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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

218 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 218
Reviews: 93
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16%
Wants: 225
Gots: 54 | 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:
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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moonknight31

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-23-2013 18:17:16 | More by moonknight31
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Morey

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

08-18-2013 00:10:51 | More by Morey
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yojimbo1

Kansas

3/5  rDev -20%

08-14-2013 04:40:17 | More by yojimbo1
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oline73

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-13-2013 02:25:42 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

08-12-2013 13:20:26 | More by mendvicdog
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duceswild

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

08-10-2013 03:45:56 | More by duceswild
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kojevergas

Texas

1.83/5  rDev -51.2%
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-

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2013 04:20:57 | More by kojevergas
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Smurf2055

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 20:19:55 | More by Smurf2055
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bishopdc0

Maine

2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 00:34:42 | More by bishopdc0
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chippo33

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

07-15-2013 19:44:32 | More by chippo33
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zestar

California

3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

07-09-2013 07:47:27 | More by zestar
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

07-07-2013 01:30:45 | More by GRG1313
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jvillefan

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

07-01-2013 15:38:53 | More by jvillefan
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2013 02:36:00 | More by Rutager
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drummermattie02

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

06-24-2013 11:36:23 | More by drummermattie02
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -53.3%

06-23-2013 14:11:01 | More by ShanePB
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hannydawg

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -40%

06-13-2013 02:39:02 | More by hannydawg
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emaciated

California

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

05-26-2013 04:04:10 | More by emaciated
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thebigredone

Wisconsin

2.98/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2013 13:49:01 | More by thebigredone
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Hugonaut13

Illinois

2/5  rDev -46.7%

05-19-2013 02:39:21 | More by Hugonaut13
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

4.04/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 05:56:21 | More by ThePorterSorter
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ajzy

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev 0%

05-14-2013 15:57:07 | More by ajzy
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maximum12

Minnesota

2.65/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 03:33:05 | More by maximum12
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cgentzkow

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-02-2013 17:56:04 | More by cgentzkow
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BAsbill

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%

05-01-2013 21:48:47 | More by BAsbill
Michael from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
85 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.