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

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MichaelMichael

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BA SCORE
85
very good

245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 226
Gots: 55 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Flanders Red Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-17-2009

Michael is a Flanders Red, made in memory of Michael Jackson. The Beer was Brewed in January of 2007, and aged in American oak and Sherry barrels since then. It is just over 6% alcohol, made with Organic Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts and fermented with a variety of yeast and bacteria.

Released November 2009 & Fall 2012.
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Ratings: 245 | Reviews: 95
Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.91/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Well this is officially the worst Flanders Red that I have ever sampled. Not malty like a Flanders Red should be. Not sour... heck, not even much of a light tartness. Tasting alot of oak barrel. Mouthfeel is watery and overall impression is bland and unwhelming. Sad that this beer is a tribute to such an awesome historical beer figure as Michael Jackson. Were you trying to insult the poor guy by brewing this beer? It was not much of a tribute. That is for sure.

Photo of Slatetank
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I appreciated my brother sharing this-enjoyed chilled from the bottle in a goblet.

The color is dark rust with light tan head with tiny bead and lace that sticks ok. The smell is strong fruity flemish type yeast ester with a fruity sour and light woody accent with nice dried stone fruit earthiness. The feel is very tart with medium carbonation and light woody texture with a dry feel and gently tangy soured fruit middle with mild alcohol in the feel as it becomes warming toward the end.

The flavor has dried fruit and mild cherry-like tanginess with slight burnt pie-crust flavor from the malt-vienna if I had to guess with slight nutty accent and mild medicinal element from the yeast with tangy flavors but not exactly extremely sour, mildly herbal and pithy type bitter flavor comes through in the dry finish. Overall I was glad I got to try this -a pretty decent flanders red with nice wild yeast character and dry quality with come complexity and mild alcohol presence with a gentle wood tannin in taste -recommended.

Photo of metter98
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy murky amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that completely dissipated.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, but seems to be more mellow and doesn't have any distinct characteristics.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not sure if this Flanders Red Ale is unblended, as it doesn't have that much complexity. It also seems to have more oak than sourness.

Note: 2012 vintage.

Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this at The Foodery in Northern Liberties in Philly. It cost a pretty penny so I'm hoping it's good.

A - Pours a deep copper colour with lot's of cloudiness. One finger of off white head and good carbonation. No lace, no retention.

S - Lovely aroma of tart cherry, plum, wood, sugar, some dustiness. Great mix of sweet and tart.

T - Quite tart, dusty, less of that cherry/fruity character. Sweet fruit and tart cherry coming out more. Clean and solid. Flavour started out confusing and muted slightly, but it develops well and becomes more tart and complex.

M - Good carbonation, fuller end of medium bodied, and a dusty sorta funky finish.

O/D - A confusing take on the Flemmish Red style. Quite tasty and complex with some odd notes, but overall a pretty tasty one. I think this was about $30 so I'm a bit confused on the hype/rarity, but I'm trying to enjoy it for what it is. What it is, is good.

Photo of jaasen64
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into HF stemmed fest glass. Thanks Michael (black13) for sending this to me.

A- Pours a dark ruby red with a slight orange hue to it, decent translucency for how dark it is, nice consistent carbonation (nice to see that for how many flat HotD beers I've had), slight white head forms that recedes to a wispy layer leaving some light layered lacing.

S- Distinct cherry smell, complex malt background, oak, and a bit of sherry. Not the best flanders I've smelled but I like the fruit presence balanced with the barrel presence, at first it seems fairly one-dimensional but there are a lot of nice subtle complexities.

T- Nice cherry presence balancing with a perfect amount of sherry that complements the cherry nicely, slight oak, nice malty backbone. Not tart at all like some flanders, nice fruit presence especially after having been aged about a year and half.

M- Medium bodied, very smooth, carbonation fairly light but perfect in my opinion, very drinkable- I could probably crush a couple bottles of this.

O- I had no idea how this was going to be going into it but I was actually fairly impressed. By no means did it blow me away or would I say it was my favorite Flanders but it was definitely a quality beer worth trying.

Photo of dirtylou
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz singler, from brewery

2012

I'll reiterate that this beer is horribly overpriced, though I was kind of forced into purchasing it via the anniversary pack. It's not particularly offensive, but its very weak for a flanders red. My bottle was actually nicely carbonated and had a lovely garnet body. Woody, muted tart cherry, vanilla, oak. Not something I would pony up for in the future.

Photo of kojevergas
1.89/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with stylish label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at Sunset Beer Co in Silverlake and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. It was expensive as hell; I think somewhere in the $15-20 range. Reviewed as a Flanders Red because it identifies as such. "Barrel aged & bottle conditioned." 2012 vintage. 6.2% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours no head whatsoever; all we get is a tiny beige floater ring that recedes within 15 seconds. Pathetic. Weak looking. Zero lacing.

