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

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1,515 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,515
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 359
Gots: 291 | 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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4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HotD.

Lingering white trace, tan body.

Balgian nose, candi sugar and some yeast, honey, and fruit.

Caramel sweetness balanced by rye balanced by candi sugar... an awesome strong!

Lively, almost foamy. Quite Belgian.

Pretty much what I was hoping for, HotD doesn't disappoint!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 20:01:36 | More by zaphodchak
Photo of DCon


4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12 FLUID OUNCE(S) bottle in a trade w/ mdvatab. Poured from the dark blue label w/ a yellow bulldog on the front into a 16oz Snifter Glass. Has BATCH NUMBER "78" on the front.

Aroma- A very complexed aroma! Sweet Caramel, spiciness, bit of booze, and depth. A light malt character is in the background too. Enjoyed more than anything.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head that stays for good time. Dark orange colored body that has depth and cloudiness. Leaves suds behind.

Flavor- Has a huge marriage of spice and sweet caramel flavors that hit home! Malt is present also but mainly has a unreal sweetness and light spiciness. Light-Medium Bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Medium-High Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, has great spice that his palate and then a great alcohol warming finish.

Overall Impression- Hair of the Dog brought it with this brew! Unreal sweetness and caramel flavor. I suggest you get this (a 6 pack) and send one of these to me! Wish H.O.T.D. was available in MO. Highly Recommend.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 02:46:02 | More by DCon
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-26-2011 04:04:35 | More by beersis81
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Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 42, acquired from mikesgroove courtesy of the I Want That IV BIF over 3 years ago, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a reddish gold color, with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, alcohol, bourbon, caramelized malts, some spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of brown sugar, bourbon and caramel. Then some flavors of fruit and rye spices come in along with a significant alcohol sting. The malt character is hearty and the hops presence is subdued which is expected given the age of the beer, but it’s still enough to provide a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, decent representation of style, it’s a solid stronger beer to drink for a while but I think I may have let this one sit a little too long.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 03:48:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-21-2011 21:37:36 | More by mcgwire756
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

12-21-2011 05:04:54 | More by CelticAleMan
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

12-21-2011 02:28:00 | More by s1ckboy
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-20-2011 08:25:27 | More by ObeMaltKinobee
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4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (Batch 82) poured into a tulip. Explosive carbonation bolsters a ridiculous monstrous head that fills 80% of the glass; the rest is a clear golden-amber color. This is already making up for the pancake-flat Ruth I had a few weeks ago. Head is creamy, fluffy, eternal. Rocky, gravity-defying.

Aroma is spices, yeast; some herbal, floral & fruity notes.

Taste is pale pilsner & rye malt, candi sugar, nice floral hops. Lots of indistinguishable fruit. Relatively sweet, a little boozy. Chewy, full-bodied mouthfeel.

Overall, wow. A really nice strong ale. Can't think of another beer I've had that quite compares to this. Good balance of elements - an imperial Belgian pale?

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2011 07:12:50 | More by draheim
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5/5  rDev +22%

12-19-2011 20:08:50 | More by sukwonee
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-19-2011 03:28:08 | More by honkduh
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District of Columbia

4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 78, 12 oz bottle.

Clear light golden color with a thin off white head. A few dots of lacing and a thin film. Aroma has honey, grass, light pepper, honeydew; overall fairly sweet. Medium thick, syrupy body with low carbonation and light alcohol in the finish. Sweet flavor with light malt and bread underneath candi sugar, melons, honey and clove. Always a treat, this bottle was a little sweeter than I remembered, but still smooth and balanced.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2011 20:52:40 | More by yourefragile
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-18-2011 12:56:07 | More by recall1242
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-18-2011 06:50:00 | More by texasclimber
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-18-2011 05:42:25 | More by leprakhan
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-18-2011 03:12:31 | More by vicsju1991
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-18-2011 01:34:22 | More by mhaugo
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-17-2011 19:46:04 | More by xnicknj
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-17-2011 14:58:55 | More by tedho21
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New York

4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-17-2011 04:33:55 | More by beerman999999
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3/5  rDev -26.8%

12-17-2011 03:56:51 | More by gwguest
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3.5/5  rDev -14.6%

12-16-2011 10:59:55 | More by darkmoon66
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5/5  rDev +22%

12-15-2011 23:08:51 | More by Beertracker
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

12-15-2011 12:59:39 | More by johnhenryconway
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

12-15-2011 06:21:10 | More by hopburster
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,515 ratings.