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

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Reviews: 852
Hads: 1,729
Avg: 4.09
pDev: 11.98%
Wants: 380
Gots: 305 | FT: 19
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-13-1998

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.
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Reviews: 852 | Hads: 1,729
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours dark golden with a frothy two finger head which lingers, and lingers, and lingers. The head leaves very heavy lacing on the side of the glass as it slowly dies. The white head almost looks like white cotton candy. Miniscule bubbles travel up the glass.

S: Smells like a sweetish nectar with coriander. The aroma of alcohol is present with a hint of ripened banana and honey.

T: Sweet, alcoholic, slightly bitter, a slight bight near the finish. Slightly fruity. Malty backbone that's nicely balanced by the hops. This tastes like a strong golden ale, not sure why it's called a Barley Wine on this site.

M: The beer has a not unpleasant sticky quality to it which coats the mouth and lips. Perfect carbonation and slightly creamy.

D: Very enjoyable and drinkable for a strong golden ale (barley wine, whatever).

Batch 1:

Consumed on 11/09/2009 with largadeer and poured into a snifter. Looking at my prior review I'm rather embarrassed at how bad it is. I really don't feel like writing a full review at this time so brief notes will have to suffice. The beer opened with a light "pop." Despite being nearly 13 years old, this barleywine has aged gracefully. The hops have essentially disappeared, leaving rich caramel and toffee, as well as complimentary oxidation. This is the oldest barleywine that I've had and I can't believe how well it held up. Layers and layers of caramel and toffee. Delicious.

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Photo of Wildman
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Okay, as is usually the case with this brewer, this beer foamed up like nobody's business no matter which method of pouring or glass style. It poured a light clear amber color with a huge off white foamy head that left latticed lace as it slowly began it's stubborn depature. A medium amount of carbonation is present, surprising, considering the amount of head I would had expected more. An aroma of malt, caramel and alcohol. A flavor of malt, caramel and alcohol with other sweet dark fruit flavors floating around. A medium body and a slightly sweet, yet somewhat bitter finish. A Belgian triple with barley wine elements. A good beer.

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Photo of HiroProtagonist
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed while drinking...Batch#51. Pours (into a Duvel tulip) with a rapidly expanding voluminous light tan head. Larger bubbles below and a fine self-stadnding foamy crown rising an inch above the rim. This settles down slowly over several minutes. Rings of clingy lacing remain with a large foam poof on one side. Color is hazy orange with a red hue. Smells lightly spicy (coriander? orange-citrus?), with nice hoppiness, and subtle maltiness and sweet candy sugar. Taste is very interesting, complex, and WELL balanced with a driving hoppiness holding it together. A tad sweet, but not exactly malty, and a sublte dried fruit undertone. A hint of warming alcohol at the end. Flavors carry on the palate for a good length of time. Mouthfeel is full, smooth and enveloping- excellent. This one grabs me the right way! Midway through consumption the head settles into a 3 millimeter blanket and stays that way. I like this one very much- along with Hair of the Dog's "Adam". YUM.

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Photo of willjschmidt
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (batch #65) into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Pours a deep reddish orange color with a decent white head. A thick layer of sediment stays in the bottle.

S: Quite a bit of alcohol in the nose along with a big blast of tropical fruit.

T: Lots of semi-sweet fruity hops mixed with some floral accents. A large malt presence in the form of some grainy caramel. A big and tasty brew with lots of bold and in your face flavors. Not as much alcohol as I expected.

M: Very thick and chewy mouthfeel. Low carbonation due to the full bodied aspect.

D: It's actually quite drinkable for such a big and alcoholic beer. It's a sipper and it's really an excellent beer.

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Photo of rye726
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have wanted to try Hair of the Dog's beer for a while. This brew pours a nice copper brown and has a silky tan head. Excellent lacing. The nose is quite sweet yet well balanced with floral hops and spicy Belgian yeasts. The taste has tropical fruits, candy malts, sweet complex alcohols with a constant fruity hop presence. Delicious. The full body passes like silk over the palate. Nice blend of a Belgian Strong Ale and a Barleywine.

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Photo of buzzardman
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Sweet malt, brown sugar, fig.

Appearance: Hazy dark amber, nice two finger off white head that settles to a covering.

Flavor: Sweet malt, brown sugar, raisin, fig, bitter hops. Very much like an america style barleywine with the amount of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Full body in but not quite heavy, Syrupy but not thick, some alcohol warming.

