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

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1,547 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,547
Reviews: 829
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 365
Gots: 293 | 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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3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

First time ever having Fred. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Founders snifter.

This is one you DEFINITELY cannot pour straight down the middle. I ended up with a glass nearly 80% filled with head, and it would NOT recede. Had to pour off some. Outside of the outrageous head, Fred otherwise pours a brilliant translucent straw haze of gold. The nose definitely showcases Belgian yeast, which is SO not my thing. It's amazing I even attempted to drink this. But in the name of science... The taste, fortunately, bids adieu to the Belgian yeast, as it is not present in the taste. This is pretty mild, actually. A little citrusy with a bit of spice to it. Fairly neutral, otherwise. The mouthfeel is very clean and fresh with a nice effervescence to it. Finishes with a dryness reminiscent of champagne. This is decent, but generally not my thing.

01-22-2012 03:47:48 | More by Retail1LO
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

12 oz bottle poured into a Deschutes snifter.

A- The color is a dark apricot with a two-finger, cloud-like head gracing the top. The head slowly dissipates with each sip, ending up as a 1/8" frothy topper that leaves a beautiful lacing on the glass.

S- There are light apple and pear scents with a floral hop presence. A very slight essence of crushed black pepper and cinnamon are also present.

T- A spicy rye and floral hop start things off. Pilsner type malt, a pear/apple mixture, along with a light alcohol burn, finish it

M- The frothy head makes for an Incredibly creamy texture. The alcohol adds a burn at the finish which balances perfectly with the texture.

O- Thanks to StarRaptor for this incredibly delicious extra! This brew got better with every sip. The complexity increased as it warmed. This being my first experience with any HOtD beer, I would not hesitate one bit to attempt to acquire more!

01-21-2012 23:04:48 | More by Ungertaker
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3.78/5  rDev -7.6%

Bottle (batch 81) poured into a tulip glass. I've had the bottle for about a year and finally getting around to trying this. Beer pours a hazy orange with three fingers of fluffy white head, leaving most of the yeast in the bottom of the bottle. Head retention is excellent, sticking around for several minutes before slowly dissipating into craggy and jagged peaks, leaving sticky lacing as it goes. Decent amount of fine carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass.

Nose is floral hops, light spices, coriander and pepper, biscuit and bready malts, light caramel, fruity esters.

Taking a sip, a bit more herbal and floral hop bitterness upfront, honey and caramel sweetness, biscuit and bready malts. Lighter spices and fruity esters are somewhat overshadowed by a moderate boozy flavor. Medium finish with lingering honey sweetness, floral hops and boozy flavor.

Medium body and heavily carbonated, prickly and aggressive on the tongue. A warming beer as the alcohol does present itself in the flavor a bit still. An interesting beer, like a tripel amped up with American influences.

01-20-2012 04:20:56 | More by nataku00
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

batch 83. An extra from Beerdy! Thanks Brien!

poured into oversized snifter glass.

Appearance: murky gold bodied beer with a huge white fluffy head. The head recedes very slowely, leaving heavy lacing with a really chunky foamy head. Hair of the Dog make some fantastic looking beers!

Smell: This beer really just has a nice smell to it. To describe it in one word: balanced. You get nice smells of of malt thats bready, biscuity, and has some caramel sweetness to it. It has a subtle hops profile thats both floral and citrusy; it never over powers with hops. Also has a subtle peppery spice to it.

Taste: This is a big and flavorful beer. Surprisingly it starts out moderately spicy and has an earthy quality to it. Considering how subtle the spicy notes are in the nose, I figured the spice would have been more subdued. The malts are found midpalate and they have some assertive sweetness that breaks up the spice notes, but the malt profile is also grainy like a pilsner just much much bigger. Caramel and biscuits are subtley hinted at in the malt profile. Golden raisins and Karo corn syrup are the sweetest taste of the malt profile. The booze shows up mid palate just as the sweetness from the malts become apparent. The beer finishes with a mild bitterness that is mostly pine, but has some more earthiness and citris noted mixed in to it. Well balanced flavor profile in this beer!

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation levels. This beer is big, yet at the same time it is delicate and complex. The finish is dry and clean, but its also got a creaminess to the beer as well.

Overall: Hair of the Dog makes some unique beers. This beer is almost like a mix of several beer styles. I can not put this beer into just one style category. Belgian Strong Pale Ale, American Barelywine, American Cream Ale, and a mildly hoppy American Pale Ale all come to mind. Its like the prominent characterists of each of styles are all blended into one this beer. Awesome beer!

