Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
965 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good
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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:
965
Reviews:
499
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 965 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of dirtylou
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz single, presumably from woodmans

served in a ND pint while watching a (presumably) ND loss to Stanford

appearance: bright golden body, foamy white crest and bubbly carbonation. decent retention

smell: fresh hop profile - tangerine and orange zest, crisp pale malts

taste: this one was a nice surprise - very hop-forward blonde ale. Tangerine, sweet orange zest, lemon juice, dry bready malts. Lots of sweetness from the citrus - interesting choice for a fall seasonal

mouthfeel: light, crisp, easy drinking

drinkability: good

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Nonic. 40 IBUs, Serve at 45 degrees F, 6% ABV, Best before 12FEB10.

A - Totally clear golden yellow with a rocky white head. A solid two-finger construction with good retention and superb lacing on the glass. Totally blanketing any area of the glass possible.

S - Plenty of American hops burst fourth in the nose. A lot of grapefruit citrus punch with a bit of resiny, sappy, pine needle. The hops are balanced well by a sweet malt backbone, but still take the lead.

T - It's a nicely balanced beer that, while maintaining the American hop presence up front, allows for a good malty structure underneath. The hops are still citrusy grapefruit with the pine resin but not as potent as the aroma would lead you to believe. The malty backbone has a complexity to it with a sweet touch and holds it all together.

M - Well-carbonated but smooth, this medium-bodied golden ale goes down nicely . It's a bit slick and oily on the tongue too.

D - A good early fall beer, it's crisp and refreshing qualities blended with it's medium-body and bouquet of hops makes it a drinking winner! A fantastic beer to cool off with after a brisk afternoon of raking leaves.

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Photo of Daniellobo
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Easy flowing amber ale, pleasing if a bit unremarkable.

Presentation:22 oz brown capped bottle. New Belgium paper label design with a n image of a party bonfire framed by hops. Side paragraph goes over intent, main ingredients and serving notes. Show best before date 01jan12, and 6% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Clear gold pour with a rig frothy head, good retention and surface memory with showy lacing.

S - Fresh hoppy nose, nothing too pungent but pleasing range of pineapple, and grapefruit,

T - Flavors offers a soft if correct biscuity pale malt sense with a lighter touch of hops… very light notes of grapefruit and a muted bitterness.

M - Medium/light body… In fact probably lighter but held by a medium carbonation that sustains the brew well. Light prickly finish with a tiny bitter touch.

O - Pleasing flow, a bit generic and safe for a mass audience, in that sense the aroma and looks are the most notable qualities, as an entry craft brew this might work well.

Notes: It's quality but I'm not crazy about it by far… Logically this can be part of the massive launch of NB brews in the region. Price/quality ratio is remarkable and in that context this could do very well. Having said that… If only for that nose, I'd take this over their pervasive Fat Tyre any day.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white foam head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very vibrant aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple with lots of lemon zest and some pine. Pale malts and wheat back things up. Also some hints of coriander spice.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit and pineapple hop flavor up front that is sweet and mildly bitter. A moderate amount of pine adds some bitterness. Solid backing of wheat and pale malts. Light hints of spice. Tropical fruit sweetness stands out and the hoppy bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy.

Overall: A very solid wheat ale from New Belgium. Nice balance of fruity sweetness with some mild bitterness.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice clear amber golden with a decent white head. Aroma is richly hoppy and just slightly fruity. Flavor is seriously hoppy but not too bitter and has both malty and fruity hints. Texture is fizzy and leaves a nice hoppy finish that is only slightly bitter.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a freshness code of 19MAR10. Pours a brilliantly clear, medium yellow color with a creamy topping of white head. Retention is excellent as is the lacing. This is a great looking beer.

Smell is hopalicious, as tropical, grassy and piney hop aromas are dominant. I guess that is to be expected with five varietals of cones. There is a bit of underlying snappy wheat and grainy barley in there, but they definitely take a backseat to the fresh aromatic hops.

