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RATINGS: 546   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.47/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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3.6
Travlr (25250) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 7, 2010
Draft at Taste of Tops. Clear golden, edge head. Aroma of wet grass. Taste is slightly bitter with subtle citrus.

2.5
Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2011
Why is this 6% - too strong for a hoppy golden ale. Hazy pale tan. The aroma is earthy, musty and slightly cheesy old hops. Slightly fruity with a vague malt character and an emphasis on stale hops. Like they cleaned out last year’s hop leftovers on this brew.

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jtclockwork (16690) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 29, 2010
The weak link in the New Belgium chain. Not much separates this from a boring, mainstream lager. Some caramel toast and spruce, but not much. Rated 11/2/09

3.6
brokensail (16486) - Dublin, California, USA - SEP 15, 2010
A: The pour is a light copper color with hints of gold and a nice big white head. S: The nose offers plenty of toasted biscuit malts with a clean, light, floral hop aroma and a touch of grass. A hint of spice to the beer as well that I’m guessing is from the yeast. T: A well balanced flavor with some good floral and earthy hops along with a touch of bitterness. The pale malts offer up some biscuit flavor and ties everything together. M: The body is medium with a nice carbonation that leaves a crisp, dry, refreshing feel on the tongue. D: New Belgium’s beers are sort of hit or miss for me and blonde ales are not really my favorite, but this was quite enjoyable. I’d happily have this one again.

3.4
bhensonb (15345) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 29, 2009
Bottle from the Coop in Davis, CA. Pours orange tinged gold with a three-finger bubbly head that does some ring lacing. Aroma is citrus/floral over very light caramel. Medium body with creamy carbonation. Flavor is floral, but with time some malt creeps in. It’s quite hoppy and decently bitter. Flavorful. Tasty. Hoppy.

4
djd07 (15093) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2009
On tap at flying saucer. Pours a cloudy orange golden with a small frothy white head that leaves good sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is floral hops with grapefruit and grain. Thin mouthfeel with a smooth light hop and coriander with light citrus taste. Real easy to drink an impressive marzen from new belgium.

3.5
Ratman197 (14964) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 4, 2009
Bottle poured a clear gold with a small lingering off white head. Aromas of bread, pinew, orange, lemon and light earthiness. Palate was light bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of bread, pine, orange, light lemon and light earthiness with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.

3.3
Tmoney99 (14612) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2009
Bottle from TheOtherDave. Poured cleaqr copper color with an average off-white frothy head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium earthy bitter flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Good drinkable brew.

3.3
argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 16, 2011
22oz bottle. Large white head, crystal clear apple juice body, nice lacing. Aroma is medium sweet, herb/spicy, some pine, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, herb/pine, some bread. Medium body, some stickiness.

2.8
Lubiere (13962) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2013
A hazed golden ale with a thick frothy white head. In aroma, sweet caramel malt with light sulfur notes, so-so. In mouth, a sweetish malt with light fruity esters, faint grassy hops, OK. Bottle Oct. 2011.


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