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Doggie Claws - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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973 Ratings
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Ratings: 973
Reviews: 528
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 11%
Wants: 389
Gots: 247 | FT: 16
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  11.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
"a Barley Wine made in the West Coast style. Big malt and hops make this copper colored ale one of our most popular products. Produced in September and October and released in November, this Beer will improve for years to come. Alcohol: 11.5% by volume. IBU's 70"

(Beer added by: faernt on 11-16-2004)
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TXHops

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2002 Bottling
-ABV: 10%
-Hops: Simcoe, Amarillo

Well, this is a bit odd. I didn’t really know what to expect from this beer, other than strength. The beer pours a considerably lighter color than I expected from a barleywine: hazy gold, like a Belgian Tripel. The fluffy white head gave off fresh, crisp, yeasty aromas when the beer was poured and when the glass was swirled, but hoppiness oozed through when the beer was still. The body was effervescent, though quite substantial. It felt exactly like you’d expect a bottle-conditioned barleywine to feel. I’m not talking about the standard “unfiltered”, force carbonated offerings—this one felt like a tripel without any candi sugar in the grist. Plus, this beer used hops :) The big, PacNW hoppiness was abundantly evident—pine needles meet citrus fruit, ending in a sticky, lingering, but not astringent bitterness. The maltiness was sweet, fresh, fruity and generous, though overshadowed somewhat by the sticky, lovely hoppiness and the bottle conditioned character. Now this is the kind of beer that I can really get into—it’s experimental without being stupid. It’s a pale-colored, bottle conditioned barleywine. That’s cool! It’s not a 25% ABV monster finished with champagne yeast, or an uncarbonated port-beer, or any other gimmick-type beer. It’s thinking outside the beer box, but within the massive, overarching “this is still beer” box.

After a bit more warming occurs, the fruitiness really stakes a claim to a position as a major flavor component. I can taste something like peaches in heavy syrup, but not quite so sweet. All the while the pungent, resiny hoppiness mingles with the crisp yeastiness to remind me that I’m not drinking every other barleywine. A touch of alcoholic heat comes through after the hoppiness begins to subside, creating a sensation similar to finishing a restaurant peppermint. Adding the remaining yeast/trub pancake adds a touch of grit, but doesn’t otherwise change the flavor.

Great beer. I could have done without quite as much fluffiness in my barleywine, but offsetting the standard 90 weight viscosity of other beers in this genre was a welcome change of pace. I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2003 19:33:29 | More by TXHops
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Doggie Claws from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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