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 Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 9/18/11
*From notes

-- This bottle was generously shared by my Pops --

A: Rich straw golden. The beer's pretty clean in presentation. A good pour yields a 1.5 finger head and some really nice lacing.

S: A bit sweet. The grains are present, yet there's a hoppy profile that provides decent balance.

T: Pretty low key, there's really nothing here that stands out as being a "wow" factor. It's easy drinking and approachable for sure, as the hops are minimal yet juicy. There's also a minute herbal streak in the brew that's quite refreshing.

M: Decent mouthfeel. The carbonation is surprisingly off and low. It feels like someone took the bottle, shook the living hell out of it and my Dad purchased it a few days later.

O: New Belgium's Hoptober Golden Ale was a nice, if not unspectacular, little beer. It should be called "Hopril", as this would be much better as an April release/Spring seasonal. It's too light and playful for the cooler weather. Maybe NB's trying to pull in the BMC crowd with this?

Regardless, I'd take opportunity to give this a try as it's well-assembled, but it's not even close to the best Autumn seasonals.

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Photo of jefe2
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at trudy's 8/21/2011
a slightly hazy yellow w orange tinge, white med size head
S faint smell, little bit of eatery fruit, faint citrus hops
T- citrus hops, mild diluted eatery fruit juice, tiny bit of
tangy malts.
M light, good crisp carbonation
D very easy to drink, eatery refreshing sweetness, light citrus hops with a bit of bitterness in finish, thirst quenching

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow-gold color with a nice frothy white head. Decent retention and good initial lacing.

Pale malt on the nose with faint floral notes.

Floral hop flavor notes up front with a light, fairly sweet malt back end.

Light bodied mouthfeel, crisp with high carb.

Overall it's pretty Meh. Pretty boring. Started off ok and got more and more mehhhh as it went on. Won't get this again.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blond sunset in color, little white head looks nice and leaves some lace... light citrus hops on the nose leading to citrus on the tongue. Cantaloupe and ruby red grapefruit are the standout fruits, a little guava as well. A lot more tropical than autumn but thats no complaint. Medium body and a small bubble carbonation frizz.

Good beer, nice sixpack material.

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Photo of Spikester
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear pale gold with two fingers of white fluffy head and very good fine lacing. Aroma is bit of cracker. Taste is malty slightly sweet with a fair amount of bitter piney hops. Mouthfeel is decent with slightly high carbonation. The finish is medium dry and bitter. Alcohol was fairly prominent.

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Photo of rk1080
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks great in a glass. HOPtober indeed. light citrus taste with some tangy spices that compliment the season. Not especially great smelling or looking but compensates with taste.
I bought this because 12 packs were on sale for $8 which is a hell of a deal for this beer. Definitely look forward to more next fall.

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Photo of Vashtar
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The appearance is beautiful. A bit darker than I'd expect a golden ale to be, but it looked great.

The smell was good. It pretty much just smelled like hops... clean hops.

The taste was average and bitter.

Mouthfeel was slightly heavy. It was nice and strong.

Overall I really didn't like the personality. It was really hoppy and nice overall but didn't have much to differentiate it.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pours, well golden, clear, with a two finger white head. It also laces very well, large chunks on the glass.
S: light malt grainyness, and a mix between pine and grass hops.
T: light overall flavor, nice sweetness balancing the hop grass out.
M: wants to be light but has an odd thickness to it.
O: light simple, not plain by any means.

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Photo of pants678
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a yellow-orange with a retaining white head. This is what your non-beer geek pictures beer as it's supposed to be.

I can smell the hops with vanilla in the mix, a smooth honey as well.

Malts? They're an afterthought, of course. This beer as all subtley, well hoped up front with an earthy combination of rye and grain that, as you would expect, leaves a dry finish. Maybe my palate ain't so sensative, but I want something more popping out at me. The rye/wheat all starts to stand out toward the middle, a honey aftertaste is just apparent on the backend.

