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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:
#2,452
Reviews:
867
Ratings:
1,822
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
383
Gots:
312
Trade:
17
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Photo of Sammy
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, rich taste, batch 54. What an initial head-read instructions, pour slowly. Creamy barleywine taste, honey sweetness and drying with spicy bit of burnt barley taste at end, orange citrus. Golden orange lucious, great hop experience. Thank you JoeMcPhee.I had a bottle 1.5 years later at Volo Cafe which was fine as well.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.42/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 79.

Pours a beautiful dark honey orange color with a 2 inch bone colored head that fades to a small cap. Bubbles from the pour flowed downward in the glass before rising again to the top. Very small patterns of lacing around the glass present as the beer goes down. Smells of caramel, butterscotch, brown sugar, and citrus zest. Taste is exactly like the smell with sweet burnt sugar tastes (brown sugar, caramel, butterscotch) up front with a citrus hop presence on the finish. Bitterness is very mild and fades quickly on the palate. Mouthfeel is a bit flat carbonation wise leading to a somewhat thick and chewy beer. Overall, this is a great beer that I have put of trying for way too long. Highly recommended.

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3.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Batch 75 tasted 10/10/10. The others are from notes of prior tasting as noted):

Batch 71: Dark brown; sweet fruity coffee nose; bitter chocolate/malt flavors; big flavors with great balance and flavors; coffee hop finish; big; nice. 1/09;

Batch 73: like above but with a bit more carmel/toffee nose. 02/09;

Batch 74-like above with a juxtaposition of very sweet Belgian fruit, coffee and carmel with a hop character and finish. 09/09;

Batch 75 10/10/10 - Medium brown with a thin white head. Nose of sweet carmel and toffee and almost a sweet "mint" character that is very pleasant. A light carmel whiskey character in the nose. Creamy mouth with nice elegant carbonation. Off balance but not bad. Flavors of big burnt toast; big burnt carmeled coffee. Very sweet front that goes to a very pine/grapefruit skin bitter. Complex layered flavors that go from maple, carmel, toffee to bitter coffee to bitter pine finish. Complex, interesting, strong alcohol and whiskey character with big, big flavors. A sipper; not real drinkable. 10/10

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Knapp85
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Snagged a bottle of this at my local place, one ofthe first beers I bought from there actually. This was something I had wanted to try since I enjoyed ADAM so much. The beer poured out as a nice hazy honey colored brew. It's not transparent at all. The beer looks to be pretty thick. The head it's pretty good to for a little while. The smell of the beer is strong with sweetness, boozy malts and a good dose of hop aromas too. The taste is sweet and has some elements of honey in there to me. There is a zesty hop bite in there as well. The flavors of maple I think are even coming through in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel of this beer is pretty heavy. It's got a nice oily body to it that coats the mouth and lingers for a long while. Overall I'd have to say this is my favorite HotD release yet.

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of t0rin0
4.64/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This 12 oz bottle was from batch 4. It was kinda hazy and there wasnt much head but I'm assuming thats due to its age. The color was a bit light for a barleywine but a nice amber color. What little foam appeared was thick and creamy and slightly off-white.

The beer smelled very malty, somewhat like maple syrup (again due to aging). There was a bit of fruitiness coming out as well with a little bit of piney hops. Overall it smelled very nice. The taste was more towards the maple flavor hinted at by the smell. The hops had subsided somewhat. Very nice balance. There was also a bit of chocolate in there. It was a wonderful flavor, one the best beers I''ve had (out of 700 at this point). It had a lot of body to it, very thick, kind of refreshing after drinking octoberfest beers and now pumpkin beers for the last few months. Definately very drinkable, no alcohol burn present.

This is one of the best barleywines that I've had yet, behind only Avery's Samael, Great Divide's Old Ruffian, and Victory's Old Horizontal.

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

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of metter98
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy amber in color and poured with a finger high beige head that slowly settled down but left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. There is a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts and alcohol in the nose.
T: The taste has a moderate amount of sweetness and is dominated by flavors of alcohol, caramel malts, molasses, raisins and spices. There is a mild amount of bitterness in the finish. The flavors become more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels full-bodied, smooth and sticky on the palate with just a slight amount of carbonation. There is some dryness and warming from the alcohol, most notably in the finish.
D: For the amount of alcohol content in this beer, it's actually quite drinkable although the stickiness can slow you down.

