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New Holland Hopivore - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 419
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 4
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
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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: 419 | 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 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 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 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 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.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle fom Campagne. Pours medium hue body with abundant off-white head. Medium plus mouthfeel. Smooth bitterness. Could go as an IPA. Decent drinkability. Toasty malts in aroma and in taste. Worth having once. Malted down bitterness.About what I expect from New Holland.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rough pour brings up a thick head of frothy tan foam atop New Holland's Hopivore. The body is slightly hazy, and copper in color with orange highlights. The head retention is very good, and it leaves craggy and jagged rings of lacing about the glass with each sip.

The aroma expresses caramelish malt and yeast over leafy and grassy hops.

The flavor follow suit, but expresses more hop character, most noticeably in the finish where it becomes more floral and grassy, and even a touch citrusy (lemonish). It's nicely balanced, and not a particularly bitter beer, but there's certainly some bitterness to it, and that becomes even more evident in the finish as it mixes with the resinous character (and perhaps chlorophyl) of the fresh hops. It lingers in the back of the throat with a wash of fading malt.

In the mouth it's surprisingly smooth and creamy with a dextrinous medium-light body and moderate, fine bubbled carbonation.

The drinkability is quite good, offering up an ale that's similar to an English-style best bitter that's been dry-hopped in the cask. It's interesting, and flavorful, nicely done, and well worth trying.

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

I was at my friends house and tried the New Holland Hopivore. The beer pours out a clear ice tea color with a slight amount of white suds that included lacing around the glass. The scent is had a sublte hop with a sliught malt undertone. The taste is a bit of a letdown....kind of plain for the type of beer this is. Watery with some malt and a very small amount of black bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium body with good carbonation and clean as what flavors are in the brew leave quite quickly.
Drinkability is OK but needs more flavor to keep me interested.

Photo of McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, I love the color. A clear and sparkling light ruby. Not much in the way of head, but those hops flavors are there immediately. Grapefruit, pine, then grass and herbs at the end. With enough sweet malt to balance things out. At 55 IBU, there is some kick, but not so much that you'll pucker. And that's the beauty of the wet hopped IPA.

I think it's very tasty. I'll need to find more wet hopped IPAs to compare it to, but so far, I'm a fan.

Photo of Bobby12many
3.56/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great looking beer with a brilliant amber hue that is very inviting. Thin head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

I found this to be very drinkable and quite pleasant, but simply does not excite my palette to any appreciable degree. A very sessionable Amber that would be a great 6 pack for a day at the beach, but certainly not worthy of the $15 price per/6 when compared to other offerings of this style.

Its does not live up to it's namesake, which may be off putting to some hop-heads looking for their next mistress, but is a tasty brew that is sure to strike a chord with many.

Photo of prototypic
2.86/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Hopivore is a darker amber/copper color. It's very clear, and orange highlights are visible when held to light. An off-white head covers the top and rises to about a finger or so tall. It's quick to recede, leaving a moderate web of sticky lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is not so great. First off, it needs more strength. It starts out with a prominent toasted malt scent. Eh. Not my favorite thing. Caramel malt is also in the mix, and adds a bit of a sweet scent. There are subtle, light citrus notes. Frankly, they're so subtle that it's tough to identify them. Hops are very light. Far too light. Is this really a wet hopped ale? Surprising...in a bad way.

The flavor is a little better, but is still all kinds of average. It does have a sturdy base that consists of toasted and caramel malts. Honestly, the combo is not all that flavorful. Hops are more prominent here. The flavors are a mix of pine and spicy notes. It's definitely bitter, but not scathingly so. There's plenty of malt here to balance things out. It's a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol doesn't come through strong. Finishes bitter, piney, and spicy.

Hopivore has a lighter body. Carbonation is mid-range. It's not smooth, but it's not altogether terrible either. Drinkability is pretty limited in my book. The flavor is not at all what I expected, and grows tiresome quickly. I guess the decision to put this in 12 oz. bottles was probably a good one. One's definitely enough for me though.

New Holland continues its trend of hit and miss. These days it seems like there are more misses than hits. Hopivore is really a disappointing effort for a wet-hopped ale. The biggest problem is that it's far too malty. I'm also not a fan of the toasted malt flavor. Addressing those two issues might dramatically improve it. I'd suggest taking a pass on this one.

Photo of kenito799
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, IPA tasting
Clear amber brew with fine bubbled head, decent lacing.

Aroma really conveys little other than smoky burned autumn leaves.

