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Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.79/5
Very Good
964 Ratings
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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:
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Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#16,600
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
964
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
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53
Gots:
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a bready and cerealy like smell mixed with some lighter sweet aromas of orange and peach. Along with these smells comes some decently strong hoppy aromas of grassy and earthy nature with a little bit of citrus and spice aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a cracker like flavor mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. As the taste advances the sweetness fades away with some grassy and hay flavors taking its place in the middle of the tongue. This dries out the flavor, and brings some nice hop dimensions to the brew. Toward the end of the taste, an earthy taste as well as a bit of a lemon citrus join the tongue, bringing more bitterness to the brew and making for a decently crispy malted, moderately hopped, and drier taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. For the drier malt and hopped flavors of the brew the feel is very nice and makes for a great refreshing drinking- moderately hopped ale.

Overall- This was a rather nice drinker. Dry and crisp with a decent showing of hop. A brew I rather enjoyed overall.

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Photo of trevorreg
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Joe_recker
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of susanelectro
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of drewsdad08
4.71/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I had this for the first time at the end of a long day of work. On a fairly empty stomach, this beer is a real winner. The smell was a surprising eye opener and the taste was slightly creamy to me. I loved it and look forward to the next time I have it and hope it is with a good meal.

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Photo of ManWithNoName
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SpectrePLUS
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StoutHobbit
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: From the pour you get an impressive, thick white glossy head that doesn't dissipate, it's a gorgeous honey golden color.
S: /light hops, grassy, and a touch of something spicy
T: Definitely hoppy, a lovely ale flavor permeated my rye and sweet wheat notes that offset the bitterness
F: Gives light crisp start and ends with a little grit to the tongue, that could be a little more smooth on the finish for my expectations of a blonde.
O: A good brew, fresh and dewy, and well hopped.

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Photo of csv
4.11/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sokol_1993
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of archero
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of uccle81
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kitesurferdude
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kettle1
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 1/17/16; into a pub glass.
Appearance - gold and very carbonated, looks like apple juice; fairly thick, foamy white head. Lacing is abundant and strong!
Smell - nose is very similar to an American pale wheat ale, though leans more towards wheat. Some floral and citrus hops noticeable.
Taste - bitter hops are apparent, however this is really the only strong flavor making an appearance.
Feel - light and crisp, which is a bit surprising at 6%; bitter up front and on the finish.
Overall - not bad really, but the flavor profile ultimately lacks punch.

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Photo of RedbirdsFan1985
4.36/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RHVC59
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of hopphead31415
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I grabbed a Folly 12 Pack of New Belgium and was looking forward to trying the Hoptober Golden Ale. I chilled it down real good and poured into a glass from the bottle. It has 6.0% ABV.

Look-It pours a clear golden yellow that has plenty of carbonation trails racing to the surface. The head is one of the most beautiful I’ve seen in a long while. It has a thick foamy egg white head that is so smooth and full. The lacing was thick and persistent as well as sticky.

Smell-I smell grassy hops and grainy malts. I smell floral aromas as well as rye, but the hops dominate although in a muted fashion meaning that it isn’t bitter.

Taste-The taste follows the nose, but with more prominent hops and rye. The grassy notes come through with the hops and the malts are well-balanced and grainy. I also get some citrus zest that comes through nicely.

Mouthfeel-It is medium-bodied and well balanced. It drinks smooth and easy. There is a slight lingering resinous coating on the tongue.

Overall-I really liked this beer! I think you will, too!

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Photo of MisledTitan
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Drew_V_dt
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of bfrank8
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gill20151125
3.49/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of djfrenchy
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DamienI
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 964 ratings
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