I get the spiciness of the rye, crisp wheat and creamy oats, but it almost seems like it is too much for a blonde ale to handle, especially with the multitude of hops assaulting the palate at the same time. Bitterness is high and hop flavor is very grassy and hay-like. After the delicious aroma, I feel like the taste has let me down a bit. Just too much going on in this beer for me to find it overly enjoyable, although I applaud NB for trying something like this.

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

The appearance of this beer is very nice. The golden color this beer has is really nice and looks very enjoyable.The head is nice too because it is small, but covers the whole beer.

The smell has a lot of hoppy smells and has similar characteristics of an IPA.

The taste is amazing. It is super smooth and has tons of hoppy and malty tastes.

This is one of the best beers I have ever had from New Belgium and if you find are contemplating trying this, dont hesistate and do it.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.01/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Delirium Tremens glass.

A: Pour a golden-peach color with a couple fingers of light bubbly white head that faded into an oily film that left rocky lacing down the glass.
S: Exotic fruit hops fill the nose with a touch of grass and tangerine citrus.
T: Light clean flavors. More malt comes through than the nose with a pale malt flavor mixed with the sweet fruit hops. There is a light peppery-earthy-spiciness throughout. Finish is a touch bitter but the aftertaste has weird sourness that I don't really agree with.
M: Carbonation is a bit sharp over the medium body. Mouthfeel is tingly but fairly clean.
D: Another mediocre brew from a mediocre brewery. Fairly average except maybe appearance. Would be good with food or at a barbeque.

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Photo of morimech
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is like no blonde ale I have ever had before. Pours a clear yellow, slightly darker than macro color, with a large white head that had excellant retention. Heavy spotty lacing is left on the glass. A lot of hops in the aroma with the customary New Belgium malt bill lingering in the background. Light, crisp flavor from the "C" hops give some citrus notes, also some spice and grassy notes as well. Slight sweetness at first but finishes bitter and clean. New Belgium packed a lot of hop flavor in this beer. Light body with lively carbonation without being harsh. One nitpick I have with this beer is the unnecessarly high ABV. Is it because it is a Fall seasonal? If it could be at 4.5% ABV or lower I could drink these all day. This has been my favorite New Belgium beer to date, and it is a Blonde Ale!

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Photo of bumchilly25
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of rawfish
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw with a mild chill haze to start, forms a pillowy 2 finger head of white foam that recedes nicely and leaves behind some spectacular lacing, a very pretty drink.

Musty straw, adjunct grain even that's brought back into focus by some grassy hops, rye spice and very subtle earthiness.

Equal balance of pale grains, a touch bready and grassy and pine needle hops. Bitters nicely towards the end of the drink and is finished off by a peppery crisp tinge from the rye.

Average carbonation, oats make this beer drink unexpectly smooth and creamy over the palate while maintaining a peppery rye note at the end. Well done.

A very good session beer and it manages to avoid that biscuit tone that alot of NB beers get. Rye and oats play nice with each other here. Very satisfied with this bottle.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass.

Pours a lightly hazy bronze-amber hue. Powerful carbonation creates foam that takes some time to settle.

Lightly hoppy/malty smell. Nice, but not out of the ordinary.

Crisp taste, reminiscent of a lager/or blonde ale which evolves rapdily into a hop blend bittering finish. Closes with a fourish. Grape skin notes in there, possible even some lemon flavors. All blended really well.

I liked it, good drinkability. Just a really nice blend.

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Photo of Zuidman
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of argock
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Purchased at Whole Foods (Charlottesville, VA) for $3.99.

A: Pleasing light amber with 1-2 finger foamy light beige head with good retention and plenty of lace up and down the glass.

S: Very nice rounded aroma with good balance of hops and malt aromas. The hops are a little more pronounced with citrus, herbal, and floral most prominent, but the maltiness is no slouch with a good dose of crystal malt which provides a good balance of caramel and toffee along with the pretty substantial pale amlt base.

T: This beer is one of my biggest surprises of the year. It is balanced and highly drinkable. I don't think blonde ale is correct for this beer as it screams APA with the strong orange citrus and floral flavors. It has some English pale ale flair as well with plenty of tea-like and herbal flavors. Maltiness is not forgotten, and caramel, toffee, and some soft chocolate flavors come through. This is a really nice rounded brew that really fits the APA style more in my opinion as it promotes hoppiness foremost but also doesn't neglect malt complexity. Hoptober is the best APA I have had this year.

