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New Holland Red Tulip Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Red Tulip AleNew Holland Red Tulip Ale

Brewed by:
New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Mitchster on 04-24-2003

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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of nortmand
4.65/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice deep, amber red pour with some off white head.
Smell is very malty, with a little bit of hops presence and a nice toasted malt aspect.
Perfectly sweet, with a silghtly toasted complexity and a little hop bitterness to finish it off.
A very smooth, drinkable ale that should be sought after.
Very well done.

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Photo of KevBrews
4.52/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My friend Kyle is a huge fan of this beer, but for some reason, I've never had an opportunity to try it, or scarcely any other New Holland brews. But now I see what Kyle likes so much. Look for more reviews from this brewery, hopefully very soon!

A: Low carbonation results in a skimpy head. Body is deep red, almost the color of cherry wood. Slightly murky.

S: Sweet malty aroma; low hops.

T: Big round malt flavor; touches of caramel and fruit, with the slightest hints of smoke, vanilla, and oak. Low hops.

M: Creamy, full; feels prickly on tongue.

D: Wow, this is so much different than most red ales! I had more or less given up on this style, but this beer may have turned me around. Such full flavor. I'll be trying more New Holland beers, and will be looking for this on tap come Spring.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2007 edition, featuring a minimalist tulip label design this year.

Pours a thin off-white had over a bright crimson body. Head drops quickly, leaving thin lace. Fairly strong aromas of sweet caramelized malt lead are the main players with a light berry-like fruit meandering through. Flavor is similar with a big caramel malt character up front, backed by berry fruit notes. A significant chocolate and biscuit character as well. Hops are light to medium, but there is enough bitterness and earthy and floral flavor to keep the malt in check. Body is lean to medium, with a soft feel and dry finish.

Hands down one of my favorite Michigan brews. I look forward to its arrival each spring almost as much as the warm weather. Think of it as the love child of a Scottish and Amber ale. It features a great malt complexity without being too sweet.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Hazy pinkish red-orange hue with a tan one finger head that quickly settles to a thick collar and some wispy haze. A swirl brings back a solid finger, and a decent amount of lace is left on the glass. This is a good looking red ale!

S - Sweet caramel malt with some apple juice and toast. Raspberry jam and peanut butter on toast. This is much more solidly malty that I thought it would be....there are a lot of toasty, nutty, and fruity things going on here. No real hop aromas though.

T - Sweet, sweet malty goodness! This is caramel coated joy in a glass for malt-heads. A good deal of grassy and leafy hops show up here, whereas they were non-existent in the nose. There are big peanut butter flavors here too, along with some raspberry jam covered toast. This burst of flavor was unexpected for a style that I normally associate with boring mediocrity.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a sweet slickness that coats the mouth. The finish is very slightly dry and hoppy, but the overall effect is sweet and juicy.

D - This just may be the most drinkable brew that I've had in a while. It's got all the right stuff...lip-smacking flavor, my daily dose of hops, a big heap of malty sweetness, excellent thirst-quenching ability, and a relatively low ABV (I'm guessing). I have been avoiding this catch-all category of beer because most other red ales that I've had have been boring watered down and half-baked quasi-APAs with no real character, this however, has changed my opinion of what a red ale can be.

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Photo of deejaydan
4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very malty amber ale from our friends at New Holland. Seasonal brew to come out around Holland's Tulip Festival every year. Decent head retention, and well, a red color to it, as it should. Head vanishes rather quickly though. Smell and taste are good, malty, slightly nutty and sweet. A very easy drinking beer, something I could drink all night and not get tired of.

