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 AlCaponeJunior
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance was nothing special, very light colored and clear, with little head or lacing.

Smell and taste were pretty good, with a floral hops presence and some bready maltiness. There's a bit of a grainy/grassy aspect as well.

Feel wise it was very light and super easy to drink, although it seems a bit more of a summer beer to me.

Overall it's not bad stuff at all, but may not make the headlines. It's plenty drinkable though.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Semi hazed golden straw color with a single finger of white foam suds, decent retention time but minimal levels of lacing left behind.

S. Very heavy on the floral hopping spectrum with a subdued pale malt aroma underneath.

T. Citric peel flashes in and resolves to a honeyed malt base that finishes with a subdued earthy tone.

M. Medium body and carbonation. Smooth texture

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Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 1/12/12

A - Pours a clear light golden brown with almost two fingers of white head. Head has good retention and leaves some lacing.

S - Floral and grassy hops, a bit of citrus and a faint spiciness.

T -- Pretty strong hop presence up front, again grassy and floral. After the initial hop punch comes some rye spiciness and and a bit of bready malt.

M - Medium crisp mouthfeel with a semi-dry finish.

O - A pretty good blond ale, but not something I would come back to.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus notes. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, some citrus, a touch of sweetnesss. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of aristeros
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light golden appearance with some visible carbonation. About a half finger of white head with little retention and some lacing. Smells of hop resins, light malts, citrus, and some red fruit.

Light malts--mostly biscuit--present, but the flavor is dominated by hops. Not very heavy on the IBUs, but it's clear that's what they're trying to showcase. Crisp mouthfeel and light body, slightly creamy texture to it.

The hop profile is very similar to Mighty Arrow. The rye and wheat does something for the texture here that makes it a pretty good golden.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Mild citrus hop aroma. Some esters. malty sweetness. The aroma is very soft.

Appearance - Amber color. Crystal clear. White head settled at about one fingerwidth. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - At the start I get malt followed closely by slight hop bitterness. Given time in the mouth hop flavor comes through more. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness lingers, but not for long. Like the aroma, all of the flavors are quite soft. Pretty well balanced.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. Slight carbonic "bite." Easy finish. No perceived alcohol.

Overall Impression - A fairly solid beer. Just enough hop aroma and flavor to please the palate, but very underwhelming. This would be very refreshing on a hot Summer day. Worth a try, but I probably won't but again.

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Photo of blakelive784
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a generic pint glass-

A - presents a nice, golden color with a white head of one finger and poor retention. Lacing is rather good, though.

S - honey sweet nose backed by mild, generic American hops. Mild in strength.

T - sweet honey and barley on the open, followed by a hit of cascade and centennial hops. Simple, but Balanced well and built very nicely. I'm actually very impressed.

M - smooth and wet. Highly carbonated. Actually suits the beers flavors nicely.

D - very nice. Simple, balanced well and very drinkable. I'm very surprised by this one and I'd have it again.

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Photo of boss302
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


A Golden and clear, typical head. 4 

S Malty sweet a little citrus. A very nice aroma. 4 

T Hoppy and astringency is a little harsh, but otherwise OK. Taste is not what the aroma would suggest.  There is a mild Hefe flavor, but it is run over by the hops. 3.5 

M Wheat makes for a firmer mouthfeel. It's a medium body beer. 3.5

D This is an OK beer, but not my favorite NBB beer. 3  

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Photo of Zraly
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden with a two-finger head into a Dogfish Head signature glass. Nice citrus and earth notes.

Medium-bodied and quite smooth, this is a citrusy and earthy ale and warms up a bit in the middle. The addition of oats adds a nice silky touch to the mouthfeel. Bready but balanced.

A really nice early fall drink to help wash down a good spicy spaghetti dinner. I could see this also working well with grilled seafood.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.56/5  rDev -7%
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 devilben02
3.56/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rich golden yellow color and a thick cloud-like eggshell-colored head. The aroma is dominated by pine and earth hop characteristics, with maybe a little lemon creeping in as well. The flavor is likewise primarily driven by a dull, earthy hop character up front with a bit of peppery spice, all balanced by a comparatively subtle nutty sweetness. Finely carbonated, this one is easy to drink but not special in that regard, although it is noted that it tastes lighter than I would have expected for 6% alcohol. Overall, it is a solid, hop-forward golden ale.

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Photo of Zorro
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
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 JamesS
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a nice light yellow/semi-gold color with nice head and a bit of nice lacing. Nice scent, clean and fairly crisp with a nice sweetness and a faint bitter hop aroma. Nice taste, clean and clear with a nice mixture of hops and malts, although nothing really stuck out; balanced but not strong. Goes down quite well, nice and smooth. Would be a much better summer beer, I think, than a fall brew.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale copper color, a finger of white head, slight lacing. Nothing to write home on, honestly.

