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New Holland Red Tulip Ale - New Holland Brewing Company

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  ABV ?

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 04-24-2003)
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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Caramel amber hue with a full tan caramel head leaves evenly strung lacing. Aroma: Mild dose of hops sweet flowing caramel amber malts, traditional dead on amber ale. Taste: Mild sweetness nice roasty caramel twang mild bitterness low hop flavor nice well brewed solid anytime brew. Mouthfeel: Creamy texture perfect carbonation, nice and easy does it. Drinkability: Session amber ale a perfect first step when entering the realm of flavorful beer, easily could be a go to brew for me if available in Pittsburgh.

WVbeergeek, May 24, 2004
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark reddish copper; one of the darker amber/reds that I've seen. The occasional stray bubble makes its way up to an ecru-colored head that appears soft, but also looks as though it'll deposit a little lace. And does. Large, broken sheets adorn the opposite side of the glass as I drink.

The nose doesn't impress, mainly due to a lack of power. I had to practically inhale foam in order to smell anything. Toasted malt and spicy hops; not much else. The beer tastes 'darker' than I'm used to, considering the style. It's predominantly malty with heavily toasted caramel malt front-and-center and hops lurking in the background.

There are also flavor elements that one doesn't usually find in an amber/red ale. In particular, dried, dark fruits (raisins, cherries) and a certain nuttiness. It all comes together rather nicely though and I'm enjoying the flavor quite a bit. The finish continues the 'malt first' theme with a drying out of the initial mild degree of sweetness. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a barely noticed amount of carbonation.

Red Tulip Ale is good beer. It's different, but it works. New Holland is a mighty fine brewery from what I can tell. I wish I could get their wares in Iowa. Thanks to deejaydan for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, May 09, 2004
Photo of cokes
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous looking beer. Magenta-hued brown. The same color as the label. That's impressive. The head is sandstone and lasting.
Nose full of toasted grain and little else.
Begins with that same toastiness from the nose. Caramel sweetness helps quell it, as do the cherry and raisin notes. Some powdered cocoa resides in the later half along with fragments of buttery yeast. Ends drier with an introverted herbal/floral hop medley. Traces of molasses-coated walnuts around the swallow.
Medium bodied with an excitable amount of carbonation.
Solid brew here. Different, but that's most of the allure.

cokes, Apr 28, 2004
Photo of granger10
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a rich amber color with a moderate light tan head that did not diminish for quite some time. The smell gave me a sweet grainy flavor combined with some roasted flavors. The taste was a bit on the light side along with the body but it was quite good. I notice roasted barley combined with a nutty backbone, some tart fruit and a floral hop flavor, no bitterness though. Spices are there but not really describeable, maybe coriander? The yeast flavor might have provided the nuttyness and the spicyness. Finish is dry and airy. This was a really good, refreshing beer but just a little too light imo.

granger10, Apr 22, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous deep ivory head with great lacing. Clear reddish-brown in the glass. Taste is lightly roasted malt bolstered by a little sweetness. The roastiness carries over to the taste, which also features some light chocolate and a good dose of hoppiness that appears in the end. Finishes light and dry. A little more in the way of body and this would be a very good red ale.
Thanks to CRJM for the bottles.

beerluvr, Apr 18, 2004
Photo of proc
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of the best amber/red ales I've had in a long time. This one pours out to a dark, amber in the glass with a slight head. The aroma is that of a light malt and hay. The taste is very good, with a the malt featured prominently. There is a slight sweetness that makes this very drinkable. Incredibly drinkable, actually. Yet, another winner from New Holland, a very underrated Michigan brewery.

proc, Apr 13, 2004
Photo of Mitchster
4.08/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a clear dark-ruby...dark-brown when not held directly to the light. Forms a small, dark-beige head with a hefty pour. Retention and lacing are poor. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is spot-on for an amber...lots of roasted barley, a bit of chocolate malt, husky caramunich/Vienna malt, hints of chocolate and bitter cocoa powder. Hops are minimal in aroma. Mouthfeel is smooth with a complex and pleasing finish. Medium bodied. The taste is very good...starts with what tastes like German Noble hops, followed by a very nutty and toasty malt body. There is a tickly prick of carbonation and acidity in the middle and pronounced cocoa character, followed by a very toasty bittersweet finish which seems to linger forever, well-balanced by herbal hop bitterness. The finish has some grainy astringency to it as well, with hints of chalk and more cocoa. Alcohol and off-flavors are imperceptable.

