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

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1,569 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,569
Reviews: 834
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 367
Gots: 294 | 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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4/5  rDev -2.2%

PacNWDad, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Tyrawlings, Feb 11, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

cycoduck, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of specksnreds
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%

How is this and Arrogant in the same category? Rhetorical, but huh? Back to the task at hand - Maybe the best looking pour I've ever seen. Huge head and the look of wet hay. Bubbles all over the place. A dynamic dynamo of a pour.

Smells like a big-ass barley wine with less sweetness. All malt, zero hops. Lots of prunes and glazed doughnuts goin' on. BAD-ASS.

Tastes like raisins, doughnuts, gummy bears, toast, pecan pie, the future, ethanol, not esters, and burnt caramel. BAD-ASS.

Not as sticky as I expected, and the finish leaves the burnt caramel behind for a while. Fluffy head is nice and relaxing. Mellow is what comes to mind.

I coulda put in a bunch-O-5s, but nothing is perfect. Though this beer sure looks perfect, and it nearly tastes a "5" as well.

specksnreds, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of whatthehull
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%


A - a very translucent golden orange, four finger off white head that sticks around for a VERY long time! Nice sticky lacing

S - weed, Bready, slightly dry, booze, wood, huge sweet malt, nice imperial like pilsner note, citrus, some flowers, sugar and super nice/funky yeast

T - huge pilsner hops/malt, very sweet, super super nice booze, sweet malts, really nice funky and sweet yeast, very bready, very nice sweet citrus notes and an awesome bittersweet

M - very full body, nice complexity, well balanced, medium acidity and very long pretty finish

D/O - this is a great beer. It is one of those beers you know the brewer spent so much time and give it a lot of love and attention. It is a huge booze and tastes of a beer much higher in alcohol, biting not in a bad way. It is an imperial pils/strong ale

Final thought - $6 a pop and 10% of awesomeness! Can't wait to try Adam!

whatthehull, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of natemort13
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Batch 82

Beer pours a hazy orange with a huge foamy white head that sticks around forever.

Nose has sweet boozy sugar, some tropical fruit and clove notes. A hint of floral hops.

This beer is delicious. Lots of alcoholic warmth with underlying estery flavors. The sugary sweetness balances out the intense alcohol. I get clove, lots of banana, and a hint of grass that gives way to a syrupy light caramel maltiness. The alcohol lingers long into the finish.

This beer is very full bodied and it stands up well to it the overall strength of the beer. Very sticky.

Overall, one of the most solid unique beers I've ever had. Huge huge beer that somehow manages to stay balanced.

natemort13, Feb 07, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

jwat, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of kagent777
4.15/5  rDev +1.5%

This was passed onto me by a service rep from I company I work with. I poured this batch 82 bottle into a CCB snifter at slightly below room temp.

Appearance: This thing had a huge head. Easily three or four fingers that did not settle down for a very long time. Needless to say, it left a glorious amount of lacing on the glass. The beer itself was a hazy pleasant orange.

Smell: First thing I notice is the dominant boozy sweetness. Followed up by the woody maltiness.

Taste: I like this beer. The taste is hard for me to classify. It is definitely sweet. It reminds me of some wood aged beers that I have had in the past. There is a caramel like sweetness that is almost too much. There are fruity aspects that remind me of sticky syrupy peaches.

Mouthfeel: The flavors are very strong and coat the mouth well. The body is medium and the carbonation low because all was expended in the opening with the head.

Overall: This is a potent beer, not for the faint of heart. A beer to sip on for an hour while reading a good book during a snow storm.

kagent777, Feb 06, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Zaximus, Feb 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

davesway10, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of AwYeh
3.35/5  rDev -18.1%

12oz bottle from batch 82 poured into snifter.

A: The head on this beer is absolutely ridiculous; at least three fingers of lush, creamy foam with an impressive plateau in the middle; comparable to Duvel's well-known appearance. The spiderweb lacing left all down the glass and the stream of carb bubbles flowing up through the body are nice touches too. The golden-brown liquid beneath the head is vibrantly colored, and its murkiness brings to mind the look of a particularly yeasty Belgian or German offering. Well done.

S: Lots of light and citrus fruit flavors start this one off– notes of orange and lemon zests are noticeable just before a rush of apple and especially strong pear come in. Belgian yeast, candi sugar, floral notes, and rye malts (increasingly powerful with warmth) along with a light peppery smell make this one really interesting.

T: Candi malts dominate the initial flavor, before being replaced by a sharp, lasting rye and a decent amount of alcohol. The alcohol is somewhat overpowering here, but does work with the beer's pepperiness– I'm sure lots will appreciate that quality of it. Light floral quality is nice, but this doesn't seem as complex as the smell– wondering where the pears went.

M: Thick, creamy, sticky, syrupy– the body on this beer is huge. Just a bit of warmth from the alcohol, and moderate carbonation considering its density.

O: Even though I wasn't a huge fan, it's definitely unique and I appreciated having the chance to try it. Would be willing to try it again in the future to see if it grows on me, but for now there was a bit too much of a combination of alcohol and overemphasis on sweetness near the end for me.

AwYeh, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

dlello2, Feb 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

richbrew, Feb 03, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

weerezboy, Feb 03, 2012
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4/5  rDev -2.2%

mdillon86, Feb 02, 2012
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3.38/5  rDev -17.4%

A: Poured into miniature snifter from a 12oz. bottle golden in color and bright as a mafucka

S: A little spiciness from the rye that quickly turns to spiciness from the hops.

T: Light spiciness mixed with a great hop presence tossed with a tad of alcohol.

M: I nice heat is added from the alcohol presence that is nicely mixed with high carbonation.

O: A pretty good offering. I paid 5.99 for this 12oz and wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed it but i didn't love it.  

PatrickSwayze, Feb 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

rogerthegill, Jan 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +10%

mantissa, Jan 26, 2012
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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%

Batch 84 poured into a pint glass on 1/24/12.

Appearance: Very murky-looking orange color with an almost three finger head that remained for several minutes. The beer looks like it will have some above average carbonation and there is some obvious sediment hanging out at the bottom as well.

Smell: Getting a malt scent dominated by caramel and bread with some citrus and floral hops that balance the beer nicely.

Taste: Honey sweetness, bready malts and some floral hops that hit the back and sides of the tongue are key features. Malt has a lot of complexity to it and make this beer delicious with the honey, caramel, and bread flavors acting in concert with one another.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and significant carbonation. Alcohol is barely noticeable.

Overall: Sure, it's hard to really pinpoint what type of beer this is, but I really could care less because it is delicious. Tons of great malt flavors balanced by light hops makes for an interesting, drinkable beer. Try it.

mfavoino, Jan 25, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

PaulStoneAnchor, Jan 23, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +5.9%

A- dark hazy amber color. Thick head

S- pear, hops, caramel.

T- Carmel malti-goodness, pear, solid spice, sweet, boozy

M- mild carbonation, alcohol is present, Slightly creamy.

O- my second beer I've tried from HOTD. I Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Not my favorite beer in this style but I will definitely enjoy it again.

Giovacchini, Jan 22, 2012
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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.

Retail1LO, Jan 22, 2012
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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!

Ungertaker, Jan 21, 2012
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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.

nataku00, Jan 20, 2012
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,569 ratings.