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

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.04%
Wants: 225
Gots: 55 | 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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1.83/5  rDev -51.1%
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-

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Michael from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
84 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.