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

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1,672 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,672
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 370
Gots: 304 | FT: 21
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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Ratings: 1,672 | Reviews: 849
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3.25/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Despite a nice aroma the taste and mouth feel were both surprisingly disappointing. I generally love golden ales, and the surface characteristics of this beer suggested that I would enjoy this one as well, but the actual taste did not bear that out.

Photo of stuagano
3.17/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The taste was a little stale. With a lot of sediment at the bottom

Photo of Jmamay22
2.27/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Fred pours a very cloudy amber brown with no head. Not very attractive. Looks like a muddy puddle in my glass. The scent is very sweet featuring brown sugar, caramel and dark fruits such as fig and plum. The taste is also sweet, really too sweet. The rye spiciness attempt to hold back the sweetness, but it all comes through as a sugar bomb. Lots of caramel. Alcohol heat is present, but not terribly strong. Mouthfeel is nearly wine still and fairly heavy.

I enjoyed some of their other offerings on tap yesterday, but this one from the bottle is a muddled sweet mess. I'm curious to know what the brewer was after with this one. Maybe a mistake and under attenuated due to the strong sweet flavor and lack of carbonation. Reading the notes saying there are 10 different hops used is interesting. This may have helped lead to the muddled flavors. 10 different hops is a lot to try to balance.

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BMESSER88
3.34/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ninaturner
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mbmiche
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Flavor profile was really solid--caramel, vanilla, dark sugary dried fruit, but almost no carb at all. heavy yeast at the bottom of the bottle made it into my glass.

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

Photo of cp45
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 31Sam13
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Hop_God
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of indianabeerman
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cyclone
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

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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.

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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

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,672 ratings.