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New Holland HopivoreNew Holland Hopivore

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with thick lacing on a clear amber gold body. Oak, caramel and earthy hop and candy sugar aroma. Metallic, pine resin up front moving to caramel, very earthy and grassy hops finishing with orange tartness. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Not sure f I like the hop flavoring here. Seems well balanced but not memorable. I wanted more from a wet hopped brew.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

an all wet hopped pale, i expected a lot more from this, although being lat january now, the wet hop beers still around have all likely faded a bit, if not quite a bit. bright sunny colored beer with a frothing white head that dies pretty fast. the nose is vegetal hops, fresh enough, but not all that distinct, and certainly lacking that fruity sappy oil complexion i look for from the wet ones. the flavor too, really subtle on the hop front, taste for sure, its good beer, but the hops are not front and center and immediately identifiable as of the wet variety, which was a major let down in this one. all hops from michigan apparently too, i would have liked to taste more of them as i did not know it was much of a hop region. i liked the beer as a pale ale, light and refreshing with a good bitter back end, but as a wet hop beer it really under performed for me. still, glad new holland is in our market now, they make some really solid beers.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours out as a slightly darker than expected brownish color. The smell was hoppy and also had some earthy notes in there as well. The taste was pretty upsetting I found in my opinion. There really wasn't much of a hop kick at all especially from a wet hop brew! The mouthfeel was medium and probably the best part of the beer. Overall this was a bummer for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A very deep flavored and dark malty IPA, unusual in it's toasty depth.

Hopivore pours with a deep amber color, nearly mohogany brown. A moderate off-white head forms on the beer but fades quick to a rather still and dull looking beer, with virtually no lace. Good clarity.

Rich caramelized malt sweetness is met with sharp resiny pine, citrus, and grassy notes. Not much ester or phenolic profile, but the richness of malt is intriguing.

Rich malty, scorched toffee taste balances against hop resins, grapefruit piths, and leafy-grassy taste. Much more bread crust and kettle caramelization than is normal in APA's but the fresh grassy elements give a brightness to the taste that is refreshing and applauded.

A bit rich on the tongue and palate because of the quickly fleeting carbonation. But the beer's maltiness holds onto a lot of body keeping it from drying out in the finish as expected. Toasty-dry texutres aid the alcohols and hop dryness for an ultimately refreshing finish.

Quite a robust hop profile throughout for a beer that supposedly showcases the wet-hopped character of hops. Sure, the grassy, citrus, and resin notes are there but the malty/toasty balance detracts from the display of hops.

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Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at New Holland last week. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a moderate caramel color with a touch of a reddish hue. Good lacing. The nose carries faint hoppy notes along with some light bready malt. The flavor is pretty similar. Nothing too hoppy from a beer called Hopivore. Light-medium body with good carbonation and a semi-dry finish. Decent, but nothing to come back to.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 10/12/2015. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy golden amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright/dank citrus/floral/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, toasted bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, pine, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of bright/dank citrus/floral/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and moderately sticky/resinous mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice wet hopped American pale ale style. All around very good robustness, complexity, and balance of bright/dank citrus/floral/piney hops and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.69/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle into a lager glass. Pours slightly hazy, apricot-amber color with a dense off-white head. Good retention. Leaves soapy lacing clinging to the glass.

Aroma: Herbal/floral and fruity, with hints of hay, grapefruit, pineapple, lemon and orange. Good complexity.

Flavor: Moderately strong and dominated by fruity hop tones. Grapefruit with hints of lemons and orange peel. A touch of caramel and faint, light bread. Moderately bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and body. Semi-dry finish.

Overall: a very nice wet hopped APA that's more hop-forward than average.

