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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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80
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331 Ratings
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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.11%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | 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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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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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polished orange-gold, almost clear. The head is tan in color, reasonably dense and looks to be a good lace maker (only average as it turns out). The nose is too weak, but I can manage to pick up both malt and hops. Finer distinctions aren't possible however.

The flavor is, likewise, a bit too understated. Toasted grain-like caramel malt dominates with less hop presence than I appreciated in the aroma. The beer is neither sweet nor dry at the start and in the middle and dries out at the end. The body is firm enough, but without a more assertive flavor, it doesn't have much to do.

Sundog Amber Ale is my fifth beer from this brewery and it's, by far, my least favorite. That doesn't mean that it's bad or that I don't want to finish it, just that it doesn't have a whole lot to recommend it. Slightly above average, but way below New Holland's average.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2004 01:10:12 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine and consumed on 07/16/2008.

I used this one to round out a mixed six pack the other day as I realized I had never tried it before and was curious. Served it straight out of the fridge into a pilsner glass while I was cooking on the grill last night. Nice pour with a good orange amber color to it. Very clear with excellent carbonation streaking up through the glass. A two inch high head of white foam then rose up and quickly settled down but not before depositing copious side glass lace.

Nice light aroma of bready malts. Musty with a good solid base to it and hints of wheat. Light hop nose in the beginning but it quickly faded, a touch one sided to be honest. The flavor was solid. Roasted malts, beady with a good biscuit like flavor to it. Nice medium bodied feel. A bit slippery at times, but still good carbonation. I was able to session this one with no issues at all, even in the 100 degree heat so it has to get marks for that.

Overall I thought this was a rather nice summer ale from New Holland. Not the best thing in the world, but pretty darn good for what it is. Cant really go wrong here.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 10:16:18 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

Not really the biggest Amber Ale fan, I find myself liking this brew. Colored somewhere between amber and orange, leaves a little carbonation and head retention to be desired. Mild aromas of lightly toasted malts, fruity sweetness, and earthy hops. Tastes sweet and bready with toasted malts. Decorated with a light nutty flavor, earthy hops, and flowery / fruity fermentation esters. Textrued nicely creamy / bready feel for a medium mouthfeel. Finishes a little less than clean, but pleasantly sweet and malty. Pretty decent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 03:17:35 | More by BEERchitect
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.08/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a clearish amber body with a foamy white head.

Smell: Light aroma of toasted malts and equally light hops.

Taste: Caramel malts and, ugh, unfortunately what I suspect to be a little DMS (and a little DMS goes a long way).

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin. Mild carbonation.

Drinkability: Its no wonder that Sundog looks so forlorn and inconsolable.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2007 23:36:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

3/5  rDev -14.5%

07-20-2014 04:37:28 | More by ygtbsm94
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

12-22-2013 16:13:21 | More by jaydoc
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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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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2005 21:39:13 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out as a standard looking amber ale. The head has a yellowish tinge to it and it fades within a fee minutes just leaving small ring around the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet with some subtle hops in the background. The same in the flavor profile. The mouthfeel was a little heavier than medium. This beer was alright, not one that I'd need to have again.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 23:25:40 | More by Knapp85
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a Dogfish Head shaped pint glass.

Another random brewski thanks to the strange buying habits of my brother. It pours a clear sunrise amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, sweet caramel, mandarin oranges, and a pinch of cardamom. The taste focuses on the juxtaposition of orange peel and caramel, with a strongly mild (whatever that really means...) bite of flowery hoppy bitterness at the finish. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice brew, nothing special, though it doesn't pretend to be special anyway. A good brew to just sit back and relax with.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 23:01:05 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a clear reddish, orange color with a foamy, white, two-finger head that left some patchy lace.

S - It smelled of caramel, malt and some mild floral notes.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel malt with a subtle bitterness.

M - It was crisp and smooth with a slightly dry finish. A light to medium bodied red ale.

