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

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BA SCORE
92
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1,494 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,494
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 357
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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ChrisL24481

New Hampshire

4.24/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy orange, copper-ish color with QUITE the head. Very carbonated as expected with a bottle conditioned ale. Head slowly dissipated with lacing left all the way down the glass. Aroma and taste were great. Toffee, caramel, candied sugar...excellent malt flavors. Medium body, smooth; a sipper, but goes down easy. Overall, very flavorful and delicious; would love to have some to age.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2014 23:41:46 | More by ChrisL24481
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jampics2

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-31-2014 16:09:13 | More by jampics2
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GTB

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-30-2014 22:33:37 | More by GTB
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monitorpop

Michigan

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-29-2014 22:08:08 | More by monitorpop
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MarshallBirdhouse

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-29-2014 03:13:00 | More by MarshallBirdhouse
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kbrown

Ohio

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-29-2014 00:50:53 | More by kbrown
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charlesjwinkler

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-28-2014 01:03:31 | More by charlesjwinkler
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, Batch 88. Poured into a Kuhnhenn snifter today, 3/27/2014. Thanks John for sending me this one.

App- Very hazy dark orange body. Certainly not "golden" as the "Golden Special Ale" descriptor would have you think. Despite a careful pour as dictated by the label, there is a ton of sediment/floaties suspended in the beer. People give Heady shit for having floaties, but Heady looks like its filtered sparkling clear compared to this beer. To be honest, it looks gross. Like jello. I can't make myself rate the appearance higher than 2. Luckily it doesn't count for much. Pours with zero head, lacing looks like individual sugar particles clinging to the glass.

Smell- Intense bready caramel and toffee sweetness, candied sugar, fruity peach and citrus notes, a little bit of leather, quite a bit of alcohol as it warms up. Complex and a pleasure to smell.

Flavour- Very heavy on the sweetness and booze. Rye bread, caramel, honey, toffee take the forefront here and it's quite sweet. Not much sugary dryness here. Sweetness is complemented by notes of peach and apricot flavours on the palate that linger for a while, but don't contribute much bitterness at all. Good bit of booze.

Mouthfeel- Full bodied, low carbonation, quite resinous yet not very bitter at all, just quite sweet. Not a particularly dry beer. Booze is apparent, but not unpleasantly so and certainly not a surprise with HOTD.

Overall- Interesting beer, aside from the gross appearance. The sweetness is not overwhelming but certainly a major component. The esters or hop varieties that contribute the fruitiness is welcome in adding more complexity to the sweetness. It's not my cup of tea and I won't be coming back to this, but it is certainly an interesting beer to try.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 00:07:57 | More by Stevedore
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apbaj

Guam

4/5  rDev -2.4%

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ArtZan

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-26-2014 00:06:43 | More by ArtZan
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vma

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-25-2014 21:19:37 | More by vma
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afsdan

Colorado

4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

03-22-2014 21:54:32 | More by afsdan
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bleeps

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-22-2014 04:10:28 | More by bleeps
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BGsWo22

New York

2/5  rDev -51.2%

03-19-2014 18:53:36 | More by BGsWo22
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davegray

California

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-19-2014 04:54:21 | More by davegray
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RyanTheLion13

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

03-18-2014 01:56:59 | More by RyanTheLion13
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dionito

Washington

3.59/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is really unfortunate. I picked this two days ago from Whole Foods and it is 100% flat. No head, no bubbles, no nothing. Taste is still ok, but I can only imagine how good this beer might be with the balance of carbonation. mouth feel is syrupy and overly sweet taste, but you get the hop bitterness and malt. I'm very disappointed, though. I was expecting this to be a great experience, which hasn't been. I'll try to pick another bottle soon enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2014 00:19:04 | More by dionito
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PeakedInHighSchool

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-15-2014 15:41:15 | More by PeakedInHighSchool
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artoolemomo

Oregon

4.11/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance- Pours up a good amount of head which looks to have equally good retention. The head is a fluffy, pure cotton-white while the body is a pale to medium amber which appears as a golden, pale amber in the light. Spots of lacing, some wisps.

Nose- This is dominated by hops which already makes it different from Hair of the Dog's high gravity beers. Lots of citrus which ranges from orange to lemon to grapefruit. Light notes of cherry, peach, and apple. Very fruity and very well rounded. Not in your face but still quite delicious. Slight grain on the nose- maybe the rye? Swirling doesn't show much.

Taste- Reflective of the nose as it shows bunches of fruity esters from the hops on the front. Orange, lemon, grapefruit, touches of peaches, hints of apple and cherry. Some spice on the finish (coriander) that mixes with pine and resin. Slight notes of rye. Reminds me a little bit of Lagunitas Sucks actually. Very clean and crisp tasting with all of the hops working in almost perfect balance together. Very little bitterness and quite reminiscent of the newer imperial IPAs. Maybe a little bit of earwax from the bitter side of the hops. Some honey and floral notes. Suggestions of caramel. Really good beer that has flashes of greatness. Not quite there but this scores well in every category: presence, complexity, and balance. I'm surprised I've missed out on this so far but I'm glad to be drinking it now. Some linger but a bit of dryness as well. Pretty enjoyable.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with healthy carbonation and nuances of syrup on the texture. Maybe even a little slick or oily but in a good way.

Drinkability- Very easygoing and gives no indication of its 10% at all. Very accessible for a strong ale as well. It retails for about 5 bucks, which seems reasonable to me. This is definitely a beer I will be drinking again.

Overall- Just short of being great. Another example of why Hair of the Dog is the best brewery in Portland. Moreover, you don't have to stand in line or go to the brewery to drink this- you can buy it in a store! A must try and one I will be drinking again.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 05:17:56 | More by artoolemomo
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Lehighace06

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

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Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

03-13-2014 05:15:44 | More by Sir_Goatman
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California

3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

03-13-2014 03:36:09 | More by DarthKostrizer
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New York

3/5  rDev -26.8%

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erialbill

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

03-11-2014 03:08:36 | More by erialbill
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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