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


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1,410 Ratings

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Ratings: 1410
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 4.11
pDev: 11.92%

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 Oakenator


4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish to orange in color - really nice head at pour. Leaves a nice layer on top throughout consumption. Not much lacing (but not expected at this %). Some sediment.

S: Sweet, malts, some hops, sweet.

T: Sweet - Belgian candi sugar present in a big way. The hops age nicely on this one - it is a couple of years old.

M: Good body. Decently heavy as expected at 10%. Bite up front and lingering sugars on the back.

O: Very well done. Like what these guys are doing with beers that will stand the test of time.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2013 22:16:32 | More by Oakenator
Photo of sleuthdog


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 86 into Ballast Point tulip

Pour: Even pouring gently I got a huge four fingers off white pillowy head. Receded slowly leaving some lacing. A hazy golden orange with a lot of visible carbonation.

Smell: Wow is this one sweet smelling of toffee and vanilla. Butterscotch? Very bready and biscuit like with a note of some grapefruit and pine hidden in there. Alcohol is evident in the nose. Not distracting but definitely there.

Taste: The sweetness is off the charts with toffee taking center stage and some caramel, maple, honey and a candied sugar. Bread and biscuit for sure. More tropical at the back end than resinous hop but there is a bitterness to note way at the end in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full but very sticky and almost syrupy. Sticks to the lips and tongue for quite a while after the swallow. Not as carbonated here as the pour led on.

Overall: This is my first HotD offering and I'm impressed and enjoyed this one. Would like to try their others. There is a lot going on in this beer and this makes it somewhat confusing but at the same time enjoyable because it is so complex.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2013 01:43:43 | More by sleuthdog
Photo of Murrhey


3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a standard pressure-cap 12oz bottle into a tulip glass in high elevation Libby, Mont. Batch 88. 10% ABV confirmed. Reviewed live.

A- Ridiculous head. Six-fingers thick of off-white creamy bubbles. Hazy orange-brown body with aggressive carbonation. Long retention, forms a mound of head in the middle. Fluffy, airy lacing.

S- Very fruity. Tropical fruit tones. I'm getting guava, pineapple and passion fruit. Fruity and floral hops. Some boozy notes to reflect the high ABV.

T- Bitter and boozy. Alcoholic esters, tropical fruits.

M- Creamy and warm feeling with a boozy after feel. Bone dry.

O- Not as good as the reputation would have me believe. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2013 02:26:48 | More by Murrhey
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Rhode Island

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Acquired as an extra in a trade.

A- Pours a hazy orange body with a HUGE white head (like mostly foam at first). Reduces very slowly to uneven chunks of foam. The carbonation makes it difficult to pour, but whatever, I'd rather have more than less.

S- Citrus, white grapes, rye spices, and booze.

T- Vanilla-caramel upfront, develops into a bready, toasty aftertaste. Fruity red wine-like notes in the background. Unfortunately it was quite boozy for 10%, and the booze added an acetone-like taste in the background.

M- High carbonation, medium body.

My first HOTD, and I wasn't overly impressed. It wasn't very drinkable due to the aftertaste. Not sure when it was bottled, may have been past it's prime.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 18:20:05 | More by gcamparone
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2.38/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Identifies itself as a "Golden Special Ale." Batch number 84. 10% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at K&L Wine in Hollywood. Expectations are high given current ratings.

Side-poured slowly per instructions on the label. Served straight from the fridge.

A: Pours a 5+ finger light khaki colour head of fair smooth cream, nice thickness, and great (9+ minute) retention. No lacing at all. No bubble show. Body colour is a hazy nontransparent translucent orange. No yeast particles are visible. Generally appealing for a golden ale, with an impressive head. Decent vibrance.

Sm: Fresh orange fruit, mandarin oranges, malty sweetness, pale malts, tropical fruit esters, off-putting pineapple, floral hops, candied fruit, banana, some spicy graininess, light honey, clove, and heavy booziness. Alcohol definitely comes through on this one. Not the refreshing golden ale aroma I expected. It's a bit off-putting, to be honest. The tropical fruit mixed with the alcohol just isn't at all appealing; it's redolent of a crappy cocktail. A moderate to strong aroma.

