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

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1,574 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,574
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 365
Gots: 296 | 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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4.36/5  rDev +6.6%

dshansen1184, Sunday at 06:52 PM
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

IPAchris, Sunday at 04:09 PM
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

First time with Fred. Batch 90. Bottled sometime in 2013 if I were to guess. I was forced to extrapolate from HOTD site.
Very slow, careful pour into snifter gave up a cumulus cloud of head, 2 fingers minimum.
Golden copper in hue, with much yeast sediment in suspension. Smells vaguely like a Belgian Pale Ale.
I can tell it's going to be a dry beer already. Initially, it is a strong Belgian Pale, then the drying resinous
hops kick in. As it warms, the rye malt also appears, along with some oak. Lacing is persistent.
This beer is too complex to describe with one 12ozer, I'd need a couple to sum it up. I may just arrange that.
I get why it's categorized as an American Strong. It's just too complex to pigeonhole...

Overall, easily a beer every enthusiast should give a go...

beerdedking, Friday at 11:17 PM
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

cfadams17, Friday at 02:34 AM
Photo of richj1970
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Bottle labeled Batch 90.

A: Pours a cloudy honey yellow with large 3 finger white head that seemed to last forever. Generous 360 degree lacing.

S: Raisins, pears, honey, and dried pineapple.

T: Light caramel sweetness and gentle hop bitterness. Some soft fruit flavors, pineapple, and apple juice.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. A subtle sweetness lingering on the tongue.

O: An excellent strong ale. I look forward to trying another brew from HOTD.

richj1970, Sep 17, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

mikepcarney, Sep 15, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

Tyecko, Sep 13, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

tpacek, Sep 12, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Howlader, Sep 10, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

jtladner, Sep 09, 2014
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4.56/5  rDev +11.5%

EliRix, Sep 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

tjcamm, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

ScottJWing, Sep 06, 2014
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2/5  rDev -51.1%

Batch 92. Hazy golden pour with zero head. Visibly viscous.

The nose is very sweet with honey, caramel and hints of stone fruits. A touch of sherry.

Taste is quite similar to the nose except it is pervaded by a strongly unpleasant astringent bitterness. Flavors of sweet honey, vanilla, caramel, raisins and sherry come through along with an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous with no carbonation.

I didn't mind the lack of carbonation so much as I couldn't stand the astringent bitterness. Smells great but tastes awful. Drainpour.

brianmandell, Sep 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

judkinst, Sep 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

TGanyone, Sep 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

beerhast, Sep 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Devman171, Aug 29, 2014
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3.6/5  rDev -12%

Ozzy2004Ironman, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Overly sweet

BrewtalHonesty, Aug 29, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

bottle at The Hog's Apothecary in Oakland

a hazy golden color, this one's strong and sweet. Rather unusual - not sure I've ever had anything that's closely comparable. It's like drinking a super sweet and sticky, super boozy glass of apple juice. Fabulously inventive, but it's so specific a profile, I'm not sure I'd seek this one out again and again. Have to be in the precise mood. The barrel aged versions would be interesting to try - this is definitely a beer that would benefit from some warm, soft oak/bourbon/brandy/whatever overtones (I'm guessing?)

ronricorossi, Aug 28, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with "batch 90" marked clearly on the label. Drinking this as part of a Conflux No. 1 deconstruction tasting--Fred, Adam, Stoic, and Dissident followed by Collage. Served in an old fashioned glass.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a predominantly translucent tangerine amber color with just a bit of haze from the bottle conditioning yeast with which I wasn't careful enough. A pour of moderate aggression reveals a fluffy finger of off-white foam consisting of tight bubbles with just a few pocks on the surface here and there. It leaves just traces of faint silky lace behind on the sides of the glass.

Smell (4.0) - It doesn't blow me away at first, but as I sit here and take a few more whiffs, I start to gain more appreciation for the elements therein. Golden raisins, light pear and honey come through as well as sweet Hawaiian bread and sticky bun and a sublte touch of clover blossom. There's a hint of the heat from the alcohol that adds a touch of astringency, but really works to break up the sweeter smelling parts of the aroma.

Taste (4.0) - I'm not quite as impressed by the taste as the aroma, but the difference is pretty negligible in the long run. Again there are dominant notes of light fruits like golden raisin and now even some nectarine, perhaps dried pineapple, but the sweetness isn't quite the level I expected based on the smell. Some floral notes of honeysuckle tease the tongue, but don't linger, giving way to floral hops and nice bitterness with even a bit of white pepper.

Mouthfeel (3.75) - Light bodied and high carbonation, and honestly, this is my first real complaint about the beer, as the feel just seems a bit out of balance. It's like the level of carbonation creates an airy aspect to the body that doesn't quite support the density of flavors, if that makes any sense. A minor quibble, but I could have done with lower levels of carbonation.

Overall (4.0), a nice strong ale with good flavor that works well with the high level of alcohol without just masking it. Though it's a bit of an undefined style, this one manages to have made a distinct mark on my memory. Probably my least favorite of the Collage "deconstruction" tasting, but that really speaks more to the quality of the beers involved than it does the lack of quality of this one.

LambicPentameter, Aug 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

thufflife, Aug 25, 2014
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4.04/5  rDev -1.2%

BcOneSeven, Aug 24, 2014
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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,574 ratings.