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New Holland Hopivore - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 417
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 10-16-2010

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Ratings: 417 | Reviews: 139
Reviews by Fanhitter:
Photo of Fanhitter
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I didnt see as many fresh hop ales this fall as Iam used to.This from my home state poured a rich bronze color with a thinner tight white head that left a few broken rings of lace as it settled.Nutty malt over top of leafy hops in the nose,the hops dont pack much puch but the aromas are decent enough.Again nutty malt is a main component on the palate,light caramel with leafy hops showing thru in the finish.Well its not very hop driven but its a decent APA,I actually like the malt complexity to the beer.

Photo of tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper with a beige head, very minimal lacing, surprising for this style of beer. Nice citrus and mango hits the nose first, followed by the floral goodies - resins, hops, and light pine in the back. The first thing I notice upon taking a taste is a slight peppercorn overtone, along with "spicy" hops and pines. Spicy as in full of spice, not "hot". Some wet grass and leafy flavors come in pretty heavily at the end, and all the while, the pepper notes are in the background. The malt becomes more noticeable at the end, and the beer finishes with malt and pepper, only a slight amount of lasting bitterness from the hops. The alcohol warmth, a bit on the rubbing side, also comes out at the very end of the sip, and more so as the beer warms up. Medium body with heavy carbonation.

Not bad, but miles away from the best wet hopped ale out there. Just not as pure on the floral notes and hops as I would have liked. The peppercorn tones were actually pretty nice, because they were present but not overpowering. Okay beer, but not worth the price tag.

Photo of nickadams2
4.3/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A_Nice golden amber color with a thin white head.Moderate lacing.

S_Floral,grassy hops and pale malt.

T_Same as the nose. Floral notes and grassy hops. Biscuit like malt with a hint of spiciness. Good balance of fresh hops with a hearty malt backbone.

M_Medium bodied with a crisp finish.

D_Very drinkable. Can't really make sense of the mediocre review.

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of csmartin6
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of barhoc11
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of arthurry
3.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.02/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper brown color with great clarity. A thin layer of head partially covers the top of the beer. A faint dough like aroma is all I get with this beer. I also get a bit of caramel and dark cereal grain flavor and I get some bitterness from the hops at the back of the palate. The mouthfeel is a bit carbonated and due to it I get a lot of prickling on the tongue. Where is the fresh hop flavor or aroma?

Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a dark ruby amber hue with a nice light tan head forming thick. Speckled lacing forms nice and evenly. Aroma earthy herbal tea like tannin notes, with a touch of caramel and nutty malt tones going on. Flavors end up much more malt heavy than hoppy, this could have been labeled the Maltivore. There's a herbal grassy earthiness that I'm guessing is the hop profile going on here, loads of caramel and toasted malts to balance this out and end up on the maltier side of the equation. A bit of vegetable green chlorophyll kicking up the dust amongst the other hop notes. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied even easy going carbonation nothing harsh, just a bit of a tannic resiny hop texture complementing the experience. Overall drinkability is solid probably the tames fresh hopped ale I've ever had actually a nice change of pace that pulls it off okay as a sessionable earthy English style pale.

Photo of Tilly
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden amber. Small frothy head that disciples quickly. Nice carbonation.
Sweet fruit, malts, hops, pepper aroma.
Fresh hop, grapes, pepper,grant Smith apple taste. Carmel back.
Slick, sweet and semi dry mouth feel. There's a nice bitterness in the back.
Sorry, I'm not site what a wet hop is supposed to taste like, wish I did, but this isn't a bad Farmhouse Ale.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of Zonian1
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of goast8127
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of JIMTRK16
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer pours a slightly dense clear deep aged copper body with a bubbly light tan head that has a slow microcarbonation gliding to the surface.

S- The green earthy hops are mellow with a softer caramel malt note and a biscuit quality in the finish.

T- The green herbal pungent hops are dark in character wtih some pine qualities coming through as it warms. There is a perfect amount of pungency to the hops for the taste and a soft malt sweetness finishes the beer. There is a green pungent hop note that lingers but it doesn't have much bitterness to it.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat noticed.

O- This beer has that nice mellow but full wet hop character with nice malt support and not much bitterness. It is a well balanced beer that is not a hop monster by any means but good hop flavor.

Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Photo of cynical1027
4.5/5  rDev +32.7%

Photo of imbuckeye
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a reddish brown/copper color…decent sized head. Nothing spectacular to report, really.

Nose is surprisingly subdued, especially fresh from the tap. Thought maybe it came out too cold, but no, kept smelling it as lunch went on, and I didn’t get but the lightest herbal and sweet spice notes, those probably mostly from the hops. A bit of brown sugar also.

This is not an intense beer, and I'm afraid those seeking one because of the marketing could be in for a letdown. The main flavors are herbal and sweet spices, including brown sugar. A slightly more magnified version of what the smell offers. It’s just as dependent on the malts as the hops, the malts being nutty and caramel-ish. The letdown here is that the hops don't really shine, and you'd think they would, being "wet-hopped" and all that.

Partly thanks to this being a draught, the feel was on the soft, smooth and silky side, despite ample carbonation. Almost reached into creamy territory. But probably a shade too thin, really. Made the drinking very easy, and almost disappeared too fast.

If there’s one thing that irks me, it’s beers with names like Hopocalypse and Hopsecutioner that don’t obliterate world populations or even rip your head off. The name “Hopivore” doesn’t quite pack such unattainable promises, but it does lead you to think it’s going to be way hoppier than it is. But, name aside, it’s a pretty good beer with a bit of a different slant for the style. I enjoyed it, but it’s very far from my favorite New Holland brew.

Photo of nkersten
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle courtesy of Erik - thanks! Burnt orange reddish liquid on the darker side of the style with a thin off white cap that settles into a collar with nice lacing. Smell is grainy malts with some subtle pine hops, not exactly what I was expecting from a beer called Hopivore but normal for the style. Taste is pale malts, slightly sweet, very grainy, slightly bitter in the finish. Not a lot of hop flavor, but the bitterness balances the malt well. Not bad, but again would like to see a little more hop flavoring. Medium bodied and medium carbonation, finishes clean with zesty carbonation.

Photo of cokes
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, burnished dark copper with a low-slung off-white head that sags hastily towards the liquid. Lacing is low-to-moderate.
Caramel malts, dusty flour, old pennies, and some traces of citrus peel, pine tar, and dead flowers. For a wet hopped beer, this carries little in the way of freshness via the aroma.
A firm maltiness hits the tongue, rife with caramel, toffee, toasted bread, and walnuts. Hopping fares about the same here as in the nose. Subserviant to the malts, it brings mere squeaks of grapefruit and pine and dried florals, and a more pronounced metalic bitterness. It ends with lingering toffee notes.
Medium bodied, inching larger with its low and slow levels of CO2.
The malts are in place to support a drippingly fresh hopped beer. Those hops never arrive.
This is a hard style, regionally, to get right and this Hopivore isn't eating very well.

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New Holland Hopivore from New Holland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 417 ratings.