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

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1,514 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 827
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 11.71%
Wants: 360
Gots: 290 | 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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Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber / orange color with a 1 inch head. Plenty of lacing from this one. The aroma is of malt, yeast, honey, and grass. The flavor is complex. Numerous tones arrive at different times through the drink as it warms. Yeast, malt, honey, grass, and hops are all highly evident. A sour apple flavor seemed to be there too. Alcohol levels are very noticeable.

The mouthfeel is very smooth. The alcohol, malt, and bitterness last long on the tongue. Very interesting full flavored beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2004 12:54:17 | More by Gavage
Photo of Buebie


4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 73

Bottle courtasy of Arbitrator

Holy freaking active yeast! Wow, this pour produced a 2'' head that grew, rather then receeded. The growth of the head has billowed in foam over the top of the glass to a good 4'' now. A hugenormous amount of carbonation rise inside the beer, it looks like its boiling with all the carbonation bubbles. It does not have the look of infection, this is a different look.
The color is a mildly hazy darker copper, that glows bright when held to light.
Its now going on ten minutes and only the slightest bit of receeding has occured. This could be the longest I've gone without taking a sip from a beer.
Lace is thick and coating all the way around, it gives the look of a frosty glass, its that thick.
Retention has come to a dallop of whipped cream like look, its a good inch thick and now going on 20 minutes after the pour. I'm going to call it good to drink. The carbonation rise has slowed in the liquid, its still very actively bubbling, but does not look like its boiling anymore with activity, just looks like a belgian now.

Aroma is super bready yeasty, lots of sourdough and pncake batter aroma. Its pretty sweet smelling too with a large amount of unfermented sugars and cereal grain sweetness, some honey, but mostly grain aroma.

Mouthfeel has alot of biting carbonation. Some slickness and a fuller feel, although mostly masked by carbonation abundance. I think this could have used more time to age. I'm kinda wondering more about infection though, it doesnt taste off, but the carbonation bursts and inflates on each sip in my mouth creating foam with agitation on the tounge.
Its sweet upfront with a good honey caramel grain flavor, some burnt sugars and roasted quality here. A good amount of hop flavors. Its bittering mostly in the hops catagory. A mild chalky aspirin taste through the swallow with the hops. Its not exactly pine and not exactly grapefruit, but it is bitter...

IIt took almost 20 minutes for the 4" head to receed and the carbonation to stop boiling. But once it did, this beer was terrific and the overly carbonated mouthfeel has come ot be very creamy and thick with a slickness to it. The beer is good, its not infected and it just needed time to settle. Never before have I ever seen this, it surely put on a show!
Great brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2009 19:43:43 | More by Buebie
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 04:29:05 | More by kagent777
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New York

4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this beer was poured into a pint glass....although it is classified as a barley wine I really did not interpret it that way while drinking it. more of an imperial pale ale or something along those lines. Slightly reminded me of Terrapin's Rye2(squared)

Batch #63

A- Dark amber/gold with a ruby hint to the color. Head was a dark cream, and just shy of the rim of the glass.

S- Alcohol, spice(ginger and clove), citrus (dank orange), light hints of rye, and musky malts(not sweet but with a hint of caramel).

T- Citrus(tangerine), big spice ginger and a little cinnamon, rye malt present throughout entire body...with so many hops the flavors are combining and it is really difficult to pick out specific flavors....but there are alot of them.

M/D- Tingling bubbles and decent carbonation....thick mouthfeel....interesting and well worth it for the $3.50 a bottle definitely would buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2006 16:38:16 | More by jameaterblues
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fred - American Barley Wine - 12 oz. Bottle - Served: Pint Glass.

Dark gold with creamy white head.

Smell is spot on sweet and funky. Citrus hops.

Spicy taste, apricot, alcohol, very smooth, burnt sugars. Mellow cascade-like flavors in the finish.

Solid fullness on the tongue dissipates into a light creaminess that fades away like a faint butterfly whisper.

Easy drinking. A little heavy on the alcohol flavor which is OK with me.

A good solid interpretation of the ABW style. Flavors are mellow, blunted and musty. All in all a very subtle and tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2005 15:36:58 | More by froggyfrog
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 77, poured from a 12oz into a tulip glass.

Color is a dark copper, huge beautiful head, looks like whipped cream and lasted the entire glass.

Aroma is tons of malt, bit of fruit and fruity hops.

Taste is amazing, tons of malt, hop bite at the back end. Alcohol in the finish.

Mouthfeel is solid, very viscous, good carbonation.

