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

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1,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,572
Reviews: 836
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 366
Gots: 295 | 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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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
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PaulStoneAnchor, Jan 23, 2012
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5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fred is my favorite at this time. The first time I poured and took my first sip, all I could say was "WOW".
Batch #36 - Great
Batch #37 - Very Good
Batch #40 - Another Winner!
Batch #41 - Not as good as the above.
Batch #43 - Disappointed.
Batch #44 - Disappointed Again
Batch #49 - Getting Better
Batch #55 - Like #40
My only wish is that I could find all there beer easly. But the only place I can order it is at Trader Joe's, and only Fred, Adam or Helen! Now, I have to drive up to Portland Oregon to pick up Fred. No one in Northern California handles it!

BeerManDan, May 18, 2002
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

hchinaski, Nov 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours orange/caramel color. The head is IMMENSE! Anyone that bitches about carbonation issues got a bunk bottle!

S- Caramel, spices banana (sounds odd but trust me), sugar and candy!

T-WOW!!! VERY complex! Sweetness but NEVER cloyingly so, spices, malts, and "stickiness" the banana again, and even though I am not a fan of bananas this WORKS!

M- FULL !!! smooth. creamy, it hits every taste bud you have!!! Never too much, never too little!

Overall- Really AMAZING beer. I would trade my ENTIRE cellar for an endless supply of HOTD goodness! The BREWERY (not just Fred) is THAT good!!

* caveat... I LOVE their BW, Fred, Adam and all the variants, however I am not a fan of their IPA.

bigdonniebrasco, Sep 21, 2011
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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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RViator325, Nov 29, 2011
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4.98/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: Bottle

S: Wow, this is a BIG nose. Lots of hops, malt, and yeast too. Wow. Fresh lillies, honey, spearmint, caramel, rye bread are all in your face. A nice toastiness and also fruit heavy which is super complex (banana, tropical fruit, guava, pineapple). Light ginger, tangerine, and vanilla. Lively and zesty overall. Rye spiciness and Belgian spiciness are moderate, along with apple cider,

T: Ginormous flavor profile, wow, this is massive. Fairy sweet up front, but not as sweet as it should be given how malty it is. Syrupy and thick, but the worried expectation of cloying sweetness is never met - more of a mouthfeel indication than a sweet taste per se. Confusing to the brain. Hops are evident from the get-go with mint, herb, fresh flowers, but are clean and not oily or resiny at all. Body is over the top heavy, practically a shake. The middle is syrupy caramel/toffee/toasted bread malty but really only slightly balanced to the sweet side due to a soft, fortifying bitter balancer. For how heavy this beer is there is a ton of juicy fruitiness and liveliness, really a study on how to make a heavy beer light - very well done. Belgian spiciness/fruit and the rye notes are all evident but in the background, more of a foundation flavor. Incredibly smooth, creamy, almost slick. Finish has a nice dryness, but the alcohol is not at all hot or really very present - very well done. The sip ends with smooth clean mint, heaps of caramel, brown bread, more floral and importantly some rye grittiness (which is good) and pithy bitterness, cleansing the palette and keeping you fresh for the next sip.

A: some of the best head retention I've ever seen.

Notes: This beer is a blast to drink. Find some and drink it. Its totally original, its intensity is uniquely awesome and amazingly smooth for the absolute flavors/aromas of the beer. Don't worry too much if you don't like sweet beer either, its really fairly balanced but uber-malty.

4000qtrap, May 07, 2013
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4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #42. Yet another beer that I pour, sip, and stare at. Deep cloudy copper with a head that just will not stop - rocky, white, great to look at. Simply stunning aroma - big hop (citrus, earthy), malt (sweetness) and hints of rye in concert with a whiff of alcohol. Looks at bottle again. 10%? This will be interesting.

ohhh, mama! The beer equivalent of a... a... a damned fine beer. Massive body with all kinds of hop complexity - if you can picture a hop flavor in your mind and concentrate while sipping, you'll find it. Chewy, round toffee and rye maltiness, with a warming surge o' to complement the flavors. Hints of licorice in the background as it warms, which is a trait I look for in old ales. I could literally spend an evening drinking nothing but this beer and be happy as hell. Way up on my favorites list, and an impressive brew.

Can't wait to wait a year and see how it ages... but in the meantime I think I'll need to get a six or three.

sponberg, Dec 14, 2003
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4.97/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 4, bottled on 1-27-98, huge thanks to lou91 for this one. The label is in perfect shape, and the beer pours a clear amber with two inches of head.The smell is rich and complex; buttery, grainy, and vinuous all at the same time.

