Sundog Amber Ale
New Holland Brewing Company

Sundog Amber AleSundog Amber Ale
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Red Ale - American Amber / Red
Ranked #833
Ranked #46,006
3.55 | pDev: 13.52%
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
Sundog Amber AleSundog Amber Ale
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A toasty, malt-accented interpretation of the style brewed with a very light hand on the hops. Pours lighter than expected, with a deep golden, almost iced-tea color and sparkling clarity. The cream-colored, velvety head lasts all the way to the end of the glass, evidence of the substantial malt in store. All of the judges were impressed by the overall finesse of the aroma, with exceptionally clean notes of caramel, freshly toasted bread, raisins and blueberries, and they all commented on the almost complete absence of hop aroma.

Oct 19, 2018
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a foamy head that lasts quite a while. Aroma is caramel and ripe fruit. Tastes of caramel, fruit and sweet malt. Crisp with a good mouth feel.

May 30, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a reddish brown with a thick, medium sized tan head that is short lived.

Smells caramel malts, bready, hints of fruit and roast

Tastes sweet malt and bready with roast and light citrus. Fades to a mostly dry light citrus bitter and roasted nutty linger. Lighter medium body with a slight bite from medium carbonation

Jan 22, 2017
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I love the name of this beer! As a sailor, long days at sea could literally and figuratively be brightened by the appearance of a sun dog. There is also a Stephen King novella named "The Sun Dog" & it is one of the few of his writings that I a) liked & b) sticks with me.

From the bottle: "Double suns, a.k.a [sic] sundogs, have inspired artists and philosophers for centuries. This amber ale pays tribute with toasty caramel tones and a nutty finish."; "Pairings: food off the grill, caramelized onions and tomato sauces like bbq and pizza."

My Bottle Backlog bottle has a 180-degree label from the current one in the approved pic. Mine shows an easily identifiable German Shepard on his haunches, poised in a left-facing direction while sitting on the edge of a wooden dock, taking in the Sundog. The current one seems more in line with King's imagination.

The dog yelped when I Pop!ped his cap, so I decided to be gentle with him. Once I got him into my glass, however, I felt compelled to do a vigorous in-glass swirl. This raised two fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with good retention. Who's a good boy? He sat down when commanded so that I could get a better look at him. Color was Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity & deep amber highlights. Pretty. Nose was sweet and bready, much like I remember the early versions of craft brewed Ambers to be. For a long time, an Amber was a brewpub staple until AIPAs took off and then they became forgotten until a modern, hopped-up revival brought them back in earnest. This was like old home week. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style. The taste was quite sweet, lots of bready and caramel malts at work with just a touch of cool, minty hops. It really sent me back - the year was 1987 and I had just reported for duty aboard NAS Alameda, CA. I was 22 y/o & I had developed a taste for better beer over the course of several overseas deployments. I mentioned my affinity to someone & they suggested Triple Rock Brewing Company in Berkeley. That was my first microbrew & I never looked back. Man, this beer is so evocative of that first one! I feel like I could hang out with this 'dog and drink all day, but I have places to be & people to see, so I gotta start wrapping it up. The 'dog whimpered when I gave him the news, but I promised him that I will be revisiting this beer. Finish was semi-sweet. I don't want to oversell its sweet qualities.

Jan 19, 2017
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Thomas_Wikman from Texas

3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer via a beer trade. I thought it was a pretty good amber ale, a bit different.

Look: semi-clear dark copper or dark amber with a half-inch bubbly off-white head.

Aroma: bready caramel with a tad of piney hops

Taste: The taste is caramel, bready, nutty, as well as some IPA like piney hoppiness. Perhaps not a typical amber but pretty good..

Feel: light to medium body

Jan 19, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

1/31...pours dark cloudy brown, foamy 1/4 inch white top. Sweet caramel nose, bready. Light fruit too. Bready nutty taste. Thins out fast. Toasty start, nutty finish. Smooth. Peanuts!

Feb 28, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is an amber color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma is a very nice blend of hops, citrus and caramel. The taste matches the smell.

Feb 27, 2016
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AleMan66 from Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this into a clear teardrop glass from a bottle. There was an impressive two-finger light-colored head. It poured a really nice amber red color. The taste immediately blew me away. It's a medium bodied, almost heavy bodied beer, lightly carbonated. It's one of my favorite red or amber ales.

