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New Holland Red Tulip Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

New Holland Red Tulip AleNew Holland Red Tulip Ale

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 145
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%

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

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-24-2003)
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Photo of MaskedDrinker


3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

This is the staple of Tulip time in Holland, MI. It is a great beer that I wish could make it to more parts of the country. It is simple, but delicious. I remember having this for the first time during my first Tulip festival. I was somewhat a newby to craft beers, but I knew i liked this right off the bat.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2013 02:18:45 | More by MaskedDrinker
Photo of Knapp85


3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a reddish brown color with out a whole lot of head on it. I think that the bottle may have been a little old. I felt that it looked a lot like a tea of some kind. The smell was a little fruits with some herbal notes in there. The taste was a lot like an unsweetened raspberry tea. The mouthfeel was thin and not very heavy at all for the color it had. The beer was alright, I'd try it again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:35:07 | More by Knapp85
Photo of JizackFH

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a deep ruby color, and has a large creamy off-white head. The head left okay lacing on the glass.

S - It smells faintly of toasted malts, a bit of fruit, and some citrus.

T - The initial taste is toasted malts. There is caramel sweetness present, as well as some fruitiness, citrus, and some earthiness.

M - The body is on the lighter side of medium, and it had good carbonation. It goes down pretty smooth.

D - The drinkability is pretty good. It goes down easy, and it is pretty refreshing. This a pretty good beer, and I think its worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2010 01:35:51 | More by JizackFH
Photo of Brent


3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Overall, a pretty bland example of the style. Poured an amberish-ruby. Aroma was vague sweet malt. Overall flavor profile was on the sweet side, with little distinctive about the hopping. Mouthfeel was a touch thin. Not bad, just uninteresting and average.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 15:09:29 | More by Brent
Photo of EtOHMD


3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had 2 samplers at the brewery to see which beer I wanted most. Many good ones but for a 16 oz this won out. Pours a maroon chestnut translucent color with minimal head. Smells floral, roses, tea leaves. Taste is slightly sweet iced tea with malted tones. Feel is dry and crisp. Taste / feel lingers in a good way. Easy drinkin on a warm summer evening. Wish they sold New Holland in Mass.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2010 00:01:44 | More by EtOHMD
Photo of revdrkevind


3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

s- I've had this bottled and on tap, and of course it's a bit better on tap, so that's where I'll focus.

a- Dark amber, not quite black but very dark.

s- Average. I don't really remember any stand-out notes.

t- This beer instantly tasted to me like somebody had poured Killian's and Guinness into the same glass. If you're a fan of reds, this seems like a pretty fine beer, sort of a sampler for the genre. There's some creaminess and burnt like Guinness, but also some hops and bitter like Killian's.

m- Average. Not too creamy, not too watery. Bitterness and burnt flavors are average for the type.

d- Again, average. This is a pretty good-tasting beer if you like reds, and goes down well. I'm never shaking the last drops out of the glass, but I do tend to look for it when it's in season.

verdict- A pretty good red, and if you'd ever felt pulled between ordering Guinness or ordering Killian's, now you have a solution- order this, and get both! (Actually, I'd still go for straight Guinness, but this is a fun try once in a while).

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2010 14:58:23 | More by revdrkevind
Photo of DrDemento456


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice deep amber with no head to speak of which is weird since I had hard pours all night.
S - Mostly rum or bourbon. I really couldn't pick out any other smells but a alcohol smell...
T - Kind of heavy dark fruit. Really wasn't too harsh with the ABV (which is what BTW? I must be around 6 or 7 at least)
M - Really harsh to drink. Almost off putting. Other may enjoy it more than I did and I was defiantly a sipper.
D - Na no thanks better than the Dragons Milk but not as good as the IPA. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 07:21:52 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of AdamGarcia


3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz btl poured into Kasteel goblet.

A: Copper with bright red highlights shining through. Little bit of head from strong pour, not much of it sticks around for long...just some clingy remnants.

S: Sweet, pleasant aroma. Fruity undertones, but I have to really linger to get much from this one. I'll give Red Tulip a pass in this department b/c I am slightly under the weather, but I don't detect much.

T: Not terribly impressive. This is a very mild beer. Flavors are strictly sweet. No real hop presence to speak of, but certainly this is intentional. Something about it tastes vaguely Belgian...most likely the bread-like finish.

M: So-so in this department also. Feels slightly undercarbonated.

D: I wouldn't necessarily want to, but you could drink several of these mainly b/c there is nothing offensive or particularly distinct about this beer that would prevent sessioning.

