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

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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
Ranking:
#2,684
Reviews:
874
Ratings:
1,840
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
381
Gots:
309
Trade:
17
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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

Photo of djcira
4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Lingenbrau
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch #98.

Fred's not pretty. Just like a bull dog, only its owner finds the true beauty in the beast. It's a smooth muddled caramel looking color, with barely any head to mention.

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.

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Photo of XsoldoutX
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.98/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Duncian
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of akk14
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tim725
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of connecticutpoet
2.76/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Appearance – absolutely no head over a light golden brown body with a lot of cloudiness.

Aroma – Musty malt, apples and lemons, strong and a little boozy.

Taste – Woody and bitter, not fruity. Nutty aftertaste.

Mouthfeel – astringent and dry.

Overall – not nearly as good as I had expected, a bit of a letdown. It seemed rather one-dimensional to me.

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Photo of Beer21
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KensWorld
3.93/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 94

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of petrusek23
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Blackop555
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangish gold. Foamy, short, Whitehead that Fades fast.

Smells orange, citrus peel, raising, Brady malt and light spice.

Taste brown sugar, dark fruit, Plum, caramel malt, orange, light fruit and light earthy yeast. Finish is semi dry with earthy linger. Medium body and creamy light fizzy medium carbonation.

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

Photo of wordemupg
3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.92/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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