Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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86
very good
964 Ratings
THE BROS
83
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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
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: single finger head, clear amber color with little lace

S: pale malt and some earthy hop notes.

T: excellent flavor and nice hops with a semi bitter finish. Grain notes.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A drinkable beer that is relatively simple.

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Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.29/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice gold color with a decent white head.

Nose is nice yeast nose with a hint of sea water.

Mouthfeel is wonderful with perfect hop/malt balance; big and rich.

Full big hop character and flavors of pine and grapefruit but fully integrated with other flavors.

This is a big brew yet elegant. Finish is short grapefruit with undertones of pine. This could easily be a "go to" daily beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

turns out hoptober isnt very octobery at all. the tap had autumnal colors and fall leaves all over it, i thought this beer would do much more justice to the season. poured a watery yellow into a pint glass, nice lacey head. aromas of hops are robust and somehow also seemingly delicate. mouthfeel is light, this beer doesnt have much of a body to speak of. taste is good, not as unique as other new belgium beers, but its a nice pint. i enjoyed it with a burrito, but i find it not too fall. might be better as a spring seasonal, light and growing kind of, like spring itself. it worked out well enough though, given that october 1st here in denver was sunnny and 80 degrees.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.07/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Of the few classifications that this beer can fall under, the Blonde Ale wasn't one that I thought.

The color falls between straw and golden making me think that it was done with a lower kilned Brittish pale malt rather than pilsner. Especially since I don't get any of the grainy, vegital, or sulfury notes that come along with pilsner malts.

Malts aside, this beer is all about those precious Cascade hops. At the proportion of a strong Pale Ale, this beer definately takes on Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale aromas and flavor because of those signature hops.

Higher abv gives a solid dryness and crispness further emphasize the lighter body and low levels of sweetness. I just wish this beer was a Summer seasonal to quench my thirst for easy drinking hoppy beers.

Although this beer uses different hops, it reminds me a lot of Goose Island IPA with it's light color, crisp and clean flavors, and dry hoppy finish. Though Goose Island's is more full and stronger, they are in a similar class.

Thanks dpodratsky!

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Photo of biboergosum
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now that it actually feels like October, and not early September (not that I'm complaining), it's time to crack this souvenir from my most recent border crossing.

This beer pours a clear medium golden hue, with two fingers of creamy white head, which leaves a nice paint job around the glass as it falls away. It smells strongly of sweet, fruity citrus and green hops, and mild bready malt. The taste is another large rush of varied hop flavours - sweet, bitter, floral, leafy. There's a decent malt under there too - biscuity and sourdough like. The carbonation is moderate, the body nice and hefty for a blonde ale, smooth, and somewhat creamy. It finishes surprisingly even, the hops thinning out a bit against the sweet bready malt, with some latent warming.

Definitely one of the better examples of the style that I've encountered thus far. Big and hoppy, but still light and easy to drink. A very nice bridge, or lead-in, to the coming winter and its warming requirements, beer or otherwise.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.63/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a hard rock cafe hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Bottle was obtained as part of a New Belgium variety pack. Served alone, unpaired with food.

A: Pours a four finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a slightly cloudy lemon yellow.

Sm: Aroma is light in strength: all me broken nose can pick up is a vague citrus ester. All apologies, lads.

T: Sloppy indistinct citrus esters mixed with clean bland barley. It's poorly built and balanced. Very simple as well.

Mf: Too smooth and too wet. Classic fallacy. Doesn't really suit the flavours. It's almost watery.

Dr: Not very drinkable on account of the limited quality. Decently priced as part of a variety pack, but still not worth a go for any serious beer fanatic. (or advocate, as it were...)

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with three fingers of head; both lacing and retention were impressive

Smell: Floral and citrusy, with just a hint of the light malt underneath

Taste: Four grains were used in the malt bill and the complexity that brings is apparent, up front, with a light toasted, shortbread character that has a crisp rye element to it; the malts, however, quickly move to the back seat, with the floral, citrusy hops taking over; nicely balanced, into the finish and the floral character lingers in the aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Never thought I would rate a blonde so highly; this one re-defines the style, however

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Photo of oline73
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden/light amber color with a finger of thick white head. Good head retention with some nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus hops with a bready malt background. Mildly sweet.

Taste: A nice hop bitterness up front, citrus and mild herbal hop bitterness. As the hops fade, there is a bready biscuit like malt that shows up. The finish is a bit bitter and slightly underwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very smooth carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. I would have liked the finish to be a bit more dramatic, but the taste was very nice and easy to drink. I would have another.

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Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Stable in St. Louis.

A - Poured a clear golden hue with a white, one-finger head of soapy foam. It left a little soapy lace on the glass.

S - Great aroma floral and citrus notes with a hint of sugar cookie. Really unique and really good.

T - It had a sweet caramel backbone (like most blonde ales) but it had a hop presence that was befitting its name. Good bitter citrus hops were delicious.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A medium-bodied ale.

D - Simply put, this is the best "American Blonde Ale" that I've ever had. A great hop presence with a sweet caramel taste that all blonde ales have.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best by Nov 20, 2011. Pours hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with great retention that reduces to a cap. Some nice lacing down the glass as well. Aromas of grapefruit, floral, orange, apricot, light caramel, bread, and a bit of wheat. Some nice aromas with decent strength. Taste of nice grapefruit, pine, floral, orange, bread, light pine, spices, and wheat. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, spiciness, bread, and light caramel for a bit on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that drinks smoothly. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming after the finish. Overall a nice and drinkable blonde ale. Quite enjoyable and definitely a nice option for a session. It is nicely balanced in flavors and not anything extreme that would make it unpalatable after a few glasses.

