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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Photo of lawman834
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting a Marzen or something like it. This was not what I expected. The name made me think Octoberfest, it's actually an American Blonde, but it tastes like an APA. Go figure.

It pours straw colored with a decent head that dissapates quickly. Smells of grass and grapefruit. Also tastes of grapefruit up front with a pretty strong hop bite. Crisp and bright.

I thought it was pretty tasty. Not what I expected, but was actually a good surprise.

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Photo of Jishguy
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured a crystal clear golden body. Thick one finger head with good retention and lacing.

S- Citrus and earthy hop notes evenly balanced with a malty sweetness. There is a certain grain or bread-like aroma that is very appealing. Very complex aroma.

T-Bread-like malts up front, with a hint of caramel malt sweetness. Mild citrus and pine-like hops dominate the backbone, leaving the tiniest hint of pleasant lingering bitterness. The finish is sweet and smooth.

M-Very full and surprisingly creamy. This is most likely due to the addition of oats to the grain bill.

D- Sits very light. Definitely an all day drinker.

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Photo of demuzik
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite New Belgium brew by far. They do everything right with this one. Great appearance; a tempting golden bubbly brew, aroma is mixed from the various hop usage, but the balanced taste is where it's all at... balance of light to medium malt with light to medium hoppiness is very impressive. You get great doses of both malt and hop flavor yet feel the beer is light to medium in body, meaning you feel up for drinking the entire six pack (or twelve pack, which I buy every fall!)

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

nice amber color and good two finger head. I also enjoyed the nice lacing action.

This beer has a nice backbone of malt supporting a strong hoppiness. The taste was complex and hoppy but with a malty finish. An interesting fall beer that came as part of a new holland seasonal 12 pack.

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Photo of nms1987
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was initially fairly disappointed that something called "hoptober" would be yet another golden ale (the bottle calls it this) from New Belgium after their summer brew was a pretty weak golden ale.

I was pleasantly surprised by this stuff. I'd actually call this an American Pale Ale more so than a Blonde ale.
Golden, clear color with a brassy shade to it.

Fairly pungent nose, esp for the style. Some sticky, resiny hoppiness really coming through. More pine than citrus to me.

The hops come right through on the palate too. Not overwhelmingly but in a very nice firm, but not overdone manner. The beer is medium bodied and the combo of that and the hoppiness makes it fairly crisp and refreshing but there is a lasting oily hoppy-ness to the finish that is enjoyable.
The flaw is that there is a slightly sour, out of place, edge to the finish as well which mars it a little.

Overall quite good... Crisp and fairly easy drinking but not lacking in body or flavor and the lasting hop oil thing on the finish is enjoyable

Paired well with chips and bean dip around 6pm on a fall day : )

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

Appearance; light Clear golden (good color) white one finger frothy head with heavy lacing and the head stays for a decent period of time

Smell: Fairly citruity hops apple lemon orange with sweet malt

Taste: Spicy hops, hint of apple, grapefruit and sweet orange, light bitterness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, pretty carbonated, medium body

Drinkability: a session beer that despite its hoppiness doesn't overwhelm the taste buds.

The taste definitely grows on you. You can taste more flavors as you drink.

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Photo of Hullabaloo2
3.55/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma - Mild citrus hop aroma. Some esters. malty sweetness. The aroma is very soft.

Appearance - Amber color. Crystal clear. White head settled at about one fingerwidth. Quite a bit of visible carbonation.

Taste - At the start I get malt followed closely by slight hop bitterness. Given time in the mouth hop flavor comes through more. Slight hop bitterness on the finish. The bitterness lingers, but not for long. Like the aroma, all of the flavors are quite soft. Pretty well balanced.

Mouth Feel - Thin to medium body. Slight carbonic "bite." Easy finish. No perceived alcohol.

Overall Impression - A fairly solid beer. Just enough hop aroma and flavor to please the palate, but very underwhelming. This would be very refreshing on a hot Summer day. Worth a try, but I probably won't but again.

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Photo of aobrehm
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

L- Pale straw color with brilliant clarity (almost light lager-like). Creamy white head that is well retained.

S- Floral and spicy aromas dominate. Hops dominate with a suggestion of rye.

