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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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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
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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Photo of treehugger02010


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I found this bottle in the New Holland variety case I purchased at Bryn Mawr Beverage located in Rosemont, PA. I poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body is a clear dark amber body. The head is 1.5 creamy fingers tall, dark white, fine thin lacing and ok retention with medium sized bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are muted caramel malt, some earthy hops and pine resin.
Taste: The flavors are citrusy, pine resin and caramel backing.
Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied and crisp.
Drinkability: This is a fairly drinkable beer.
Don't drink and review.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 02:22:48 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of mtnbikerpa


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Copper orangish color. Some light hoppiness just enough to make it balanced. Some cereal and nutty notes but nothing really stands out. This is just a pretty plain ale, this is not a beer that I would reach for on the shelf.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2009 01:16:08 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a copper color. Thin white head doesn't stick around long. Not much lacing.

Not much going on in the nose. Kind of sweet. Malty with no detectable hop presence.

Flavor follows suit. The initial taste makes me think there might be some kind of citrusy hop note, but nope. Just a light sweetness, followed by toasted grain/malt. Dries out at the end.

Body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation seems appropriate. All in all, a pretty boring beer. The only thing I've had from New Holland so far that hasn't been very good.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 02:20:01 | More by Gyle41386
Photo of aggiearcher13


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Orange-hue, crystal clear. About a half inch of head that hangs around for a minute or so.

S: A little bit of malt and some faint herbal hops perhaps.

T: Toast, a little caramel flavor, finishes slightly sweet. Hops are pretty faint.

M: Medium to light body, carbonation is just OK.

D: It's an OK beer, nothing outstanding but pretty good for an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 02:46:07 | More by aggiearcher13
Photo of weasbri


3.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper color, with a finger's head leaving average lacing on the glass. Fairly malty aroma, a fair amount of resinous hops as well.
The flavor is pretty much sweet from the malt, not as much hop flavor as I would have thought. The hops try to come through in the finish, but fall a bit short of being able to balance the malt quite enough.
Still, a decent finish and manages to be just good enough to enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2009 23:35:59 | More by weasbri
Photo of adamette


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Live Review. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle purchased as a single from Cost Plus World Market in Mentor, Ohio into my Samuel Smith pint glass.

A Kind of basic. A reddish brown translucent body and one inch light colored head that stayed around for one minute. 3.0

S Required "amber" smell of barley and grains and medium malt with maybe some sweetness to the nose. 3.5

T Was going to report on what first presented as a kind of basic amber taste but after repeated sips I taste a nice nuttiness that I did not expect. This amber certainly delivers on being an amber but adds the nice touch of nutty that is welcomed. 4.0

M Medium with that medium malt, barley.

D Good. This is a reasonable amber, at one time (years ago) my favorite style.

Notes: The third of 7 New Holland beers that I am drinking/rating of late.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 20:30:19 | More by adamette
Photo of Vancer


3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dog pours a clear amber, changing murky once you add the bottom yeasties. Nice ivory head, adding good lacing on the way down.

Subtle notes of biscuit in the aroma, but the quaff turns a bit harsh with husky grain dominating over the toasted bread. Not a bad amber ale, but not one I'd put on my list to get again.

Bit disappointing for a New Holland brew, which always pleased me with there brews,

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 19:28:37 | More by Vancer
Photo of Spidey13


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sundog pours a hazy, orange/amber color with a small off-white head. The nose is nice and sweet, with maltiness, a hint of orangey citrus and some strawberry jam.

The flavor starts with sweet caramel notes, followed by a mild bitterness and some bready notes on the back. The flavors are pretty light. The mouthfeel is a bit thin but it fits the overall flavor of the beer. There is a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a very nice, easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 02:29:15 | More by Spidey13
Photo of Bung


3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Orange/amber pour, white head with a fairly vigorous pour. Some malt with citrus and limited pine aromas. Tastes pretty balanced between the malt and hops, some caramel, grass and pine. Good carbonation, a descent little amber ale. Not a blah and wet leathery as some amber ales. Off for the style, which is probably what makes it good. Drinability I'm sure is pretty high, though this will probably be my only one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 02:59:51 | More by Bung
Photo of mobyfann


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Paid $14.49 for a seasonal 12-pack from The Party Source...

