Fred - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by zimmerbloke:
4.03/5 rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Thanks to JohnGalt for this bottle of batch 71. Served in New Belgium globe glass.
A: Crack the bottle and I see yeast sediment lining one side of the inside rim. I carefully pour around said sediment, leaving about half an inch of murky yeast-laden beer left in the bottle. Carbonation is immediately apparent in the pour with a thick, sticky cream colored head that takes forever to fade. Fred itself is just a shade lighter than the brown glass it came from with a hint of red in the light. Heavy lacing as the head fades.
S: Bready, biscuity malts with strong yeast notes. A hint of citrus hops in the nose, but definitely faded. Very sweet with a hint of oak tartness. Just a hint of booze; all in all, definitely smells like a sipper.
T: Pretty consistent with what I'm getting off of the nose. Strong bready malts and candy sweetness. No alcohol flavor, just a bit of warming through the chest. Hops are definitely still making their presence known with some floral, citrusy notes. Bitterness is more apparent on the tail end of the flavor profile, but provides a good foil to the combination of sweetness and oak tartness.
M: A bit thinner than I would expect. I think a few more years sitting around would do this one well.
D: Very high. Alcohol is well hidden and the flavor profile keeps itself fresh enough to remain interesting over the duration of a full 12oz... no more than that, though.
The first time I had this beer, it was about four years old and fantastic. Slightly younger, it's still very good, but I'll definitely be aging future bottles to reach that potential. An excellent offering from HotD, as always, really enjoyed it.
Serving type: bottle
12-14-2010 02:36:25 | More by zimmerbloke
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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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