Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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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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Ratings: 965 |  Reviews: 500
Photo of J_Dub
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of ltdantheman
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Grebdioz
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jayhawk73
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden yellow w/ a good two finger off white head that quickly disappears. Little carbonation and decent lacing. Super clear, and very easy to see right through. Smell is of hops, malt, spice, grass, grain. Very distinct nose to this beer. Not particularly balanced, but a nice smelling brew for the style. Hops, lemon, fruit, and some malt really come through in the taste. Definitely a different taste profile from the nose. Almost IPA-like. I expected a little more malt in the flavor. Mouthfeel is fairly full w/ a spicy bite from the hops carrying into the aftertaste. Overall, this beer drinks more like an IPA to me. I enjoyed it, and the price was right. Recommended, but I probably won't seek this one out again. Cheers.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pale copper color, a finger of white head, slight lacing. Nothing to write home on, honestly.

Smell: Citrus (orange, limes and pinapple) with some piney hops.

Taste: Very crisp and refreshing, a bit biscuity and pretty citrusy with a decent amount of piney hops at the end. I was very pleasantly surprised by the taste of this beer.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Light bodied, crisp and refreshing, and not overly carbonated which is a nice plus. Nice drinkable beer that actually has some flavor.

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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 jjboesen
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I live in the Washington DC area; New Belgium has just begun distribution in this area. "Oh boy!," I thought. This one, the Hoptoberfest, was the first one tasted.

It pours a thick soapy head that makes a shimmery crown atop a vibrant body of light amber. Within, if you should care to observe, is an active school of carbonation bubbles.

The nose detects an intense nose of pine and apple. The palate, meanwhile, is distracted by an initial slap of malt that quickly dissipates into some sugary finish. Bizarre, but not unpleasant. Please note that Hoptober contains five types of hops and four types of malts; this makes for a complex recipe for a simple style of beer.

While it is named Hoptoberfest, I would brand it as a pleasant Summer quaff - not much else, though. A nice beer; not a great one.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden with a delicate white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has some piney and minty hops upfront, along with some biscuit, honey, esters and alcohol...pleasing though lacking complexity. The flavor also has juicy hop notes initially (piney, citrusy, minty), along with biscuit, caramel and honey, fruity esters, minerals, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is smooth and light, and drinkability is very good. This is easily the best blonde ale I've had, but really should be considered a pale ale or IPA and against stiffer competition it wouldn't fare so well.

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Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

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 EasyReader
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

22oz bomber poured into pint glass.

A: Nice Golden color, great looking 2 fingers worth of nice fluffy white head. Head settles to a nice layer and ring. Wonderful lacing... Little to no bubbles.

S: First thing I smell is very floral hops with a touch of caramel like malt, with a little saltine cracker smell mixed in.. Smells pretty balanced.... But I love the smell of the hops here.. little more hops than most ABA I've had.

T: The hops are right up front, much like the smell.. nice floral hops with a hint of citrus, the mid palette has a nice balance of malt.. Touches of caramel, toffee and a little biscuit.. Finish is clean with very little hop bitterness. A well rounded and balance brew.

M: Med bodied, carbonation is mild, leaves a little oily coating on my tongue... Strangely feeling a little heat from the ABV. Very nice feel over all.

O: Very nice beer from New Belgium Brewing... Good mix of hops and malt... good balance, good flavors and feel.. Cannot ask for much more... I was really impressed with this one, but I should not be surprised.. They make some great beers. The ABV was pretty good so 1 or 2 Bombers could be thrown down. Worth looking for...

Hey New Belgium Brewing welcome to VA.... What took you so long..

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Photo of czfreeman
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hoptober pours a golden tone of amber. Almost light orange-butternut squash. Great October tone Beautiful thick head, medium high carbonation.
Smells of Cascade, pepper, Centenial, lemon, orange,malt, hint of toasted grain/ fruit that create a beautiful nose of an fall brew. The peppery spice at the finish really sets of the whole nose.
Flavor is a noticeable step above most standard NB offerings. Spiced grains, floral hops, maple, toasted bread, tangerines, squash, peppep,coriander seed, bit of clove honey and orange round out the finish, spiked with a hop profile that is assertive and extremely well balanced.
Mouthfeel is medium. Malt is kept in check by the spice/hops. Carbonation could be a touch higher but is very good the way that it is.
Excellent beer, excellent fall beer. Great overall.

