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Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.79/5
Very Good
964 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#16,616
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
964
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
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53
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of drabmuh
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #3 American Blonde Ale on beeradvocate.com best of styles lists. Served in a New Belgium goblet because I am one sick bastard and this sort of thing gets me off.

Beer is amber to blonde....clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing moderate carbonation.

Aroma is mildly sweet and a little grainy, eh...

Beer is light in body with a grainy finish but not offputting. It is an interesting and decent beer, I drank the whole bomber of it out of my awesomeness tulip and I'd have more. It is mildly hoppy even on the midpalate, minimal yeast contribution.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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 AngusOg
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of bigred89
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of afsdan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Quickly, on to the beer:

Dirty yellow colored with a short head that leaves lots of dotty lacing onto the glass. Nose is subtle, but refreshing. It's grassy and has an appealing honeydue aroma.

The subtlety theme continues into the taste, which is a little bit of a surprise for a beer at 6% ABV. Melon rind and a little grassy bitterness are the dominant flavors in the bunch. Also a suggestion of wildflowers. Slight spice, perhaps from the rye. Or maybe it is the carbonation, which is medium-high. Its clean finish with some melon leftovers in the aftertaste are appealing and leave the beer with a good note.

As is the case with most of New Belgium's line of "regular" beers, Hoptober can appeal to a wide variety of personal tastes. This is something to keep in mind for future falls.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of BillRoth
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a very clear golden color with a white head. The aroma is wheat, light lemons and some grain notes. The aroma is a little bit lacking overall. The flavor is more prominent. I get some lemon and orange citrus notes, as well as some wheat and some grassy hops. The overall bitterness level is low, but it is nicely done. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi-cloudy gold w/ decent head and no lace on top of a nice mix of earthy hops and dry malt. Medium-bodied and chewey, it's real smooth w/ a wheat twang as well as having a piney, resinouse hop feel. Balanced brew as a touch of of chewey, doughy malt give off some fullness and dryness as a little bit of sugary sweetness. Throw in the touch of citrus and tart fruits and while a tad simplistic this is a very tastey beer that I enjoyed sipping on.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Right out the gate this wasn't impressing me, it had the usual AAL yellow color and head, meanwhile the aroma was pretty mute not giving off much in the way of characteristics that you could describe.

Taste brought on a very slight, warm fall day bitterness and Saaz like hop mouthfeel. The word hop in the beer is a little bit of a curve ball, but ultimately the taste and mouthfeel are the strongest aspect of this beer, which I guess is the most important. Its a decent gateway blonde with slightly more toasted pale malt and light hopping than average.

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Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is all Northwestern style hops. Strong grapefruit and other citrus aromas, this isn't very piney to me. Little bit of menthol and wood in this one with a minimal amount of malt scent.

Starts out dry and malty with a woody flavor. Slightly warming in the chest some of that is from a menthol and mint sensation from the hops. Slightly sour taste from the hops this is almost all citrus. Bottle says only 40 IBUs.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Flavorful and quite easy to drink. Smells stronger than it tastes, basically what we have here is a hoppy pale ale. Tasty beer I can recommend.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip produces a three finger this, lightly tanned, off-white colored head that sticks around for some time and produces a fair amount of lacing on the sides of my glass. The beer is red-tinged, rich gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, deep gold color when held up to the light. The aroma is quite hop dominated with notes of pine, a sharp herbal quality, notes of tangerine, essential citrus oil. This has a very slight malt character to it in the nose with just a touch of cracker like malt towards the finish.

A solid, biting bitterness greets my palate as the beer first hits my tongue; the bitterness lingers throughout the flavor profile and the beer is quite dry which accentuates the bitterness. The soft malt mutes the fruity hop notes a bit and instead focuses the flavor on the more herbal and pine like hop notes. That said a sort of herbal citrus character contributes oily notes of bergamot, tangerine zest and lychee. The finish has a nice, dry, biscuit maltiness along with a cracked wheat grain character. The body of this has a touch of viscous heft to it, especially for how dry this tastes, it seems the whole grains are adding some texture to the body here; this is still a beer meant to be quaffed though.

This is a nice, solid beer. I like that New Belgium has started to release a few more hop focused beers. This isn't nearly as good as fresh Mighty Arrow, but it definitely satisfies my inner need for hops.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up today at the COOP... poured into my Delirium goblet.... Crystal clear gold... nice foamy head and pretty good retention and lace...

Nose is grassy and floral hops out front with (I think?) some sorta menthol notes... pale malts help out but are more second string.

An interesting beer.... I'm having a hard time with it... Good bitterness at the front with some spicy/lite oily/slick notes also sorta at the front... nice floral hoppiness mid palate and a lingering spiciness that I would guess comes from the rye and oats... The body is on the medium side and a nice sorta creamy carbonation.. Reminds me of an over-hopped, rye-dominant cream ale I brewed eons ago.. I haven't thought of that beer in years :-)

Still don't know what to make of this beer other than I like it... definitely in my mind this a blending of at least a few different styles.. that said, I would have bought this many times to have something interesting and very drinkable in the Boise heat... the fact that it's out now in very late summer will probably limit my drinking, but as long as it's on the shelf, I'll almost certainly make sure to have some in the fridge... good beer for sure.

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Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a bright yellow gold with 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is very hoppy with some spice..probably the hoppiest nose of any NB brew I've tried. It's like you're holding the hop in your hand and taking whiffs. Sticking my nose into the glass, I can just make out some malt but it's very very faint.

The taste is more balanced but them hops are dominant. Very floral, light citrus, very light maltiness that's really struggling for attention but it ain't getting much according to my palate.

Medium bodied for the most part(it does get a bit watery in the finish) with medium carbonation, it finishes quite bitter with just a tad of honey like sweetness. The head retention is good as is the lacing.

Drinkability? It's easy enough to put this bottle away. A tasty brew that may be a little too aggressive for the style but it works alright for me.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.45/5  rDev -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 Donkster46
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Halcyondays
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear dark yellow. Head is light (one finger), with solid retention, leaving moderate lace.

S: Has a rye spice note, and also a little bit of what smells like cinnamon and oranges, sugar cereal, intriguing.

T: Direct grassy & citrus hop bite upfront, fresh tasting and very clean. Some cereal notes and a bit of an earthy hop note (Sterling?) with banana on the back end.

M: Crisp carbonation bite, though it balloons in the mouth a little bit. Light enjoyable aftertaste of hops. Creamy, medium-bodied ale.

D: A solid beer, but nothing like a traditional Oktoberfest. Clearly an ale with the fruitiness and has a definite American influence. A crowd pleaser for a fall party.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of avalon07
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden color and a completely clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated and some OK lacing.

S: A nice aroma of floral hops, some malt and citrus.

T: Tasted of malt, floral hops and a hint of lemon. Not bad, though a bit on the sweet side.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a sligtly slick finish. Light-bodied.

D: A drinkable beer, though it doesn't exactly stand out. Blonde Ales are rarely standouts.

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Photo of RBorsato
2.75/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly clouded gold/amber color. Poured a 2 finger foamy white head with good retention. Decanted continually. Laced in thick rings.

S: Grapefruit, citrus up front. Sweet malt in the background with some orange.

T: Flavoring hops and malt prominant with plenty of grapefruit and citrus hops. Sharply bitter in the finish for balance.

M: Light-to-medium body. Ample carbonation. Good malt and hop flavoring balanced with bitter.

D: Very easy to drink. Smooth and nicely balanced. Moderate ABV makes it very sessionable.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%

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