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Hoptober Golden Ale | New Belgium Brewing

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964 Ratings
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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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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 +2.9%
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 -7.7%

Photo of climax
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Real good clarity to this one, nice gold color and a good size frothy head with excellent retention made this one a looker.

Nose had a lot going for it as well. Real grassy hop aroma at first whiff. Cinnamon and spice were clearly apparent, as well as a bit more complexity with the hops showing through; floral, citrus...

Flavor was well hopped for a blonde/gold ale (albeit the name). Initially it was soapy and a bit fruity,and even some sweeter pumpkin pie. The pale malt and some diacetyl notes held the background nicely.

The body was not nice and creamy. It had some real good substance too it, not too light. Feel was nice and slick, finished a little dry, very nice.

Some light ales just don't have much going on... this one does. Nice work NB.

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

pours a rich golden straw hue with a decent creamy head that has decent retention, depositing waves of lace. impressive.

aroma is pleasantly crisp with sweet honey notes with some subtle piney notes, a bit of grapefruit, hints of raisin and some floral spice.

taste follows suit nicely, with a delicious and surprisingly rich vibrant flavor profile. plenty of citrusy hops with some pine and juniper, backed by a pleasant malt sweetness and a bit of floral rye spice. it works nicely.

mouth is moderate for the style, with a good peppery kick in the finish, subtle lingering bitterness that's pleasantly drying.

all in all, impressive. On tap, this is a completely different beast than I remember from the bottle... delicious!

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Photo of irishgreensoda
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of uwmgdman
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a brilliant golden color with a clingy, moderate white head. The aroma is highly hoppy-citrus and floral. The flavor is highly hoppy as well, citrusy with a bit of sweet, doughy malt in the background. The hop bitterness is medium-high; this combined with a slightly dry finish yields a hop forward beer. The carbonation and body are medium. Overall a well brewed beer, nothing out of this world but certainly tasty.

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Photo of scoobybrew
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - very clear light golden color with a thick foamy head that settles, but leaves a very nice lacing

S - strong American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - wonderfully strong full hop flavor from start to finish with a moderately strong hop finish but not extremely bitter like a double IPA would be

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is a very unique beer, somewhere between an APA and IPA, with a little too much strength - alcohol and hops - for a blonde ale in my opinion. It's quite wonderful when you're in the mood for hops, and quite sessionable to a certain degree.

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Photo of Lothore
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a clear golden yellow hue with a chunky 2 finger head.

S- Light fruits, hints of floral hops.

T- Nice light fruit flavor, slight citrusy tangerine notes, lots of hops all the way through.

M- Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

D- This is definitely a solid NB seasonal thats simplicity is what makes it great.

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3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A explosion of carbonation pumps towards a fluffy white head. The body is a light gold, clear body. Lacing in the form of layers on glass.
S: A grainy aroma of clove and citrus hops are found in the aroma.
T/M: A bit of spice on the mouthfeel and front. Layers of hops are found on the off taste, but all so far back and light it makes it hard to truly enjoy. Malts are also far back on the palate and are very light. This has a strange finish of light lager, that is not pleasing. Notes of citrus and clove are light thrown into the picture.
D: I feel that this does not stand a chance for a autumn brew, too light and lacking up front flavors. While it goes down easy and if need be, I could drink plenty of this brew, there are many other offering that I would choose. Oh why New Belgium this style for a fall seasonal?

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Photo of Nbdreher
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of tlazaroff
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden in color and perfectly clear topped by a bubbly (big bubbles) head which laces to the glass in nice patterns.

S: Interesting, it's not too hoppy, but thats the first thing I get. Citrus all the way, it's like walking through an orange grove with a few lemon trees sprinkled in. The maltiness peeks into the smell as well in the form of a mild sweetness.

T: I get a tad more lemon in the taste than what presents itself in the smell. The beer has a somewhat bready note as well, accentuated by fresh citrus. The rye and wheat malt give it a unique herbal/spicy background flavor. Nothing new here, but it is quite tasty.

M: It's creamy and smooth, you can thank the oats for this. Carbonation is on the moderate side, along with the body. I really like how this beer drinks.

D: Drinkability is in the moderate range. It is quite easy to drink, though I don't quaff the ones above 5% like I used to. Personal preference.

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Photo of bboven
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful crystal clear golden body with over a finger of head that leaves tons of lacing.

Grapefruity C-hops abound. I like hops, so it's cool with me, but the malt is overpowered.

Same the flavor. Lots of complex hop taste, but little malt.

Highly drying and crisply carbonated.

All in all, if you like hops, you'll love this one.

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Photo of SamN
3.18/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A- Darker straw yellow, with golden highlights. A beautiful clear beer, great sparkling color. Huge loose heads erupts to the rim of my glass. Slightly rocky, firm but soapy and bubbly. this is fantastic headed beer. Quite lively, too. Large streams of carbonation flows from the scoring on the Perfect Pint bottom. Solid lacing coats the glass all the way down. Just gorgeous.

S- Honey malts and crisp, complex hops from the several types used here, notably the Glacier and Cascade variates. Spicy fruity notes in the aroma, mostly pears and apples. Notes of ganja and even champagne? Huge nose, quite complex with several overlapping layers of aromas.

