New Holland Existential: Hopwine - New Holland Brewing Company
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4.65/5 rDev +24%
Bright burnt orangey color with a small capping of tinted ivory bubbles that sticks around very well. Lacing is in thin stretched out strings and some spotting. Lots of thick bubbles stay consistantly frothed at the rim top of the beer.
Aroma is heavily oiled in a malt laden tropical twisted scent of sticky mango, sweet peach, pineapple, orange oil, and there's some piney dryness trying hard to top it off but barely getting by its big beefy sweet fruity malt.
Big on tropical taste with way more pine sinking in then what the aroma hints to. Thick and orange oil heavy with hints to white raisins, peach, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango sweetness. Toasted slightly, but mostly heavy with tropical sweet fruityness. Lots of orange oil pithyness and mango juices. A piney swift bite of bitterness swings in just past midway and carries through to the finish with a huge twist of hoppy greased resin thats oily, thick, and juicy. Mixing into a thickly despersed mountian of broad hop tones and flavors that last well and don't quit til late into a lingering toasty finish and hoppy warmth.
Feel is pretty damn big and beefy. Rich, heavy on oily sensations and a creamy malt laden thickness that really coats the palate well. Leaving just enough room for the hoppy extras to seep in with tropical sweetness, pine, and other mentionables noted above.
Only a slight heat is experienced in through the nose at some of the bigger sips and then on the back of the throat and palate. So between that and its hugely thick and creamy malt tropic center, it makes for a hoppy treat that can't be consumed as easily as one would like I think. But damn if it ain't one tasty solid treat!
09-07-2008 23:32:21 | More by tavernjef
4.63/5 rDev +23.5%
Very clear deep amber colored brew, small white bubbly head trails a bit of lace. The scent reminds me more of a barelywine than a IIPA at first blush, fairly large malt presence along with some bitter hops and a bit of dark fruit scents. Same barelywine feel for the taste. Huge malt front, some bitter hops but fairly muted compared to the malt. Spicy alcohol is certainly present. Pretty creamy mouth, and the beer sticks to the mouth.
07-07-2009 00:49:15 | More by Tballz420
4.6/5 rDev +22.7%
A deep amber color, that fades down the glass. An inch high head forms, cream in color, and it laces slowly along the glass. The aroma is fantastic, starting of with a pine and grass scents at first, followed by a twinge of citrus, and ending with a touch of malt sweetness. The malt comes out right the start of each taste, then halfway through a grassy flavor begins to dominate, slowly blends with a mild citrus bitterness tofinish it all off. It hits the palate almost like a medium-heavy feel, but it gradually thins as rolls to the back of the palate. There is a warm feel of alchol on the throat as well. A strong offering, a well blended flavor, incredible aroma, followed by a mor than favorable feel, make this a must try for craft beer lovers.
10-11-2007 03:23:53 | More by cameraman
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
poured this bomber into my Brooklyn Imperial pint glass. The body of the beer is translucent red/amber, the head starts off big and fluggy and fades into a film that leaves notches of lace curtains as the beer is drained down the glass, the only carbonation visible is sourcing from the edge of the glass and the nucleation etches on the floor of the glass
caramel, lots of caramel and brown sugar on the nose with a bit of citric, piney hop back
The overall combination of flavors made me think of a red grapefruit with a hint of sugar. It is an extremely sweet beer that gets cleaned up nicely by a balancing, crisp, piney, citrus rind hop finish.
This is definetly a big beer and the body is quite full, nice moderate carbonation, snappy citric astringence at the end
In my opinion the term "hopwine" is more logical to me then calling this a double IPA. American Barleywine could also be a good name for this one. I have to say I think this is a fantastic beer, it's huge and flavorful it has a nice astringence and the carbonation lend it superior drinkability. Fantastic beer.
11-21-2008 04:33:51 | More by Donnie2112
4.53/5 rDev +20.8%
Poured from the tap into a Lindeman's Framboise glass.
Appearance- Beer pours a clear golden with a very creamy looking half finger head. Lacing is very ample, and baby gots her some very nice looking legs. Head never dies down, merely subsides to a murk of foamy goodness across the top.
Smell- Oh sweet gluey jesus, perfumery and powerful pine hops that will never subside, I can tell already. The damn drunken smokers next to me are making this beer harder to smell, but the hops still leap out at me. Grapefruit, cat piss, antiseptic, I catch oak, but I think it's all in my head.
Taste- Rich hoppy goddess! This elixir is filled to the brim with sweet pine freshness, lush citrus, biting, slightly burning alcohol, the taste lingers and metamorphoses on the tongue. Lightly soapy, but just about every other hop nuance is on the mouth as well, so it'll pass.
Mouthfeel- Creamy, warming, thick, gluey, full bodied, lightly astringent, highly carbonated, sticky, excellent.
