Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale
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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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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a lightly hazy bronze-amber hue. Powerful carbonation creates foam that takes some time to settle.

Lightly hoppy/malty smell. Nice, but not out of the ordinary.

Crisp taste, reminiscent of a lager/or blonde ale which evolves rapdily into a hop blend bittering finish. Closes with a fourish. Grape skin notes in there, possible even some lemon flavors. All blended really well.

I liked it, good drinkability. Just a really nice blend.

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Photo of Misfit138
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Golden in color with a bright white head that lasted

M- Mostly citrus hops

T- Interesting beer. Does have the grapefruit bite one may expect with an IPA but there is something else going on also. Perhaps maltyness after the hop bite

B- Medium bodied with fair carbonation

D- Surprisingly high. I have never enjoyed a blond ale before this one, and I am pretty high on this one. Nice beer.

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Photo of jkdrummer
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New Belgium has done it again, a hoppy fall season ale. For those that don't like the fall season offerings, this one New Belgium is friggin good! Really crisp, almost like a lager. Sweet and balanced with great cleansing hoppy and slight lemony aftertaste. A great beer on a hot Indian Summer evening. Even BMC drinkers mayb enjoy this libation.

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Photo of BrewAskew
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this one up at the El Dorado Walmart Supercenter on a routine grocery run.
Pours to a 1-inch white head that falls to about 3/8-inch layer with ample lacing. Brilliantly filtered golden color. Smells like an IPA. Aroma is a strong hit of citrusy and slightly spicy/catty "C" hops (centennial, cascades, etc.) some sweet grainy/honey-like/biscuits in the background. Flavor is quite surprising. With all the hop aroma, the mouth expects puckering IPA-like bitterness. Not here, it is hop flavor and enough alpha acids to balance the sweet specialty malts, rye and oats. It tastes almost like a dessert wine with the crisp sticky sweetness that fades fast to a bittersweet balance. Mouthfeel is on the heavy side for the style and strangely satisfying. Easy to drink and enjoy year-round, IMO. Why make this seasonal? it could be a great crossover to hoppy pale ales and IPAs for Fat Tire and Newcastle Brown drinkers.

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Photo of Bbloom1989
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
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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Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a delicate white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some piney and minty hops upfront, along with some biscuit, honey, esters and alcohol...pleasing though lacking complexity. The flavor also has juicy hop notes initially (piney, citrusy, minty), along with biscuit, caramel and honey, fruity esters, minerals, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, and drinkability is very good. This is easily the best blonde ale I've had, but really should be considered a pale ale or IPA and against stiffer competition it wouldn't fare so well.

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Photo of BobJustBob
4.64/5  rDev +22.4%
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 philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Company--Hoptober Golden Ale--Fall Seasonal Brew--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--40 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--IPA--Thin lacy bright white head. Clear bright yellow gold color. Earthy pine floral hop front. Crisp zesty pale wheat rye oat malt cornacopia creamy mild sweet resinous hop mild fruit body. Earthy Centennial Cascade Sterling Willamette Glacier hop citrus pine end. Sampled 9/9/2009. 6-Pack $7.99.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Hoptober Golden Ale--Fall Seasonal--A bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold, hoppy finale. 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--IPA. Lacy thin white head. Clear thin bright yellow gold color. Floral rich citrus hop front. Thin dry sweet light mild fruit semi spicy wheat rye oat pale malt crisp Golden Ale body. Mild flavor infused with hops. Clean dry mild hop citrus end. A touch weak. Sampled 8/1/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

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Photo of mwclark2
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

V: Clear rich golden body, one finger of cream colored head that leaves fine lacing. Lacing persists throughout the tasting session.

A: Piney, citrusy hops at the forefront. As the beer warms, a delicate floral aroma creeps in.

T: Hop bitterness dominates the palate at first. Continuing to sip reveals rye and biscuity malt up front which fades to a crisp resinous hop finish. Very good balance.

M: Medium body, prickly carbonation. Delightful.

D: If not for the medium body, I could drink this beer all day! It's a bit strong and heavy to be a true session beer, but I would gladly split a 6-pack with a friend.

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Photo of BeerIsArTT
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 12 oz. Jimi Hendrix glass that my sister bought me for my birthday last year. Bottle purchased from the liquor store I work at on 7-28-2010.

This is my first review on BA! I'm so excited to finally contribute some of my thoughts to this wonderful community.

