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

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1,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,580
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 366
Gots: 296 | 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 bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of JBogan
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
Photo of kels
3.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of bluejacket74
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a cloudy reddish orange copper color with an egg shell white head that lingers for a little less than half a minute and leaves some solid lacing on the glass

S-the nose is relatively big and quite malty. the alcohol is present somewhat in the nose. the aromas start with some dark fruits, plum and fig, then you get lots of sweet brown sugar with some caramel that gives way to a faint resignous pine hop with a touch of citrus.

T-the taste is big but does show the alcohol a little more than the nose. the malts are big and tons of brown sugar, some bready malt, hints of plum, some lingering bitterness at the finish.

M-this has a medium body and is very syrupy. it is somewhat slick on the back of the throat and the carbonation is very nice.

D-this is quite tasty, big flavors and an interesting texture. the alcohol is somewhat present but at 10% it isn't bad.

cpetrone84, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of PhiGDeltaBrewman
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

the orange amber color pour with a huge head that resides after awhile to a nice white film over the entire top, slight lacing as well.

the malt and hop aroma is very nice and welcoming, there is a balance of hop aroma and malty sweetness

the brew is silky and thick with a warming effect in the rear of the mouth that has a huge retro-nasal.

the hop aroma follows through in the tasting, with a nice crisp malt characteristic followed by the 10% "smash" - i like to make terms up as i comment- the hop sticks through to the warming sensation and is not over powering.

i can see how the flavor might off-set people from having more then one, compared to doggie claws this is different IMHO


PhiGDeltaBrewman, Jan 21, 2010
Photo of coldmeat23
4.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

GLASS: Snifter
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Huge thanks goes to chewy for this one!

A lightly hazy, light brown tinted, golden amber colored colored liquid fills my glass. It has almost a fingers worth of creamy, light tan colored, foam sitting on top. This recedes to about an 1/8 of an inch surface covering which then hangs around for most of the glass. The lacing is thin strands and is very sticky.

The nose is filled with a ton of sweet malts. Along with a bunch of sugar covered fruits. Bananas, pears, golden raisins, pineapple, peaches and more. Mild notes of bready yeast. A very light touch of hops. Booziness is light, especially for the 10.0%abv that this one has.

Wow. This doesn't taste like any other barleywine that I've ever had before. It doesn't really taste like any other beer either. Sure, it's big and malty like a barleywine, but it's so light and golden tasting. (Yes, I just used 'golden' as a taste descriptor!) It's full of lush fruit notes and mild honey hints. It's way complex and the flavor indicates that it ought to be huge and heavy, but it's so light and delicate.

Velvet-like. It's a full-bodied brew and it has a medium-to-high level of carbonation. It's filled with those tiny little bubbles that you seem to only get from bottle conditioning. They make this very nicely creamy and a joy to consume.

At 10.0%abv, or as a barleywine, this probably shouldn't be so easily drinkable. It goes down so easily though. I'd have no problem enjoying this one....alot!
HotD is one kickass brewery.

coldmeat23, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of mbudner
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 75. Poured from bottle into snifter.

A- Deep orange to light brown hue with a 2 finger off white head leaving very nice lacing.

S- Sweet fruity, malty aroma with slight buttery-ness to it. Lemon peel, ever so faint hop profile.

T- Slightly lemony, sweet malts, caramel, a bit of booze, subdued hop profile, a bit spicy (maybe it's the rye)

M- Pretty spot on for the style. Nice mild-medium carbonation with a surprisingly viscous/coating mouthfeel.

D- A little sweet to be TOO drinkable, but definitely good for a 10% barleywine. I would love to see what some age would do to this.

mbudner, Jan 13, 2010
Photo of alpinebryant
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

received in trade from kstrickler - batch 76

Poured a huge creamy white head with a hazy golden body.

Smelled strongly of booze, rye, caramelized sugars, candied sugar and a strong malt presence.

Tasted very similar to taste, a rich rye infused strong ale with a strong booze flavor. The finish really brings out the flavors of the Belgian candied sugars - it almost has a cotton candy like flavor at the end. Slightly syrupy body.

Carbonated enough to give it a huge head - the huge frothy head and yeasty flavors make this one a sipper for sure. Would be interested to see what this one tastes like with a few years on it , but only having one of these on hand makes that part difficult to manage aging.

alpinebryant, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of Monkeyknife
4.4/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle a deep clear orange color with three fingers of rocky off-white head. The head fades slowly leaving behind a sticky lacing.

Aroma is bright with orange creme, rock candy, caramel malts, toffee, and apricot.

The taste is sweet caramel malts, hoppy orange peel, apricots, toffee, and booze.

Medium bodied, rich and smooth, with a moderate carbonation.

This was my first beer from Hair of the Dog and you can call me impressed. I now have a new favorite barleywine.

Monkeyknife, Jan 10, 2010
Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/02/10).

A: Pours an slightly hazy oily caramel color with a one finger off-white head. The head dissolves rather quickly leaving only a cap, but it produces some nice lacing.

S: Wonderful aroma of caramel, toffee, and candied citrus blanketed in a tone of sweet booze. Malt certainly dominated the nose, but there is a very strong hop aroma as well containing some pine.

T: Caramel hits the palate first leaving some sugary layers of citrus and pine to meld into a malty concoction like no other I have tasted. The booze is slightly present throughout, but never in an overpowering way. The hops are slightly bitter with some tones of nectar and help to balance out this malt bomb. Very unique and pleasing.

M: Fuller-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. The alcohol is present leaving a prickling feel on the tongue in collaboration with the piney hops.

D: For the style, this American Barleywine is incredible drinkable even with the detection of booze in each sip. This beer drinks much less than its 10% abv. and mouthfeel lead one to believe.

