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

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Photo of klewis
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Winking Lizard - Fairlawn, OH 3/9/08

A: Pours a clear, dark amber with a healthy, frothy head. Great sustain with heavy lacing covering the pint.

S: Not much. Faint malty smell with a subtle caramel aroma.

T: Malty with flavors of dark fruits and caramel. light and smooth.

M: Light-bodied with fine carbonation. Silky and soft on the palate with a clean finish.

D: A fine session beer and good for the style. Recommended.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured to a dark reddish amber with a medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Aroma was a bit faint, buit what was there was a malty sweetness, which was reflected well in the taste. Mouthfeel slightly sweet, and the finish was of medium duration and pleasant. Not a great beer, but not bad either. I'm just glad it did not taste like tulips!!

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Photo of hustlesworth
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear reddish-amber-rosewood in color with a nice shiny beige creamy yet airy head with lots of cobwebby lace.

S- woodsy toasted malt, caramel, and some dark fruit. pretty weak aroma, maybe cuz i'm was in a bar.

T- pretty much same as smell except more apparent. fruity notes come out as it warms and i find myself dippin into an ever expanding universe of date, fig, cranberry, cherry, grape, red plum, and fried chicken. more woodsy/tobacco in the taste as well as toasted malts and a nice soft earthy pine hop finish.

MF- crisp smooth medium bodied and medium carbonation, but pretty standard.

D- a mild brew, makes it easy to drink and the second half of the 20oz went great with a reuben and fries.

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Photo of drunkmonk
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very nice surprise to see New Holland brews in NC.

Reddish amber. Small head dissapates quickly to a minimal swirl lace. Floral and fruit like aroma's. Sweet caramel and chocolate malts mixed in. No hop aroma at all. Taste is much like the aroma. Sweet malts and just a hint of hops to keep the sweetness from getting cloying. Easy to drink, but this is just a bit to thin for my liking. A solidly crafted red ale, just not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of becktone
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Eye: Right away I can see that this needs some work. No head, just an algae-like film and ring around the edge. Color is russet-a brown red-and is cloudier than the fog atop Everest's peak. Not all that impressed with the head issue here, out of the three of New Holland's beer's I've had they've all had problems with the head...coincidence?

Nose: Rich and malty strong aroma emanates from this brew. I want to say there is a definite chocolate aroma, caramel, and some fruity tones. Great aroma, I like it.

Tongue: Toasty notes and some chocolate flavors create a unique profile for this one. Also some fruity notes in the background. There are just enough hops to balance this beer out. Pretty good beer in my opinion.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: The beer is light in body and carbonation is coarse-it attacks the tongue then vanishes. This is one I can see drinking again. I could drink more than one of these in a row, however, I would much like to explore the style before coming back to this beer. It is a good beer, but it does not wow me.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle served into a nonic glass.

Hazy,coppery color with amber highlights with a 1" off-white head with a light tannish look,head was slightly creamy looking and fizzled loudly and quickly diminshed into a slight coating.Some very spotty lacing with a few small stinging bubbles on the sides of the glass.

Perfumy aroma with candied maltiness,toasty with hints of chocolate. A good bit of fruity esters with a prune likd note being the standout.Malty and fruity with a slight mustiness.

Very fruity and sweet,dark fruitiness being most noticable with a semi-burnt carmellness and chocolate tones. some metallic tastes,not offensive,has a smooth bittering finish with a good deal of tartness.

Light to medium bodied with graininess the gives the body a slighly heavier feel. Mediocre beer,drinkable,just nothing here exciting enough to make me want another.

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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 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 nsmartell
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I enjoyed this beer in pint glass poured from a bottle in the comfort of my own living room.

Appearance: Nice red hue. Small, off-white, head.

Smell: Not much going on here. Kind of disappointing.

Taste: Kind of weak for a red.

Mouthfeel: A little bitter for my liking out of a red.

Drinkability: I'm not sure if I would drink this again given the choice, but would certainly give it another try if offered.

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Photo of Pitmonkey
2.52/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I am not overly familiar with Reds and I picked this up on a lark just to test the waters.

Poured a lovely deep almost garnet red, 1/3" head.

Some aroma speaking of grain, I detected almost no hop (or I just don't know what to look for)

Had some malt flavor, but not as rich as I expected from the appearance. There was a low malty sweetness and almost no bitterness.

While refreshing with good carbonation, it left my longing for more flavor. Very drinkable but it just didn't hit the spot. Taste did not live up to the look. I've generally been impressed with New Holland beer, could be I hit it at an inopportune time.

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Photo of merlin48
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy burnt orange amber body with a small khaki head. Island chain lacing adorns the glass. Aroma of citrusy orange hops, caramel, and a hint of milk chocolate. Medium body and carbonation. Taste is milk chocolate, caramel, and fruity hops. The chocolate seems out of place but this is a decent brew.

