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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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4/5  rDev +11.1%

CoryR, Nov 19, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Kopfschuss, Sep 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Ryan011235, Jan 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

anteater, Mar 31, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

pmarlowe, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of Bouleboubier
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the more if not the most unique of the local beers I had in Oregon this past April

A: like a Wit infused with almond milk, notably dense-cloudy.... strange (maybe imaginary) pearly-olive-green reflection/highlight (or is it green-gold)... wasn't much head to start, basically looks still thereafter

S: first off, yogurt-y-doughy.... obviously, no hops (if you've read the literature).... the essence of a farming field after the harvest

T: silky, doughy - mild fruit - light gourd stem - clean and vinous aftertaste.... not all that beer-like of a flavor (a thick Wit - Hitachino White - the closest comparison?)

M: more like lightly-meaty coconut milk - the opposite of clean or crisp.... mild showing of carbonation starting in the middle

O: odd, yet moreish creation - i'm really into these alternative ingredients -there's enough IPAs and Imperial stouts out there, jeez.... I'll be able to instantly recall the taste of this one for a long while

Bouleboubier, May 15, 2013
Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Hair of the Dog.
from notes.

Intriguing, very cloudy golden brown with a thin white head and light lacing.

The pilsner malts really shines through nicely, with squash adding a light sweetness.

Medium body, mild fizzy carbonation.

Really enjoyable, I was impressed with the enjoyable flavor profile despite no hops being used. I went into expecting more of a novelty beer and wound up finding something I would gladly drink again.

vkv822, Mar 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

jmccraney, Oct 21, 2012
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

dansmcd, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16.7%

DrMindbender, Jul 17, 2014
Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at HOTD.

A - Poured copper with a 1 fingered white head. Dissipated slow and left lttle lacing.

S/T - Honey, clove, coriander, and a spiciniess possibly lent from the zucchini.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced.

D - Overall good. Interesting how Alan substituted zucchini for hops.

MisterClean, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of shivtim
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Higgins
Interesting beer.
It's clear, with maybe a slight hint of haze. Yellow/straw in color, with just a tiny white head. Nose is very gentle. A slight hint of earth, and what smells mostly like celery. Must be from the squash. Some general sweetness too.
Taste is simple sweet sugars at first. Then some notes of earth and sweet pear. Alcohol oddly comes through on the end. I'm not sure all of the flavors quite work together.
Mouthfeel definitely falls a bit flat. This one is undercarbonated. I guess pretty good drinkability though. Worth a try!

shivtim, Jun 13, 2010
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4/5  rDev +11.1%

topdown, Feb 06, 2014
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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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

ithinkimasofa, Nov 15, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Phobicsquirrel, Nov 17, 2013
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4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HotD.

Hazy yellow body with a white trace on the surface but no lace.

Light fruit (squash?) nose.

Kinda bubblegum -squash, sweetish and pleasant. Faint coriander finish. Even better than it looked on paper.

Lightweight feel w. some body.

Pleasant and interesting seasonal, worked really well!

zaphodchak, Dec 31, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

ohtheguilt, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of freed
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap the the first annual organic brewing festival, this beer was a surprise. I'd heard that it was possible to switch pumpkin for squash, and this is the first proof the the concept. The sheet at the table listed the ABV as 5%, so maybe this batch differs.

Poured a mild orange, slightly hazy, and a wisp of foam. The aroma and taste are surprisingly nondescript, and the sensation is required to carry the beer. Very smooth aroma, bits of malt, no hops. Taste is also muted, mild malt flavors which are rounded in sensation by the squash, which give it a somewhat fruity, somewhat flat taste. Sensation is almost of a beer lacking carbonation. It was certainly interesting, but the aftertaste affected the flavors of the next two beers I tasted. Maybe the abundance of squash um...squashed too much of the flavor out of it.

freed, Sep 17, 2003
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

s1ckboy, Jan 19, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Boozecamel, Jul 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Hoppy_McMalt, Apr 19, 2013
Photo of djbreezy
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - transparent, golden, light lacing, light head and retention

smell - notes of spice and malts

taste - pilsner malt with spice notes from the squash

mouthfeel - medium carbonation and crisp, light bodied

drinkability - goes down easy, has a nice consistent flavor

djbreezy, Feb 13, 2011
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4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears light gold with a small white head.

It smells slightly sour, citrus, apple like, and earthy. There is a very mild squash smell to the beer as well.

It tastes mildly earthy, apple like. There is a bit of an earth dry squash flavor. There is a bit of a peppery flavor. The beer is very light a crisp. It is very refreshing. Though it is light there are enough flavors to make the beer exciting. This beer reminds me a bit of dry champagne.

The beer has ample carbonation. It is crisp in texture. The mouthfeel is very much so similar to champagne.

The drinkability of this beer is excellent. It is mild, crisp and refreshing. I could drink this beer all day. It is funny that it is only made in the winter/fall as I think it would be a great summer beer.

Overall a great beer that is flavorful, balanced, light and crisp.

chumba526, Jan 18, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

foxyaardvark27, Mar 09, 2013
Greg from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
82 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.