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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Sundog Amber AleNew Holland Sundog Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
80
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373 Ratings
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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%
Wants: 4
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by uwmgdman:
Photo of uwmgdman
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

uwmgdman, Dec 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep rich copper with a rather thin white head,aromas are pretty basic for an amber some caramel malt and biscuit dough with a a light grassy hop note but its pretty faint.Flavors are on the malty sweet side but that was expected, caramel and toasted malt take hold and control this ale mainly with a nice dry earthy finish that makes this beer more enjoyable.Not a world beater of a beer basic but well made and food friendly,quite quaffable.

oberon, May 21, 2005
Photo of tectactoe
2.94/5  rDev -16%
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.

tectactoe, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of shapudding
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear and beautiful amber color with an off-white creamy head that started off rich, thick and foamy but then left quickly leaving a light covering with just a ring with large bubbles. Scents of fruitcup and pineapple. Taste is sweet but not overly so. Caramel and roasted malts. You definately can taste the hops but they are not too aggressive. Biscuit malt and fuggle hops for malty sweetness. Juicy finish with sweetness and hoppy taste left in your mouth. Nice beer for a hot day sitting in the sunshine... yum...

shapudding, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

tigg924, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of iparules
3/5  rDev -14.3%

iparules, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of jsolack
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Dark orange in color. Head is a little light. Appears slightly hazy.

Smell:
Smells like sweet grains. Has some fruit characteristics as well.

Taste:
Some sweet melon like flavor in the beginning. Finish has a nice sweet grain flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Has a heavy, thick feeling in the mouth. Overall very nice.

Drinkability:
A pretty good beer. The more I drink it the more I like it. Has a smooth finish and tastes good.

jsolack, Mar 07, 2004
Photo of dwren89
3.86/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

dwren89, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear burnished bronze appearance, average head of some thickness but small height. Very minimal lacing on the pint glass. Aroma is decently neutral with some nuttiness to it. Lighter mouthfeel, carbonation comes in at about medium. Well-balanced, leaning toward a honey maltiness, especially on warming up a little. Still, there is a slightly smokey hop, almost a spicey sage presence, that blends pretty well with a sweetness that's more obvious upfront. A nice change front-to-back- that you don't necessarily expect from a simple Amber Ale. Pretty good and easy-drinking beer to me.

ADR, Sep 03, 2006
Photo of vfalstad
3.5/5  rDev 0%

vfalstad, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin yet creamy white head over a deep copper body. Leaves sheets of lace all the way down the glass. A mixture of biscuit, caramel, malt and floral hops greet the nose. There’s a bit of citrus and spice in the aroma too--- it’s a fairly complex hop bouquet that the label leads me to believe is entirely derived from fuggles hops. The flavor is rich biscuit malt up front, tempered with a rich sweetness, slightly fruity and finishing with a crisp bitterness. Substantial citric and spicy hop flavors throughout. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Slightly drying finish with lingering hop notes.

A solid amber ale. One of Michigan’s best ‘workhorse’ ales and one of my favorites of the many great local brews. Excellent as a session ale or everyday drinker. It never gets boring.

Shovelbum, Dec 05, 2006
Photo of cmwilliq
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

cmwilliq, May 02, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a hazy golden orange-copper body with a light tan creamy head that last and last. It has a nice slow gentle carbonation of tiny bubbles.

S- The smell of orange citrus hops and some green hops really make a nice soft aroma. A faint dry malt is lurking in the background.

T- The flavor of pale malt with some lightly toasted malts has a faint nugget taste to it. There is a citrus and spicy hop flavor that finishes the beer. As it warms the lightly toasted malt really has a biscuit malt flavor to it.

M- This beer has a medium-full mouthfeel with a slight creamy texture.

D- This beer has some soft malt and hop flavors with a slight nugget note to the malt. It's not really an off-flavor but the flavor just doesn't taste bold and vibrant.

rhoadsrage, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of Brenden
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a mildly hazed copper. The tan head rests at about one finger in height and retains itself well. When it fades to a foam, it fades no further and leaves sturdy lacing well down the glass.
The aroma is a good balance of malts and hops, the hops bringing a light earthy and floral element to complement a light fruity sweetness along with a touch of caramel and toastiness. It's well-attenuated but mild.
From the reviews I expected this be be a little weak, at least as far as hops presence, but it's actually not. For an amber that's not an Imperial and not trying to be Nugget Nectar, this is what you should be looking for: good amount of flavor (not devastating, tongue-obliterating flavor) and substantial contributions from both the hops and malt ends for good balance. This beer's flavor is similar to its aroma with a bit more of a leafy flavor also coming out and grains strong underneath. The finish lingers nicely and is pretty dry.
The beer overall is quite dry for the balance, carrying the leafy edge into the mouthfeel as well. The body is medium with a moderate carbonation giving way to a good level of crispness and allowing for it to smooth out in each swallow.
This is a good example of the style.

Brenden, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of 007dash9
1.6/5  rDev -54.3%

007dash9, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of cynical1027
3.5/5  rDev 0%

cynical1027, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of GRE680
3/5  rDev -14.3%

GRE680, Apr 20, 2013
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland- Sundog

A- Light copper brown with a small sticky white head. Small 1 ring lacing.
S- Sweet sugary malt with touches of grainy biscuit.
T- Sweet candy-like caramel malt with brown sugar and bits of licorice and earthy hops.
M- Sweet and slightly cloying with a dry finish.

Overall- Buttery and smooth. An easy drinker. Good session beer.

NJpadreFan, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of weasbri
3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, with a finger's head leaving average lacing on the glass. Fairly malty aroma, a fair amount of resinous hops as well.
The flavor is pretty much sweet from the malt, not as much hop flavor as I would have thought. The hops try to come through in the finish, but fall a bit short of being able to balance the malt quite enough.
Still, a decent finish and manages to be just good enough to enjoy.

weasbri, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of Jordanbryan10
3.5/5  rDev 0%

Jordanbryan10, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of asabreed
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Lighter amber color with a quickly disappearing head and not so much lacing.

Smell: Sweeter and toasted malt flavors with not much hops involved. Balanced but could use some more complexity.

Taste: Toasted malt backbone with lingering faint citrus and fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a lighter feel and full carbonation.

Drinkability: Why does this remind me of Red Tulip so much? Is it the same exact thing? They seem identical, though I prefer the former a bit more. Solid and drinkable, but there are better out there.

asabreed, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of king75
3.5/5  rDev 0%

king75, Feb 11, 2014
Photo of Magpie14
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep robust caramel brown color. Nice and sudsy head and bubbly lacing all around

Smell: sweet, caramel, and roasted malts. Touch of hops in there as well

Taste: toasted and malty, hints of toffee/caramel sweetness paired with a faint peppered hop bite. Pretty straight forward and balanced well

Mouthfeel: not the least bit dry or overly sweet. Slides down smooth and not to carbonated. Body is nice and well rounded. This beer has some class and is very drinkable. Nice beer to compliment a fall day and a good sipper in the summer. This is one of the better mainstay beers from New Holland.

Magpie14, Sep 23, 2008
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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.