A: Coppery orange-gold, with a white/yellow head with tiny bubbles in quickly dissipating but pleasing lacing

S: Aromas of soft pine, slightly resiny with hints of lemon and orange citrus, a mild floral note that brings the citrus and pine together well in my nostrils

T: Predominantly pine, notes of resin with a mild lemon citrus, the floral note I smelled comes in nicely in the finish, very crisp, medium malty aftertaste keeps me wanting more

M: Medium malt body, a mild thickness that sticks to the palate for just the right amount of time, the crispness/effervescence is prominent in the mouth feel.

D: This golden ale is enjoyable for its crisp refreshing quality. The balance tips in favor of hops throughout the drinking of this brew, and the pine from those hops makes this beer definitely fall-appropriate. I enjoyed drinking it, and will drink it again as the fall season approaches and my desire for a mild pine flavor and excellent crisp mouth feel grows with the season change. Good stuff.

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

12 oz. bottle tried 24 Apr 2010.

Served in a Lakefront shaker pint. Medium fluffy off white head. Bubbly. Bright golden yellow color. Aroms is light, resin and grains. Begins fairly malty, then becomes nicely bitter with a touch of spiciness. Resin lingers in the finish and aftertaste but not too strong. Moderate warming ethanol in the finish.

Seem on the strong, bitter side for a blond ale but tasty.

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Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops on a slight malt backing

T - Follows the nose citrus hops on a bready malt backing

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - One of the better NB beers that I see around the hops definitely add some life to this beer making it fairly good to me worth a try sometime

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Photo of robwestcott
3.38/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

full disclosure... i'm not a big fan of hoppy beers. this one was included in a new belgium variety pack bought over a year ago. this bottle hung out in the wayback of the frig for months and in fact was a couple months past it's "best if consumed by" date. my hope was that the aging would mellow out the hops to a point i wouldn't pour half of it down the drain...

that said, this beer poured a very nice golden yellow into a dogfish head signature glass with a finger and a half long lasting almost white head.

still a strong hop smell, but it mellowed out over the course of 15-20 minutes. fairly hearty beer for its type and bitterness was mild to even less than mild, but still with a strong taste of the hops,as well as spices and fruit.

i'd agree with the earlier reviewer that this one is more of a pale than a blonde.

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Photo of briman
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw color, with some light amber notes. Large white head, retains well.

Aroma is has moderate rye with peppery spice and citrus.

Wheat and rye notes are both evident in the flavor. Finishes dry, somewhat grainy with a mild to moderate hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium body, with a moderate-to-high carbonation bite. Somewhat creamy. Crisp, smooth, and refreshing. An enjoyable brew certainly, but not sure it really fits in teh American Blonde category...seems more like a different take on an American Pale.

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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 mtstatebeer
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle served in a pint glass. Pours a completely clear golden color with a orange-reddish hue, good frothy off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, pine, resin, and citrus. Flavor is sweet malts, bread, citrus, spicy and resin hops. Mouthfeel is light, fairly active carbonation, and a moderately bitter finish. Good lawnmower beer, well balanced, tasty.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Bright, clear golden with a slight copper hue. Ok size white head with decent retention and very nice lacing.

S: Plentiful hops in the nose, mostly citrusy and grassy. Toasted malt in the backseat with a whiff of grainy sweetness.

T: Flavor is slightly more balanced than the nose, but there are still plenty of hops. I get citrus, grassy, floral, a bit of pine, and some peppery notes. The malt profile is equally complex. There is lots of biscuity crackerness (shocking for an NB...), some good wheat character that while noticeable doesn't get twangy, creamy oats with a restrained sweetness, and poking through all this is a grainy rye spicyness.

M: Creamy medium body with lushness from oats and accentuated by tight, firm, sparkly carbonation. Both smooth and crisp with a slightly drying finish.

D: Quenching enough for an (Indian) summer day, robust enough wash down tailgate food, and complex enough for sitting, sipping and thinking. It has a lot going on, yet it all works super well together for a refreshing and enjoyable brew.

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

12 oz bottle with best before date of 4/9/10. Pours a slightly hazy gold/orange color with a medium white head. Nice lacing.
Light citrusy hops.
Biscuity malt, citrus and grass. A bit of spiciness comes out as beer warms.
Light-medium body. Moderate carbonation.
Very easy drinking beer. Enough hops to make it interesting but overall a pretty simple beer.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Never wanting to risk buying the 6 pack (which is unusual), I came across a single and picked it up.

Getting close to the exp..

