Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale
964 Ratings
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:
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Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of rootbeerman
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Rootscipio
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of IPA1978
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JBogan
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bright and clear golden color is topped by a small frothy white cap which dissipates into a thin film. Moderate lacing is left as a memento.

A well balanced aroma made of pine and citrus, some sweet malt along with a very slight sensation of floral notes.

Taste follows the smell very closely. Once again, balance is the key here. The hops are there, but not overpowering everything else. They leave only a slightly bitter aftertaste, and in the very end it is the citric and floral tastes which leave their impression on my tongue. The only "complaint" I would have in regards to the taste is that everything seemed somewhat muted, perhaps a little too low key.

Mouthfeel is medium, slick and slippery. Some carbonation in there, but not too much.

Overall I really enjoyed this brew. It does seem to be more of a spring/summer type beer rather than a fall seasonal, but no matter what time of year it's a pretty decent offering from the folks at New Belgium.

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Photo of csiewert
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear golden color with a finger of foamy white head that paces nicely and retains fairly well

S - abundant floral and earthy hops, some honey... nice hoppy aroma for a golden ale that I have never experienced before

T - floral, earthy and spicy hops of the bat, some bready malt after... Finishes with honey sweetness

M - no harsh after effects, slightly over carbonated burn

O - very nice twist on a golden ale... Recommend highly

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Photo of djcira
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Soonami
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptober Golden Ale is very good for an American Blonde. This doesn't mean that it would necessarily be a great beer compared to more flavorful beers of different styles, but for what it is, it's very good.

This beer is beautiful! It pours a bright, clear lemon color with voluminous white head that billows out and leaves fine lace all over the glass. The beer has very interesting hop aromas, from the unmistakable woody Willamette to the fruity of the Cascade and Centennials. The hops are definitely featured in this 40 IBU beer with the spicy Willamette and citrusy C hops. The mouthfeel and body is full with nice creamy carbonation.

Tasty beer, I would buy more if it were available to me.

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Photo of jgarvis
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of slowdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle -> american pint
Best Before: 05DEC10 is screened on the label

Pours a clear pale yellow with some orange tinges. Fills the pint to the rim with head and deposits rings of lace that drop together forming a spiderweb coating on the glass. Carbonation is intense, robust and unheeding.

Nose: Faint pale malts and citrus hops.

Much bolder body than expected. No thin blonde ale here. A hopeful and smooth pale malt base teases, before being back handed by a orange-citric hop blast. Finishes quick as the bitterness doesn't hang around for long but does deposit a orange malt float flavor on the mouth. The wheat and oats leave their mark in the remarkable smoothness of the brew. I really like this beer.

We can't get New Belgium in Pennsylvania and that is a shame. Thanks to Simon for bringing the beer over for tasting at the after Big Pour 4 hangout, oh yeah and his cousin for bringing it up from SC. ( Yes, i stashed a couple so i could do a review proper )

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Photo of tapman
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crystal clear and golden in color, the head on this one is very thin and is gone quickly. A hint of orange gives a darker than average tint, but for golden ale that's alright. Very clean looking.

Hoppy, though it's them noble hops so a lot goes a little way if you catch my drift. Delicate but not subtle. Grain is subdued with a little of that biscuity aroma that I get in most of the N.B.s.

Hazelnut and vanilla matched by some earthy hops and a chocolate-like finish. Is this some N.Brewer in here? I never got chocolate off of it, though I have heard that some people have. No mint, however. I lose the biscuity taste that I find in most of their brews and I do appreciate that.

Crisp and sharp. Very clean and neat in the finish. Soda-pop bite, though perhaps a little softer.

Despite my scores I really like this beer. Another one that reaches a little beyond the style, but I really like the taste of this one. Not too bland like many a golden ale I have tried.

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Photo of RHVC59
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gpogo
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of fivetime
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CreedeSon
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jesus808
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of kshankar
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear and bright golden with a small bit of foam which recedes quite quickly. Tiny cap, some lacing.

Smell is good...hoppy, mostly.

Taste...here it isn't as one dimensional as the aroma suggests, there is a mild malty undertone to it that goes well with the hops. Nothing overpowering from either the malt or hop profile. Crisp mouthfeel, light bodied. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of mpyle
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color, and brilliantly clear. Pours a rocky white head with moderate retention.

Aroma is piney hops, and generally quite clean.

Biscuity malt flavor, followed by a nice gentle hop flavor. Finishes gently bitter, and this bitterness lingers into the finish.

Medium body and low-medium carbonation. No astringency or warming, the mouthfeel is fairly non-descript and unoffensive.

Overall a nice little hoppy ale with that New Belgium tweak. Very pleasant and clean, and not overpowering in any way.

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Photo of double2chin
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Keepnitrl
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of wiscokid920
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of deanhead
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of poppyjohn
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 964 ratings
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