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New Holland Hopivore - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland HopivoreNew Holland Hopivore

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 16.67%


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:
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(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 10-16-2010)
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3.4/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2012 23:52:43 | More by Fanhitter
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From the bottle: "Michigan Wet-Hopped Harvest Ale"; "Michigan-grown hops are the story in this seasonal harvest ale. Hopivore is wet-hopped, with hops added to the brew just hours after harvest, creating rare, fresh flavors."

As with my earlier bottle of Mad Hatter, I could see strands of something in suspension, so I again employed a VERY gentle pour. The trade-off for clarity is the loss of head. In peering into the glass, I noticed an oh-so-slight haze in the deep-copper color (SRM = ~ 17), so I can only wonder what might have occurred with a heavier hand. Nose smelled like tea! I mean that in a good way, BTW. I have had hop tea before and not only is it totally mellow, but this is exactly what it smelled like. I am getting excited as a self-avowed hophead. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was minty fresh, reinforcing my claim of hop tea. I can understand why this may not be an APA for everyone, but I was digging it. Once again, I was not experiencing a lot of malt, but while others dun this as "unbalanced", I would prefer that little to nothing stand between me and my precious hops. The finish was extremely dry and minty, and I was reminded of picking fresh mint with my aunt many years ago. Phew! Again, I get that it may not be for everyone, but I liked it. My last pour was, indeed, sludgy, but not as bad as I had expected. Remember, if you want to be a regular guy, drink your lees!

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A: Caramel amber with a less than average head, some lacing on the pint glass.
S: Nothing much going on here. Where the hell are my hops? The beer's name is Hopivore? It should be Maltivore.
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New Holland Hopivore from New Holland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.