Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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86
very good
964 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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
Ratings:
964
Reviews:
499
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of Boneheadmx
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a clear golden copper with a 2 finger off-white head that subsides gently.

Smell is strongly of fruit with slight bits of pear, citrus, and mango (I know, weird). This is a really good smelling beer.

The taste really brings out exactly what one expects from the smell. Nice big fruity, citrusy flavor with a rather delayed and prolonged hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit grainy and thick with not too much in the way of carbonation. Really good stuff.

Drinkability isn't the greatest due to the huge fruity flavor this has. Also, it doesn't finish as crisp as I'd like, but on the whole, a very decent beer.

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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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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.87/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Appearance is just average. Light golden color. Limited lacing. Okay appearance.

S - Light floral smell.

T - Floral and earthy hoppy bitterness. Lacking in punch off the back end.

M - Medium body with nice punch to carbonation.

D - Very drinkable beer. I could put down one after the other.

Overall - Solid Hoppy Ale. Biggest thing is lacking some back end taste.

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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 brewmudgeon
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

hoptober, on taperino

a 4.5 light golden with a short, peristent head, great lacing. the carbonation looks quite fine--is the keg naturally conditioned?

s 3.5 citrus hops and pale malt. not terribly distinctive, but pleasant.

t 3.5-4 well balanced american hops and some residual sweetness. and there's something subtle going on as well. ahh, the rye and wheat. the finish is fairly crisp and dry enough to urge frequent pulls. interesting enough to keep my attention, but i'm surprised it's 6%--was hoping for the low 5s.

m 4.5 very fine carbonation throughout the smooth medium body.

d 4-4.5 not that i would go to lengths to seek it out, but hoptober is very drinkable in the right situation.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

948th Review on BA
Draft to pint
16oz

@Lucilles, Chino Hills, CA

App- A very golden color with some streaking yellow and only a 1/2 finger of head that fell to a great wall of sheen and cling.

Smell- A good crisp aromatic little beer with a bunch of little notes to comprise a very subtle one. A little citrus and a little wheat and a little bit of floral.

Taste- A crisp little beer with a little bit of each aromatic note flowing into the taste. A little bit of wheat, malt and citrus with out a very minute touch of bitter from some hop oils. One of the better blondes I have had.

Mouth- Light bodied and a medium/high carbonation level. A good bit of bubbles with a touch of hop oil and floral malt residual flavors.

Drink- A light and refreshing little beer with some solid flavors and creates a good pairing with a tri-tip & pasilla pepper sandwhich, really cut the heat and refreshed at the same time. Alone, I probably wouldn't have this beer but with that meal yes.

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Photo of GJ40
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12oz bottle purchased at Harris Teeter in Apex, NC. Best by date is Feb 5 2010.

A light yellow color with great clarity and a foamy white head. The aroma is a mix of floral, grassy hops and toasted malt with a touch of yeast. The flavor is somewhat dry and citrusy with a moderate bitterness throughout. It's very clean and crisp. The consistency is on the thin side and the moderate carbonation is full of very tiny but potent bubbles. There's some lacing as the glass empties.

This is a very refreshing beer that's incredibly easy to drink. I could only find this as a six pack and I'm certainly looking forward to the remaining bottles.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pale golden, clear body under a good sized white head. Good lace and retention. A really fine looking beer.

S: Pretty good hop character, pine like mostly with a hint of grapefruit. Sweet malt tones there as well. Very clean aroma.

T: Again, good hop character. More grapefruit this time, but still leaning towards pine. Mild bitterness. Malt character not as pronounced as aroma and where it shows up, it seems to be a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, relatively smooth, a bit prickly at times and slightly slick. Drinkability is good. Overall, a solid, surprising beer.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored with a white head that sinks quickly. Aroma of bread dough and citrus, some notes of pine.

Flavors of hops upfront, mix of citrus and floral, notes of honey and cinnamon. Some grapefruit rind in the finish. Piney notes linger. Full mouthfeel, tingly carbonation, a bit dry, good beer.

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Photo of Chris585
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden Blonde Beauty poured from my bottle. Slight bubbly, with a one inch foamy head. VERY fresh. Retention is excellent.

S - Clean wet hops, grassy and slightly lemon peel and malt in the back, maybe way back.

T - Hoppy and lemony up front with great carbonation that I enjoy with this style. Its a Hoppier Octoberfest style brew that I enjoy.

M - Mouth is sticky and slight frothy from the head and carbonation. Its a Beautiful Blonde Ale that matches this style great, and a little different for October style beers.

O - One of my favorite go to beers for this time of year. Great refreshing taste which I crave around April - July...always anticipated this coming back this year....Very NICE! Glad I could find this so quickly this time!! CHEERS! would be nice if New Belgium made this a year round brew!

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Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of u2carew
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber.
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles to a big bubble lacing on top. Slight haze. Consistent upward carbonation. Bronze in color.
S) Robust hop aroma - sweet floral, hints of spruce, and citrus fruit.
T) Bold hop bite upfront. Pleasant sweet caramel and grainy undertones but a bit overpower by the hops. Linger hops in the finish.
M) Light body. Fizzy. Tannin.
O) Overall a good brew. The hops overpower the Blonde characteristics but I guess that is why it's call "Hoptober".

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very shocking large white head with some fairly good retention and foamy, sits on a crystal clear lager like straw gold body.

Sweet grain and almost corn like, but goes more to honey on the nose. Faint hint of grass like hop, but sweetly dominant smelling.

Taste is a hop and grass mix of crispness. Sweet grain in the mid palate and doesn't bring a hind of adjunct suggested from the nose. Small lingering hop bitter on the finish with some citrus zest in the aftertaste. Texture is a nice mix of smooth and crisp.

Overall pretty enjoyable, and highly drinkable as well.

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

Pours clear and gold with a pretty white head, good head retention, nice lacing.

Light, cereally pale malt balanced with pleasant, floral hops.

The flavor is incredibly well balanced, with a nice honey-sweetness alongside just the right amount of hop-bitterness. Light-medium mouthfeel is satisfying and leaves a nice clean aftertaste.

Overall, this is one hell of a session beer. Well-balanced, subtle flavors come together very well.

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Photo of riversglow
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of aasher
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RHVC59
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Winston3737
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gpogo
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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 macrent2
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
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.

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

Palate:
Crisp and very refreshing.

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

Overall:
Excellent fall beer, would have again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy light yellow with a 1 inch puffy white head that settles to a thin cap. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, and some herbal/floral hops. Taste is of malt and rye (slightly spicy), citrus zest, and a variety of herbal and floral hop flavors. Almost zero bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good blonde ale that packs a nice hop punch in the aroma and taste.

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect pint.

Pours a golden straw with a half finger head that recedes to a thick capo and persists. Carbonation actively climbs the glass.

Aroma is sweet malt on the front. Smallish honey follows with a light crackery finish.

Flavor is sweet malt, reminiscent of pils. Malt is full bodied and substantial, very well represented. Golden malt gives way slightly to hops and then a caramel ride comes in strong. Middle also brings mineral flavors reminiscent of an English pale. Caramel malt is slightly sweet and delicious, chewy and slick very nice. Finishes a bit dry and bitter from the hops, balancing out the sweetness.

Mouhfeel is full and slick. Lush on the tongue and very well carbonated. A little bit watery on the finish.

I really don't know a ton about the style but this is a home run.

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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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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
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