New Holland Red Tulip Ale | New Holland Brewing Company

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New Holland Red Tulip AleNew Holland Red Tulip Ale

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New Holland Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Spring

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Added by Mitchster on 04-24-2003

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Ratings: 164 |  Reviews: 146
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew poured out as a reddish brown color with out a whole lot of head on it. I think that the bottle may have been a little old. I felt that it looked a lot like a tea of some kind. The smell was a little fruits with some herbal notes in there. The taste was a lot like an unsweetened raspberry tea. The mouthfeel was thin and not very heavy at all for the color it had. The beer was alright, I'd try it again for sure.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It takes a really good Amber Ale to win me over, since I am not usually a fan of the style. But this one seems very solid. Enough flavor, body, and complexity to stand on it's own, but not so overbearing that you can't enjoy a good dinner with a few. A true looking red / amber color with ruby highlights and nice clarity. Perhaps a bit overcarbonated, but it seemed to fuel the nice head retention and lacing that I am experiencing. The aromas are of strong amber malts, barley sweetness, and fermentation tartness. A medium hop aroma (pine and grasses) makes its way into identifyable territory, but doesn't dominate. The tastes are very consistent with the aromas; emphasizing the strong malt presence, but tempered nicely by bold hop additions. The feel is a smooth, but rich feeling maltiness--too often this style lacks here. The beer goes down real easy and leaves with a medium sweetness / dryness. Consistent throughout, this is a nice beer. Makes me wish I bought more than just one. On par with North Coast Red Seal.

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Photo of brentk56
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear mahogany color with a rocky ecru head; leaves a few squiggly lace pattern on the pint glass walls

Smell: Caramel dominant, with a toasty character and a hint of grassy hops

Taste: As with the aroma, the caramel malt dominates up front, with some hints of toast and a grassy bitterness that develops by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malts continue to dominate, with a dark fruit and powdered chocolate character on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full, perhaps a bit too syrupy; moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Reminds me of a doppelbock to some extent, even though this is an ale; not bad, for a change of pace from the hoppy side

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
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 oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Brass in MT. Pleasant,MI. on $1.00 Michigan beer night,poured a hazed light amber with a nice two finger sticky white head.Caramel was most prevelant in the aroma with some dryer earth-like hop aromas as well,no frills flavor wise caramel malt and so roastiness lingering into that earthy drier hop finish keeping it from being overly sweet.A food friendly amber and easy going down,recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium-dark reddish copper; one of the darker amber/reds that I've seen. The occasional stray bubble makes its way up to an ecru-colored head that appears soft, but also looks as though it'll deposit a little lace. And does. Large, broken sheets adorn the opposite side of the glass as I drink.

The nose doesn't impress, mainly due to a lack of power. I had to practically inhale foam in order to smell anything. Toasted malt and spicy hops; not much else. The beer tastes 'darker' than I'm used to, considering the style. It's predominantly malty with heavily toasted caramel malt front-and-center and hops lurking in the background.

There are also flavor elements that one doesn't usually find in an amber/red ale. In particular, dried, dark fruits (raisins, cherries) and a certain nuttiness. It all comes together rather nicely though and I'm enjoying the flavor quite a bit. The finish continues the 'malt first' theme with a drying out of the initial mild degree of sweetness. The body/mouthfeel is medium-full with a barely noticed amount of carbonation.

Red Tulip Ale is good beer. It's different, but it works. New Holland is a mighty fine brewery from what I can tell. I wish I could get their wares in Iowa. Thanks to deejaydan for the bottle.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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 RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish red. Nose is definitely wood forward. Flavor is very woody with a thick leafy caramel combination of flavors. Consistent flavor profile. Feel has a full carbonation and a good liquid body. This is a balanced red ale. Consistent and even, it’s a smooth one to drink. I felt it was good. Nothing exciting, but easy to drink.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, carbonated, red as they get...pillowy, off-white foam...inviting.

Malty nose, rosy, fruity, lightly sweet, ...nice, if mild.

Apples, cherries, with a slice of lime, plenty of toasty, biscuity malt. Bit mineral-y, grainy,...Terribly light, though...not that there's anything wrong with that, but it's just missing something. Malty, and boring, ...very light hops, just bitter enough.

Why don't I like it? It's easy-to-drink, but hard to love. Easy to like, hard to give a damn about. Blah, blah, blah. It's red, it's an ale, you can drink wrong with it, but nothing, again...

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Photo of tempest
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single at Abe's 6-Pack

Pours red with a tan head in my Sam's Adam's glass. The aroma and flavor both have an interesting mix of strawberry and cherry with nutty cocoa flavor, sort of like a fruity brown ale. Overall, these flavors come off a bit simple - not too deep - but it's different and pleasant enough to drink that this is totally worth a try.

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Photo of biegaman
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A heavily sedimented 12oz bottle thanks to swoopjones!