Overall: Good beer, would buy again. Maybe age some for a year and see where the flavors go. $5.99 for 12 floz

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Photo of Lunch
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 12oz. bottle purchased at Shangy's in Emmaus, PA into my Cigar City snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/02/10).

A: Pours an slightly hazy oily caramel color with a one finger off-white head. The head dissolves rather quickly leaving only a cap, but it produces some nice lacing.

S: Wonderful aroma of caramel, toffee, and candied citrus blanketed in a tone of sweet booze. Malt certainly dominated the nose, but there is a very strong hop aroma as well containing some pine.

T: Caramel hits the palate first leaving some sugary layers of citrus and pine to meld into a malty concoction like no other I have tasted. The booze is slightly present throughout, but never in an overpowering way. The hops are slightly bitter with some tones of nectar and help to balance out this malt bomb. Very unique and pleasing.

M: Fuller-bodied with smooth and creamy carbonation. The alcohol is present leaving a prickling feel on the tongue in collaboration with the piney hops.

D: For the style, this American Barleywine is incredible drinkable even with the detection of booze in each sip. This beer drinks much less than its 10% abv. and mouthfeel lead one to believe.

Overall this was my first beer from Hair of the Dog and I have been singing their praises ever since. Very impressive American Barleywine with a lot of uniqueness and character. Highly Recommended

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 12 oz. brown bottle (Batch #69) into a pint glass to produce a 1-1/2" head of off-white foam. Good retainage and lots of clumpy lacing. The beer was honey colored and slightly cloudy.

The smell was of fresh, ripe fruit.

Taste: Very interesting.... not what I was expecting from the aroma. Quite a strong, bready, rye taste with some serious hop bitterness. Different, but very good.

Mouthfeel: Nice, rich, thick and medium carbonation. Fantastic mouth coating and aftertaste.

Drinkability: Definately a sipper. Let it get up to cellar temp. Cold mutes the intense flavors of this big beer. Enjoy at 50-55 degrees F. Recommended. Not your average Barleywine.

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Photo of olmatty
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 76

Appearance- Pours a deep, cloudy, brown amber with a puffy white head

Smell- Earthy woodiness and hints of biscuit

Taste- Woody, earthy, a citrus zing, dry biscuits, brandy alcohol

Mouthfeel- Crisply carbonated, refreshing and yet powerful and palate filling.

Drinkability- I could happily drink many, but I'd probably pass out from 10% ABV.

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Photo of popery
4.5/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, home. Pours a big coppery amber with a small white cap. It looks a bit like brandy. Lots of caramel malt sweetness and big American hops in the aroma. There's a great spicy rye note in the flavor, along with honey and sweet grapes. Rich but not cloying. There's a bitter citrus rind finish, at least in a relatively fresh bottle. I think the feel improves as the beer sits.

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Photo of StonyB
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A quiet afternoon at d.b.a. gives me the opportunity to try this beer I've heard much about. Let's see if the experience matches the hype...

Appearance - Very appealing. A hazy dark gold. Sediment and carbonation swirl gracefully toward the bright white half-finger of foam. That's not lacing, that's paint. Impressive.

Smell - Slap me in the mouth and call me Susie. A powerful blast of honey and alcohol. Is this mead? Floral hops evident as well. Pungent.

Taste - Ok, this is pretty damn good. Honey, rum cake, tropical fruit, warming alcohol. The phrase "liquid bread" comes to mind. Sweet, but enough hop bitterness to balance this out. Yum.

Mouthfeel - A nice amount of carbonation, somewhat crisp up front. Thick-bodied and quite creamy after that. Lingering alcohol and hops at the end, and that's a good thing...

Drinkability - Yes, it's 10% ABV. Yes, it goes down ridiculously easily. Yes, each sip seems to get better. I'd hate myself in the morning, but I could see myself wanting more than 1 or 2 of these.

Ok hype, you win this time. Fred rocks. Highly recommended.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch number 60. This brew pours a hazy reddish-brown color. The head was enormously huge, and billowy. It is the most beautiful head I have ever seen. The aroma is rather balanced for a barley wine. Hoppy and malty, but leaning more towards the piney hops. The taste is big. Hops are dominant, but there are also caramel and alcohol flavors. The mouthfeel is full bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a great barley wine. It is hoppy, but far more balanced than others I have had.