When I taste this beer for the first time, various expletives come from my mouth. It is that fu#kin good. Multigrain nutbread, huge carmel malt, toffee and butterscotch, slight anise, brown sugar, figs and dates, and a tiny bit of sherry butter. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, drinkability is a five.

Sephiroth, Apr 28, 2006
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4.95/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch 62

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel with a prodigious head that lasts forever and splashes tons of lacing around the glass

Smell: Toffee, vanilla, a fully dressed hamburger (is this possible?), some grassy and piney hop aromas and some butterscotch

Taste: Starts with a wonderfully subtle toffee flavor with a touch of fruitiness; after the swallow, a variety of hops flavors emerge taking the bitterness in different but never extreme directions (tobacco, leather, a touch of pine and a touch of mandarin orange)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a load of carbonation; warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Along with Adam, Hair of the Dog makes two of the most astounding beers I have tasted; full of flavor but never over the top

brentk56, Apr 23, 2006
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4.93/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a pleasant surprise coming off of my last HOTD brew, Ruth, which I nearly despised.

App: Poured into a tulip glass... cloudy copper with a big, cream colored, frothy, thick head which left massive lacing as it was consumed.

Smell: Awesome. Complex. Wonderfully fresh hop aromas coupled with a heavy malt presence. Spicy, fruity, cotton-candy, golden raisins, vanilla, sweet, golden pastries, a bit of citrus... damn, I can't put my finger on one of the smells but I can't get enough of it. I took a deep whiff between every taste.

Taste/Mouth/Drink: Yow. Big time hop burn. Wickedly spicy and seriously fruity. Finish is bitter sweet and lingering. At times a citrusy, sour tang was left throughout my mouth. A candy-like sweetness is balanced by crisp, spicy hops. Warming but not overly alcoholic tasting. Mouth is thick and full but still bubble and prickly on the tongue. Really enjoyable. A top-notch barleywine. The way one should taste. I wish I had bought more than one.

oxmasterscream, Feb 16, 2005
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4.9/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a gorgeous rich amber color, tons of red and orange hues. wonderful almond colored head with an amazing head that has a phenomenal retention level. Huge amount of lacing.

S: slightly acidic aroma, but nice. big hops nose, nothing in particular, which is great. keeping it all together is the aroma from the malts. sweet, fruity and robust.

T: very sweet malts, with a slight apple characteristic. big orange notes, reminds me of Grand Marnier almost. very robust and smooth, with a nice kick from the alcohol. outstanding palate on this.

M: smooth and creamy for a barleywine. higher carbonation level than expected, but very welcoming. full bodied definitely.

D: like everything from this brewery, it is wonderful. get it because it is fantastic. probably the most drinkable

paulthebeerguru, Dec 22, 2008
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4.89/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous and original. Completely opaque golden orange with a foamy cream colored head that sticks around.

S: Wow. Smells sticky with resin, caramel and pine sap. Huge citrus fruit notes and sweet, rich caramel.

T: Resinous pine, sweet butterscotch and toffee, sugared grapefruit peel and the Belgian candi sugar shines through. Slight rye spice dry notes throughout.

P: Sticky, chewy, full. Coats the mouth resiny sweetness.

O: Amazing.

timc100, Feb 25, 2013
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4.88/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Abe's Cold Beer in Bethlehem finally brought me to my very first Hair of the Dog brew and I coudln't be more excited. I'm a big Barleywine fan and my brew hero Brenkt56 was a huge fan of this brew, so I was ready to go!

A: Hazy caramel tone with a creamy white head that lasts the glass and leaves plenty of lacing.

S: Caramel, vanilla, toffee, and some piney hop aromas.

T: Begings with a fantastically balanced caramel, toffee flavor with a hint of fruit. Then a variety of hops flavors emerge taking the bitterness in a complimentary directions (pine, citrus, and smoky) but never anything too extreme. Incrediblely balanced flavor for a brew of this strength.

M: Full bodied and a load of carbonation, warm all the way down from the mouth to the belly.

D: WOW, this was an incredible brew, a must try for all beer fans. I've had some hyped beers in the past but despite all the praise I think this one is actually underrated. I've been waiting a long time for the Barleywine that topped Bigfoot and I've finally found it. I'm offically a Hair of the Dog fan and I've got Adam in the fridge so more is on the way. Can't recommend this one highly enough, try it now!

jdg204, Aug 10, 2009
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,572 ratings.