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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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Reviews: 181 | Hads: 435
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of bahumutx
3.68/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber with a one finger head.

Smell: Malt sweetness and bread. Also hints of a slight citrus aroma.

Taste: Starts of with some citrus notes maybe from the hops. Then flavors of biscuits and caramel malt come through. Ends earthy and also with some malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth Mouthfeel with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. I could have a few of these in a sitting.

Another good offering from New Holland. Although this is not the best amber ale I have tried it is not terrible either. Keep up the great work New Holland.

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Photo of misterscooter
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like a good pour into the glass and this one was lovely. A solid inch of head that lasts and lasts and very wet so it sticks a bit but no lacing. The color is amber, leaning toward brown.

Not much to the smell other than yeast and hops but it is a good reminder of what beer is.

The first taste is dry but smooth. A very simple beer that is slightly bitter with a little bit of a hot and sweet mustard. Possibly a session beer because it goes down well and has the standards of a solid, well made beer. Mmmm, beer.

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Photo of frazbri
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sundog from New Holland poured a copper/amber body. The head was white, but was just a whisp. The ale smelled of flowers, honey and orange peel. Sweet flavors of honey and orange marmalade started things out. Bitterness showed up in the finish. Sundog was light bodied with an effervecent carbonation, but the finish was clean.

The head was the only disappointing aspect of this beer. My description makes this beer sound sweeter than it actually was. Sundog is quite balanced and clean. This would be an outstanding lawnmower beer.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.22/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a hazy golden amber with some orange hints. There was a small, but noticable off-white head that faded but left some lace around the glass.

Aroma was one of malts -- bready, some toastiness and a bit of the malty sweetness.

Flavor is also favoring the malts, with some astringency that detracts somewhat for me. There is some hops that are noticeable, adding some balance. Finish is pretty dry.

Overall a decent beer with a few rough edges for me. I had this one after a day of watching volleyball matches at the Boys Junior Olympics....was pretty enjoyable; but I switched to a Mad Hatter after one.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of granger10
3.15/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured an amber orange color with a medium frothy white head. Aroma was of toasted malts and caramel. Taste brought balance but no real distinct flavors. A little toastiness and a smooth body. Hops were weak and not bitter at all, more spicy and slightly citric. Malts were quite dry and toasted, no residual sweetness whatsoever. Good balance and easy to drink but rather forgetful in the end.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange/copper color. Thick white rocky head. Fair head retention, good amount of lace. Slight toasty aroma combined with citrus. Big biscuit malt, with an earthy hop flavored finish. Hints of citrus also. Moderate amount of bittermess, but does not take over or really come close to the biscuity malt. Medium body, moderate carbonation. An interesting beer for the malt lover. Almost seemed more like an ESB. Good beer.

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Photo of mhowell
2.53/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nice amber color. Came out with a thick beige head and held it. Carbonated as hell. Decent body, but had a dry, metallic, bitter aftertaste that killed it for me. As it warms up from 55°, the aftertaste is diminishing, a little. I am having a hard time finishing this one. My first beer of '05. Hope the year gets better.

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Photo of clvand0
3.72/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very light amber color with a small head that doesn't stay around long and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma was mainly citrus and caramel. Nothing spectacular. The flavor had a large citrus presence, but the biscuit malt made itself known as well. Not a bad beer. Could use a little more body/thickness, but ok to drink.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.05/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one says theres biscuit in there. I hope its not too much, as I can only handle so much. The beer pours a hazy golden color (where's the amber?) with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is not bad...there is definately biscuit malt in there, but a sweet orange and caramel tone running behind it to bring in some sweetness. The flavor is dominated with the biscuit, but there is a good orange sweetness and earthy hop splashed in there to give it a little balance. The feel is moderate to thick. A little more body would be good, but just a little. Drinkability suffers from the dominant biscuit character in my mind. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of alexgash
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Medium amber/copper with a sticky, glass-lathering, light-tan head.
Nose is fruity, biscuit malt with a rusty, bitter hop punch.
Rummy, fruity malt flavors start off with a touch of toffee sweetness. Big, resiny hops follow. Well-balanced. Finish is bitter and slightly warming. Medium-bodied, with your average amber ale feel—lightly chewy and creamy. Not bad.

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Photo of karengarys
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is just becoming available around me in northwest indiana, so I had to give it a try.

This pours hazy amber, nice and rich looking. Little head, though, which dissipates quickly. There is just a small foamy ring around the glace, and no lacing at all.

Smells somewhat fruity with hops present. Pretty good. Nothing foul,. either.

Taste is not my cup of tea, but I'd consider it quite good for the style. Citrus rind bitter, with a touch of pine.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Nice and fizzy at first, switching to creamy, and finishing with a dry hop bite.

The dry finish is very nice - that is my style, but there is a bit of pine, and a slight bitter aftertaste I don't like. You may like the pine finish, though, if you are into that. ...the aftertaste is another story though...

I think this is a worthy offering, but feel it is more like a pale ale. In any case, if you are into this type of flavor, I really recommend giving this a try if you can.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +15.5%
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!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a somewhat hazy orange to amber color.Little head that quickly fades.Very little aroma.Nice full malt flavor upfront.Slight hop bitterness in the finish.Some slight notes of caramel.Very nice full body.A decent amber-would make a good session beer.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.18/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at From The Vine beer tasting Jul 9th, 2004: Pours a slightly cloudy amber color with a medium off-white head. Thin lacing throughout. The aroma is difficult to detect, light toasted malt and a hint of citrus. Medium-bodied and generally smooth, with malt, caramel and a bit of hops in the flavor. The finish is mildly bitter hops. Unfortunately the beer just doesn't seem to be trying very hard to distinguish itself in any way. Passable overall but not really worth coming back to.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.67/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of shapudding
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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...

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Photo of HappyHourHero
3.22/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of putnam
3.53/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jsolack
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of ngandhi
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.


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