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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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181 Reviews
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Reviews: 181
Hads: 435
Avg: 3.54
pDev: 21.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 57 | 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2002

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Photo of bwood06
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass

A - 1 finger off-white, frothy head dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. Beer is clear and amber in color with very little visible carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Very simplistic and subdued. Dark stone fruit with a caramel sweetness and some light breadiness are really all that I get. 3.5/5

T - Dark stone fruit and caramel hit me right off the bat. The middle of the profile is formed by a bit of citrus rind and grapefruit. The finish features a pine resin with some light lingering bitterness that lasts quite a while. 3.75/5

M - Crisp and light bodied amber that has a light carbonation burn. Slightly drying on the back end and feels very clean. 3.75/5

O - Decent amber offering but the aroma and flavor could really have jumped out more. There are some great aromas and flavors present but nothing jumps out and makes me go "wow!". Good, enjoyable, even more enjoyable with food. 3.75/5

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Photo of pb9613
4.51/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful deep amber color with a nice tan head that lingers.

Smell: This beer has a strong caramel nose with some citrus of the hops.

Taste: This beer tastes like it smells. Heavy on the caramel of the hops and just the right bitterness of the hops to balance the flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a has a nice sweet body.

Overall: This is a winner. I think it is underrated because people do not rate to style. If you are drinking an amber ale, you expect a caramel flavor balanced by the hops.

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Photo of CycleDad
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark Amber with a thin cream-colored head that dissipates within a few minutes. Very drinkable. Malt forward with a very smooth finish. Carbonation on the low side but just right for this beer. One of the best Ambers that I have had in a long time. Will definitely be having more. I do not understand the lower-rated reviews.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium reddish-brown with an off-white head and lots of lacing.
The aroma is bready with a bit of spice and slight hints of fruit.
The taste is led by a touch of light bitterness then some biscuit and caramel sweetness and a bit of fruit, ending with a long, drying and lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Overall, a tasty and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of drunkenmess
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark ruby amber. With an amble amount of white head. Generous lacing. Smells of oats, nuts, and slight roasty aromas. Taste is light bodied with a nice balance of nuttiness and ale. Light fruit taste is present. Very nice mouth feel and after taste that lingers and stays. Good brew overall.

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Photo of Boca-X
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. A malty fudge brownie in a glass...you could pour this over vanilla ice cream and it would be delicious!

Personally I think this is a very underrated brew on BA...

Very well done IMHO...cheers!

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Photo of EmGM
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: deep amber color
Smell: a little nutty, deeper smell, a tad hoppy (not expected)
Taste: a tad hoppy (not what I expected), malty, nutty, deeper flavors that i didn't really expect the richer flavors based on the color
Aftertaste: deeper flavors linger for a while
Overall: not what I was expecting, was a tad disappointed but overall an ok tasting beer. not my favorite.

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Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A dark red-brown-amber. Small amount of head. A little hazy. A good amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. A good look overall.

Smell - 3.5/5
Slightly fruity (cherries?) malts, roasty nutty aroma. Smell does not seem super strong though

Taste - 4/5
Darker carmelized malt flavor with some fruity esters. A little of alcohol, roastiness, and hops. Nicely balanced. In my mind this beer would taste similar to a 2 to 1 mixture of Bell's Amber Ale, and Arbor Brewing Co's Red Snapper. Basically a good amber, but with roasty undertones.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, smooth. Creamy. Carbonation is very light.

Overall - 4/5
I'd say this was a pretty good beer overall. No major complaints. I would have perhaps liked the roastiness to be a little more prominent.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange-amber with thin head. Chocolate and citrus notes on the nose. Those flavors carry over, plus lots of sweet maltiness. Appealing mouthfeel, but mediocre overall.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured a deep, red-amber with an oversized off-white head. I had to wait for the head to die down a bit before sampling this amber.

Aroma: the earthy Fuggle hops work great in the flavor but not so well for my nose.

Flavor: rich and malty; lightly sweet but turning mildly bitter by the aftertaste which also has a touch of hops. Approaches 8.

Feel: very smooth; near medium body; Medium, soft carbonation.

