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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

236 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 236
Reviews: 94
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 15.73%
Wants: 228
Gots: 56 | FT: 6
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:
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.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 10-17-2009)
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

t0rin0, Oct 10, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

spycow, Jan 12, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

zestar, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
2.68/5  rDev -28.5%
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.

Thorpe429, Dec 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

nmann08, Apr 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Texasfan549, Dec 22, 2013
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.

metter98, Apr 27, 2014
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

GRG1313, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

kjkinsey, Dec 22, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 10, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

much thanks to michael for sending me this namesake beer, i mean a michael sends a michael a michael, love it.

very nice. Rich looking light amber in color and a nice head of white across the top. Really quite well done I have to admit. The smell was huge, seriously this was a monster sour. Lots of apple vinegar and tart notes, hints of fruit ripping through the air and that deep funk that only comes from the best. As I take the first taste, my lips pucker and that rich sour flavor takes over everything .Really just well done here as a light try finish and a note of tart cherries rounded it out very, very well.

Overall a very solid beer

mikesgroove, Aug 03, 2011
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3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Jacob for breaking this one open.

This one is a gusher so be sure to have a glass in hand and be ready to pour.

A: The pour itself is amber in color with some floating yeast particles and a massive off-white head.

S: Certainly plenty of oak in the nose along with some pears, black cherry, and a subdued lactic tartness.

T: This one is not all that sour, especially for a Flanders Red. Some nice acidity and tannic oak character along with a really surprising fruitiness. I pick up pineapple, green apple, pears, and cherries.

M: The body is medium with a very high level of carbonation, but this works for these sour styles.

D: A pretty easy drinking beer, and I was interested to pick out the nuances of the beer. I wonder how this will get with age.

womencantsail, May 03, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Knapp85, Dec 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

SocalKicks, Apr 21, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arbitrator shared this a long while back. I scribbled down some notes and then apparently forgot about them. Pardon the lack of embellishment in the review, the beer isn't fresh in my mind.

Appearance: Reddish-amber with a frothy white head that clings nicely to the glass. Great clarity and color.

Smell: Cherries, strawberries, acetic acid, sherry and oak.

Taste/mouthfeel: Dark fruit with an acetic undercurrent. Sherry, oak, a little smoke. Mineral, somewhat metallic. A little maltiness. Brief finish.

A good first attempt at the style. I heard this was flat and suffered from poor mouthfeel when this first came out, but that wasn't the case with this bottle.

largadeer, Oct 12, 2010
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Kegatron, Apr 28, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Slatetank, Oct 27, 2014
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3.9/5  rDev +4%
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

MasterSki, Mar 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

oline73, Aug 13, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

mendvicdog, Aug 12, 2013
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5/5  rDev +33.3%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 25, 2011
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Michael from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
85 out of 100 based on 236 ratings.