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

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Ratings: 1,557
Reviews: 832
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 367
Gots: 293 | 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 cjgator3


3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

12oz bottle
Batch 68

A- This one is a slow pour, the is a lot of carbonation in the bottle that creates a HUGE head that sticks around forever.

S- Very unique aroma that is very pleasant. A lot of sweet malt and caramel make up the nose along with some spices and earthy hops.

T- The taste is definitely not lacking in the flavor department, there is all kinds of things going on here that takes a while to put your finger on everything. I could sip on this thing for hours trying to figure it out. It is sweet and malty with caramel and brown sugar, along with spices and citrus and hops in the finish. There is also a good amount of booziness, not surprising though considering the 10% ABV.

M- Medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- This is a sipper for sure, no question and definitely a good night cap.

Overall, HOTD Fred is an interesting brew that is worth a try. I would love to get a couple of these bottles for aging. Recommended.

08-17-2008 04:46:21 | More by cjgator3
Photo of IBUnit63


4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

Batch 71 into Coronado Brewing Company pint glass...

Austere copper mahogany- a clean, dark apple juice tone. Tight, wispy head with sparse lacing. Moderate rising carbonation.

Scent is pleasant but mild-yeast, spice of coriander and faint cinnamon, apples and strong malt backbone with faint alcohol tinge. Hops aren't really out in scent just yet...

...and now the hammer comes DOWN! There are the hops (almost lemon grassy with slight floral and citrus notes). Loads of oily caramel malt with alcohol balance.

Hop bitterness is rather poignant at back of palate. Spice is mild and consistent from start to finish as is caramel malt sweetness.

Definitely a sipper. Rolls heavy but wicked enjoyable.

08-16-2008 19:49:07 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of jwc215


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

Thanks to bitterbill for this one!

12 oz. bottle - decanted into snifter carefully to leave sediment in the bottle, as per instructions on the label.

Pours deep golden with tight-bubbled white head that thins, but stays pretty well-retained for abv.

The smell is earthy, grainy, something "Belgian-esque" about it (bubblegum and some hay?), but with an American citric/pine touch. Interesting. Unique, for sure.

The taste is grassy/earthy becoming citric (grapefruity) and piney. Bubblegum/cotton candy sweetness balanced by bitterness. Alcohol noticeable, but not too sharp or overwhelming for alcohol level. There's a slight metallic sharpness that peeks through. An interesting taste that at first seems to go in different directions, but quickly blends together to work nicely/ It has a dry finish.

Medium-to-full bodied with just enough carbonation from being too syrupy/thick.

An interesting brew. It claims to use hops from five different countries. There are a variety of hop characters - ranging from graassy, leafy, to citric/piney, though they all blend together and interact well with the malts. The rye adds to nice dryness in the finish. A unique brew that shows creativity of American craft brewing well! Can become a tad "overwhelming", but "sips" well!

Thanks again - Bill!

08-15-2008 16:12:16 | More by jwc215
Photo of rxdrewthejew


3.88/5  rDev -5.1%

Got this at Vendome over the weekend. Batch number

A: Extremely murky amber color-this almost looks like a nectar it's so hazy. Practically opaque in the middle with just a bit of light coming through on the sides. Huge head, I got about 4 fingers although it eventually fades to two after the 5 minutes it takes to actually pour all the bottle into a glass. Head is off-white and heavily pitted, with really thick lacing.

S: Mild smell, the most prominent flavor is quite bready. Hard to get too much more through the head.

T: Complex mix of flavors here, and everything kinda comes out all over the place. Opening is fairly bitter and hoppy, pine and citrus, but mixed in and building in intensity right after the initial hops is sweetness. Candi sugar and tropical esters quickly give way to a massive bready backbone. Then it seems all the flavors mingle a bit towards the end, although overall I would call this a hop dominant beer.

MF: Heavy body, syrupy in the mouth. Carbonation is light on the tongue but seems more bubbly farther back on the soft palette. Finish is dry and biting with hoppiness, as well as a somewhat raw alcohol feel that I assume would improve with age.. Not much warming considering the ABV, but the alcohol is quite noticable.

D: Very unique for a barleywine...not used to having this much hop flavor, but it certainly wouldn't qualify as a IIPA. My only real complaint is that it's just too harsh...the hops are harsh, the alcohol is harsh and even the sweetness is a bit harsh. I would definitely recommend letting this one sit for a while...as I think that would improve the drinkability greatly. Despite that, it wasn't a particularly hard to drink beer, although one 12-oz bottle is more than enough for one sitting. Would recommend giving this one a try, for sure.

08-12-2008 07:24:34 | More by rxdrewthejew
Photo of woemad


4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

12oz bottle given to me by my brother back in January for my birthday, as it matches my name. Probably purchased in Seattle at Bottleworks. Batch # 70, according to the label.

Poured a hazy copper color that took on a more apricot shade when held up to the light. Big, thick off-white head. Lots of lace.

Complex smelling beer, this one. The nose first becomes evident with a sweet maltiness. Brown sugar and sweet orange breakfast rolls are what jumps out. But there's a very substantial spicey backbone to this, along with a floral hoppiness.

