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 ElGordo
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow golden color with a decent amount of creamy white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of slightly sweet pale malt with some bready notes, along with some pleasant, citrusy hops.
Palate is a bit delicate - light malt with a touch of wheat lends a dry character on the front of the mouth. Some sweetness with notes of crisp apple and citrus, along with a pleasant mellow bitterness from the hops. Finish has a mild lingering bitterness with a touch of lemon.
Body is light and crisp, very refreshing, but holds the flavor well. This is a fairly strong beer for a blonde ale, but the alcohol is well-integrated. Not the most exciting offering around, but it's a solid brew.

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

Trying the New Belgium Hoptober which is one of my favorites this time of year. The appearance is a pale clear yellow....the head is very thin and white. The beer laces nicely down the glass. The smell is good...it contains light hop with some citrus. The taste is good...contains citrus and subtle pine supported by some floral tones. The mouthfeel is decent...medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer and highly recommend above all the marzen bs that is out now.

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Photo of kdawg105
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WoW!! This has to be one of my favorite beers I have had to date. Though I am still acolyte I have been into craft beers for a while now. This beer is perfectly balanced it is so smooth you cant even tell its there. It has a perky hint of citrus hops. This beers is overall exceptional I love it. I wish it was around all year, but that would take away from it being so special!

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Photo of heissebier
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

nice amber color and good two finger head. I also enjoyed the nice lacing action.

This beer has a nice backbone of malt supporting a strong hoppiness. The taste was complex and hoppy but with a malty finish. An interesting fall beer that came as part of a new holland seasonal 12 pack.

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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 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 Holland
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light golden color with a one inch head that leaves a good sized lacing and edges full of bubbles.

S: light hops, pale malt, and some oktoberfest-like spices.

T: taste is fairly complex, with many different spices and hops hitting the mouth at different times, and the pale malt is pretty noticeable and delicious.

M: good carbonation, yet smooth and coating with a medium body. Thicker than it looks for sure.

O: good beer overall, I would have this again. Nice that it's easy to get a delicious seasonal brew.

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Photo of homersimpson67
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had Hoptober the last few years and I do enjoy it this time of year. Pleasant blend of malt and hops.
Pours a nice orange copper with a good 2 fingers of lacing into my New Belgium tulip.
Very inviting aroma of pine, citrus and spice.
Not an overpowering taste but the hoppy bitterness does linger a bit, very warming and drinkable.
Mouthfeel is nothing special, sits well and goes down smoothly leaving a bit of aftertaste that keeps you wanting more.
Overall pretty decent, I enjoy most brews by New Belgium, while not my all time favorite always a reasonably priced and clean drinking ale.

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App- The head builds to an impressive three fingers. It's a nice dome with craters and big bubbles topping on the top. Great amount of lacey film on the side of the glass. The body is clear and dark yellow with some carbonation.

Smell- There are some hops in the nose that have citrus notes, some lemon and orange. The malts balance greatly and have a biscuity sweet quality.

Taste- The flavor profile is nicely balanced with the bittering hops and biscuit malt. Well into the finish though, it does err only slightly on the hops. Which I find interesting as this is a beer named after the "holy cones". The hops are interesting at least, being slightly citrusy, but I was assuming they would be more pronounced.

Mouth feel- The fizz is a little off putting. It also finishes a little dry. I'm not a huge fan for the lighter feel. Maybe it's for somebody.

Overall- For what I think would be a hop forward beer, it is incredibly balanced. It is a finely crafted beer, but they made it so balanced, it fails to be impressive in any aspect.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a generic pint glass-

A - presents a nice, golden color with a white head of one finger and poor retention. Lacing is rather good, though.

S - honey sweet nose backed by mild, generic American hops. Mild in strength.

T - sweet honey and barley on the open, followed by a hit of cascade and centennial hops. Simple, but Balanced well and built very nicely. I'm actually very impressed.

M - smooth and wet. Highly carbonated. Actually suits the beers flavors nicely.

D - very nice. Simple, balanced well and very drinkable. I'm very surprised by this one and I'd have it again.

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Photo of ramseye4
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A=Pours a clear light golden color with a decent head,lots and lots of lacing
S=Hops hops and more hops, mostly citric, with a bit of a buttery malty aroma poking through as well
T=Citric fruit and slightly bitter hops, bready malts providing nice balance in the finish
M=Medium bodied, highly carbonated
O=Easy drinking beer, almost more reminiscent of a hopped up APA though

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Photo of zeledonia
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says best before 18 December 2011. Into the glass it goes.

Pours a medium golden color with an orange cast. Clear, with a one-finger white head that fades fast but leaves good lacing.

