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

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Ratings: 1,671
Reviews: 849
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 370
Gots: 303 | 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: 1,671 | Reviews: 849
Photo of Airyk12
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy copper with a foamy white head that leaves a web of lacing.

Smells of dried fruit and rich malts and hops. Sweet, with a hint of bitterness.

Again, lots of sweetness and a good bit of dried fruit and a tiny bit of bitterness.

Creamy smooth, medium-light body. Some carbonation. Smooth.

A really solid barleywine. Sweet, with a hint of bitterness. Very good. Another winner from a great brewer.

Photo of Marty30
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to brewerdan for this extra.Poured into A Duvel tulip at around 55degrees.Batch 78.

A. A deep orange body when held up to the light.Leaves behind a half inch offwhite head that disappears quickly. Some carbonation coming off the bottom of the glass.Very little lacing on the glass.

S. Smells sweet lots of fruits,apricots,cherries,honey and some candied sugar.

T. Follows the smell spot on,very sweet lots of sugar and sweet fruits lots of apricot and raison with some honey.Get a small amount of alchohol.

M. Heavy and thick, coating the pallet all over.Not much carbonation but that is expected.

Overall this is a very heavy and sweet beer I enjoyed it but I could only see myself drinking one of these in a sitting.I will be seeking more.

Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch #78. This beer pours somewhere in between dark gold and bright copper in color with a three finger cream colored head. This one may take awhile to calm down. It smells of very bready sweet malts. I get A LOT of Bisquick biscuit dough from it. It also features a light but sweet caramel malt aspect that is rather subdued but pairs well with the aforementioned biscuity aromas. It tastes of sweet caramel malts with a nice honey covered biscuit aftertaste that is delicious. The whole profile isn’t typical of a “barleywine” but it works rather well. It is moderately sweet but isn’t overpowering in the least. It isn't overly sticky on the palate either but boy does the head stick to the side of the glass. It’s probably one of the most drinkable barleywines around. Overall this is a great beer from Hair of the Dog, once again.

Photo of megahurts4
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hair of the Dog Fred

Appearance: hazy orange, large head, and some good lacing.

Smell: malty grain and hops.

Taste: caramel malts, slight grain, and a bit of hops with a bitter sweetness.

Mouthfeel: medium.

This is a nice brew. It is very malty, but also has a bitter sweetness to it. It is sweet enough to be more an after-dinner beer.

Photo of muttyd
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very dark yellow, almost amber. Massive white head that settles to about 1/4 inch. Very hazy brew. Aroma is very sweet (candi / fruity), hops, yeast spice. Some leather and vanilla characters in the nose as well. Flavor is very sweet, spicey (rye?), and bitter in the finish. Lots of spice, leather, and other flavors going on in the flavor. Very sticky and sweet in the finish. Well carbonated, almost light on the tongue due to the carbonation. Alcohol well perceived throughout. Very good barleywine.

Photo of Kshock
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Confusing beer....

Has some qualities and aspects of both belgian goldens and barleywines.

A-Looks like a light Belgian, but just dark enough it could be mistaken for a barleywine. Nice bright beer with a lot of head retention, good lacing on the glass.

S- sweet malts with a good amount of hop aroma. Literally smells bitter sweet.

T- starts out really sweet, heavy sugar flavors, then drys very quickly revealing the big hop presence hiding behind the sugars. Hoppy like a west coast barleywine and sweet like a Belgian triple all at the same time.

M- Lots of carbonation, with a medium body feel to it.

very interesting beer, but at the same time i feel it is not sure what it wants to be, which i like. It alows the drinker to make his own conclusion about the beer, thus forcing the drinker to think about what he is drinking, which is a very good thing :)

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

What is a barleywine? Who cares? I like barley… and I like wine. (Actually, when we bought this beer the guy behind the counter (Jim was his name) said this beer was “big”. I think a 10% ABV makes any beer big.) I love the name too, more of the brewery than the actual beer. But once learning the history behind the name Fred, I was intrigued.

Sort of how Rogue makes unique brews, Hair of the Dog Brewing does just the same. The name behind this beer has been writing about beer for a LONG time. Hopefully someone will name a beer after me one day.

The beer has a lot of head. It also says on the bottle to pour slow to keep sediment out. Also, according to Jim, this beer can age very well. It is meant to be enjoyed right away or to be put down in the cellar for aging. The beer will actually change flavor as the years go by. The beer smells sweet, almost crisp and clean with a hint of fruit… let’s see what she tastes like. (Or he since the name of the beer is Fred.)

