New Belgium Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, CO
- Style: Blonde Ale
- Bitterness: 40 IBU
- ABV: 6.0%
- Grains: Detailed names not provided
- Hops: Willamette, Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Glacier
- Sampled: 12 oz. bottle
Description: “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. Centennial, Cascade, Sterling, Willamette, and Glacier hops form a bonfire of citrus notes, fruity cheers and a bold finale." — New Belgium Brewing Co.
Random thoughts: This is the third of my fall seasonal reviews. I've already tried two other New Belgiums, so I thought I'd give this one a shot. It's definitely not a "micro", but that's OK as it should be readily available around the country. New Belgium is calling this a "Golden" ale. However, my research tells me "golden" is not a recognized style, and it more resembles a "blonde" ale. Not sure that it matters, but there it is. Nice label artwork.
The tasting: Color is light golden yellow and it's very clear. It looks very much like a "light" beer, but it's medium bodied. Lots of citrus in the aroma. Taste wise, lots of hops are coming through in flavor, so it definitely lives up to its name. I can't taste any citrus. I'm actually surprised that the IBU count is only 40. They've done a good job of adding the hop flavor without the bitterness. After it warmed up a bit, I could more easily taste the malts.
Rating: 3 star. Good. I'd drink this again if someone gave it to me. It's a nice beer, and I'm partial to hops, so this works for me. However, I don't get the "seasonal" aspect of Hoptober—other then the play on the name.