Best Before: Mar 05 2010

Brite white fluffy and light white head that is staying and holding up nicely. Light fuzzy golden in color. Looks great. At the end of my glass that is no shortage of lacing on my glass. It is well covered.

Before I even went in for a smell a great crisp hoppiness crossed my nose from the pour. Really sweet caramel/ caramel malt with a citrusy hoppiness. A good impressive hop nose like an IPA.

Mmm. That is my first impression. Very flavorful. Delicious maltiness with a great tasting soft hoppy finish. Slightly sweet. So similar to me, to an IPA, but less bitter hoppiness. Thats why I love it so much- instantly. So smooth and goes down easy. I could drink these all night happily. I have to say this is my favorite beer Ive tried from NB, and Ive had around 5-10.
Sweet slightly tangy hoppiness fades into sweet caramel hues with a delicious lasting finish.

Medium/light bodied, silky smooth, slightly tongue tingling carbonation. Mouthfeel is great and fits the beer/style perfect.

I guess it was my loss that I never bought it all the times I saw it.

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

Picked up a couple of singles at Magnums back at the end of September for $1.69 each. Best before 2-12-10.

Beer poured golden with a two finger head that is leaving rings of lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, full of floral hops even halfway through. Taste is hop forward, citrus to start, balanced with a good malt backbone, finishing peppery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a nice well balanced beer with some different characteristics that make it quite good!

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Photo of GRG1313
4.29/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold color with a decent white head.

Nose is nice yeast nose with a hint of sea water.

Mouthfeel is wonderful with perfect hop/malt balance; big and rich.

Full big hop character and flavors of pine and grapefruit but fully integrated with other flavors.

This is a big brew yet elegant. Finish is short grapefruit with undertones of pine. This could easily be a "go to" daily beer.

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

Finally typing this one up, damn I'm behind.

Pale malt, wheat, rye, and oats. Cascade, Centennial, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier hops.

Golden/yellow clear body with a white head. The aroma is bready and earthy with notes of honey. Lot going on in the flavor dept. Earthy rye and caramel malt is balanced with spicy, floral, peppery, citrusy hops. The long malt and hop bills provide a balanced and layered flavor. I wish this was around all year, I really enjoyed this beer!

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

Polished gold with bright yellow highlights and a crown of lemon-tinted ivory colored foam. It's a quality look that any American blonde would be proud to have. An extensive and attractive array of lace seals the deal on a good score.

A hop lineup that includes Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier (and 40 IBUs) suggests that New Belgium named this beer with a purpose. It smells wonderfully citrus zesty and has a mildly spicy undertow as well. Good things are expected.

Hoptober Golden Ale doesn't taste like the typical American blonde ale. The malt has more character and the hoppiness is APA-like in terms of quantity. Given the fact that the 'best by' date is just several weeks from today, it might have been IPA-like immediately after bottling.

The flavor derived from malt is toasted and spicy. According to the label, four different grains are used: barley (pale malt), wheat, rye and oats. Sweetness is easily exceeded by a white grapefruit-lemon zesty and grassy hoppiness. White pepper notes are also noted. Hmmm, I would have guessed Saaz in addition to the C-hops.

The mouthfeel is at least as accomplished as all the rest. It's easily big enough for the ABV and is one of the finest of this style that I've ever experienced. Guess that means that 4.0 is too low.

Hoptober Golden Ale is the real deal and is a fantastic addition to the brewery's seasonal lineup. Along with Mighty Arrow Pale Ale, this is my new favorite New Belgium brew.

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Photo of Padron4KM
3.32/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dec 25, 2009
12 oz bottle, 2009 release.
Golden straw with a tight cream colored head. Fine lace left on the glass.
Aroma is grapefruity hops with bready malts. Missing the typical NB yeast notes.
Flavor is citrusy hops, with a light sweetness in the middle and a medium length bitter finish leves the mouth tingling and wanting more.
Not as sweet as most New Belgium's offerings, a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of grayburn
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not too shabby, I like how new Belgium put their own twist on the October themed seasonal. This product stands out well in a sea of marzens.

Pours light and golden with a one finger cap. Head fades to a soapy ring that laces just a little.

The smell and taste are as hop forward as the name implies (considering the style and the brewery). Definitely more impressed by this brew than I expected, my favorite nb brew so far, but I look forward to trying some of the lips of faith series, especially la follie.

Quite easy drinking, a bit light on the mouthfeel, but notba bad beer at all.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 65.9% out of 100 with 964 ratings
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