The flavor is thin with very little interest...over extracted black tea. Not balanced by malt. This was the only dud of an excellent flight of IPAs and DIPAs. Don't understand how this is so expensive.

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

Picked some up 10-24-14, much fresher, bumping up the taste score

Picked this up at Roof Brothers in Paducah, KY...

Pours amber with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Grassy & leafy hop notes. Biscuitty & caramel notes

T: Grassy & lemony notes, some pear fruittyness with herbal & woody hops along for the ride up front. Leafy & herbal hop bitterness mix with pear as this warms, along with some tangerine notes, plus a touch of dryness. Finishes crisp & woody, catty, but not in a good way; doesn't totally work for me to be sure, would almost work better as an English PA or IPA, may just be some aging pulling that way...

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance, but hops are just too muted for a harvest ale

Perhaps it's just naive of me to think a hop harvest ale coyld hold up in late November/Early December. I guess Founders Hop Harvest & Deschutes Hop Trip are the exceptions to the rule. No freshness dating. so for all I know this could be from 2010 for all I know... Alright, not great

Photo of thagr81us
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to nyrangerfan for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Poured orange with a minimal off-white head. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, caramel, bitter hop, and slight chocolate. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, and very slight chocolate. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a pretty nice brew. Had a pretty nice flavor and aroma going on with this one. A little bit of a citrus note might have helped it out just a bit, but it wasn't needed at all. This one is a definite must try!

Photo of Kolsch
3.36/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap at Headkeepers, Greensburg PA

Appearance: very dark amber with small cuspish of head. No lacing left in glass.

Smell: dominant smell was of sweet malt and some slight fruit overtones.

Taste: American Pale Ale....really? Hops are non-existent. Leans heavily towards the malt side and resembles an Irish Red more than a Pale Ale. Could it be old? Don't think so as the keg was just tapped while we where there. Funny thing about this beer, it grows on you with each sip so drinkablity is up there. Would have again just not my first choice.

Photo of alleykatking
2.08/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a deep amber color. Half finger white head shows weak retention. No lacing at all on the glass as everything just fell back into the beer.

S- This is a very weak beer in the nose. There is a lot of caramel malts with a light toffee tone to it. Very bready. Some light grassy hops in the ending but that is about it. For a wet hop ale this one sucks in the aroma.

T- Tons of caramel biscuty malts the run through and through this beer. Light citrus hops that kind of fall into the background. Some grassy notes that only hint at best. Nothing wet hopped about this beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Very watery overall on the palate with some light caramel malts. Burnt flavor in the aftertaste with some grassy hops. Balance is not in favor of the hops for the style. No real off flavors just boring at best for a wet-hop ale. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer was a huge miss for New Holland. Wet-hop is the last thing that would have come to my mind with this beer. The ABV is well hidden but this drank more like a amber ale then anything else. Go back to the drawing board on this one guys!

Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a dark copper to light brown this ale had a fizzy thin head but laced with a cottony foam.

The scent was for the most part weak with very little overall hop character. It was pleasant enough with some floral and pine but was absent of any real strength.

The flavor seemed to hold a hop bitterness with light floral notes. The hop taste is more prevalent to the malt but it is relatively subdued compared to the description.

The feel holds a nice smooth texture with very little astringency and a moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink this ale does not set itself apart from so many other in the style.

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright crystalline orange, lots of spotty lace in the glass, ever present skim. Looks good.

Muted basic pale malt aroma, very little in the way of noticeable hops. Sad for a fresh hop beer that just came out. Sweet shortbread.

Soft supple feel, pretty drinkable, very light hop bitterness and a dominant smooth pale malt flavor. Sadly the hops are muted in the taste also, really have to dig to pull out much. Glad this was only a single, not one to revisit. Nice label though.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.96/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear dark copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good with a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is earthy and pine hops, along with some caramel malt. From what I can smell it's a nice aroma, however it's pretty weak. Not very impressive for a fresh wet-hopped ale. Luckily, the taste is stronger than the aroma. However, it tastes mostly like caramel malt with a bit of hops. I expected a lot more hops in the taste. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium with good carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it's not too hard to drink at all. I'm disappointed with this brew, I'd think with a name like Hopivore that there would be a lot more hops noticable, but unfortunately that isn't the case. It's not a bad brew, but it doesn't live up to its name. And it certainly isn't worth the price, either.

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New Holland Hopivore from New Holland Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 419 ratings.