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Photo of russpowell
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip.

a - Pours a dark amber color with an inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, grain, and light caramel malts. Not a lot of hops here, just mostly bready malts. Not offensive or anything, but not much to it.

t - Tastes of bready malts, grain, and light bitter hops. Again, not much to it; a slight step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty smooth.

d - Not the best APA or the best offering from New Holland. Not much to this one besides some bready malts and slight bitterness in the taste. Wouldn't seek out again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.19/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just as the sea will eventually disgorge its dead, my kitchen is beginning to unleash beers that I have no idea from whence they came. It is my pleasure to open and review these treasures and I only wish that I could participate in New Beer Sunday, but I am currently in Persona Non Grata status.

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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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.23/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.96/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fresh, Michigan wet-hop ale. I'm drinking this out of season, (came out last October, got a keg in March (?), sat on it until May, re-tapped)but it didn't get raves when it was fresh, either. 6% ABV American pale ale.

Clear, crimson coloring, slim, white head.

Soft aromatics, fruity and mild.

Taste: slight bitterness, nutty, earthy herbal malt flavor. Definitely in a more, English-style pale ale, more balanced, more malt.
Hopivore is a great name for a hoppy ale or a double IPA, but not this one. It's hoppy, all right, but we anticipate a beast, a behemoth, even. This is tasty, a little bitter, but mellow, and easy-drinking.
It's a fine beer, but expectations are very high on beers like this call it Hopivore, it had better be hoppy. Call it a wet hop harvest ale, it had be damned hoppy.
I'm looking at reviews. One guy gives it a D+, calls it a "malt bomb"…that's a bit much.
There's nothing wrong with it, it's just too unimpressive.

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Photo of aasher
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this out of the bottle at Moon Dog Tavern in Indianapolis. This beer poured a typical dark amber in color with no head at all. The smell was of muddled hops and sweet malt. This "harvest ale" may have been past its prime. The taste was pretty average. It offered only moderate, dry piny hops. They were pretty subdued. It drank neither smoothly or crisp but somewhere in between. This was somewhat drinkable but if Goose Island's Harvest was an option I'd go that way every time. It was nice to see this in Indianapolis though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a dark orange color with a 2" head. Some mild lacing paints the glass.

Aroma: a mild floral hop aroma is all you can detect here.

Taste: a bready malt base with caramel, moderate floral hop bitterness, some green apples, and a mild amount of earthiness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch of dryness arrives late. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: this beer is not bitter up as some other wet hop beers, and overall the flavors seem a bit muted. Not bad, but not what I expected.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a caramel amber brown in color with yellow highlights that had a thin frothy head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma had a nice caramel nose with faint hops, slight citrus and a good malty presence. The hops are tad more apparent on the palate but still mild with caramel citrus accents and more of a malty backbone. The brew was medium in body with fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, mild hoppy, citrusy, and malty finish. It drank good and was not as punchy on the hops as I thought it would be.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New Holland Brewing

Pours a deep amber in color with an off white head. Somewhat dark for a pale ale, and smells almost like an IPA. Citrusy, orange tinged hop aroma and deep caramel. In the flavor, roasted malts, brown sugar, citrusy/grapefruit hops and some bitterness. A Black Pale Ale. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy with good carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice hoppy brew, but not quite pale.

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Photo of corby112
1.91/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very dark caramel orange color with burnt orange edges when held to a light and a one finger frothy off-white head that quickly dissolves into a lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Sweet caramel malt aroma with faint earthy hops. Subtle citrus and earthy pine needle presence but the nose is overpowered by the malt notes. Hints of caramel, toffee, biscuit and nut.

Medium bodied with more of a hop presence than the aroma suggests. Dry, resinous and slightly bitter with an earthy floral presence and some piny flavor. This is countered by a sweet malt profile with hints of caramel and biscuit. The hop flavor is kind of one-dimensional while not being very flavorful and the malt presence is a bit to strong for my preference. Not a fan of this one.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a 3” off white foam collar that dissipates to a thick, clingy film. S: Grassy hops. T: Big herbal hop flavors, some vegetal flavor, a bitter accent on the finish. F: Medium body, medium carbonation. O: Big on hop flavor and bitterness.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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