Drinkability- Higher drinkability than the bottle, a pleasure and I would love to have it on tap at home.
07-22-2008 00:58:44 | More by blakesell
4.47/5 rDev +19.2%
This beer doesn't come around here very often where i'm from.But since i'm a huge New Holland fan and mad hatter freak,I just had to try it.Poured a slightly cloudy amber orange with 1/4 inch head.The head disapated fairly quick but laced the glass nicely the whole way down.The smell insantly reminded me of Mad Hatter but stronger with the fruitiness and malt character.In the mouth...a explosion of hop variety that should satisfy any hophead with a nice malt balance.I thought with the 10.5% ABV it would not be what i wanted,well i was wrong.If this succulant DBL IPA was not 6.99 per bottle i would drink it more frequently.If you love a good double IPA,do not deny yourself this pleasure
08-29-2007 01:24:13 | More by malibujohnny
4.45/5 rDev +18.7%
Bright cloudy orange with a deep, thick looking orange sherbet colored head.
Smells mostly of caramel and pineapple. Very strong, deep scents. Not too complex, but it smells delicious. Reminds me of Devil Dancer.
Like the nose, the taste is not overly complex. However, there is a lot of a few good things going on here. Namely, caramel malt, and piney, earthy hops. If I had never had Devil Dancer, this Existential might have completely blown my mind; it could pass for a (slightly) tamer version of Devil Dancer. But if you take it by itself, this is a phenomenally well done beer. It's well-balanced, but packed with flavor, both hops and malt. Maybe leaning a bit more towards the malty side. The mouthfeel is thick and chewy with enough carbonation to go around.
This brew is DELICIOUS. There is no sign of alcohol on the palate, which is just a little bit crazy for a beer with an ABV like this. Existential Ale is dangerously easy to put back.
I have been wanting to try this beer for over a year now because of its name (double major in Philosophy and Russian Studies here). But it took me a while to get around to it because I heard some bad things about it from someone (I don't even remember who it was now). After trying it for myself, I have now reached the conclusion that this beer is vastly underrated. It's become an instant favorite of mine.
04-05-2009 00:31:18 | More by sarahspat
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
22 ounce bomber, purchased at Sicilianos's in Grand Rapids MI. (sheesh, what a great place!) No bargain @ $8.19, but you get what you pay for and this one did not disappoint. Poured clear, glowing and glistening amber. Loose medium tan head, and better then average lace left on the glass. Bold, earthy, grassy and minty nose. Bursting with flavor, bold hops jumping onto the palate, alcohol present but mostly kept to the rear. High quality, very enjoyable heady stuff. Went great with a sand wedge of spicy humus and stinky blue cheese. Love these kinda big, bold and hoppalicious, over the top, all American beers...Bring on the bold flavors!
08-30-2008 04:08:27 | More by Billolick
4.43/5 rDev +18.1%
I got this MONSTER ALE down at the Headkeepers on the way home from dropping off a resume. It's a beast of an IPA...very hoppy, bitter and satisfying. I poured 3/4 of the 22 oz. botlle into a crystal wine glass. The head was almost gone as soon as I returned from returning the bottle to the fridge. The color was a light orange with a twang of gold. The aroma was full of hops and citrus. The taste was lovely. Good and bitter, with a lingering after taste. This is definately a beer to try out!
11-12-2008 00:20:43 | More by steelcutoats
4.4/5 rDev +17.3%
The beer has a beautiful amber-blond shade to it. It has some decent viscosity to it, and leaves a slightly bubbly, slow-slumping film on the inside of my glass.
The aroma is very hoppy, as the name would suggest, with some malt backing it up if not slightly overpowering it. There's a tinge of sweetness intertwining with a kick of alcohol that gives away the 10.5% ABV boasted by this brew.
Texture-wise it is a little creamy, breaking up and thinning out as I twirl it on the end of my tongue.
The flavor starts off buttery sweet, candy/caramel/toffee blending with a powerful backend. One can almost sense the bitter hoppy aftertaste, but before it really kicks your tongue it is brilliantly masked by the other flavors.
This is described as a hopwine, and I think that is an appropriate name as this blends the crisp boldness of a strong IPA with the strength and sweetness of a barley wine.
Summary: Drink this beer if you want a well crafted beer that is unabashedly hoppy, but not obnoxiously so; that's strong and sweet; that's creamy, but not sludgy.
11-20-2008 19:34:22 | More by HeyItsChili
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
This was one fine brew it made for a fine Saturday evening of sippin and dippin. By the end of the bottle I was a glowin'
Amber pour with sheets of lace sliding down the glass, the 10+% is keeping the head to a minimum.
