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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,505 Ratings
THE BROS
93
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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 356
Gots: 291 | 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 nmbr0ne:
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nmbr0ne

Florida

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: When I first poured it I was alarmed because it came out very hazy. I got very little head. There isn't that much lacing on the sides of the glass or the top of the beer.

Smell: Surprisingly, I like the smell. It smells very sweet. I get hints of apples, honey, and a few spice notes. At the same time, I smelled what seemed to me to resemble red wine vinegar.

Taste: It has a sweet beginning when it enters the mouth. The sweetness turns into a lingering bitterness that stays on your tongue for a while after sipping. I feel like it's a hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel: It's not thick like a syrup. It's not water like either though. I'll say it feels creamy. It has a bit of carbonation.

Overall: It's a beer I can sip, but not one I can have too many of. I wouldn't want to have too many of it anyways. It's not my favorite, but it is definitely a good beer. I like the balance that is formed by the sweetness at the beginning of the sip and the bitterness at the end. It's enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:41:03 | More by nmbr0ne
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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.

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