T: Hrm. Candi sugar, heavy alcohol boozy character, tropical fruit, banana, mango, and overdone sweetness. Green apple. Maltiness here is poorly executed. The balance is crushed by the one-two punch of tropical fruit and alcohol. Ugh. Severely disappointed. No subtlety to this one all. There's decent complexity here, but without balance it's useless. Not liking it. Way too sweet. It's a mess; I'd point to the overly diverse hop varieties as problem-inducing here; that definitely feels like a marketing gimmick. Caramel (and why is this in a Golden Ale?).

Mf: Eroding in its sugary sweetness. Smooth and wet. Tingly from crystal malt. Way too thick, even syrupy and viscous - what is that doing in a Golden Ale? Doesn't suit the flavours all that well. Carbonation is too high, to boot.

Dr: Real hard to drink; the flavours aren't appealing nor is the ABV well hidden. I'm not gonna enjoy finishing this glass. I honestly don't understand the high ratings for this one; it's a failure as a Strong Ale and as a Golden Ale. Trying this makes me happier I haven't sought out Fred From The Wood. If this is the base beer, I don't expect much from any variant. Really disappointed in this one.


Serving type: bottle

03-13-2013 03:32:07 | More by kojevergas
Photo of ThickNStout


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle from SeaofShells (sweet extra!). Batch 83: brewed 1/11/12, bottled 3/10/12. Served in a Burnt Hickory snifter.

Pours hazy deep gold with a near-explosive three fingers of bubbly pale head. The head eventually fades to a thin layer but leaves a good bit of lace.

Smells of mild banana, candi sugar, caramel apple, a little spice and a touch of yeast.

This is a sweet one with plenty of caramel, toffee and sweet cream followed by candi sugar, apple/banana/peach fruityness, honey, vanilla, a touch of rye spice, citrus peel and a decent kick of booze.

Medium, fairly oily body with moderate to strong carbonation. Lingering, sweet fruity tripel-like finish.

One of a kind. I wasn't sure if I liked it at first but by the end I was sad to see it gone. I'd describe it as almost a tripel/ barleywine hybrid. Very sweet and quite enjoyable, this is good enough after a year that I love to try it at 2-5 years.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2013 05:20:56 | More by ThickNStout
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4.89/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous and original. Completely opaque golden orange with a foamy cream colored head that sticks around.

S: Wow. Smells sticky with resin, caramel and pine sap. Huge citrus fruit notes and sweet, rich caramel.

T: Resinous pine, sweet butterscotch and toffee, sugared grapefruit peel and the Belgian candi sugar shines through. Slight rye spice dry notes throughout.

P: Sticky, chewy, full. Coats the mouth resiny sweetness.

O: Amazing.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 06:03:52 | More by timc100
Photo of deadonhisfeet


4.36/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84 acquired via trade. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. A rather gentle pour brings forth a massive, creamy, well-sustained head like whipped cream on a Sunday. The lacing is majestic. The beer itself is clear, dark gold, and highly effervescent. THIS is what a beer looks like! On the nose I get sweet fruit-like notes with a hint of baking spices. It reminds me a lot of a Belgian Tripel. I get sweet pears, apples, and various phenols. I also get some alcohol and a hint of oakiness. Very nice.

Nice full body and an incredibly creamy, slick feel. There is sweet malt, some diacetyl that accompanies it nicely, and a rich toast and marmalade flavor. Along with all of this there is a perfectly balanced spicy hop additional that never overtakes the flavor and turns this into a West Coast Hop bomb. Everything about the profile of this beer is calculated and well-tuned. The finish is spicy, a tad dry, and sustained.

Wow, I am thoroughly impressed by this beer. It's difficult to describe, but I would say it combines the best qualities of a Belgian Tripel and an American Strong Ale. What surprises me most is that it's probably not even the best beer they make. It's a work of art by a true master of craft beer. To those of you fortunate enough to have regular access to these beers - I wish to express my great envy.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 00:34:08 | More by deadonhisfeet
Photo of Jonada

New Jersey

3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Batch 85

Appearance: Dark orange/copper color. Extremely hazy with some visible sediment floating in the glass. Poured about 2 fingers of an off white, cream colored head with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, rye, banana bread, Belgian candy sugar, a bit of a spicy yeast character, slightly medicinal.

Taste: Sweet bread, spiciness from the yeast and rye, some dark fruit and nuttiness, more candy sugar. Booze and spiciness help cut the sweetness a bit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high side.