Body colour is a dull murky caramel-brown. Dark, nontransparent, and only quasitranslucent towards the bottom of the glass. Not much to look at overall, but I'm optimistic. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nice oak and red wine (sherry when I look for it). Some mild sourness; lactobacillus is indicated by the clean clinical feel of it - it's certainly not the spontaneous wild character of something like lambic yeast and there's no funkiness. Some tartness. Maybe some green apple fruit esters. Malt is generic; this is dominated by the yeast. But the sourness and tartness are still disappointing for a sour/flanders red. The oak is the highlight here. Some tannins. Cherry. No hop character or alcohol is detectable. A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T: Strangely, there's some oak derived vanilla here, which doesn't fit in at all - and the overdone sweetness clashes with the light sour and tart notes. And light they are; it needs much more than that. Quite unevocative - even reticent. Green apple, licorice, cherry, raisin. Lacto yeast, sure, and some acetic character. Medicinal from the late second act through the finish; ugh. Even the oak isn't particularly enjoyable. Boy did I waste a lot of money on this one; this is one of the worst flavour profiles for a flanders red I've experienced in the last year or two. Vinegary. Malts are generic and add nothing of interest. Not gestalt - or even cohesive. This is an imbalanced mess with no subtlety whatsoever, nor any well-executed complexity. Poorly built for the style. Very disappointing.

Mf: All over the place. Texture coarsens and dries towards the finish, but is smoother and wetter up front. Thickness is a trainwreck, with a syrupy medicinal character throughout. Texture comes off artificial and doesn't feel good on the palate. Poor presence. Sticky. Undercarbonated; it might even approach watery. Not soft at all, but scratchy and also mushy like a wilted raisin. Strangely acidic for a beer which has such restrained sourness. Doesn't suit the style at all, nor does it complement the flavour profile well.

Dr: I got taken when I bought this; Hair of the Dog disappoints yet again. This is the worst value beer I've ever purchased; little quality for the buck. Just downright bad stuff. Even the mere 6.2% ABV is noticeable. Hard to drink. Definitely wouldn't touch this stuff again - even if it was free. I'm shocked at how poorly executed this is. Might well be the worst Flanders Red I've ever had the displeasure of drinking. Avoid.

Low D-

Photo of Smurf2055
4.12/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

09 Michael from a bottle at the brewery.

Pours ruby grapefruit with minimal head, some sediment.

Smell is very tart without off smelling, cherry and cranberry, acidic.

Taste is soapy, acidic, raspberry, full flavor aftertaste.

Above average. Good to try.

Photo of bishopdc0
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared a bottle with my wife, the beer is red but very cloudy. The nose is Brett funk seems somewhat unrefined. The beers tastes is unrefined, sweet malt with Brett funk, a very odd finish almost alcohol with a strange bitterness. This tastes like the first time I used Brett in a homebrew, a complete mess. Very unimpressed.

Photo of Rutager
2.9/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 bottle. $18.59 from Chuck's 85th st.

Appearance. Pours a very hazy orange amber. No head, very still ...fuck.

Smell. Cherries, sweet malt and lots of wood, fruity phenolic alcohol, and a bit of red wine vinegar.

Taste. Leather and sweet malts, cherry and tannic wood, partially fermented dark fruits.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, slightly sticky, next to nothing for carbonation. Again, fuck.

Overall. Never again, HOTD. I think I have one or two more of your beers in the cellar, but after that I'm done. Between this and the recent batch of flat Doggie Claws, I feel completely ripped off paying such stupid amounts of money for flat (or virtually flat) beer. Too bad since Matt was one of the better beers I've had. Oh well, there are plenty of consistent great beers out there to spend my hard earned cash on.

Photo of thebigredone
2.97/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jjheinrichs for sharing,

The pour from the bottle produces an incredibly ugly looking beer, opaquely cloudy and reminiscent of unpasteurized apple cider.

The nose reminds you that this is a beer, smells like your typical Flander's, but a bit lighter.

Taste is decent, a little vinegar, tartness, some fruit, and a bit of oak. Fairly light on the flavors.

Overall, a subpar beer from HOTD. With their quality issues, who knows if this beer was actually supposed to taste like this. Not something I would have an interest in trying again.

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks trxxpaxxs for sharing

The beer pours a rusty brown color with a very loose off-white head that fades without lacing. The nose is pit fruity, floral, slightly vinous, with very little alcohol.4 The taste is definitely fruity and sweet upfront, consistent with the nose, followed by a faintly woody finish. There is not nearly enough oak or dryness. I'm assuming it would probably dry out/become more complex with a bit of age, which would make the mouthfeel quite supreme. This is a delicious Flanders, a bit too sweet, but with lots if subtle fruit flavor and great potential.

