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

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Ratings: 68
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15%
Wants: 8
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
An organic ale named after Greg Higgins of Higgins restaurant in downtown Portland. Greg is brewed without hops and makes use of the kambocha (green pumpkin) squash for about one-third of the total sugars, lending it a distinctly squashy, pumpkin taste. This beer is available on draft at Higgins, at the brewery and occasionally elsewhere in the Portland area.

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 01-26-2003)
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Photo of lostinyonkers
1.68/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Well, normally I don't read reviews of anything before I experience it because I am very protective of my own raw impressions. I like to take in everything as if it's the first time, and let my precious "inner voice" tell me what she thinks of a flick, a restaurant, a book, or in this case a beer.

After my opinion is formed, it's very gratifying to either validate or perhaps reconsider my impressions by reading other's--

And so when WRITING a review, I prefer not to read those who have gone before, lest I bend to popular opinion and diminish the earnest aspects of my own review.

In the case of Greg, however, I was compelled to read the other folks' because I felt so sure that although my pint of Greg was forgettable (on a good day), I also wondered if the keg I was drinking from was just simply beyond it's prime.

I am glad I read the others' reviews, as I see there were some positive nights out with Greg.

My experiece was that he was too caramelly- too candied and malted in a bad way. He sat limp and still in my glass, and really offered nothing to the exchange.

I tried to coddle him a bit- sip here, sip there... but I was just left with the impression that there was something really rotten beneath his candy-coated exterior. As he left me-- I could only say one thing about him "corny".

lostinyonkers, Dec 09, 2007
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1.93/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at the new taproom. The nose is all sugar, malt, vegetable matter, and phenols. A taste reminds me of mediocre homebrew, that stuff hippies call "beer" but is really just fermented sugar and herbs, hootch we call it. Not good, not something I would drink again.

I love HoTD, this beer makes me lose a little bit of my respect for Alan.

olympuszymurgus, Oct 01, 2010
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2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours muddy brownish with two finger big bubbly chalk white head, quick dissipation. Smell is squash, sweeter veggie, a bit earthy. Taste is bland, squash and veggies, sort of like a light bodied abbey ale, but sweet. Thin mouthfeel. Interesting and drinkable, but I don’t really want to try it again.

Smurf2055, Aug 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

Tuckersmth, Jan 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -23.6%

distantmantra, Sep 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

pmarlowe, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Higgin's Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a hazy, iced-tea colored brew with a decently retained custard cap of foam. Aroma is a decent blend of juicy tropical fruits and spicy yeast. Apparently, no hops are used to make this brew, and it "smells" accordingly.

The flavor lacks the hops as well. I actually had to adjust my score accordingly, because the bartender told me this was a "Double IPA"...as I reviewed the beer all I could think was "Where are the HOPS??!!". Anyway, the flavor is a nice blend of tropical fruits, pale caramel malts, and, again, zesty yeast notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and uninspiring. I won't be revisiting "Greg" again, but I haven't lost faith in HOTD...I immediately ordered a "Fred" from the bottle and was in beer nirvana.

wagenvolks, Jul 17, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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Greg from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.