I'm not a big fan of this style and that has a lot to do with the low score. If red/amber ales are your thing give it a try. In fact my girlfriend loves malty brown ales and this happens to be a beer that she really enjoys. New Holland has many other offerings that are well worth trying, most notably Dragon's Milk.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2010 06:06:51 | More by AdamGarcia
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a rocky ecru head; leaves a few squiggly lace pattern on the pint glass walls

Smell: Caramel dominant, with a toasty character and a hint of grassy hops

Taste: As with the aroma, the caramel malt dominates up front, with some hints of toast and a grassy bitterness that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malts continue to dominate, with a dark fruit and powdered chocolate character on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, perhaps a bit too syrupy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reminds me of a doppelbock to some extent, even though this is an ale; not bad, for a change of pace from the hoppy side

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 18:33:53 | More by brentk56
Photo of kels


3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap last night at Fries Cafe. Poured into a pint.

Appearance: Pours a reddish brown, ruddy color, mostly clear, with a short, quickly disappearing white head.

Smell: The fragrance is full of grainy malts, with no hop presence. Very light and hardly detectable overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The malts come across as light and biscuity with a slight sweetness and are accompanied by a light, floral hop finish. Overall not very flavorful or impressive - I wouldn't necessarily know this was a red ale if the bartender hadn't told me or the name hadn't alluded to it. Feel is moderate and slightly flat, not really helping accentuate the taste.

Drinkability: Moderately high, but not because it's full of great flavor or feel; just easy to keep drinking because not much gets in the way.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2009 13:13:11 | More by kels
Photo of PirateUlf73


3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours semi-hazy and reddish-amber in color. White head settles out fairly quickly and lacing was average.

S: Thick in toasted toffee and caramel aromas. Almost honey-like as well. Very sweet scents, almost sickly so.

T: Warm, toasty flavors up front. Sweetness is balanced nicely by a muted hops earthiness. Some faint caramel and bread notes manage to come through as the beer warms.

M: Silky medium body. Carbonation was higher than expected, but still restrained enough to let the flavors linger. Finishes pretty clean and neutral.

D: A solid kick-back amber that goes down real easy.

Not too bad. Nothing extraordinary, but a very solid beer. The brew was much more balanced in the taste than the nose initially suggested, something that was much appreciated by this reviewer. May not be complex enough for some, but I'll definitely be giving some of my "beer impaired" friends a taste of this bad boy.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 05:52:29 | More by PirateUlf73
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Attractive cream brown head of assorted bubble sizes, settles into a steady half finger level with generous lacing. The red mahogany color possesses both brightness and hue depth, semi-opaque without any haze. Caramel and toffee notes of malt take up most of the nose, chocolate covered raisins, barley, candied orange peel, the more you sniff the more you get the underlying leafy hops. Full-bodied at first but does slough off weight nearer the finish. Carbonation contributes to this, while not so helpful here it does you a solid in lessening the sweetness of the rum raisin, toffee, caramel, molasses, cola nut, milk chocolate and cherry, raisin, prune fruit flavors. Less greenness in the hops but they do have a drying effect as well as a more earthy, woody feel. With the richness of the malts and then unwillingness to give in to the sweetness it comes off as at cross-purposes.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 23:41:21 | More by farrago
Photo of deereless


3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Brownish tea, thin layer of splotchy foam, crystal clear - 4.00, S: Heavy on the toasted malts, extremely nutty, some brown sugar - 3.75, T: The tongue follows the nose in that it is quite nutty, a little hop bitterness is present, caramel malt - 3.25, M: Heavier than expected on the tongue, a touch of creaminess - 4.00, D: A pleasant beer, I like the hop bite but beyond that it is a slightly above average Amber Ale - 3.75

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:48:39 | More by deereless
Photo of BeerImmediately


3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average appearance, without much head. Zero lacing.

Smell was interesting - fruit punch and cinnamon when cold, and some caramel sweetness as it warmed.

Taste was just as unique - the first thing that came to mind was Sex on the Beach... tropical fruits, cheap vodka, some grape, and finising with a lightly charred aftertaste.

Thin mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Certainly an easy drinker - pleasant flavor and not heavy or cloying. I'd trow anutter one down.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 23:37:28 | More by BeerImmediately
Photo of WakeandBake


3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Notes Oct 30 08
A clear ruby red/copper color,with an offwhite head,faint traces of carbonation,spotty lacing. The aroma is heavy on the caramel-malts and balanced by floral hops,toffee, and some citrus.Flavor of caramel,medicinal hops,and a hint of nuttiness,Mouthfeel was slightly chalky, with a medium body and an odd aftertaste. Finishes dry.I found this to be very average across the board,would like to try on tap though.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 13:53:30 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of ByTor2112

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a case a few weeks back-time to finally review.
Pours light shade of brown-murky. Amberish with some orangey colors coming through at the edge of the glass. Beige head dissipates.
Aroma-malty, caramel, toffee, some lightly roasted malt aromas.
Mouthfeel-good cabonation delivers a light bitterness. This gives way to one of the neatest malt flavor profiles I have ever had. The aromas described become flavors. Some grainy textures on the palate too. A froth on the palate keeps it consistent. This is malt dominat but very flavorful and yummy. Rating high? You bet, great ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 12:41:04 | More by ByTor2112
Photo of Rootdog316