About as easy as they come to drink, with a small carbonation which has a bit of a sting on the end.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up today in assorted 12-pack. Very clear golden shade of yellow with fine, foamy, medium-retention, off-white head. Pale ale like smell to it, resinous and slightly citrusy hops, bit of grain. Tastes like a session IPA or a "summer ale" (usually just pales or blondes/goldens anyways). Not much flavor up front on first few sips (gets stronger with following notes after palate has been thoroughly saturated), but quickly turning to crackers or pasta and then distinct grapefruit rind, or young, green pine needles. Very nearly anise/licorice-like bitterness. A little black pepper in there as well, but barely noticeable through the hop flavors. Unfortunately, a little too off-kilter for me. I appreciate hops in all their varieties, but balance is key. Light body, smooth. Medium, fine carbonation, starts out a little prickly but quickly fizzing out to soft suds. Somewhat crisp, not too dry. Despite my complaint, not a bad beer.

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Photo of froghop
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale yellow with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is of hops, some citrus, and earthy.

taste is crisp, very light grapefruit, some malt in back, and a little lemon, ends dry and bitter.

overall better than most golden ales.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: light golden body, trace head on top, zero lacing.

S: hint of floral aroma, mild grain

T: sweet grain and floral front, mild finish

M: med/light body, good carbonation

O: Fine, but not great nor awful. Good session brew for a newbie.


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Photo of GarrisWH
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear, light golden color with a short, frothy, white head that drops down fairly quickly, leaving a bit of spotty lacing behind.

S - Grainy, slightly biscuity malt aromas as well as some mellow citric, grassy, and floral hop notes. A bit muted in the smell department.

T - Similar to the aroma, with some mellow grassy, floral and citric hop flavors coming through, balanced by light, biscuity toasted malt flavors. No real bitterness to speak of. Pretty nice flavor overall, if not a little bit mild.

M - Fairly light bodied, with a crisp carbonation. A little bit overly carbonated perhaps.

D - A drinkable offering, but just a bit boring in my opinion. Muted aroma and flavor - less hop zing than I expected. Another decent offering from New Belgium that falls short of great for me.

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Photo of bmwats
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Light, golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles slowly resulting in a thin layer of foam and a little beer ring. Plenty of beer ring lacing.

S: Pale malt, lemon citrus, a little hop, and some baked bread.

T: Bitter malt, a little piny hop, and lemon zest.

M: The pale, bitter malt comes out in the front and lingers throughout... something kind of like pecan shells. Very light body, and crisp.

D: Not quite a session brew, as the bitterness slows the pace a little bit.

Atmosphere is pretty good here. Golden hue, nice foamy head, and plenty of lacing. Nose is baked bread malt accentuated with a light hop, and a touch of lemon. Flavor is bitter, and a little hoppy. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a fairly clean and crisp beer, and darn good representative of the style, imho. Pours a light golden, clear body with a 1 finger head. The white foam settled down to a respectable collar, although I'd like to see more of it.
Fairly weak aroma. Citrus and slight bubblegum are a nice surprise from a New Belgium beer that are typically malt and yeast driven.

Flavors follow suit. I wouldn't guess this to be a NB product. The malt is light and the yeast provides just enough spice to accentuate the hops. Citrus hops; grapefruit mostly, but subtle.

Clean finish. Good for late summer, sitting on the porch.

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Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Company--Hoptober Golden Ale--Fall Seasonal Brew--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--40 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--IPA--Thin lacy bright white head. Clear bright yellow gold color. Earthy pine floral hop front. Crisp zesty pale wheat rye oat malt cornacopia creamy mild sweet resinous hop mild fruit body. Earthy Centennial Cascade Sterling Willamette Glacier hop citrus pine end. Sampled 9/9/2009. 6-Pack $7.99.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Hoptober Golden Ale--Fall Seasonal--A bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold, hoppy finale. 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--IPA. Lacy thin white head. Clear thin bright yellow gold color. Floral rich citrus hop front. Thin dry sweet light mild fruit semi spicy wheat rye oat pale malt crisp Golden Ale body. Mild flavor infused with hops. Clean dry mild hop citrus end. A touch weak. Sampled 8/1/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a freshness code of 19MAR10. Pours a brilliantly clear, medium yellow color with a creamy topping of white head. Retention is excellent as is the lacing. This is a great looking beer.