T- Exceptionally balanced with malt complexity despite light color. Hop profile is citrus and floral.

F- Full bodied and creamy. Balanced finish.

O- A well balanced golden ale that is easy to drink but ultimately not very interesting.

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Photo of Guyute
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a little bit pale yellow, but the thick head and lacing are nice. I could smell this one from across the room, tons of hops and fruit to it. Mouthfeel is a little too thick for me, kind of syrupy but definitely not so bad as to be a deal breaker. 6% abv makes these a little less drinkable, but the taste is good enough to want another one.

A good beer on a cool fall evening, maybe paired with a chili dog watching the world series.

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Photo of culver501
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-beautiful crystal clear yellow, 2" inch fluffy white head, good carbonation, good retention, minimal lacing

S-lemongrass, piney hops, wood

T-florarl hops, more delicate less hit you in the face, good sweetness lingers after the bitter fades, good citrus note, it's quite refreshing for a something with a decent hop profile (40 IBU)

M-pretty light, little dance of carbonation on the tongue at the front of the sip

D-need to buy a sixer of this

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Photo of JMforman
4.49/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Golden (like a west coast IPA). Decent head with good lacing as long is sat in my pint glass.

S- A bouquet of hops. A little biscuitty, some rye, very floral. Fantastic smell!

T- Biscuit, rye, grapefruit. The pale malt really exposes the hops in this one. At only 40 IBU's it still provides a nice hop kick.

M- Pretty citrusy and maybe a bit acidic, but great nonetheless.

D- I'll have another.

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Photo of TwinButte
4.72/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a beautiful clear golden color color with a nice head on it. Stays well carbonated throughout the full glass.

S - Pale Ale 'ish hop aroma. Not overpowering like an IPA though. Some wheat notes do peak through too.

T - Tastes like an IPA but with a Belgium twist. Its a nice change up to the IPA's I have drank all summer. Not too bitter on the back end.

M - Very smooth. Is more complex than I expected. Carbonation is right on.

O - This is a great transition into the fall browns, and marzens from the summer IPA's. It has a strong hop aroma and taste but is well balanced with the four malts that are used. I find it hard not to like anything from New Belgium and this one is right near the top as well.

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Photo of hoppyweasel311
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pale golden with nice frothy white head.
Aroma- Very citrusy and piney
Taste- kind of blah... hop bitterness at end... not much else.
Mouthfeel- High carbonation with a smooth mouthfeel

Not my ideal fall beer... Would have liked them to made a hoppy brown ale..

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Photo of willic
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I honestly am not sure what this beer is intended to be.... Not great in any aspect, but not too bad, either. Mildly hopy, ligbt, refreshing and easy to drink!

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Photo of LibraryTom
4.32/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A hoppy Belgian blonde ale is the best name for this one I think. Instead of having pale malt characteristics, this has the fruity Belgian blonde ale characteristics. Notes of ripe peaches are prevalent, as is a smoother, rounder mouthfeel as compared to West Coast Pale Ales. The hop character is present on the nose, as well as the palette, but is much less assertive. It tends to be a backdrop instead of the main event here. An easy drinking ale that has a beautiful rich, sweet, and smooth character, while still being refreshing.

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Photo of humuluslupulus8
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hoptober was a golden yellow color. The head was just barely off-white, thick, and left plenty of lacing.

S: I mainly smelled citrusy hops and some malt; it was fairly balanced for the aromas.

T: The beer tasted mainly of equal parts citrus hops and roasted malt. The taste was clean and well-proportioned.

M: Hoptober seemed thin from a high carbonation level, but the head was nice and creamy. Combined, these two elements produced a beer with a medium mouthfeel yet a short finish.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. The flavors complemented each other perfectly and the beer was easy to drink. Hoptober's aromas, flavors, and slightly higher than average ABV make it a perfect beer for the autumn season.

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Photo of minnunderground
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a single bottle of this stuff. Pours a golden clear color. Smells hoppy with citrus. Tastes pretty good hits you with some hops off the bat then ends on some citrus and malts making it easy to drink. Mouth feel is pretty light all and all pretty drinkable. In the end it is a pretty good brew, Not sure if I would buy any more though.

