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 Seanibus
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an interesting entry into the increasingly trendy red ale category. I don't know if it is a great entry, but it is distinctive and unusual.

It pours a beautiful ruby red with a nice head. The aroma is strong and malty with a sting of alcohol. The flavor is fruity, dark, and smoky, almost like an Old Ale. The finish, however, is a bit disappointing and the mouthfeel is rather thin. A little bit more character in the mouth would have raised this to an outstanding Red Ale.

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Photo of giblet
3.09/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured kinda flat in my glass. one eighth inch head but did have steady carbonation. rich red amber color. smelled good of roasted malts. the taste was a little sweater and a little less than i hoped. a good beer but not one of my favorites in this category.

suckem up and movem out.


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Photo of cvstrickland
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip yields a clear deep-cranberry body capped with four ridiculous fingers of milky off-white foam that retains at a floating little beige hockey pick with a ring around it, leaving plenty of little rings of fine lacing,

Smells lightly caramelly and nutty with a clean citrus note.

Taste is mild and somewhat caramel sweet with a note of roasted nuts and a slight bitterness. Minerally finish.

Smooth and relatively thin with a little oily character and a little carbonation that cleanses the palate and refreshes. Very easy to drink.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice, clean and crisp bronze pour. Offwhite to pale sandy finger high head.

S: Caramel, a touch of fresh fruit peel, lightly toasted malts, and a little hoppiness.

T/M/D: Begins with a nearly acrid flavour that mellows a little to maltiness and light caramel flavours. A little buttery, and finishes quite mild... almost forgettable, with no real taste left to linger on the palate. After a few mouthfuls, this changes a little, but not significantly. Body is on the lighter, more refreshing side. Not a bad brew, but I'd be more likely to lean towards things like Bell's Amber or Troegs Hopback if presented with a choice in style. Fairly refreshing, still, and worth checking out.

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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 NittanyBeerFan
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

Beer pours a deep copper reddish color with about a half inch of coarsely bubbled head that dissipated quickly. Lacing is not evident.

Sweet smell of caramel and citrus, and I was eager to taste the beer. When I tasted it though, I was slightly disappointed. The strong sweet flavors that I could smell did not manifest themselves in the same potency in the taste. Additionally, the carbonation was a little much.

Overall, the beer was pretty good, and easy to drink, but I would not buy a whole case of this beer. There was really nothing notable about it, nothing that I would remember if someone asked me about it.

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Photo of wagenvolks
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle into a Carolina Brewing Co. pint glass.

The body presents an appealing, ruby red/copper hue, clear with faint traces of carbonation. The head is light khaki in color, well-retained and leaves slight traces of lacing. The aroma is heavy on the caramel-malts and balanced by floral hops, fruit punch, toffee, and some citrus.

I wasn't feeling the flavor of this beer at all...some caramel, medicinal hops, and a hint of nuttiness, but nothing to keep my interest. Maybe the Weyerbacher Double Simcoe IPA I drank an hour previous to having this beer affected my palate, but I doubt it. Mouthfeel was overly carbonated, with a medium body and a lackluster aftertaste. Finishes dry. This is not a beer I'll be purchasing again. New Holland is now 1-for-3 in my book, with only their Poet oatmeal stout coming across as a good, drinkable beer.

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Photo of beavers
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber honey brown with a creamy tan head. Fairly lacking smell from which I pick up toasty caramel malt, sweet apples and a strange almost vegetal aroma. Slight sweetness from the caramel malts that doesn't really open up to any complexity because it feels quite watered down. I'm still getting that faint vegetal doesn't leave an overwhelming aftertaste, but is still noticeable. Aftertaste is actual quite mild and actually refreshing, but leaves me wanting more (more flavor, not beer). This beer doesn't do anything that bad...but is mediocre at best and lacks depth in both the aroma and taste.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

So we are calling this a red? Ok. The pour, even with a lot of help, gave very light carbonation leaving to fat ugly bubbled head that was gone very quickly. The color is a deep red with cherry wood brown hue. Very hazy as well.

The nose is limited overall. Some sweeter malty aromas with almost a candi like tang to it. Very soft underlining of Belgian aromas with hints of rose and perfume aromas. Also a few phenols, a light grape/wine and apple (with not tart) aromas. Some light soapiness as well.

