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

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Beer added by: JamnesCameron on 10-16-2010

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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 AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint. Code of J131 indicates bottled Oct 13, 2011.

A: Pours a clear, light copper color with one finger of off-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Caramel notes dominate, also a little butter. Not a lot of hop character, but still a good aroma.

T: Caramel and tea. Lightly bitter on the finish, faint pine. About halfway through the glass, some menthol joins in.

M: Good creamy feel, very pleasant.

O: Not at all what I expected from the name and label, really thought it would be an IPA. That said, I do like this beer. I think it's perhaps an English Pale Ale rather than American based on the flavor. Definitely worth a try.

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 thekaiser51
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Color - Perfect, golden, caramel color.
Aroma - Pleasant, fruity, bright aroma - kind of like Juicy Fruit. Not as big a bouquet as other fresh hop beers, but enough to wet your whistle.
Taste - Malt bills don't get more simple than this (2-row, Crystal). All about highlighting the fresh-from-the-field hops. Very light body as a result, but with a sustaining/lingering herbal hop bitterness. A bit like Mirror Pond in that way. Or soda water. Almost no sweetness from the malt, but still tasty.
Overall - A more herbal bitterness than other favorite wet hop beers like 100-yard Dash or Surly Wet. They are more fruity and light - the hop oils are more intact and volatile there? Maybe due to the choice of hop varieties, Michigan terroir, and/or length of time in the kettle? A little disappointing from the maker's of Crooked Tree, a really excellent IPA.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.92/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of New Holland's Hopivore a few days ago for $1.99 at The Lager Mill. I missed out on a lot of this years fresh hopped beers so when I saw this beer still on the shelf's I figured I should give it a shot so I can at least try one fresh hopped beer this year. so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I am sure it's pretty fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- The label on this beer looks pretty good, I like the way the hop cones look. It poured a dark red/amber color with a half a fingers worth of white head that died down to a thin ring with a thin lump in the middle that stayed till the end. Pretty dark for an American Pale Ale, and the head was pretty lackluster.

S- The aroma is a nice half and half mixture of malts and hops. The first to show up is the toasted malts that impart a slightly sweet caramel aroma along with some brown sugar. Next comes the hops which smell like a half and half mixture of citrus and piney hops with grapefruits sticking out the most. The aroma is pretty balanced which is unusual for a fresh hopped beer.

T-The malts and hops aren't as balanced as they were in the aroma, the malts win the battle in this beer. The first thing I pick up is the malts which have a very low amount of sweetness to them and impart the same caramel flavors I picked up in the aroma but in the flavor there is a much more pronounced grainy bread flavor. Instead of the hops being a mix of piney and fruity like they were in the aroma, they are much more earthy with just a very slight bit of pine and grapefruit. The finish had a very low amount of medium bitterness and the aftertaste was full of lightly toasted caramel malts.

M- Smooth, dry, on the heavier side of being light bodied, with a low amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average ale, I thought this beer tasted more like an American Amber or Red then an American Pale Ale. For a Harvest Ale this beer had a very dominating malt profile that really subdued the fresh hops and it didn't let a lot of those nice hop aromas make their way into the flavor. It had good drinkability with a low amount of bitterness, I could put a couple of these down, but the flavor doesn't really hold my attention. What I liked most about this beer was the aroma it was pretty balanced and the hops showed up nicely with a good mixture of citrus and piney hops. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor and the fact that this beer is called Hopivore, the flavor was just too malty for a beer that should be hop forward and the name really makes you think this is going to be one hoppy beer, but it isn't. I don't think I would get this beer again there are a lot of much better APA's and Fresh Hopped Ales for me to spend my time drinking this beer. If your looking for a good Fresh Hopped Ale I recommend looking elsewhere this beer won't fulfill your need for a Fresh Hopped Ale. This wasn't a bad beer, it just wasn't what it should be and it for sure doesn't live up to it's name. New Holland can make some pretty good beers, but when it comes to the hops I have yet to impressed, this beer could use some work and a name change.

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 cindiwindi1025
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
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

Photo of drpimento
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of jegross2
2.6/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Photo of Bonis
3.15/5  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.

Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.87/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

Photo of superspak
3.28/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of camil1mj
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of alexgash
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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.

Photo of ChugginOil
3.3/5  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!

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 bitterbeerguy
3.6/5  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.

Photo of Ego
3.9/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of GRPunk
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of davidthebruce
1.24/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I do not review beer. That being said I feel it is my duty to tell everyone looking for this beer to look elsewhere. It is quite possibly the worst example of an APA on the market. I don't know what New Holland is doing with this beer. I generally like everything I have tried from New Holland. This beer needs to go. HORRIBLE!

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