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

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1,570 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,570
Reviews: 835
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 367
Gots: 294 | 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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Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

Hair of the Dog Fred. Batch 76. Got this from Liquid Solutions. Man, am I going to miss that place.
appearance: orange, clear, lots of carbonation, decent creamy head.
smell: whew. Nice.Citrus, yeast, hoppy.
taste: Oh yeah. Buttery start, with malt, hoppy finish. Very nice.

cindyjeffsmith, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of drtth
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%

The beer was poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically. This bottle comes from batch 76.

Appearance: As poured the beer is a lightly hazy dark apricot/caramel color with a ½" finely bubbled creamy and light tan head that recedes slowly to leave a thick layer of foam on the liquid and well defined ring of foam around the glass. The sheet of foam on one side of the glass persists throughout the beer. Sipping leaves scattered speckles and legs of lacing for most of the beer.

Smell: The nose is filled at first with caramel malt accented with some tangerine and pineapple. Underlying this there are traces of the spicy character added by the rye. (But I must confess if I had not already known there was rye in the grain bill I'd have attributed the spiciness to the hops.)

Taste: The flavor is predicted somewhat by the nose and begins full of syrupy sweetness from the malt. Mixed in with the caramel sweetness are elements of candied tangerine and pineapple. But then, midway through, in walks the assertive bitterness of citrus zest and pine to let you know this is not all sweetness. The rye shows up with a bit of background spicy character that would be easy to miss in all the hops and other complexities here. The alcohol shows it self primarily in its effects rather than in the flavors.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and softly smooth from the gentle persistent carbonation. The finish is lightly bitter with some pine, citrus and spciy character as it ends in dryness.

Drinkability: Well this is one that gets its drinkability scored as a sipper. Both with 10% and the complexity of this beer, this is a one a night beer. But it is definitely one I kept sipping because I wanted more and it is definitely one I'll be having again. Indeed, I'm tempted to lay down a case of this for enjoyment over the next several years.

drtth, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of WYVYRN527
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Received this brew in a recent trade. Poured into a tulip from a 12 oz. bottle

A: Hazy amber in color with a thin eggshell head. It retains itself on the edges and presents good lacing.

S: Caramel and dried fruit dominate the nose, along with some spice and brown sugar. Hops are present in the backround, lending a floral character to the nose.

T: Much more intense than the smell. Caramel, honey, spice... Dried fruits such as raisin and fig are present, as well as some sweet notes of mango and banana. The finish is dry, with a grassy, floral hop burst.

M: Full-bodied and chewy, this beer coats the palate and does not want to go away.

D: High in alc, this beer is a sipper for a cold winter night. This beer is very good, and deserves to have the status it has. I'll be looking for this one again.

WYVYRN527, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of JTahoe
3.98/5  rDev -2.7%

A - Redish-orange and nearly clear. A big, pillowy, off-white three finger head with very good retention and thick patchy lace. Leggy.

S - Sweet and malty with tropical and dried fruit notes, hints of floral rose, and a slight hop edge.

T - Rich sweet malts with dried fruit, molasses, yeastiness, citrus, and some nice earthy spice.

M - Full body, smooth and a bit creamy with nice slipperiness. Settles to a nice moderate-low carbonation.

D - A sipper, but not as boozy as the ABV would suggest. Overall very nice and enjoyable. Not the best barleywine I've sampled, but I would definitely pick this up again.

JTahoe, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of confer
3.58/5  rDev -12.5%

This was a BOTM selection for 2/10.
It pours a Golden-brown. My wife called it auburn. The head fades to almost nothing after a few minutes.
The smell is very nice. You smell alcohol but it is like a sweet rum.
One word for the tastes is bitter. Nothing great in my eyes.
A very creamy smooth feel.
This is a big beer that I wouldn't want more than one of at a time. Not worth the big price that comes with it.

confer, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of sweemzander
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter. No bottled date; just has Batch #76 on the front label. Major thanks to kstrickler for the bottle!

(A)- The initial pour just erupted with a creamy & foamy looking white head that stuck to every inch of the glass & isnt going anywhere; looks like a mushroom cloud exploded in my glass with this giant mound of foam in the very center! Has a light caramel color to the beer with a bit of haze.

