Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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Strong Ale - American
Ranked #27
Ranked #3,530
4.11 | pDev: 11.68%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Notes: 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.
Reviews: 893 | Ratings: 1,892 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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mothman from Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 94 bottle. No head. Golden orange color.

Sweet and malty. Caramel and toffee. Orange marmalade. You can tell it once was much hoppier as it has a resiny finish and some dank notes. Some citrus. Honey. A bit of booze showing.

6 years may have been a bit too much aging.

Friday at 11:20 PM
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mushroomcloud from Texas

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 102 (bottled 1-16-21), opened 6-27-21.
1 finger white head, falls to a solid cap and holds tight there.
Amber-golden, bright but with limited visibility. Thin but abundant lacing pattern.
Sweet malt, rich honey, hop perfume - smells floral and pine.
Spicy malt, sweet honeyed grain and fruit syrup. Green and fresh hop flavors.
Full body, soft carbonation, and creamy mouthfeel. Some lingering heat and sweet.
Very Good.

Jun 28, 2021
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snowmageddon from Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a red/brown hue with a medium brown head. Golden raisins, dates, honey, apples. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light. Top notch offering. I’d love to have again.

Apr 22, 2021
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - Batch #100

Pours a dark orange golden color, cloudy. Big rocky cream colored head. Fairly fruity hops aroma - a lot of citrus zest. Taste is abready malts, and strong underlying bitterness. Fuller bodied.

Feb 07, 2021
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.
This one was not my style of beer at all far to malty for me. More of a barley wine in my opinion.
No date on the bottle so it could be old.

Aug 29, 2020
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish head tulip

L: Cloudy golden orange pour with 2 fingers of foamy white head. Nice lacing... some sediment at the end of the pour.

S: Caramel, fruit, and yeast.

T.F: Toasted grains... some caramel, but lacking some of the expected sweetness. Kind of flat on the flavor... stale-ish hops, some yeast esters, but not loving this. Medium bodied... with the ABV not overly hidden. Smooth carbonation.

O: This one didn't do it for me... not sure if I had a bad bottle or what, but I expected a lot more.

May 08, 2020
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travolta from California

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Peach marmalade in color, with nice yeast floating around. Spotted lacing with decent head retention. Off white head. Not marking down in regards to head because of a bad pour on my part.

Nose: Yeast, peach, apricot, little bit of fig, sweet caramel and dark fruit.

Taste: Very syrupy with fresh red apple cider right up front that has a hot alcohol finish. Little bit of spice in the middle.

Nov 05, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.25/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This one pours a golden orange color, with a very big fluffy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like peach syrup, sugary malt, booze, and molasses.

This is fairly gross. It’s just so overwhelmingly sweet and just too “big.” It tastes like concentrated fruit and booze and caramel.

This has basically no drinkability - it’s hard to drink, and it’s just not enjoyable.

Maybe this was a bad batch, or maybe this is just overall a gross beer. Whatever it is, I don’t want to try this again.

Jul 06, 2019
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mschrei from Illinois

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Apr 12, 2019
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Buck89 from Tennessee

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Apr 11, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Mar 27, 2019
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Beersnake1 from California

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Mar 20, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Mar 03, 2019
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Jan 07, 2019
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Fordcoyote15 from Kentucky

2.48/5  rDev -39.7%
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.

Dec 09, 2018
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Oct 13, 2018
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MacMalt from New Jersey

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Sep 01, 2018
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WesMantooth from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Jul 01, 2018
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hman43 from North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Jun 03, 2018
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zonker17 from Texas

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

May 12, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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

Apr 23, 2018
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

Apr 23, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Apr 15, 2018
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citizencane from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -1%
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.

Mar 23, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #98.

Fred's not pretty. Just like the bull dog he is, only its owner finds the true beauty in the beast. It's a smooth muddled caramel looking color, with barely any head to mention. (*Well.... Batch 100 disagrees with that. This bottle explodes with a soft velvety looking white froth that plasters every square in it touches, after the eternity it takes to actually descend.)

But, Fred's beauty begins to show. As if the color were telling you what this would smell like, caramel and golden raisins shine through the dense looking liquid. Herbs and a strong earthy presence follow closely behind.

Once again, caramel seems to be the main theme here. It is so rich and sweet along with it's dried fruit counterpart of the aforementioned golden raisins. But then an intense flavorless bitterness attacks just in the knick of time, before woody and spicy tones stretch out the experience.

As you could imagine, this is rich, chewy, syrupy...every word you can think of to describe such density. A huge flip from from sweet to bitter, like a switch. And because of these attributes, the alcohol is hidden almost entirely.

Fred is not for the faint of heart. This is an old style of insanity that most brewers won't seem to touch, but HotD continues to deliver. A real treat for those seeking one out. I can't believe it took me this long to review him. Cheers.

Feb 13, 2018
Fred from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 1892 ratings