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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
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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 SupaCelt
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark tan crimson, like strong tea. Dirty white head that climaxes and plummets like a one pump chump. Sparse carbonation. I can scarcely see through to my fingers on the other side. Lace seems extinct in this environment.

The smell is bizarre. There is a strange floral quality. Not a hop floral quality. Like flowers. Like heathery scents. Also a slant of sourness. Are these guys experimenting with microorgansims? Some of their brews appear slightly weird to myself. Maybe that overseas brew training. I suppose it is a red ale smell, but something else is lurking in the occult aspect here. At the same time, it ain't quite spring anymore.

The taste is pleasant. I really cannot elaborate here. Strange once again. Apples come to mind. Bitterness. Tastes good. I just am at a loss for words for the first time I can recall. Apple, brown sugar, some ambiguous spiciness. Hell, maybe the amber ale just perplexes my sensations. The taste is not bad at all though. What the hell it is, I am not at liberty to divulge at this time. Not bad overall, just a bit less than eventful for me on the experience aspect.

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Photo of battlekow
3.49/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An attractive dark red color that lightened to look almost like my girlfriend's raspberry lambic, i.e. very red, about two-thirds of the way through. Smelled faintly floral, not really much there. Tastes a little flowery and bitter, like you're eating something not really meant to be eaten. The description from Roman's says it has "caramel roasted malt flavors," but I didn't really get much of that. Thick, coating mouthfeel, and very smooth, but really not much character at all.

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Photo of jp32
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a robust shade of brown with underlying reddish hues. The off-white head dissipates almost immediatly. It has that wonderful red beer scent to it, and I also notice lingering aromas of tart cherries and sweet caramel malts. It smells absolutely delicious. The taste has a slight bite to it at first sip, but it finishes very smooth, almost creamy. The malts are present, but not quite to the abundance I assumed they would be. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, and again has that strange oily feel to it that I've found in a lot of New Holland's beers. The drinkability is average. Not an elite brew by any means, but it makes for a fairly nice session beer.

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Photo of ncbrewerbun
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good looking red-amber beer with a small but rather persistent off-white head. A little bit of a chill haze.

Aroma is malt. Some nuttiness and also a toastiness that comes through.

Balance toward malt side. Flavor matches the nutty aroma. I get a hint of astringency in the aftertaste.

A medium bodied beer that is easy drinking. Not an easy style to make right, but New Holland succeeds with this one. A nice example of a red ale.

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Photo of karengarys
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

hmmm not bad.

Pours... duh - red. Maybe a little brownish. The small head dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a very thin ring.

Smells interesting. Sweet. Fruity. Do I detect cinnamon? Definitely malty.

Taste is interesting. Malty, musty, hoppy. The only thing I have an issue with is there is a hint of wateryness. A slight black pepper flavor exists.

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy. The hops and malts come into play here.

The finish is a bit wet and dry at the same time. It has a wettish feel, but the dry hop comes along and cleanses it. There is a slight bitter pine-like aftertaste.

This is a wierd brew. A lot going on. Not sure how it all works together, it isn't necessarily all balanced, but it is worth experiencing and somehow enjoyable.

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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 bditty187
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darkish reddish-amber in hue, there is a coppery hint to the liquid as well. I like the appearance of the liquid because it doesn’t come across bland. The head is beige in color, at the apex the foamy mass was almost one finger in height, it quickly faded to a thin, soapy cap that was a bit thicker around the edges. Before long it was naked in the middle. There was almost no subsequent lacing. On the whole, the appearance is pleasant but it is nothing to write home about (yet I did, didn’t I?).

The nose is malty; this is not some sissy-ass Red Ale. The bouquet has enough malty depth to catch my attention. Throughout there are toasty bready malts with a hint of crackers and dry biscuit in the mix yet there is a little more juice to the malt. It smells ample. There is a kiss of spiciness but there really isn’t much development beyond that. I get the essence of fruitiness but little trace of hops. Moderate potency. The nose isn’t very talkative but it says enough and it find the conversation engaging. Inviting.

The palate is exactly what the nose said it would be. No surprises here. I guess I can’t knock a beer for being upfront and holding nothing back. The maltiness is like Fat Tire but beefier, almost Alt bier-like. The sweetness is mild but widespread and it hits the tongue at all points, so to speak. The biscuit flavors are mild as is the vibe for crackers. I will say the “essence of fruitiness” found in the nose is turned up a bit; on the palate it tastes like cherries. There is some rounded, fatty maltiness at the finish that I really like. Dry. The hops offer some spiciness but little in the way of bitterness. There is a kiss of warmth at the swallow, maybe too much so for the style. I think this beer would be great at cookouts and BBQs.

