Fred - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4/5 rDev -2.2%
bottle at The Hog's Apothecary in Oakland
a hazy golden color, this one's strong and sweet. Rather unusual - not sure I've ever had anything that's closely comparable. It's like drinking a super sweet and sticky, super boozy glass of apple juice. Fabulously inventive, but it's so specific a profile, I'm not sure I'd seek this one out again and again. Have to be in the precise mood. The barrel aged versions would be interesting to try - this is definitely a beer that would benefit from some warm, soft oak/bourbon/brandy/whatever overtones (I'm guessing?)
08-28-2014 16:14:13 | More by ronricorossi
3.99/5 rDev -2.4%
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with "batch 90" marked clearly on the label. Drinking this as part of a Conflux No. 1 deconstruction tasting--Fred, Adam, Stoic, and Dissident followed by Collage. Served in an old fashioned glass.
Appearance (4.25) - Pours a predominantly translucent tangerine amber color with just a bit of haze from the bottle conditioning yeast with which I wasn't careful enough. A pour of moderate aggression reveals a fluffy finger of off-white foam consisting of tight bubbles with just a few pocks on the surface here and there. It leaves just traces of faint silky lace behind on the sides of the glass.
Smell (4.0) - It doesn't blow me away at first, but as I sit here and take a few more whiffs, I start to gain more appreciation for the elements therein. Golden raisins, light pear and honey come through as well as sweet Hawaiian bread and sticky bun and a sublte touch of clover blossom. There's a hint of the heat from the alcohol that adds a touch of astringency, but really works to break up the sweeter smelling parts of the aroma.
Taste (4.0) - I'm not quite as impressed by the taste as the aroma, but the difference is pretty negligible in the long run. Again there are dominant notes of light fruits like golden raisin and now even some nectarine, perhaps dried pineapple, but the sweetness isn't quite the level I expected based on the smell. Some floral notes of honeysuckle tease the tongue, but don't linger, giving way to floral hops and nice bitterness with even a bit of white pepper.
Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and high carbonation, and honestly, this is my first real complaint about the beer, as the feel just seems a bit out of balance. It's like the level of carbonation creates an airy aspect to the body that doesn't quite support the density of flavors, if that makes any sense. A minor quibble, but I could have done with lower levels of carbonation.
Overall (4.0), a nice strong ale with good flavor that works well with the high level of alcohol without just masking it. Though it's a bit of an undefined style, this one manages to have made a distinct mark on my memory. Probably my least favorite of the Collage "deconstruction" tasting, but that really speaks more to the quality of the beers involved than it does the lack of quality of this one.
08-27-2014 04:40:28 | More by LambicPentameter
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,558 ratings.