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

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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.

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Photo of mschrei
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good example of the style. Creamy thick head, excellent retention. Smell and taste both have caramel notes, tart, dark fruit flavors, some spiciness, sweet, malty. Feel is medium bodied, mouth watering, definite alcohol presence. Glad I finally got to try it. Thanks @lingenbrau.

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Photo of Buck89
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a hotel glass. A moderately hazy amber color with a thick off-white head. Great retention and lacing in the glass. A seriously fruit aroma with banana, orange, bubblegum, and faint spicy notes. Same on the taste. Complex and hard to describe. I guess it's like a Belgian Strong but with Northwest hops. More bitterness and citrus notes. Works well for me.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.87/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honey golden and hazy with lots of dark and light floaters. Topped with 2 fingers of creamy yellow head.

Smells of candy caramel and a hint of stinky fruit.

Tastes of creme caramel, burnt sugar, and some light fruitiness.

Medium body with moderate to high carbonation.

I got this in Petaluma and am drinking it in Redding, March 27th, 2019.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A glass from tap at the source with Lingenbrau. I was shocked that I hadn't tried this, but it's ridiculous that I haven't! This pours a dark with a bit of tan head. The nose was sweet candy, with a touch of tree sap bitterness. Really nice. The taste followed the nose for me. REALLY good. I was surprised by the sweetness, which wasn't overpowering at all. Nice dark fruit, as well as some apple. A bit of pine bitterness. Overall, a phenomenal beer that I will revisit soon.

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

Poured into a snifter.
The appearance was an amber color with a sly transparency about it. Big foamy two finger head slid off at a decent pace. Some lace ran here and there.
The aroma had some perfumey floral to caramel/toffee malts playing with some rye crisp semi-earthy to floral sweet character. Light red apple. Some Belgian candy sweetness sharpens the back end quite nicely.
The flavor took all of the previously mentioned aromas to combine sweetly with just a tickle of rye spice. Somewhat dry with a crisp earthy rye spice in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt good. Good malty finish toned by some dry caramel/toffee smoothness.
Overall, quite a nice strong ale by an American brewer. I'd have again.

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

1/12/2019 -- Medium MF with kick of malts on the backside. Borders on being a Belgian...nice spice embedded

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

Photo of thebeers
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque murky orange with a thin creamy near-white head. Settles into a nice crown, but leaves modest lacing.

Malty aroma with a strong showing of orange hops. Caramel, molasses and pine behind.

Oak, lots of orange, pine and alcohol bite in the taste. Not unlike a triple IPA with a lot of wood.

Thick, creamy feel with moderate carbonation.

Holy shit, this isn’t aged on wood? Creamy, oaky, West Coast-Hop deliciousness.

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Photo of grapeshops
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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