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

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1,633 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,633
Reviews: 840
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 370
Gots: 295 | FT: 19
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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look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a snifter
Batch number 92

Thanks to KevSal for sending this one over in a trade.

A: Pours a very hazy, to the point of being opaque, dark apricot color with lots of sedimentation. There is essentially zero head, just a few bubbles of indiscernible color, which form an outer ring. Leaves almost zero lacing. 3

S: Aroma is booze and sweetness. Candied sugar, caramel/toffee, and some sweet citrus notes. 4

T: Booze, lots of fusel ethanol, followed by sweet notes. Lots of candied sugar, some sweet Belgian estery notes, subtle citrus. 3.5

M/D: Almost zero carbonation, nearly flat, which gives it a syrupy mouthfeel. Pretty heavy alcohol presence, even for the ABV. Drinkability is ok. 2.75

O: Pretty big disappointment here. The lack of carbonation really hurts it a lot. It kind of reminds me of a DFH 120min, gone wrong. Not sure if I got a bad batch or what, but its certainly a let down from what I was hoping for. 3.5

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First time with Fred. Batch 90. Bottled sometime in 2013 if I were to guess. I was forced to extrapolate from HOTD site.
Very slow, careful pour into snifter gave up a cumulus cloud of head, 2 fingers minimum.
Golden copper in hue, with much yeast sediment in suspension. Smells vaguely like a Belgian Pale Ale.
I can tell it's going to be a dry beer already. Initially, it is a strong Belgian Pale, then the drying resinous
hops kick in. As it warms, the rye malt also appears, along with some oak. Lacing is persistent.
This beer is too complex to describe with one 12ozer, I'd need a couple to sum it up. I may just arrange that.
I get why it's categorized as an American Strong. It's just too complex to pigeonhole...

Overall, easily a beer every enthusiast should give a go...

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Poured from 12 oz bottle into snifter. Bottle labeled Batch 90.

A: Pours a cloudy honey yellow with large 3 finger white head that seemed to last forever. Generous 360 degree lacing.

S: Raisins, pears, honey, and dried pineapple.

T: Light caramel sweetness and gentle hop bitterness. Some soft fruit flavors, pineapple, and apple juice.

M: Medium body with lots of carbonation. A subtle sweetness lingering on the tongue.

O: An excellent strong ale. I look forward to trying another brew from HOTD.

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Batch 92. Hazy golden pour with zero head. Visibly viscous.

The nose is very sweet with honey, caramel and hints of stone fruits. A touch of sherry.

Taste is quite similar to the nose except it is pervaded by a strongly unpleasant astringent bitterness. Flavors of sweet honey, vanilla, caramel, raisins and sherry come through along with an alcohol bite.

Mouthfeel is slightly viscous with no carbonation.

I didn't mind the lack of carbonation so much as I couldn't stand the astringent bitterness. Smells great but tastes awful. Drainpour.

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,633 ratings.