Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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3.79/5
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965 Ratings
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:
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Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#21,270
Reviews:
500
Ratings:
965
pDev:
12.93%
 
 
Wants:
56
Gots:
77
Trade:
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Photo of csfcmitchell
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

A: Deep brown with a slight red tinge, 3 fingers of fluffy, slightly beige head fades like snow in early spring, slowly.

S: Citrus, spicy hops, light toasted notes, mild but vibrant with many hued notes of hops like multi coloured leaves on autumn trees.

T: Follows the nose with some citrus orange, toasted roasted light notes like burning leaves with slight sweetness like maple, many vibrant hued notes of hops like multi coloured leaves on the fall trees. Seems like a brown ale, reminders of Sierra Nevada’s autumn Tumbler.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation.

O: Complex but so subtle that it entices for another sip. The label reminds me of a Thom Thompson painting, and certainly says autumn. The notes are fine like the many leaves on changing trees at multiple levels and hues. Really is a seasonal I could return to over and over. I will give it 8.9 out of 10. Went awesome with pot roast.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

2009 backlog. 12 oz bottle. Aroma is of sweet malt, some piney hops, apricot. Appearance is golden (obviously), has nice lacing, thin collar of foam. For a beer called "hoptober," there’s not much hop presence in the flavor (only in the aroma)--there’s more malt here than anything. Tastes like toasted biscuits. Okay, I took a break. As the beer sits, the hop flavor comes out. A nice bitterness lingers on the back of the tongue. Not a bad beer, but nothing I’d ever buy.

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

12 oz. Bottle

Pours a pretty nice amber color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy/foamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, citrus. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of Jeremiah_Nelson
3.04/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.22/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Right out the gate this wasn't impressing me, it had the usual AAL yellow color and head, meanwhile the aroma was pretty mute not giving off much in the way of characteristics that you could describe.

Taste brought on a very slight, warm fall day bitterness and Saaz like hop mouthfeel. The word hop in the beer is a little bit of a curve ball, but ultimately the taste and mouthfeel are the strongest aspect of this beer, which I guess is the most important. Its a decent gateway blonde with slightly more toasted pale malt and light hopping than average.

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Photo of Korbynlehr
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Squire
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of CreedeSon
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Tlloyd417
3.72/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of moundbz
3.44/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ConorGolden
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of boku56
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Zaktcc
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of hjmayniac
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of hashmads
4.86/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Autumnotter
3.41/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nice but fairly standard dark gold or amber, fairly clear. Some bone white bubbles hang on for a long time, though the main head dissipates fairly rapidly. Slightly fruity, spicy aroma, understated. Hop forward aroma but not intense. Mild hop forward flavor, cant tell what kind. Good malt character, but not intense. Dry finish with some hop bitterness.

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

Photo of JamesGrove
3.66/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of firkingroovin
2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of deewilliam
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Great hop flavor without the bitterness

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Photo of Keepnitrl
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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