1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,514 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 359
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Fred Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,514 | Reviews: 827 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of peabody


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an abmer with very white suds two fingers high on the glass.
I am smelling malts and fruity hops along with a slight banana/ caramel aroma.
The Ainse and Licorice taste predominate this one with the malt and the sugar taking second place.
Still a great mix for a pretty nice beer.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but the hops tend to dry that out pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 04:55:18 | More by peabody
Photo of rudylaw


4.33/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one amazing beer.

Pours a cloudy, light peach with an off-white head.

Hops and fruitiness are in the nose right away. Some more sniffing and I'm smelling floral qualities to this as well. Let's taste this sucker.

Oh yeah, I get hops. It's sweet as well... almost candy-like. Caramel seems to be the predominant flavor coming through.

I'm a big guy that can session almost anything, and this is no different. I couldn't believe how fast I put this away. Incredible stuff from our friends on the west coast!

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 01:04:38 | More by rudylaw
Photo of Lexluthor33

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours Golden yellow with a big fluffy head.
Aroma is of fruits/citrus,yeast and light hints of malt.
The taste is sweet,pineapple/fruits,tones of honey-caramel and malts. The alcohol is in the background,but it does not overwhelm the beer as most of the Barleywines I have tried seem to do.
It feel slightly bitter with a chewy feel. The carbonation is ok and although the beer was not light it was not too heavy. It has body and I felt it was well balanced.

Notes: I will have this again and cellar a few. At five dollars for 12oz. this is a special treat and not something for sessions. Easy enough to drink,or just sip.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2008 00:30:51 | More by Lexluthor33
Photo of missginsu

New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tall frothy head floats over a cloudy blonde beer. It's thick-bodied with a sweet, rich molasses flavor, but it remains entirely drinkable, thanks to some bright balance from the hops.

A friendly beer. Fred won't go on my all-time greatest hits list, but I'd surely drink it, should we happen to meet again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2008 23:58:26 | More by missginsu
Photo of zdk9


3.95/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy orange color- its a great color. But there's not really any head at all to this beer. I mean I know it's a barleywine, but something would be nice.

S- My first impression was, "This smells like orange juice". After I got past that there was a good amount of tropical fruit backing- some citrus, but also some mango and pineapple. Not getting much malt out of the smell.

T- A lovely fresh fruitniess permeates the taste. There's enough hops to it that this could pass for a DIPA. THe malt comes in, fairly sweet and doughy, but the hops are standing bright and tall.

M- Syrupy, but I can't help but feeling that this beer is undercarbonated.

D- A good tasting beer, high on the hops. The bottle conditioning may not have been right as the carbonation seemed to be a factor, but I'd recomend it.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 05:36:33 | More by zdk9
Photo of StonyB

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A quiet afternoon at d.b.a. gives me the opportunity to try this beer I've heard much about. Let's see if the experience matches the hype...

Appearance - Very appealing. A hazy dark gold. Sediment and carbonation swirl gracefully toward the bright white half-finger of foam. That's not lacing, that's paint. Impressive.

Smell - Slap me in the mouth and call me Susie. A powerful blast of honey and alcohol. Is this mead? Floral hops evident as well. Pungent.

Taste - Ok, this is pretty damn good. Honey, rum cake, tropical fruit, warming alcohol. The phrase "liquid bread" comes to mind. Sweet, but enough hop bitterness to balance this out. Yum.

Mouthfeel - A nice amount of carbonation, somewhat crisp up front. Thick-bodied and quite creamy after that. Lingering alcohol and hops at the end, and that's a good thing...

Drinkability - Yes, it's 10% ABV. Yes, it goes down ridiculously easily. Yes, each sip seems to get better. I'd hate myself in the morning, but I could see myself wanting more than 1 or 2 of these.

Ok hype, you win this time. Fred rocks. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 03:11:05 | More by StonyB
Photo of drumrboy22


4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #61. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Dogfish Head snifter. Beer was a hazy, dark orange color with a one finger light brown head. Moderate carbonation and lacing around the glass.

Aroma was sweet with brown sugar, malt, rum, raisins and other dark fruits. Also mildly hoppy.

Taste was very sweet with caramel, honey and some mild citrus flavors. Very full flavored and complex. The first sip was almost overwhelming. Some hop bitterness emerges as it finishes, but well balanced by the malt.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. A nice sipper that is best served at cellar temperature.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 01:51:20 | More by drumrboy22
Photo of m1ked


4.28/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at City Beer in SF on a norcal beer trip. Labeled #68.

A- Conservative pour creates a massive head, I'm talking like 3 fingers of beer and 4 fingers of head. The head is a tan fluffy head like root beer float. The beer is an incredible coppery honey bronze color.

S- Rummy ryeness with carmelized sugar. Smells like a barleywine, raisiny.

