Sundog Amber Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Sundog Amber AleSundog Amber Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
newhollandbrew.com

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
467
Reviews:
191
Avg:
3.54
pDev:
13.84%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
70
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 467 |  Reviews: 191
Photo of Chris_Hager
5/5  rDev +41.2%

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.

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Photo of jcooke71188
5/5  rDev +41.2%

Photo of pb9613
4.51/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of poogas
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of balcomjo7
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sundog is an Amber ale. This beers aroma has a Carmel scent with also a malt scent to it. It was a medium light beer. It taste like a fall beer. The wheat taste really came out in the beer.

5% ABV
This beer is a year round beer.
Color is a darker golden yellow.
Served on tap!

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Photo of Robdiesel21
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of scootercrabb
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of schultzm
4.5/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a thin yet creamy white head over a deep copper body. Leaves sheets of lace all the way down the glass. A mixture of biscuit, caramel, malt and floral hops greet the nose. There’s a bit of citrus and spice in the aroma too--- it’s a fairly complex hop bouquet that the label leads me to believe is entirely derived from fuggles hops. The flavor is rich biscuit malt up front, tempered with a rich sweetness, slightly fruity and finishing with a crisp bitterness. Substantial citric and spicy hop flavors throughout. Smooth mouthfeel. Medium bodied. Slightly drying finish with lingering hop notes.

A solid amber ale. One of Michigan’s best ‘workhorse’ ales and one of my favorites of the many great local brews. Excellent as a session ale or everyday drinker. It never gets boring.

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Photo of CycleDad
4.47/5  rDev +26.3%
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.

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Photo of BourbonBelly
4.4/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of elNopalero
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This poured an orange tinted amber color with light foam that rapidly dissipates. It has a sweetish aroma with some hazelnut notes emerging from the malt profile. (Hazelnut was on my mind as I had the Frangelic Mountain Brown a few days prior.) I get some orange notes from the hops and a honeyed sweetness. It’s an easy sipper with a nice carbonation & light malty finish with a slight hop bite. The lingering finish has hints of candied orange peel and a continuation of the honeyed sweetness. This wasn’t overly sweet or malty. A reminder that not all amber ales are equal. Definitely one I’d have again—and one I wouldn’t mind sharing with those who aren’t into hoppy ales.

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Photo of AngusOg
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KATramp
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of GinsuDave
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of mrjmann
4.25/5  rDev +20.1%

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

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Photo of shbobdb
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was looking for a nice light beer, right? I was about to order a lager (either Tennets or Stella) but I was drawn to this beer and figured . . . why not?

It was a nice light session beer. I really want to emphasize the ephemeral lightness of it, but that was coupled with a nice caramel and chocolate presence. Some toffee as well. So there was a lot going on without having a lot go on, if you get it. A nice light drinkable beer, the sort where you don't have to think about what you are drinking while having a good degree of complexity going on so if you were to decide to think about it you could. Furthermore, it tasted damned good.

I would buy a sixer of this if I were entertaining open-minded non-beer drinkers, or for myself if I just wanted to rock out on my porch. And if I saw it at a bar, I'd order it without hesitation for a first drink, or if I were looking for a mild restorative during the heat of summer.

I dig it. Certainly not a "seek out" beer, but if it comes your way and you are looking for a lighter offering it is certainly worth buying.

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Photo of Rzzzzz
4.17/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber, thin head leaving scant lacing behind. Aroma is fairly unique: caramel, malt, fruit, candy, punctuated by a sort of meaty/cheesy aroma that I find oddly appealing. Taste is sweet and malty with a hint of that meatiness and a subtle hops finish. Goes down smooth with gentle carbonation for a nice mouthfeel. Not your average amber; very enjoyable.

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Photo of ClePaul
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of EdgarGerik
4.14/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CRJMellor
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a light amber/tan with healthy off-white head, lots of lace on the side of the glass. Aromas were caramel, malt, with a minor dose of citric hops added. Very pleasant taste as balance was near perfect between smei-sweet malt and a light bitter taste. This six-pack went fast at the New Year's party.

Craig

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Photo of Boca-X
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer. A malty fudge brownie in a glass...you 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!

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Photo of templar316
4.1/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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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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Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.54 out of 5 based on 467 ratings.
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