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

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,658 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 371
Gots: 298 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-1998

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.
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Photo of dfhhead25
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of SierraFlight
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle shared by Kevin among a few folks at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. Poured into a taster. Brown-orange in appearance with a few floaties despite a careful pour. A two-plus finger head forms, stays for a while, then leaves spots of lacing as it recedes. Aroma is caramel, vanilla, alcohol, dried pears, and apples. Taste, initially, is moderate sweetness with caramelized sugar and dried fruit notes. On the finish there is a citrus hop flavor, rye spiciness, and alcohol. Full body, thick, chewy, sticky texture, soft carbonation in the mouth which is strange after the bubble show on the pour, and a finish that is initially abruptly bitter and has a warming boozy tail.

Photo of tclipse
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrebeka
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jellikit
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle.
Appearance: light orange. Clear. Flat. No head.
Smell: toffee. Caramel. Slight yeast aroma.
Taste: caramel, orange, malty sugars, alcohol. Grapefruit peel.
Mouthfeel: low-to-no carbonation. BIG body. Sweet.
Overall: big beer. Sweet. Complex in flavor. Boozy. Will buy again.

Photo of cfh64
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewski
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goldndomer
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Harvest06
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wiescins
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Spaceman_Jer
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BIll_Currie
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this better than Adam

Photo of mrw1zard
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Thedrizzle
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cyrushire
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Rudes
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of thatoneguymike
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bigeyedfish89
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Taybeh
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a single bottle (batch 90) into a Great Divide Cervoise, first review of the new year

A: Goldenrod with a lot of bubbles and sediment, huge head and huge retention
S: big caramel and malt flavors, alcohol, yeast, sweet dried apricots, apples, raisins, vague hoppy edge
T: big flavors -- lots of layers of sweet chewy malt, rendered more complex with some molasses, dark dry fruit; earthy hops & esters that linger on the end
M: heavy, chewy, and syrupy despite moderate carbonation.

Overall: This is a big beer, complex flavors that integrate nicely.

Photo of kmahe
4.83/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Prost76
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LouZ
3.32/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Appears to be a thick beer out of the bottle, golden in color - like apricot. Hazy and unfiltered, and absolutely no head to be found. Smell is on the sweeter side, some citrus; resembles a barleywine. Taste is sweet: sugar is the first impression, and it's pronounced. Small hop finish, unfortunately; espcially for one said to have 10 different varities. Feel is on the thicker side; very low carbonation. Overall, it's not what I was expecting and while not a terrible beer, it would not be one I'd go for again.

Photo of JRBecks
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,658 ratings.