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

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BA SCORE
92
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1,511 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,511
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 358
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 AwYeh:
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AwYeh

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from batch 82 poured into snifter.

A: The head on this beer is absolutely ridiculous; at least three fingers of lush, creamy foam with an impressive plateau in the middle; comparable to Duvel's well-known appearance. The spiderweb lacing left all down the glass and the stream of carb bubbles flowing up through the body are nice touches too. The golden-brown liquid beneath the head is vibrantly colored, and its murkiness brings to mind the look of a particularly yeasty Belgian or German offering. Well done.

S: Lots of light and citrus fruit flavors start this one off– notes of orange and lemon zests are noticeable just before a rush of apple and especially strong pear come in. Belgian yeast, candi sugar, floral notes, and rye malts (increasingly powerful with warmth) along with a light peppery smell make this one really interesting.

T: Candi malts dominate the initial flavor, before being replaced by a sharp, lasting rye and a decent amount of alcohol. The alcohol is somewhat overpowering here, but does work with the beer's pepperiness– I'm sure lots will appreciate that quality of it. Light floral quality is nice, but this doesn't seem as complex as the smell– wondering where the pears went.

M: Thick, creamy, sticky, syrupy– the body on this beer is huge. Just a bit of warmth from the alcohol, and moderate carbonation considering its density.

O: Even though I wasn't a huge fan, it's definitely unique and I appreciated having the chance to try it. Would be willing to try it again in the future to see if it grows on me, but for now there was a bit too much of a combination of alcohol and overemphasis on sweetness near the end for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 03:00:11 | More by AwYeh
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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.

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