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4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Pint on tap at New Holland Brewing. Pours Orange with a thin head. Medium body ale with a pleasant aroma, with hints of fruit and florals, as well as a slight pine hops smell at the end. Tastes great, slightly fruity up front with a slightly char finish. A little caramel flavor, along with decent hoppy undertones. Great session beer!!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This soft, malty, and sweetish red ale passes through the lips, across the tongue, and down the gullet; pillowy-soft and velvety smooth with a dextrinous medium-full body and restrained, low-key carbonation. In the glass it's a hazy, deep reddish-copper that reveals glowing orange highlights near the base of the glass; and rests beneath a frothy head of ivory colored foam that holds quite well and leaves some very nice lacing about the glass. Biscuity and lightly toasty malt appears in the nose, but the combination of its sweetness, yeasty fruitiness and subtle diacetyl, and crystal malts combine in the flavor to make it much more mellow, nutty, and deeply caramelish. It's backed by a restrained but balancing bitterness... and this beer really is all about rich, supple maltiness! It's oh-so-round and soft! What hops are present in the flavor (leafy, grassy, floral) only add a nuance to the overall character, and never stand out on their own. It finishes drying despite its rich maltiness, and it never builds on the palate. It's unique, and easy to drink, and would certainly have enough carachter to carry you through several servings. I could see this beer working in any number of situations (holiday dinner, after-work pint, ice-cold from the cooler BBQ beer, sporting event, etc.); and it's clearly an accessible, cross-over beer for those looking to move away from the mass produced American lagers that are so predominant! Give it a try!!!

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Photo of mattcrill
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to BA bro cmaruschak for letting me sample this beer.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy brick red with a nice tan cap on the top. Sticky lacings cling to the side of the glass.

Smell: A malt lovers dream! Wheaty, yeasty high points dominated by a carmel, maple syrup base. Cinnamon and cloves are in there as well.

Taste: Wow...this is kind of cool. There is a lot going on here. Wheat bread notes, just a brush of citrus from the hops, some cloves, cinnamon, and carmel. There is a crispness at the end that fades away to a really nice finish. Dang, this is tasty!

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a touch of creaminess. Prickly due to the carbonation. Really nice.

Drinkability: I could easily make a session out of this one. Blended well enough not to tear up your palate but lively and complex enough to keep the tongue interested. This one's a keeper!

Thanks again to cmaruschak for a killer beer!

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Photo of cb8282
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of nanobrew
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of letsgopens
4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This Amber Ale pours a woody, pure amber with a light tan head. Some orange amber highlights are also visible.

Very fruity with dark caramel malt and molasses. Some clove, honey, and a toasty nutty sweetness. Decadent as well, somewhat like chocolate covered cherry cordials. A buttery, sweet bread note comes through as well. Mildly tangy with some syrupy sweetness. Heavily cooked apple and a barley graininess. Absolutely fantastic in the nose!

Syrupy and mellow with buttery brown bread and nice fruit: apple, berry, citrus, and fig. Sweet and woody and not terribly pronounced provided the outstanding nose. Mild hops and vanilla with a ghost-like smoke note. Heavily cooked grain, honey, and molasses. Very complex and earthy but rather understated. Very nice however.

Velvety with fine, moderate carbonation and a buttery slickness. Medium bodied as well. A unique and enjoyable rendition of the style.

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Photo of ByTor2112
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a case a few weeks back-time to finally review.
Pours light shade of brown-murky. Amberish with some orangey colors coming through at the edge of the glass. Beige head dissipates.
Aroma-malty, caramel, toffee, some lightly roasted malt aromas.
Mouthfeel-good cabonation delivers a light bitterness. This gives way to one of the neatest malt flavor profiles I have ever had. The aromas described become flavors. Some grainy textures on the palate too. A froth on the palate keeps it consistent. This is malt dominat but very flavorful and yummy. Rating high? You bet, great ale.

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Photo of kdoc8
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oddly enough, because this isn't an overwhelming beer, this is the beer that started to turn me into a beer snob. I was bored and living by myself one summer, so I started trying out new beers available from Martin's Supermarket (South Bend, IN) down the street from my house. And this was the first I actually sat down and thought about reviewing properly. It had a very unique taste compared to your run-of-the-mill industry beers and I was hooked. It pours out a deep reddish-brown with a semi-thick head. It looks more like a brown ale than an amber. The smell is great - of roasty malts but mainly a very strong aroma of flowers. And the taste is much the same - a complex of roast and flowers and chocolates that works very well. It's a Spring release, but I didn't have any trouble finding it all summer.