The taste starts out with the sweet malts - elements of caramel and brown sugar - crashing upon the tastebuds. Then the spices kick in - coriander, orange zest, etc. Also, a more overt fruit flavor like pineapple in the background. There's a warming alcohol sensation that becomes more obvious as time goes on. Modest dryness at the swallow.

Medium bodied, with a slightly slick, resiny mouthfeel. I think hops are at their most evident in the mouthfeel, which is a first for me.

This seems like a Belgian-ish take on the barleywine style. I've never had a beer quite like it before. Not really drinkable in a sessionable sense, but it works well as a nightcap. I'll be purchasing this in the future. Thanks again, Bro!

08-11-2008 04:37:25 | More by woemad
Photo of JasonA


3.25/5  rDev -20.5%

Batch 66 received in a BIF in 06.

Uh oh. Pours a light carmel more unfiltered translucent than transparent. Virtually no carbonation present. I am worried about this bottle. Agitate, agitate, nothing. I am worried.

Light malt, maybe grapefruit zest, and some ABV. Maybe biscit, maybe hops.

Wow. Talk about against the sensal grain! Smooth malt, carbonation in the mouth, light bodied for the ABV. Better than expected (thankfully)

I finshed an Adam from the same 06 timeframe, cellared the same way. Though somehow it doesnt seem this bottle came through. Im going to chalk this up to a bad batch. While this isnt a horibble brew, it simply doesnt compare to the Fred Wood I had originally and the Adam I just finished.

This makes me think of Barley Wine and making a 'Light'. Medium bodied, not a huge malt character.

I almost dont want to submit this rating. Sorry.

08-10-2008 22:08:45 | More by JasonA
Photo of DIM


4.4/5  rDev +7.6%

batch 71 sampled side by side with Fred From the Wood.

a: This was a clear, pale, golden copper color. It poured with a huge, fluffy, craggy white head that was sticky and long lasting.

s: Sweet aromas of candied sugar with just a hint of some sour rye. The hops aromas are unique and complex, smelling of perfumed pine with come grapefruit. Moderate levels of alcohol blanket everything.

t: Up front I tasted moderately sweet candied sugar that is blunted somewhat by sour rye notes with a hint of cherry. The dry hop finish tastes of flowery mild grapefruit. The warming alcohol at the very end is spot on.

m: Nice silky body, but despite the huge head, this felt under carbonated.

d: I enjoyed this quite a bit, but I wouldn't call it a barleywine. I rated this as a beer that does not fit into any category.

08-04-2008 10:38:21 | More by DIM
Photo of rye726


4.5/5  rDev +10%

I have wanted to try Hair of the Dog's beer for a while. This brew pours a nice copper brown and has a silky tan head. Excellent lacing. The nose is quite sweet yet well balanced with floral hops and spicy Belgian yeasts. The taste has tropical fruits, candy malts, sweet complex alcohols with a constant fruity hop presence. Delicious. The full body passes like silk over the palate. Nice blend of a Belgian Strong Ale and a Barleywine.

08-01-2008 07:10:41 | More by rye726
Photo of Tilley4


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

I believe I received this one from joeybeerbelly, so thanks go out to The Belly...

This pours out a very hazy dark golden color with loads of carbonation... Steady streams of bubbles make their way up and fortify an already awesome head... Very attractive brew..

Pungent floral hop aroma wafting off of this mixes wonderfully with a sweet syrupy malty aroma that has me ready to get after this...

Whew... The hops are definitely present and at the forefront along with a fairly prevalent booziness as well... I probably should have let this one lay for a while longer but I couldn't help myself..this is good but its still a bit hot...

My first HOTD and while it didn't blow me away, I'd like to try some more offerings..

07-24-2008 00:52:03 | More by Tilley4
Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +4.6%

It pours a very hazy amber with a center spike of cocoa brown. Four frenzied fingers of light tan head swell energetically and sustain and sustain. Flares of lacing project along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, toasted malt and savory rye hint at a sugary sweetness. A light hop air joins crisp apple esters to blur slightly the honed edge of alcohol.

Upon sipping, the malt is touched by caramel and then the rye smooths the ground as the hops spice and the esters crisp with green apple and a mild aromatic effect. Further, the hops and esters dry any semblance of sweetness and permit a draft of toasty alcohol to shine through. A blush of biscuit precedes a considerably crisp onslaught of dry, lingering bitterness in the finish. What a sound, crafted, tasty concoction.

North of medium bodied, it's a slick flowing, lively carbonated palatal sensation.

It's an iconic beer, and unlike too many, it lives well up to its status. It has a comfy, homey character the brings a happy atmosphere to bear. The ABV is double-digit and a caution, but it's incorporated and blended like everything else, and worth the eventual tilt. Thanks, Fred, for being worth the wait and the time.

07-23-2008 00:31:57 | More by Foxman
Photo of Onslow


4.13/5  rDev +1%

poured after a tough day on the trail .... wow, is a yummy beer, melts in your mouth and brain ... lots of sweetness ... alcohol is pretty well hidden ... good lacing ... can tell the candy sugar is in there ... is a very nice beer that is just damn enjoyable, would love to try the wood aged...

