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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, typical New Belgium label and bottle. As usual, they have all the relevant information easily available.

Appearance: Clear golden and a bit effervescent. Nice sized head, dense with pretty good retention.

Smell: Peppery hops, some varied grain flavors. Definitely appealing.

Taste: Definitely hop forward, but not bitter. Spicy and peppery hop flavors, with a bit of the flavor I associate with rye beers.

Overall impression: Definitely a drinkable offering, I tried this on draft and wasn't impressed - but I'm really enjoying the six pack, so maybe it was my taste buds or the lines or something.

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Photo of Beejay
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A beautiful pale yellow, chardonnay perhaps. With a full 2 fingers of fluffy white head. This my friends is an excellent looking beer.

S: Hops are at the front. It smells like a grass-field somewhere out on the plains.

T: Not as hoppy as you would think. A bit of grass and citrus, and a nice sweet and subtle malt backbone. A little plain perhaps, but well crafted in it's balance.

M: Medium bodied, a but creamy, and very smooth.

D: A good beer overall. I would drink this any day.. It is a nice between beer, something for when I want hops, but not as much as a pale ale or IPA. Good balance, and a pretty good gateway beer.

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Photo of patobandito
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an extremely light golden color, which is expected from a golden ale, but not a fall seasonal. nice fluffy white head. Smells very hoppy, which is always a plus in my opinion, but again, not something you expect from a seasonal this time of year. Great taste, with some hoppy citrus, some various malt flavors, and of course the requisite biscuit flavor that New Belgium is known for.
Its a little thinner than I would like, but easily drinkable. A nice change of pace from sweeter, maltier fall seasonals.

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Photo of mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Big white fluffy head, bright white. Light clear golden body, good lacing as well.

S: Nice, clean citrusy hops, very little malt. Very strong, perhaps too much hops though.

T: An odd first taste, and a terrible balance, but that kinda works here I guess, it is "hoptober." There's a nice clean citrusy finish and a great hoppy burp.

M: Dry and light

D: It was good, but I would have liked it better without the hops.

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Photo of biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear golden with a creamy eggshell head of different sized bubbles that lasts awhile and leaves fine lacing on the glass. The nose is fresh with piney hop and caramel malt. Nice mild hop forward flavors are balanced with toasty malt. The oats impart a smooth mouthfeel on this one. An easy drinker, I dig it.

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Photo of jbphoto88
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hoptober flows very clear and lightly golden in color slightly warmer in tone then corn yellow. The head is tan and built out of medium sized bubbles. It fades fast and leaves little reminisce of it's existence.

I was expecting something a little heavier for a seasonal beer this time of year but I guess it's not that kind of style. The nose is warm and grainy with notes of caramel and sweet steeped grains. A firm hop profile is also present that consists of citrus and awesomeness. I'm glad to see this brew cutting through the fat beers of october.

Taste is along the same lines of the nose. Creamy toasted grain with a nice sweetness and light caramelized notes. The hops are strong in the taste with a firm citrus note and a lovely bite of bitterness.

Creamy and easy to drink, hoptober is a beer's beer. It has perfect amounts of ingredients and is very well balanced. An absolute pleasure to drink and one that goes down smooth and finishes strong.

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Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, grassy, and floral hops. Some grapefruit bitterness. Not much sweetness for balance.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, grassy, and floral hops again. Some bread and grain. Not much else, but still enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. A little watery. Not hard to drink. Something I can session.

Not bad at all. I can see the appeal for this beer. It just does not do a lot for me. This really is worth a try though.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

recieved as an extra in a trade with briarscratch, thanks brad!

a- bottle poured into a pint, two fingers of creamy white head, wonderful retention (best i've seen in awhile), one eighth inch layer of head the whole beer long, clear goldeny yellow color, loads of bubbles, tons of head cling to glass.

s- very flowery/powdery, little bit of dryness, hoppy, interesting mix of a kolsch and a lager.

t- earthy, less flowery than the nose, not sure exactly how to word it, but it tastes very fresh, delicate hop bitterness hits the back of the mouth, lemon rind, delicate overall but definately drinkable for the fall, it's a nice change of pace from oktoberfest beers.

m- very smooth and silky in the mouth, light crisp body.

d- much better than i thought it would be, definately sessionable, i'm glad i got this included as an extra in a trade, solid beer overall.

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Photo of nms1987
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was initially fairly disappointed that something called "hoptober" would be yet another golden ale (the bottle calls it this) from New Belgium after their summer brew was a pretty weak golden ale.

I was pleasantly surprised by this stuff. I'd actually call this an American Pale Ale more so than a Blonde ale.
Golden, clear color with a brassy shade to it.