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Photo of Oakenator
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brownish to orange in color - really nice head at pour. Leaves a nice layer on top throughout consumption. Not much lacing (but not expected at this %). Some sediment.

S: Sweet, malts, some hops, sweet.

T: Sweet - Belgian candi sugar present in a big way. The hops age nicely on this one - it is a couple of years old.

M: Good body. Decently heavy as expected at 10%. Bite up front and lingering sugars on the back.

O: Very well done. Like what these guys are doing with beers that will stand the test of time.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #1
A- Thin cream light tan head on a murky amber brown body.
S- Sweet complex caramel and toffee malt blended in with soft alcohol. Hints of dark fruits, chocolate, a tiny cherry, and just a bit of dry grass. All blended very nicley and all seems blended together.
T- Sweet caramel and chocolate malts. They come off very nicley with a strong bitterness behind it. Alcohol is like a thin blanket laying over a bed a caramel and chocolate and the bitterness is the springs of the mattress. Just a hint or two of some cherries with a light grass or straw flavor to it too. Light earthy tones make their way through. Everything seems to fit perfectly with one another. Light toffee in the aftertaste with a big warming from the alcohol in the back of throat. Maybe a tad to harsh on the back of the throat instead of a gently soothing alcohol warmth. Leaves a nice size bitterness on mid tongue.
M- Full body with really low carbonation. Silk and just a little oily body. Has almost a creamy feel to it.
D- I think this is one great beer. Worth the price I paid for it? Maybe not but I am glad I can say I tried it. IMO it is getting really close to it's peak but maybe could last a year or two longer. I would like to try one from about 6 years ago to compare it though.

Batch 59 (from about October 2006, the scoring is for batch 1)
A- Huge off white/tan head. Cloudy darker amber body. Great head retention! As it goes down it sticks to side of the glass.
S- Some darker fruits with alcohol. Some malt body, and some sweeter hops. Smells pretty sweet. Some earthy tones also.
T- Some darker fruits like plums and maybe hint of raisons and cherrys come out up front. They fade off making way for some alcohol taste and a nice malt body. Earthy tones also come out. A light bitterness comes throughout the beer and lingers in the after taste along with the fruits. Its a dry bitterness from a grassy hop. Maybe some light vanilla flavors also. Some citrus flavors also come through. Also maybe some spice is also thrown in here.
M- Low carbonation and a medium to full body.
D- It is pretty darn good. It is a sipper. I'm glad I got to try this and if it was available I would buy some but not all the time. It's a beer that would suit better if your craving a barley wine. I would also prefer just a tad bigger body to go with the strong flavors.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from spdyfire86. Thanks for the brews man!

From a bottle into a snifter.

APPEARANCE: Pours a huge, 3+ finger, medium looking, fluffy, white head with great retention. Hazy gamboge orange with higher levels of carbonation evident. Head just won’t quit, but eventually fades to a foam cap leaving chunks of lacing on the glass. A foamy wisp remains until the end and leaves lots of bubbly lacing.

SMELL: Big yeasty and fruity nose. Toasted and grainy pilsner malts with green fruits. Apples and pears mostly. Some caramel and spicy yeast notes as well. Reminds me much of a triple or Belgian strong pale.

TASTE: This is great. Toasted malts and some grainy pilsner malts, green fruits and sweet caramel up front. Apples, pears and sweet candy sugar. Spicy yeast notes as well, with pepper and coriander in there, and then a nice dose of floral hop bitterness at the swallow. Bold and lingering aftertaste is bitter, with floral and citrus orange flavors, some caramel and candy sweetness, as well as a touch of spicy yeast. Just a hint of alcohol underlines the whole story. Very complex, and everything is in the right spot. This was nutty good.

PALATE: Medium body and higher levels of carbonation. Light on the palate though creamy enough, goes down fine with a touch of heat and finishes mouth-coating.

OVERALL: Flavor overload. I loved this beer. It reminded me of a strong Belgian pale ale with a bigger hop profile. Granted, the feel was a little lighter than I prefer, but that is a minor complaint. So much goodness was going on here; sweet, bitter, spicy, and a touch of booze to boot. One I’m glad to have tried and I’d love to have on a regular basis. Hair of the Dog just keeps impressing. Thanks again for flying this one over spdyfire. Highly recommended.

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Photo of busternuggz
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle (batch 79) into a plastic disposable cup in a Super 8 Motel. It's so good it doesn't matter, I'm reviewing it anyway.

