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

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1,658 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,658
Reviews: 845
rAvg: 4.08
pDev: 11.76%
Wants: 371
Gots: 298 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-1998

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.
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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cradke
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: hazy golden, nice head, digging the yellow hues.

smell: sweet rye hop. lots of Belgian candy

taste: great sweet hops. very nice candy. nice balance which USA incredible given that's it's 65 ibu's.

mouthfeel: good consistency and carbonation.

overall: love the sweetness, great balance though it's almost to desert beer

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: golden beer with fat head

S: floral notes and caramel malts, brighter notes of citrus, soft tones of vanilla

T: ruby red grapefruit, butterscotch caramel, pale fruits, candi sugar

M: rich, creamy, soft and clean-finishing

O: awesome brew - had lots in common with tripels and imperial IPAs - most American strong ales are darker and more meaty - this was a fuzzy and lush treat of a beer

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4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch No. 83

A: Beautiful, cloudy, deep brown, almost red/amber. Huge off-white, very bubbly head. I mean huge. Towering. Hangs around forever.

S: Incredibly floral & fruity hops aromas. Sweet, sugary malt.

T: Very malty, mellowed hop, boozy concoction. Bready, sweet, fruity, delicious. Complex hop flavors but fruity and incredible.

M: Smooth. Huge flavor. Booze is inviting and complementary. Drinkability is off the charts.

O: Incredible beer. Such a treat.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 83. Thanks to James for this want!

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper color with a massive white foamy head, one of the thickest I have ever seen with the best retention of pretty much any beer i've seen. Thick lacing all around the glass.

S: Wow, lots of caramel and toffee with some brown sugar, vanilla, and a little bit of pine. Underneath there is a little bit of raisin and red apple.

T: More caramel and toffee, some raisins/figs/plums underneath with a little more red apple. Slightly yeast and bready as well.

M: Medium to full bodied, definitely a slow sipper. Moderate carbonation.

O: A really good beer. Drank slowly over the course if an evening it only got better.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Bottle (2011)

Holiday Wine Cellar
Escondido, CA

(Aged for 6+ months)

Slightly hazed golden and dark yellow with a huge, tightly bubbled, near-white head that lasts for as long as any head I've ever had the pleasure of pouring. It stuck around so long I actually wondered if I ever was going to get the opportunity to taste my beer. It eventually faded and left irregular webbed lacing down the glass.

An interesting, pleasurable aroma. There's something funky here, without actually resembling anything like a typical beer funk. It's earthy and floral, hoppy and sweet, yeasty with just a hint of Belgian tang--wonderfully interesting. I could dissect this all night, but I digress.

The flavor too is distinctly Fred. There's some stale funk here, though while that sounds terrible, it's incredibly delicious. There's rotting flowers and a fresh garden, earthy yet vibrant citrus hop components, moderate bitterness, and sourdough bread crusts.

Medium bodied with too much carbonation.


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4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Koningshoeven chalice. Batch 83.

A: Huge, tight, off-white head fills the majority of the glass. What little beer there is is translucent amber brown.

S: Interesting! Fruit and spice. Some yeast. Tangerine zest, white grape...and a touch of soapishness?

T: Flavor-dense, but compelling. The label tips me off to the pilsner malt and candy sugar that highlight the particular juxtaposition of flavors herein. Light, grainy, and spicy -- like a tripel -- but then dark, fruity, and brooding -- like a dubbel. Mix a dubbel, tripel, lager, and bourbon-aged ale, and it approaches this. Then you've got the perplexing hops that are undeniably bitter and present, but somehow understated. Definitely strong (there are some liquorish aspects) but still drinkable. A bizarre beer, to be sure.

M: Full-light, spicy-dense, carbonated, grainy-fluffy, things are all over the place.

O: I don't have a damn clue what to make of this concoction. Definitely good, if not obviously enjoyable. Recommended, if not without reservations. Would have another.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 83. thanks heatwave33!

This thing was so carbonated. I let it decant for at least 10 minutes, and the huge 3 inch thick white head (it looked like meringue honestly). Somewhere under there is a bright orange body.

Smells dry, yet citric. Loads of grains, yet theres a delicate floral/citric hop presence. Surprinsgly, thats it. Not overly complex, but still fantastic. love it.

Oh wow. This thing tastes fantastic. Its got a lot of light toffee sweetness with a dry super sweet caramel feeling. Very much dominated by those, but I get those oh so subtle hints of orange and lemon peel. Taste is very thick, but theres not a ton of carbonation. So it feels slick, and insanely light for the ABV.

very well done HotD!

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

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4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Medium amber color, slightly hazy from bottle conditioning yeast, with an incredible 4-finger bubbly, pillowy white head. I had to pour and stop multiple times just to get enough beer into my glass; it was nearly all head at first! Amazing retention, great lacing, nice amount of carbonation bubbles. This may be the best head on a beer I’ve ever seen to this point.

S - Sweet caramel malt and candied sugar, noticeable rye spiciness, and a solid presence of the telltale West Coast citrus and tropical fruit hops. Maybe a tinge of alcohol, but that also may be the rye spice blending with the fruity and sugary sweetness. Smells nice and well-balanced.

T - Starts off sugary and caramel sweet, then the building hop bitterness catches up with grapefruit, pineapple, and peach notes, along with a definite rye spiciness. A little bit of alcohol noticeable.

F - Medium-bodied, a little bit of carbonation, very creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Every taste (sweetness, spice, bitterness, and dryness) lingers for a great amount of time. Also, a pleasant throat-warming feeling from the alcohol.

O - This was a deliciously drinkable sipper of a beer. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen, with a complex aroma and taste. There’s lots of different flavors here but they all go together extremely well. Great creamy mouthfeel as well. This was my first “strong ale” but I can tell that this must be one of the best. Extremely glad I was able to try this beer.

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2.5/5  rDev -38.7%

Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,658 ratings.