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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Sundog Amber AleNew Holland Sundog Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 12.82%


Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.25% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2002)
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sonnens4

Michigan

3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Copper, slightly hazy-not completely cloudy, decent sized white head, slightly orange tinted

Smell: sweet--caramelly, malty

Taste: Malty, earthy

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation, slightly refreshing

Overall: A great amber/red ale, refreshing, all around delicious with great sweet qualities

Serving type: on-tap

04-24-2014 00:26:22 | More by sonnens4
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brutusmuktuk

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle a hazy brown with a very light white head. Aroma is slight caramel and malts. Taste is light on caramel, lightly sweet. Not a whole lot there, but not so little as to make this unenjoyable. Has a medium body feel and is smooth. This is just ok, but I’m beginning to wonder whether the amber ale style just isn’t my thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 21:30:27 | More by brutusmuktuk
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Mojo

Alabama

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter glass

A - This offering pours up about the color of apricots. It is a little cloudy and has an initial one finger head, decent retention and good lacing.

S - Very bready with some understated floral notes. The smell sort of leaps out of the glass at you.

T - There is a distinctive tart character similar to the tartness found in apples. The finish is both dry (but not in a Belgian yeasty way) and bitter.

M - pretty good carbonation with medium thickness.

O - ho hum....another amber ale. Never hate them...never really love them either.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2014 04:58:02 | More by Mojo
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dwren89

Virginia

3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: dark amber/molasses with gold hues, thick off white head, great clarity

Aroma: caramel, husky bread aroma, some nuttiness as well, overall a nice malt showcase

Taste: Tastes like toasted bread drizzled in caramel with a nutty/almondy glaze. Nice bitterness on the finish to curb the sweetness. A dry balanced and flavorful beer

Mouthfeel: lacking a little in body, but only slightly. Medium carbonation, medium body

Overall: Definitely a great amber ale that focuses much more on developing malt flavors than hop, but with enough bitterness on the finish to curb the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2013 22:01:28 | More by dwren89
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mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured a lively head of soft creamy white foam. Beer is an orange amber colour with lively carbonation. Has a good amount of sticky white lace and really good retention.

S - initially some bready and grainy notes, and lemony yeast with a noticeable hop character. Earthy and nutty caramel tones. Hops are sort of non-descript earthy with a subtle roast caramel malt.

T - semi-bitter, grains and caramel malts, nutty and earthy, slightly sweet and cereal notes, dried apple. Hops are lightly floral and fruity. Finishes caramel malty with a bit of spice. A nutty barley finish, that lingers with a touch of earthy hops.

M - refreshing, with a slight tart bitterness, crisp carbonation, smooth feel. Light body with a bit of a malty sweetness to it and some dryness toward the end. Appears a bit week in body in the middle, when the sweet caramel malt is seemingly the only thing on the palate. Easily drinkable and sessionable but without being outstanding.

The first few times I had this I found it more interesting, today the profile seems more one-dimensional on the caramel sweet nutty malts and less of a noticeable hop character. An easy drinking session amber, lots of barley character, satisfying, but it isn't the most complex or outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 20:32:23 | More by mick303
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FLima

Brazil

3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper color with a good head with decent retention.
Light sweet malty aroma with floral hops.
Malty sweet taste with notes of caramels, earthy hops mostly used for bitterness, not so aromatic.
Dry aftertaste with a long lasting medium bitterness.
Medium body with low carbonation.
Ok amber ale, a bit too much on the sweet side. Good for malty lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 14:48:06 | More by FLima
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Catherine8189

Michigan

3.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from a bottle poured into a clean short beer glass. The color was a vibrant tawny brown with a off-white medium head. Rich caramel notes, and a great balance with toasted barley make for a very tasty ale that could be enjoyed with a variety of dishes in any season. The finish of this beer can be nutty but turns into an almost sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:37:58 | More by Catherine8189
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elNopalero

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured an orange tinted amber color with light foam that rapidly dissipates. It has a sweetish aroma with some hazelnut notes emerging from the malt profile. (Hazelnut was on my mind as I had the Frangelic Mountain Brown a few days prior.) I get some orange notes from the hops and a honeyed sweetness. It’s an easy sipper with a nice carbonation & light malty finish with a slight hop bite. The lingering finish has hints of candied orange peel and a continuation of the honeyed sweetness. This wasn’t overly sweet or malty. A reminder that not all amber ales are equal. Definitely one I’d have again—and one I wouldn’t mind sharing with those who aren’t into hoppy ales.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2013 07:45:49 | More by elNopalero
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger off white head on a clear copper body with nice lacing.

