New Holland Hopivore - New Holland Brewing Company
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3.4/5 rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Poured into a goblet-like glass, Hopivore displays a rich, burnt red-orange with deep transparency; its a bit thin and syrupy. A light, bubbly head follows, measures up about a half inch and dissipates after a minute or so. This looks like a beer of legend, reminds me of drinking in Munich and seeing the monolithic liter glasses of dark German beer.
Smell is nothing spectacular, it's mild and musty, but not strong like dry hopped ales. The wet hop aroma is present, but nothing overpowering. It smells like a ripe beer, as I would imagine its recently bottled. I sense a mild tea/root beer aroma.
Taste is malty and lightly hoppy. The malt takes precedence on the pallet after a few sips. Whereas other hoppy beers have a pungent hoppy bite, this is very subtle and doesn't overpower or offend. I would recommend this beer to those friends that are steadfastly against IPAs but like stouts and ales (everyone knows one person...). It's an easy, smooth drink that fans of British bitters or dry ales would probably embrace before something dry hopped.
Mouthfeel is smooth, like a hand-pulled pub ale. It's a bit light with mild carbonation. It would suit the morning drinker in texture if a breakfast stout was too harsh. Enjoyable.
I've had other beers from New Holland with much more going on than this one, but I truly appreciate this beer for its subtlety, and enjoyed drinking it. I didn't feel like anything fruity, wildly hoppy, or brisk today, and I made the right decision with this beer. Although not a standout as far as other beers I've tried from NH, I would definitely drink this again. I'm sure it's an even smoother draft pint.
Serving type: bottle
10-12-2012 23:52:43 | More by Fanhitter
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