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

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Little Dog
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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 4
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
English Bitter |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An experimental beer, moderately hopped and low alcohol. First made from second runnings of Doggie Claws 2010; subsequent releases of Fred or Adam second runnings.

(Beer added by: djbreezy on 09-19-2010)
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Reviews by oregone:
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3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Clarification; These are not the Doggie Claws runnings. Sampled two different Little Dogs: Adam and Fred. Little Dog is a catch-all for whatever batch Alan is brewing and they carry the original brew name after. I.E: Little Dog Adam.
Reviews here are averaged and the two beers are very distinctly different. Adam has the smoked malt playing lead while Fred actually shows some upfront hop character (no bitterness) to run with the malt. Both, however different, were excellent brews.
Sessionable to the extreme, but great beers to boot.

oregone, Feb 23, 2011
More User Reviews:
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

chickenm, Nov 03, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried at the taproom in Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy, very pale straw hue, with two fingers of foamy white head, which leaves some nice layered painted lace around the glass as it settles. It smells of white cracker grain, lemon, and grassy hops. The taste is quite in line with the nose - crisp grainy malt, zippy lemon, and earthy, grassy hops. The carbonation is moderate, the body light, but nowhere near thin, and nicely smooth. It finishes hoppy and edgy.

Seems more like a veritable Continental pils, and a good one at that. The lower booze (to no apparent detriment) provides a nice offset to the other higher octane offerings from this brewery.

biboergosum, Jul 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

seanthornton152, Nov 16, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

twowheelssoar, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Ace1117
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Ace1117, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip glass. Half finger of head on a cloudy, medium straw colored body.
It smells like wet grain and hay, in the best possible way.
The taste is nice: wet grain and mild bitterness.
Fizzy texture with moderate carbonation and medium body.
Pretty good flavor and drinkable.

Fatehunter, Dec 29, 2012
Photo of jason_nwx
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jason_nwx, Apr 22, 2014
Photo of oso
3/5  rDev -15.5%

oso, May 19, 2014
Photo of KDawg
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had at the tap room. Poured from tap into a pint glass. Pours a great amber color with a real good head.

Well balanced and classic bitter notes of toffee, caramel, malts and some biscuits. Very nice depth considering the abv.

Very good feel, but lacking some depth on the flavors of malts, toffee, and caramel.

It's shocking how much flavor is brought at 3.2%. Seriously, it's a massive achievement and this is just a real good beer on the whole. This is a picture perfect session brew.

KDawg, Jun 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of smakawhat
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A borderline see-through to opaque gold yellow color, with a white head. Bouquet consisted of an almost ashy smoke characteristic, with hints very faintly of apricot.

Kind of a weak taste in the palate but a surprisingly chewy mouthfeel for such weakness.

Little Dog in many ways has similar characteristics (I felt) to Greg in that is seems to have a crispness like a white wine.

smakawhat, Oct 10, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

foxyaardvark27, Mar 09, 2013
Photo of DrBier
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

DrBier, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of cbarrett4
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass during Portland Mighty Mites small beer festival~

Seems the other reviewers had growler sealing problems... Poured with the same hazy gold hue but with decent head that quickly dissipates leaving a nice bit of lacing. Very pilsner-like aromatics. Focus is on the yeast and malts, very light and fresh aroma. Palate is clean and simple. More emphasis on the lager-like flavors. Finish is short and simple.

Overall a very good session beer and one that I enjoyed. It's not the greatest beer in this style, but it's a nice effort.

(Also posted this review under Little Dog - Fred since many people here are reviewing the Fred and Adam Little Dog under this umbrella)

cbarrett4, Aug 28, 2011
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

tehmogue, Mar 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 10, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BrewtalHonesty, Aug 29, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

CaptainQ, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of vkv822
2.95/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. tulip snifter on tap at the tasting room.
from notes.

Arrives in a HotD snifter, burnt orange body with lighter orange edges, slightly hazy and a quite thin white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is of light citric hops and a biscuity malt backing.

The taste is a lot more balanced then the nose, but follows the same profile.

Fairly low carbonation, near flat. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, but the low carbonation gives the impression of a more watery body.

A decent beer, but in my opinion not quite as enjoyable as the other Little Dog offerings I have tried.

vkv822, Nov 27, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

T_Hass, Dec 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

KevMo84, May 31, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

kamikazeokami, May 18, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
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Little Dog from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.