Likening the appearance to a red tulip would be a stretch of the imagination for a beer that a) is more orange than red; and b) has nothing blossoming atop (its head peters out to a mere outlying trim). With varying consistencies in tone and clarity, the colour runs the gamete from ocher-tinged orange to vivid auburn to deep red. Perspective really is everything, isn't it?

The aroma is reminiscent of stale toffee and has a strong copper-y, mineral overtone. The malts carry all the load with no hops to be noted (which is just as well because the malts don't seem to need any assistance). I half expected a "floral" aroma but apparently take things too literally; I'm more than happy with the tootsie roll-like smell of lightly roasted caramalt.

The absence of hops does hurt in the mouthfeel, however, which could use a substantial IBU boost. The body is thin and altogether flat. The aftertaste is washy and all its flavours forgotten quite quickly. Make no mistake about it - this is far too tasty and well crafted for mindless swilling, but still needs to be substantially more bold to capture more attuned palates.

There's nothing not to like about the taste. The malt profile showcases a prominent tasty caramel flavour with notes vaguely reminiscent of tootsie-rolls and candy apples embedded somewhere underneath all that graininess. Heck, even the hops make a minor (but much appreciated nonetheless) contribution in flavour with hints of resiny pine on the finish.

Like the actual tulips, Red Tulip is a welcomed sight of spring - hopefully the brewery keeps it perennial. I enjoyed it after some spring gardening and found it most refreshing. That being said, I was hoping for something a little bolder; no amber ale can achieve the style's full potential without including at least a moderate hoppiness.

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Photo of KAF
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Nice deep amber with no head to speak of which is weird since I had hard pours all night.
S - Mostly rum or bourbon. I really couldn't pick out any other smells but a alcohol smell...
T - Kind of heavy dark fruit. Really wasn't too harsh with the ABV (which is what BTW? I must be around 6 or 7 at least)
M - Really harsh to drink. Almost off putting. Other may enjoy it more than I did and I was defiantly a sipper.
D - Na no thanks better than the Dragons Milk but not as good as the IPA. Wouldn't seek it out again.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
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 scruffwhor
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a leather like amber, well more like cherry wood hue with no visible bubbles. Good head after the pour and leaves a par film o' foam for drinking. The aroma is almost like candi, corn syrup sweet. Very malty sweet. Too sweet for my nostrils. The flavor is a very ice cream malted flavor. Tastes like butterscotch.Sweeter than I'm used to malt profile. Some toasty hints intermingled here and there. No real hop bittering balance. This beer is very syrupy on the tongue, almost coating it with malt.

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Photo of Bighuge
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, deep scarlet red. Thin crop of light beige head. It leaves adequate lacing. Nice caramel maltiness mixed with a little molasses on the nose. Good mixture. Maltiness extrapolates to the palate nicely. Good caramel and toasted notes. There's a nice little brown sugary type of sweetness as well. Body is medium-full. Appropriate carbonation. Just a solid amber here. Nothing fancy, just flat out good.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of dirtylou
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
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 KarlHungus
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours cloudy ruby color. The head is one inch in height, creamy, light pinkish in color, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is of caramel with a nice grapefruity hop twang. The taste is of life the aroma, but with a little less hops. The mouthfeel is thin and watery, but the carbonation is nice. Overall, this is a nice amber, but there is nothing in it that really stands out and makes me want to drink it again.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a striking bright reddish amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Aroma of earthy malt and hops. Medium body with a decent malt presence. There are also some hops, bread and fruit flavors. The finish is rather dry and vaguely fruity. A little better than most Amber Ales and would make a pretty good session beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a orange-ish/ copper color with a light tan head. In the aroma, oatmeal like malty sweetness. In the taste, a sweet maltiness. A bitter, small to medium mouthfeel, and a dry, clean maltiness in the aftertaste. Easy to drink, malty, kind of sweet, and a nice bitter mouthfeel.

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Photo of argock
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 cokes
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous looking beer. Magenta-hued brown. The same color as the label. That's impressive. The head is sandstone and lasting.
Nose full of toasted grain and little else.
Begins with that same toastiness from the nose. Caramel sweetness helps quell it, as do the cherry and raisin notes. Some powdered cocoa resides in the later half along with fragments of buttery yeast. Ends drier with an introverted herbal/floral hop medley. Traces of molasses-coated walnuts around the swallow.
Medium bodied with an excitable amount of carbonation.
Solid brew here. Different, but that's most of the allure.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a deep, clear red amber with a small-but healthy off-white head.

The aroma is malty with notes of oatmeal, caramel and vanilla.

The taste is all malts, chocolate, oatmeal and caramel. No real hop presence whatsoever.

Medium bodied, creamy, and lightly carbonated.

A very enjoyable and easy to drink red ale from New Holland. Nothing like those red ales that tend to be macro clones.

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New Holland Red Tulip Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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