Fred - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Loki:
4.33/5 rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Wow, can you say head? Fred should have a warning label - "Pour with caution!"
The picture of Fred with the pointed helmet of a WWI German soldier should have been a clue about this beer, for Fred attacks like a soldier. The first wave starts with the pour. Pour with caution because this beer creates an enormous, pillowy, sticky milky colored head. The first battle was lost by my fiancée who opened this and lost some of its wonderful contents due to the colossal head it created. The second wave of Fred's Blitzkrieg assault was launch with chemical warfare that wafted from the nose which is just as large as the head. Fred attacked with ripe orange, coriander, yeast, malt, flowers, spice, and probably much more had I had time to recover from the second wave. Then the third wave came just as shocking and surprising as the first two. The website says it has 65 IBUs and you can tell. Fred arsenal consists of hops, hops, and more hops. This attack is almost overwhelming at first and can be a sensory overload. Fred assails your mouth in this true Blitzkrieg of a lemony sweetness, then hops, then spice, then malt, then hops again, followed by more spicy and yet more hops. During taste attack wave I was distracted and didn't see the flanking assault by Fred's secret weapon carbonation. Fred's got more fizz than pigeon eating an Alka-Seltzer. And then my tongue steps on Fred's landmine alcohol. The bottle says 10% ABV, but Fred fights way out of his weight class. I've always heard "It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog." Well Fred's a rabid pit bull packed into a 12oz. bottle. Fred campaign consumed eight casualties as we passed around this amazing brew. I don't know if age will settle Fred down, but I plan on being on Fred's side next battle. And I can't wait for round two!
Serving type: bottle
05-05-2003 08:49:16 | More by Loki
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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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