New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale

New Belgium Hoptober Golden Ale

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Brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company

Fort Collins, CO, United States

Style:  Blonde Ale

6% Alcohol by Volume

40 International Bittering Units

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Five hops and four malts make Hoptober Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of earth. Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to create a medium-bodied ale with creamy mouth feel. Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale. ABV: 6% 40 IBU Available in 6-packs and on draught.

ID: 36682 Last updated 14 years ago Added to database 14 years ago

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Overall Rank1166
Overall Percentile97.8
Style Rank1 of 1464
Style Percentile99.9
Lowest Score3.1
Highest Score4.5
Average Score3.790
Weighted Score3.687
Standard Deviation0.351

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  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 3.4 4 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This is what the British would call, a harvest ale. A fall seasonal that throws a bunch of hops and malt together to create a golden ale. This beer pours a slightly hazed gold color, topped by a thin white head. Lots of herbal and citrusy hops in the aroma backed up by some biscuit malts. Mouthfeel is average. Flavor is on the bitter end of the spectrum with the malts not very pronounced in this one.

  • PORTERHOUSE 544 reviews
    rated 4.3 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Smells of fresh wheat and hops. Pours is thin. Pale yellow color with a nice head. So far, this reminds me of a refresshing summer brew, not a fall variety. Body is rather thick and velvety. That is, until I taste it. What a complex flavor. I taste a multitude of hops and grains. This beer is like fireworks in my mouth. I think New Belgium must have added every grain and hop that they could find. It's gonna take me awhile to figure this one out. For now, I'll say Looks Like A Pilsner. Body of a Hefeweizen. Taste Like A IPA. WTF?

  • RAINMAN 892 reviews
    rated 3.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 6

    Pours clear yellow with a white ringlet leaving just a smidge of lacing. Aroma is hoppy and grassy. Flavor is citrus and hops. Good try, wouldn't kick it out of bed.

  • CLASH 2576 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    This poured a golden color with a rather large white head. The aroma was floral and contained some pine and lemons. The flavor was hoppy but rather 1-D with mainly lemons showing up. Some herbal flavors were also there. Overall a nice beer for a hop head, otherwise I’m afraid people will find it just one dimensional and bleh. No idea why the are using October in the name implying an Oktoberfest, not even close to that.

  • SUDSMCDUFF 3781 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    This was a nice surprise, last beer before i departed the saucer .. . pours a gold shimmer .. damn fine foam, lacing was impressive .. light and summery, but still good dose of malt and hops.. I'd definitely buy this again! NB!! .. . "in soviet russia"..

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    What a fantastic beer for any season of the year. I happen to have some in the Fall, then again recently and just really, really tasty. Golden yellow body, clear with a brilliant white 1" head. Citrusy and floral in the nose, solid malt aroma...a touch earthy now. Bready malt base helps support a really nice showing of citrusy/floral malts, subtle spices with a really nice piney finish. If it were a tab bit lighter, this might pass for a top notch pale ale.

  • BEERHUNTER 667 reviews
    rated 4.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This beer poured a slightly cloudy golden color with a nice head. The aroma was citrusy and had subtle hops with hints of pine. The flavor was balanced with a nice hop bite. Awesome beer!

  • CHANGEUP45 864 reviews
    rated 3.5 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Bottle best before Feb 12, 2010. The aroma is floral and hoppy, really pleasant, fresh cut grass, light malt, a dash of lemon and grains. Golden color, thin foam head, decent lacing. This drinks a little thinner than the aroma had me thinking but it’s a solid beer. Malts, soft caramel, grainy cereal, bitter hops in the finish. A good session.

  • HONKEYMOFO 1000 reviews
    rated 3.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 5 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    It pours out a crisp golden with thin white head and little lace. Sweet aroma of wheat, rye, and oat malts, apples, and mild spices. The mouthfeel is smooth, zesty, rich, and full-bodied- wow! Flavors of the three malts, hops, light apple, rich citrus, and spices. Excellent drink for this time of year.

  • CHEFCHAD 542 reviews
    rated 4.0 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 10 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Home run ...!!!! NB does it again with a fantastic seasonal.

    This is the best nose on a brew I think I can remember in a very long time.. The hoptastic blast of freshness when poured into the glass explodes with Floral hops, pine, citrus. Pours Gold with some white head. Light body that at time can be watery but good carbonation and a very crisp finish. Flavor is so balanced between hops and malt that it very quaffable. Citrus, Hops, bitter and a sweet semi-dry finish... WELL DONE!

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