Drinkability is ok, lots of alcohol, lots of hops, finished the 12oz, but that is plenty.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 00:57:44 | More by gtn80
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to crosling for supplying this one

Batch 56

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a big fluffy head.

S: Smells of figs, molasses, and tropical fruit(?). A bit of alcohol as well.

T: Full-flavored with well-balanced taste that leans on the sweet side up front and fades into a bitter finish. Fruity with a slight metallic taste.

M: Medium-full in body with moderate carbonation. Sticky with a taste that saturates the mouth.

D: The bottle claims a desire to make "unusual beer styles." Give them a gold star. Quite unlike anything I've had.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2007 02:54:09 | More by klewis
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a single from Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido while visiting President's Day Weekend for $5.49. Batch 84 was bottled on 9-22-11.

Beer poured golden with a perfectly huge billowing white head that is everlasting in my Sam Adams glass.

Nose is sweet candy.

Taste starts sweet, huge pilsner malt base is touched deftly by rye spiciness. There is enough lemon peel to take the edge off the sweetness and finish nicely. Alcohol warming with the first sip only.

Mouthfeel is perfectly smooth with a very nice effervescence to make this feel like a brew half of the abv this one is.

Overall...Wow, what an interesting brew! This beer is perfect from some aspects. The pilsner base is just a tad too sweet for me. Totally fun to try and i look forward to trying Adam and Doggie Claws!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 22:20:30 | More by arizcards
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy medium-brown Neither head nor lacing Impressively dense looking.

Smells impressively of herbal hops floating in a sublimated alcohol cloud.

Tastes of biscuity malt and dried fruits: raisins, prunes, dates. Truly, lip-smackingly tasty, like the best aged ales. No hop flavor to speak of.

Enough carbonation that it doesn't feel too heavy, and a lightly warming alcohol feel after the sweet stuff. Slightly sticky on the lips.

A really fine beer, if you can find it!

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 08:56:44 | More by Hachiman
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4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Southbay, poured into an Allagash flute.

Appearance: An aggressive pour yields (initially) no head whatsoever, and then slowly, almost eerily slowly, millions of tiny bubbles claw their way up to the surface to temporarily form a tiny, quarter-finger slick and then - POOF - fade away. There's a slight ring of white foamy lace around the rim of the glass, sitting atop this completely opaque orangeish brew, but other than that, it's completely still. After the sips begin, some lacing emerges, little blots and ridges at first, and then spider webs, huge complex nets of foamy, bubbly lacing. Nice.

Aroma: Spicy Pacific hops, a sight estery alcohol as things warm, but mostly fruit - dried fruits, sticky, sweet, syrupy dried fruits. Oy! I get hints of nectarine, pear, cherries, a few darker notes.

Taste: Oh damn! This is one complex and delicious beer. Up front, it's sweet, incredibly sweet - the candy sugar is definitely here, a metric crapton of it, and definitely dominates the front end. That is, until the mild hop bitterness and a twinge of rye begin to steal the stage. Follow it up with some darker malts, faint chocolate, some strong buttery pear notes, orange zest and a few other resinous, oily hop notes (I get strawberries, for instance). There's a huge array of flavors here, and spicy alcohol is only the faintest of one of them - hurrah to HotD.

Mouthfeel: Thicker'n'snail snot. A faint carbonation is lost in the overpowering syrupyness, but doesn't put up much of a fight to begin with.

Drinkability: Not sure what I was expecting with this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. An incredibly flavorful and complex beer with well hidden alcohol, this one's fierce without looking fierce. Has everything you'd want too - dark malts, light malts, dark fruits, light fruits, hop notes, hop bitterness, and only faint EtOH kisses. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:07:54 | More by CrellMoset
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Effervescent and golden with a huge frothy head; great lacing

S: Lots of citrus and fruit: pineapple, lemon, apples; some booziness, grainy, and somewhat hoppy

T: Grainy and fruity and dry and boozy; yeasty and hoppy; this is a balanced and interesting beer

F: Creamy with great mouthfeel; so creamy

O: This is a great and surprisingly complex beer; hoppy and grainy and fruity

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 02:58:53 | More by dbossman
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an abmer with very white suds two fingers high on the glass.
I am smelling malts and fruity hops along with a slight banana/ caramel aroma.
The Ainse and Licorice taste predominate this one with the malt and the sugar taking second place.
Still a great mix for a pretty nice beer.
Mouthfeel is a little oily but the hops tend to dry that out pretty quickly.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 04:55:18 | More by peabody
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle - Batch 83 slooow pour into pint tulip glass

A: This is the 3rd time I tried this, so I finally managed a pour without overflowing the glass. It absolutely explodes out of the bottle. Be extremely cautious and make sure the sediment stays in the bottle. The head is insane; never seen anything like it. It persists for a long time and leaves gobs of lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber.

