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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 Franziskaner
3.02/5  rDev -11.2%
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?

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Photo of larryarms847
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light golden orange with a half finger of white carbonation.

Orange zest, slight pine, grassy, and earthy.

Piney and citrusy, hop resin, and subtle caramel malt sweetness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, light, bitter.

Overall, kind of a let down.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It is bloody orange with amber highlights and appears cloudy. It has two inches of beige head.

S - I get some caramel malt.

T - The taste is more balanced. I notice the bitter hops first, but there is enough of a malt backbone to even it out. There is a bitter pine taste.

M - Medium

O - It is almost a bridge between an APA and an IPA. It is hoppy for a pale ale, but would not be considered hoppy for an IPA. It was well done.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date present. I didn't know this beer was limited / brewed once so I had to pick up another bottle and see what the deal is! Uncapped and poured to a Boulevard tulip.

A - Not as coppery as I would have imagined, based on other people's reviews. More towards an orange-reddish IPA look with a hint of copper haze. Hazy cloudy orange with about one finger of head, going down quick. Significant lacing.

S - Lemons. Pine hops. Smells very sticky and resinous.

T - Lemon, citrus, pine. Wonderful hop profile isn't over-dominant yet is still very much the ingredient in the foreground. The malts play an integral part, but this beer is so extremely well-balanced it might almost be ridiculous (in a good way).

M - Bitter, malty, hoppy, citrus flavors linger on the tongue and the palate for a minute.

Overall, this might be my favorite American Pale Ale so far. A better, more balanced, less heartburn-inducing version of the Grand Teton Sweetgrass APA. Very glad I decided to give this brew another chance, especially since I have been generally let down by New Holland brewing. If you see it, pick it up before they're all gone!

New Holland Hopivore ---4/5

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Photo of tharper
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1" head dwindles down to 1/4 " in 3 minutes - nice lacing. reddish copper - very clear
S: Fresh hop/harvest ale - nice malt backbone - pine w/ very slight cirtus - bit of pepper and earth
T: Slightly watery version of smell - bits of dark fruit - good malt complexity
M: Dry clean and polished - earthy but not grainy - fair carbonation - not slick

O: good rep of harvest ale, not necessarily IPA ish in the extreme Amercan sense - nice to drink and very good overall flavor

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

Poured into a pint
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of off-white head with good retention. Clear, reddish-brown liquid is redder and darker than I expected. Looks like an Amber, not an APA. Lighter and golder color please. Great head.
S: Delightful noble-earthy-herbal hop aroma with slight citrus edge. Great biscuit malt. Delectably balanced.
T: Malt forward with puckering hop bitterness dominating the middle and end. Caramel and slight roast dovetail in to the finish. Grapefruit in the finish as well. Not amber-like thankfuly. Very bitter.
M: Dry and bitter. Full and round. Multi-dimensional.
O: A nice wet-hopped ale. Not quite a pale ale though. Close. I would order another and might buy 6 for a party.

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Photo of TimmyL
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On draft into a pint
A- nice amber pour with white head and good lacing.
S- some pine & citrus hop, not as prominent as some American Pale Ales but moreso than a Belgian Pale...
T- hop forward with light citrus, earthy hops. Bitter finish.
M- good carbonation, just what you'd expect.
O- good, not great. Not for a true hop head and not as balanced as a great bpa, but solid and very drinkable.

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Photo of knepper
4.17/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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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 tectactoe
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hopivore pours a copper color, with a nice lacing white head. There is a nice strong floral aroma. The taste has a nice bold floral taste as well. Good amount of hops and finishes with a nice dry taste. Rather easy to drink, not over powering. Overall a very solid APA, nothing special but not disappointing.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber body with a nice steady stream of carbonation. Head looks nitro. Foamy off white.

Smell has lost most of the wet hop flavors, but theres still a bit of the dank, resinous characteristics of those wet hops. Lots of spruce and light malt.

Serious spruce, pine hops come forward. A hint of dank, resinous fresh hops as well. Almost feels earthy as well. Malt body is super light, which would normally allow the hops to shine.

I bet about a month ago this thing was totally different.

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Photo of Keyportnick
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served into a tulip

A- poured a golden amber, big frothy off white creamy head that hangs around.

S- for a wet hop the nose wasn't quite there. (Reflecting back to surly wet) the nose was bland and green with just a slight hint of spice off the end of a deep inhale.

T- amber/Carmel malt with notes of biscuit wet a green bitter finish

M- light body very smooth over the tounge, carbonation is just right. Leaves a bitter finish on the back of the tounge that wishes for more beer.

Overall hopivore is a decent fresh hop beer. It's not as overly as impressive as some of the other fresh hop beers I've had this year. Still a very good beer at its price point at less than half the price of surly wet ( $17.99 4pk 16oz)

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Photo of argock
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. No obvious freshness date although 272 on bottle neck is probably a Julian date. 4-pack purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.99.

A: Dusky dark amber with 1-finger beige frothy head with good retention and a solid double-line of lace around the glass.

S: The aroma is light for a wet-hopped ale with more caramel malty sweetness and bready cracker than the hops component, which shows a little dankness and mintiness but not much else.

T: The flavor highlights more hop character than the aroma, but it's still subdued. The hops are slightly dank, with an herbal minty quality. The mid-range caramel maltiness is enjoyable but not enough to carry this beer.