Medium/medium-light in body, moderate carbonation, the mouthfeel is very agreeable but it does nothing for me but it doesn’t fail me either. Solid. It does fit this beer very well though.

This is a tasty beer, often Red Ales bore me… this one did not. It was very good and it was something I’d want to drink again when the mood strikes for a beer of this sort. It was very drinkable and equally as likeable. Sometimes simple and straightforward is masterfully done, New Holland did just so with this one. Thank you CRJMellor, I enjoyed every drop.

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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 hustlemuscle
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice, solid red with a cool, commissioned label. Pleasing red pour that tends toward brown. Faint alchohol scent accompanies the malt. Pleasant fruity malt mix, with a slight toasty mealyness. Goes down easy and smooth, with a slight tingle on the toungue.

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Photo of Wildman
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I always seem to miss this beer whenever I am in Holland, so I am finally getting to try this one. This beer poured a very dark red amber color and formed a nice off white foamy head that left circular lace as it subsided. A medium amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of malt, with some plum/grape present. The flavor was of malt, and a touch of caramel. The finish was a touch sweet and the body fairly medium for this style. One of the the better amber/red styles and it makes a good session beer.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep garnet/ruby with a off white head that lasted a while. Good lace. Suble rich malt aroma that is slightly fruity. Tate is of a rich malt, a bit smokey almost marzen like but fruitier as an ale should be. Finishes dry and sweet. A decent session beer. Not a great beer but definately worth a try.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 orbitalr0x
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhat opaque deep red pour with a slightly sticky off white head on top. Looks good in the glass. Nutty caramels in the nose with a solid sweet maltiness and a bit of light floral, herbal hops.

A nice chewy caramel drenched nutty malt leads the way along with slight cocoa and big fruit tones. There's just a bit of hoppiness that comes through on the way down. A nice red overall.

Medium bodied with a nice bit of carbonation. I think it fits pretty well with the style. A tasty beer overall that is pretty drinkable. I'm not a huge red ale fan but this one left me happy.

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Photo of frazbri
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bright auburn body topped by a short white head that fell too quickly. Sweet fruity aroma, with a slight hop nose. Sweet, but not too sweet. A hint of clove and some woodlike qualities in the flavor and a mild bitter finish. Medium-light body, mild carbonation. Dry finish.

I struggled quantifying the Red Tulip. There are some interesting flavors in there, but they are muted. This ale is fruity, but not tart or citric. This has flavors I enjoy in an old ale, but in a lighter form. Give it a try, but this is not New Holland's best offering.

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Photo of aaronh
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers that's been on my "Want list" for quite a while. Great reddish color accented by amber highlights. Off white head that quickly dissipates to a thin ring of foam. Aroma of sweet malt and caramel. Flavor is nice caramel malts with hints of bourbon barrels. Light vanilla and toasted oak flavors, accompanied by a bit of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is solid, but a bit aggressive on the carbonation. Drinkability is OK, but there is a residual sweetness that seems to cut into the quaffability factor. Still, a nice beer.

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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 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 clvand0
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been fairly impressed with New Holland's beers thus far. This one pours a red color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma is very fruity and sweet. Cranberries is how kmpitz2 described it, and I agree. Nice. The flavor is sweet caramel and biscuit malt. A little tartness in there. The body is a touch thin, but I enjoyed this brew and would have it again.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Wow. This beer pours a ruby amber color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose is full of fruity tones. I get lots of cranberry tones in there with some roasted caramel notes in the background. I think this beer smells nice. The flavor is peppered with biscuit malt overlaying a somewhat sour flavor that reminds me of cranberry. This is a nice beer overall. The feel is a bit too mderate for me. I would like more thickness. Drinkability is pretty good on this one. Overall a well built beer that has some complexity in it that I like. I would try it again.

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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 maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep hazy ruby amber color with a small head of large bubbles that doesn't last, not much lacing, sweet candy and flower aromas. Dry fruity and nutty-vanilla flavors. Medium to full body with a full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes very dry. The alcohol is not really noticeable though I expect to be on the high side.

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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 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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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 lackenhauser
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice amber to reddish color.Minimal head.No real discernable aroma-slight hoppiness but very slight.Some malt flavor.A tad sweet in the finish.Decent enough body.Pretty mainstream stuff here-would be a good training wheel beer to expand a macro drinkers horizons with.

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New Holland Red Tulip Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 164 ratings
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