S: Typical of an old-world golden ale, but better, if that makes any sense. Sweet malts and the Belgian candy sugar they mention on the bottle. Some hops, a little bit of the piney citrus you smell in IPAs. Really good.

T: Quite sweet, very complex. You pick up more of the impressive ABV (10%!) as it warms, but it never gets overbearing. Well-balanced and a lot going on. You pick up the rye they mention on the bottle.

M: Full-bodied to heavy, definitely fits the taste and smell. Not too much heat from the alcohol.

This is a great beer. If you can get one, do try it. I'm aging another one, so we'll see what happens in a year. Just watch the pour!

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 17:18:29 | More by IvoryFoxhole
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Rutager, 12oz into a tulip. Batch 86.

Golden brown, voluminous cream colored head. Huge lacing and retention. Nose of citrus, malts, candy sugar. Light rye, spice and even some gentle herbal character. Taste has intense malt notes (caramel), some lighter rye, candi sugar, alcohol and bitter citrus hopping. Full feel, light syrupy quality and sticky sweet. Medium carbonation. Some sort of Anerican BW/strong ale hybrid, very nice stuff.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2012 00:09:00 | More by liamt07
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Interesting to see a Barleywine classified as a Golden Ale on the bottle... anyways... Batch 75.

A- Cloudy and murky brown with a frothy white head that has decent retention. A nice ring leaves some good layers of lace.

S- Pretty much just musty caramel malt, feels mostly like an Old Ale from the nose. Old brown sugar and some vanilla/oak feel, dark fruit/raisin. Also a strange sour patch kid citrus feel to it.

T- Very interesting. Dark roasty brown sugar/molasses on top of nice old caramel malt with slight rye flavor. The 10 hop varieties come into play in a whole slew of ways, spice, citrus, fruit, floral and herbal... maybe a bit too random. Dark fruit and raisin also big. Very sweet when it comes down to it. Oak/vanilla feel probably due to age.

MF- Moderately thick, oily body with lower, silky textured carbonation. Pretty damn warm from the alcohol and has a moderately bitter finish.

DB- A very interesting Barleywine to say the least. The hops are nice but are pretty random. The sweetness is the big flaw here to me, it gets cloying.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 04:41:05 | More by cbutova
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Huge thanks to cwier. Batch 66.

In short, I think this beer, when fresh, is best suited for experienced palates. Otherwise, I would let it age. Myself? Not quite ready for it. I do think that it is pretty good but the alcohol is a little too potent. I would drink it again fresh because the taste is delicious but if given a bottle, would age for some yrs. to see what time might yield for this thing.

Appearance - 3.5 - solid lacing
Smell - 4.0
Taste - 4.5 - Superb
Mouthfeel - 4.0
Drinkability - 4.0 - Again, the potent alcohol but would I have another eventually? After some aging, absolutely.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2007 06:43:01 | More by nase
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - 10% Alcohol!. Pours more of a copper color than a golden.

Big ole foamy, off white head, malty aroma with hint of caramel and alchohol, bitter earthy hops. Lots of lacing as the head SLOWLY dissapates. Noticable alchohol warming at first, smooth full bodied mouthfeel with lots of spicyness. Fairly high carbonation. Taste is bold and rich as a barleywine should be, balance is more toward the spicy, alcohol and hop side but this would probably mellow out with age as the bottle suggests.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2006 03:24:08 | More by kgotcher
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The way beers were meant to look. Obviously unfiltered muddy mahagony with orange flavored tints. Thick creamy dense catterpillar head had long retention and leaves thick sticky lacing around the glass.

Overly dried figs in the aroma of different varieties. Dates, nuts varietals, and prune. Hints of sour aromatics with thick malt overtones. Some floral hop and big piney earthy aromas are there to be remembered. Sharp cheese of the blue variety comes to mind.

Batch #59 by the way.

Absolutely amazing how much fig is in the beer. Like drinking fig juice. Sappy, piney bitter long finish. Very bold, masculine and complex brew here. Thick mouthcoating malt clings to the palate and won't let go. Hints of alcohol, german roasted almonds, grassy hop flavors, dates, prune, brown sugar made with too much mollases, pure maple syrup, and golden raisin. A bit spicey on the finish. A beer worth drinking and drinking often although more than one or two in a sitting could both be tough to swallow and tough on the liver.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 21:16:26 | More by mcallister
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a batch # 76 on the label.