(S)- Rather fruity; some grapefruit & pineapple with a twist of butterscotch-like toffee. Plenty of pine behind the fruits. Near the end, there is this nice wheat, yet more biscuit-like aroma.

(T)- Precisely what the smell predicted. The fruits are much more pronounced with a candied persona to them; caramelized grapefruit & pineapple? Yeah thats it! Let this warm up to cellar temp.

(M)- An explosive carbonation level that is a little frustrating because it distracts from the great flavors this beer has. However, the more I had, the better it got with time out in the open air, so that the carbonation simmered down. A bit bitter since some of the sediment got into the glass. That grapefruit is seriously tart; almost sour. I kinda like that though.

(D)- Certainly a good barleywine; I particularly like the candied fruits in this. The big carbonation was easily remedied by letting it mellow for a bit in the glass. This could age easily for quite some time. After my horrible experience with their Adam beer, this has redeemed by frustrations for sure. This is good, but definitely a sipper.

sweemzander, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of beerman207
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Orange, skim left on top of the glass after the head disssipates.

S: Caramel and apples - wow - great nose

T: Amazingly mild with malt, hops, and apple flavor coming in.

M: Mild carbonation

D: Easy to drink considering the high ABV. I would be interested to see how age affects this brew.

beerman207, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of billshmeinke
3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Bottle to pint glass.

Golden/amber in color a few yeasty bits floating around. Huge head, be careful not to pour too aggressively cause it gets out of hand. The head on mine came out to be about two fingers of bubbly white head. Dissolves to a nice layer of foam on top.

Smells like apples and caramel.

Lots of bright fruit. Apple, pear and apricot with caramel malts. Slight leafy hop bitterness. A bit of pepper spiciness.

Too creamy. The mouthfeel is medium to high in body. Very dry, and there is too many bubbles in my mouth.

Honestly, not the best barleywine I've had.

billshmeinke, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of beerwolf77
4/5  rDev -2.2%

Batch #76 Bottle split with my drinking partner BeerFMAndy.

The beer pours a cloudy golden brown. Very apple cider like. About one finger of light tan head dissipates rather quick leaving a tiny bit of soapy lace.

The aroma is very similar to fresh apple cider. Sweet then tart. Malty and then hoppy. Nice balance. Touches of spice and yeast are present as well.

The flavor is very malt forward. The hops are there but are overpowered by apples and pears laced with cinnamon. After some warming the rye flavors strat to shine. I get a touch of bubble gum after every sip as well.

Medium creamy body. Very light carbonation.

Overall a very complex and interesting beer. I would love to try a bottle that's been aged for several years.

beerwolf77, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of beerthulhu
3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

A: Poured a muddled, rusty bright orange with a firm and foamy seashell white head that initially occupied a greater proportion of the glass (80%) upon a gentle pour. Retention was very good leaving a sudsy like splash for a lacing. Visible carbonation was very strong along the outside of the glass with a good sense of rapidly rising bubbles that was noticeable even beneath the turbid nature of the drink. A yeasty orange, muddy layering was left settled on the bottom of the glass that persisted even after several swirls of the glass.

S: A musky, damp yeastiness of moldy oranges fills the nose. There is a backing of orange candy sweetness against a dry graininess that is finished up with a dry fruitiness of pineapple. Moderate in strength but no real distinguishing quality that would keep me sniffing any longer then I had to.

T: The initial flavor was yeasty with a sense of dry tangerines and apricots along with warm pineapple. A light creamy banana presence is noticed combined well with a mixed fruity warm puree of pears and applesauce. There is a good bready creaminess with perhaps a touch of soda bread as well with a slight acidic nature and warming alcohol presence from the 10%abv. Closing things out was a noticeable sour twang of citrus. Overall a good yeasty quality with a warming alcohol nature and liquid bread palate is sure to fill one up and please.

M: Creamy mouthful, nice viscose feel with a good tingling sensation delivered by the active carbonation especially around the edges. Warming, dry, with a sour twang of fruit and citrus for a fade.

