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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Photo of PEIhop
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of beertunes
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Best before date of Jan. 29 2010. Poured into NB goblet. Poured a clean, clear, bright golden straw color. Even with an aggressive pour, less than 1/4 inch of white head appeared and had poor retention but left attractive lacing.

A very pleasant and pleasing grain aroma greets the nose, then is followed by an interesting hop scent. The flavors were very tasty, a pleasing mix of the malt and hop.

The body was typical for the style, but still crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is excellent, You want to, and could have, a bunch of these in a row and remain pleased throughout. This will be a great beer for tailgates and fall parties in the backyard.

Overall, a very pleasant surprise from a brewery that I don't have high expectations for. I'm sure this beer will be near you soon, I think you'll be as happy with it as I am.

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

(Served in a glass dimple mug) best before 09 jan11
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow body with a gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles. The head is a cobweb that last for a good while.
S- The slightly tart hop hint turns into more of a pungent but bright hop aroma followed by some dry biscuit and lightly toasted malt aromas.
T- The pale malt give way to a soft green hop flavor and some light sulfury notes in the dry finish. As the beer opens up the sulfury note takes on a citrusy and green herbal hop flavor.
M- This beer has a light mouthfeel with a crisp texture.
D- This beer has some nice light dry fresh malt flavors with a good pungent hop flavor that is a bit stronger than the malt. There are some nice clean lager qualities and it is very easy to drink but also has some good character.

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Photo of akorsak
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle, newly released, from Chip's.

A: The blonde ale is quite blonde, pale golden yellow that is nearly transparent. Two fingers of white head, densely packed, result in several bands of lace.

S: A passing whiff revealed plenty of fresh hops, earthy and citrusy. The aromas are crisp and sweet, plenty fruity. Pale breads and a bit of wheat are counterpoints to the hops.

T: The addition of wheat to the malt bill creates a refreshing, mildly tart body that sets up the hops nicely. The hops, plenty strong, lack the kick that the nose emits. Instead, their citrusy flavors are soft with a floral zest. A nice summertime ale that needn't wait for the chilly days of Oktoberfest.

M: The ale starts out strong and coasts to a blonde ale finish. The wheat body is a nice aspect.

D: A strong summer beer, nice flavor-wise with a killer aroma. For a blonde ale, it kicks tail.

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Photo of ADTaber
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of scruffwhor
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Nice foamy head topping two fingers an sticky lacing. Just exceptional bubbling, hundreds of tiny columns of bubbles rising to the top of this foamy brew. The color is a golden hay with light copper hues mixed in. Medium hoppy nose, adding light citrus and heavy earthen grass aromas to a dry pilsner malt smell. The taste is mildly bitter to start Repeats of the earthen grass, but no citrus. The malts add a dry toasted gristy taste and mouthfeel. Pretty good balance for a hoppy blonde ale. Good tasting beer, but the hoppiness makes this beer falls a little short for drinkability on my scale. Still very good overall.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Solid bitterness with good balance.

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Photo of crobinso
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of barnzy78
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12oz. Poured a golden yellow with a fluffy white head that held good retention and left sticky lacing all the way down the glass. Aromas were pleasant floral hops coupled with freshly squeezed citrus - mainly lemon with a hint of orange. Tastes were complex and very well balanced, consisting of biscuity malt - slightly bready, fresh crisp hop providing some lemon and grapefruit zest and some herbal qualities. Slight caramel mixed in with a peppery finish from the rye. Bitterness is present, but plays so well with the other flavors. Mouth-feel is light-to-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, and ever so mildly oily allowing the hop resins to cover the palate. Nice golden ale background with an awesome hop bite. The hop and malt medley is greatly balanced providing remarkable drinkability - this was much better than I anticipated. I also like the way the hop flavor is so pronounced without the huge bitterness - nice change of pace. This is the reason I love American craft brewers - they can take a classic style and completely change the way it is brewed, add different ingredients and come up with something that actually is reminiscent of an Oktoberfest Märzen with a definite American flare. Great idea and a fantastic outcome!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades relatively quickly to leave a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a bready and cerealy like smell mixed with some lighter sweet aromas of orange and peach. Along with these smells comes some decently strong hoppy aromas of grassy and earthy nature with a little bit of citrus and spice aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a cracker like flavor mixed with a little bit of a caramel sweetness. As the taste advances the sweetness fades away with some grassy and hay flavors taking its place in the middle of the tongue. This dries out the flavor, and brings some nice hop dimensions to the brew. Toward the end of the taste, an earthy taste as well as a bit of a lemon citrus join the tongue, bringing more bitterness to the brew and making for a decently crispy malted, moderately hopped, and drier taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the slightly thinner side with a carbonation level that is on the average to slightly higher side. For the drier malt and hopped flavors of the brew the feel is very nice and makes for a great refreshing drinking- moderately hopped ale.

Overall- This was a rather nice drinker. Dry and crisp with a decent showing of hop. A brew I rather enjoyed overall.