Photo of maximum12
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to bfg75 for procuring a few HoTD bottles for me; this is the last survivor of that fine trade. I tip my cap to him, the bottle, as I pop it open. 12 oz. bottle from the 2012 batch split with my wife, who loved the last Flanders we had.

Faint hiss on the pop, & only nine microscopic bubbles greet the eye on the pour. Swirling raises no further breathe of air/liquid interaction. It is a very nice color of copper cut with mud. Nose is dominated by sherry & cherry, with a faint zing of vinegar.

Michael suffers from a lack of that thing most beer has: carbonation. What flavors exist fall flat as stale potato chips or dried Twizzlers. Sherry, muddled fruits, & a heavy hand of yeastiness. Drying oak wanders, shot through with cellar must. Sort of tart. Six ounces is more than enough; I'd have been fine with three.

Hair of the Doggie has been hit or miss for me, & this is a whiff. Flat, not very flavorful, & expensive. 0-3. Doesn't even touch mediocre, not a good beer.

Photo of stakem
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Batch 1 from 2009 poured into a matching HOTD tulip. The brew appears a hazed orange color with yellow around the edges. A frothy khaki colored head sits atop with solid, perfect retention and patchy lace that paints the glassware.

The aroma starts off wild with cheese and vanilla oak. Some fruit mildly like cherry imparts some medicinal aspect to the overall smell. However, it remains very enjoyable smelling with perhaps a bit too much focus on the barrel aging.

The flavor opens up with a bit of a tang. A lot of barrel character is like raw wood and almost too much vanilla for the style. A mild astringency ia present, mildly herbal to medicinal flavoring towards the finish.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. So smooth and easy drinking. I felt it is missing some vinegar and more sour cherry notes indicative of the style but collectively its pretty nice. Maybe just a bit too much focus on barrel character but this was a nice brew that I wouldnt mind having more of.

Photo of Magnus23
4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A big take on a Flanders Red. I was a little suspect of how this would work, but I am happily surprised. Another delicious beer from Hair of the Dog. Big fruit and a little funkiness and souring. Also can taste the alcohol, but not overwhelming for a beer of its strength. Goes very nicely with a cheese plate or even a good stew. Warming, comforting and at the same time very fresh tasting.

Photo of tectactoe
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Murky copper color on the pour, not as much red as I would have guessed; only a mild translucency at the very edges. A small, grey-tinted head bubbles up and quickly settles to a ring around the glass.

Aroma contains a touch of sourness; tart cherry, sour apple, lactic, acidic and very vinegar-like with very, very mild vinous notes in the end - juicy grapes and mild alcoholic character. Oak notes are pretty heavy in this one, too. I'm sensing a bit of funk, but I'm not sure if there's actually brett in this, or if my mind is just playing tricks on me. But seriously, there's a very mild funk in here somewhere, I can smell it, dammit! The tartness leads into a finishing, fruity sweetness.

Michael isn't as sour on the palate as it was on the nose, but it still delivers a handful of fruity goodness; apples, cherries, grapes. Lots of vinous notes popping out now with a mellow booziness that remains smooth and laid back throughout the duration of the sip. Pretty creamy on the mouth, which I definitely wasn't expecting. The wine notes get stronger as this one goes on; the oak booms halfway in and leads strong into the aftertaste; lots of wet wood and a mild funk that makes its way back again. The finish is vinous with sweet grapes and cherries, a touch of alcohol, and lots of oak barrel. Medium carbonation, thin-medium body with a lightly creamy mouth feel.

It would've been a little better had it been slightly more tart, but it was still pretty damn good. Easily drinkable and refreshing, I'm not sure how old this one was, but I think it had some age on it. Nice wine-like characteristics and a big contribution from the oak barrel.

Photo of MasterSki
3.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by ChrisPro. Served in a snifter. This was the 2009 batch I believe.

A - Off-white foam settles to wisps, a thick collar, and little else. Murky orange body.

S - Cherry vinegar, oak, a hint of dill, some lactic notes. There's a hint of funk that gives this a mild musky note to it, but this is largely an acidic, sour beer.

T - The taste has a bit more residual malt sweetness. Lots of wet oak, hint of leather and tobacco, sweet tarts, lactic sourness, and less overt vinegar. Finish is slightly vegetal.

M - Dry, medium body, with well-hidden alcohol. Medium carbonation - this eventually developed bubbles, as I remember it being flat out of the gate.

