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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,511 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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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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BlindPig

Pennsylvania

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1
A- Thin cream light tan head on a murky amber brown body.
S- Sweet complex caramel and toffee malt blended in with soft alcohol. Hints of dark fruits, chocolate, a tiny cherry, and just a bit of dry grass. All blended very nicley and all seems blended together.
T- Sweet caramel and chocolate malts. They come off very nicley with a strong bitterness behind it. Alcohol is like a thin blanket laying over a bed a caramel and chocolate and the bitterness is the springs of the mattress. Just a hint or two of some cherries with a light grass or straw flavor to it too. Light earthy tones make their way through. Everything seems to fit perfectly with one another. Light toffee in the aftertaste with a big warming from the alcohol in the back of throat. Maybe a tad to harsh on the back of the throat instead of a gently soothing alcohol warmth. Leaves a nice size bitterness on mid tongue.
M- Full body with really low carbonation. Silk and just a little oily body. Has almost a creamy feel to it.
D- I think this is one great beer. Worth the price I paid for it? Maybe not but I am glad I can say I tried it. IMO it is getting really close to it's peak but maybe could last a year or two longer. I would like to try one from about 6 years ago to compare it though.

Batch 59 (from about October 2006, the scoring is for batch 1)
A- Huge off white/tan head. Cloudy darker amber body. Great head retention! As it goes down it sticks to side of the glass.
S- Some darker fruits with alcohol. Some malt body, and some sweeter hops. Smells pretty sweet. Some earthy tones also.
T- Some darker fruits like plums and maybe hint of raisons and cherrys come out up front. They fade off making way for some alcohol taste and a nice malt body. Earthy tones also come out. A light bitterness comes throughout the beer and lingers in the after taste along with the fruits. Its a dry bitterness from a grassy hop. Maybe some light vanilla flavors also. Some citrus flavors also come through. Also maybe some spice is also thrown in here.
M- Low carbonation and a medium to full body.
D- It is pretty darn good. It is a sipper. I'm glad I got to try this and if it was available I would buy some but not all the time. It's a beer that would suit better if your craving a barley wine. I would also prefer just a tad bigger body to go with the strong flavors.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 07:41:00 | More by BlindPig
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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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