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

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81
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58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 15.25%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Phobicsquirrel, Oct 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

kbrown, Aug 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

moonknight31, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

billab914, Jul 18, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

Rand_ale_Thor, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.98/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm afraid I can't pinpoint which batch this Little Dog was the second runnings of (best guess Fred, if any) - it was advertised as simply "Little Dog" on the HOTD tap room menu, an "English mild ale, tasty and drinkable, 3.2%"

A: light-golden bread crust, fairly clear, nice glow.... not much foam or lace to speak of

S: mellow-moderate sugar-sweet cereal aromas.... very mild mineral quality and woody/grassy hops

T: they called it "moderately hopped" and I wouldn't disagree - hoppy-bitter more than I'd expected.... soft, almost doughy, biscuity, cereal-malty, bold-toasty malt constitutes its backbone... hardly mild in flavor... one could tell the alcohol is lacking though, extremely mild fruity ester in the background, great balance though for what it is

M: noticeably round up front but immediately washing out clean and quite light.... fortified, minerally spring water?... crisp and smooth

O: what a score, whatever batch they washed this off of.... follows the "trend" of local "milds" I had out there - soft-bready foundation with a punch of bold toasted grain and earthy hop dancing upon it

Bouleboubier, May 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

leftoverburrito, May 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13%

tehmogue, Mar 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

foxyaardvark27, Mar 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

pmarlowe, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
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
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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

IpeeA, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of KDawg
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

dmorgan310, Mar 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

twowheelssoar, Feb 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

kevfujii, Jan 08, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -57.6%

spamages, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of vkv822
2.95/5  rDev -16.7%
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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4/5  rDev +13%

seanthornton152, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of cbarrett4
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
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
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Little Dog has a yellow body and white head. Retention and lacing are both ok.

The aroma is quite hoppy, with lemon, pine and then some more citrus doing the heavy lifting. Notes of grain come through also.

Little Dog is definitely hop-focused. Lemon is there, but it is not as powerful as more bitter citrus flavors, and everything takes a back seat the resinous pine flavors. The malt backbone adds a little bit of grain, but it is subdued.

Light body, highly carbonated.

After working my way through and Adam from the wood and needing to stay upright for many more hours, I decided to give Little Dog a taste. It was interesting, and it certainly manages to pack a lot of flavor into a low-ABV beer.

Hojaminbag, Aug 25, 2011
Photo of grittybrews
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright straw yellow into a tulip with two fingers of vivid white head. Mild aroma of cracker and grassy lemon.

Lowish carbonation and a very light mouthfeel. Grainy lemon pilsner quality with hints of honey and pine.

A nice contrast with HOTD's heavier offerings; a good way to start my time at their bar.

grittybrews, Jul 26, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very cloudy with an amber colour. Foamy off white head. Some lacing. Fair head retention.

Bready, biscuity and quite resinous. Unique aroma. I like it.

That is hoppy as anything with a big resinous, piney, tea like character. Some bread crust and a hint of roast come through. Very interesting.

Light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

This is a very intriguing ale. The small beer concept is executed here with some serious panache and I like the result. Very good.

dgilks, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
4.18/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An occasional release at the HotD Tasting Room, available on a mid-July afternoon in a lovely tulip glass (12 oz. for a paltry $2.50). I've seen it listed at both 3.5% and 4.0% abv.

A: Almost clear, a light straw/golden. Not much carbonation, what little is there rises sleepily, crawling up the contours of the glass. Very nice head, a finger+ of frothy white suds with sturdy clinging lace in dappled patterns and broken ribbons.

S: Dry crusty bread and raw grassy/spicy hops. Hay/straw, notably musty. Moments of malty wort and sweeter honey, biscuits.

T: Remarkably robust flavor, some sticky pine and a pithy/zesty citrus rind. Sturdy malty backbone, but a draping bitterness (that approaches a threshold it never quite crosses) provides plenty of depth. Fluttering fruitiness and sprinkles of spice, this one may be a bit simpler than than bigger beer from which it was 'born', but not by much...

M: Surprising medium feel (again, one could easily be fooled into believing this to be a much heartier APA, for instance). Good carbonation and refreshing crispness, despite lacking some in the appearance. Minor demerits for some gumminess and tongue stickiness in the finish, but so be it.

O: So damn drinkable! Truly a sessionable beer, low alcohol and bold flavors (and cheap draft price, too!) would keep me returning to this again and again. As a 'small beer', this may not be to everyone's liking, but I'm fascinated by it and will continue to enjoy it as long as Alan and crew keep brewing Fred, Doggie Claws, Adam, etc.

msubulldog25, Jul 14, 2011
Little Dog from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.