I thought this was a BW at first, the sweet and resinous woody aspect through me for a loop, but the oily film brought me back to DIPA by the end. Maybe this is a cross between the two the sweet caramel is more BW than DIPA. Freakin stuff was fruit juicy on top of the caramels.
Great fat daddy body, full and tasty. A fresh bottle of brew, Id recommend grapping a few, I think the price was good too ( $6 a bomber).
07-30-2007 19:06:22 | More by Vancer
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
Existential...22 ounce bottle, 10.5% abv, tons of everything according to the label...
Hazed dark orange coloring, full 1/2 " creamy white head...
Citric hop aroma, pine resin, pineapple, ...brandy, candy, and cherry cough syrup...peaches and apricots....
Bing, bang, boom! This is a blast of hops into the mouth...a barrelling, blistering battering of bitterness onto the palate and all around the caverns of the mouth..
Full passage into the mouth, dripping juicy fruit and hop bitterness...then comes the pucker, the reaction to the overwhelming hop attack, the smash against the tongue, the explosion on the tastebuds...the scattering of flavors through the tops, the edges and the corners... there's no relenting and no remittance...
Every gulp and sip returns with the smack of grapefruit and orange, lemon and pine, that brings joy to these lips.
damned delicious, damned refreshing to these hop-addicted lips....yum...this is the stuff!
08-16-2007 22:40:04 | More by feloniousmonk
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Hazy amber/orange in color. Small tight head on top. Thick, resiny aroma of hops. Slight "booze" smell. Full frontal hop assault in the flavor. Piney and sticky hop flavor with a solid, bracing hop bitterness. Very malty and sweet-almost a caramel like sweetness to it. Body is spot on for this brew-thick and viscuous just like the flavors. Very, very drinkable and enjoyable beer. The stickyness of the hop flavor falls right into place alongside the huge bevy of malt and malty sweetness. Well done.
09-10-2007 00:52:11 | More by lackenhauser
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Had on-tap at the Muddy Pig in St. Paul on 1/10/09.
A: Pours a light garnet with a thin coating of head. Nothing too impressive.
S: Very sweet aroma--licorice, bubblegum, sweet citrus, caramel.
T: Sweet caramel layers, fading into intense dark fruit. Honey graham cracker, sugar cookie. Sweet citrus from the hops pairs well, hiding the alcohol and blending with the malts nicely.
M: Low-medium carbonation and slightly syrupy body.
D: Great beer from New Holland. The hop profile covers the alcohol like a champ. Well done.
01-11-2010 02:41:46 | More by darklordlager
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber. Leaves a one finger tan head that has very good retention and very good lacing. Body is a clear orange tinted amber.
Smell - caramel, toffee, and candied fruit fill the nose. Some pine resin and toatsy malt biscuits as well.
Taste - caramel, toffee, pine resin, candied fruit, toasty malt biscuits, and spicy alcohol. Very yummy, this tastes like an American barleywine except with much less hop emphasis than is usual in an American barleywine.
Mouthfeel - full bodied, much hop oil slickness, and slightly semi-dry.
Drinkability - this is very, very good ale, only the high abv limits sessionability. This is listed here as a DIPA, but I think this is a Barleywine, especially since I find the hops to be relatively subdued for a DIPA, or for that matter, a Barleywine ( American-style, that is ), but it's very good whatever you want to call it.
05-31-2007 20:22:34 | More by ultralarry2006
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
The description for this beer seems to put it in both the barley wine and double IPA categories. It poured a medium light amber color and formed an off white foamy head that coated the glass with lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops, malt, caramel and pepper. The flavor was of hops, malt, and caramel. It had a medium body with some creamy elements. The finish was slightly astringent and bitter with a hint of some of the alcohol present. A good beer that in my opinion does fall more into the barley wine category.
05-08-2007 02:14:00 | More by Wildman
4.33/5 rDev +15.5%
I've decided to review this beer here although there is obviously two listings. I'm reviewing here from the bottle as the bottle states existential ale, however at the winterfest and also at the pub I have seen it called existential hopwine. It is definitely a barleywine though, not a dipa as it is listed here. Anyways-
Pours a medium to dark copper, mainly clear, a small whitish head slowly receds, lacing as it does so. Aroma is of faint sweet citrus notes and a strong alcohol aroma, like a fruit brandy. Also some soft sugary sweetness and vegetable grassiness. Taste is big sweet caramel notes, sweet maltiness with some faint citrus flavors and a little apple flavor as well. Rich and full bodied this beer is definitely loaded with malty sweetness, it is definitely strong on the hops as well, but they are playing second role as a balancer here to the malts, a nice alcohol punch in the finish warms and cuts the sweetness. Carbonation is very soft and works well with the soft sugary body. Delicious beer, would like to see some more hop flavor and aroma but a great barleywine. Doesn't appeared to be bottle conditioned but still seems like a good aging candidate.