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Photo of scott
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4


Clear amber with ruby highlights and nicely carbonated with tight head.
Aroma of dark fruits, similar to wine, with a pleasant malt sweetness and bready earthiness. Medium-bodied, malty with a creamy, and unexpectatedly warm finish. Recommended.

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.23/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

has a nice amber color with hardly any carbonation to it, smells very fruity, smells like a fruity belgian more than anything. tastes ok, very fruity in flavor, i'm not a huge fan of fruity beers but its ok, mouthfeel is a bit watery. ok beer, personally not something i'd buy again

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Photo of nightcrawler
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a beautiful golden-red color. The smell was fruity with a hint of malt. Produced a offwhite head that lasted until I was through half the glass.

The first taste was smooth, almost bland except for a sweet malty taste. No bittering from the hops to be found.

The second taste was much more of what I except from a 'red' beer. Much more hops bittering with toasted malt. This bitterness increased as I took more sips to the point on the last few swallows, I was afraid of how bitter it would be.

The mouthfeel was fairly watery, but not sure if this was on purpose.

Not a beer I would pour down the drain, but I probably won't buy a second 6-pack after these are gone.

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Photo of Absumaster
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear brown, copper beer with a thin head.

Smell was hoppy with US hops that are citric and aromatic. The beer is (a bit too) fruity from the yeast and has some mild caramel malty smells.

Taste is very fruity with some light tartness, it tastes like higher alcohols or oxidation, not my favorite. The hops are OK, not too bitter and probably Cascade or Centennial, I like the taste of them, which is a little raw hoppy and resinoud. The malt is supporting the yeast products and is subdued and is biscuity and caramellic. Body is thin and drinkablity is OK.

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Photo of pmcadamis
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
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 tgbljb
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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 Vancer
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A standard, solid amber ale, but – at $9 a sixer this is a bit too much for what ya get.

Clear copper amber pour, frothy tan head won’t let ya down. Small malty dose of roasted nuts in the aroma, and the taste is solid with rye and bread, baked in a woody pan. Crisp and dry in the finish, this is Fat Tire’s older and wiser cousin – just more bucks to maintain.

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Photo of shadow1961
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Holland Red Tulip Ale pours a finger of loose foam over
a deep, cloudy ruby brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose
is sweet malt, herbal hop, and ale yeast. The flavor is sweetish
malt with coffee notes and that nice herbal hop throughout to
balance it. There's a tiny bit of that hop again in the aftertaste,
and the mouthfeel is crisp and a little dry. Nice, appetizing stuff
here. Go try some.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with no dating. Pours a medium amber/copper with a small beige head that is whisked away quickly leaving a thin collar. Aromas of lightly toasted grain, faint berry and honey-drizzled sliced apple, and a touch of leafy hops, and a slight hint of maple. This red ale had some of the similar tea-like tannins noted in other reds, but a little less pronounced. In fact, everything seems to be less pronounced. It is pleasant, with a mild bready and biscuity malt character, a light fruity and floral mid, and a faintly bitter finish. It seems a bit watery, but cleanly and justifyably watery. Almost like an amalgamation between an American red and an English mild. Carbonation is on the lower end of the spectrum, which seems correct for the body and character of the ale. Drinkable and mild, but nothing extraordinary.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.06/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20 oz imperial pint.

A: Nice dark honey-red hue. Small, off-white, one-finger head that leaves no lace.

S: Not much of a smell here. Small pinch of fresh berries. Not too much else.

T: Slight flavor of toasted malt with some berries, bread, and that's about it.

M: Bitter and dry. Not very exciting.

D: I put the drinkability at average. It's not terrible, but, there's so many better options out there. I don't know what they were aiming for with this, but I don't think they hit their target.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to chonyr for this brew.

A slightly hazy ale with a ruddy chestnut colour. Small soapy head formed on the pour of this finely and mildly carbonated ale. No lacings.

Toffee, some treacle and biscuit, pear, and light floral and grassy hop aromas present.

Much like the nose. A touch of woody earthiness revealed itself in the finish, along with some grain husk. I like toffee and treacle, which are the predominant flavours in this malty ale.

Almost medium bodied, rich and tasty malts offset with a mild yet pleasant hop touch. Finishes slightly dry and with a touch of mild astringency.

A refreshing drink, but malts are almost too rich to make this session fare. More suited to early versus late Spring, due to its somewhat rich nature and mild warming quality. Glad i got to try this one.

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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 patrick16o
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear amber red hue with sparse steady streams of bubbles rising to a thick cream colored crown that slowly dissipates. Aroma is a blend of malt and dark fruit, cherries. The taste is mostly a roasty caramel malt, with some sweet fruit undertones and just a tad bit of bitterness at the end. Has a good balance to it. Mouthfeel somewhat light, easy to drink. Could definitely drink plenty more.

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Photo of Shovelbum
4.47/5  rDev +23.1%
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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New Holland Red Tulip Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
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