M: A nice coating mouthfeel to this beer with even carbonation and a firm medium body, supported by generous malting.

O: This beer does not get enough respect -- it is a very good APA with plethora of hops and malt aromas and flavors. I am really impressed with this beer. Will I spend the money to buy this over a now $12.49/6-pack FW Union Jack -- probably not as I think UJ is one of the best IPAs around. But Hoptober is a sneaky good IPA that I would love as an everyday beer for its balance, body, and fresh hops and malt flavors.

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

Poured into a snifter. Transparent golden color with a finger of head.
Citrus smell, with a backdrop of malt. Grapefruit and sour (good) dominate the citrus.
Strong bitter taste throughout, a little sweetness rounds it out. Straightforward profile and enjoyable.
High carbonation, light body and crisp.
As a golden ale it bring more flavor than normal, which is good. Not my favorite style but definitely worth trying.

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Photo of ROGUE16
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into tulip.
Golden wheaty color with thick white foam. Nice lacing remains as I drink.
Smell of belgian yeast, wheat, hops, and pear.
Taste is of fruity hops with straw undertones.
Easy drink.

Overall a really great brew and full of flavor. There is a lot going on with this...straw notes, slight belgian yeast, hops, and pear aftertaste. I would almost prefer a bit more hops, but overall this is a great brew. Another good one from New Belgian.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a couple of singles at Magnums back at the end of September for $1.69 each. Best before 2-12-10.

Beer poured golden with a two finger head that is leaving rings of lacing behind. Nose is wonderful, full of floral hops even halfway through. Taste is hop forward, citrus to start, balanced with a good malt backbone, finishing peppery. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability is good. This is a nice well balanced beer with some different characteristics that make it quite good!

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Photo of wedge
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear gold with a beautifully thick and sticky head. Crazy sheets of lace. The aroma, at first, is light leafy hops over a bit of sweet malt. The more I sniff, however, the more the hops open up...citrusy, spicy, grassy, and juicy. The grassy, leafiness of the smell carries over into the flavor right off the bat. Sweet citrus pulp and sugar cookies. Hoppy, but fairly delicate. Nicely crisp and medium-light bodied...drinkable for sure.

Simple, tasty, and satisfying.

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Photo of illidurit
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass. Pours dark gold with a tinge of amber and a frothy off-white head. Aroma is citrus and hop resin with some sweetish malt. Flavor is just really solid. Complex hop profile includes citrus, apple, and just enough resinous character to temper the sweetness. Solid pale/caramel malt influence as well. Really excellent balance, super easy to drink. I'm pretty impressed with this one.

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Photo of Jame515
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jophish17
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

Photo of jsh420
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best by feb 26 2010

pours bright clear golden with a 2 finger head that cakes the glass with lacing

smell floral centennial hops along with some wheat - very nice nose which i would have rated higher but i picked up on that NB must that i get in most of their beers

taste - yep thats the stuff - hands down the best american blonde ale i have ever had - quick citrus then pine hops that lead into those floral hops right along the nice blend of rye and wheat

mouthfeel is a medium body - lots of hop resin - good carbonation creamy finish

drinkability is great i only wish this was not just a seasonal release

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #33 (Oct 2009):

An ample amount of hops is a good thing any time of the year. 40 IBUs come from five different hops; Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier are the paint for this canvas. Sweet aroma of wildflowers and citric zest with a trim graininess. Earthy citric bit- terness and flavor from the hops; nice little sting in the middle. Creamy, smooth medium body. Quick kiss of honey from the sweetness of the malt. A little bit of warmth from the alcohol. Long-lasting trail of hops and malt show that aftertaste is a good thing.

Brings memories of the Pale Ales we have tasted in West Flanders; hoppy, earthy, sweet golden beauties. By far one of the more interesting fall seasonals to be had.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 965 ratings.
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