A very solid, rich, filling and satisfying Amber/Brown Ale. Reminds me a little bit of a richer Fat Tire. This could pass for an Altbier anywhere else, as it is so cleanly fermented. Kudos to New Holland BC for churning out some great brews.

Mitchster, Apr 11, 2004
Photo of kwalters
3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a sucker for deep amber colored beers, thus the high appearance score. The rest of the beer is very average, or slightly above average. There's typical malt sweetness and slighlty syrupy mouthfeel but nothing to make this amber ale stand above the myriad of others.

Props to New Holland for making a beer that commemorates the tulip festival. More props for using the windmill grain crusher, though you'd never know if the bottle didn't say so.

kwalters, Mar 31, 2004
Photo of chilidog
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Its always a treat to get to try a seasonal from a brewer thats new to me. Such is the case with New Holland, thanks CRJMellor. The beer poured a nice, dark ruby red with a medium, short lived tan head. Lace was slight in spots. The aroma was nice. It had a sweet malty scent with floral backgrounds. The taste of a fruity, sweet cherry malt with a slight hop finish. The mouth is left with a slight bitterness as from spice. Overall a good feel to this medium bodied brew, though a biter-sweet combo, very drinkable.

chilidog, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of Skidz
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out an orange-brown and sits as a real nice, reddish brown in the glass with a fluffy tan head.

Smells malty with some nice floral aromas. Caramel and some walnut like notes also appear. Tastes strongly of malts, quite sweet, with a light fruity presence; cherries and something like apricots as well. Nice hop finish, only slightly bitter, but very nice. A bit of sourness comes out near the finish, a bit distracting but not entirely unpleasant, sort of like fresh Door County cherries...mmm.

Nice body to this beer, great carbonation for the style. Feels good all around. Very easy to drink. I can't find anything to complain about, but nothing to make me stand up and acknowlege it either. A good beer.

Skidz, Mar 27, 2004
Photo of abents
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a golden red with a thick white head and great lacing present.

Smell: Aromas of sweet carmel, roasted malts, floral hops, and a touch of fruitiness.

Taste: Very malty with a nice sweetness to it added in with some fruity notes of cherries. A little hoppiness towards the end, but nothing big. Very sweet amber ale with the malt carrying the brew.

Mouthfeel: A little on the weak side with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer, might get a little sweet if you have a couple though.

A pretty decent amber, nothing too spectacular, but the windmill ground malt kinda adds a certain coolness to the brew.

abents, Mar 25, 2004
Photo of CRJMellor
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby red with minor white head that does not impart any lace to the glass.
Aroma is deep caramel and darker fruits with some nutty and roasted notes also.
Flavor is a sort of roasted caramel hit with some buttery and rich hop hits on the backside.
Mouthfeel is very sweet,full and slippery upfront and then slides into a roasted somewaht dry middle finishes with a palate coating resiny hop spciy bitterness. Effortless transitions, really nice feeling beer.
Drinkability is very high, could definitely session this one

CRJMellor, Mar 17, 2004
Photo of MJR
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear garnet with some amber highlights. It's tan head starts out well, then quickly shrinks to a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The first impression I get is of malty sweetness, with a touch of Vienna malt. There's a fruitiness that's present, which almost smells like cherries. Balancing it out is a good dose of fresh, flowery hops.

Taste: Like the smell, the first thing that hits is the malt sweetness. Again, I detect a fruity, cherry flavor which almost gives a cough syrup suggestion. Interesting... Midway, the hops show up with a flowery note and slight bitterness, but not enough to shift the balance away from the malt. Finishes sweet and bready with a hint of minerals.

Mouthfeel: Fairly low in carbonation, with a fairly dextrinous mouthfeel. Finishes with a touch of dryness.

Drinkability: This is an o.k. brew...nothing great about it, but no serious flaws either, with the possible exception being the hint of cherry cough syrup in the flavor.

A 'thank you' goes out to 'Realale' for the bottle.

MJR, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of Realale
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep reddish-brown. Fine beige head settles to a complete cap.

Quite malty with touch of Vienna sweetness, a bit of flowery hop, and a touch of yeasty fruitiness.

A bit thin in the mouth. Mostly sweet bready malt, with a lot of Vienna flavor. The finish is quite minerally, but its short. Good mouthfeel, but not a terribly interesting brew.

Realale, Jul 07, 2003
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New Holland Red Tulip Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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