D: The 10%abv was pretty well mannered with only a gentle and appreciable warming that never discourages. Musky yeasty quality with a bready palate, and lingering warmth is sure to offer something for everyone.

beerthulhu, Mar 01, 2010
Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

Batch 77. Pours clear gold with an ample, foamy head that lasts forever, leaving lots of lacing on the glass.

Smells of sweet malts, wet hay, and brown sugar or maple syrup.

Taste is very malty, and quite sweet. Rye bread flavor. Sweet malt taste up front, then a little tropical fruit, and a nice bitter finish, along with some ginger spice.

Mouthfeel is full and the carbonation is slight, giving it a thicker, creamy feel.

This is a very nice beer, but a nightcapper at 10%. It reminds me of Piraat, which is Belgian IPA, that is often compared to American style barley wines.

Beerenauslese, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of tippebrewcrew2
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

I looked at this beer too many times on the shelf. I finally looked it up on beer advocate and people had nothing but great things to say about it. This is kind of an odd style for me. It is a barely wine but takes of the character of an imperial golden. The head lasted forever and it made my apt. smell like a field of flowers. After 15 minutes or so I could finally drink the beer and the head let down a bit. Amazing beer, great style, I could see this beer really holding up to aging well. Hair of the dog! Mmmm

tippebrewcrew2, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of manahansf
4.6/5  rDev +12.5%

Popped the cap and it sounded like a gunshot as the cap went flying off. Poured into the glass and instantly filled with frothy off white head. Took about 7 minutes for it to finally settle and leave an incredibly thick and creamy two finger head. The beer itself is hazy and golden in color with visibly high carbonation. The nose is sweet and biscuity and well balanced. Although the aroma is not huge and bold, the flavor is. A mix of grainy and biscuity sweetness, floral balancing hops, and a vinous quality create a very complex but smooth taste. The body is heavy but the extremely high carbonation makes it an awkward drink. This brew finishes slow with all the complexity flowing to the end.

manahansf, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of inflatablechair
4.58/5  rDev +12%

Batch 71

Not sure when this was bottled, as the website only goes to batch 49. I think I bought it at the Earth Day Dock Sale in 2007, but I could be way off.

Appearance: Beautiful! Tawny colored liquid with a substantial head that fades, but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Quite faint, but what little is there is all malt, with a heavy leaning to the caramel side of maltiness. Really no hop presence at all. Maybe a little fruity esters and solventy alcohols. Edit: becomes less faint as the beer warms.

Taste: Fantastic! A little bit of everything. The slightest bit of tartness gives the impression of golden raisins. A little alcohol shows through, then a slight balancing hop bitterness, and finally a caramel sweet finish right before it goes down the hatch. Really complex and good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A pleasantly full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. I could sip on this for hours. Overall a great beer, and one that has held up beautifully. I'd say it has improved, even though I do like the hop profile that this beer starts with. Really, really good.

inflatablechair, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%

My second HotD thanks to mikereaser. The bottle lables this as a Golden Special Ale, and BA calls it a Barleywine, so I'll have to see what it really is.

A: Big fat fluffy 2 finger head rises up, over a super clear light mahogany reddish-orange brown color with little bubbles dancing as they rise from the bottom.

N: Nose has lots of sweet malts, dark rich fruits, dried plums and raisins, rich malt aromas, some brown sugar and molasses, little bit of toasty malts, and all around delicious. A touch of American hops and hints of bready malts. Its definitely an American Barleywine.

T: Starts with rich malts, almost a cereal quality. Pretty sweet with lots of malty flavors. More dark dried fruits, plums and raisin. More brown sugar and molasses. It has a very thick sweet syrupy flavor and some maple flavor to go with that. A little toasty bready malts as well. Touch of roasted porter flavors. Some hoppy bitterness.

M: Thick and syrupy, decent carbonation.

