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

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1,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,594
Reviews: 837
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 369
Gots: 296 | 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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2.5/5  rDev -38.9%

spamages, Dec 31, 2011
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2.63/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Batch 93....third straight flat Fred I have had. Started with batch 88 and now two straight batch 93s are drain pours.

Overall this beer smells and looks great, but I need some more texture. Supposedly bottle conditioned, but there is absolutely no carbonation in this batch. Extremely disappointed with my Fred experience thus far.

Oakhtar, Jun 27, 2014
Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
2.7/5  rDev -34%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a slightly hazy gold with an ok head that dissipates quickly.

S- slightly tart, alcohol, yeasty. good.

T- wow disappointing, paint thinner is not a good taste. a little yeasty as well. was hoping for much more.

M- not overly carbonated or thin, decent here.

D- well I would go with a no compared to other barley wines I have had, even though the bottle calls it a golden? perhaps let this one age a few years and see if the paint thinner goes away and it cools down.

SeattleBeerBlog, Dec 28, 2010
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

jk3, Oct 27, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -32.8%

SupremePie, May 28, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.76/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a tumbler.

Let's hope this stuff is more Frederick the Great on the battlefield than Fred Flintstone on the lanes... It pours a mostly clear golden-brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises thick honey, mild banana, biscuit, mild Belgian yeast, clove, and a touch of booze in the background. The taste brings in more of the same, with the booze and an overly-strong current of blunt sweetness dominating the proceedings. Honestly, things just seemed too sweet and disjointed to get much of a sense of the other constituent pieces. The body is a hefty medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a lightly syrupy feel, and a drying finish. Overall, like many Hair of the Dog offerings, this stuff didn't do it for me at all. It's too sweet and boozy for its own good, and it seems to want to insist upon itself rather than let me experience it in any kind of pleasurable way. God, I hope that makes some sense to someone other than me...

TMoney2591, Sep 17, 2013
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2.78/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think I got a bad bottle. The carbonation present in this particular Fred is ridiculously high. Each Time I poor the head level rises twice as much as the liquid. The head is not going away. It is a lumpy white that continues to sit on the top while the head is built up from the bottom.
The initial appearance and smell, the hazy golden color and what I thought was a pronounced hoppy aroma made me think ruination, but sadly this is not the case. Upon imbibing this brew the alcohol hits like a fist to the face and carbonation makes a thorough examination of the taste impossible. I'd like to poor more to get a better idea, but i'm afraid the head will rise again. ..The bubbles are still rising in abundance...The lace is very thick if you're wondering. If I get the rest of this poured before the beer is room temperature My views may change and I'll amend this review accordingly, but as it is this is not a beer i'll be enjoying again if i am in Dorothy Lane Market getting coffee or beer and happen to see it.

StonedRugger, Mar 31, 2004
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2.81/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Was excited about the color, the smell was perfect
I got the zero carbonation version.
Taste was exactly as I had expected for a golden ale.
Warming but not overwhelming heat.
I'm disappointed, Nothing more to say.
Doubt I would shell out more money for another Hair of the Dog.

TheGreatFozzini, Jul 06, 2013
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2.85/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got this in a trade from travisd13. Poured into a snifter and enjoyed with Trevor (lynx1245).

NOTE: After talking to others about this experience, I'm pretty certain that this bottle contained infected yeast.

Appearance: As soon as this was popped open, carbonation rushed to the surface and caused the head to gush out the top of the bottle a little bit. Carbonation even drug large chunks of sediment to the surface. In the snifter, head was four fingers high, white, and very soapy/fluffy. Body is a cloudy orangish-yellow with tons of gray, doo-doo-like sediment at the bottom. Lots of lace. Nice 1/4 inch retained head forms after the first swirl.

Smell: Green apple, burnt sugar, Belgian yeast, doughy malts, spices, and red currants (not in that order). Smells a bit champagne-like.

Taste: Sugar and candy, tart berries, green apple, doughy malts, and stinging alcohol. Sour yeast strain also detected. The stinging alcohol may be due to the fact that I don't drink many barleywines... or possibly this beer is bad?

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and very hot and dry. Tons of warming in the tummy.

Drinkability: Too hot to handle! Had a tough time finishing this one, but maybe I'm just not used to barleywines. Then again, maybe this one is spoiled. I don't know, but this was a very tough drink.

ThreeWiseMen, Jan 19, 2009
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2.94/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip

A - Pours a murky brown color with a light auburn hue when tilted to the light. Mild carbonation and very still in the glass. No head formed when poured and only has a bubbled edge around the sides.

S - Reveals a deep earthiness with a burnt sugar and candied yam/sweet potato aroma. Esters are very evident in this beer followed by hints of dark fruits. This is not what I was expecting. Reveals almost a Quad-like smell. Intense!

T - Almost no carbonation and very off-putting. I think that this is a bad bottle. Tastes of caramel and burnt sugar. Very similar to the smells

M - No carbonation on the palate with a thick and syrupy feel. Not appealing. Again, this is a bad bottle.

O - I'm not going to give this a bad rating as I got a bad bottle. I hope the other bottle I have is a lot better.

PS - I'll correct my review if the next bottle is better.

Cubatobaco, Oct 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

montrealbcr89, Mar 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

jpmclaug, Dec 13, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

gwguest, Dec 17, 2011
3/5  rDev -26.7%

SMITHAND, May 06, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Overly sweet

BrewtalHonesty, Aug 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

aanth, Nov 18, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

EB1, Mar 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Rempo, Nov 19, 2011
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

tweenDhedges, Feb 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

ironchefmiyagi13, Mar 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

beernads, Apr 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Scout11, Mar 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -26.7%

Ndflyfan8, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of WCBCFrank
3.03/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the Dog's Fred is a strong Belgian style golden ale - think of Chimay White with tons more complexity and notes of alcohol in the finish. This is a strong beer, somewhat sweet but typical of tripel-style brews. It pours yellow-copper orange in a goblet and has a medium head with good lacing. Aromas of ripe apples and sugar are appealing....tasty but a powerful somewhat sweet alcohol finish might perturb some taste buds. Overall, a well made brew, but for my palate not a home run.

WCBCFrank, Oct 30, 2009
Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 1,594 ratings.