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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,517 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,517
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 360
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 chiefydawg:
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chiefydawg

Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a flared pint glass.

White, thick, fluffy head tops a hazy orange body. Highly carbonated. Easy to look at as long as I know I can drink. Head lasts long, and the lace sticks well.

Dry, tart,citrus rind scent with a nice (though recessive ) Grape-Nut scent. Like a lemon candy almost, with the pleasant, almost sourness backed by sweetness.

Mouth-full of American C hops! Fills the mouth (more on that later) with a viscous hop juice that has a sweetness to it. You know how Bells Two Hearted has that fresh hoppiness, yet balancing sweetness, yet clean drinkability? Fred is that on some serious growth hormones. Hopheads will relish in its nearly harsh piney citrus resin, but will note how the malt backbone ameliorates it. Remarkably, the finish is tight enough to invite another drink, and the mouth war starts all over.

Seems to be enough hop material to create a resiny, thick mouthfeel. The clean, nearly astringent bitterness scrubs the palate, tempting the next sip. Easy to swish this one around the mouth a bit for fun, though there is a nagging tingle at the back of the palate reminding you that this is no penny candy.

Even though this has a notable drinkability for its kind, I would not recommend too many of these in one sitting. They would fill your belly quickly, but not before filling your head with thoughts of how irresistable and invulnerable you are.

I would call this a DIPA any day of the week, and one of the better ones at that.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 02:53:48 | More by chiefydawg
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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

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