The initial flavor explodes on your palate with a combination of carbonation and utter sweetness. Not chocolate sweet per say, but a light summer based fruity sensation. (Drink the beer, you will see what I mean.) The aftertaste wants to hang around, and while there are subtle hints of the brew that stick around, the aftertaste is quick to leave your tongue. It sticks around in your throat more than anything.

Each sip of this beer leaves me reaching for another… it’s a VERY well balanced beer for being 10% ABV. Hair of the Dog Brewing claims to be loyal, pure, and faithful. They also claim to have a wet nose. Regardless of their nose, this beer is delicious. I would see this as a beer to drink on celebration, not your everyday brew. I love it… bottoms up people!

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

A: Poured a nice light, coludy orange color with a nice white cap.

S: Nose was rye, booze and candy. Citrus and floral notes.

T: Taste starts out hot but smooths out. Plenty of citrus, candy sugar sweetness and rye. Floral notes. Piney at times.

M: Mouthfeel is quite smooth but with noticable alcohol. Very good. A big body for sure.

O: Good

Photo of loren01
4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color, huge head with lots of lacing down the glass
S: Herbal, spices, rye and yeast
T: Real sweet up front with an interesting spiciness and crisp hoppy flavor
M: Medium to full bodied, this beer is a sipper for sure.
O: This is an interesting beer, would be great with some age...would buy this one again for sure.

Photo of JizackFH
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a beautiful hazy golden color. It has a nice 2-finger white head on it. The head has great retention, and it leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

S - It smells of sweet malts and a big fruitiness. There is a nice hop presence and I am also getting some notes of spices, citrus, hops, and a touch of alcohol too.

T - This has a very complex taste. There are a lot of fruit notes such as banana, pear, apple, figs, raisins, and apple. There is a lot of sweet caramel malts, and quite a nice hop character as well. I am also getting notes of brown sugar, booze, some spices, and wood.

M - It has a full body and good carbonation. It goes down very smooth, and has a rich and creamy feel to it. It has a bit of a chewy quality to it. It also feels a bit foamy. It is sweet, and there is also some lingering hop bitterness.

O - This has good drinkability. I think it is a bit of a sipper, but the flavor makes me not want to put it down. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor is great and complex, leaving different flavors in your mouth with each sip. I highly recommend this beer. I will be picking this up again, no doubt.

Photo of homebrew311
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium globe. Batch 74.

A: deep clear gold with thick three finger head, appears over carbonated for the style, great retention

S: spicy rye malt up front with waves of herbal/earthy hops, notes of pine, sweet notes of maple,molasses, and honey. Lots going on here, very nice aroma.

T: the taste starts with some sweet belgian character with some dark fruit, followed by molasses and maple. Notes of hops and rye come in towards the end. Very rich and flavorful. The sweetness is strong but the hops cut through and make for a nice balance.

MF: big body, high carbonation

O: this is a great barleywine with tons of flavor. It borders on being a bit sweet, but the sweetness goes well with the rye and hops.

Photo of flannelman808
3.06/5  rDev -25%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Bright amber in color yellow tinge toward the edges. A powerful head forms and has ridiculous retention. I'll comment on the lacing in about 15 min as the rocky head isn't going anywhere fast. Too much carbonation? looks like this one is seriously made for aging (no cork though ... ).
Yeah silly lacing too.

S: Pilsner malt (husk) and white cane sugar take over the aroma, maybe just a hint of dried candied fruit somewhere hidden along with a subtle grassy note.

T: Very rich and very carbonated, but the thickness of the beer actually overpowers the tickle. Still its difficult to taste. Sugar cane and bitter grassy flavors would seem to tease out of a vigorous tongue numbing (think seltzer) carbonation. Mild honey like flavors develop along with the warming of 10% abv. This is definitely a sweet beer though it hides behind bubbles which are doing the best job of keeping it from being cloying.
Subtle fruity notes develop with time as this warms, which are actually pretty nice. Perhaps time will help this beer, but honestly I wouldn't buy more given its high cost.

M: Seltzer and syrup.

O: I have to say I am not a fan of this. Over time it may get better, and if you happen to buy one I would recommend not drinking it because you will have wasted your 7 ish dollars a 12 oz.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit taken back by the frothy/substantial head that formed on this beer. The head just lays there like a pile of whipped cream. The beer is a light cloudy amber color. (Beer was not disturbed for well over 24 hours.  The clumpy rings of lacing are amazing.  

Smell is yeasty with lots of malt notes. Some alcohol present. A touch of sweetness.