D - This is a pretty decent amber ale. It makes a nice session ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 00:43:38 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

New Holland's Sundog Amber Ale offers a basic but pleasing ale that's well-balanced with a touch of sweet malt and notes of yeasty fruitiness. Its clear, deep amber body appears copperish in the glass beneath a creamy head of off-white froth that holds well and leaves sticky rings of lace. The nose is limited, offering just a bit of malt, but it's clean and welcoming. It's dextrinous in the mouth with a fine, moderate carbonation (@2.4 volumes CO2/ltr) that leaves it quite smooth. In the flavor, the just-slightly-caramelish and subtly toasty malt dominates upfront but is quickly backed by some spicy hop flavors and a firm bitterness that reigns it all in. It finishes with some lingering malt and a bit of the yeast fruitiness found in the nose, as well as more more spicy hop flavor and bitterness. It's really well done, and although this beer won't bowl anyone over, it could serve quite readily as a steady session ale. Very nice indeed!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 22:09:53 | More by NeroFiddled
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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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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly foggy orange amber. Nose is nonexistent basically. Very little going on. Extremely minor leafy character on the nose. Flavor is smooth and even, but not very exciting really. Some leafy character there, but overall the whole ride seems boring and bland. Decent carbonation, but the liquid feels too syrupy I have to say. Overall this is a mediocre amber ale. You won't miss anything if you pass.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:13:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and coppery look, under a thin layer of milky white froth.

Malty noseherbal, a bit vegetal, earthy, but not too beefy. Nice, though. Minimal hops here.

Taste: slick and sweet, a tasty grab on the tongue. Medium bodied, tidy malt finish. Good mouthfeel, if not great. Nice heft, hangs well in the mouth, nearly juicy.

Definitely a must try for lovers of malty amber ales. Not the sort of thing I'd normally spend $9 a 6-pack on, but, you know, had to give it a shot. And I will enjoy the remainder of the 6'er.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 05:26:40 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Bready & malty notes, plus a touch of pear

T Woody & herbal hopa, faint musty grain, dryness, pears up front. leafy hops, apricots & woody hops as this warms. Finishes with a lot of dryness from woody hops, plus a touch of fruittyness

MF: Medium bodied with firm carbonation, starts thinning out as this warms, okay balance

A very run of the mill amber, glad I got this as part of mixed sixer

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 13:53:04 | More by russpowell
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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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Gavage

New Jersey

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

Appearance: clear amber in color with a two finger head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam. Some lace develops.

Smell: caramel sweetness and ripe fruitiness is picked up by the nose.

Taste: caramel, red apples, a soft bitterness, and a nice malt sweetness creates a decent amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp to start, a bit less crisp at the finish. Short aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer and several can be had in a session.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 12:26:12 | More by Gavage
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tempest

Pennsylvania

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

Pulled out of a variety case. Poured a clear amber with a white head. Looking good. This drank a little more dry than most ambers I've had and coupled with the sharp, hoppy finish, this is a relatively bitter beer.. The malts have a mild, dry toffee and bread crust taste, while the hops have a pepper and orange peel character. Dry and leaning towards a pale ale, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:01:38 | More by tempest
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2006 00:40:07 | More by rhoadsrage
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

05-21-2013 20:46:56 | More by InspectorBob
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades quickly leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Apple cider nose. Starts sweet with apple cider flavor that becomes hoppy and drying as it warms. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from Chalet Party Goshen, In.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2006 22:16:46 | More by jdhilt
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with CRJMellor. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the dark amber brew. Head not terribly long-lasting, but laces great with lots of foamy bits. Aroma is a bit malty for an amber, which is to my liking. Taste is initially a bit citrusy, follows with some bitterness, which leaves not much room for the malt that was portended in the nose. A bit disappointing there. Mouthfeel is okay, the bitterness just doesn't seem to work for me, and the drinability is a bit better. Middle of the road quaff for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 01:22:37 | More by ppoitras
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -14.5%

03-08-2013 23:15:23 | More by ejimhof
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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.