Sundog Amber Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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Sundog Amber AleSundog Amber Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.25%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-01-2002

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Reviews: 191 | Ratings: 465
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 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 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 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 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 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 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.


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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 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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Photo of AleMan66
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

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Photo of mrfrancis
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark amber with a puffy, lingering white head.

S: Aromas of biscuits, toast, caramel, and dried fruit are present on the nose.

T: Notes of heavy cream, vanilla, biscuits, minerals, roasted nuts, toast, raisins, and toffee gently wash across the palate. The finish is malty and smooth with cream, vanilla, and bread notes.

M: Medium bodied, firm, and dry with active carbonation. Very drinkable. Smoother than expected.

O: I do not tend to enjoy American amber/red ales all that much, but this one is a winner. I will definitely be revisiting it the next time I'm in the mood for a beer of this style.

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Photo of inebrius
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours vivid amber under a thin and grasping head. Malted apple-butter on bermuda grass toast floats up to the nose. A mellow tang is sandwiched between a sweet malt spine and earthy hop skin. Creamy and hairless. If I didn't know any better I would think I was drinking a fine imported ESB. Prime goods from the mitten state.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear and coppery look, under a thin layer of milky white froth.

Malty noseherbal, a bit vegetal, earthy, but not too beefy. Nice, though. Minimal hops here.

Taste: slick and sweet, a tasty grab on the tongue. Medium bodied, tidy malt finish. Good mouthfeel, if not great. Nice heft, hangs well in the mouth, nearly juicy.

Definitely a must try for lovers of malty amber ales. Not the sort of thing I'd normally spend $9 a 6-pack on, but, you know, had to give it a shot. And I will enjoy the remainder of the 6'er.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.06/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed with Caramunich and biscuit malts; Nugget, Willamete, & Fuggles hops
OG=1.060, 5.25% ABV, 31.63 IBU.

Clear, light-amber with golden accents, forms a thin white head atop small bubbles despite a vigorous pour with nonexistent lacing. Carbonation is mild. Aroma is delightful, extremely similar to Bell's Amber with nice fruitiness, amber grains, pleasant caramel, and very mild hops in the English character. Mouthfeel is initially somewhat harsh but has a soft finish, with a medium body. Taste starts out with some pleasant fruity hops, fading into rich, earthy, husky grains and somewhat funky green, peaty manure (much more subtle, but akin to Belhaven Scottish Ale in a nitro-can), melding into a rewarding finish of bready, toasty grains (I think that's the biscuit talking), faint sweetness, and earthy hop bitterness and flavor.

Overall, an enjoyable and unique brew. I would pick this if Bell's Amber were not available.

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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Photo of frazbri
4.03/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sundog from New Holland poured a copper/amber body. The head was white, but was just a whisp. The ale smelled of flowers, honey and orange peel. Sweet flavors of honey and orange marmalade started things out. Bitterness showed up in the finish. Sundog was light bodied with an effervecent carbonation, but the finish was clean.

The head was the only disappointing aspect of this beer. My description makes this beer sound sweeter than it actually was. Sundog is quite balanced and clean. This would be an outstanding lawnmower beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: amber in color, 3/4 inch head, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: rich toffee and caramel with toasted malt

Taste: sweet caramel, earthy hops in the middle, sweet toffee towards the end and meadow

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate-high carbonation, sweet start with a bitter spike in the middle and a less bitter end

Overall: A nice sessionable treat, nice and malty but just enough hops to give it balance. Not the best amber I have ever had but a damn good one.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A really nice amber ale - New Holland managed to pack in the flavor on this, without pushing it beyond the style elements. Rich caramelized malt flavors with a touch of sweetness. Sturdy hopping that complimented the malt profile. A lot of character for what is often a nondescript style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pretty nice dark amber color. Very little head.

S - Slight bread, caramel and toffee tones with a touch of hops

T - Not very hoppy in the taste more of a sweet amber with a bready malt base. Sweet caramel and toffee notes make it tasty.

M - Light to medium bodied.

D - New Holland seems to have a pretty solid brew here. Perfect balance of hops and malt.

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Photo of donmonkey1
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark brown with a nice white/tan head. Nice lacing but the head is dissipating too quickly.

Smell: Roasted nuts, toast, caramel, dough.

Taste: More of a floral hop, with the slightest hints of the smell.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a little low on carbonation.

I like this beer a lot. I like the hop and toasted/roasted combo. I wish I could taste more of the roasted/toasted with the hop. This beer won't satisfy any cravings, but it is very enjoyable anyway. It makes for a tasty session beer.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
4/5  rDev +13%
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.

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