Very interesting barley wine flavor. Lost of citrus, fruity character in the flavor. Just below this is a lot of sweet caramel. These two combine nicely. The candied sugar provides a bit of an interesting twist on the sweetness. Have to admit, I would not have picked out the Rye. Perhaps this contributes to a more crisp finish here.

Full bodied, almost sticky, but still fresh.

I am enjoying this and its growing on me. A barley wine with an interesting twist.

Well done.

Photo of CashMoneyVagrant
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

- Batch #76

Poured cloudy and orange in color, with a enormous, dense head of foam that filled half the glass on the first pour. Sweet and spicy up front in the nose. Marbled rye bread, honey, English toffee, rum soaked fruit cake, butterscotch. Fruity, floral aromas of orange marmalade, apricot jam, fresh flower nectar, some vanilla. Smells big and muscular.

Lots of carbonation on the palate. Sweet, rock
candy, raisins and fruit preserves at first. A little cloying, kinda boozy in the mouth, with some heat. Spicy. Rye bread, honey, maybe bay leaves. Lots of English toffee and butterscotch. I pick up a doughy, batter taste maybe pound cake or shortbread. It develops some rum and whiskey flavors as it warms up. Toasted malt, sweet and boozy in the finish with some bitterness.
From a 2-3 year old bottle from the cellar, could be older than that. Had lots of life left in it. Definitely a night cap beer.

Photo of RocPorterFanatic
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful light copper with thick rocky head.

Very pungent aroma, very malty, cotton candy sweetness is ever present

Candi sugar is very much on the forefront with just a subtle peppery hoppiness. Nowhere near the hops I expected for the style.

Very effervecent, alot of rich bubbly carbonation.

Great beer, a little under-hopped for an American Barleywine, but not unpleasant.

Photo of Offa
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 78

Faintly hazy golden amber, small off-white head slowly shrinks to foamy ring and thin foam & wisps.

Aroma is raisiny bread crust, citrusy hops, hint of steak, cotton candy, toffee & pine.

Taste is sweet-spicy toasty raisiny character with hint of spicy resiny hops and hint of citrus, mostly grapefruit, but very mild. It has noticeably warming alcohol but is not too boozy. It’s a bit oily & creamy in feel, fairly well balanced but definitely a bit on the sweet side. It’s good but not great.

Photo of stoutfiend27
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle received from my good friend james in a surprise box which really made my terrible week so much better...thanks for looking out...batch 80 into the snifter

a-deep hazy golden color...huge rocky head and tons of chunky lacing....lots of carbonation at first but settled down nicely...

s-lots of sweetness..loads of caramel and toffee....the earthy rye malt is nice as well as the addition of the aromatic....very balanced on the nose

t-lots of caramel up front...some toffee comes in and the earthiness/breadiness from the rye lends its hand....bitter hops hold this thing together and keep it from being cloying...very delicate and the sweetness from the candy sugar is nice...hops finish this one out..

m-medium to full bodied...lots of residual sugar in this one...coats the mouth and stays....the bitterness from the hops linger as well as the dryness in this beer...

o-excellent would love to have tons more of this....the 10% abv is nowhere to be found and nothing is offensive at all about this beer....huge thanks to james for sending this my way...cant wait to get into the rest...

Photo of mactrail
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bittersweet strong ale.

Orange-amber in the chalice. Aroma is tantalizing warm fruit cake with alcohol fumes. This must be the sweetest beer I have ever had. I can't think of another. It's like those sweet non-alcohol Malta beers they have in the Caribbean. Main flavor is raisins. Or dried currants, to be precise. Only sweeter. Ruby Port wine. Aftertaste is dark, bitter orange marmalade. Truly unique

I guess if this is made from malt and high-enough octane, you can call it barley wine. I call it raisin wine.

Batch 79.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 79.

Pours a beautiful dark honey orange color with a 2 inch bone colored head that fades to a small cap. Bubbles from the pour flowed downward in the glass before rising again to the top. Very small patterns of lacing around the glass present as the beer goes down. Smells of caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is exactly like the smell with sweet burnt sugar tastes (brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch) up front with a citrus hop presence on the finish. Bitterness is very mild and fades quickly on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit flat carbonation wise leading to a somewhat thick and chewy beer. Overall, this is a great beer that I have put of trying for way too long. Highly recommended.

Photo of hardy008
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 79

Rich amber color with a less than one finger head which has nice retention and lacing. The aroma has caramel, candy sugar, oranges, and butterscotch. Smells sweet, and very nice.