Smells awesome. If this tastes anywhere near as good as it smells, I will be happy. Smells more like a Belgian golden ale to me than a blonde, but what are style categorizations anyway? Has a sweet fruity richness, heavy on the stone-fruit. Lovely peach aromas, with some pleasant tropical notes. Topped off by light citrus hops. Pure, sweet, crisp, balanced, and delicious.

Taste is hoppier and less balanced than the smell. The peach and sweetness is still there, though it's more subdued. Hops are present mostly as a tingly bitterness. I find that light bitterness clashes with the rest of the flavor, though, so it comes off as two different beers banging heads with each other. Very dry, clean finish with only a little lingering bitterness.

Light body. Carbonation is evasive; sometimes it feels fizzy, at other times flat. Dries out quickly but leaves my mouth slick - a strange combination.

Another beer that starts strong but loses ground. The smells are simply fantastic - if I have another bottle, I may just let it sit and inhale the fumes rather than actually drinking it. The flavors don't blend well, leaving it unbalanced and hard to enjoy.

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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 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 setexascustoms
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Clear and golden with little head, but still manages to leave some nice lacing.

S: Citrus from the hops, and a lot of other fruits, perhaps from the multitude of different grains or maybe the yeast.

T: Citric fruits, very clean and crisp. Some hop bitterness that lingers through the finish. Good, but I help but feel that something's missing.

M: Creamy and smooth with a medium body and fine bubble carbonation.

O: This beer is clean and refreshing, I can't help but feel it would make for a proper summer seasonal, not that there's anything wrong with that. I'm perfectly happy drinking it now, and it's a pleasant departure from the more typical fall seasonals.

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Photo of ncsutton
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

A - A nice light golden, small head that faded fast, some lacing but also goes away fast

S - Strong pleasant citrus aroma with a nice hoppyness to it

T - A nice balance of hops and malts, neither one is overpowering, the hops are more noticeable but are not too bitter, a light citrus taste to it as well

M - Heavy carbonation that lead to a medium mouthfeel

O - I enjoyed this beer although I was expecting something more hoppy based on its name, its a great seasonal and is different then the other fall varieties which makes it stand alone in my opinion

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Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours pale gold with a tight, frothy two finger eggshell head. On the nose there is a wet brain note lurking beneath citrus fruit. The wet malt note is the only detrimental aspect of this beer to me. In the mouth the citrus comes out as something like mellow orange zest, complimented by crystal malt. It's quite balanced. Body is medium light, perfectly drinkable, with a long but light finish of citrus.

Overall, this is a perfectly drinkable beer, great out of a pitcher at trivia Tuesday.

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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 humuluslupulus8
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hoptober was a golden yellow color. The head was just barely off-white, thick, and left plenty of lacing.

S: I mainly smelled citrusy hops and some malt; it was fairly balanced for the aromas.

T: The beer tasted mainly of equal parts citrus hops and roasted malt. The taste was clean and well-proportioned.

M: Hoptober seemed thin from a high carbonation level, but the head was nice and creamy. Combined, these two elements produced a beer with a medium mouthfeel yet a short finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The flavors complemented each other perfectly and the beer was easy to drink. Hoptober's aromas, flavors, and slightly higher than average ABV make it a perfect beer for the autumn season.

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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 UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal/floral hops. Taste is of malt and rye (slightly spicy), citrus zest, and a variety of herbal and floral hop flavors. Almost zero bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale that packs a nice hop punch in the aroma and taste.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Dark golden and amber--almost a light copper. Thin off-white head. Spots of lacing left down the glass.

A pleasant though simple aroma consisting of grassy, floral, and earthy hops and simple, grainy, bready malts.

Light bitterness throughout along with an earthy and floral hop character, though this beer remains quite bready and biscuity.

Medium mouthfeel with ample carbonation. Great drinkability.

An unexciting, though well crafted American blonde. The name is somewhat misleading however, as this is not a very hoppy beer.

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Photo of Luigi
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color a little bubble from the carbonation. Thick foamy head that starts off three finger white head and settles down to a half finger head from start to finish. Lace sticks to the glass.

Aromas have a hit to the nose of lemon and honey at first. Then, hop bitterness and citrus pulls though the malt.

The first taste I notice is opposite of what I was smelling. The bitter hops hits at first then is balanced out with a mild honey sweetness and malt. The flavor of bitter hops with a dry finish that lingers around help balance out this ale.

Light/medium bodied with some light carbonation.

Another tasty ale from the New Belgium Brewery! Good job guys!

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Photo of Rantingfury
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I opened the bottle up and pour into a glass. I took a big nose full of citrus and flowery aroma from the hops. The head was about a finger which disappeared some what quickly, while the color was a gold color and quite clear. The flavor was dominated by the hops with a bit of the malt showing up in the aftertaste. The feel was of a medium body. I like IPA's and hoppy beer and this appeals to me much like Redhook's Longhammer.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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