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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Photo of centbeerfest
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass from a newly tapped keg.

Nice frothy white head that held out for a good time. Not a lot of carbonation. Crystal clear appropriately gold color.

Gives a bit of citrus to begin with a nice depth of character. Excellent blend of hops and a very good refreshing balance.

A hint of butterscotch at the very finish. A very good beer that was a nice surprise from an excellent brewery.

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Photo of BJA
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into perfect pint glass

A: The beer is a very crisp, clear golden color with lots of bubbles rising quickly to the top. I got a finger and a half of creamy white head that dissipated to a nice little cap after about two minutes.

S: There is a light hop scent. I am getting a fresh hop scent, slightly resiny, and some floral and citrus hints. Overall the scent is clean but subtle and nuanced.

T: The taste is crisp at first followed by some hop bitterness and then followed by citrus notes. A pleasant, very light citrus aftertaste is left on the palate.

M: The beer is pretty light on my palate and smooth. It grows (gains a bit of body; loses some crispness) as it warms. The carbonation is perfect in my opinion. Quite an easy beer to drink.

O: This is another solid offering from New Belgium and well suited to the cool fall evenings that are quickly approaching. I enjoyed the way it started out crisp and then grew in body as it warmed. The hop bitterness was also very well balanced with the final citrus taste and aftertaste. A very well put together and interesting beer.

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Photo of Petrislav
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a 12oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass.

This beer had an awesome head, could almost rest a coin on it! The lacing completely covered the glass on one side. Wonderful light brown/amber color.

I pick up hops, citrus peel and a floral note in the smell.

The first sip will hit you with a mouth full of hops, and it's quick to finish bitter then sweet.

I could drink a ton of these

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Photo of schleprock
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.
A: This beer looks more like a pilsner than a blonde ale with it's crisp golden color and lots of bubbles. Very nice lacing in the glass.

S: As the name suggests, plenty of fresh hops, earthy and citrusy. The aroma is crisp, sweet and full of citrus.

T: Lots of fruity esthers and a pleasant mild bite from the hops.

M: This beer starts out strong and finishes nicely. A bit of lingering bitterness from the hops and the carbonation give a nice feel.

D: This is a very drinkable beer. This could be a year round brew, or at the very least, available during summer and fall.

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Photo of Beerbythepool
4.37/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle to New Belgium(of course) snifter.

The head was fairly thin for me, but that always happens in this glass so hard to get a true read, but no more than half a finger for me. Some lacing, but nothing substantial really sticks to the glass.

Very nice hop aroma of pine and resin. I love that they list the hops and details of the beer on the label. Thank you New Belgium for taking the time.

Even though it says Golden Ale I was expecting a darker color. This a nice light gold color perfectly clear.

The taste is very nice and easy. Hops hit you first with wonderful pine and grapefruit notes. Then especially after it warms a few minutes you get a nice malty finish. But the hop oil stays around to remind you that this is a hoppy beer. The oil is the only downfall for the mouthfeel for me.

I am impressed and I think they should call it Hopril or Hopgust because I would rather drink this beer all summer than in the fall. I was going to hold off on buying it because I not ready for autumn beers just yet, but this is just right for this season. I think the name and the label confused me on what to expect.

Go try this one out, but don't wait for the calendar to tell you when it is time...go now.

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Photo of keethrax
4.54/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A stone soup of a beer. Barley/What/Oat/Rye with five varieties of hops.

There's a lot going on, but all in balance and somewhat muted. Think of it as a quiet conversation amongst a group of friends, with no component shouts over the others.

Considering the hop aromas and flavors, the bitterness is muted, allowing the different malts to come through.

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Chimay goblet. I do not get New Belgian beers in my area and a friend brought me a 6-pack of Fat Tire, replacing one of the Fat Tires with this beer...glad he did, wish I had more of these.

A: clear golden yellow color white a nice small white head that dissipated quickly. Nice lacing left on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrusy smell, picked up scents of grapefruit and orange.

T: hop forward beer, but not over done or as big as an IPA. Hint of something fruity there other than the citrus. Had an orange peel aftertaste.

M: well carbonated and light on the tongue with a bit of bitter aftertaste like orange pith.

Overall: surprise. I've only had Fat Tire and I guess used to a malty beer from NB, this was a very nice surprise. Easy drinker and would be an excellent introduction beer to a beginner craft beer drinker.

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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 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 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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Photo of irish53b
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Wonderful brassy yellow color with a tightly bubbled head. The foam dissipates quickly but those tiny bubbles stick to the sides of the glass all the way through.

Smells of pine, citrus, and cut grass with that typical New Belgium biscuit note. Appearance and smell is the basis for this beers appeal.

The taste is almost savory, a blend of tart grapefruit or raspberry a note of salt and sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin. The carbonation enhances the tartness and give a nice little shock to the tongue.

Darn near dangerous drinkability. The flavors are unique and will not leave you bored. The taste isn't overbearing and nicely refreshing. I would pair this with a healthy plate of pasta and chicken with a white sauce.

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Photo of Enish266
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance is a cloudy light blonde with a 1/4" head with minimal lacing. Light hop aroma with toasty biscuit malt. Carbonation is ideal for the style and the first taste is citrus with a hint of peppery spice. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness. Drinkability was less than expected but would be able to have two or three in a row at the most. It has been a year since I first had it on draft and is pretty much as I remember it. A solid beer that I would happily drink on a cool fall day.