Nice, clear, resplendent brass/amber color with a 1/4" yellowish-off white head. Has decent retention but resides to a thin film. Leaves spotty lacing.

Delicious rich smells of toffee, kumquats, maple syrup, some other tropical fruits-peach, papaya? A touch of caramelized sugar. A little floral hint comes out as it warms. Decadent, sweet, and very inviting nose.

More richness on the palate, with layered notes of light caramel and toffee, maple syrup, sweet fruits- like the best can of mixed tropical fruit in heavy syrup ever made, a touch of oakiness on the finish. Some sweet concentrated orange juice comes out when it warms a bit. Very sweet but complex and balanced just right with hops, which give just a little bite of bitterness on the aftertaste that mingles nicely with the syrupy-fruity notes.

Very nice texture, thick but supple at the same time. Coats the tongue for a few seconds after swallowing and fades gracefully.

Insanely drinkable for a barleywine. So well balanced and engaging. I normally have trouble drinking more than 6 or 8 ounces or so of a barleywine but I went through this one quick, and I wouldn't mind having another one.

Very well made beer, just amazing. Definitely my favorite barleywine.

Edit: I guess they're calling it an American Strong Ale now. Whatever it is it's really good.

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Photo of Onefootlarry
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I continue to go back to this beer any chance I can get. It's got a great mouth feel, perfect blend of malt and hops, with a 10% kick in the end. I prefer it a little more on the room temperature side.

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Photo of DanOLeary
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Sweet orange peel with a melanoidin malt backbone. Citrus hop aromatics lie behind the malt with hints of dark frut also lingering. The aroma is very rich with the orange presence becoming stronger as the beer warms.

Appearance: With a slow pour down the side of the glass the beer forms a massive billowy white head. I had to wait to pour the entire bottle. The beer is the color of diluted amber with a slight yeast haze.

Flavor: Initial blast of an alcoholic and warming flavor of dark fruit. Not hot. Rich malt complexity of fresh white bread, caramel, nougat, and toffee. Finishes with an alcoholic bite.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with medium carbonation. Not as much carbonation as expected considering the massive head. Clean on the pallet but with a slightly sticky lingering presence.

Overall: I was a bit disappointed in the fact that I couldn't even pour the entire beer at once, because of the bottle conditioning I wanted to leave the yeast behind but with multiple tips of the bottle I was sure to stir some up. Otherwise an excellent and complex, nicely sipping, warming ale. Great malt and citric complexities from the nose to the mouth.

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Photo of jdense
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 79 poured into St. Bernadus chalice 5.13.10. I've had numerous vintages the last several years and somehow forgot to post a review of the bottled version.

Hard pour results in one finger white head fairly quick dissipation leaves a thin film of head on top of body. Light amber body some visible carbonation. Other-worldly nose, a bit sweetish, caramel, molasses, a bit of smoke, very complex hop profile, not too bitter, more floral than grassy, great smelling beer. Taste is crazy good, sweet like a barleywine, brown sugar, very hoppy in a good balanced way, fairly dry finish, should pick up a bit more character after aging. Sticky mouthfeel, good effervescence, which will be a surprise to those who erroneously believe HOTD beers are under-carbonated. Pretty drinkable for this ABV. While this youngish Fred lacks the character of older batches (the #2 from hannont's Fredfest tasting was other-worldly, thanks Sean) this is IMO one of the world's best beers, my personal favorite. Another amazing Alan Sprints offering. Truly exceptional.

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Photo of RustyDiamond
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 46, bottled on 12-12-02

Poured very slowly into my SF Strong Beer goblet. Striking deep chestnut red with a frothy perfect 2 fingered near-white head. Gorgeous when held to the sunshine.
Aroma of fig, sweet molasses, prune with a lick of phenol.
Plumy raisin taste, with a nice malty and somewhat hop flavor. Very warming, complex and delightfully drinkable. A tad of soy sauce and maple syrup but not too much to really notice.
I have been enjoying Fred throughout the years, and was surprised to learn I hadn't reviewed him yet.

Obviously, I'm a fan of aging this beer! I think I may have purchased Fred in Park City or from Plumb Jack in San Francisco during visits in the Spring of 2003.

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Photo of inflatablechair
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Batch 71

Not sure when this was bottled, as the website only goes to batch 49. I think I bought it at the Earth Day Dock Sale in 2007, but I could be way off.

Appearance: Beautiful! Tawny colored liquid with a substantial head that fades, but leaves some lacing.