Overall this was my first beer from Hair of the Dog and I have been singing their praises ever since. Very impressive American Barleywine with a lot of uniqueness and character. Highly Recommended

Lunch, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of rfgetz
3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy an rich copper brown color with huge off white head. Settled somewhat quickly. Good lacing. Smell somewhat mild and a somewhat medicinal blend of citrus rind, artifical sweetner, slight metallic twinge with hints of butterscotch, carmel, beer nuts. Taste is of rich, sweet carmel malts backed with a citrus rind and hop flavor. Booze noted on the back end. Some ginger and grassy bamboo noted. Full bodied, chewey yet good carbonation level. Interesting, complex yet smooth and mild on the palate.

rfgetz, Jan 04, 2010
Photo of mikedashg
4.18/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a slightly hazy orangy copper color with a moderately small white even head. Great lacing on the glass.

S - Alcohol, boozy, orange rind citrus apricots candied caramel toffee malty goodness

T - Again, Alcohol, boozy, orange rind citrus apricots candied caramel toffee malty goodness. Tons of hops. Quite the powerful brew on the pallet. But what do you expect from a 10% american barleywine?

M - Moderate to moderately high carbonation, pretty darn creamy and smooth on the tounge, mmm mm good.

D - Really a tastey one, hits all the right notes, a little on the boozy side, but I kind of like it that way me thinks.

mikedashg, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of MysterySwirl
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got Fred from Liquid Solutions.

I thought this beer was a barleywine as said on BA, but it doesn't drink like one. It pours a clear dark gold almost orange/amber-like in its thickest concentration area of my glass. There's little head but the aroma is sweet -sweet -sweet! A bit bready, and spicy and a bit of alcohol. I can see why They say put Fred away to age for years.

I taste heavy malts/bready with hints of light fruit to give it flavor and it drinks spicy in the back of my mouth as I swallow it. This is a strong beer and I'd recommend letting it sit for a while, and when you do open one, enjoy each sip since it has lots of promise and aging potential!

MysterySwirl, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle courtesy of Thirstybird. Batch #74 served in my Darkness snifter. Poured the color of unpasteurized cider - murky with a half inch, creamy white head. Some sheets and spots of lacing exposed during the tasting. Nose reveals toffee, fruit and candi sugar. Taste consistent with nose with the addition of some hops bittering and a pruney/bready quality. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a lively, active background effervescence with a slightly dry character that nicely offsets the sweetness in the flavor profile and cleanses the palate between quaffs. A delicious and enjoyable barleywine with a well-hidden abv. This beer improves as it warms and is a wonderful sipper. I defiitely need to track down some more HOTD offerings.

Jwale73, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of beertunes
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is listed here as a barleywine, I disagree. This is from batch #74.

Poured into 16oz goblet. Poured a slightly translucent golden brown with a thin cap of just off-white head that dissipated instantly and left just bare traces of lacing.

A full rich aroma that featured earthy tones and fruity sweetness greets the nose. The scents are full and pleasing without being overpowering. The taste follows along, with a surprise of hop sharpness that wasn't apparent in the aroma.

The body was surprisingly light and crisp for a beer this big and hefty. Drinkability is very good for a beer this strong. Overall, a great beer. If you're expecting a traditional barleywine, this isn't it. As a strong ale, this beer is very close to my standard of that style, North Coast Old Stock Ale.

Try this brew and enjoy it for what it is.

beertunes, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of kunstdrache
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This review is for batch 73

After a blow-up where I lost about 1/8th of the beer, I poured this goodness into my delirium tremens goblet. Appearance is a slightly cloudy with some sediment on the bottom (which I like). Smell is slightly sweet almost similar to Adam- some notes of fruit. Taste is just as smooth, with a slightly sweet taste, again like Adam, hops are faint but does make an appearance, albeit a short one. Mouthfeel is good, with some alcohol stirring the pot a little, but overall a good aftertase.

Like most of the HOTD beer this is a special beer, having more than one just somehow feels...wrong. Pair this up with the strong ABV and it boils down to being only drinkable up to one or two bottles. Still, its a great brew!

kunstdrache, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of dgb3
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from City Beer Store. #77 Poured into a New Belgium goblet.

Poured with a beautiful head.

It's still there... I've got about a thumb wide foam stand. Purdy.

Only thing is, can I get some more beer into the goblet? Please?

A: Color reminds me of the flesh of the persimmon I had for breakfast. Crystal clear.

S: Candied orange peel. Sweetness dominates the aroma.

T: Sweet up front. Toffee. Burnt sugar? Alcohol in the mid palette. Hop bitterness towards the finish that leads to a grainy/husky flavor. Maybe some oak at the end? Flavors linger lightly. Very pleasant.

M: Thick and coating with a spritzy carbonation.

D: Hides the 10% extremely well. Nice sipper. Enjoying it as it warms.

Hey! The head is there there!

dgb3, Dec 06, 2009
Photo of k3n
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, batch 71.

Clear, reddish-amber. My careful pour to keep the sediment in the bottle left me little to no head, which then died away to nothing. Careful agitation stirs up wispy bubbles, but that's it. Oh well.

The nose is all sweet malt, perhaps with a hint of some spice waaay in the background.

Taste follows the nose with huge malt sweetness up front. Despite the lackluster head, the mouthfeel is a bit prickly and lively, lightening up the heavy malt presence. Flavors continue with some fruit in the middle (apricot, peach) and the finish is again faint spices and ends faintly bitter. 10% alcohol is pretty much nonexistent.

Superb sipper for cold weather.

k3n, Dec 06, 2009
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,580 ratings.