New Holland Sundog Amber Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Sundog Amber AleNew Holland Sundog 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

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

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Reviews: 188 | Ratings: 461
Photo of KTCamm
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

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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 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 JustLikeMyDad
2.05/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.54/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of ParnellJoseph1138
3.71/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of bwood06
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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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 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 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 drunkenmess
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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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 EmGM
3.12/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of mchegash
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of SierraFlight
2.66/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.65/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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 damndirtyape
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint glass. Date stamp 0174 13:38

Appearance: Hazy dark amber. Thin white persistent head – some sheets and thick strands of persistent lacing.

Smell: Orange citrus backed up with a caramel sweetness. Some floral and leafy notes as well as the beer warms up.

Taste: Sweet with caramel, toasted barley flavors, and bready flavors. Orange citrus mixed in with some sweet-tea like flavor along with some more toasted flavors at the end. The finish has a lingering sweetness that is tempered with some lingering citrus hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation – sticky on the teeth and palate.

Overall / Drinkability: Quite the malt bomb for an amber ale – not quite wee heavy territory, but I’m surprised with how much malt this beer has. I was expecting something lighter than what I got. I think it helps that I have a bit of a sweet tooth otherwise I think this beer might be a bit much. I had this by itself after mowing the yard and I think it may have been better with food. Still a good beer though if you’ve got a sweet tooth. As for drinkability, another one of these in an evening strikes me as a good idea – despite the sweetness there is enough other flavor going on that I’m not tiring of it.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into signature pint glass, bottled on 5/27/2014. Pours lightly cloudy deep reddish copper color with a 2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, toffee, nuttiness, light citrus zest, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light citrus zest, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light earthy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, nuttiness, light citrus, herbal, floral, grass, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; with a good malt/bitterness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish, Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good amber ale. Good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of barczar
3.62/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nutty, slightly sweet, caramel aroma. Very nutty flavor, not as hoppy as I expected for an amber. Slightly sweet, but with a lightly bitter and earthy finish. Fairly drinkable. Floral notes emerge as it warms. Better than I expected, but u wouldn't call it an amber.

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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 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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New Holland Sundog Amber Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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