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

FredFred

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92
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1,410 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1410
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%


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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Oakenator

Pennsylvania

4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish to orange in color - really nice head at pour. Leaves a nice layer on top throughout consumption. Not much lacing (but not expected at this %). Some sediment.

S: Sweet, malts, some hops, sweet.

T: Sweet - Belgian candi sugar present in a big way. The hops age nicely on this one - it is a couple of years old.

M: Good body. Decently heavy as expected at 10%. Bite up front and lingering sugars on the back.

O: Very well done. Like what these guys are doing with beers that will stand the test of time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 22:16:32 | More by Oakenator
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Been collecting the Fred variations for quite a while to eventually have as a set to celebrate the life of my cat, Fred, after he passed away - sadly, after 15 great years, that time has arrived. At this point, the quality of the beer is rather inconsequential, but worthy of review as part of the memorial.

Batch #69 (bottled 9-26-07 according to the HotD website vintage listing) poured into a Harpoon gold rimmed 100 Barrel series glass.

A - Bottle opens with a firm whisp of carbonation, which isn't a given after 7ish years in the bottle. An even pour results in a clear, deep amber colored body with ample carbonation steadily rising from the bottom of the glass. Two fingers of pale creamy colored head with a dense, pillowy consistency and good staying power. Mild soapy lacing left on the glass as the head slowly falls to the surface.

S - Malty base up front, buttery caramel and toffee character, spicy rye, yeasty bread-like aromas, honey, biscuit - very complex malt profile. Mild Belgian-y yeasty twang also. At this point in time, the hops have virtually disappeared in the aroma - not surprising.

T - Definitely malt forward here too. Rich caramel and toffee take the lead with a honey-ish sweetness, a bit of lemon iced tea, very bready and yeasty character, tons of rye whose spiciness overpowers any bit of hops that still remain. Noticeable booziness that doesn't get in the way at all - plays off the malt nicely, perhaps dulling the sweetness a bit and creating some balance.

M - Medium body with a smooth, yet tingly mid-level carbonation. Yeasty, fruity/estery, iced tea, warm booziness, traces of vanilla...nice balance. Devoid of hops after 7 years, but not at all out of balance.

O - I have had this before, quite a few years ago, but long enough that I don't remember previous tastings or have anything to compare to. After 7 years in a bottle, this is still quite good...bordering on great. The American Strong Ale style is quite diverse and could result in beers that hardly resemble each other except for area of origin and alcohol content...with this said, it makes it very difficult to have an expectation of a beer prior to trying it. I find this beer to be fairly unique in flavor and aroma. Would love to try more recent vintages to compare, but at 7 years old, batch #69 is holding up well and a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:18:05 | More by portia99
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SoCaliC8

California

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

04-12-2014 22:29:38 | More by SoCaliC8
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SCZ

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-12-2014 20:05:40 | More by SCZ
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imfrommichigan

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-11-2014 04:19:14 | More by imfrommichigan
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DerekQXQX

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

04-09-2014 01:03:51 | More by DerekQXQX
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: a dull golden color. a big, 3 fingers, creamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a lacing on the top and sides. hazy and murky, and just shy of opaque

Smell: huge spicy rye aroma hits me right away.some earthiness to it along with citrus. moderate amount of sweetness and a string booziness. one of the smellier beers i've had.

Taste: opens up with a mix of earth and spicy rye. middle plays out with a mixture of sweets and citrus. I get hints of dark fruits, and a definite caramel/toffee flavor. a good amount of citrus peeks out occasionally. good strong bit of alcohol

Mouthfeel: sticky and bitter rye. little alcohol astringency but still warm. moderate bitterness and a full body

Overall: a good beer. great rye character but missing a little bit in the rest. i'd prefer a bit more citrus and a bit more sweetness. but overall a pretty good beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:03:44 | More by SportsandJorts
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Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-08-2014 16:46:04 | More by StoutItOutLoud
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -2.7%

04-07-2014 04:15:41 | More by brpendergast85
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Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-07-2014 02:47:08 | More by THEOPTIMATOR88
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57md

Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 90.

Poured a copper color with a healthy dose of sediment. This offering is both effervescent and extremely live yielding a huge head that lingered on and on. The nose is malty with a hint of something else that is difficult to place.

The flavor profile is mostly malty with a touch of citrusy sweetness and a dry bitter finish. The alcohol is present and not entirely pleasant given the body is thinner than expected in a beer of this style.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2014 00:55:34 | More by 57md
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HereforBeer

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-06-2014 16:03:13 | More by HereforBeer
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lupercmda

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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Jordy777

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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jaywes754

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

04-02-2014 23:30:01 | More by jaywes754
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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orange, copper-ish color with QUITE the head. Very carbonated as expected with a bottle conditioned ale. Head slowly dissipated with lacing left all the way down the glass. Aroma and taste were great. Toffee, caramel, candied sugar...excellent malt flavors. Medium body, smooth; a sipper, but goes down easy. Overall, very flavorful and delicious; would love to have some to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 23:41:46 | More by ChrisL24481
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jampics2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-31-2014 16:09:13 | More by jampics2
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

03-30-2014 22:33:37 | More by GTB
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-29-2014 22:08:08 | More by monitorpop
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MarshallBirdhouse

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

03-29-2014 03:13:00 | More by MarshallBirdhouse
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-29-2014 00:50:53 | More by kbrown
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

4/5  rDev -2.7%

03-28-2014 01:03:31 | More by charlesjwinkler
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Batch 88. Poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter today, 3/27/2014. Thanks John for sending me this one.

App- Very hazy dark orange body. Certainly not "golden" as the "Golden Special Ale" descriptor would have you think. Despite a careful pour as dictated by the label, there is a ton of sediment/floaties suspended in the beer. People give Heady shit for having floaties, but Heady looks like its filtered sparkling clear compared to this beer. To be honest, it looks gross. Like jello. I can't make myself rate the appearance higher than 2. Luckily it doesn't count for much. Pours with zero head, lacing looks like individual sugar particles clinging to the glass.

Smell- Intense bready caramel and toffee sweetness, candied sugar, fruity peach and citrus notes, a little bit of leather, quite a bit of alcohol as it warms up. Complex and a pleasure to smell.

Flavour- Very heavy on the sweetness and booze. Rye bread, caramel, honey, toffee take the forefront here and it's quite sweet. Not much sugary dryness here. Sweetness is complemented by notes of peach and apricot flavours on the palate that linger for a while, but don't contribute much bitterness at all. Good bit of booze.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, low carbonation, quite resinous yet not very bitter at all, just quite sweet. Not a particularly dry beer. Booze is apparent, but not unpleasantly so and certainly not a surprise with HOTD.

Overall- Interesting beer, aside from the gross appearance. The sweetness is not overwhelming but certainly a major component. The esters or hop varieties that contribute the fruitiness is welcome in adding more complexity to the sweetness. It's not my cup of tea and I won't be coming back to this, but it is certainly an interesting beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:07:57 | More by Stevedore
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Guam

4/5  rDev -2.7%

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New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

03-26-2014 00:06:43 | More by ArtZan
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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.