M: Somewhat tacky and sticky but pretty smooth with low-medium carbonation and firm medium body.

O: Pretty disappointing for a harvest ale/wet-hopped beer -- just average. I expected more from New Holland.

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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 gustogasmic
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-copper, almost clear. Lacing is wonderful, but the small white head disappears quickly and leaves little to no head, just a thin ring.

Smells of grass and sweet malt.

The taste is very vegetal and grassy, but still contains a nice hop juiciness, although nothing tropical or grapefruity. Very slight pine notes. Very bitter and dry. The malts don't get in the way of the hops but certainly lend enough body for a great balance.

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Photo of Fanhitter
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of DrinkMoreBigBeers
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Some sort of dating on the neck of the bottle but cannot decipher. However this is a seasonal brew so I know it is fresh.

A - A nice orange copper color with a two finger egg shell head. Nice lacing and crystal clear.

S - Earthy, hop resin, woody, some biscuit malts. Not much on the nose, though there would be more hops here.

T - Get a nice dose of hop resin bitterness, little pine, and some biscuit flavor to go along and balance it out in the end. Get a little of the earthiness like on the nose, but not much else going on. It is nice crisp and clean however.

M - Medium bodied with a nice slick mouth feel. Relatively nice in the mouth.

O - Not as much going on in the nose and taste as I would have hoped for a fresh harvest ale. It is pretty clean and nice in the mouth. Not bad but not one that I will gravitate to in the future. It does remind me of their regular Mad Hatter IPA, so if you like that you will probably really enjoy this one. Cheers!

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Sierra Nevada tulip. It's a beautiful pour. There's great clarity, the color is a lovely golden amber, and there's a nice rocky head with good retention. The nose is a bit of a disappointment. I expected it to really hit me in the face with fresh hop aromas, but it's very faint.

Medium body. The feel is not bad, but a little thinner than I expected. Nice toast and marmalade flavors on the front of the palate and a fairly well-balanced mash of hops that dry things up a bit. I was looking for more hop character, but at least this beer isn't sweet. The finish is rather dead. The hops don't quite make it to the back of the palate.

Sadly, this beer didn't quite deliver what it promised. I did get nice fresh hop flavors, but they just weren't intense enough to justify $10.99 for a 4-pack. It's not a bad beer, but there are far better (and cheaper) pale ales out there than this. The only reason I'm rating it as high as I am is because it's only listed as a pale ale. If it was listed as an IPA (like most wet-hopped harvest ales are), I would not be so generous. This thing doesn't belong in the same room as harvest ales from SN, Founders, or Three Floyds.

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Photo of divineaudio
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 batch bottled 9/28/12 (day 272). tulip glass.

a - pours deep copper in color, totally transparent, with a thin cap of tan head that lasts for a quite a while. leaves

s - earthy, pine resin, biscuity. pretty weak nose.

t - taste is fleeting. starts off bready and a little spicy then faint herbal and piney hop notes come in. a nice, resinous bitterness hits the back of the tongue but everything cleans up so fast that i'm left wondering where the flavor went. finishes very crisp and dry.

m - lighter in body, slick, medium carbonation, medium co2 profile.

o - at first i wondered why this beer scored so low, then i found out. not exactly the showcase of hop flavor that i was expecting. still a decent beer though. style wise i'd peg it somewhere between a west coast ipa and noble pils. worth a try, but not worth chasing down.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep copper to walnut colored body beneath a foamy off white head that slowly dissolves to leave a thin lacing.

Aromas consist of spicy hops and generous nutty or biscuit malt.

The flavor has a biting spicy hop and copper presence and biscuit malt. It gets earthier and sweeter as it warms.

Medium in body and carbonation with a biting and drying finish.

The flavor is a touch metallic for my taste but otherwise a nice IPA with flavorful hops.

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Photo of cagocubs
3.82/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at NHBC

A: Caramel brown with light red and orange tint where light protrudes. Thin white head leaves a slight ring around edge of glass.

S: Fresh florals, hops, citrus/orange, and sweet caramel. Some earthy pine comes through the nose as well.

T: A good balance between bitter and juicy sweetness. You get a nice hop bitterness that is quickly subdued by the citrus flavors.

M: Very easy to drink. Real wet and easy flowing. Good mouth coating.

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Photo of MichPaul
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big fan of IPA's and so when I saw the name of this, although not an actual IPA, I thought it would be quite hoppy and flavorful. It wasn't. Not a bad beer, but I was expecting a flavor explosion but was met with a Pale Ale instead. If you like Pales, maybe this was more up your alley.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean amber to orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, gritty hops and malty. In the taste, pine hops and peppery, a bit spicy. A spice hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hoppy and spicy bite like aftertaste. Spicy hops, nice, somewhat Hop Devil like.

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Photo of masey222
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep mahogany color with a thin head and plenty of lacing. Smell is of breadyness like pumpernickel maybe? and a light lemony hop. The taste is a fairly bitter hop and lemony citrus zest, with a somewhat sweet malty foundation. It is of a viscosity that I enjoy and a light carbonation that is refreshing. Overall I enjoy it though it is hard for me to not look at it and expect it to be an IPA but I would drink it again.

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New Holland Hopivore from New Holland Brewing Company
3.4 out of 5 based on 466 ratings.
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