F: FInishes still semi sweet, somewhat bitter, sticky sweetness and syrupy quality lingers. A hint of spiciness and warmth of the booze, but otherwise hides the 10% very well. A slight lingering toasted malt flavor hints in the background under the lingering syrupy brown sugar, molasses, maple, and candi sugar. Very welcoming for the sweetness, roasted/toasted malty flavors, fruit, touch of bitterness, and how well the abv is hidden. I really enjoyed this beer, and it reminded me a lot of my last homebrew barleywine. I think HotD did a good job with this one, and I think it'll be even better with a couple years on it.

jlindros, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Extra special thanks go out to beerman207 for splitting this bottle with me that he picked up on a recent trip back home to the greater Philadelphia area. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass and the review is from notes taken on 2/13/2010.

This beer pours a deep apricot and coppery color with a big billowy white 2 finger head that fades slowly and becomes rocky and pockmarked as it fades to a thin, but full, skim; it leaves behind a web of dry sticky lacing; body is hazy and cloudy and only shows a little bit of light through and reminds me of a very thick and homemade cider.

It smells and tastes like toffee, caramel and apples spiced with cinammon and nutmeg -- the spicing is reminiscent of an old ale; faint vapors of alcohol are presnet in the nose and on the palate but it well blended and masked.

The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy; carbonation is definitely present but not sharp at all and feels soft and almost velvety; leaves a fair amount of stickiness behind.

Fred is another amazing offering from HOTD and would love to get my hands on some more and give it some age to see how it does with some time on its side. The only thing slowing me down on it is the higher ABV, but on a cold winter night, I could sip my way through a couple of these.

bamadog, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

12oz into tulip. Thanks, augustgarage! Batch 77. 10% ABV

a- Nice pale and a bit hazy dull yellow. Snow-white head that looks like an overfilled washing machine.. bubbles for days. Lacing is very light in body and spotty.. like a snowdrift in my tulip. Really amazing pour, 5 of 5.

S- Cranberries and cornbread... hmm. Very fruity, very sweet, interesting. A bit boozy, a hint of overripe papaya.

T- Malt, sweet, maple sugar, pretty good hop bite and a bit of an earthy/yeasty closer. Lots of esters and floral hop notes as well. Mild rosewater. An ongoing sweetness that borders on too much but never crosses it.

M- Great carbonation, powerful flavors.. hops and heavy malt almost take a second to register.. explosive.

D- High. Really unique, really interesting. Worth seeking out. I'd drink it again in a heartbeat.

ShogoKawada, Feb 12, 2010
Photo of Ghenna
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a SN pint with 2 fingers of light cream head. Ok lacing.
Smells sweet- malts and a little creamy caramel.
Taste- fruit followed by a little warming spice. Pleasant hop balance finish
MF- Not particularly heavy, generally pleasant

My second favorite BW behind Lagunitas' Gnarleywine. Lots to like about this brew, though in my mind it lacks a little of the beefy complexity of the gnarleywine. Will buy again if I can find it in my area

Ghenna, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of erosier
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

L: Pours a nice hazy orange-amber color with a huge and thick bodied light tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, caramel, vinous fruits, and a hint of wood aromas as well.
T: Tastes of sweet roasted, some more bitter darker roasted ones, some caramelized malts, hints of wood flavor and vinous fruits.
M: Very smooth, lighter than it looks, perfect amount of carbonation, very warming.
D: Very drinkable, this one was gone in no time, loved it.

erosier, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of Oxymoron
3.6/5  rDev -12%

Is this an AA meeting, hello Fred. Pours a mostly hazy golden yellow color with a light amber hue through out. A bubbly white head with limited retention and lacing. A bit dark for style but ok.

The nose is complex. Some grainy and husky notes with a sweeter malt character that lingers. A lot of esters with fruity notes. A odd mango citrus, orange and banana thing. Mixes with a distinct bubblegum and light grapey notes. Some noticeable yeasty notes along with some minor butyric. Very different and not really a barleywine. More along the lines of an American Belgian Golden Strong.

The taste tones down on everything and blends better versus the nose. The malt is bigger with a toffee and grainy taste. Lingers into a more malty undertone with some complexity. Hops come out and really are the only thing that really resemble a barleywine. A more citrus orange flavor but hints of mango and herbal hop notes. A slight salty note that kinds brings a sharp finish to it. The esters and pheonics are strong. Bubblegums and cloves with a hint of oxidation. Noticeable fusel notes that over powers in the end.

