Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
964 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
Read the review
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
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
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.

 546 characters

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.

 535 characters

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.

 367 characters

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.

 844 characters

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.

 1,043 characters

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

Pours a golden, mostly clear with moderate white head which mostly diminishes. Good lacing throughout. Floral, pine and citrus aromas dominate the nose. Well-balanced with good crisp, slightly bitter finish. Malt presence is overpowered by the hops. A very good offering from NB - one of their best and have enjoyed several of these this fall - CHEERS!

 352 characters

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.

 701 characters

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.

 980 characters

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.

 657 characters

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.

 589 characters

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

A: golden, strong carbonation creates a nice foam; pretty good lacing

S: There is a wonderful sweety maltiness in the first smell but also a citrus (orange?) that comes from a hoppiness that sits nicely on top of the maltiness.

T: The balance is not as good in the taste as it is in the smell. I do taste a subtle spice flavor that adds some complexity.

M: Not as carbonated as it looks; it actually dissipates a bit too quickly as it goes down.

D: This is another solid and drinkable beer from New Belgium. This isn't quite a session beer and perhaps is too hoppy for what I want in the Fall, but this is a good beer that goes down quite well.

 648 characters

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.

 623 characters

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.

 499 characters

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.

 372 characters

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.

 771 characters

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

another one from whole foods yesterday, and i really did like this one alot. served cold and consumed on 08/17/2010.

really just a very, very nice pour here with a pale golden amber and a two finger head of white foam that left a nice little cap on top and some good lacing.

aroma is light herbal hops, grasses, hints of light cereal grain and smooth caramel tones. very nice and tight, clean profile that really did not dissapoint at all. really well balance with light grassy notes leading the charge and wonderful light malt bill that kept it clean, lean, and crisp while providing a good bit of balance as well. quick hitting and very clean finish left me very happy with this one all the way around.

overall a really, really well done beer and a new favorite from new belgium for sure.

 793 characters

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

pours a rich golden straw hue with a decent creamy head that has decent retention, depositing waves of lace. impressive.

aroma is pleasantly crisp with sweet honey notes with some subtle piney notes, a bit of grapefruit, hints of raisin and some floral spice.

taste follows suit nicely, with a delicious and surprisingly rich vibrant flavor profile. plenty of citrusy hops with some pine and juniper, backed by a pleasant malt sweetness and a bit of floral rye spice. it works nicely.

mouth is moderate for the style, with a good peppery kick in the finish, subtle lingering bitterness that's pleasantly drying.

all in all, impressive. On tap, this is a completely different beast than I remember from the bottle... delicious!

 730 characters

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

Best by date is Feb 26, 2010. Poured from a bottle into a DFH Signature Glass. Thin, but bright head, fairly tight, fades into almost nothing quickly. Minimal lacing. Nice clear golden color.

Bottle states 40 IBU, and lists 4 hops: Centennial, Cascade, Sterling and Glacier. These typically range in alpha index from between 5 and 12%, NB did a fine job of mixing these four to get a hop level that's more aroma than bittering, and while that's accented a very drinkable brew, it may turn away non-hop fans before they give this beer a chance.

Great citrus-piney aroma hits you hard first, not severe hops, but a good amount of hop smell, which later blends with the taste: grassy, malty, always with a touch of grapefruit and pine.

Medium carbonation leads to a fair level of drinkability, I think it would pair nicely with steak, or pasta. Bought a six-pack and will probably reinvest in this. Definitely a star in the NB lineup.

For those who don't really like a lot of hops, at least give this one a chance through roughly a third of a bottle or glass and then make a decision. Can't wait to have this one on tap.

 1,123 characters

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.

 423 characters

Photo of BeerIsArTT
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

 1,284 characters

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

Poured 12oz bottle into a Pint glass.

A: Clear golden color. Decent head and lacing.

S: Light and lemony. Nice citrus and floral aroma.

T: Same as smell. Really nice citrus flavor. For a "blonde ale" this is surprisingly hoppy. I like it.

M: Light and crisp. Very refreshing. Good carbonation. Would be easy to drink on a hot day.

O: Excellent blonde ale. I will try to pick up a few six packs

 398 characters

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

Had a 12oz bottle and poured it into a pint glass.

This beer had an awesome head, could almost rest a coin on it! The lacing completely covered the glass on one side. Wonderful light brown/amber color.

I pick up hops, citrus peel and a floral note in the smell.

The first sip will hit you with a mouth full of hops, and it's quick to finish bitter then sweet.

I could drink a ton of these

 392 characters

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

Bottle poured into tap.

Pours medium thickness with a very wide, velvety head. A bit of the head remains throughout.

Amber-yellow-golden in color, clear with a bit of carbonation.

Smells of fresh hops, a bit floral, sweet malt scents.

Refreshing taste, hoppy with sweet malts and a tiny bit of carbonation. Overall, well-balanced and drinkable.

Mouthfeel is medium, creamy and smooth with a little carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not boring yet not extremely complex. Not a disappointment, I'll be looking forward to next year's batch.

 540 characters

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

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Pours dark gold with a tinge of amber and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is citrus and hop resin with some sweetish malt. Flavor is just really solid. Complex hop profile includes citrus, apple, and just enough resinous character to temper the sweetness. Solid pale/caramel malt influence as well. Really excellent balance, super easy to drink. I'm pretty impressed with this one.

 420 characters

Photo of Drew_Turner
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.