D - A bit more oak and acetic than I like more Flanders beers, but miles better than it was on release. Alan's beers are built to age and this was no exception. Enjoyable at this stage, but still only a good take on the style. I'd drink it again

Photo of Gobzilla
4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt brownish orange with reddish highlights and a thin bubbly head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass. Plenty of sweet fruity aromas upfront on the nose consisting of cherries, dark fruit with a little vinous character, subtle vinegar, good acidicy and nice oaky wood presence. The dark fruit were more apparent on the palate with great cherry fruit accents, vinous barrel character, oaky wood notes with plenty of acidicy, lingering vanilla and a touch of brown sugar. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a fruity, acidic, semi sweet, oaky, mild vinegary and tart finish. Good lookin out beezler on this bottle, drank good and was solid all around.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Michael 2012: on tap at the brewery. Mix of 07, 8, 9. In small wine like glass.

Pours a pretty amber red color with just a slight ring of white head, bubbles rising to the top. 4.5

Smell is nice, but subtler than most sour beers of this age. Has some ripe cherry notes that have a simple blanket of pulpy wood surrounding it. Just a flutter of funk in there, sort of in a fruity vibe. 3.75

Taste is much bigger than the nose, it has huge flavors of tart cherry, madagascar bourbon vanilla flavors, and a straw lemony malt that almost reminds me of a saison, very interesting. Not a lot of sweetness and less fruity Brett than expected, but it does have a nice funk. Theres a clear spice rye or grain taste in the middle that is unique. 4

Mouthfeel is nice. Spritzer carbonation and light medium feel, leaves some bitters on the tongue. 3.75

Overall a good beer but not amazing compared to other beers in the style. 4

Photo of DaveAnderson
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle purchased at the November 2012 dock sale.

Pours a hazy butterscotch with almost no head. This one is nearly flat. It's no matter, because it smells pretty good. Right up front is oak and vinegar, plus something a little farty. I detect a little caramel note in there, too, and maybe some overripe fruit.

It's fairly nice on the tongue, although the bitterness detracts from it. It has a nice sour punch, and the wood gives it a welcome roundness. It's surprisingly juicy.

The lack of carbonation hurts overall enjoyment and drinkability. I know this may have improved if I had aged it, but I am getting weary of breweries releasing beers that are not ready to drink straightaway. If it's not ready, don't sell it, guys.

Photo of rlee1390
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear deep ruby, not much head or carbonation.

S-Oak, funk, darker fruits, plums, cherries and some brown sugar.

T-Oak, funk with a nice sour notes. Followed by a bit of cherries and plum/darker fruits.

M-Medium bodied but NO carbonation. The complete lack of carbonation is a major draw back.

O-It was a good beer, but the lack of carbonation really hurt how good this beer could have been.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. Thanks to FalconA for sharing! 2012 release.

A: Pours a reddish/brown/orange color with a few bubbles forming initially, but are gone very quickly. No real head or lacing.

S: A little bit of dark fruit, some cherry, and oak.

T: The oak was rather prominent, a bit of vanilla mixed in with the tart fruits. Slight musty flavor and a bit of caramel.

M: Extremely low carbonation, bordering on flat.

O: A bit of a letdown. Flavor was ok, not as assertive or tart as I was hoping. The lack of carbonation was what really killed it for me though.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a clear, dark reddish, almost purple color. Browning slightly on the edges. Essentially no head, only some large white bubbles. Looks absent of carbonation.

S: A sour, acetic character with strong barrel characteristics (lots of oak). Cherry and dark fruits.

T: Overly oaky and vanilla, tannic and kind of flabby. Mildly sour with just a touch of fruit.

M: Medium body and essentially flat.

O: Over oaked. A little restraint with the barrel and more carbonation would improve this substantially.

Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a medium amber with just a ring of head. Really, there is very little carbonation here.

S: Sour cherries, light acetic acid, plum, brown sugar, and caramel. This is very complex and nicely balanced.

T: Balanced sweetness and sourness. I get a nice brown sugar, plum, and prune sweetness along with a sour cherry, slightly acetic sourness. This beer is perfectly balanced and nicely complex.

M: Medium to thick mouthfeel with low carbonation.

O: The balance is key here - I cannot stand when this style is overly acetic or overly sweet. Rarely do I find one this well balanced. I'm very impressed - this is much better than past vintages I've had.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Aaron for this one. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip. Nose is pretty nice with a good level of acidity plus some baking oak and a fruit component. There’s some cherry along with mild dark fruits. Flavor ha the acidity and fruit down, but there’s way too much barrel character, as the tannins are nearly overpowering. Light-medium body.

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Michael from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
85 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.