T- Starts off with those wonderful honey malts giving Hoptober a bright entrance upon the palette. But then this brew takes a murky turn into muddled hops; flavors blend without reason and become a overpowering mess of bitter and earthen flavors. Muddled is the best word to describe the middle and finish here, it's just all collapses into itself. No fruitiness, no crispness, just confusing burnt bitterness. What a bummer, I expected great things from the looks and nose. I'm pretty underwhelmed by the taste of this. What happened here?

M- Firm body, lightly medium size and with great smoothness. No overbearing carbonation, just a smooth pulling beer with a zippy edge of bubbles, perfect fit for the American Blonde style.

D- Not great. Despite gorgeous looks and wonderful and complex smells, the tastes are lost in a smoldering collapsed pile. I hate to slam a local favorite so bad, but I don't like the taste of this.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: visually this beer boasts a light yellow hue with a tinge of orange and gold. If anything it leans more towards a fuzzy yellow color. The lace was in good order with a very nice film hugging the upper rim of the glass. As drinking continued the lacing took charge and provided a visual experience (high marks for the lace). Just a thin layer of cream sits on top

S: light smells of toasted malts with earthy hops and not much else. It seems usual in the sense that it boasts toasted malts as so many of NBBC brews do. Otherwise the nose is lacking

T: the flavors are in harmony with the nose. I guess I was thinking of an october fest type of brew. Instead a light hopped, citrus spiced blonde ale is swirling on my palate. A light slap of hop oils hits the tongue. It also maintains a backbone of toasted caramel drizzled malts for an even character

Overall this beer has a faint commanding presence. Nothing really stands out for me

M: the feel is light, crisp, and airy with some noticeable carbonation. Body is average and seems to fit the style

D: a nicely hopped brew and a nice diversion from the usual autumn brews. I still have yet to find my niche with New Belgium. This is a decent brew and easy to put a few down the hatch

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Photo of Satan70
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of TrojanWheels
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DMc8ride
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of philbertk
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Brewing Company--Hoptober Golden Ale--Fall Seasonal Brew--2009 Release--12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV--40 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--IPA--Thin lacy bright white head. Clear bright yellow gold color. Earthy pine floral hop front. Crisp zesty pale wheat rye oat malt cornacopia creamy mild sweet resinous hop mild fruit body. Earthy Centennial Cascade Sterling Willamette Glacier hop citrus pine end. Sampled 9/9/2009. 6-Pack $7.99.

New Belgium Brewing Company--Hoptober Golden Ale--Fall Seasonal--A bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold, hoppy finale. 2010 12 oz. Bottle. 6.00% ABV. 40 IBU's. (3.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--IPA. Lacy thin white head. Clear thin bright yellow gold color. Floral rich citrus hop front. Thin dry sweet light mild fruit semi spicy wheat rye oat pale malt crisp Golden Ale body. Mild flavor infused with hops. Clean dry mild hop citrus end. A touch weak. Sampled 8/1/2010. 6-Pack $7.49.

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Photo of dhbiker0889
2/5  rDev -47.2%

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a large mug at Old Chicago, Roseville, MN.

A-Pale white head, 1.5 cm off the pour, retained pretty decent as a consistent layer. Golden-amber brew, a bit darker than typical blode ales, crystal clear.

S-Herbal hoppiness, slightly grainy.

T-Lots of herbal hoppiness, along with a spicy/floral character, pair with malty semi-sweetness which tastes remniscent of a fest lager, slightly biscuity. Assertive bitterness, slightly herbal, tips the scale twoard the hoppy/bitter category. Finisher herbal, semi-dry.

M-Moderate body. Appropriately moderate carbonation. Lip-puckeringly bitter.

D-Deterred slighly by a balance too much towards the bitterness, which defied my expectations and hindered its drinkability compared to typical Oktoberfest brews. Still, I enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of nickhiller
2.46/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: urine yellow, a dab of head and pretty decent lacing for the light lager-y color

S: sunblock, soap, really faint smells, I get almost nothing.

T: apricot, potpourri, not all that pleasant, though I'd bet my grandma would like it

M: a little light on the carbonation, more akin to a lager than an ale in body

D: let's just say I won't be having this again. It's way too fruity and flowery, especially for a Fall seasonal. Try Spring boys!

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Photo of rob99er
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a perfect pint.

Pours a golden straw with a half finger head that recedes to a thick capo and persists. Carbonation actively climbs the glass.

Aroma is sweet malt on the front. Smallish honey follows with a light crackery finish.

Flavor is sweet malt, reminiscent of pils. Malt is full bodied and substantial, very well represented. Golden malt gives way slightly to hops and then a caramel ride comes in strong. Middle also brings mineral flavors reminiscent of an English pale. Caramel malt is slightly sweet and delicious, chewy and slick very nice. Finishes a bit dry and bitter from the hops, balancing out the sweetness.

Mouhfeel is full and slick. Lush on the tongue and very well carbonated. A little bit watery on the finish.

I really don't know a ton about the style but this is a home run.

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Photo of harrylee773
5/5  rDev +31.9%

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