1. Extreme Beer Fest tickets go on sale Sat, Sep 27 @ Noon EDT.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

New Holland Hopivore - New Holland Brewing Company

Not Rated.
New Holland HopivoreNew Holland Hopivore

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

365 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 365
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 10-16-2010)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 365 | Reviews: 134 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -11%

nmann08, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Metalmonk, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - amber colored with no head, tiny lace retention on the glass

S - carmel and hops

T - burnt carmel, mild earthy hops, alcohol

M - tingly and dry

O - its fair...not my typical style of beer but thought I would give it a try given the wet-hops, but meh....I wont get it again

cindiwindi1025, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of NCbeerpirate
3/5  rDev -11%

NCbeerpirate, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of drpimento
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served with a nice, foamy, frothy tan head that slowly settles down and plenty of lace. Color is a crystal clear honey amber with a few slow, large bubble traiis. Aroma is hop, malt, little caramel & fruit. Flavor is simiilar to nose with hop on top, then fairly dry malt, some carbonic tang, and bit of fruit. Body and carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor with nothing off and of average length. A little light in the hops for an IPA; more like a PA. Drinkable all the same.

drpimento, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of assman79
3/5  rDev -11%

assman79, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Scoot1969
3/5  rDev -11%

Scoot1969, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -11%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of jegross2
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

2011 Vintage bottle in pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown amber that pours almost no head, and settles with even less.

Aroma: Malty brown sugar with a subtle piney hops and grapefruit aroma.

Taste: Very malty with a slightly bitter bubbly finish from the carbonation. The flavor does not linger very well or long. Some earthy/caramel flavors detected too, though it is hard to tell because the flavor is "quick and gone" because the beer is so watery.

Mouthfeel: Very thin bodied and watery texture.

Overall: Very disappointed by my second venture into New Holland's beer following my trying Dragon's Milk this past weekend. This is a very weak IPA, and if you are looking for a more malty than bitter IPA just seek out Sierra Nevada Celebration.

jegross2, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Hokenfloken
3/5  rDev -11%

Hokenfloken, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of nanobrew
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

nanobrew, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Bonis
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From notes: 10/23/2011

A - A clear amber orange color with a small white head which adheres a tiny bubble lacing to the side of the glass.

S - Herbal and resinous hop oil, some pine and fruity hops. Nothing jumps out too much, but it's nice overall. Some sweet malts are present as well.

T - The first thing I realized while drinking this was how watery it tasted. Hops flavors are pretty nice, skunky dank, some pine and citrus, all subdued. Caramel malts accompany in the middle. Vegetal hops to finish, which I don't think is uncommon for this style, but the vegetal aftertaste in this one isn't very pleasant. No alcohol, which is a plus, but this fresh hop ale isn't what I expected, considering the brewery and how cool it looked (I know I shouldn't get my hopes up based on how a beer looks).

M - A bit watery with a light body. Some hop bitterness sits in the mouth.

O - Not a bad beer, but probably not something I'd buy again. I like the concept, using fresh local Michigan hops and all of that... but this was definitely the least tasty fresh hop ale I tried this year.

Bonis, Nov 13, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a:clear dark amber.half a finger of white head that quickly dissolves to some spotty froth and a little lacing.

s: strong grapefruit with some malt in the background.

t: big grapefruit zing up front but that's about it. turns a little malty in the middle and leaves nothing on the back end.

m: medium to light body, decent carbonation. not much bitterness to speak of.

o: feel kinda let down. not the big hop beer i was expecting.

match1112, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of KarlHungus
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear red-bronze color. The head is a quarter inch in height, and recedes within seconds into nothing. The aroma is of grapefruit, with a hint of green hops. It is a rather light aroma for a wet hopped beer. The taste is similar to the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a watery texture, and aggressive carbonation. Overall, this is a very poor example of a wet hopped pale ale. I will not be drinking this again.

KarlHungus, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of superspak
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no bottling date but it is from this years batch. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings around the glass as well. Aromas of caramel, spiciness, pine, orange, tropical fruit, toasted malt, bread, and nuttiness. Some interesting aromas here with good strength. Not as hoppy as I was hoping though. Taste of caramel, toasted malt, nuttiness, pine, citrus, and spiciness. Taste seems pretty watered down, I had to take a few drinks to decipher the flavor profile. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with some light lingering notes of toasted malt, nuttiness, pine, spices, and caramel on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and quite nice mouthfeel that drinks smoothly. No alcohol noticed at all. Overall for being a bit watered down this is actually fairly enjoyable. It is drinkable and not really offensive in flavor profile, just a bit weak.

superspak, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of alpinebryant
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hopivor has a nice name, and label; I may have been slightly mislead by them having never seen it before it arrived in a box today.

A: Heavy white lacing and a healthy white head when poured quickly just around the edges.

S: Strong caramel malt, earthiness, roasted nuts, and some whole wheat bread

T: Taste is entirely dominated with caramel flavors. This is a fresh hop ale and it is pretty good at that , but for an APA and up to match with other fresh hop ales I have had, this is a little stronger on the caramel than I would like.

M: Thick body with a light carbonation. nearly syrupy but nice and dry.

