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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2002

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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 454
Photo of BEERchitect
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +15%
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.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.84/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper colored body, much like a PA, maybe a little darker. Creamy white head.

Smell: Lightly metallic, with some malty sweetness. A little grassy, too.

Taste: Big biscuit malt flavors, fruity and full. Does need a bigger hop punch, and the sweetness gets a little obnoxious after a while. Not a bad tasting beer, just not up to par with the style.

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Photo of ADR
3.68/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of trep
3.93/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A semi-cloudy dark orange with a diminutive head of white bubbles scattered across the face of the brew.

Honey, sugar, toffee, and light corny malt.

Surprising bitter hop surge initially that fades to give light to the more subtle sweet malt flavors that round the brew out. Some roasted chocolate malt. Definitely some corn in the finish. Not bad.

Very creamy and smooth, nothing overbearing about this one. Carbonation is spot on, and to be generous, its medium bodied.

Super easy to drink. This is a beer that's super tastey and not so high in alcohol. A perfect session beer if I could get my hands on mass quantities.

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Photo of Brian700
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a nice amber color with a white head that settles down to a ring around my glass. Minimal lacing.

The aroma is pretty subtle but there is some maltiness there.

The flavor is malty sweet with some biscuit malt flavor and mild hop presence. The hop presence leans more towards spicy.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

This is a pretty drinkable beer. I would pick up more of this for a session brew.

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Photo of profzoom
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a reddish copper color with a snow white head. The aroma is subtle and malty, with a light smoky quality. The taste is pleasant, the sweetness of the malt paired with the slight smokiness apparent in the smell. It has quite a bit of carbonation, with a slight twinge of bitterness going down. Overall, a decent offering.

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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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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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