Appearance: Seems heavy on carbonation ... big head during the pour. The head retention was very long. You can see the sedimentation on the bottom. I had it in three small pours and didn't have sedimentation until the final pour. Nice bronze color.

Smell: Fruit and Caramel..

Taste & Mouth Feel: Creamy, full and smooth slick mouth feel. Alcohol is present up front and after. Bitter hops. Spicy.
Malty and alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability & Notes: Reminds me of a barley wine but a bit stronger. The alcohol is more up front compared to a Bigfoot.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 20:48:43 | More by chicagoish
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #51
Pours a cloudy golden body with a huge well fortified head - could probably support a brick on it, leaves clumpy bits of light-tan lace.
Very hoppy aroma, herbal, grassy, but balanced with a strong sweet malt base. Alcohol present here as well.
Fruity, spicy, caramel, smoke in the taste, huge malt base.
Full bodied, chewy malt body.
It would be tough to drink more than one of these, but I would definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2004 16:28:39 | More by mschofield
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this once and loved it...

A: A nice murky copper color with a small white head that fades quickly to a murky lace atop the brew. Decent.

S: A nice sugary malt upfront with a hint of sugary raspberry and slight earthy hop an bitterness on the backend. Very good.

T: A nice sugary malt upfront with a watery fruitiness quickly followed in the middle and some hidden hop bite on the backend. Good.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation. A nice balanced finish. Very good.

D: Goes down well.

All in all, this is a great brew if you like the style. I am glad I've gotten to try this brew twice. Very sugary with hints of bitterness. If you like that sort of thing, then this brew is for you!

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 04:22:59 | More by steve8robin
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was batch # 74, which means it has been aged a bit. Poured into a 16 oz short stemmed goblet, not the proper glassware.

A- Brownish red, almost like dark apple cider, ice tea.

S- Dark fruits, grapes, sour grapes, figs.

T- Similar to smell, grapes, dark fruits, sweet, alcohol, slightly bitter after taste.

M- Thin, medium-light carbonation.

D- I can probably have bunch of these, but that 10.0 abv would make me pay.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 01:08:35 | More by Derranged
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

from a bottle, I pour this into a tulip glass and wine glass (sharing with my future wife). It pours the color of honey with some ruby tones throughout (copper I guess). Sediment is high in this one. Head is big (2") and billowy like seafoam. much of the sides of my glass are coated with sticky head.

Sniffing, alcohol hits my nose first. However, I also get some spice and fruits from it (red grapes maybe or some plums). A lot of hops also come through on the nose. Some oak comes through as well.

Sipping reveals a lot of oak drying along with some alcohol. However, some sweet sugar comes through as well toward the back, and the finish is fruity (plums) and very sugary. Alcohol burn sticks around for quite some time numbing my tongue and under it a bit. WOW! The hops are there but just help with some of the bittering of the body to help balance it out. Very yummy!

Mouthfeel is difficult. The abv is jacked up on this one. Listed as a 10%, I have a bottle with batch 59 marked on the label. I would think that the alcohol is over 12 or 13%. Very drying and mouth melting, but very full-bodied, not much carbonation.

Overall, I just bought this bottle from a beer bar closing in the area (sniff sniff), so I'm not sure how old this one was, but I'd like to try newer and older batches to get a better sense of what they are shooting for here. The bottle says a Golden Ale, but this is more of a Barleywine if you ask me. I liked it a lot, but I didn't get exactly what I expected.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 02:36:20 | More by Fish113d
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured after a tough day on the trail .... wow, is a yummy beer, melts in your mouth and brain ... lots of sweetness ... alcohol is pretty well hidden ... good lacing ... can tell the candy sugar is in there ... is a very nice beer that is just damn enjoyable, would love to try the wood aged...

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 15:28:12 | More by Onslow
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4.13/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 51
Fred pours an orange-tinged deep amber color with a firm and rocky off-white head and big, thick sticky lace.
The initial aroma is like placing your head directly over a fresh cut fruit bowl. As it warms, a scent of cut hay, cloves and alcohol begin to emerge.
A substantial malt body has complex tastes of toffee, over-ripe bananas, sweet malt and candy sugar.
A potent citrusy taste of oranges, lemon zest, plums, cloves, coriander and pepper are nearly overwhelming.
The alcohol is very noticeable and provides quite a kick.
Fred is sort of a wild and raw edged brew. For the most part, the flavors tend to remain separate and easily distinguishable from the others.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2004 03:34:19 | More by BeerResearcher
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
92 out of 100 based on 1,514 ratings.