07-21-2008 15:28:12 | More by Onslow
Photo of bort11


4.83/5  rDev +18.1%

Solid punch to the face from JohnGalt1 and the Fight Club BIF.

12 oz bottle, batch #71, poured into a Ommegang flute. The head and to think about it for a few seconds before it decided to show itself. A quarter inch light tan froth that recedes quickly and leaves some spotty lacing. Color is a hazy caramel brown/orange. Small bits of sediment float by.

Smell is a malt bomb of sweet and juicy aromas. Banana and melon, spicy cloves and dark bread. Rich rye malts give it a tang. Taste is equally an explosion of sweet goodness. More bananas, caramel malts, ginger, brown sugar, oranges and passion fruit. Hops are more noticeable as it warms, but just adds to the spiciness.

Mouthfeel is thick and chewy. The last swallow has that tasty sediment grit. Damn this is good. Must get more.

07-10-2008 02:43:15 | More by bort11
Photo of Donnie2112


4.7/5  rDev +14.9%

bright yellow gold orange in color, hazy but not cloudy film of head, a bit of light carbonation

the aroma reminds me of sweet citrus fruit and grapes it is just so incredibly sweet

AMAZINGLY sweet malt, it's so sweet that it makes me think of the REAL maple syrup the overall profile of flavors makes me think of an over ripe grapefruit. The hops come in with a sharp bitterness, the flavor is herbal but the sharpness of the bitterness is almost like unsweetened coacoa. whether or not it means anything there is something about this beer that makes me think of coca cola, but not in a bad way at all

medium heavy body, lightly carbonated but not undercarbonated for the style. Just a bit of astringence on the finish

this is actually one of the more drinkable barleywines I've had. In fact it might be the most drinkable barleywines that I've had. I've been repeatedly amazed by Hair of the Dog recently.

07-10-2008 02:08:16 | More by Donnie2112
Photo of TheBlackMallard


4.08/5  rDev -0.2%

Opened batch 69 side by side with batch 64 of Fred from the Wood.

Pours a nice Hazy Orange with a huge foamy head that leaves plenty of lacing. A lot lighter than Fred from the Wood.

Smell: Soapy Floral and Citrus Hops mostly, a bit of Brown Sugar.

Taste: Earthy Citrus, Crystal Malt, Pine and Spicy notes from the yeast. A little boozy with plenty of carbonation. Full bodied and creamy.

Pretty impressive although I prefer Doggie Claws or Adam.

06-29-2008 04:36:09 | More by TheBlackMallard
Photo of Wetpaperbag


4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

This is Batch number 70.

A- Very nice golden color, fluffy head with great lacing. The bottle is very active. Looks like champagne.

S- Very fragrant, pineapple, other fruity smells.

T- Very complex in the taste, malty, and hoppy. A very earthy taste in the finish. I would like to see how this beer ages.

M- Good feel, I like the earthy feel. The active bubbly action doesn't affect the feel which is great.

D- Easy to drink, nice and tasty.

06-24-2008 16:50:25 | More by Wetpaperbag
Photo of mhewes


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

A : Pours a nice amber color with a good white head

S : Lots of citrus/tropical fruits, some malt in there also

T : It has a good malt flavor but there's a strong citrus, tropical fruit, grapefruit, pineapple flavor in there also. There is some hop bitterness to it but not much at all. The alcohol is very well hidden.

M : Syrupy and chewy

D : Loved it. Would love to have it again.

06-13-2008 19:43:20 | More by mhewes
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev -6.4%

Single, 12-ounce bottle just purchased from New Beer Distributors in Manhattan on Chrystie Street...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, cloudy, murky, dull-yellow colored-appearance with a gigantic foamy and frothy head that exhibited enormous staying power and lingered on for a while before slowly receding...
Smell was replete with ripe fruit, pears, and sweet citrus...
Very sweet, malty flavor bursting with strong citrus notes, canteloupe, pineapple, and a hint of alcohol...
A strong, full-bodied beer... This is certainly a very intense brew... Definitely a sipper...
Super-rich, thick, creamy mouthfeel, however drinkability took a definite hit due to the very strong 10% ABV and powerful alcohol essence associated with the brew...
Worth a shot...

06-10-2008 21:58:55 | More by dsa7783
Photo of Goliath


4.58/5  rDev +12%

Pours a beautiful amber color with a perfect white creamy head sitting on top. Great retention and some nice small bubble lace.

Aroma has some remarkable profiles. A citrus, as well as floral hops. A little boozy and a touch of spice.

Wow, was not expecting that. A floral yet grassy hop shows up but takes a back seat to a stronger malt profile. A sweet caramel also present. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a gentle carbonation. Body is thick but very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is moderate. Nice flavors, and incredible mouthfeel. Alcohol is on the high side though. Easy to consume, but in limited quantities.

06-08-2008 04:13:37 | More by Goliath
Photo of peabody


4.13/5  rDev +1%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

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!

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

New York

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

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

New York

4/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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


4.13/5  rDev +1%

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.

05-16-2008 01:51:20 | More by drumrboy22
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,557 ratings.