3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an almost brown amber with a little bit of a head that is gone before I get back upstairs from the fridge. Aromas are dull... caramel malt - that''s it. Flavor is pretty malt heavy, too. Caramel and maybe some fruit around the edges. Pretty good, but pretty plain.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 03:23:53 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of bunnyhustle


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

Solid 4's for this one! I'm going to start with the drinkability score which for being an Amber (which I'm not personally a fan of) I was very impressed and thought it was a solid brew. Pours clear and deep copper with amber highlights. A thick white head with good retention. Smell is strong of caramel malt, a bit of toffee as well. Looking over other reviews there were several mentions of fruit but I personally didnt detect any. But thats just me and the circumstances when I had this beer were not "ideal." Taste is malty, a bit of biscuit and deep sweet caramel, a bit of a hop presence. Mouthfeel was very nice I thought, this is the first beer I've had in a while that has that smooth, velvety texture to it. Good beer from New Holland.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:07:53 | More by bunnyhustle
Photo of argock


4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Deep ruby-amber with dark mahogany at the edges. Off-white 1-2 finger head with spittles of lace down the glass.

S: A bit faint with some toasted caramel malt and soft leafy hops aromas.

T: Really excellent with loads of toasted caramel malt and an assertive but not overbearing earthy, leafy hops edge that keeps the beer mellow, as an amber/red should be.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with spritz of carbonation to add a little life to the finish. Aftertaste is sweet and long.

D: A very well-crafted amber-red ale with a nice but not over-the-top hops bite that adds some flair to this very solid, enjoyable red ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2008 01:22:37 | More by argock
Photo of treyrab


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass

A: The appearance caught me off guard. It is a very hazy opaque cider color. Looks like carbonated apple cider exactly.

S: The first thing I smell is tons of munich malts. There is a sweetness in the nose that I like.

T: The taste is very sweet with tons of munich malt, caramel, and a little toffee flavoring. The hops are definitely there also on the finish, but not too much.

Overall, there is a very nice sweet caramel taste that I like. The mouthfeel and carbonation are excellent as well. Overall, a decent brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2008 01:13:21 | More by treyrab
Photo of guntherhophead


3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I decided to pick this one up at Churchill's, our local grocer. They usually keep a nice collection of beer in stock including local brewers.
The overall appearance of this one was interesting. Deep amber with thin head with moderate lacing on the glass. Looked heavily carbonated when
I poured it, almost like a cola. The smell had a hint of caremel with toasty grain as well as citrus rind and faint hops. The taste
was a bit molasses with light hops up front and a toasty rice finish. Very mild. The mouthfeel was smooth and light. Not as heavily carbonated as I first thought. This one goes down easily. Refreshing on a warm day and sturdy enough to session.
I reviewed this beer yesterday and my opinion stands except I wanted to add a pairing. Aged spanish gouda. The gouda
that I purchased from Zingerman's in Ann Arbor has a grainy texture and a salty, nutty taste. Red Tulip goes great with it!
The cheese brings out the subtle caremel and toasty grains of the beer as well heightening the molasses and citrus making the beer even smoother. Perfect for dessert!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 19:26:36 | More by guntherhophead
Photo of oelergud


3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Long neck brown 12oz glass bottle with a pry-off cap. Gray label, red and white oval encircling a tulip.
Semi transparent deep ruby body, slightly off white creamy large bubbled head with great retention and clumpy lace.
Mild green scent and white bread.
Bready, pinenutty flavor, mild and slightly hopped. Shortlived malty aftertaste.
Light medium body, a bit of a dry finish.
Decent drinkability.


Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 04:55:30 | More by oelergud
Photo of ajmoody76


4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pick a six from the local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. amber, clear, two finger tan head. nice lace.

toasty malt nose. hint of fruit. no off odors.

toasty malt flavor. fruit hop aftertaste. balanced.

good carbonation. mid to full body. good beer. this could be a session beer for me. i would like to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2008 02:00:40 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of ibashmuck


2.5/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Big creamy head on an amber body. Smell was nice, floral, sweet, caramel certainly the dominant scent as well as dominant taste. Sadly, the citrus bitterness really overshadowed everything else. Would be nice to have that toned down a bit and see if that floral scent could come through a bit in the taste.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 06:30:32 | More by ibashmuck
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with decent lacing.

Smell: Toasted malts, a bit of fruit, mild citrus hops.

Taste: Nice toasted malt backbone, mild fruit, citrus, earthiness.

Mouthfeel: Seemingly more medium-bodied, though on the lighter side of things, with full carbonation and a fairly velvety feel.

Drinkability: A solid amber. I only got one one bottle but I could easily have a few of these. Balanced and tasty overall.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 15:13:24 | More by asabreed
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New Holland Red Tulip Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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