The flavor is just like the aroma. A sweet beer with caramel, candy sugar, and butterscotch. Oranges and lemon flavors are also present, indicating a nice amount of hops used to balance the sweetness of this beer.

Creamy and medium to full bodied bodied, with moderate carbonation. The alcohol is well hidden for 10.00 %, but has a warming effect. I'm not sure what else needs to be said. This is a great beer, which I will seek out again.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I see that Belgian candy sugar is used; does that make Fred a Belgo-barleywine? Enough of the stupid remark, bust out the Old Guardian glass and opener and get on to the beer:

It's magnificent looking; a darker shade of gold, tiny bubbles that are clearly visible from a few feet away, a thick creamy top that seems to last forever. That's the good news! The bad news is that something seems to have gone awry in the nose. It's most resemblant of sweet honey and a good amount of astringency. More time allows the astringency to calm and bring a little note of hop leaf. A little better, but still rough for my liking.

I think we have a Belgo-barleywine, or at least an attempt. If you love sugar, then you will get your fix here. It's very sweet overall, yet finds a way without ever being cloying. Sugar sweetness is obvious, little notes of mandarin orange, leaves, and a hop cone or two. Some of the 10% alcohol is felt/tasted in the form of ethanol. It's a big and firm bodied beer (and one that leaves sticky residue around my lips, which I like a lot), so take this easy.

Hair of the Dog throws a change-up at the barleywine style. It's not bad and certainly different from the diet of fastballs that we're all used to seeing, but sometimes a good 93 MPH heater gets the job done better than a slightly better than average change on the outside corner.

Photo of jsanford
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Snifter. Batch 81.

A - Cloudy orange-amber with a huge, fluffy eggshell-colored head that refuses to dissipate. Leave thick, sticky lacing clinging to the glass.
S - Spicy rye malt, tons of sweet caramel, burnt orange peel, candi sugar, and a lingering hop finish.
T - Sweet malt, caramel, candi sugar, and more orange peel with a citrus hop bite. Bit of alcohol definitely makes itself known, you can tell this is a big one.
M - Slick and sticky, with a medium-full mouth-feel and low carbonation.
O - Not bad for my 1st HotD brew, overall a very nice Barleywine. I'd be really interested to see this with some age on it. Thanks to Aussy13 for sending this my way!

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.4/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry fruit and candy sugar. In the taste, dry candy sugar with yeast and fruit notes. A smooth and medium to bigger bodied mouthfeel, with a dry hint of fruit in the aftertaste. Nice mix of fruit and yeast, more an American triple than a barleywine.

Photo of Errto
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a distinct amber color with hints of orange. Very clear body, one finger head. A very appealing looking beer, no doubt about it.

Smells like a barley wine should. Ripe fruits hit first, a little toasted malt in the back, some alcohol but not too much, and it's more of a pleasant touch than a harsh feeling. No hops to speak of in the aroma.

The taste is very complex to say the least. The warming alcohol hits more up front here than in the smell, and it's actually drier than I expected, though the fruits are still there. Let it sit in your mouth for a moment and the alcohol really comes to dominate the finish. There's a lingering feeling about the taste, though it's still not as thick as some barleywines I've had. There's spice in there too, but I can't place it. There's still no hop flavor or aroma to speak of, but the bitterness shines through a lot more and really subdues what must be otherwise powerful malt flavors.

This is definitely an American barleywine - the flavors are a bit punchy, and those Pacific Northwest hops definitely want you to know they're there. It's not my favorite American barleywine, but I'll likely buy it again if I see it.

Photo of zhanson88
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Got this one as part of a trade with JohnGalt1. Thanks a lot Toby. Batch 79.

Appearance: Fred pours a dark apricot color with ruby highlights. It's very hazy, but that's not a surprise considering it's bottle conditioned. It seems to have very low carbonation. Two fingers of head form that have excellent retention and lacing. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: I can detect the rye malts that are in this beer, but they aren't too strong or spicy. I also get some sweet, wet bready scents, and some lingering citrus hop character as well.

Taste: A big malt presence is prevalent up front, as well as some sticky, sugary, bready sweetness and some apricot-like fruit flavors. A small amount of citrus hops show up on the back end, but not too much. Overall, a damn tasty barleywine. The more it warmed up, the more I liked it. Pretty complex and tasty.

Mouthfeel/Overall: Medium bodied with low carbonation, this beer is quite creamy and sticky in the mouth. This is the stand-out category for this beer in my opinion. Overall, a very good barleywine but not quite elite. I dig everything I've had from Hair of the Dog, and I'm really excited to try Fred from the Wood to see what the barrels do for this beer.

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,671 ratings.