01-19-2012 02:10:55 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-18-2012 00:59:08 | More by cosmonick
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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

01-16-2012 09:05:26 | More by getkrunkhoe
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4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

12 oz. bottle poured into a goblet. Batch 81.

Appearance - Golden light amber body. Quite clear, but with some sediment suspended in the beer. Huge head that nearly overflows my glass. Great retention and great lacing.

Smell - Apples, pears, and other light fruits dominate. A huge light malt presence. Hops in the back, but they're not terrible aromatic.

Taste - Sweet and immediately fruity. Apples and pears again. The malt is fascinating. Slightly sweet and caramel flavored, but then earthy. A hefty hop bitterness rounds it out, although it seems a bit heavy-handed.

Mouthfeel - Well-carbonated and hardly any alcohol. Feels like a strong beer, but it isn't overly sweet or heavy.

Overall - A strange concoction. It really defines categorization. Reminds me of strong English ales with it's gigantic light malt bill. While I didn't find any aspect of it to be truly great, the beer is quite interesting and different. I found myself enjoying it more once I gave up trying to figure out how it was supposed to taste.

01-16-2012 05:38:27 | More by Alieniloquium
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-15-2012 23:55:00 | More by guajolote
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New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

12oz bottle (batch 81) poured into a tulip

A: Pours golden yellow, hazy, with a 3-finger offwhite head that just doesn't want to go away. Lacing covers the entirety of the glass as the head slowly recedes. Impressive.

S: Belgian candi sugar, floral hops, pilsner malt, a sweet fruitiness (apricot, peach), caramel dipped apple, slightly spicy yeast.

T: Huge sweet caramel & honey sweetness with a rush of floral hops backed by a load of the bright fleshy fruits and candied apple. There's a spicy bite from the rye malt and Belgian yeast. Fantastically balanced. Layers of tasty malts (pilsner and rye) with a ton of complex sweetness though it never feels too much or too heavy. The intense combination of fleshy fruits, floral hops, and spicy yeast counters the big sweet malt beautifully.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, very smooth. Alcohol is just barely noticeable in flavor and there is a little warmth. Quite resinous feel though not as much so as an American style barleywine.

O: One of the better strong ales I've had. Complex, intense, balanced, great mouthfeel. It's a great marriage between an American barleywine/strong ale and a Belgian triple. Fantastic stuff.

01-12-2012 04:30:10 | More by Satchboogie
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-11-2012 19:15:47 | More by TheBishopco
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-11-2012 01:34:29 | More by baconbourbon
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4.22/5  rDev +3.2%

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a caramel brown color with a small cap of long-lasting off-white head. Sweet aroma of syrupy sugars--caramel, toffee, butterscotch--with some notes of grass and vanilla bean. Taste replicated the aroma pretty good, but I got a big caramel apple profile, in addition to butterscotch and vanilla bean, with some piney and citrusy hops coming through mid- to end-palate. Very nice. Smooth, moderately carbonation, heavier-than-medium body, and quite drinkable overall.

01-10-2012 16:48:44 | More by Rifugium
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-10-2012 08:20:45 | More by ygtbsm94
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Fred pours apricot colored, nearly clear, with a fluffy white head that sinks slowly. Lacing is very solid. Aroma is quite sweet, lots of malt and booze, spiced pears and apples, Belgian-style yeastiness.

Big syrupy sweet flavor, again somewhat boozy, with lots of candied fruits and spices. The apples and to a lesser extent pears are apparent, lots of candi sugars, pepper, coriander, lemon. Tastes almost like a cross between a barleywine and a Belgian strong golden ale with some hops thrown in for good measure. Massive flavor.

Mouthfeel has effervescent carbonation but a touch of stickiness and a full body keep it from going over the top. Warming to be sure. Finishes drier than expected.

This is a powerful and well crafted beer that was perhaps not exactly up my alley. It’s clearly extremely well made and fairly tasty but I found a bit sweet and overly boozy although that was to be expected. Just a little much, perhaps. Definitely a slow sipper and one I will return to to reconsider over time.

01-09-2012 17:59:05 | More by tobelerone
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4.55/5  rDev +11.2%

Got a bottle of this from spdyfire86. Thanks for the brews man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge, 3+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Hazy gamboge orange with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head just won’t quit, but eventually fades to a foam cap leaving chunks of lacing on the glass. A foamy wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of bubbly lacing.