Smell: Citrus (orange, limes and pinapple) with some piney hops.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing, a bit biscuity and pretty citrusy with a decent amount of piney hops at the end. I was very pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, and not overly carbonated which is a nice plus. Nice drinkable beer that actually has some flavor.

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Photo of minnunderground
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle of this stuff. Pours a golden clear color. Smells hoppy with citrus. Tastes pretty good hits you with some hops off the bat then ends on some citrus and malts making it easy to drink. Mouth feel is pretty light all and all pretty drinkable. In the end it is a pretty good brew, Not sure if I would buy any more though.

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

New Belgium Hoptober is a pleasant and drinkable beer. Not a whole lot of flavour though.

A: Yellow colour with a 3 mm head that fades to good lacing. 4

S: Grainy with a reasonable amount of hoppiness. 3.5

T: Grainy with a hint of tanginess in the tail. A small amount of bitterness is noticeable. 3.5

M: Foamy. 4

O: Pleasant and drinkable. 3.5

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at Rustico Alexandria yesterday during the New Belgium kickoff. Served in a goblet.

Pour brings a light yellow liquid with a good white head and a bit of foam on top. Nice lacing as it goes down.

Nose brings forward some light floral hops and a touch of citrus. Light malt base. Flavor is slightly hoppy with some light bread to back things up. Just a touch of sweetness.

Light body with crisp carbonation. I guess the hops are the biggest component, though they're not all that strong.

Pretty good for a blonde. A nice summer brew that could serve well as an introduction to craft.

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

Yep, it's golden alright. Light carbonation, small white head that faded into a ring but is leaving some average lacing on the glass. Nice floral, hoppy aroma, hints of honey and light malty sweetness. Flavor is pretty well balanced between semi-sweet malts and lightly bitter hops. Light bready malts and lighty citric/herbal hops. Very easy drinking, nothing particularly outstanding, but it's a good golden ale to be sure. This would be a great session beer if the ABV were dropped by about 1.5%

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

This pours pale gold with a tight, frothy two finger eggshell head. On the nose there is a wet brain note lurking beneath citrus fruit. The wet malt note is the only detrimental aspect of this beer to me. In the mouth the citrus comes out as something like mellow orange zest, complimented by crystal malt. It's quite balanced. Body is medium light, perfectly drinkable, with a long but light finish of citrus.

Overall, this is a perfectly drinkable beer, great out of a pitcher at trivia Tuesday.

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

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: As the name suggests, this beer pours a pretty golden/orange color with a nice lingering head and some pretty nice lacing. The beer is pretty clear but a little hazy.

S: The beer smells slightly floral and hoppy, once again as the name suggests. Since this beer is pretty damn cold that is about all I am picking up.

T: The taste is really more delicate than I expected. The taste is hops throughout the whole of it with grass, hay, and other earthy leafy flavors mixed in throughout. There isn't near as much flavor as I was expecting.

M: The mouthfeel on this one is very silky and creamy. It feels great and very unique on the palate.

O: This is a solid ale. Very easy drinking and very simple to handle. this is not nearly as flavorful as I had expected but a good ale nonetheless.

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Photo of Enish266
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance is a cloudy light blonde with a 1/4" head with minimal lacing. Light hop aroma with toasty biscuit malt. Carbonation is ideal for the style and the first taste is citrus with a hint of peppery spice. Finishes with a moderate lingering bitterness. Drinkability was less than expected but would be able to have two or three in a row at the most. It has been a year since I first had it on draft and is pretty much as I remember it. A solid beer that I would happily drink on a cool fall day.

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

A- Close to pale yellow and crystal clear. Big fluffy head that lingers.
S- Citrus hops at a low level.
T- Starts with small hop bite but it doesn't last. The hoppiness fades away almost as soon as it starts.
MO-Overall an okay beer. It' seems like a pale ale to me.

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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 johnnybgood1999
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This reminds me of Sierra Nevada's Summerfest Ale. Anyways, nose is nice and hoppy with citrus flavors coming through. There's mostly hops in the flavor, though its not pale ale like. It's very refreshing. Malt is very light, but plays a role in complimenting the citrus hoppiness with sweetness. A good unfilling beer if you've got a hop craving.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden with a white fluffy head.

Smell: Malt/bready with a nice dose of floral and citrus/orange. Smells like a toned down IPA.

Taste: Follows the nose. Doses of floral and orange citrus in a nice malty backbone. Well balanced. Finishes crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium with just the right amount of carbonation, refreshing experience.

Drinkability: I didn't pay much attention to the name. What my brain registered was "Oktoberfest", and not "HOPtober" So this mildly hoppy animal was totally unexpected, but much appreciated. Nicely balanced and a refreshing finish.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 963 ratings.
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