Review: Hoptober, New Belgium Brewing Co.

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. 


  1. Thanks Alina! I really appreciate the feedback. Glad you like it and hope you can continue to follow along!


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