T- Sweet mollasses, rum raisins. Tastes like a dessert wine/liquor/port.

M- Efferescent bubbles, heat, slick coat on the tongue. No attempt at trying to hide the heat.

D- Drinks like an excellant barleywine, or after dinner drink. I could probably only drink one (maybe 2), but would savor each swallow.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 23:20:17 | More by m1ked
Photo of chadspivey


3.7/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a murky dark peach orange w/ healthy 1 finger head. Very impressive lacing.

S: Efervescent, fruity, and yeasty. Alcohol and candied orange, citrus fruits, peachy aroma.

T: Very effervescent, alchol apparant, yeasty belgian stuff. I'd venture to call it an imperial golden based on it's high alcohol content.

M: High carbonation. Did I mention the effervescence?

D: Not incredibly drinkable for a gonnlen ale. Probably a side effect of the raised alcol level.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2008 07:17:13 | More by chadspivey
Photo of AKBelgianBeast


4.22/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SuzyGreenberg for the trade.

Pours a cloudy dim peach color with limited stark white head. The nose is interesting with good hops and some fruit, slight alcohol. Taste is quite exceptional with good dark and light almost tropical fruit flavors, some solid malt presence and a great sweetness. Hops are very present on the finish, and some alcohol. Almost a candy sweetness remains on the lips. A very floral fruit flavor in here is quite unique. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but still quite good. Drinkabliity is ok now, but is a wee bit hot. I think this one will tame into a wonderful wonderful beer with a couple years in the cellar. Lucky thing I have an extra! haha! but I will defenitely trade for this again. Great brew. Unique brew. Fun brew. And that is what its all about!

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 04:22:21 | More by AKBelgianBeast
Photo of dbalsock


3.13/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

App: A huge offwhite great head sits upon the dense amber body, before I drink this and look at the subtle lacing. Very appealing.

Smell: Way too much biscuit in the aroma for me, and I usually love biscuit. There's a fruity alcohol background, but altogether it seems a little overwhelming.

Taste: A complex hop fruitiness comes through on a caramel body, finishing with a major alcoholic twinge. More intense taste than belgian strong pale ales, but similar. The aftertaste is like a forest grove.

Mouthfeel: Dense and thick. There's a good bitterness, but too much alcohol on the aftertaste for me to feel like this is balanced.

Drinkability: 12oz of this is too much for me, and I find it nearly impossible to get through a bottle. I do, however, can imagine it being nice in 4oz samples every once-in-awhile.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 22:52:59 | More by dbalsock
Photo of prototypic


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to genog for this one.

Batch 54

Appearance: It's extremely hazy and amber in color. It has a hint of a tangerine color to it. Small pieces of sediment can be seen floating around. Head is a frothy, white color with a slight orange tint and is a whopping three fingers deep. It's stingy and extremely slow to recede. Thick lace coats the glass as it dissipates. Very nice looking beer.

Smell: There's a strong orange aroma initially that fades into a combo of grapefruit, pineapple, and apple. It's very sweet and sugary. Caramel malts and brown sugar are notable. Hops are lighter than expected, but give it a slight punch of pine. Light spices (mostly orange rind) are noticeable. Slightly yeasty and only a trace of alcohol is present on the nose.

Taste: It's apparent on the first sip that this is a complex beer. A combo of citrus sweetness and spicy flavors attack the taste buds. Caramel malts are sweet and provide an excellent base. The sweet taste of this beer is really well done. Hops emerge and are strong and bitter. It's a complete 180 at this point. It becomes hoppy and very bitter fast. There's a vast array of hop flavor here. Piney and floral. It works in a very delicious way. There is a yeasty flavor that lingers into the aftertaste. Notably, alcohol is extremely well masked as it's not remotely noticeable in taste. Very impressive all around.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It feels medium bodied. Carbonation is high. Perhaps a little too high. It's relatively smooth, but far from the best feel around. Drinkability is pretty high for a beer of this stature. It's 10% and there's no evidence of that in taste or smell. Deceptively strong. I'd probably limit my consumption based upon what I know, but it's tasty and goes down too easy.

Fred is a damn impressive beer. I'm not sure if it's a "Golden Strong Ale" as advertised or an "American Barleywine" as listed. All I know is that's very tasty and I'd like more. Perhaps one day Ohio will be a home to this gem of a beer. Thanks again, genog. This made my night.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2008 02:22:35 | More by prototypic
Photo of sholland119


3.68/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A bottle of batch 59.

Beer poured a clear caramel with minimal head. Aromas of sweet fruits, with a bit of alcohol. Taste has a medium amount of alcohol with a sweet grapiness. Mouthfeel is rather light. Not all that easy to drink, as I find true of many barleywines. I am glad I split it with my wife. I think she would have preferred having her own Pranqster...