Overall: Not impressed with this one. There's some nice flavors in there, but the end product is a bit of a sweet, syrupy mess.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2013 08:23:18 | More by Jonada
Photo of 2x10


2.46/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Spent way to much on this bottle. the batch I tasted was 4 yrs old. Maybe I am not a fan of aged beers. Very heavy mouthfeel, not friendly to the nose. Way to much bready taste and a HUGE belgian yeast aftertaste that lingered and did not go away. Nice to try something different, but we decided Fred can just lie in his bed, permanently.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 16:26:05 | More by 2x10
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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle thanks to Lopo87! Batch 86.

A: A dark orange/red color. Not very golden. Nice 1cm head that lingers forever.
S: Smells a lot like my mash tun when I brew. Lots of bready, caramel and malty aromas.
T: Tastes a bit hoppy. Grape-like tastes at the beginning. Very light though. Followed by lots of sweetness, malts, caramel, vanilla, and honey. The flavor reminds me of a "light" barleywine.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky, and tiny alcohol hotness present. Smooth and semi-dry finish.
O: This is a great beer. I haven't had many golden ales but this is definitely among the best I've had.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 07:32:59 | More by standardcherry
Photo of warrenout330


4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz into a 28oz snifter

Batch 78, that puts this around 2yrs?

A- pours a orange amber glow, very small head that's diminishs to a thin ring around the beer

S- not much going on here, whiffs of caramel, fresh baked bread, faint alcohol fumes

T- tad alcohol taste, years have toned this down, sweet caramel, candied raisins, dried figs almost wine like

M- slick and oily, fuller body, alcohol warmth on the tongue...still hard to really tell its 10%

O- found this gem in Pittsburgh... always wanted to try it and the years of age have put it in my drinking terms .... cheers

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 03:49:43 | More by warrenout330
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South Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


Poured a hazy honey golden hue with a 2 finger head of snow white. Sheets of lacing down glass and legs to boot.

Honey and malt with a touch of oxidized hops, but not unpleasant hop. peach and dark stone fruit like raisin and plum,booze is in check but present.

SWEET grape like sweet, peaches and raisin, honey and prune. Big prune finish and a hint of hop bittering.

Medium full bodied creamy goodness. This one whale of a beer.

A bit sweet but NOT cloying, not typicaly my bag but very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 00:45:22 | More by welldigger888
Photo of NorCalYeti


4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

batch 60 (2006)

taste- caramel, citrus, raisins, apricots, sour notes, faint wood smoke, madeira flavors in the finish

color- deep amber

clarity- pours hazy with sediment in the pour

smell- aromatic malts, strawberries, sour, dampness, wood, biscuits

body- good hop bite in the mouth with a medium-length finish, soft mouthfeel

appearance- great color, tight bubbly creamy slightly off-white head, nice initial lacing that fades with each pour. carbonation kicks up with each swirl...very nice

overall impression- alan does a great job with his beers, they never cease to amaze me in terms of their staying power in the bottle. i had a fred 3 (1998) not too long ago and there was still carbonation in the bottle and the flavors help up...incredible!

notes and comments- beer is still well balanced, reminded me of a barleywine, alcohol is still present. a lot of sediment (somewhat loose) on the bottom of the bottle

beer spy- bevmo, walnut creek ca, 2006, 12oz

glassware: tulip

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 18:55:31 | More by NorCalYeti
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4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 85. 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a think head. Apricot color. A little foggy. Decent lace.

Smell - Sweet, sweet alcohol. Also getting a strong hop presence. Maybe some fruit in there too...apricots? Very sweet though, toffee and vanilla. Delightful.

Taste - Sweet malt and toffee. Complex hop flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation. Medium body. Not much to speak of on the back end...besides the alcohol.

Overall - Very complex. Still get a lot of alcohol, even after it warms up. Glad I have 2 more of these to see how they age over the next 2 years.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:47:53 | More by deuce9259
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North Carolina

4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoying this one thanks to SanFranJake.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a huge head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops, sweet malts, along with some oak and vanilla.

T: Oak, vanilla, and honey up front with some bitter hops on the back end.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

O: A little sweeter than I prefer, but quite enjoyable. I'm very glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 00:38:51 | More by nUgZ
Photo of Goblinmunkey7


4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 76.