O: a wee bit more malt and hops than your average amber. Nicely done.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle picked up at a store in Mackinaw City; bottled May 7 2014. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep, muddy copper-amber colour, topped with an inch of creamy, light beige-coloured head. Good retention; it sticks around for more than a few minutes, slowly dissipating into a frothy cap and collar. The nose is mostly malty; lots of caramelized/brown sugar aromas, with a nutty, toasted character. The contribution from the hops is very subtle, and a little on the leafy, earthy side.

This is a tasty, well-balanced amber ale with a malt-forward flavour profile. Bready and nutty, with lightly toasted malts and lots of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty, somewhat earthy finish with a light hint of citrus, with a mildly bittersweet aftertaste that lingers briefly. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth, almost luxurious feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 3.84, a solid B+. Sundog Amber is a well-rounded, highly sessionable brew that I am really enjoying. I would not say that it offers anything particularly unique or memorable as far as this style goes, but amber fans in general will want to give this one a look. A very approachable beer and a nice selection for my 800th tick; I'd certainly consider picking it up again, at least if it became available on this side of the border.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is the color of rust, hazy and murky. A thick cream colored head sits on top and doesn't recede much. Good patches of foamy lacing remain on the glass.

In the aroma I get spiced apples, subdued bread malts, and apple tart on the back end.

The beer tastes bread and malty up front with a good cinnamon spice note coating the body. In the finish a tart fruit note emerges.

The mouthfeel is creamy.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. It has some interesting notes in it such as cinnamon and apples that go well with it's malt bill, making it a good beer for Autumn drinking.

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Photo of Chris_Hager
5/5  rDev +41.2%

This is one of my favotires. Slightly bitter, extremely flavorful, right in my sweet spot. I am not on the IPA bandwagon. I like some IPAs and dislike the extremely bitter ones. This amber ale is more my speed and this one from New Holland is one of my go-to beers that I could drink copious amounts of.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Date stamp 0174 13:38

Appearance: Hazy dark amber. Thin white persistent head – some sheets and thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Orange citrus backed up with a caramel sweetness. Some floral and leafy notes as well as the beer warms up.

Taste: Sweet with caramel, toasted barley flavors, and bready flavors. Orange citrus mixed in with some sweet-tea like flavor along with some more toasted flavors at the end. The finish has a lingering sweetness that is tempered with some lingering citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation – sticky on the teeth and palate.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite the malt bomb for an amber ale – not quite wee heavy territory, but I’m surprised with how much malt this beer has. I was expecting something lighter than what I got. I think it helps that I have a bit of a sweet tooth otherwise I think this beer might be a bit much. I had this by itself after mowing the yard and I think it may have been better with food. Still a good beer though if you’ve got a sweet tooth. As for drinkability, another one of these in an evening strikes me as a good idea – despite the sweetness there is enough other flavor going on that I’m not tiring of it.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/27/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, nuttiness, light citrus zest, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light citrus zest, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light citrus, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish, Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nutty, slightly sweet, caramel aroma. Very nutty flavor, not as hoppy as I expected for an amber. Slightly sweet, but with a lightly bitter and earthy finish. Fairly drinkable. Floral notes emerge as it warms. Better than I expected, but u wouldn't call it an amber.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice white/tan head. Nice lacing but the head is dissipating too quickly.

Smell: Roasted nuts, toast, caramel, dough.

Taste: More of a floral hop, with the slightest hints of the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little low on carbonation.

I like this beer a lot. I like the hop and toasted/roasted combo. I wish I could taste more of the roasted/toasted with the hop. This beer won't satisfy any cravings, but it is very enjoyable anyway. It makes for a tasty session beer.

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Photo of balcomjo7
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sundog is an Amber ale. This beers aroma has a Carmel scent with also a malt scent to it. It was a medium light beer. It taste like a fall beer. The wheat taste really came out in the beer.

5% ABV
This beer is a year round beer.
Color is a darker golden yellow.
Served on tap!

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Photo of sonnens4
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of brutusmuktuk
3.15/5  rDev -11%
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.

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Photo of Mojo
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of dwren89
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of FLima
3.48/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of Catherine8189
3.43/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.