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 trevorreg
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joe_recker
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of susanelectro
4.22/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewsdad08
4.71/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time at the end of a long day of work. On a fairly empty stomach, this beer is a real winner. The smell was a surprising eye opener and the taste was slightly creamy to me. I loved it and look forward to the next time I have it and hope it is with a good meal.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 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 csv
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of uccle81
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kitesurferdude
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kettle1
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 1/17/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold and very carbonated, looks like apple juice; fairly thick, foamy white head. Lacing is abundant and strong!
Smell - nose is very similar to an American pale wheat ale, though leans more towards wheat. Some floral and citrus hops noticeable.
Taste - bitter hops are apparent, however this is really the only strong flavor making an appearance.
Feel - light and crisp, which is a bit surprising at 6%; bitter up front and on the finish.
Overall - not bad really, but the flavor profile ultimately lacks punch.

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Photo of RedbirdsFan1985
4.36/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 Donkster46
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopphead31415
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I grabbed a Folly 12 Pack of New Belgium and was looking forward to trying the Hoptober Golden Ale. I chilled it down real good and poured into a glass from the bottle. It has 6.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a clear golden yellow that has plenty of carbonation trails racing to the surface. The head is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in a long while. It has a thick foamy egg white head that is so smooth and full. The lacing was thick and persistent as well as sticky.

Smell-I smell grassy hops and grainy malts. I smell floral aromas as well as rye, but the hops dominate although in a muted fashion meaning that it isn’t bitter.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but with more prominent hops and rye. The grassy notes come through with the hops and the malts are well-balanced and grainy. I also get some citrus zest that comes through nicely.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied and well balanced. It drinks smooth and easy. There is a slight lingering resinous coating on the tongue.

Overall-I really liked this beer! I think you will, too!

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drew_V_dt
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bfrank8
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gill20151125
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djfrenchy
4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DamienI
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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