The beer pours a clear amber ale with a small white head, minimal retention but nice lacing on the glass. Spotty of sweet hops but there is much to the nose on this one.

The taste is mellow (light bodied), a little spice (anise?), mellow sweet malts, and a touch of very tasty and floral hops, nice blend but lighter than most; carbonation is minimal. Excellent in the mouth and at 5.25% it's a great session beer since it feels lighter than it is.

Final Thought: It's light but well-balanced enough to off-set any of those beer connoisseurs wanting a little more hop action.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2009 01:41:57 | More by mobyfann
Photo of zeff80


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Photo of SpecialK088


3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Very clear amber/copper color 1 finger head and thick stick laceing all the way down the glass

S-Honey, hops, malt and some barley/grain notes

T-Smooth and crisp with some light hops and fresh barley. Very clean

M-Medium body very straightforward

D-Hot summer day or yard work i can imagine nothing better than this beer

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 01:44:43 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of tempest


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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
Photo of Tone


3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, some hops, and a strong earthy/grass aroma. Fits into the rather broad category of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of the earthy/grass flavor first, then the hop bitterness throughout, and some sweet malt in the finish. Quite nicely balanced with a little too much of the earth malt, overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2009 18:33:24 | More by Tone
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Poured w/out a head, but nice lacing throughout. Slightly opaque, copper color.

Smell was faint - apple, allspice, sweet malt.

Taste was quite interesting - lightly bittersweet, coffee grind, hoppy orange-peel tang, and yet smokey. Or-ig-in-ale.

Mouthfeel was nice - decent carbonation, enough of a bite to match the creaminess, and just a light film left afterwards.

Quite drinkable in my book - certainly not a top tier Amber, but worthy of a couple six packs.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 03:09:43 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of droomyster


3.6/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a white head that settles into a sudsy rim. Smells very earthy: sweetish malts and grassy hops with an interesting compost element coming through. Taste is fascinating. I can't say that I LIKE the flavor but I'm intrigued because there a lot there: sweet, biscuity malts are largely overwhelmed by its earthy characteristics. The finish has a fascinating cigarette butt quality. The medium body could use a bit more carbonation but this is definitely a good beer. One of the more interesting beers I've reviewed lately.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 07:24:51 | More by droomyster
Photo of HeyItsChili


4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a thick, clear, reddish amber with a little, foamy, off-white head.

S - Dark brown sugar and a bit of citrus.

T - Initially sweet, like dark honey/brown sugar, with some balance provided by citrusy hops, which is then leveled off by a mild, malty, wheaty aftertaste.

M - Juuust on the thick side of medium bodied, with low carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 00:02:38 | More by HeyItsChili
Photo of CHSLBrew


3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass.

A-Poured a 2 cm white head, low retention, no lacing. Beer was dark amber, pristinely clear.

S-Primarily bready malts, with strong undertones of nuttiness, slight biscuit. No hop aroma.

T-Bready, light-flavored malts, coupled with hearty nutty and bicuity flavors. A very present bitterness provides balance, but hop flavor is not present.

M-Thin-medium body with a medium-high carbonation. Feels non-descript in my mouth.

D-A decent enough beer. Certainly not my favorite, but for a lighter-bodied beer, the flavor is present and enjoyable. Won't seek this one out, but will enjoy it thoroughly if I find myself drinking one again.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2008 18:53:59 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of bluemoonswoon


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass.

