New Belgium Brewing
Hoptober Golden Ale (Review)

New Belgium Brewing is located in Fort Collins, Colorado

Hoptober Golden Ale

Hoptober Golden Ale

[quote]Five hops and four malts make Hoptober Golden Ale a veritable cornucopia of the earth.  Pale and wheat malt are mashed with rye and oats to create a medium-bodied ale with a creamy mouthfeel.[/quote]

I have not had much from New Belgium personally. I mean who hasn’t had a Fat Tire right? Other than that though, this may actually be the only other brew I have enjoyed by them.


  • Birthdate: September, 2009
  • Body: Medium
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Hops: Cenntenial, Cascade, Sterling, Glacier, Willamette
  • Malts: Pale, Rye, Oats, C-80, Wheat
  • Yeast: House Ale Strain

The Pour:

The Hoptober pours a pretty clean clear bronze color with a decent one-finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly, but leaves a pretty respectable lacing.

The smell:

Smells immediately of grassy hops, sweet malts, and grain. After the initial aroma, you can notice more hops, rye spice and a subtle earthiness

The Taste:

The taste is a pretty nice grassy hop flavor at first, but the hop flavor definitely does not stick around long.  There is a major difference in the large amount of hops in the aroma when compared with the taste. The smell was kind of a tease actually.  There is a kind of sweet caramel taste with malty and grainy undertones also.

The Mouthfeel:

This was definitely a nice crisp textured light to medium bodied brew with a solid amount of carbonation. New Belgium claims a creamy mouthfeel. However, I must regretfully decline, because that is false.

The Verdict:

The Hoptober Golden Ale was very delicious, light, crisp, and aromatic. However, I think that New Belgium put the wrong beer in the wrong bottle here. This is very light and crisp, like a summer ale honestly. I feel that the slightly Autumn feel and taste they were going for was missed. Don’t get me wrong though, it is very delicious and I will have one again. I just feel they should have slapped a different name and label on it.

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