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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,494 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 357
Gots: 292 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Strong Ale |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. It is made with aromatic and rye malts and includes 10 different hop varieties.

10% alcohol by volume
65 IBUs.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-1998)
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Reviews by 2LBrew:
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2LBrew

California

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.5

Have been wanting to try this one for a while. After opening the bottle I poured into my La Chouffe chalice glass. It effervescently flowed up and out of the glass. After sucking some of the foam as not to waste any, I realized I was getting myself into a higher alcohol beer than I had planned.

After drinking and thinking about what I was tasting and smelling, I logged onto BA to see that they consider this beer to be a Barleywine, even though the bottle says that it is a Golden Belgian. The taste is not bad. The combination of taste/ drinkability would make it hard to drink a bunch of these. I feel like I need to pair this with something salty or non sweet to cut some of the sugary taste. I really do like the creamy taste of the foam/ mouthfeel.

I would recommend drinking this on a cold day when the sun is out. I would probably get this again on tap and see how it compares to the bottle (maybe while I am in Seattle later this month).

If you are looking for something similar to an IPA or a Belgian Golden try this one!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2010 05:27:25 | More by 2LBrew
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.33/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip glass.

Lifeless pour. No carbonation, just a gooey orange apricot glow out of the bottle, filling with an orange and a screeching lifeless faint tan collar on the edges. Nothing going on here.

Aroma is sweet malts and honey. Hop aroma hinting toward spiced pine, with some clove esters a bit. Sugary. Sucrose, and lots of syrup

Palate hints at what could have been. Flat flat lifeless body. Palate fills with a bit of woody hop and pine, but is overtaken by sugary syrup and sucrose thickness. Lifeless and overly sweet.

Remind me to never drink bottle Hair of the Dog ever again, I'll stick to the brewpub where the beers actually shine. This is a disaster, basically drinking liquid sucrose with a bit of hop bitterness.

--- Old review look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4 | Final 4.3

Fred consists of very yellow almost lemon yellow opaque appearance. A good solid head that doesn't seem to dissipate too quickly.

The nose on the beer is quite surprising. An overwhelming sense of tropical fruit, specifically mango, and sweetness. Tastes of a sweet sugary honey, but not of heavy alcohol that linger in aftertaste.

An enjoyable beer but depending on your preference for fruit you may not care for it.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2014 01:20:49 | More by smakawhat
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jaymo18

Virginia

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-11-2014 04:43:45 | More by jaymo18
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

07-07-2014 12:38:35 | More by AnalogErik
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Gmedeiros820


4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-05-2014 14:27:40 | More by Gmedeiros820
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jkrug5

Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-05-2014 03:05:31 | More by jkrug5
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minterro

Colorado

3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought in Portland Oregon. Poured into a snifter, drank while watching a movie. Aged for a couple of months (at least 3 from purchasing date). Didn't pour sediment out as the bottle instructed.

A&S: upon opening this brew the carbonation pop was very lackluster. No head even when poured vigorously. Transparent dead light orange with hints of yellow. Smell consisted of sweet candies, malty tones, and some spiciness.

T&M: Taste was primarily sweet candy, earthy hops, complimented with an alcohol kick. In my opinion overly sweet. Mouthfeel with very thick and dead, no carbonation bite.

Overall: Honestly I think I over hyped this beer and it didn't live up to my expectations. I have only had two beers from this brewery, and even though I didn't find this one great, I really want to try more of their stuff based on recommendation.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2014 05:16:33 | More by minterro
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-04-2014 02:05:14 | More by jrenihan
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BigV

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

07-03-2014 17:44:10 | More by BigV
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IBUQT

Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-03-2014 02:47:48 | More by IBUQT
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bret717

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

07-01-2014 03:33:36 | More by bret717
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Can_has_beer

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-30-2014 12:48:44 | More by Can_has_beer
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Wayne17

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-29-2014 22:00:48 | More by Wayne17
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FalconOne

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-28-2014 18:37:21 | More by FalconOne
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sammyg832

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-27-2014 16:12:57 | More by sammyg832
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megamass

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-27-2014 14:26:05 | More by megamass
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Oakhtar

California

2.63/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch 93....third straight flat Fred I have had. Started with batch 88 and now two straight batch 93s are drain pours.

Overall this beer smells and looks great, but I need some more texture. Supposedly bottle conditioned, but there is absolutely no carbonation in this batch. Extremely disappointed with my Fred experience thus far.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2014 03:37:37 | More by Oakhtar
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SamuelR

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

06-26-2014 05:44:00 | More by SamuelR
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PTEdelman

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-22-2014 11:58:23 | More by PTEdelman
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my_knew_craft

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

06-21-2014 18:40:05 | More by my_knew_craft
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bleedsblu

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-19-2014 13:34:55 | More by bleedsblu
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Joe_Mahma

California

4/5  rDev -2.4%

06-19-2014 13:30:11 | More by Joe_Mahma
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davidwhatshisnam

New York

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-19-2014 02:07:23 | More by davidwhatshisnam
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CaptCleveland

Ohio

3.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into tulip. No bottle dating. Batch 91, for what it's worth.

Thick, viscous, pale orange/apricot liquid. No head or lacing.

Dried fruits, zest, sugar cane.

Tangy, spicy molasses, syrup honey.

Thick, sticky, medium to full body.

Appreciate the chance to try this, but it doesn't do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2014 00:05:03 | More by CaptCleveland
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johnny5martini


4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

06-17-2014 03:54:36 | More by johnny5martini
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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,494 ratings.