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Photo of ovaltine
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of champ103
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden/yellow color. A small white head forms and leaves some light lace.
S: Citrus, grassy, and floral hops. Some grapefruit bitterness. Not much sweetness for balance.
T: Follows the nose. Citrus, grassy, and floral hops again. Some bread and grain. Not much else, but still enjoyable.
M/D: A medium body with crisp carbonation. A little watery. Not hard to drink. Something I can session.

Not bad at all. I can see the appeal for this beer. It just does not do a lot for me. This really is worth a try though.

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Photo of drummermattie02
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.39/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not bad, didnt expect to like this beer so much. Appearance was pale straw yellow, usually not the greatest sign in a beer. Smell, aroma, didn't give me anything to think I was getting into anything good.

But alas, the taste, not very complicated, light, but a good little hop zest and mild bitterness. I don't know that I would call this "hop" tober and all, but for an all access type of beer like New Belgium makes (this would be a good alternative to the fat tire hags), this makes sense to bring them in another direction.

Mouthfeel and drinkability rate higher, because it doesn't fade, nor does it get tiresome.

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Photo of ZAP
4.44/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Golden colored...minimal head

S-Big juicy citrus aroma...oranges, tangerines, grapefruits, etc..the longer I smell this the more the other layers become evident...it also has a sweeter, sugar note as well as a spicy rye dimension .

T-Juicy citrus flavor as well....the rye malt is clearly evident and I love the citrus hop/rye malt mix...

M-Light side of medium bodied...smooth but not creamy..they used oats and it must have added a little to the body but it is not super creamy..finishes with a little citrus tanginess.

D-Nice creative golden ale that is a joy to drink. Only 40 IBU but it smells and tastes very hop forward.

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Photo of MSandahl23
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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

22oz bottle purchased and enjoyed during homecoming weekend in Virginia.

Pours a clear, dark yellow, almost light orage color with a tall, frothy, white head. Modest display of soapy lacing on the way down.

Aromas begin with a slight bit of pale malts that let in aromatic hop scents of fine florals, juicy tropical citrus fruits and meager spice with just a little bit of earthy hops hiding in there as well.

The tastes begin with the same pale maltiness but a little heavier than I expected from the nose. The I get some light spicy, earthy rye and a relatively mild overall sweetness. Predominately citrus hops with a bit of additional floral and earthy hop spice to help balance and add to the overall flavor profile. Finishes dry, lightly bitter, lightly crisp and with a lingering taste of citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with medium-plus carbonation. The finish is dry and crisp thanks to the higher carbonation and above average hop character.

Overall this was a very unique beer if you ask me. The golden maltiness was on the heavier side but the hops were also equally present and added a great balance of flavor. Would definitely be best enjoyed during the early fall months, as opposed to the colder/later ones, especially while it is still fresh.

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

12oz bottle, first time I've seen this stuff. Golden-amber color with a good head and decent lacing on the pint glass. Smells just slightly grassy, cool. The flavor is more grassy, green hops but almost none of the citrus promised on the label. This is quite easy to drink however and I put away the whole six-pack with absolutely no shame.

update 09/2011 super peachy flavor

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Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale gold color with a crystally head of clean white foam on top. Very nice lacing.

Lots of fruit and citrus to fill the nose. Some honey sweetness and grassy notes as well. Smells like an IPA.

Buttery, with honey sweetness up front. Floral hops then open up to offer some light citrus notes. More floral than citrus though. Getting a touch of noticeable alcohol at the back end. This is a really clean and refreshing taste going on.

Lighter bodied with lots of pillowy carbonation to fill the mouth. Finishes lightly sticky.

I am not a big NB fan, but this one is quite impressive. It is flavorful and refreshing, but not in your face at all. It's the perfect marriage of flavor and drinkability. Not at all what I expected from this style. Give this one a shot!

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Photo of glid02
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Taco Mac Metropolis in Atlanta.

Pours a clear golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells great - tropical and citrus hop aromas with very light amounts of pale malt.

Tastes good, although it's not as good as it tastes. Light citrus hop flavors up front segue into a lightly bitter ending. Pale malt flavors lurk in the background. Neither the malt or hop flavors are as intense as the smell lets on.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this beer smells great but the taste doesn't follow through as much as I'd hoped. Still, it's worth a shot.

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Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Slightly hazy golden yellow with lots of rising bubbles. Huge five finger white foam head with good retention and lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A very vibrant aroma of citrus and piney hops. Some grapefruit and pineapple with lots of lemon zest and some pine. Pale malts and wheat back things up. Also some hints of coriander spice.

Taste: Lots of grapefruit and pineapple hop flavor up front that is sweet and mildly bitter. A moderate amount of pine adds some bitterness. Solid backing of wheat and pale malts. Light hints of spice. Tropical fruit sweetness stands out and the hoppy bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and creamy.

Overall: A very solid wheat ale from New Belgium. Nice balance of fruity sweetness with some mild bitterness.

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