Fairly pungent nose, esp for the style. Some sticky, resiny hoppiness really coming through. More pine than citrus to me.

The hops come right through on the palate too. Not overwhelmingly but in a very nice firm, but not overdone manner. The beer is medium bodied and the combo of that and the hoppiness makes it fairly crisp and refreshing but there is a lasting oily hoppy-ness to the finish that is enjoyable.
The flaw is that there is a slightly sour, out of place, edge to the finish as well which mars it a little.

Overall quite good... Crisp and fairly easy drinking but not lacking in body or flavor and the lasting hop oil thing on the finish is enjoyable

Paired well with chips and bean dip around 6pm on a fall day : )

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Photo of Boto
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear golden color. There was a small white head on it that dropped off rather quickly, but left a bit of lacing. The aroma is rather decent. There is a lot going on in this one. Some citrus and pine hop notes up front. Also some grassiness and malts in the background. A mild hop bite to the taste. Medium bodied. Some malts and earthiness to the taste also. Pretty easy drinking. Not bad at all!

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Photo of OlieIPA
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Tim Pehl and devoured by Pehlman and OlieIPA.

A: A nice light golden color along with a white colored head and mediocre lacing.

S: Fresh wort! First hop addition in a wort would be the best way to describe it...leafy/fresh produce aroma. Not that much malt either; very light.

T: The malt character compliments the very forestry/plant-like taste; sometimes biscuity and sweet, but overall...hop like for the most part. As my friend puts it, "Broccoli-like flavor".

M: Light and oily at times; carbonation is mild to medium as well.

D: Very impressed; one of New Belgium's better beers.

Overall: I love 1554 from NB...this one is up there. Very drinkable and something I would buy to impress my friends. Cheers!

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

Bought a six at the local Harris Teeter.
Poured a good 2 1/2 fingers of head and a golden pale color.
Smells a bit earthy.
Taste was a nicely balanced hops and malt, again with an earthy note
Nice creamy feel with good carbonation
I found this quite drinkable. A very good brew for when the temperatures drop

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Photo of CosmoHopHead
2.02/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

poured into a New Belgium pint glass:

A: very light see through yellow color with very little head and no lacing.

S: Smells sweet with light floral hops.

T: like the smell, sweet with a light hop taste and maybe hints of grass and some malts

M: light carbonation. feels thin and very mild

D: had a somewhat hard time finishing this one. to light with nothing behind it.

Had hopes that this might actually be a well hopped offering from NB for once. You would think calling it "Hoptober" that it might actually have a hop kick to it but it didn't. Would not recommend to anyone.

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Photo of ommegoose
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden Ale seems apt to describe the appearance. Very bright, with a few bubbles of carbonation. Thick but short head. Even lacking around and a moderate cap remaining after a bit.

Piney hop aroma, a bit reminiscent of their pale ale. Warms into more citric notes. Bready yeasty/malty aroma. Could stand to be a little more potent.

Very well balanced beer. As the label states, there's some of everything here, with pale malt, wheat, rye and oats; and five hops on top of that. The hop profile is mostly grassy and herbal, with some piney notes. Fruitiness hides, but some citrus starts to show as it warms, namely with pineapple. The yeast character seems lively too, with some fresh breadiness, complimented nicely by a hint of rye spice. Surprisingly complex. Finishes a little spicy, with lingering citrus sweetness too.

It is about as creamy as the label boasts. Rye and oats work towards this end, even though they are a bit hard to find on the palate. Carbonation is rather low too.

This is nice beer. A good change of pace from Oktoberfests and Harvest Ales. I'm impressed. Probably will pick up some more before it leaves for the year. With Mighty Arrow and this, they have two seasonals I'd probably get every time around. I wouldn't have put it at around 6%. Wears it well.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, and sweet malt, and some citrus. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops (not too strong or bitter), earthy malt, sweet malt, citrus (fruit-loops), and some more hops in the finish. Overall, good bodied, smooth, inviting, well-blended blonde ale.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Hoptober Golden Ale was pale golden in color with good clarity. It had a thick white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was nice with plenty of malt and hops. The taste was more hops than malt, lightly bitter with a dry hoppy finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall this is a good beer that I will be buying more of.

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Photo of thrawn208
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour leaves a couple inches of foam, lace is good. Color is a little bit darker than smell suggests. Hints of citrus, touch of floral. Very, very hoppy taste. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Definitely agree this is more like an APA. Pretty powerful for a New Belgium. One of the better seasonal efforts by NB.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp pale yellow with a slightly frothy off-white head. Aroma is a mild blend of sweet malts and citrus hops. The taste is a nice subtle blend of citrus hops and pale malts with a nice subtle lingering sweetness. The beer is on the light side of medium with decent carbonation. This is certainly an interesting beer, one that would also be good in summer.

