carbonation

O - Hops are the main feature here, but the sweet malt puts up a fight. Hoptober is a good hoppy ale.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: single finger head, clear amber color with little lace

S: pale malt and some earthy hop notes.

T: excellent flavor and nice hops with a semi bitter finish. Grain notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A drinkable beer that is relatively simple.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly clear golden color with a thick creamy head... Super clear, like a pilsner almost...

Hoppy aromas mix with light graininess here... The hops seem to take over in the end and that's a good thing...

Pretty good hoppy flavor with this... Light malts mixed with the piney hops make this a nice little brew...

Not bad at all.. I liked the spring seasonal a little better but there's nothing wrong with this one at all...

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a brilliant pale gold with a bit more than a finger of white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, but not overpowering. Also some bready malt in the aroma. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not as much going on in the flavor. Some spicy flavors in the finish. Restrained hop bitterness. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear golden with foamy ivory head that stands about an inch tall before dissapateing to a thing layer of foam.

S - smells of grapefruit, citrus and dank mary j nuggies. excellent smell on this one, dank and juicy!

T - bitter up-front, slight malt flavor somes creeping through but grapefruit and citrus hops w/ floral qualities are predominant. Flavor is slightly less then potent, especially after such a strong nose.

MF - quite crisp and carbonated, with a medium light body. rather thin, but easy to quaff.

D - excellent session seasonal from NB.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored with a white head that sinks quickly. Aroma of bread dough and citrus, some notes of pine.

Flavors of hops upfront, mix of citrus and floral, notes of honey and cinnamon. Some grapefruit rind in the finish. Piney notes linger. Full mouthfeel, tingly carbonation, a bit dry, good beer.

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Photo of Chris585
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden Blonde Beauty poured from my bottle. Slight bubbly, with a one inch foamy head. VERY fresh. Retention is excellent.

S - Clean wet hops, grassy and slightly lemon peel and malt in the back, maybe way back.

T - Hoppy and lemony up front with great carbonation that I enjoy with this style. Its a Hoppier Octoberfest style brew that I enjoy.

M - Mouth is sticky and slight frothy from the head and carbonation. Its a Beautiful Blonde Ale that matches this style great, and a little different for October style beers.

O - One of my favorite go to beers for this time of year. Great refreshing taste which I crave around April - July...always anticipated this coming back this year....Very NICE! Glad I could find this so quickly this time!! CHEERS! would be nice if New Belgium made this a year round brew!

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a big bubble lacing on top. Slight haze. Consistent upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Robust hop aroma - sweet floral, hints of spruce, and citrus fruit.
T) Bold hop bite upfront. Pleasant sweet caramel and grainy undertones but a bit overpower by the hops. Linger hops in the finish.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Tannin.
O) Overall a good brew. The hops overpower the Blonde characteristics but I guess that is why it's call "Hoptober".

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Photo of smakawhat
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very shocking large white head with some fairly good retention and foamy, sits on a crystal clear lager like straw gold body.

Sweet grain and almost corn like, but goes more to honey on the nose. Faint hint of grass like hop, but sweetly dominant smelling.

Taste is a hop and grass mix of crispness. Sweet grain in the mid palate and doesn't bring a hind of adjunct suggested from the nose. Small lingering hop bitter on the finish with some citrus zest in the aftertaste. Texture is a nice mix of smooth and crisp.

Overall pretty enjoyable, and highly drinkable as well.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear and gold with a pretty white head, good head retention, nice lacing.

Light, cereally pale malt balanced with pleasant, floral hops.

The flavor is incredibly well balanced, with a nice honey-sweetness alongside just the right amount of hop-bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel is satisfying and leaves a nice clean aftertaste.

Overall, this is one hell of a session beer. Well-balanced, subtle flavors come together very well.

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Photo of riversglow
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RHVC59
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gpogo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear golden with moderately sized white head. Left a nice lacing, and dissipated to a foamy top.

A- Citrusy hop aroma. Nothing too intense. Sweet malt aroma as well. Kindof grassy aroma.

T- Very balanced hop and light malt flavors. As I take a drink I can taste the bitterness rolling down my tongue, followed by a light sweet malt flavor. Finishes semi-dry.

M- Surprisingly creamy body. Initially I expected more of a light bodied beer, but this has a decent body on it. Moderate carbonation.

D- I really enjoyed this beer. It sort of reminds me of Sierra Nevada Summerfest, with a creamier body. Seems like a nice transition to fall beer.

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