Feb 06, 2016
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JustLikeMyDad from Michigan

2.05/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into my beer mug, pours a really dark brown, not what I expected from something labeled an "Amber Ale" Very thin foam head.
Smell like a fruity IPA.
Tastes strong bitter of hops, like an IPA would. Not too familiar with Amber Ales but this doesn't taste like ones I've had.
Despite the strong bitter flavor mild carbonation makes it smooth.
Overall: Like most "craft" beers I keep trying it's too strong with the hops, and I'm not an IPA person.

Jan 31, 2016
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1000lbgrizzly from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Milky red-brown body, tan head, lively carbonation. Toasty malt and weird prune comprise the smell. Body is more toasty malt, raw grain, mostly dry. Despite the fairly high carbonation, this is a pretty drinkable brew.

Jan 21, 2016
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delta490 from Virginia

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy, deep amber with a creamier tan head that has moderate retention. Leaves some nice smears of tight lacing throughout. The aroma is milder but has some dark fruity sweetness and a little caramel. The taste is more robust and retains the malt forward approach. The body is lighter, but not watery, and there is a decent carbonation tingle all the way through. An easy drinker with a more malt than hops.

Jan 18, 2016
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ParnellJoseph1138 from Minnesota

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Dark brown with a copper/red hue. Clear with a small white head. Poured into a pint glass. Medium carbonation.

Smell: A biscuit and bready malt aroma with some caramel notes.

Taste: The malt provides what you would expect from an amber. It's biscuity and bready, but it isn't as interesting and distinctive as some other amber beers. Some nut brown and caramel notes complement the the other flavors of the taste profile. Very mild earthy hop aroma.

Mouthfeel: Malt body is a bit thin and I expected a bit more depth. Moderate carbonation.

Overall: A decent amber and certainly a good beer to enjoy in fall and winter months, but it's sort of two dimensional beer and it could use some more character.

Dec 06, 2015
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap into a pint glass

A - 1 finger off-white, frothy head dissipates slowly to a thin lacing. Beer is clear and amber in color with very little visible carbonation. 3.75/5

S - Very simplistic and subdued. Dark stone fruit with a caramel sweetness and some light breadiness are really all that I get. 3.5/5

T - Dark stone fruit and caramel hit me right off the bat. The middle of the profile is formed by a bit of citrus rind and grapefruit. The finish features a pine resin with some light lingering bitterness that lasts quite a while. 3.75/5

M - Crisp and light bodied amber that has a light carbonation burn. Slightly drying on the back end and feels very clean. 3.75/5

O - Decent amber offering but the aroma and flavor could really have jumped out more. There are some great aromas and flavors present but nothing jumps out and makes me go "wow!". Good, enjoyable, even more enjoyable with food. 3.75/5

Nov 23, 2015
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pb9613 from Michigan

4.51/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: This beer pours a beautiful deep amber color with a nice tan head that lingers.

Smell: This beer has a strong caramel nose with some citrus of the hops.

Taste: This beer tastes like it smells. Heavy on the caramel of the hops and just the right bitterness of the hops to balance the flavor.

Mouthfeel: This has a has a nice sweet body.

Overall: This is a winner. I think it is underrated because people do not rate to style. If you are drinking an amber ale, you expect a caramel flavor balanced by the hops.

Sep 07, 2015
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CycleDad from Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful dark Amber with a thin cream-colored head that dissipates within a few minutes. Very drinkable. Malt forward with a very smooth finish. Carbonation on the low side but just right for this beer. One of the best Ambers that I have had in a long time. Will definitely be having more. I do not understand the lower-rated reviews.

Aug 17, 2015
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SD-Alefan from South Dakota

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a medium reddish-brown with an off-white head and lots of lacing.
The aroma is bready with a bit of spice and slight hints of fruit.
The taste is led by a touch of light bitterness then some biscuit and caramel sweetness and a bit of fruit, ending with a long, drying and lightly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and creamy.
Overall, a tasty and easy drinking beer.

Jul 20, 2015
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drunkenmess from Michigan

3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark ruby amber. With an amble amount of white head. Generous lacing. Smells of oats, nuts, and slight roasty aromas. Taste is light bodied with a nice balance of nuttiness and ale. Light fruit taste is present. Very nice mouth feel and after taste that lingers and stays. Good brew overall.

