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

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1,814 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:
1,814
Reviews:
864
Avg:
4.09
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
382
Gots:
315
For Trade:
18
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look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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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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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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3.94/5  rDev -3.7%
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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
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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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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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2.86/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a honey gold hue with minimal carbonation or head. As gently as you may pour it is difficult to not get some sediment in the pour, which can detract from the aesthetic. I found the aroma to be disappointingly flat. There is alchohol esters upfront with underpinnings of candied sugar, dry apricot and hop resin. Discernible, but all distant. Certainly fits the bill for a "strong". Surprisingly and despite of the age, I picked up a lot of hop oil / resin upfront - a tad acrid, however. There are notes of sandalwood, bitter rye and esters throughout. Finishes with a bitter, fusel punch. I was missing the warm malt flavors some reviewers have noticed or any Belgian sugar, which made this a rough sit for me. Those flavors would have gone a long way towards smoothing this beer out.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet malt, candied oranges, peaches, apricots and a light nutty note. Taste has also sugar notes, not so fruity as the aroma suggested but the nutty note is present on the finish. Body is medium to full and has a smooth feel. Slight alcohol heat and medium bitterness on the aftertaste. Overall it has really nice flavors but the alcohol heats your insides a bit too much.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%
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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,814 ratings.
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