Very clean and clear whiskey-amber with a frothy, though lasting and sticky, bone white, two finger, head. Aroma is a bit lacking. The first whiff seemed nice, sweet fruitiness, rich caramel maltiness mixed together, but smelling again these aromas are covered by a rather thick overly grainy/husky aroma. Taste rescues things a bit as the inital aromas return to form. Slightly less fruitiness, but this is replaced by enhanced caramel, cherry, and even the slightest bit of milk chocolate, notes and a very nice roasted malt character, just the slightest bit of husky, grainy, blandness inserts itself into the beer and clouds slightly the sweeter, cleaner aspects of the beer. Don't really think about the mouthfeel too much when drinking this, slight hop bitterness and drying sensation in the finish, mildly chewy maltiness, not impressive, but not dissapointing either.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2008 20:18:23 | More by bluemoonswoon
Photo of templar316


4.1/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark amber with a nice fluffy white head. Beutiful rings as you drink. Delicious sweet malt nose. A touch of hop bitterness to start, with awesome malty sweetness rising up to consume, stiffening to a crisp dry finish. Everything I want in an amber ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2008 05:26:32 | More by templar316
Photo of younger35


3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed 12 pack of New Holland brews from Friar Tucks in Bloomington, IL. Going to try to review all 6 different beers that come in the mixed pack today while watching football. Drank from a generic mug while watching North Carolina vs. Maryland & Minnesota vs. Wisconsin. FULL under the cap.

Appearance- FINALLY a New Holland brew with a head!! Pours a light amberish yellow with a decent half finger lightly fluffy off-colored white head.
Smell- Every so slightly sweet with a light roasted grain aspect that very, very light. Herbally hushed hops that are very earthy and borderline on citrus. Grassy and muted this is kind of a regular ol' nose.
Taste- Alright, more going on here than the nose. Nice big caramel roasted maltiness from the start. That big satisfying malt that I need in my ESB's and Browns. Light brown sugar as well with a light citrus bitterness at the finish. Lemon zest and candied orange to finish as the bitterness takes over on the aftertaste as it just lingers.
Mouthfeel- Lightly carbonated for a nice medium body with a creamy feel and semi dry finish.
Drinkability- I really liked this brew. Especially coming off of Ichabod and Full Circle. Its got a big brown maltiness to it that I love and reminds me of a Snickers bar cause it satisfy's. Darn good brew that I endoyed!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 21:55:51 | More by younger35
Photo of scruffwhor


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great, hazey rusted copper color. K head after the pour, but does recede a bit quikly to nothing. Barely any bubbling. The aroma has a dry, almost talcy smelling biscut malt. Plus a lemony hop. The taste has a great dry malt texure. Almost feels like your driking biscuit powder. Great bread flavors that are mixed well with a hoppy background. Hints of lemon, lime, and some mint from the hops. Great session beer from MI.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 17:34:48 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of Magpie14


3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: deep robust caramel brown color. Nice and sudsy head and bubbly lacing all around

Smell: sweet, caramel, and roasted malts. Touch of hops in there as well

Taste: toasted and malty, hints of toffee/caramel sweetness paired with a faint peppered hop bite. Pretty straight forward and balanced well

Mouthfeel: not the least bit dry or overly sweet. Slides down smooth and not to carbonated. Body is nice and well rounded. This beer has some class and is very drinkable. Nice beer to compliment a fall day and a good sipper in the summer. This is one of the better mainstay beers from New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 20:21:10 | More by Magpie14
Photo of BierFan


3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my tumbler glass.

Appearance: Orange-brown in color. Poured a small head that disappeared kinda fast.

Smell: It had a chocolate and caramel malty aroma.

Taste: I shouldn't have drank an IPA before trying to review this beer cuz the hop oils are kinda messing with my taste making it taste hoppier than I know it should. Luckily I know what Sundog is supposed to taste like from previously drinking it.

Sundog is a very fine brew and in my opinion it has more in common with a brown ale than an amber.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2008 22:46:28 | More by BierFan
Photo of birchstick


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a creamy loking head. The label reminds me of sunsets while spending vacation on the beach in Michigan.
S - mostly malts and and grains; however there is also a caramel tone as well
T - tastes of roasted caramel malts and a watery, bitter finish. These trastes were well balanced.
MF - creamy and full
D - Very good, just a tad bit bitter and dry on the finish.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 04:07:41 | More by birchstick
New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.