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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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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 163
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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Photo of blitheringidiot


3.65/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Basic 12 oz. browner with russet pour and good head. Decent head retention that left lattice lace throughout this swig session.

Sweet mixed fruit of pears & apples, followed by a bit of woody graininess.

Excellent balanced blend of inviting sweet caramel malt & Fuggle Hops. Sweet sticky finish. A bit earthy. This sundog runs away leaving the tangy malts behind. Dry in the mouth which overtakes the juicy characters.

Last swigs: Standard beer offering that lends a hand to an easy drinker. Worth a try for pale ale heads. $33 for a mixed case. Eh! What are ya gonna do for some variety? Worth the inspection. Thanks to fellow BA Shapudding for the offering.

Beer is good. Happy variety pack beering.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2004 05:03:28 | More by blitheringidiot
Photo of shapudding


3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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...

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2004 22:11:38 | More by shapudding
Photo of HappyHourHero


3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Lightly sweet malty aroma. Small, Light khaki colored head fades quickly to film. Smooth drinking, carbonation on the light side, and it's pretty light bodied. Sweet malt, some very mild caramel, and just a little bitterness to hold it in check. A decent beer, but nothing stands out.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2004 03:31:39 | More by HappyHourHero
Photo of putnam


3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

red brass colored juice - watery suds
cereal-box aromas - clean
Flavors of rice krispie treat, dry, neutral roasted bitterness.
Well balanced with a yawning, dilute core in the middle of pleasing, nutty toffee richness.
Certainly a commercially viable style of beer. Not heavy, bitter or wierd. There seems to be a lack of substance though. Next time lager it, maybe.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 23:31:01 | More by putnam
Photo of jsolack


3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2004 20:59:16 | More by jsolack
Photo of ngandhi


3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beery nose and a lightly caramel palette backed by small citric hops and pleasant fruity fuggles character. A touch of honey with an afterthought of grain is the basic center of this beer and it never deviates to far in any direction. One dimensional, but with quality. Light bittering and noticeably dry finish. Well integrated, but not impressive with character.

Relax, relax.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2004 22:50:11 | More by ngandhi
Photo of CRJMellor


4.1/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber/tan with healthy off-white head, lots of lace on the side of the glass. Aromas were caramel, malt, with a minor dose of citric hops added. Very pleasant taste as balance was near perfect between smei-sweet malt and a light bitter taste. This six-pack went fast at the New Year's party.


Serving type: bottle

01-02-2004 02:39:33 | More by CRJMellor
Photo of cokes


3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sunset golden with a head of true noteworthiness. Appears as a marshmellows plopped into acid, as the central mass remains as a bouyant clump, surrounded by liquidfied foam. Oodles and oodles of stain on the side of the glass. This impressives, though not color-wise.

Nose full of cereal (though *malt* cereal) and white toast. And nothing else.
More cereal and toasty graininess on the buds. This is a complaint I had with with Palealooza, and it remains a complaint with this one. Here, there are also whispers of dry toffee. But not to the extent I'd like. It seems to need more depth, more sweetness, and less grain.
Rides outs with a minor Fuggles flourish of damp, burning leaves.

Light bodied and flat tasting. It's drinkable, sure. Just boring and lifeless.

With some alteration and bolstering, this could become a solid ESB-styled brew.
It's just not there right now.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2003 07:38:31 | More by cokes
Photo of maxpower


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

Dark hazy orange-amber color, nice foamy head leaves a nice lace that last sticks to my glass. Cloudy with floating yeast chunks. Clean flowery mild hop aroma, very balanced medium body feels full on the palate, nice mild hop bite in the finish, decent amber.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2003 14:07:30 | More by maxpower
Photo of jackndan


2.63/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sundog Amber: Brownish colored beer with a very nice head and nice lacing. My notes indicate that this was, of all things, a tea flavored beer. Think liptons iced tea, and you’re getting warmer. This “beer” had a flat uninspiring taste, not much going on here. Not so good.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2003 20:40:31 | More by jackndan
Photo of Mitchster


4.05/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Caramunich and biscuit malts; Nugget, Willamete, & Fuggles hops
OG=1.060, 5.25% ABV, 31.63 IBU.

Clear, light-amber with golden accents, forms a thin white head atop small bubbles despite a vigorous pour with nonexistent lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is delightful, extremely similar to Bell's Amber with nice fruitiness, amber grains, pleasant caramel, and very mild hops in the English character. Mouthfeel is initially somewhat harsh but has a soft finish, with a medium body. Taste starts out with some pleasant fruity hops, fading into rich, earthy, husky grains and somewhat funky green, peaty manure (much more subtle, but akin to Belhaven Scottish Ale in a nitro-can), melding into a rewarding finish of bready, toasty grains (I think that's the biscuit talking), faint sweetness, and earthy hop bitterness and flavor.

Overall, an enjoyable and unique brew. I would pick this if Bell's Amber were not available.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2003 17:16:48 | More by Mitchster
Photo of Viking


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

Pours a slightly hazy amber, with a pretty fat head. Head retention leaves a bit to be desired, but leaves lace all over the glass as it recedes, and keeps a thin lace on top throughout. Malt certainly dominates the smell and flavor - it's much richer than most amber/reds on the market. The malt smell is a very biscuity caramel, with some spicy/herbal hops adding balance. The taste is not as bready as the smell indicates, but is full of caramel flavor. Very solid hop presence in the taste make this an excellently balanced ale. Nice, spicy hop bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to moderate in fullness, and slightly oily. Overall, one of the best ambers I've had. Could be a pretty solid session ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2003 15:53:26 | More by Viking
Photo of inebrius


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

Pours vivid amber under a thin and grasping head. Malted apple-butter on bermuda grass toast floats up to the nose. A mellow tang is sandwiched between a sweet malt spine and earthy hop skin. Creamy and hairless. If I didn't know any better I would think I was drinking a fine imported ESB. Prime goods from the mitten state.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2002 10:27:46 | More by inebrius
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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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