Aroma: Quite faint, but what little is there is all malt, with a heavy leaning to the caramel side of maltiness. Really no hop presence at all. Maybe a little fruity esters and solventy alcohols. Edit: becomes less faint as the beer warms.

Taste: Fantastic! A little bit of everything. The slightest bit of tartness gives the impression of golden raisins. A little alcohol shows through, then a slight balancing hop bitterness, and finally a caramel sweet finish right before it goes down the hatch. Really complex and good.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: A pleasantly full mouthfeel with medium to low carbonation. I could sip on this for hours. Overall a great beer, and one that has held up beautifully. I'd say it has improved, even though I do like the hop profile that this beer starts with. Really, really good.

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Photo of Falcon91Wolvrn03
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 78

Let this one warm to near room temp. It will improve considerably.

Appearance – A cloudy golden amber color with a huge head. Lots of sediment. Excellent lacing.

Smell – Honey, citrus, malt, and sweet dried fruit. There’s a nice spicy scent, but I don’t know what spice it is.

Taste – Honey dominates the taste, with lots of malt, hops, and a hint of citrus. There’s also that spice I can’t place that’s really good.

Mouthfeel – Very thick and creamy; maybe too creamy for the style, but it's interesting. The alcohol is incredibly subdued. I would have guessed this be 6% rather than 10% (although if you sip on the huge head, you may notice the alcohol!)

Drinkability – Amazingly drinkable for a 10%abv beer. Another great beer from Hair of the Dog; I’m officially a fan.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to FosterJM for this one!

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at cellar temperature.

L - Medium amber color, slightly hazy from bottle conditioning yeast, with an incredible 4-finger bubbly, pillowy white head. I had to pour and stop multiple times just to get enough beer into my glass; it was nearly all head at first! Amazing retention, great lacing, nice amount of carbonation bubbles. This may be the best head on a beer I’ve ever seen to this point.

S - Sweet caramel malt and candied sugar, noticeable rye spiciness, and a solid presence of the telltale West Coast citrus and tropical fruit hops. Maybe a tinge of alcohol, but that also may be the rye spice blending with the fruity and sugary sweetness. Smells nice and well-balanced.

T - Starts off sugary and caramel sweet, then the building hop bitterness catches up with grapefruit, pineapple, and peach notes, along with a definite rye spiciness. A little bit of alcohol noticeable.

F - Medium-bodied, a little bit of carbonation, very creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and dry finish. Every taste (sweetness, spice, bitterness, and dryness) lingers for a great amount of time. Also, a pleasant throat-warming feeling from the alcohol.

O - This was a deliciously drinkable sipper of a beer. One of the best looking beers I’ve ever seen, with a complex aroma and taste. There’s lots of different flavors here but they all go together extremely well. Great creamy mouthfeel as well. This was my first “strong ale” but I can tell that this must be one of the best. Extremely glad I was able to try this beer.

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4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #82

Copper hued golden, head of cumulus clouds.

Aroma is a doubletake, cause it smells like a Belgian quad.

Mild white vinousness, confectionary in the front, floral ideas, tremors of springtime meadows, walnuts and brazil nuts, these things all flash before giving way to the sheer weight of the malts, and the sweet sourdough theme steers the ship from there. Fred's a thinker and a heavyweight to be sure, but altogether a sunny disposition. Kept in tow by a slightly astringent and grassy hop profile that is totally unique, and works amazingly.

Lush and lightened by CO2 in the mouth, yet thick and a little slick, this approaches perfecton per mouthfeel for fitting the beer.

Drinkability is way high, per style. This is fresh and superbly drinkable today, I'm going to load up a few for the trip back home to lay down a couple years or so.

Glad I finally had the chance to have this and others from HOTD.

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Photo of Goliath
4.53/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful amber color with a perfect white creamy head sitting on top. Great retention and some nice small bubble lace.

Aroma has some remarkable profiles. A citrus, as well as floral hops. A little boozy and a touch of spice.

Wow, was not expecting that. A floral yet grassy hop shows up but takes a back seat to a stronger malt profile. A sweet caramel also present. Alcohol is hidden pretty well.

Mouthfeel is full bodied with a gentle carbonation. Body is thick but very creamy and smooth.

Drinkability is moderate. Nice flavors, and incredible mouthfeel. Alcohol is on the high side though. Easy to consume, but in limited quantities.

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 852 ratings.