Fred - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by 49degrees:
British Columbia (Canada)
4.38/5 rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
An exceptionally stable beer considering its way high 10%abv. Tasted from batch 43, this 12oz botte of Fred is certainly something to be savored and enjoyed. An extremely complex, strong golden brew with plenty of malt, hops and fruity goodness. I've seen this one pegged as a Barley Wine, and Dubbel, a Tripel and a Belgian Strong. Comparatively speaking, perhaps its a little of each but a little closer to a Quad ala La Trappe's rendition.
Pours an exceptionally deep copper tone with a modest amount of yeast particulate throughout. One large wad of the stuff came out about 1/4 the way through the pour. Head was extremely large and very rocky with a real mix of bubble sizes. After about 10 minutes, the head shrunk down to a sturdy white surface foam with a large, yet broken collar and considerable lacing on the glass.
Fred's a good smelling beer with strong fruity accents, a hearty kick of malt, an arromatic array of hops and an interesting hit of alcohol which I'll presume is the result of the rye malts used in the brewing process.
Taste wise, there's a lot to be experienced with this beer. While it presents a very even, but strong body overall, the rye malt along with the high potency (did I mention 10%) does give it a a real alcohol kick -- not just on the "this'll give you a buzz" level, but there's a definite potent alcohol taste left on the palette and at the back of your throat as you make your way through the bottle. Those characteristics also make this an exceptional winter warmer that really hit the spot after a long day at work, but some drinkers will likely be scared off by the hard alcohol hit.
A truly remarkable brew.
[ADDENDUM: (03.08.2003) Just completed a bottle from Batch 44 and its another winner. Very consistent when compared to the above mentioned characteristics on Batch 43. Give this beer a whirl if you're looking for something above and beyond the basics.]
Serving type: bottle
01-27-2003 18:08:31 | More by 49degrees
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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
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
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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