Fred | Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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Brewed by:
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. It is made with aromatic and rye malts and includes 10 different hop varieties.

10% alcohol by volume
65 IBUs.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-13-1998

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Photo of SiepJones
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rypkr
2.48/5  rDev -39.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

No hiss whatsoever on the cap. No carbonationation whatsoever on the pour. Not enthused right now.

Smell is anything but vibrant and effervescent. There's almost nothing. What I do get is the stale hops typical of an American barleywine and a lot of caramel sweetness.

Taste I can see be outstanding but it's an instant drain pour because its flatter than water. Loads of honeysuckle and lightly floral hops.

Mouthfeel. Ha.

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Photo of JOSEPHthayer
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4


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Photo of CharlesK
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.69/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

3 year old capped bottle: Hazy and cloudy light amber with lots of floating chunks of yeast. No head, no swirl reaction, but some strong brown lacing. Highly syrupy texture. Flavors of spices, clove, sweet barley, toffee, orange, cinnamon, cherries, brown sugar, and herbal hops. Oily and soft silky medium to full body with light carbonation. Strong strength finish, deeply bready and sugary. Mild barrel effect with quality sugars. Quite spicy and a bit leafy. Freshness is average, also quite yeasty, yet the ABV is well hidden and fairly easy to drink. It's ultra rich so I would only drink this as a dessert or as an appetizer. The texture is fine and the balance is pretty decent. Overall very good quality craft.

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Photo of jeschaefer
3.15/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of msumike89
4.02/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MacMalt
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 vintage. Received in a trade with @bstyle. Poured into tulip glass. It pours rich mahogany color with orange and cola hues, and a long-lasting, creamy, light khaki-colored cap and a thin sheen of lacing. It smells of roasted malt, caramel, butterscotch, raisin, plum, orange, nuts, and earthy peat. It's highly fragrant. The taste features plum and raisin, cola, toffee, molasses, rye bread, oak, tobacco smoke, pepper, and noticeable hops that leave a fairly bitter after taste. It's rich and creamy in mouth feel with light carbonation, and its 10% ABV is warming but not overly boozy. Overall, Fred is a terrific American Strong Ale: it's complex and highly flavorful and thoroughly enjoyable. I'm glad to have had the chance to try it.

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Photo of TheGent
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.49/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SFC21
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbe311
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WesMantooth
4.17/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch Number 100 courtesy of lingenbrau

The bottle seemed to be a little over carbed, but with the most delicate of pours in the history of beer pouring, it manged to produce some beer along with the frothiest crem colored head I have seen. It seriously looks like a milkshake and then a root beer float as it settles. Lacing everywhere. It is pretty dark in color and completely opaque. I will call it a very brownish orange.

There is definitely some alcohol on the nose along with candied sugar. It also has a rye or baking spice, along with a hop and malt combo aroma that is reminiscent of a lot of “triple ipas”. Fairly sweet malts with a citrus and floral smell.

I like the flavor more than I would have guessed. A lot going on. It starts out like a sweet candied Belgian Quad with some ripe apple/pear and a hefty, spicy rye, but then some hoppy orange like citrus, dates/dark grapes, and molasses comes through with some floral notes and a significant resinous bitterness in the end.

The body is big and malty, but very soft and sort of creamy. A nice warming alcohol in the finish. Probably a little high testish for 10%, but it isn’t overwhelming.

A bit of a sipper, but most stong ales are. It’s a very tasty and fairly complex beer.

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Photo of bigpoppa67
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hman43
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours cooper and it quite clear. It has excellent head retention. The head is off white.

Smell: It has aromas of rye and citrus. There is a bit of grainy sweetness to it with some caramel in the background. It has a light alcohol smell to it as well as sweet orange.

Taste: It has several complex flavors including rye, citrus, and orange. There is caramel and a touch of molasses as well. It is sweet with some spiciness as well.

Feel: It has a full body that has a bit of a slick texture. There is pleasant alcohol warming and the finish is sweet and semi dry.

Overall, this is a wonderfully complex beer with several things going on in the flavor and aromas.

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Photo of ACY73
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zonker17
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle pour to challis, dark amber near copper with a haze, thick off-white head with good retention. Nose is pine, citrus and bread. Taste is powerful combination of sweetness, toffee, pine, citrus. Finish is very bitter. Body is nearing heavy and carbonation is above average.

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Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had this in the cellar for a while now. Batch #89: 12/2013 vintage.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice crystal clear dark dark honey amber hue with a thin half finger white head that fades slowly to leave a thin wispy blanket and thin creamy halo.

S - Aromas of slightly sweet malts, little bit of corn, sugars and almost some esters and phenols as it warms up. There is an aroma on the finish that I cannot quite place ...maybe stale caramel coated dark fruit?

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Sweet malts, older rye, little bit of malt sweetness. Old stale hops, really light raisins, decent amount of caramel on the finish without being overly sweet or cloy. Finish is lingering old bitterness. No discernible alcohol though.

M- Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, decent body, no alcohol.

O - Overall this was a very very pleasant surprise. I figured this would be a shell, however, I was proven wrong. The nose has suffered some but time really mellowed things out on this. Drinking quite nice right now.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of Parmesan
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

L: Pours a dark orange copper color that is quite muddy with no head and no lacing on the glass. This is an ugly beer.

S: Notes of caramel, some apple, strong note of booze. Smells rather one dimensional.

T: Notes of caramel, toffee, some apple juice, a medium to high bitterness, booze is quite noticeable. Still seems a little one dimensional.

F: Pretty heavy body, carbonation seems a little low.

O: I was honestly expecting more from this beer but this is a little one dimensional and not overly interesting.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle conditioned, it has suspension particles and an apple butter color of reddish brown. No head at all but an invitingly glorious aroma. Has hints of molasses. The alcohol (10% ABV) is noticed immediately and the taste follows the nose with the molasses, figs and dates. This beer really chews and is strong on all counts. It's unique with the fruit and a REAL MAN'S brew. This ain't your Daddy's Lite beer. I think it's smooth and less bitter than some of my favorite American Strong Ales. I like it and would love another. A SPECIAL THANKS to @Lingenbrau

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Photo of Jonathan-Morgan
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of citizencane
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy dark gold. Smells of caramel and candies fruit. Taste is caramel followed by bitterness, though a sugar-sweet note is present the entire time. Feels smooth and thick with only slight dryness. Very good.

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Photo of jhlosito75
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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