Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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

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Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

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

Photo of jaswilson2
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of riversglow
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BuddyZ
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of aknalley
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of radius129
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RoyBrentJr
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There are four of these in the fall 12-pack, so I was looking forward to my first NB Hoptober ever—and I have to say I'm underwhelmed. NB calls Hoptober a "golden ale" and it is that, almost wheat-ale in color (a slightly cloudy straw that cleared up in a few minutes). On the nose, I get citrus, apricot and dish soap; as it warmed, I got hints of black pepper. Taste is malt liquor, watered down but hopped up; nothing really stands out, nothing really changes. It's a perfectly serviceable, drinkable quaff, and after several I wouldn't much care—but it's not a lot more than that.

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Photo of Shockey
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zanico
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of foundersfan1
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hoptober from New Belgium - I ended up with mixed feelings on this one, even though I had quite a few to convince me one way or another.

From an appearance perspective it was nothing overly special to look at. It does have a nice white head, it does have great lacing down the glass, but that's all that catches my eye. I was, however, blown away by the scent of this beer. The perfect mix of citrus and hop notes that simply danced together beautifully. It has a good creamy feel, but you gotta work at it since the carbonation takes quite a bit away from it. As far as a hops beer, it's really just garden variety, nothing that stands apart from many of the hoppy beers I have had. Overall, it's a good beer that hits can stand well on its own.

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Photo of ElTgray
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of florisj135
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Graetzj
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jbfarris
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of arini10
3.46/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of willic
2.53/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I honestly am not sure what this beer is intended to be.... Not great in any aspect, but not too bad, either. Mildly hopy, ligbt, refreshing and easy to drink!

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Photo of Pantalones
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Last bottle of this one from the fall Folly pack; "best before" date is December 13th, 2015.

Pretty nice golden color, just a hint of orange in there too. Very clear, with loads and loads of bubbles rising up from the bottom -- clearly visible even from a foot or so away. This one kicked up a good head of foam, too -- filled my pint glass to the rim, any more and I'd be worried about a possible overflow but thankfully it stopped short of that point. Foam is white, fluffy, sort of a "just-started-melting snow" or milkshake-like look to it, and it's leaving a lot of traces behind on the outside of the glass as it gradually shrinks down (and even more once I start drinking it!) It took until I was halfway done with the glass to get down to the "thin coating on the surface of the beer" level, and doesn't seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.

First thing I notice in the smell is a lot of fruitiness, presumably from the hops. Not quite a citrus kind of thing, maybe more peach-like? There's also hints of piney hops in there, too. It's a sweeter-smelling beer, but at the same time you can definitely tell the hops are present. A little bit of a nice bread-crust-like malty smell in there, too. Maybe just a slightest bit of some sort of spiciness? Overall it's a pretty nice-smelling beer.

Flavor is similar to the smell, fruity right away but with a bit of piney bitterness mixed in too. The malt also comes out more in the flavor vs. the smell, very nice toasted bread crust kind of thing that comes in a little bit after the initial burst of fruity hops and the bitterness that came in after that have both faded. Lingering bread-crustiness for a little while afterward, with the fruity hops coming up in burps. A bit of a lingering leafy/piney bitterness on the end too starting after the second or third sip, but it's not all that strong. Comes across a lot like a pale ale, with hops being the first flavor you notice but also with some interesting malty things going on. Oddly, it does seem like the fruity flavors that were most prominent on the first few sips fade away a lot around the halfway mark (still just barely there in the background), giving way to a mix of flavors that's more malty/almost-spicy/bitter. It's still pretty good even at that point, the mix of malt flavors is really nice... but overall it was a bit nicer overall earlier on with the fruit/bitter/spicy/malty blend being more balanced.

Feel is very nice. Carbonation and the seemingly-permanent foam on top give it a very soft, bubbly feel that makes it very drinkable. Light enough that it's easy to drink bigger gulps but also substantial enough that it doesn't feel weird taking smaller sips, either.

Overall, a very tasty beer that I'm glad I had a chance to try several of thanks to it being the 4-bottle "revival" beer in the current New Belgium variety pack. It's pretty interesting having a light-colored hoppy beer as a fall seasonal, when most are darker beers if they're not Oktoberfest lagers or pumpkin ales, but it definitely works. Haven't had a bad beer from this brewery yet, and have had quite a few that I'd say are very good (including this one!)

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Photo of aobrehm
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale straw color with brilliant clarity (almost light lager-like). Creamy white head that is well retained.

S- Floral and spicy aromas dominate. Hops dominate with a suggestion of rye.

T- Exceptionally balanced with malt complexity despite light color. Hop profile is citrus and floral.

F- Full bodied and creamy. Balanced finish.

O- A well balanced golden ale that is easy to drink but ultimately not very interesting.

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Photo of Beerma
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nothing fantastic but a good solid beer. Enjoyed very much. Don't think I would drink a 6 pack but would get one at a bar.

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Photo of TheFlyingTuna
2.25/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of Jordanmtate
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rdoggg
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MLDucky
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 965 ratings