Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

BA SCORE
86
very good
964 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:
964
Reviews:
499
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
12.79%
 
 
Wants:
52
Gots:
77
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 964 |  Reviews: 499
Photo of aknalley
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of silver0rlead
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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 afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Hoptober Golden Ale was pale golden in color with good clarity. It had a thick white head with decent retention and lacing. The aroma was nice with plenty of malt and hops. The taste was more hops than malt, lightly bitter with a dry hoppy finish. It was medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall this is a good beer that I will be buying more of.

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Photo of Shilt
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of twowheelssoar
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of pants678
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pours a yellow-orange with a retaining white head. This is what your non-beer geek pictures beer as it's supposed to be.

I can smell the hops with vanilla in the mix, a smooth honey as well.

Malts? They're an afterthought, of course. This beer as all subtley, well hoped up front with an earthy combination of rye and grain that, as you would expect, leaves a dry finish. Maybe my palate ain't so sensative, but I want something more popping out at me. The rye/wheat all starts to stand out toward the middle, a honey aftertaste is just apparent on the backend.

About as easy as they come to drink, with a small carbonation which has a bit of a sting on the end.

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Photo of Jordanmtate
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EasyReader
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mralphabet
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 +9.7%
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 +8.4%
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 +4.4%

Photo of NCSUdo
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
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 -6%
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 -4.7%
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 -8.6%

Photo of EricCioe
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
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 jjboesen
3.6/5  rDev -6%
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 BigPlay1824
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
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 obrike
3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Beefytits4
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of mdwalsh
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Big white fluffy head, bright white. Light clear golden body, good lacing as well.

S: Nice, clean citrusy hops, very little malt. Very strong, perhaps too much hops though.

T: An odd first taste, and a terrible balance, but that kinda works here I guess, it is "hoptober." There's a nice clean citrusy finish and a great hoppy burp.

M: Dry and light

D: It was good, but I would have liked it better without the hops.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Pours a brilliant pale gold with a bit more than a finger of white head. Nice citrus hop aroma, but not overpowering. Also some bready malt in the aroma. Light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Not as much going on in the flavor. Some spicy flavors in the finish. Restrained hop bitterness. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Yum, a new brew from NB and a nice crisp blonde at that. This reminds me a lot like Mighty Arrow.

Light gold with a pretty little head. A nice leafy aroma with some proprietary NB yeast and a good dose of floral and spicy hops. This is a light brew, nothing over the top.

Some dry rye flavors in here, mixed with some powdery yeast and a good dose of sweet malt. It's very well balanced and downright drinkable.

I expected more of an oktoberfest style martzen, overlooking the golden ale part. It didn't dissapoint though. The wife and I tore though a 12pack of this in just two days, so yeah. It's good stuff.

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Photo of steamboatbrewer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Hoptober Golden Ale from New Belgium Brewing
3.83 out of 5 based on 964 ratings.
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