May 31, 2015
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Boca-X from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. A malty fudge brownie in a could pour this over vanilla ice cream and it would be delicious!

Personally I think this is a very underrated brew on BA...

Very well done IMHO...cheers!

May 21, 2015
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EmGM from Michigan

3.12/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: deep amber color
Smell: a little nutty, deeper smell, a tad hoppy (not expected)
Taste: a tad hoppy (not what I expected), malty, nutty, deeper flavors that i didn't really expect the richer flavors based on the color
Aftertaste: deeper flavors linger for a while
Overall: not what I was expecting, was a tad disappointed but overall an ok tasting beer. not my favorite.

May 05, 2015
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michiganmatt from California

3.88/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
A dark red-brown-amber. Small amount of head. A little hazy. A good amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. A good look overall.

Smell - 3.5/5
Slightly fruity (cherries?) malts, roasty nutty aroma. Smell does not seem super strong though

Taste - 4/5
Darker carmelized malt flavor with some fruity esters. A little of alcohol, roastiness, and hops. Nicely balanced. In my mind this beer would taste similar to a 2 to 1 mixture of Bell's Amber Ale, and Arbor Brewing Co's Red Snapper. Basically a good amber, but with roasty undertones.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
Medium bodied, smooth. Creamy. Carbonation is very light.

Overall - 4/5
I'd say this was a pretty good beer overall. No major complaints. I would have perhaps liked the roastiness to be a little more prominent.

Mar 22, 2015
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SierraFlight from Virginia

2.66/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours orange-amber with thin head. Chocolate and citrus notes on the nose. Those flavors carry over, plus lots of sweet maltiness. Appealing mouthfeel, but mediocre overall.

Feb 28, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured a deep, red-amber with an oversized off-white head. I had to wait for the head to die down a bit before sampling this amber.

Aroma: the earthy Fuggle hops work great in the flavor but not so well for my nose.

Flavor: rich and malty; lightly sweet but turning mildly bitter by the aftertaste which also has a touch of hops. Approaches 8.

Feel: very smooth; near medium body; Medium, soft carbonation.

O: a wee bit more malt and hops than your average amber. Nicely done.

Dec 05, 2014
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle picked up at a store in Mackinaw City; bottled May 7 2014. Served well-chilled.

Pours a deep, muddy copper-amber colour, topped with an inch of creamy, light beige-coloured head. Good retention; it sticks around for more than a few minutes, slowly dissipating into a frothy cap and collar. The nose is mostly malty; lots of caramelized/brown sugar aromas, with a nutty, toasted character. The contribution from the hops is very subtle, and a little on the leafy, earthy side.

This is a tasty, well-balanced amber ale with a malt-forward flavour profile. Bready and nutty, with lightly toasted malts and lots of caramel/toffee sweetness. Nutty, somewhat earthy finish with a light hint of citrus, with a mildly bittersweet aftertaste that lingers briefly. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a very smooth, almost luxurious feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 3.84, a solid B+. Sundog Amber is a well-rounded, highly sessionable brew that I am really enjoying. I would not say that it offers anything particularly unique or memorable as far as this style goes, but amber fans in general will want to give this one a look. A very approachable beer and a nice selection for my 800th tick; I'd certainly consider picking it up again, at least if it became available on this side of the border.

Oct 14, 2014
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is the color of rust, hazy and murky. A thick cream colored head sits on top and doesn't recede much. Good patches of foamy lacing remain on the glass.

In the aroma I get spiced apples, subdued bread malts, and apple tart on the back end.

The beer tastes bread and malty up front with a good cinnamon spice note coating the body. In the finish a tart fruit note emerges.

The mouthfeel is creamy.

Overall, this is pretty tasty. It has some interesting notes in it such as cinnamon and apples that go well with it's malt bill, making it a good beer for Autumn drinking.

Oct 12, 2014
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Chris_Hager from Michigan

5/5  rDev +40.8%

This is one of my favotires. Slightly bitter, extremely flavorful, right in my sweet spot. I am not on the IPA bandwagon. I like some IPAs and dislike the extremely bitter ones. This amber ale is more my speed and this one from New Holland is one of my go-to beers that I could drink copious amounts of.

Sep 13, 2014
Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 472 ratings