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Photo of mothman
3.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bud American Ale glass

Pours 2 fingers of slight beige head. Amazing retention with a ton of lace and lace walls. Color is a clear pale golden yellow/orange.

Aroma: kind of interesting and not really what I was expecting. There seems to be a decent amount of hops here. A big floral aroma. Some spices mixed in, but mainly pretty hoppy.

Taste: Wow, this beer is unlike any other I have had. It is super sweet with a ton of hops. Has some spices that linger around for a bit. I really don't know what to think of the taste as it is really unique.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth at the same time. Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Ends with a dry hoppy aftertaste.

Overall, this is a unique beer. It isn't quite and IPA, but it resembles similar tastes. I am glad I just bought one of these, as it just isn't flowing for me. It is drinkable, but nothing I want a lot of.

Just a fun side note, but did anybody else notice the guy on the label to the far right? Kind of funny.

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Photo of chinchill
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: clear golden yellow with a thin and irregular white head that dissipated gradually and left nice lacing on the glass.

S: a hoppy citrus smell featuring lemon, orange, lime and grapefruit, in that order. Very pleasant and fruity.

T: More hops than malt, for sure, yet balanced only slightly more bitter than sweet. Quite fruity with some orange peel and earthy hops in the lingering aftertaste.

M: well carbonated; medium-light body. A bit of dryness in the finish.

Overall: Definitely better (and fruitier!) than expected, especially for style. Easy drinking and would make for an excellent session beer.

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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 jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light fizzy 1 finger head that fades semi slowly with hints of lacing, over crystal clear pale golden color.

Nose has some nice light but plentiful hops, light floral noble hop style, bit of earthiness, slight hint of grassy and fruity hops, with hints of golden malts and toasty straw.

Taste is nice as well, starts with light golden malts, hint of toasty straw, juicy. Then come the hops with some light floral hops, a bit grassy and earthy, juicy fruit hops with hint of musty resin and slightest hint of citrus fruit. Finishes dry with more bitterness and some light musty hops with hints of citrus.

Mouth is med bodied, dry and slightly crisp, with good carb.

Overall pretty nice, a nice light end of summer / early fall style beer with nice hops, light on the malts but they're there, a nice American twist on a nice fall style beer, and I'm happy how they kept the hops from going overboard.

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Photo of oberon
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This usually isnt a style for a fall seasonal so a nice change of pace.Poured into a standard pint glass a light to medium golden with a thinner quick to fade white head that left some broken lace behind.Big citric hop aromas along with some sweetish caramel.Hmm the hops dont seem to hit home as much on the palate as the nose,pretty citric in its hop profile,a big caramel/biscuit malt layer stands up to the hops making it pretty balanced.Not bad but to me its not as hoppy as others have suggested,still a nice change of pace for fall.

As I drank more the more I noticed the creamy,lush mouthfeel the oats imparted so I gave the mouthfeel a higher score.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear gold, with 2 fingers of foamy eggshell white head. Retention stays creamy and rich, leaving a great looking cascade of lace back. The aroma has a huge freshly hopped bouquet on it, being floral and spicy up front before settling into a much more pronounced dank mix of herbal character and citrus. Grainy sweetness hangs on the edges, giving this some extra earthy tang.

The bitterness in the taste is livey and spicy on the tongue, with some extra gritty earthy character going on as well. This is balanced by sweetness and bright citrus flavors, with a bit of toasted breadiness creeping in on the backend. Finishes spicy, earthy, and VERY dry. The type of dryness that sucks the moisture out of your mouth. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a prickly feel that spreads out in the mouth that then gives way to a much sleeker and oily texture which runs throughout the body. This is pretty easy moving overall.

This was nice. A Blonde Ale infused with a hearty amount of dank and earthy hop character, this reminded me a lot of a wet hop beer at times. Good drinkibility on this as well. A fine fall seasonal from New Belgium.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of billab914
4.08/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into my Allagash glass. It poured golden amber in color with a frothy white head filling the top inch of the glass. Good head retention and excellent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a bright, floral hoppiness to it. I get some citrusy notes of lemon and grapefruit to it. I get a little of the pale malts peeking though, but the hops are definitely steal the show in the aroma at least.

The taste starts off with more of the floral, citrusy hoppiness to it. Towards the finish I get more of a bitter, citrus rind hoppiness coming through. More of the pale malts come out as well in the finish. Nice flavors to it overall.

The mouthfeel definitely has a little added body and creaminess from the oats, which I really like. The carbonation is moderate. Overall it was a very flavorful and delicious beer. The hoppiness was very bright and fresh which made it very drinkable overall. really liked the mouthfeel as well. Excellent beer for the style as well.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & good lacing

S: Grassy, citrussy & leafy hops

T: Grassy & leafy hops up front, pretty much follows the nose, plus biscuitty malts & dryness, much like most NB offerings. Grapefruitty & leafy hops as this warms. Finishes crisp & dry with kiss of grapefruit

MF: Medium body, light carbonation & good balance

Drinks really easy, nothing too exciting here, but a decent session ale, none the less

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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.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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