The body is full with very limited carbonation. This is a unique beer and I wouldn't have called it a barleywine but that is kind of what HoTD is all about. For sure could age and hopefully some of the fusel, yeast and oxidation notes would drop out.

Oxymoron, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - A dark, murky orangish-brown color, with no head and a small amount of carbonation. Not overly impressive.

s - Smells very sweet, like sugar. Also smells of rye/bready malts and a small hint of alcohol.

t - Tastes of sugar or molasses, very sweet. Also tastes of bready malts and alcohol again.

m - Medimum to heavy bodied and feels very thick, yet smooth going down. Very little carbonation.

d - Overall I enjoyed this barleywine quite a bit. While a small alcohol smell/taste was present when you consider that it is 10% ABV it wasn't as bad as some others. It was a little sweet, but still very smooth going down. I would definitely like to try this beer again.

mdfb79, Feb 01, 2010
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3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

The glass is filled with a slightly hazy amber/orange liquid topped off by a gigantic pillowy head which eventually recedes and leaves excellent lacing. This is one nice looking brew.

The aroma consists of orange and sweet caramel malt, with an ever so slight woody presence.

Taste was similar to the smell, along with some spice and ginger flavors. There was a bit of alcohol to be found, especially as the beer warmed. A sweet finish but not as sweet and cloying as many barleywines I've had. However I felt that overall the taste was a notch below what the aroma suggested.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth and dry, with a medium body.

I'm not a big fan of barleywines but this one was very nice. One to sip and savor.

JBogan, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of cameraman
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%

A golden to amber color is poured in the glass, a substantial, no, an enormous four inch head forms on top. The white colored head dissolves away slowly, clinging to the glass, it seems as though it will never leave. A citrus lemon fragrance comes out at the front of the aroma. A bread and yeasty fragrance comes through and grows on the nose after each scent. A strong malty, bread, and yeasty flavors that dominates each taste. It finishes with a mild bitterness, bringing the flavors of grass and citrus, but never really comes out strong. A hearty feel, a heavy/medium body, ending with a chewy texture and finishing with medium dryness. The look of this beer was a bit shocking, having this much head. The aroma and flavor are very consistent and in sync with each other. The hearty and strong mouthfeel make this a solid beer.

cameraman, Jan 25, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -4.6%

Impressed to see HotD in Indiana now on a recent trip back to Cincy. Review is on a bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours the color of golden raisins, kind of a warm honeyed brown. The head is initially huge and foamy, even with a fairly conservative pour. It fades to a thick, frothy white 1 inch head and leaves behind big splotches of lacing here and there. The beer is hazy with some sediment suspended within and lightly visible carbonation rising throughout.

The aroma is distinctly tart. I get hints of dark, juicy fruits and something that reminds me of the dry wood of barrel-aged wines. There's also a slightly tropical fruit edge, somewhat like mangoes or sweet, dry grapes. The smell doesn't exactly say "barleywine" to me.

From the first sip I get that this is a barleywine. It has the signature full, viscous, sticky mouthfeel and sweetness I expect in this style. The sweetness of the honey and caramel flavors is joined by the sweetness of fruity esters that were so present in the nose. It kind of reminds me of sweet grapes and prunes. Beneath the sweetness a bit of the crispy, cracked graininess comes through. The alcohol is warming, but not overly pungent or hot. The feel is brighter than that of most barleywines I've had. It is a little fruitier and more carbonated, with a smooth and filling feel.

It is pretty drinkable, but I'd say the viscosity and stickiness (not to mention ABV) slow me down a bit.

kels, Jan 24, 2010
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

12 ounce bottle, Batch #76. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a huge frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The head was so big, I had to let the beer settle in the glass a couple times before I was able to pour the whole beer into the snifter (it's a 20 oz. DFH one). Aroma is citrusy hops (orange peel), bready malt, apricots, earth and wood. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some spice, candy sugar and a little bit of alcohol noticable too. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's rich and creamy with high, but soft carbonation. Drinkability is good, the soft carbonation makes this brew easy to drink. I think this is a good beer, I'd definitely buy this again the next time I can find it.

bluejacket74, Jan 24, 2010
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,570 ratings.