The taste is also limited but comes out more than the nose. A bigger malt presence with some complexity. A more soft flavor with a light caramel and distinct special b characteristic. Some lighter phenol with fruity notes, red wine, cherry and a touch of plums. Some other esters, vanilla and a low underlining oak characteristics. Some light hop finish with more of a floral taste.

The body is a bit fuller than mid. There is a creamy which helps the complexity. Some noticeable alcohol bite. Overall, this is not a red, more along the lines of a Belgian Pale Ale but not pale.

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

Pours a nice ruby copper with a thin head that diminishes to a ring. Aroma is some burnt caramel and a hint of dark malt with slight hops. The taste is a nice balance of sweet caramel, some sweet fruits and a hint of citrus. The beer is light crisp and refreshing. This is a very decent amber ale.

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Photo of letsgopens
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
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 ultralarry2006
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Leaves less than one finger of a tan head that does not have much retention, but it does leave isolated spots of lacing. Body is a ruby, sort of cranberry-like red.

Smell - Not strong, but the aromas of caramel and toasty malt bisciuts are strongest, with weaker ones of sweet cherries and tart cranberries, and then even weaker ones of vanilla and cherry cola.

Taste - like the smell, and everything being rather faint, there is cherry cola upfront, with cranberries and some malt bisciuts in the middle, and then cherries on the finish, and there is an unpleasing metaliic taste throughout.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied.

Drinkability - this is a merely decent ale, and I'd want something else after one or two of these, which I'd only have occasionally anyway.

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

Red tulip is a deep orangey-amber brew with an orange tinted two-finger lid. Fruity fresh cherries and craisins in the light nose; heavy crystal, caramel, toasted maltiness with some floral hops. Malty full and creamy mouthfeel. Very light cherry fruitiness along with lots of heavy biscuity malts. Gently fruity lime-cherry-tangerine with flowery, earthy hops as well finishing lightly bitter. This one is a little different, but good. I think I may have been either too drunk, or power beered out of it last time I had it. Solidly enjoyable.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy dark amber with a thin white head that quickly dissipates. Caramel/toffee malt with a little fruit in the aroma. Medium bodied malty brew. There are a decent amount of hops to balance the malt. The hops show more in the finish. Very easy drinking, would make a decent session brew. Pretty good example of an amber.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nabbed at the sterling Sun Singer. Two thick fingers of off-white head top a rich amber body, with dense rings of lacing decorating the reliable Yankees pint glass; an excellent presentation. The smell, not so much. After some patient cajoling, roasted malt, coffee, and hazelnut sidle forward. The nose is just too subtle. The taste brings out many good flavors--caramel, berry, hazelnut, hints of coffee--that the smell really should indicate. There is a subtle complexity to this, a fine, delicious beer, that the nose unfortunately does not do justice.

Fairly smooth with occasional cross-sections of bitterness, Red Tulip is a fine, delicious amber. Though not one of my favorite styles, this never lost me. It could use more zest, and certainly a fuller aroma. Yet this brew was far from a turn-off.

Good stuff.

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Photo of Big78CJ
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown with ruby notes in the light. The slightly off-white head didn't stick around long but left hints of its former self behind.

Yummy caramel malt is the strongest smell in this beer. It has a hint of that Irish lager aroma but muuuuch better. Very yummy malt lies in this brew.

Clean, refreshing mouthfeel and a tasty malt presence. Slightly off aftertaste but not unpleasant. A mild hop flavor is noticeable but only there to balance the malt. It tastes like predominantly caramel malt and I like it. It is rather refreshing. I am not sure we have this in GA yet but it is in NC so I will get more when I go back.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-beautiful red hazy pour with one fingers worth of khaki head that dissapates rather rapidly

S-caramely,buiscut backbone,ripe peaches

T-sweet breads,light fruits,hops come through strong and clean

M-a bit on the thin side,light carbonation,a little creamieness,nice aftertaste(sugary)

D-minimal alcohol and decent flavor makes this a good session brew

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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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New Holland Red Tulip Ale from New Holland Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 164 ratings.
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