Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

Hoptober Golden AleHoptober Golden Ale
BA SCORE
3.79/5
964 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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Riccymon on 08-20-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#15,713
Reviews:
499
Ratings:
964
pDev:
12.93%
Bros Score:
3.65
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
76
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polished gold with bright yellow highlights and a crown of lemon-tinted ivory colored foam. It's a quality look that any American blonde would be proud to have. An extensive and attractive array of lace seals the deal on a good score.

A hop lineup that includes Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier (and 40 IBUs) suggests that New Belgium named this beer with a purpose. It smells wonderfully citrus zesty and has a mildly spicy undertow as well. Good things are expected.

Hoptober Golden Ale doesn't taste like the typical American blonde ale. The malt has more character and the hoppiness is APA-like in terms of quantity. Given the fact that the 'best by' date is just several weeks from today, it might have been IPA-like immediately after bottling.

The flavor derived from malt is toasted and spicy. According to the label, four different grains are used: barley (pale malt), wheat, rye and oats. Sweetness is easily exceeded by a white grapefruit-lemon zesty and grassy hoppiness. White pepper notes are also noted. Hmmm, I would have guessed Saaz in addition to the C-hops.

The mouthfeel is at least as accomplished as all the rest. It's easily big enough for the ABV and is one of the finest of this style that I've ever experienced. Guess that means that 4.0 is too low.

Hoptober Golden Ale is the real deal and is a fantastic addition to the brewery's seasonal lineup. Along with Mighty Arrow Pale Ale, this is my new favorite New Belgium brew.

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Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another one from whole foods yesterday, and i really did like this one alot. served cold and consumed on 08/17/2010.

really just a very, very nice pour here with a pale golden amber and a two finger head of white foam that left a nice little cap on top and some good lacing.

aroma is light herbal hops, grasses, hints of light cereal grain and smooth caramel tones. very nice and tight, clean profile that really did not dissapoint at all. really well balance with light grassy notes leading the charge and wonderful light malt bill that kept it clean, lean, and crisp while providing a good bit of balance as well. quick hitting and very clean finish left me very happy with this one all the way around.

overall a really, really well done beer and a new favorite from new belgium for sure.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a light copper color with hints of gold and a nice big white head.

S: The nose offers plenty of toasted biscuit malts with a clean, light, floral hop aroma and a touch of grass. A hint of spice to the beer as well that I'm guessing is from the yeast.

T: A well balanced flavor with some good floral and earthy hops along with a touch of bitterness. The pale malts offer up some biscuit flavor and ties everything together.

M: The body is medium with a nice carbonation that leaves a crisp, dry, refreshing feel on the tongue.

D: New Belgium's beers are sort of hit or miss for me and blonde ales are not really my favorite, but this was quite enjoyable. I'd happily have this one again.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -20.8%

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

Trying the New Belgium Hoptober which is one of my favorites this time of year. The appearance is a pale clear yellow....the head is very thin and white. The beer laces nicely down the glass. The smell is good...it contains light hop with some citrus. The taste is good...contains citrus and subtle pine supported by some floral tones. The mouthfeel is decent...medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall a very good beer and highly recommend above all the marzen bs that is out now.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Another random gift bottle from my brother. Sometimes family can pay off, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a clear golden straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose is a very simple and straightforward blast (okay, blast is a strong word...more like a light breeze) of lemon zest. I'm gettin' nuthin' else in my 'strils, baby. The taste is similarly simple, with the aforementioned lemon being wrapped in a soft blanket of mild pine and grapefruit rind. It's exceedingly light, and the flavors don't even try to linger on the tongue. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, an okay beer at best, something akin to a lemon-flavored macro (that was originally handled decently well, admittedly).

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of BMart
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 tdm168
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark gold with little head that quickly fades. Smells of floral, earthy hops with faint wheat notes. Taste is malty and bready with mild grassy, earthy, floral hops; slight bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated, and refreshing.

Overall a nice beer. Definitely a nice change of pace from the marzen/pumpkin soaked fall market.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very shocking large white head with some fairly good retention and foamy, sits on a crystal clear lager like straw gold body.

Sweet grain and almost corn like, but goes more to honey on the nose. Faint hint of grass like hop, but sweetly dominant smelling.

Taste is a hop and grass mix of crispness. Sweet grain in the mid palate and doesn't bring a hind of adjunct suggested from the nose. Small lingering hop bitter on the finish with some citrus zest in the aftertaste. Texture is a nice mix of smooth and crisp.

Overall pretty enjoyable, and highly drinkable as well.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a blonde ale? Well, if they say so, sure. Heavy malt nose is followed by a prickly hop spicyness. Citrus and pine dominate for the most part. This is a nice drinker. Definitely a fall "blonde ale", if there is such a thing. I can appreciate it.

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Photo of Duff27
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Solid see-thru golden color. One inch white head. Drink-by-drink step lacing.

S- Definitely get the spice from the hops. Clean, fresh...if those can describe a smell.

T- Taste isn't as aggressive as the smell would lead you to believe but that's alright. Piney. Slight honey.

M- Medium carbonation...maybe even a little on the watery side. Still has a bite to it though.

D/O- I found this one to be extremely drinkable. Wouldn't mind making an afternoon of this one next fall if given the opportunity.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, earthy malt, and sweet malt, and some citrus. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops (not too strong or bitter), earthy malt, sweet malt, citrus (fruit-loops), and some more hops in the finish. Overall, good bodied, smooth, inviting, well-blended blonde ale.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoptober Golden Ale, New Belgium

It's golden, alright, bursting with effervescence, capped with a solid and sure head of snowy white, lacy foam. Beautiful.

Lovely, outspoken aromatics. Floral, honeyed, and lightly spicy notes meet big, beefy citrus esters from the Pac NW hops at play. Bitter, sweet, enticing and intriguing.
I'm loving the nose, now, let's move on to the drinking part.

Taste: Bitterness leads the charge, then steps back and makes with the mellow. Soft, sweet malt flavor is the pleasure below. Lemon and pepper remain.
Citrus and spice come back, sip after sip. American pale ale meets Belgian golden, without some of the latter's finer attributes.
Medium bodied, soft finish, starts big and brash, ends smooth and quiet.

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

09/21/09- Purcahsed at Safeway in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, did not look for a freshness code. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Nice medium golden colored pour with a sparkiling white 1/2 inch head and some minor lace streaks and spots remaining.

Smell- Some slight grassy aromas, a bit of toasted malt and a decent cascade hoppy aroma.

Taste- Not as hoppy as expected. Fairly light in flavor with a split between a lightly toasted malt and some lighter grapefruit spiked hops. Maybe a touch herbal.

Mouthfeel- Medium carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste.

Drinkability- Thinking more of a lighter APA rather than a Blonde Ale, but still drinkable and better than average.

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

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Black Raven imperial pint Pours a light to medium orange yellow amber, thin fine head the slowly dissipates to a ring, lots of lacing. Light aroma of sweet malt and hops. Taste follows aroma, sweet bready malt, light orange and lemon citrus hops. Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a mild hop bite on the back of the tongue. Subdued, but pleasant. Nicely hopped for a blonde ale.

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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 sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a deep golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of hops, some citrus notes. Taste is a good balance of hops and malts, some citrus, a touch of sweetnesss. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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