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

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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
Ranking:
#2,650
Reviews:
871
Ratings:
1,837
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
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381
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310
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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

Photo of stevepat
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
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 +4.4%
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 +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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