FourBees (13) - Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Wow. What a beer. 7% and 40 IBUs. The aroma is just like sticking your nose in a bag of Cascade pellets. That’s serious! Otherwise it’s clean as a whistle. The floral notes appear at the beginning only to fade as the bitterness comes on. The bitterness is persistent but not killer strong - it just keeps growing as it rolls around the mouth, like a freight train getting up to speed. Hoptopber looks the way a Golden Ale should. Head retention is perfect, to the last drop. The whole beer is well balanced - the body is just right for the strength and hops. New Belgium showed restraint where it was called for rather than making just another cliche OTT beer. Hoptober is continuously engaing in a subtle kind of way. A beer than can have 40 IBUs and yet be subtle - now that’s craft! GreatLibations (1854) - Last Supper, Arizona, USA - AUG 30, 2009
This is the perfect session beer for me. Pours golden with a decent head leaving behind a soapy lace. Some malty spice and bread on the nose. Light to medium nectar with almost creamy carbonation. This is a mildly flavored ale with a defined hop presence. Nuances of baked bread, malty caramel, and herbs with pine overtones. The finish is bittered perfectly forcing me to want more. Dry as a bone. Beautiful! Great job guys. Peacehammer (624) - California, USA - NOV 12, 2011
This beer reminds me of an Oktoberfest style beer, with a nice hoppy undertone. An easy beer to drink, pours a nice deep golden. Hops present from start to finish, but not biting hops more of an earthy feel.
tkellymd (2) - Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2011 does not count
Excellent brew. Awesome hop aroma and flavor. Not too bitter. A very well balance brew. jstraw (1967) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2010 Golden with good, creamy white head / Rich nose of bubblegum and weed / Medium body, a hint of sweetness, creamy, with good balance and finish / Perfumed flavors of bubblegum, orange peel, lemon, and pine / An outstanding, an American pale ale.
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - OCT 4, 2009
spice citrus and hops on the nose. light gold colored pour with a lacy white head. Very fruity and hoppy. very refreshing on the palate. great mouthfeel. SPDickerman (1239) - Texas, USA - OCT 5, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2010 Pours a fine, sparkling gold with a fast fading white head. Smells of light oats and citrus, very crisp. Tastes bitter, but crisp, somewhat earthy and neither sweet nor sour. The palate lends to a medium body with a creamy texture. The carbonation is lively at first and mellows out as it sits, but does not go flat. Generally smooth once you get accustomed to the bitter taste and finishes with a nice, faint bitter taste that lingers just long enough to make you want more. nathan30533 (1020) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
Good crisp hop. Not overwelling and not to long in the mouth. Good bubble. good brew. kosko20 (352) - Bemidji, Minnesota, USA - OCT 30, 2009
Pour is light gold, thin white head, decent lacing. Aroma is floral, earthy and pine hops. Flavor is bitter. Palate is good but a little on the thin side. Overall its a very solid, good ale. AOF (306) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Exceptionally clear, light golden color with an average, slightly fizzy white head. Floral hop aromas. apricot, kumquat, hints of mellow pine. Creamy and light bodied, high drinkability. Finishes smooth but perhaps a bit mellow.