SMELL: Big yeasty and fruity nose. Toasted and grainy pilsner malts with green fruits. Apples and pears mostly. Some caramel and spicy yeast notes as well. Reminds me much of a triple or Belgian strong pale.

TASTE: This is great. Toasted malts and some grainy pilsner malts, green fruits and sweet caramel up front. Apples, pears and sweet candy sugar. Spicy yeast notes as well, with pepper and coriander in there, and then a nice dose of floral hop bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste is bitter, with floral and citrus orange flavors, some caramel and candy sweetness, as well as a touch of spicy yeast. Just a hint of alcohol underlines the whole story. Very complex, and everything is in the right spot. This was nutty good.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate though creamy enough, goes down fine with a touch of heat and finishes mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Flavor overload. I loved this beer. It reminded me of a strong Belgian pale ale with a bigger hop profile. Granted, the feel was a little lighter than I prefer, but that is a minor complaint. So much goodness was going on here; sweet, bitter, spicy, and a touch of booze to boot. One I’m glad to have tried and I’d love to have on a regular basis. Hair of the Dog just keeps impressing. Thanks again for flying this one over spdyfire. Highly recommended.

01-09-2012 13:26:30 | More by Jeffo
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3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Appearance: Golden dark yellow. Really big frothy, foamy head. Took multiple pours to get it into my tulip wine glass.

Aroma: Sugary sweet with slight nuttiness. Not really complex, but very big smell.

Taste: Very rich and sweet. I get a lot of dark fruits, raisins, and candy all in a thick, almost viscous body.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Really heavy and sticky. Coupled with the sweetness of this beer, it is really rich.

Overall: This is a sugar bomb of a beer. If you aren't looking for something that is more of a dessert beer, do not reach for this. It is not without its high notes, but not that special.

01-09-2012 13:24:49 | More by soze47
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +8.3%

Bottle obtained via trade with a non-BA.
Batch #82 - poured in to Founders tulip glass.

A - Poured golden orange with one finger of thick white head with excellent retention and excellent lacing. The head really stuck around for a while and was thick and luscious.

S - Sweet caramel malts, honey, sticky candy and a bitter floral hop aroma. There is a light citrus aroma and yeast in the background.

T - Big sweetness up front - sticky candy, caramel and honey. The sweet malt bill is balanced out by a big hop punch and warming alcohol. The balance is seemingly perfect considering the huge sweetness. The hops carry floral and citrus flavours and the yeast shows up as a background flavour as well. Very complex.

M - Medium body, creamy and silky. Light carbonation.

O - A truly excellent and one of a kind strong ale.

01-09-2012 03:04:32 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-08-2012 09:08:36 | More by kevfujii
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New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-08-2012 03:10:38 | More by Paul68
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

01-07-2012 04:50:48 | More by Schlais
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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%

Poured into a stemmed tulip: Rust-colored orangeish-brown under a finger of frothy white head. Hazy. Some small nucleation bubbles add to the head.

Good balance of sugar sweetness & fruitiness, teetering between a caramel, maple, & butterscotch character & an apple, pear, & orange fruit character. Slight alcohol tingle, just enough to be noticeable. Reminds me more of an American barleywine than anything.

Notes from the smell pretty much carry into the taste, but there's a greater showing from the sugary side of things, along with a kind of lightly burnt flavor & a real kick from alcohol. Yeah, the booze really picks up, dries it out & makes it a little solventy at the end. Damn, this is powerful stuff.

The rollercoaster between sweet & malty, a little roasty, & boozy is a lot to keep up with mouthfeel-wise. Doesn't destroy my palate like some IPAs or even American barleywines do, but definitely makes its mark.

Feels like there was a lot of grapple with here - the alcohol turned out to be more of a challenge than I'd anticipated, & the flavors kind of mutated while I was drinking it. Very different from what I'd anticipated, hefty & even unwieldy at times, but good.

01-06-2012 22:18:21 | More by OneDropSoup
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +10%

01-06-2012 02:42:35 | More by jmpizzo
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

01-05-2012 16:18:43 | More by chrisrose30
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-02-2012 22:55:11 | More by Dan25D
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

01-02-2012 10:40:23 | More by MrHirschybar
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,547 ratings.