Serving type: bottle

04-19-2008 19:26:02 | More by sholland119
Photo of

4.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fred, Batch #1, 12oz. bottle

Poured a hazy, light brown color with some orange tones. No head to speak of, remnants of foam appear to be light tan. No lacing, decent legs.

Smelled a lot like port - dark fruits, raisins, figs. Caramel and sweet wheat bread. Very faint touch of cardboard, and a ghost of herbal bitterness.

Taste was more sweet than bitter. Touch of alcohol. Raisins, figs, again port would not be a bad description. Carmelized sugar. A bit more of the herbal bitterness at the end.

Full body. No to low carbonation. Sweet moreso than dry. ABV warming at first sip.

A great sipper and a fantastic dessert. I enjoyed it over an hour or so and it kept getting better. I tried a fresh version recently, and it had a much stronger hop character, and quite a bit more carbonation. I like it better with the age on it.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 14:32:52 | More by
Photo of Bubba83


4.08/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of batch 69. 12oz poured into a San Jose Sharks Tumbler around 50 degrees.

Appearance is really good. Excellent pillowy head on a medium pour, at least 3 finger widths. The head is a rather subdued white color and the beer is nice and golden as advertised. There are highlights of ruby red where the beer is thickest. Clarity is good, all my yeast remained caked on the bottom of the bottle. Little bubbles stream up to the top the whole way through the session. Also, retention is good and leaves a thin ring of head that remains present until the last drop. Great lacing that almost looks like a window after a blizzard.

Smells okay, actually it seems like it would smell pretty good from what I can tell but some oxidization is present in this brew. I smell malt and some tropical fruits along with some alcohol beneath the oxidization.

Tastes pretty darn good, there is some oxidization present here too, but not nearly as much as I'd have thought from the smell. The first thing that comes to mind is pineapple, and mango. Green apple is there too nearer the end. I am also getting hints of caramel, and some alcohol spice. This beer has a huge character, and it's hard to pinpoint any one flavor being dominant. I even get green raisins, vanilla, and faint faint hints of the rye malt. The hops are there too, but they are pretty subtle, especially after being aged this long. I wonder when batch 69 was brewed anyway.

One of the more enjoyable beers as far as texture goes. The head is nice and pillowy, yet the liquid itself has some bubbly zing. Despite being bubbly, it has some oilyness to it to make it seem a bit chewy. Almost perfect here.

Drinkability is insane for a 10%er. The alcohol is well hidden other than the warming qualities. A pleasure to drink and not easy to set down. Try if you may to drink at your leisure though to enjoy it sip for sip. Without the oxidization downgrading the smell a bit, I'd give this very high marks.

Hooray for Fred!

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2008 10:08:41 | More by Bubba83
Photo of JDV


3.43/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared at tasting. I believe Humulone_Red brought this, and thanks! Pours a medium caramel color. Smell is lightly malty, and bright and light, with a hint of alcohol. Taste is almost oaky, perhaps from the oxidation of this older bottle? Moderate maltiness aside from that and a pleasant alcohol character. Lightly drying at the end as well. Nice beer that I'll have to have again at some point.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2008 19:35:59 | More by JDV
Photo of warmstorage


4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, acquired in trade with ccrida. Thanks!

Bottle cap has $4.49 sticker, states batch # 70, no dating evident.

Appearance: deep hazy orange, moderately opaque, moderately mixed dense off-white head leaves moderate lacing.

Aroma: fruity tangy sweet tangerine orange slight sweet citrus.

Taste: sweet tangy marmalade citrus honey, with light hints of prune and mandarin orange. Damn, damn delicious. Moderate to serious sugary sweetness, almost hurts my teeth a little.

Mouth: Moderately bright carbonation, very light hints of alcohol warmth.

Overall: Delicious, complex, tangy orangey sweetness. Fun and interesting and tasty. Not super easy to drink, but I love the stuff.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2008 07:24:12 | More by warmstorage
Photo of russpowell


4.72/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch# 68; from bottletrek as I recall.

Pours a murky amber into a Ommegang halice, with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Stays hazed throughout, mega lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty as all hell, through & through

T: See above ( raisins, figs, & dates), with rich piney hops up front! Some boozeyness as this warms, along with more fruittyness & piney hops. Finishes with honey, piney hops, much fruittyness & SOME GRAPEFRUIT, sorry for the caps lock!!

MF: Mucho chewy with vigorous carbonation & some booze.

Drinks good for the style & ABV, this is a closer as opposed to a session beer, but could lull you down that alley & bite you! This could easily pass itself off as an English BW as well!

Lives up to the hype, if not the price..., but close

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 05:50:10 | More by russpowell
Photo of Atron67


4.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- 12 oz bottle with green and black... angry dog in a german war helmet. poured into a snifter.