S: toasted malts, burnt caramel, some sweet citrus.

T: toasted malts and burnt toast, herbal and earthy hops, finish has hint of tart citrus and sweet caramel.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: unique and not too boring for the style. not a amazing but certainly drinkable and one I would have again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:01:09 | More by kylehay2004
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nickfl

Florida

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, amber brown body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice lacing on the glass.

S - Rich toffee malt with a touch of herbal hops and toasted grain.

T - Toasty malt up front with some spicy hops. Soft malt with a touch of wheat like character in the middle and a finish of toast and light bitterness,

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry but flabby finish.

D - There is something off about the malt character of this beer. Too much dry toast and an oddly bready thing in the finish, not something I would drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2012 03:00:26 | More by nickfl
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Infamous7100

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a carmel to orange hue with a thin tan head. It's quick to disappear and there is minimal lacing.
S: A pleasant carmel scent jumps out from the get go and is is persistant. There are some faint nutty notes as the label suggests and I can detect detect a bit of floral notes as well.
T: sweeter than expected and loaded with a malty presence throughout. Toward the back, the nuttiness does come through, as well as some slighty bitter notes, but what really stands out is amount of malt and carmel.
M: light to medium in body and likewise with carbonation. It's a tad thinner than I anticipated. A decent sweet finish.
O: not a bad brew and one you could session with. Perhaps a bit more balance is in order as its sweetness dominates, but an interesting take on an amber and one that is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 22:05:40 | More by Infamous7100
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice two finger head and and orangish hue. The color was a little disappointing as its an amber ale. Smelled of malt and biscuit but it is a very fragrant malt scent. Sun dog delivers a smooth malt flavor and a subtle nuttiness. Very pleasant in nature and quite tasty I found this to be a quality experience.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 00:26:41 | More by KYGunner
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Minkybut

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I poured this nice brew into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer had a nice caramel smell but the beer poured a thin head. And afterwards the head was gone really fast. The color of the beer was a nice amber of course. The taste was nice, a bit dry but nice and I decided I would buy this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 22:18:56 | More by Minkybut
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tectactoe

Michigan

2.94/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pretty clear and clean amber/light copper color with a small white head that left nice lacing on the glass. This one smells like a fairly generic amber ale, with lots of malt, caramel, and a toasted biscuit backbone. Along the way, you may pick up very, very slight floral notes and hops, but it is very faint. Unfortunately, I'm picking up a kind of weird, off-putting smell; metallic, and even a little "sweaty". Not sure what the deal is there, but it really came through during the last half of the beer. However, it has a pretty nice flavor: caramel, biscuits, malts, maybe even a bit of toasted barley. Near the end, some ever-so-slight fruity hints popped out, but remained fairly sheltered. Just a tad of sweetness and an average amount of carbonation give a little itty-bitty bite on the back of the tongue as this one washes down. Fairly thin body all around.

Not bad, but not very good either. One of my least favorite brews from New Holland, I would most likely pass this beer up next time, only because there are probably better options available where this can be had.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 03:31:42 | More by tectactoe
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color, 3/4 inch head, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: rich toffee and caramel with toasted malt

Taste: sweet caramel, earthy hops in the middle, sweet toffee towards the end and meadow

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet start with a bitter spike in the middle and a less bitter end

Overall: A nice sessionable treat, nice and malty but just enough hops to give it balance. Not the best amber I have ever had but a damn good one.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 16:06:04 | More by tigg924
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled 4/24/2012. Pours fairly hazy orange amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good lacing clings to the sides of the glass. Aromas of caramel, grapefruit, herbal, biscuit, toast, grass, nuttiness, and light pine. Nice, pleasant, and well balanced aromas with decent strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, grapefruit, orange, nuttiness, pine, grass, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, citrus, pine, toast, biscuit, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Great balance of caramel and toasted flavors with hop character. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really nice amber ale. Great flavor balance with good complexity; and extremely smooth and easy to drink. Really enjoyed this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 06:19:34 | More by superspak
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice, color is amber with copper edges, head is off white and very clingy but not much head.

Smell is biscuity, caramely, light toffee and some hints of grassy hops pretty pleasant.