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Photo of redmosquito
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful deep red beer with a thick lacey head. Sweet toasted malt aroma balanced with some background hops and yeast. Excellent caramel flavor, with a nice toasted balance, some hops hear, but the malt complexity is the star. The beer has enough body to handle the bitterness. This is a beer I really enjoyed and would recommend as a top "red beer."

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Photo of tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium reddish color with moderate slightly off-white head.
Smell is very subdued with a slight sweet maltiness noted.
Taste is excellent. Lots of fruitiness, moderate caramel present.
Finishes with a nice taste retention.
Prefect drinkability. Great beer.
Enjoyed at Ron's Schoolhouse Grill.

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Photo of ngandhi
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

They're really making a name for themselves with this yeast. At times, it's so rich and chewy you're thinking this can't be beer, there's gotta be some chardonnay in this, like in Pilgrim's Dole. At other times, the buttery diacetyl is so intense, it manages to compete with the vanillin structure of oak age, like in Dragon's Milk. It's overwhelming and, to many, off-putting. But here, it has found its home.

Red Tulip is classic American amber. Thick and sweet from malt, yes, but so intensely flavored with mid-boil hops and never bitter. Every sip is a little different from the last -- floral hops, caramelized cane sugar, ripe fruit, grain, a touch of cocoa, smoked meat, maybe even a hint of raisins. I'm thinking Amber, yes, but also of bocks, Belgian dark ales, ESBs, British milds, and cheap pilsner.

Larry: You've got competition.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Deep ruby-amber with dark mahogany at the edges. Off-white 1-2 finger head with spittles of lace down the glass.

S: A bit faint with some toasted caramel malt and soft leafy hops aromas.

T: Really excellent with loads of toasted caramel malt and an assertive but not overbearing earthy, leafy hops edge that keeps the beer mellow, as an amber/red should be.

M: Medium-to-full bodied with spritz of carbonation to add a little life to the finish. Aftertaste is sweet and long.

D: A very well-crafted amber-red ale with a nice but not over-the-top hops bite that adds some flair to this very solid, enjoyable red ale.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from NorthernTimber as part of The Easter BIF Bunny exchange. Thanks for the chance to revisit this one.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" beige head above the slightly cloudy reddish brown brew. Head holds well at 1/2 the original height, with good lacing. Aroma is crushed grains, with a light fruitiness. Taste starts with the fruitiness, but quickly turns to the ficus, the grain husks that mellow in your mouth, like munching on a couple grain pellets swiped from the bucket when feeding the calves. Mouthfeel suffers a tad from the possibly over-powing of fruit at the onset, but the malting in this one cannot be denied, and the drinkability is very nice, you keep coming back for more.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz single, Woodman's

appearance: a lovely label...pours into great dane imperial pint glass a vibrant garnet mahogany, slight beige head and very little lacing. bright and glowing, orange tint

smell: floral, bouquet, lots of sweetness, cherry, raspberry, toasted malt, caramel...pretty unique aromas for an amber, very floral and fresh

taste: very smooth and easy drinking...fresh bouquet, sweet caramel malt, light smoke, sweet cherries, raspberry, subtle earthy hops, slightly woody, molasses, a little buttery. a good one from new holland

mouthfeel: medium body, light carbonation, smooth

drinkability: very very drinkable

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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.

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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.

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Photo of trancefishy
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours out a dark amber witha nice little head, not really much lacing.

aroma is of malt malt malt. smells a bit fruity, as well.

taste is a good ol' american malt fest that midway through tastes a bit like dark sugar, and finishes out with a crisp clean hoppy bitterness. a very nice mild lingering aftertaste that begs for another sip.

mouthfeel is creamy and has good substance, carbonation is decent as well. i like drinking this beer.

this is a good beer. not only representative of the style, but an archetypical "good beer".

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Photo of Mitchster
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber color. Off white head that holds together pretty well for a while.

Aroma is full of caramel covered fruit, floral and citrusy hops, and a soft roasty note.

Good malt driven caramel. A few fruity esthers floating about. Earthy and slightly floral hop bitterness. Just enough to keep this from being cloying.

Good body and carbonation. Well balanced, easy to drink.

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