A- cloudy red amber up to the light, huge fluffy slightly yellow head rose up and then stuck with great retention. slowly fell to leave a light lacing.

S- big malty kick to the nose, some good hop presence, but more bitter than grassy scented. pretty fruity as well.

T- maybe its the carbonation at the beginning but the strong acidity and it work together reallky well to give a great first impression. it makes the maltyness kick out strongly then the fruits set in, a variety of dark fruits all equally delcious and well blended yeast side flavors. the bitterness of the hops is more accented in the nose, however it has a nice finish, well balanced by the nose.

M- thick acidic, high carbonation, smooth only lingers slightly on the tongue

D- pretty solid, great barleywine

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2008 01:26:55 | More by Atron67
Photo of hoppymeal


4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 70. Pours a hazy peach to copper color, a fairly large off white head builds and very slowly recedes clinging to the glass. Aroma is some large citrus and tropical fruit notes, sweet citrusy grapefruit and mango. Rye notes are also very evident in the aroma as well as some grassy hoppiness. Taste follows the aroma with strong citrus flavors, oranges, grapefruit as well as some nice tropical fruit flavor, and a good rye zing. Mouthfeel is medium to full in body, but still very refreshing, creamy but not overly thick, hop and rye malts create a peppery tingle on the tongue and a bite at the back of throat in the finish along with a warmth of alcohol. Amazing beer, really the flavors and feel blend together perfectly. Unique, big, yet refreshing, I need a case.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 02:44:55 | More by hoppymeal
Photo of d0ggnate


4.43/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I was lucky enough to grab a 12oz bottle (batch #68) of this on a recent trip to the Bay Area. Today's that day that I pop the top. After a long day at work and school, I've chilled this for a few hours and here goes nothin:

A: Thick, thick off-white 2 finger head that intwines my entire glass as it fades back to beer. Deep and rich golden / brown color and clouded to light.
S: Nose filled with sweetness, caramel and alcohol.
T: Tastes immediately of rich caramel and brandy. There is an apparent malty sweetness, too.
M: Very rich and thick texture. Brings a high ABV feel to your chest as it washes down. Very smooth at the same time.
D: Wow!! A phenomenal offering and I'm glad to say I've tried it. I will keep my eyes open for more bottles to hide away. This beer is definately an after-dinner treat. I would think it would be great in the cool fall or chilly winter months, as it really warms you as you enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2008 06:09:19 | More by d0ggnate
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy effervescent orange amber color with a shallow wispy off white head that is kept alive from beneath. Spotty patterns of lacing left behind. The smell is really wonderful. It's aggressive with malty sweet caramel butterscotch notes. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is full bodied. The initial mouthful is conditioned with a moderate sense of the alcohol. Very creamy and smooth with a gentle warming nature. Full flavored, the taste matches up with the aroma really well. This is a really fine barleywine. If this was available locally i would search no further. I'm sure that this is sample is the diet version. A great ale with a ton to consider. Highly recommended.

Thanks go out to grumpy for the opportunity to sample this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2008 22:59:05 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of throwitallaway


4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at South Bay Liquor. Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. Looks like a Belgian beer, but lacks a big head. Aroma of pineapple and bubble gum. Holy shit that smells delicious! Taste is fruity, with big bitterness coming in on the finish. Very tasty. Definitely reminds me of the Stone 10th Anniversary Ale, which I've only had once. Can't remember what the mouthfeel was unfortunately. I truly loved this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 19:49:54 | More by throwitallaway
Photo of Lothore


4.03/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy peachy orange color with a small head which sits on top for quite a while.

S- Smell isn't too strong but it's sort of rosy, floralesque.

T- Sweet, quite a bit of alcohol yeasty floral notes with a hop kick in the ass at the end.

M- Thick with decent carbonation.

D- Definitely my favorite hair of the dog beer yet. I honestly didnt dig adam or rose whatsoever but this one really came together well. I wouldn't categorize it as american barleywine but then again none of the hair of the dog beers ive had so far really fit in to the commonly accepted categories they are placed in and I commend the brewer on that.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2008 03:39:22 | More by Lothore
Photo of illidurit


4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 63. Raw umber in color, with a modest tan head. Not much retention or lacing. Lots of sediment in the glass.

Aroma is yeasty with some sweet fruitiness. As it warms, toasty malt and toffee emerge in a big way.

Flavor is hugely malty, with an overriding caramel note. Rye malt is apparent in the mild spiciness, and the bazillion different hops used in this beer come out as an even bitterness and some grapefruity citrus. There's a hint of alcohol but it's mostly hidden by the sweetness.

This beer is smooth and sweet. Perfect level of carbonation to power through the substantial body. The hop bitterness in the finish encourages you to take the next sip to get that nice sweetness back.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2008 23:22:14 | More by illidurit
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.