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

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours yellow, has a big white head with good lacing.
Smells of citrusy hops and is sweet, sour and malty.
Taste has hints of rye and wheat, citrus and pine.
Feels medium bodied, it's very smooth (I guess from the oats) has a lingering bitterness and leaves the mouth dry.
This beer is very tasty, I expected a marzen this is more of a pale ale.

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Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of NCSUdo
3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pale golden, clear body under a good sized white head. Good lace and retention. A really fine looking beer.

S: Pretty good hop character, pine like mostly with a hint of grapefruit. Sweet malt tones there as well. Very clean aroma.

T: Again, good hop character. More grapefruit this time, but still leaning towards pine. Mild bitterness. Malt character not as pronounced as aroma and where it shows up, it seems to be a bit vinous.

M/D: Light bodied, relatively smooth, a bit prickly at times and slightly slick. Drinkability is good. Overall, a solid, surprising beer.

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

App- The head builds to an impressive three fingers. It's a nice dome with craters and big bubbles topping on the top. Great amount of lacey film on the side of the glass. The body is clear and dark yellow with some carbonation.

Smell- There are some hops in the nose that have citrus notes, some lemon and orange. The malts balance greatly and have a biscuity sweet quality.

Taste- The flavor profile is nicely balanced with the bittering hops and biscuit malt. Well into the finish though, it does err only slightly on the hops. Which I find interesting as this is a beer named after the "holy cones". The hops are interesting at least, being slightly citrusy, but I was assuming they would be more pronounced.

Mouth feel- The fizz is a little off putting. It also finishes a little dry. I'm not a huge fan for the lighter feel. Maybe it's for somebody.

Overall- For what I think would be a hop forward beer, it is incredibly balanced. It is a finely crafted beer, but they made it so balanced, it fails to be impressive in any aspect.

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one isn't to bad, but I'm puzzled by it. Instead of putting out a Marzen this time of year NB makes a blonde and gives it a name that makes it sound like an octoberfest.

It's a pretty amber color with a decent amount of hops in the aroma. The taste is hoppy bit it isn't overpowering. It's actually pleasant to have despite the apparent lack of malt presence.

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Photo of sammo
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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

Bought a sixer at Round Rock HEB for 7 and change.

Golden color. One inch white head. Lacing was much more pronounced than I anticipated. Nice.

Definitely get the dank hops...orange, lemon, flowers...quite fresh.

Unfortunately, taste does't quite follow nose. Lemony bitter hops, maybe some honey. Much lighter flavor than I was expecting. Medium carbonation, has a bite to it though. I found this one to be pretty drinkable, but not a beer I'd seek out.

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Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours pale gold with a tight, frothy two finger eggshell head. On the nose there is a wet brain note lurking beneath citrus fruit. The wet malt note is the only detrimental aspect of this beer to me. In the mouth the citrus comes out as something like mellow orange zest, complimented by crystal malt. It's quite balanced. Body is medium light, perfectly drinkable, with a long but light finish of citrus.

Overall, this is a perfectly drinkable beer, great out of a pitcher at trivia Tuesday.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: pours a nice light golden color with a finger of frothy and appearingly sticky head that is slightly off white and lingers nicely, leaves a nice amount of lacing
S: citrus hops but also backed by something with a bit of depth like potatoes i guess
T: begins with gentle citrus hops then moves in the middle to something a bit deeper kind of like steamed veggies, finishes with an interesting puckering quality
M: intense carbonation tingle in the beginning then moves to a bit more smoothness and finishes with a distinctive puckering feeling on the palate
O: a solid brew, i wouldnt quite qualify it as something i would like to have as a harvest brew, a bit too light and hoppy, otherwise it is a good brew, bit strong on the carbonation but otherwise nicely done

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Photo of Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

12 oz. bottle with "best before" date clearly stamped on label. Poured a clear, burnished gold with a sustained fluffy white head.

Upon opening the bottle, I received a nice blast of grapefruit aroma.

After the appearance and especially the aroma, the flavor was somewhat of a let down. First of all this is a very crisp and refreshing ale. I am very impressed with the fresh flavor from this bottle. The hop bitterness is pleasant if not a little monotonous. I can detect very little malt profile and there is a slight metallic twang. The ale does not improve in complexity as it warms in the glass.

Light bodied with a slightly thin body, this does have a nice zesty and fruity mouthfeel.

This is a nice change for Oktoberfest and autumn. While this is not very complex, it is extremely drinkable and refreshing. It fits the bill for a "fest" ale.

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