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

12oz bottle into a Three Philosophers chalice.

Attractive pour, with a straw golden, lager-esque look that sports sedate carbonation. A thick cap of foam initially, bone white in color and well-retained, but it eventually settles to an off-centered patch of large bubbles. Great lacing, too. Subtly hoppy nose, with soft & sweet grapefruits leading the way, backed by a hint of peppery spice from the rye and sweeter crystal malts. Enticing, but it makes you work for it...digging this one so far.

A damn tasty beer New Belgium has crafted here. Although it's called "Hoptober", the grain bill is the highlight for me, as the rye and oats meld perfectly to form a sublime, earthy smoothness to the body. Suggestions of wet hay and raw oatmeal, before a spicy kick from the rye hits mid-palate. Hops take charge of the finish, adding a great, bitter balance with notes of citrus flesh and green mint. Mouthfeel is a bit aggressive for the style, but that's not too much of an issue for me. Although this won't be the most in-your-face brew that New Belgium has to offer--far from it--but the flavor of Hoptober is both original and superbly well-balanced. An easy choice and easier drinking...seek this one out if you can!

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Photo of koopa
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received as an extra in a trade with mmtmatrix thanks!

Appearance: Rather golden body with a one finger white crown that shows some lace. The body is perfectly transparent.

Smell: Good amount of hops over a pale german malt. Some tangerine flavor makes itself known. Some floral hops with the smallest amount of herbal bitterness mixed in for good measure. Fairly nice.

Taste: Same as nose.

Mouthfeel: on the lighter side of medium bodied with an interesting carbonation profile. Goes down a bit undercarbonated but shows a good amount of carbonation on the exhale.

Drinkability: Quaffable for sure.

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Photo of bashiba
2.77/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dull yellow/orange with a thin white head, no retention or lacing.

The nose is very hoppy with a big lemony and juniper smell.

The flavor is thin and one dimensional with some grassy lemony hops and a some very faint pale malt. Diacytl comes through as well.

The mouthfeel is thin and oily.

Not very good.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden in color with a decent white head that leaves sheets of lacing.

Aroma is pale malt with a a pleasant grapefruit citrus character.

Taste is sweet, pale malt and lemon grass. The fruity hop aroma led me to expect more aggressive hops. Finish id crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel is light bodied.

Overall a decent lawnmower beer.

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

Poured into a perfect pint glass. Golden and crystal clear in appearance. Thick white head that laces nicely and never leaves.

Smells incredibly floral with a bouquet of hops and a crackery malt profile. Really nice all together.

Taste is similar to the smell, light bodies and floral with a slight bitterness up front but smooths out in the end to leave you with a light malt and a slight yeasty taste. Really a very refreshing beer especially for the season. Drinks very easy and I could see myself drinking quite a few in one sitting. Great for a cool fall afternoon.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before: Feb. 26, 2010.

Appearance: Pours a clear, light copper-hued body with a tall, frothy, white head. Modest display of soapy lacing on the way down.

Smell: Simple pale malts let in airy, aromatic hop scents of fine florals, juicy tropical citrus fruits, and meager spice with just a little bit of bashful rye hiding in there as well.

Taste: Light pale maltiness paired with a soup├žon of spicy rye and a relatively mild overall sweetness. Predominately citrusy hops (that starts off lemony and gradually develops into a taste of fresh, sliced grapefruit) with a bit of additional hopspice to it. Medium-light bitterness. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, lightly crisp and with a lingering taste of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Pleasant, tasty blonde, golden, whatever you want to call it that goes down fairly easy. It's one I could drink down in substantial quantities and would love to pair with food of some kind.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober, my favorite time of the year!

Straw yellow body with a thin white foamy head. Not the most appealing looking beer, but acceptable for the style.

Aroma is slightly sweet and citrusy, with an underlying toasty malt base. Appealing, yet not overwhelming.

Taste is a much welcome change from the lackluster appearance, and aroma. Starts out with a great creamy mouthfeel. Followed by an interesting display of delicious biscuity malt, with pale fringes of burnt toastiness. Soon followed by a nice citrus hop note with flavors of - lemon, sappy pine, and a healthy dose of grapefruit. The finish is dominated by some great display of peppery semi-spicy flowery florals, fresh rosemary, thyme, and lemongrass. Finishes crisp, and assertive - florals lingering.

I really liked this one, it's one of the more unique beers I've had in a while. Just very refreshing. It's totally satisfying in all aspects you have your malts, hops, and just that overall beer craving - plus it's from the great folks at New Belgium. What else could you ask for?

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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