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

Serving Type - Bottle

A - A nice light golden, small head that faded fast, some lacing but also goes away fast

S - Strong pleasant citrus aroma with a nice hoppyness to it

T - A nice balance of hops and malts, neither one is overpowering, the hops are more noticeable but are not too bitter, a light citrus taste to it as well

M - Heavy carbonation that lead to a medium mouthfeel

O - I enjoyed this beer although I was expecting something more hoppy based on its name, its a great seasonal and is different then the other fall varieties which makes it stand alone in my opinion

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Photo of AEArider
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured crystal gold, with a white head that sparkled.

Where this beer really excelled was its balance- the first wiff makes obvious the flowery and citrus notes rooting from the diversified hop profile, but once this touches your tongue the malt facets become just as obvious.

The mouthfeel was fine, although I expected creamier based on the bottle's label. Very drinkable.

A refreshing balanced beer, perfect for the Libra scales of 'Hoptober' (heh, heh?)

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Photo of StoutHobbit
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: From the pour you get an impressive, thick white glossy head that doesn't dissipate, it's a gorgeous honey golden color.
S: /light hops, grassy, and a touch of something spicy
T: Definitely hoppy, a lovely ale flavor permeated my rye and sweet wheat notes that offset the bitterness
F: Gives light crisp start and ends with a little grit to the tongue, that could be a little more smooth on the finish for my expectations of a blonde.
O: A good brew, fresh and dewy, and well hopped.

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Photo of bridgetowhophead
3.89/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Trying to get over my anti-NB bias and sample their full selection of cheap and widely available beers. Hoptober, activate!

A: Poured into a pint glass. If this were actually a golden ale (or a pilsner, for that matter), I'd grade it higher, but damned it if doesn't taste every bit like a pale ale, and the wimpy head and fizzy yellow color do not match.

S: Pretty basic. Bready malt (little bit of rye?) and citrusy hops.

T: Far exceeds the smell. Reminds me of Sumpin Sumpin and Mirror Pond. Surprisingly complex malt and hop profile given the unremarkable smell. As others have said, this needs to be relabeled a pale ale and changed to a Spring or Summer seasonal. Maybe add some wheat to the grain bill to for good measure.

M: Heavy on the carbonation, but makes it more refreshing, which again makes it a better candidate for a summer seasonal.

D: Almost perfect but there's a little bit of a dry tartness that will sit heavily on the palate after a while.

NB actually did a good job on pretty much every aspect of this beer except the labeling. Fire the guy who decided this was a golden ale and that it should be released in the fall.

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Photo of HoosBrews
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is very light and highly carbonated; true to it's Golden Ale naming. The nose is sweet with a clear presence of Belgian yeast and just a hint of floral hops. Taste is semi-sweet and moderately hoppy. Slightly dry finish with a fairly complex mouthfeel, a little suprisingly considering the appearance. Highly drinkable and very unique for a fall seasonal!

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Photo of msmezher
3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I like this better than last year's Fall seasonal from New Belgium. Purchased in a Folly Pack (probably the most solid 12 pack you'll find at a grocery store) and poured into a 12oz mug. Hoptober is as advertised, hoppy. But not too hoppy, or too anything for that matter. In it are hints of dry citrus and fairly medium hops, with a decent amount of carbonation that adds an initial sharpness to the beer. As with many beers from New Belgium this beer tastes of good ingredients and modest aims. For what it is, and more importantly what it costs (Folly 12-Pack for 18.99reg, 13.99sale at your local Albertson's) Hoptober is pretty darn good.

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Photo of skeeordye11
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Brilliantly clear gold with a thick white head that clings well.
S: Great hop aromas. Citrus, spicy, piney, lots of different hop aromas in this one.
T: The hops get you up front with the citrus and pine followed by a good malt backbone for such a light colored beer and finishes with the spicy grassy hop flavors.
M: Fuller than expected from such a light colored beer. Very good.
D: Very drinkable beer. Could def sit down with a six pack and not feel too full. Very nice.

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

If you are looking for a traditional Oktoberfest, this beer is not for you. This Blonde Ale is great for the warmer Falls of Texas which is surprising considering it is brewed in Colorado. If you are looking to break away from the Oktoberfest glut in Sept and Oct, this is the beer for you.

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Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
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