Appearance: Perfectly clear light copper/like a newish penny. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops to a small cap almost instantly. Retention is decent, keeping the cap for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Biscuits and alcohol. Touches of caramel sweetness. Very bready. Hops are still kicking with huge notes of grapefruit and pine. Slightly pithy. Big hit of higher alcohols. Toffee and caramel with touches of vanilla as well. Perhaps a touch of oak. Some underlying spiciness coupled with the distinct sweetness of candi sugar. Vaguely floral and fruity.

Taste: Toffee and lots of it. Big bready/biscuity malt with some underlying caramel malt sweetness. A bit more spice comes through than the nose indicated. Delightful. Candi sugar adds another layer of sweetness. Malts are complex and a bit over sweet. Slightly overcaramelized as well. Solid hop presence is floral with a touch of citrus to round it out. Some vanilla mixed in as well. Almost perfume-like at times. Sharp bite of alcohol on the back. Slightly fruity...apple maybe?

Mouthfeel: A medium to full body with a medium to light carbonation. Dry finish from the alcohol.

Overall: Blunt force Americana.

Fred treads on barleywine territory, but is most definitely not. Deeply complex. A true sipper. Drinks like a beast and that gets a little intense as the beer warms. Still aggressive after 3 years in the cellar. Nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 18:54:48 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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3.1/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a glass.

Aroma- Peach, cantaloupe, floral with a light hits of citrus and vanilla. just a hint of alcohol sharpness. Smell is amazing

Appearance- Thick mountains of cream colored head that lingers, but not much lacing. Hazy Orange color(I may have poured this into the glass a little too aggressively)

Flavor- Carmely, nutty, toffee, sweetness with a big peppery Rye Finish . I get an alcoholic bitterness as opposed to a hoppy bitterness in this one. A little piney at the end.

Mouthfeel- Sticky, coats the mouth like a syrup but the rye and the alcohol give a slight burn

Overall- as it warmed i could taste some slight similarities to the Double DBA (which I really enjoy). In fact, i would have mistaken this for a barrel aged beer. However, This beer didn't do it for me though. If i want the flavor i would do the Double DBA, if i wanted the buzz i would grab a Bigfoot. If I wanted the Jewish Deli flavor I would grab the great divide Rye.

I wouldn't turn it down but i wouldn't order another

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2013 00:15:39 | More by Uncle_Jimmy
Photo of Brandywine


4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage

Appearance: Hazy orange and red with a fingers worth of a chai tea latte head. Moderate alcohol legs with fine bubbled lacing around the rim.

Smell: Mango, pineapple, apples, honey, desert white wine, toffee.

Taste: Toffee, caramel, honey, sweet malt carries through the middle. End of the tongue finishes with some bitter hops. Tropical fruits rather than resinous flavors dominate from the hops. Sweet malt backbone really balances this brew. Mango, grapefruit, and sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel: On the full side of medium and slightly syrupy with moderate carbonation.

Overall: A very well executed balance between the bitterness of the hops and the sweetness of the malt with lots of tropical fruit, honey and toffee.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 01:05:40 | More by Brandywine
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pinot noir glass. Batch 85 on front of label (bottled on 12/5/11 per the HOTD vintage guide). Purchased at Olive Tree Marketplace (San Diego, CA) for $5.49.

A: Hazy burnished copper with prodigious 2-3 finger off-white head with decent retention and some scraps of lace.

S: The aroma is more malty than hoppy, although there are pretty big contributions from both. The maltiness is very sweet toffee with some vanilla, cocoa, and sweetbread. The hops component is orange and lemon citrus with plenty of resin and pine too. The spicy rye peek through also.

T: It is a very American barleywine type of character with sweet winning out over hoppiness by a little bit too wide of margin. The maltiness is marshmallow-ike with caramel, maple, and vanilla with big breadiness. The hoppiness provides a punch of bitterness with orange citrus and floral components fading into a resinous finish. It is a huge blast of flavor, just too cloyingly sweet for me. It would be a superb dessert beer.

M: The sweetness is a bit much after a while and it leaves a sticky feel to this full-bodied brew. The carbonation is also high overall.

O: This beer is many things -- toffee, citrus hops, vanilla, breadiness, resin. It is definitely one to share as a nice nightcap given the ABV and high level of sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 05:49:42 | More by argock
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a perfect pint. Batch 83.

