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78 94 68 3 6 1
Existential: Hopwine by New Holland Brewing Company
American Double / Imperial IPA
10.50 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 05/13/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 2 7 14 4 7 2010
22oz Bomber
$6.99
Binny's Willowbrook

Existential Ale: Hopwine pours amber but glows a slightly hazy copper when held to the light.A nice dense two finger ivory head formed on the pour and as it fell left excellent lacing. The lowest the head fell was a half-finger cap. Good looking brew.

Smell is fairly mild. A big nose of caramel upfront and following through. Maybe even a hint of toffee. Grapefruit and a drop of orange come around in the middle. Tea leaf-like herbal hoppiness mixes in the aroma as well. Not bad but subdued for a "Hopwine".

Flavor begins with that very same caramel backbone that is strong upfront but fades as the hops come about. Some toffee in the flavor as well but the backend focuses on hops, mild but hops none-the-less. Tea leaf like hop bitterness along with just a squeeze or two of citrus on the finish. Good but not very exciting.

Good mouthfeel. The body is medium with a creamy frothiness that slides along rather easily. Carbonation is on the low side but works nicely.

The mouthfeel definately helps the drinkability but unfortuanately the smell and flavor drag it down. Not at all bad but nothing really stands out.

I was expecting something more from a so called "hopwine" but it didn't quite deliver. Actually it was a little low on the hops, the problem is, all I wanted was hops, that's why I bought a hopwine. A little less decieving of a name would make for a better brew.

Reviewed: 8/15/07

Price: $6.99 Served In: Snifter

Review by tavernjef on 09/09/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 10 19 5 10 2008
Bright burnt orangey color with a small capping of tinted ivory bubbles that sticks around very well. Lacing is in thin stretched out strings and some spotting. Lots of thick bubbles stay consistantly frothed at the rim top of the beer.

Aroma is heavily oiled in a malt laden tropical twisted scent of sticky mango, sweet peach, pineapple, orange oil, and there's some piney dryness trying hard to top it off but barely getting by its big beefy sweet fruity malt.

Big on tropical taste with way more pine sinking in then what the aroma hints to. Thick and orange oil heavy with hints to white raisins, peach, grapefruit, pineapple, and mango sweetness. Toasted slightly, but mostly heavy with tropical sweet fruityness. Lots of orange oil pithyness and mango juices. A piney swift bite of bitterness swings in just past midway and carries through to the finish with a huge twist of hoppy greased resin thats oily, thick, and juicy. Mixing into a thickly despersed mountian of broad hop tones and flavors that last well and don't quit til late into a lingering toasty finish and hoppy warmth.

Feel is pretty damn big and beefy. Rich, heavy on oily sensations and a creamy malt laden thickness that really coats the palate well. Leaving just enough room for the hoppy extras to seep in with tropical sweetness, pine, and other mentionables noted above.

Only a slight heat is experienced in through the nose at some of the bigger sips and then on the back of the throat and palate. So between that and its hugely thick and creamy malt tropic center, it makes for a hoppy treat that can't be consumed as easily as one would like I think. But damn if it ain't one tasty solid treat!

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 01/01/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 14 4 8 0
A - Pours a crystal clear dark copper colored body with some tight bubbles rising to the surface. Head is tan, a half inch thick, and shows no sign of going anywhere anytime soon.

S - Toffee and a bunch of fruity sweetness. Apple, strawberry, and apricot. Touch of alcohol. A little light on the nose.

T - Big and sweet with a bunch of caramel and toffee. Some ripe red fruit and spiced apples. Earthy, grassy hops come in with some bitterness. Sweet grains come in. Alcohol burn towards the end with some more bitterness. Slight toffee aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with sticky, syrupy hops. Carbonation is a touch prickly.

D - This beer is good, but could use some more hoppiness to go with the bitterness. Borders between a barleywine and double ipa.

Served In: Pint Glass

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