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

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88
very good

40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 2
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Scottish Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Scottish Ale made with homegrown Willamette hops.

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 06-21-2012)
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-24-2013 17:16:06 | More by jaydoc
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewery's tasting room in Portland, OR.

Pours a deep, burnished red colour, with a solid haze and a full, slightly spiritous body. Head is off-white forming a bubbly and fine crown. Some translucent sheeting lace forms when tilted, leaving a gooey and fine residue. Good looking beer.

Nose is malty to its core. Slight sharpness comes through, however, leaving pithy hops, along with a slightly weedy vegetative character.

Light crisp malt on the front palate, with a touch of pepper, before some sharp boozy notes come in half-way through. It loses all hint of sweetness about here on the palate, leaving head and pepper to bring in the rear, along with a touch of vegetation.

Feel is smooth, with the booziness providing a smooth, warming, insidious glow to the palate. It's boozy, no doubt about it. Prickly, even.

You can feel this beer. It's big and bold. But it's not aggressive and arrogant for all of that. It has a conception to it that brings you in. Good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2012 00:20:55 | More by lacqueredmouse
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John_M

Oregon

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the tasting room.

The beer pours a copper amber color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is atractive in this beer, as I get plenty of sweet malt, but toffee and some noticeable smoke that is attractive. The flavor profile replicates the nose, but thankfully there's enough underlying hoppy bitterness to keep this from tasting too sweet (though the beer is on the sweet side). Mouthfeel is medum bodied, with a fairly long finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile... I was surprised to read that it's 8%.

Like the Lila lager, this is a nice enough beer, but it tends to pale in comparison to what else is on offer at the tasting room.

Serving type: on-tap

07-25-2012 18:23:56 | More by John_M
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

08-07-2013 05:40:15 | More by Mebuzzard
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billab914

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-18-2013 19:47:09 | More by billab914
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dmorgan310

Panama

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

11-03-2013 02:38:52 | More by dmorgan310
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

3.6/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the tasting room on 8.2.12.

A - Served a dark red-brown with a foamy light tan head that lingers around.

S - Sweet malts, with a subtle hop finish.

T - Again sweet malts, tiny bit of hops and a smooth smoke. I will say it is a different smoke than most smoke beer, I guess more natural than most.

D - Tons of carbonation, medium body. Sweeetttt.

O - Fit for the style. Sweet and malty with a hint of smokey hops.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2012 23:38:09 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DefenCorps

Oregon

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery yesterday.

Dark brown with reddish brown highlights, this beer is capped with an off-white head. The nose is complex. Toasty, leathery, caramel malt character is pronounced, with a wonderful tobacco aroma. Burnt sugar and toffee round out the excellent nose. The palate opens medium-full in body, with a big burnt sugar/toffee backbone with some smoke, leather and tobacco. Brown sugar, buckwheat honey are present on the mid-palate. Burnt sugar lingers on the finish. Hops appear towards the finish, leafy, earthy and mildly bitter. Low in carbonation, this beer is medium-full in body with alcohol well-integrated in the palate. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2012 06:23:56 | More by DefenCorps
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kscaldef

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

09-03-2013 01:23:42 | More by kscaldef
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warnerry

Michigan

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-09-2013 23:08:37 | More by warnerry
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jera1350

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

06-20-2013 00:54:43 | More by jera1350
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KevMo84

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

05-31-2014 07:09:52 | More by KevMo84
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.5%

10-25-2013 03:02:05 | More by TimoP
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pmarlowe

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-16-2012 00:45:52 | More by pmarlowe
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vkv822

Oregon

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on-tap at Hair of the Dog.
from notes.

Medium-dark brown with very light tan head.

Smokey malts, light caramel. Lightly bitter hops.

Taste follows the nose, with very lightly, smokey leathery malts, blended with caramel and floral bitter hops.

Medium body, with average carbonation.

Very enjoyable beer, another new one from Hair of the Dog that I would like to see brewed with some regularity.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2012 00:27:44 | More by vkv822
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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

NOTE: at the abv listed here, not to mention the flavor, Will should fall into the Scotch Ale / Wee Heavy category, no argument

A: deep vinous crimson red, beautiful ruby-jewel glow.... some aged-brown highlights on the edges.... head quickly disappeared - to be expected....

S: subtle medium crystal malts with a tiny touch of (as if the glass was lightly rinsed) hickory-smoked caramelized meat fat (probably exaggerating that a bit, but the element is peeking out, the hint spawned growth to the idea)

T: they nailed the taste, reminds me right away of Skull Splitter, just more smoky notes, but not all that much.... the dense sanguine malt, mild dextrin kiss.... surprisingly clean and refined

M: has a hint of the requisite fuller body up front, yet it's not quite full-bodied.... bit of a delicate flow, like it was aged in an oak barrel... a lil more chewiness might be nice, but it's quite fine, clean, and quaffable the way it is.... wine-like

O: may just fight for #1 in my list of best American versions of a Scotch Ale... the fact that HOTD had such a beer in their lineup was a surprise and delight

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 00:00:55 | More by Bouleboubier
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

05-04-2014 08:14:18 | More by artoolemomo
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oso

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

05-19-2014 16:50:51 | More by oso
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Rand_ale_Thor

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

07-10-2013 17:51:38 | More by Rand_ale_Thor
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rbrefbeerman

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

06-11-2013 03:19:15 | More by rbrefbeerman
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Smurf2055

Washington

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

08-08-2013 20:18:27 | More by Smurf2055
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Birdlegs

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

07-02-2012 02:06:21 | More by Birdlegs
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Phobicsquirrel

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

10-03-2013 22:15:33 | More by Phobicsquirrel
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DbbC

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-21-2014 18:33:13 | More by DbbC
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writerLJBerg

Oregon

3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the tasting room. 12oz glass.

A: Thick, opaque brown. Leaves some thin lacing.

N: Light malt in the nose. Pine and floral elements. Not particularly strong or inviting; just there.

T: Very aggressive bitterness sliding into leather and smoke with a backend of sweetness. Pine, baker's chocolate. If no one told me, I might think it's Adam. Appropriate level of alcohol for 8%. Does get a little sweeter as it warms.

M: Medium mouthfeel. Prickly.

O: A pretty decent Scotch ale, but I was expecting something else. Feels too bitter.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2012 22:42:08 | More by writerLJBerg
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Will from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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