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New Holland Hopivore - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland HopivoreNew Holland Hopivore

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335 Ratings
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Ratings: 335
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 10-16-2010)
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knepper

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2011: First off, I'm really disappointed by the ratings for this beer. Secondly, I'm even more disappointed that New Holland would call this beer Hopivore, knowing the expectations it would bring. Like most people, I was initially taken aback by this beer. It is incredibly malt forward. It isn't sweet, but the melanoidins make themselves known. To be honest, if I hadn't tasted Hop Trip from Deschutes, I don't think I'd recognized the subtle fresh-hop flavor that this beer displays.

Look: Dark amber and crystal clear. A beautiful appearance for autumn beer. Hints of orange and crimson make it fairly enticing. Considering the APA categorization, I was surprised by the color and automatically thought it'd be too sweet for my liking.

Smell: Like a toffee bar laced with tropical fruit sitting in an old wooden box. Incredible toasted malt aroma.

Taste: Huge munich/aromatic melanoidin malt character followed by a bit of papaya, mango, and sweet tropical fruit on the finish. If you've tasted Hop Trip, imagine the hop flavor cut in half. Toffee and caramel round out the beer's profile. A dry finish complimented by the sweet hop character make this beer a definite winner.

Overall, this beer defies categorization and should be appreciated as such. Love it and will seek it out next year. Another well crafted beer by New Holland.

2012 UPDATE: 2012's version is way hoppier and the above review really no longer applies.
This year's batch reminded me of SN Celebration but with a bit less body and less sweetness. The lighter body really allows the hops to shine through. This is an incredibly great beer. While last year's beer was maltier and less hoppy, this year's is much more hop forward. While it may lack a big punchy aroma, it certainly doesn't lack hop taste.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2012 00:32:27 | More by knepper
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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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Pine and floral hops. Not especially hoppy. Malts are entrenched in semi-dry caramel. Okay.

Spiny pine and floral hop bitterness, compiled by drier flavors despite a sweeter caramel malt base. Malt punch like biscuits and some vegetal notes. Has a hint of stone fruits. Almost faintly tart.

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New Holland Hopivore from New Holland Brewing Company
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