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New Holland HopivoreNew Holland Hopivore

Brewed by:
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 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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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 OneDropSoup
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker: Brassy amber body under two fingers of sticky heading that drops to a thick coating & leaves resinous lacing. Plenty of small, slow nucleation.

Smell is a combination of lemon tea &...uh...milk chocolate? Seriously, maybe I'm screwed up somehow, but I'm really getting a kind of cocoa powder character here. Weird. Some breadiness develops, & the cocoa goes away after a bit the aroma evens out.

Tea & lemon again in the taste, but flinty, slightly metallic or mineral, & with a biscuity malt character that verges more on a kind of dry, communion wafer thing. Even a little bit of umami, like metallic -> iron -> tomato, in a way. Interesting taste, not all good, not all bad. Ends with a decent dryness.

Medium-bodied, crisp at first & then gains some body & sugary quality, still ends nice & dry. Somehow the dryness is flattening in a way & sticks to palate, not unlike the communion wafers I mentioned above.

I was a little weirded out by the chocolate smell at first - this bottle was just dropped off by the distributor 3 days ago - but that subsided & left a decent pale ale. Can't say I'd go to it again, but I'm enjoying what I have here enough.

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Photo of keytown
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a clear copper color with 1 finger off-white head, leaves some nice lacing on the glass with each sip.

S - Caramel and some bready malts.

T - Subtle hop flavor, getting some citrus peel at first, followed by some malt & a slight bitter finish.

M - This one has a creamy mouthful & medium bodied.

O - Overall not a bad beer, just not what I expected from a beer named Hopivore. This one felt a little waterd down, but guess that is to be expected from a beer labeled as a Michigan Wet-Hopped Harvest Ale.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: ice tea body, trace head, no lacing

S: light grassy/pine nose, lemon peel

T: lemon/l. peel, malt, grassy/pine,
mild bitter finish

M: med body, light oily mouth

O: What was I thinking?
I have tried more than a few
New Holland beers and never
been blown away. Not bad,
but not great.


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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 HOPPYKC
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice to see the seasonal offering from new holland. Reading from notes, no bottling date on the review. A little dark for the style of the brew. I thought this might be a little bit more of an ipa rathe than a pale. Maybe the brew was a little past it's prime when I opened it, copper and metal were the main attractions on aroma behind the hops and citrus. Very proud to be a Home grown Michigander but this is was a little short on full fresh hop. Great brew to drink and session. Low abv so nice to fully enjoy. Tight head that is light tan.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small patch of off-white foam tops a cloudy medium brown body that bears a closer resemblance to a brown ale than an APA. Not much lacing, and the head duration is brief.

Good aromas of wet hops with a moderate grassy smell. Nice biscuit and caramel malt notes in the smell and taste. The wet hop taste is fresh, prominent without being overpowering, and delicious. Smooth taste and texture, with the malt a featured characteristic of this good APA.

I found Hopivore to be well-hopped, but really to be a fine APA whose malt did at least as much for it as the wet hops. Good beer that I'd be glad to enjoy again.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a wet-hopped ale made with Michigan hops. Drink local!
It poured a golden-tan in color with a light hop aroma. There was a slight bitterness and a pleasing sweetness on the finish. Reminded me of a all around tasty pale ale. But—I had it in December and I think it was past the fresh hop window… the intense, floral vibrant wet hop flavor I love so much just wasn’t there. Drink fresh!

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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 McNealc31
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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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 thekaiser51
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.92/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of cindiwindi1025
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of drpimento
3.06/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of jegross2
2.6/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of Bonis
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of match1112
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.87/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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

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