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Photo of dunit697
2.75/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Photo of macrent2
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer came in a bottle. After pouring this beer into a clear glass, I noticed that it had a light golden yellow colour with a healthy amount of carbonation and a 2 and a half finger head that disapated slowly. A nice amount of lacing to report.

Citrus Blossom (orange and lime), and of course a hoppy aroma as well, lives up to its name.

Crisp and very refreshing.

Same as the aroma only a bit stronger on the orange and malty finnish, like a light IPA.

Excellent fall beer, would have again.

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

Shared this with friends, review is from notes

A - Deep golden in color, fluffy white head that leaves sticky clumpy lacing all the way up the glass.

S - Holy hops batman, fresh green sweet hops.

T - Bitter fresh hop body, with a single hidden flavor that i can't pin point.

M - Bitter and biting all the way down, could be a tad bit more smooth for me licking.

D - suited for the major hopsters, i enjoyed this beer but if you don;t like bitter beer this may not be for you.

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Photo of Dohdaman
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz btl into a New Glarus Pint Glass.

A. Clear golden color, long lasting head.

S. Citrus and Hops.

T. Hoppy, but not overdone.

M. Well carbonated, not too bitter.

D. Good beer overall, not over the top hoppy. Can drink a few of these in a row.

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Photo of IndolentReader
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: As advertised, golden (a bit of a cloudy gold). Very little lacing.
S: Mild, hints of wheat. Very earthy.
T: Pretty good - a lot more carbonation than I was expecting but it didn't seem to overwhelm the flavor.
M: As mentioned above, strong carbonation. A bit of a bite.
D: Nice beer. Didn't knock my socks off and feels a bit heavy for numerous helpings, but I didn't regret the purchase.

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Photo of ElmerBruisery
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh (1/8/12) 22oz bomber poured into a pint glass

Puffy white cap raises to 2 fingers and slowly fades leaving plenty of lacing. Color is golden, crisp and clear. Half an inch head remains throughout leaving thick lacing when the beer is finished.

Nose is big fresh piney/citrusy hops, light yeast, very nice. The 5 hops beat out the 4 malts in the super fresh beer.

Taste is piney and some citrus hops, bready malt, very smooth, dangerously drinkable. The rye is noticeable and enjoyable.

Overall this is a great and very drinkable beer.

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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Written up from notes: enjoyed on 9/25/11

poured a clear gold with a half finger white head, scent is unimpressive, similar to a golden ale with a minimal hop addition, doesn't strike my fancy. I like the flavor, but wanted a little more from the hops. There was some malty sweetness that balanced it out overall.

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

This crisp golden ale lives up to it's name in the aroma department, with a moderate malt character in support. Pours out with a moderate well-lasting head and demonstrates a brilliant clarity. Flavor is medium bitter with mild malt flavors with a bit of toasty dryness. Bittering is slightly sharp and lingers well on the palate. A real back of the throat sensation.

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Photo of JennyJam
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into tap.

Pours medium thickness with a very wide, velvety head. A bit of the head remains throughout.

Amber-yellow-golden in color, clear with a bit of carbonation.

Smells of fresh hops, a bit floral, sweet malt scents.

Refreshing taste, hoppy with sweet malts and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall, well-balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth with a little carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not boring yet not extremely complex. Not a disappointment, I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

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Photo of BobJustBob
4.64/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a dimpled 16 Oz mug.
I had high expectations for this Beer, reading the other reviews.
Was not disappointed in anything but the colour, which looks like standard American macro stuff. That's where any comparison ends.
At only 40 IBU's, I expected far less Hop punch than I got. It's there and perfectly playing off the addition of Rye to the mash, which gives it a very unique and satisfying character. It's very noticeable in the flavour and adds a Rye Bread note that's extremely pleasant.
There's a nice very light sweetness that balances the Beer out, but never gets into cloying territory.
With a 6% ABV, the drinkability is almost dangerous. The mouth-feel is creamy and rewarding. Similar to SNPA, if a bit less easily quaffable.
Since I'm also a Cheese snob, I'll add a couple of hardened Lactose suggestions with this. Smoked Mozzarella, Muenster or Butterkasse would be excellent choices to go along with Hoptoberfest.
Or you can do as I did today while trying this Beer and microwave a couple of hot pretzels with some Dijon mustard and enjoy.
A substantial brew and something you have to try before the great dirt nap that awaits us all.

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Photo of ClarkPinnock
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Perfect carbonation and an appealing flax color. Notes of hops and even wheat in the nose.

This beer has a full mouth feel that gives way to citrus and malt flavors. Definite notes of both orange and grapefruit--but these are not overbearing.

Fairly drinkable, but satisfying enough to enjoy just one.

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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 Bbloom1989
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

After a hard day at work this beer beats most. After a generous pour down the middle a wonderful white head was produced. The aroma of centennial hops filled my nose. It was a wonderful way to finish off the work day. The color was a deep gold and crystal clear. After my first taste I really was able to feel how refreshing this beer truly is, and I enjoyed ever sip. Not your normal fall seasonal, due to the lack of heavy sweet notes, but none the less one of the better seasonal beer I have had.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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