3.5 A: I needed a few pours to get a full glass due to the massive head. Anyway, I eventually got to a well hazed orange brown color with a lot of small particulate floating about. Three fingers of frothy/foamy beige head. Retention is impressive given the ABV and a ton of lacing is left.

4.5 S: Quite a nice nose on this. Quite malty like most HOTD brews. Deep caramel, toffee, light fruits, spicy earthy rye, and some raisin and fig. Candi sugar for that extra push of sweetness. Hops are floral, citrusy, and herbal. Solid, robust aroma on this.

4.0 T: Taste is like the nose, but just isn't quite as impressive. That said, it's still damn good. Lots of caramel, generic light fruitiness, dates and raisins, spicy earthy rye. Again that trademark candi sugar residue. Mild bitterness, but much more hop flavor. Citrusy, then floral, then herbal, then citrusy again.

4.0 M: Heavier body. Good moderate carbonation despite needing several pours. Good creaminess and plenty smooth. Alcohol is hard to detect.

4.5 D: This might be my favorite HOTD brew. Very nice balance and super easy to drink. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 04:49:38 | More by DavoleBomb
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium amber with good amount of off-white head. Good retention. Nose is wonderfully complex with a good balance of malt, esters, hop and a tinge of alcohol (well hidden). Fruity esters abound with a tropical fruit feel and definite spicy note. Malt is mostly indistinc (pale), but with a definite caramel note. Could be some spicy hop here as well and also some pineapple. Taste is fruity and spicy again, citrus hop, caramel and definite alcoholic notes. Mouthfeel is great except for the alcoholic aftertaste. Overall a good beer. Not sure exactly where this fits in the style guides, haven't had this much ester character in a beer in a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 03:49:38 | More by IllNate
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North Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great thanks to SatlyMalty for this one! Poured into a Dogfish signature snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a very murky dark amber color with a full inch of off-white head that bears great retention time before meandering down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and surface foam with varied thickness. Thick ring of bubbly lacing. She's a beaut.

S- Herbal hop aroma reinforced by strong booze and a heavy cereal grain sweetness. Maple syrup, raisin and oak come to mind.

T- Strong flavors of earthy hops, alcohol and toasted, semi-sweet malt. Everything is extreme but balanced and drinkable with no single element sticking out more than the other except maybe the booze. The IBUs are certainly up there, I'm sure.

M- A bit stingy from the booze but also slightly creamy. Medium carbonation and a hefty body.

O- A very straightforward ASA that hits the spot pretty well. If I had another, I'd sit on it for a year or so to let the alcohol simmer down.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 23:31:47 | More by Immortale25
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2.4/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A very generous "want" extra from Black13. Thanks Michael!

I popped the top on this and began to gently pour into my Founders tulip. Fred produced a glass full of sticky foam and around 1 inch of beer at the bottom. After letting it settle for 15 minutes I stuck my nose in the glass. Herbal hops, alcohol, and light belgian candi sugar dominate the nose. Really a muddled mess that the excessive amount of CO2 didn't help at all.

I don't know if it was my high expectations or a bad night or if I really just don't like Fred but this is not a good beer based on my one bottle sample. Lots of candi sugar. The most prominent flavor I got out of this beer. Candi sugar is pretty darn distinct and I've used it in home brews before in small doses. They seemed to go overboard. Earthiness from the yeast and/or rye malt is apparent. I think the candi sugar and highly attenuative yeast really dry this beer out. Overly carbonated but the mouthfeel is creamy and pleasant. Yeasty, earthy, bitter, dry, boozy. An odd beer.

Overall, I don't get it. I'm sure the ingredients are top notch but it's a freaking mess. Too much going on with 10 hops, candi sugar, rye malt, and booze. Weird beer but I'm certainly glad I was able to try it.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 12:38:10 | More by Brew33
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rutager, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 86.

Golden brown, voluminous cream colored head. Huge lacing and retention. Nose of citrus, malts, candy sugar. Light rye, spice and even some gentle herbal character. Taste has intense malt notes (caramel), some lighter rye, candi sugar, alcohol and bitter citrus hopping. Full feel, light syrupy quality and sticky sweet. Medium carbonation. Some sort of Anerican BW/strong ale hybrid, very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:09:00 | More by liamt07
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,410 ratings.