O: This is a pretty good APA, but a little thick to be extremely drinkable. I could see myself tiring of the strong caramel presence.

alpinebryant, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 0z bottle

A- pours a clear copper color with a fresh 1 finger head but very little lacing

S- musty hops and malt caramel baked bread and nuts,oats

T- sweet malts with citrus hops a nutty and oat taste

M- medium carbonation with an oily hop aftertaste

O- its good its drinkable not my first choise but will drink this one again

gatornation, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Yeah, the official part of the bliss tasting is over, but I'm not done yet: Let's add this one in there too, eh? It pours a slightly hazy tawny sunset-amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light caramel, lightly-buttered biscuits, very light leek, pine resin, and light balsa. I'm not sure which hops were used, but the blend just doesn't come off quite right to me... The taste amps the hop presence up a bit, but they still come off as overly resin-y and onion-y. There's also a strong component of dry toffee in the back, bringing a decent amount of balance to the proceedings. The finish is loaded with straight resin, though the pine aspect of it seems to be diminishing in the face of woody syrup, which malingers for some time on the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta sticky finish. Overall, a strange wet-hop, one that doesn't really seem too freshly hopped (if that makes enough sense...). Not a fan, myself.

TMoney2591, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of camil1mj
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just released. Chilled and then poured into my Bell's snifter.

A: Deep orange hue. Very minimal head. No lacing.

S: Very weak smell. Some light hop presence. I was expecting the strong hop presence I have experienced from other wet-hopped beers.

T: Some citrus hops. Tastes of lemon and orange peel that give way to bitter hoppiness.

M: Medium, oily body with a good amount of carbonation.

O: Not a great beer, but a good beer. It is not in the same league as Wet or Harvest.

camil1mj, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of alexgash
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. No freshness or package date, but it just showed up on the shelves of my local, good store, so I am assuming it is this year's batch. Pours a rich amber with copper edges. Small, wispy, off-white head. Doesn't stick around too long. Nose is peculiarly un-hoppy. Notes of caramel, cookie dough, brown sugar, and toasted bread.

Toasted grains and singed caramel sweetness up front. Doughy, slightly sweet malts swell mid-palate. Brown sugar and spices around the edge. Faint hop bitterness creeps in. Spicy, with some herbal notes. Honestly the hops get lost in the strong maltiness. Finishes with some lots of lingering cookie dough malt and just a trace of herbal hop bitterness. Moderate body with a slightly sticky feel. This almost tastes more like a slightly hoppier brown ale. No wet-hop presence whatsoever. Not a bad beer, but definitely not what it appears to be.

alexgash, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours amber in color and has a small layer of head. No lacing to speak of.

The nose is malty and has a small amount of hops. A bit of a nutty roast but not much here.

The taste is malty and sweet with some hops that bring a bit of hoppiness. Its tasty and drinkable but nothing special here.

The mouthfeel shows more carbonation than the the headless appearance. Light-medium bodied.

Overall, not much happening here but is is very drinkable. More hops please!

ChugginOil, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

oberon, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of bitterbeerguy
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a beautiful red-orange color. Initially there is a centimeter of white head, but this dissipates quickly to a shallow set of bubbles on top of beer. Small bubbles quickly rose throughout the 20 minutes I set it out to warm from fridge temp.

Smell: Initial smell was a burst of grapefruit and lemon zest. Get close with your nose and there is a faint sour smell- very nice. Overall, the fresh hops really enhanced the aromas.

Taste: carbonation still present, even after sitting for 20 minutes. Flavor is acidic bitter at first and then transitions to a malt flavor. Wish there were more heavy hop flavors up front. There is a disappointing short linger of hoppy flavor. The persistent taste is caramel after hops dissolve. The mainstay hops flavor is citrus throughout the entire swallow.

Overall: the color and aroma of this beer are really outstanding. The red-orange hint with the heavy wet hop aroma are awesome. Sadly, the taste was not aggressive enough on hops for me.

Worth a try.

bitterbeerguy, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of Ego
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

one full finger of head, off white and mildly soapy, light orange hue with lots of carbonation, lacing is good, it retains mostly a nice veil down the glass, this is what you would expect from most APAs

for a wet hop I was expecting a little more zing. if I had to guess the hops used are english like fluggle or some such, sure they are michigan grown but they don't seem high alpha. that taken into consideration...
smells like a slightly more intense Fuller's ESB, interesting for a wet hop APA, I am thinking most americans probaly dismiss this off hand, I kind of dig some of those subtle hops myself.

taste etc...
the malts and hop oils really work well here.. damn I like this, this is like sticky ESB, not trying to overly ESB... if that makes any sense. It has the almost 'flat' style carbonation of british beer as well... the mouthfeel is just like a nice brit ESB.

I really like this beer, so different from most APAs, really it smacks of just a really good ESB to me. Easily drinkable and every sip sang of consistency. damn good.

Ego, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of GRPunk
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into a nonic pint.

A- It has a clean, deep, copper body with moderate carbonation. A moderate pour created a 1-finger, off-white head that settled to about 1/4-finger that reforms with a gentle rattle. It left some awesome sticky spots on the glass.

S- While in the bottle, it came off as hoppy and slightly sweet. Once poured, it was really pleasant. Herbal/medicinal/leafy tobacco hops. Toasted grains. Not quite as crisp as I expected, but still quite nice. Warmth helps with an aroma that's a little muted initially and brings out some caramel.

T- At first I got sugared grapefruit. I'm picturing a halved, pink variety that's just covered in granulated sugar as I might do for breakfast in my youth. Later on I get some toasted, bready grains. Much more balanced than expected from the labeling.

M- Medium body, moderate carbonation. Light, hop bite.

O- I think this is a really solid APA. The balance is shifted just to the right side of "hoppy." Marketing could improve as everything points to "hop bomb." I guess I don't get the recent negative reviews as I'd gladly drink this one again.

GRPunk, Oct 23, 2011
New Holland Hopivore from New Holland Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 365 ratings.