Fred | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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1,818 Ratings
FredFred
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,818
Reviews:
866
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
384
Gots:
315
For Trade:
18
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3.61/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KevinL
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of stevepat
4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked this bottle up about 6 months ago on my first ever trip to this delicious spot. I've already drank down a few of them and figured I'd give a review as I drink this final bottle. This beer pours to perfection, a rich and hearty amber with a persistent cloudy head. picture perfect. The smell is much more subdued, a very typical malty aroma, hints of caramel. The taste is, well, beery. Sweet and slightly wheaty, the caramel notes are still there and there is a mild bitterness that balances the whole affair well. Very very smooth when you consider the 10% abv but otherwise just a solid standard amber/golden ale. Mouthfeel wise it is full bodied and shmoove as can be. Very pleasant. Over all this is a very drinkable beer and has aged very well (I think that's sort of these guys' MO), dangerous at 10% but that's never been something to deter me. If you're looking for a beer, this is a beer.

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

A: Poured into a snifter to a deep gold topped by a dense and rocky two finger white head that retains well and leaves excellent lacing
S: Smells of alcoholic fruitiness, caramel, and honey. Very sweet on the nose.
T: Taste is slightly fruity with some hints of spice. Nice honey and caramel notes with some light nuttiness. Swallow is more honey and nuts with some light toasted malts and spice.
M: This beer is full in body with a slightly silky feel. Carbonation is just slightly prickly and the beer has a dry finish.
O: Overall this beer is really nice. It has a lot of very sweet notes while having some nice spice balance from the rye malt. Definitely worth a try. This bottle is on the old side as well since it was a Batch 85. It definitely held up well and shows no signs of oxidation.

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Photo of InfernoBoss
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

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3.77/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of skrabbenhoft
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Btip1969
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemochas
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of shigg85
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BenBreeg
4.28/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of the_encinitan
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of josanguapo
4.76/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

From Mikkeller Shop. In Teku glass. Batch 96. Playing Shantae Pirate's Curse. Pretty alcoholic and sweet. However, its not unpleasant but just the opposite thanks to a good usage of candi sugar and hops. Sticky and oily

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4.05/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Truck67
3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LarryMyers
4.41/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A rather strange beer and like nothing else in its category (American Strong Ale) and is closer I think to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale in some regards. Strong, thick, sweet, faintly hoppy, flat in the glass with lots of sediment but sparkles with carbonation on the tongue. A good beer, but not a best-in-class brew like some other HOtD offerings I'd had (Adam, Otto).

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3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.45/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch #93

This beer pours a syrupy amber color and is murky. I tried to pour aggressively and still could not get any head.

It is very sweet smelling. It reminds me of an English barleywine. I get aromas of dates, figs, and molasses.

It is very sweet once again reminding me of an English barleywine. I get flavors of dates and figs with some residual hops that come through in the finish to save it from being a sweet mess.

Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with no carbonation.

If there were any carbonation at all it might save this beer, but drinking a thick, syrupy, flat, sweet beer becomes kind of a chore after a few sips. I hope to run across this beer again to give it another shot. Batch ninety-three seems to have some problems after reviewing comments on a popular beer ticking app. Avoid batch #93 and you should be okay.

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,818 ratings.
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