Taste is lightly sweet with similar flavors to the scent, caramel comes through most with hints of toffee and caramel, light nuttiness with neutral and pleasant hops cleaning the palate.

Mouthfeeel is quite good, some lingering bitterness overcomes the somewhat stronger notes of caramel and toffee in the taste followed by nice carbonation.

Overall, a very solid more malty sweet amber ale with interesting notes of caramel and some nuttiness.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 22:50:47 | More by mvanaskie13
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dexterk1

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle to pint. Color is a dark amber/copper and head is small.
Odor is pleasant and sweet with some citrus and floral as well.
Taste is a little flat. It seems to not really go anywhere. It is not bad just a little average. Has malt and some toffee notes.
mouth feel is a little disappointing. Light on the tongue and then it seems to go away quickly.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 00:45:36 | More by dexterk1
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VncentLIFE

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber. kind of reminds me of the chunk of amber with the mosquito in it from Jurassic Park. yep I went there. Remarkably low carbonation and no head.

Loads of caramel malt, hints of corn syrup and toffee. Earthy, and slightly metallic.

Definitely a malty beer, here. Nice caramel notes, hints of toffee, but overall dominated by adjunct corn. Feels nice and slick on the tongue. Earthy feeling.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2012 17:57:58 | More by VncentLIFE
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paperbackfoster

Missouri

3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a ruddy amber. Somewhat lively body carbonation, but head doesn't come up past a half finger and recedes quickly.

Smells faintly of caramel and toffee with a bit of a grassy or rye note. Emphasis on faintly. Taste is similar, a little biscuity, an almost cherry sweetness rounding out the malt. This one feels a little dry, a little chewy.

Overall, a short review does it justice. A little earthy, a little sweet, but mostly just an average amber. Not bad, but I think there are better beers to sate an amber craving.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 20:16:43 | More by paperbackfoster
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Pours a moderate amber color with a thin off-white head and some good lacing. The nose carries a bit of bready malt without too much else. Slight bit of earthy hops. Flavor has an amber-malt base and a slight biscuity chewiness. Other than that, not much going on. Pretty plain. Light-medium body.

Serving type: on-tap

01-02-2012 14:34:19 | More by Thorpe429
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours brilliantly clear red-copper color with a moderate off-white head that quickly diminished to barely a skim. The aroma is moderately malty, sweet, caramel, toasty with hints of raisin as well as a medium-low grassy hop aroma. The flavor is moderately malty--toasty, a bit sweet and grassy touch of hops. The initial flavors are good but very one dimensional. The flavors do not change before disappearing with too clean of a finish. The body is medium and carbonation medium-high. Overall not bad, better as it warms. I would not purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 02:35:32 | More by uwmgdman
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oline73

Maryland

3.63/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark reddish amber with a finger of fluffy off white head. There is a decent amount of retention and some very nice lacing. Pretty beer.

Smell: Mildly sweet malt, some caramel. The dominant smell is mildly toasted bready malt. Just a bit nutty.

Taste: Not sweet at all. Bready malt up front with a slightly soapy bitterness in the finish. There is a very mild fruity note in the background, reminds me of cherry.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Overall: This is a solid American Amber. The appearance was the best part, but it was still solid. Don't know that I'll search out again.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2011 01:32:35 | More by oline73
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of biscuits, toast, caramel, and dried fruit are present on the nose.

T: Notes of heavy cream, vanilla, biscuits, minerals, roasted nuts, toast, raisins, and toffee gently wash across the palate. The finish is malty and smooth with cream, vanilla, and bread notes.

M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry with active carbonation. Very drinkable. Smoother than expected.

O: I do not tend to enjoy American amber/red ales all that much, but this one is a winner. I will definitely be revisiting it the next time I'm in the mood for a beer of this style.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 23:05:06 | More by mrfrancis
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mckajd03

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A clear amber color. A thick white head forms and lingers for quite a while.
S - A sweet maltiness stands out immediately, as well as some dark fruit. No hop aroma.
T - A sweet caramel and light nuttiness come through. No appreciable hop flavor.
M - Thinner than I would have expected, but not off-putting. Clean and smooth finish. Very slight alcohol warmth.
O - Slightly one-dimensional in the malt category, but the one-sidedness is done well. Could use some hops (either flavor or aroma).

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2011 00:01:18 | More by mckajd03
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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.