05-29-2007 00:01:34 | More by hoppymeal
4.3/5 rDev +14.7%
Had a glass of this on-tap last night at La Cav Du Vin with some friends before going to a show at the Grog Shop. Served in an oversized wine glass. This beer is a clear dark red/orange color. The frothy looking head is about an inch thick or so when drawn from the tap before settling to a nice 1/3 inch that sticks around for quite awhile. Very nice lacing too. Floral hops and fruits hit the nose immediately upon taking a whiff. Hints of caramel are also present. Very nice smell here. Tastewise the caramel and fruity notes of citrus, apple, and grapefruit are all present upfront followed by the noble, bitter hops and of course the alcohol. Good balance too, no flavors are really stronger than any others. Has a thick and sort of syrupy mouthfeel. Frothy and smooth, not really very crisp. Good, full body with light to moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink for a beer that's 10.5% ABV. I hope I get the chance to drink this again.
05-26-2007 17:11:52 | More by neenerzig
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Received in trade as an extra from a very generous iconoklaztor. Bottle claims 200lbs per barrel of american grown barley, and a whopping 37 ounces per barrel of american grown hops. hell yeah.
A- perhaps the only let down of this beer is the appearance due to under-carbonation. The hardest of hard pours produced just under two fingers of head in my tulip. Lacing however abounded, so you can't go wrong with that.
S- so very hoppy. I love it. obviously dry-hopped. it's got some malt sweetness in there too which is a bit of prelude to the taste.
T- As expected, hoppy as hell (or should I say heaven?). The title as listed on BA is very fitting as this being a so-called "Hopwine," but they must have dropped that from the name because I don't see it anywhere on this bottle. It reminds me quite a bit of smuttynose wheat wine... hop profile is very similar, and the malt sweetness has much the same near candy-like characteristic.
M- Could use a bit more carbonation to help cleanse the palate a bit more and add some texture. Would also help the appearance as previously noted. Aftertaste lingers for months.
Drinkability- A very solid offering from New Holland. There are lots of great Imperial IPAs out there these days, and this is one of them. I think this one is just a tad under appreciated. Ranking-wise.
11-29-2008 05:15:18 | More by lpayette
4.28/5 rDev +14.1%
Found this at Party Town in Florence, KY. thought it was mislabeled but after confirmation, we learned this was not the case.
A: Dark copper an d a head that doesn't hang around very long - some lace left in the glass
S: Wow - smell is of caramel and malt, apples, some hops
T: Bitterness up front for the hops but the malt takes over almost immediately. has some fruit and some sweetness ff.
M: Medium, easy drinker. Good beer
D: Even though it's 10.5%, this is one that I wouldn't mind having again. Good thing I have a Growler that I'm splitting with my wife.
11-14-2010 03:14:31 | More by beerman207
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
22 oz bottle pours a hazed peach body with a three finger offwhite head that retains well and generously laces the snifter with loads of sticky lace.
Aroma begins with a sharply aggressive hoppiness. Grapefruit and lemon rind up front, with notes of pine resin soaked caramel. This smells thick.
Mouthfeel is quite full for style. Medium carbonation.
Taste is pleasantly complex. Lots of fruity citrus, mostly grapefruit. Hints of orange and lemon. Big chewy maltiness serves up a caramel backbone. Alcohol is disguised very well.
Substantial and meaty. A nice DIPA that is rewarding and challenging.
06-24-2007 21:06:04 | More by merlin48
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
A beautiful, rose/amber color, bits of honey topped with huge foam. Light tan head, great retention and lots of lace. The head never seems to fall. Citrus and floral hops both jump in the aroma, grapefruit coming in too, kind of wheaty too...The taste is like nothing I expected. Immediate tastes are dark fruits, lots of raisin and plum, some fig, hops, alcohol, caramel, toffee, bits of coffee and chocolate even. The hops kind of take a back seat...craziness!
I thought this was medium bodied with little carbonation, very syrupy with a lingering hops flavor - great taste, really enjoyable. I would recommend this to anyone that enjoys quality beer. The aftertaste may deter the unexperienced drinker though...
09-26-2007 05:08:20 | More by dogger6253
4.25/5 rDev +13.3%
Great looking barleywine. Light orange/amber with good clarity and a two finger head that hangs around. Nose- Sweet grains and some pine. Taste- very sweet but not too cloying. Hops attack the palate on the back end in a really nice way. Grains are toasty and lively. The finish is quite dry from the hops and cleans away the initial honey like sweetness. Not picking up much alcohol which is nice. Excellent barleywine/american strong ale.
12-16-2007 22:14:18 | More by oakbluff
New Holland Existential: Hopwine from New Holland Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.