Smell is hopalicious, as tropical, grassy and piney hop aromas are dominant. I guess that is to be expected with five varietals of cones. There is a bit of underlying snappy wheat and grainy barley in there, but they definitely take a backseat to the fresh aromatic hops.

I get the spiciness of the rye, crisp wheat and creamy oats, but it almost seems like it is too much for a blonde ale to handle, especially with the multitude of hops assaulting the palate at the same time. Bitterness is high and hop flavor is very grassy and hay-like. After the delicious aroma, I feel like the taste has let me down a bit. Just too much going on in this beer for me to find it overly enjoyable, although I applaud NB for trying something like this.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/21/09- Purcahsed at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for a freshness code. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice medium golden colored pour with a sparkiling white 1/2 inch head and some minor lace streaks and spots remaining.

Smell- Some slight grassy aromas, a bit of toasted malt and a decent cascade hoppy aroma.

Taste- Not as hoppy as expected. Fairly light in flavor with a split between a lightly toasted malt and some lighter grapefruit spiked hops. Maybe a touch herbal.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Thinking more of a lighter APA rather than a Blonde Ale, but still drinkable and better than average.

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Photo of claytong
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - not the nicest looking golden ale but certainly not the worst. great head retention and lacing. color and clarity are bland and typical for the style.

smell - lots of hops here and some sugar.

taste - hops and sugar, a odd spice that i cant place.

mouthfeel - medium to heavy body for the style. medium carbonation for the style.

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Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There are four of these in the fall 12-pack, so I was looking forward to my first NB Hoptober ever—and I have to say I'm underwhelmed. NB calls Hoptober a "golden ale" and it is that, almost wheat-ale in color (a slightly cloudy straw that cleared up in a few minutes). On the nose, I get citrus, apricot and dish soap; as it warmed, I got hints of black pepper. Taste is malt liquor, watered down but hopped up; nothing really stands out, nothing really changes. It's a perfectly serviceable, drinkable quaff, and after several I wouldn't much care—but it's not a lot more than that.

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Photo of tdm168
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with little head that quickly fades. Smells of floral, earthy hops with faint wheat notes. Taste is malty and bready with mild grassy, earthy, floral hops; slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing.

Overall a nice beer. Definitely a nice change of pace from the marzen/pumpkin soaked fall market.

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Photo of gtermi
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is very nice. The golden color this beer has is really nice and looks very enjoyable.The head is nice too because it is small, but covers the whole beer.

The smell has a lot of hoppy smells and has similar characteristics of an IPA.

The taste is amazing. It is super smooth and has tons of hoppy and malty tastes.

This is one of the best beers I have ever had from New Belgium and if you find are contemplating trying this, dont hesistate and do it.

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Photo of mtstatebeer
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a completely clear golden color with a orange-reddish hue, good frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, pine, resin, and citrus. Flavor is sweet malts, bread, citrus, spicy and resin hops. Mouthfeel is light, fairly active carbonation, and a moderately bitter finish. Good lawnmower beer, well balanced, tasty.

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Photo of HosP
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Light golden color with fluffy head. Lots or carbonation to it.

S- Lots of citrus aroma with a little floral scents added in. Maybe a little spice added to this which I'm hoping for.

T- Surprisingly taste is pretty good. Was expecting not much but good citrus and floral hops. Had a little malt backbone to it too. Some spice to finish it off too.

M- Lighter to medium body. Good amount of carbonation. Slight bitterness to the drink.

D- Wasn't expecting a whole lot from the beer. Actually enjoyed the couple that I had. I'm more inclined to try some of their other seasonal beers now too.

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Photo of vdread
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale
bottle to glass

a pale yellow color with a thick bone white head with lots of spotty lacing. smells of hops and apple juice. the taste is pleasantly balanced, with distinct hops, caramel malt, and a reoccuring apple juice taste. med-carb, medium mouthfeel. crisp drinking.

it's not a bad beer if you like this style. i found it to be sweet like apple juice for some reason. good balance of hops and malt, but i found it to be rather plain. i have nothing against it, but i probably wouldn't purchase again.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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