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4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An amazing and surprising strongly malted ale. Maybe more Engish Barleywine-like in flavor and herbal presence, but attention grabbing in the succulent syrupy flavor, feel, and fruitiness.

The beer opens with a quite murky/muddy look- hazy, rust colored brown/copper. A froathy yet intermitten head eventually evens out for an eggshell creme that does a great cask ale-like impression.

Red apples and raisons fill the nose in quite domineering fashion. Mead-like honey notes swirl with the fruity esters and reminds me of mulled spices and cider. Cinnamon and nutmeg character comes in as the beer warms.

Brown sugar and molasass sweetness hits the tongue first but with a quick follow up of the apples and raisons. A long sweet fade eventually concludes with alcohol, spice, and grassy hop bitterness. Nutmeg and cinnamon flavor assist the balance but the alcohols take on a nail polish remover taste late. The rye flavor adds a spicy earthiness that makes the sweet transition to hoppy bitterness effortless and seamless.

Full and syrupy start holds on like expected from heavy honeywines. But the weight of the beer lifts just in time for the alcohol dryness and hoppy crispness, keeping the beer from finishing cloying or dulled.

A terrific beer that's tough to classify. Where I was worried about the apple upstart, the other fruits, spiciness, earthiness, and intensifying bitterness really rounds out the beer very late in the finish.

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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, batch number 79, from a hard-target grocery store, gettin' outta Dodge (aka Portland) search, earlier this year.

This beer pours a murky, dull golden brown hue, with a rising column of tight foamy, DQ swirl, eggshell white head, which settles faster than expected, though still not quickly, leaving some random chunky swaths of lace around the glass in the process. It smells of strong fruity pale malt, quite sugary, with some pungent herbal citrus hops, all floating in an alcoholic ether. The taste is quite consistent with the aroma - sweet, confectioners' candy malt, sugar syrup, more drowned bitter earthy, herbal citrus hops, and a light, but firm booze warming. The carbonation is quite soft, the body nearly full in weight, displaying only a bit of that sugar density character on its way to a warm smoothness. It finishes still very sweet, malt, sugar, and booze in a decently complex saccharine tangle - some under-appreciated, soused hops keeping things out of tongue-scraping territory.

Weird to say, but this is quite the candidate for a dessert pairing - the sugar and booze, with subtle NW hopping, would work nicely. On its own, there's plenty going on to admire and contemplate, sipping away at this seemingly restrained behemoth, as the snow falls yet again.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.41/5  rDev -40.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Identifies itself as a "Golden Special Ale." Batch number 84. 10% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Acquired at K&L Wine in Hollywood. Expectations are high given current ratings.

Side-poured slowly per instructions on the label. Served straight from the fridge.

A: Pours a 5+ finger light khaki colour head of fair smooth cream, nice thickness, and great (9+ minute) retention. No lacing at all. No bubble show. Body colour is a hazy nontransparent translucent orange. No yeast particles are visible. Generally appealing for a golden ale, with an impressive head. Decent vibrance.

Sm: Fresh orange fruit, mandarin oranges, malty sweetness, pale malts, tropical fruit esters, off-putting pineapple, floral hops, candied fruit, banana, some spicy graininess, light honey, clove, and heavy booziness. Alcohol definitely comes through on this one. Not the refreshing golden ale aroma I expected. It's a bit off-putting, to be honest. The tropical fruit mixed with the alcohol just isn't at all appealing; it's redolent of a crappy cocktail. A moderate to strong aroma.

T: Hrm. Candi sugar, heavy alcohol boozy character, tropical fruit, banana, mango, and overdone sweetness. Green apple. Maltiness here is poorly executed. The balance is crushed by the one-two punch of tropical fruit and alcohol. Ugh. Severely disappointed. No subtlety to this one all. There's decent complexity here, but without balance it's useless. Not liking it. Way too sweet. It's a mess; I'd point to the overly diverse hop varieties as problem-inducing here; that definitely feels like a marketing gimmick. Caramel (and why is this in a Golden Ale?).

Mf: Eroding in its sugary sweetness. Smooth and wet. Tingly from crystal malt. Way too thick, even syrupy and viscous - what is that doing in a Golden Ale? Doesn't suit the flavours all that well. Carbonation is too high, to boot.

Dr: Real hard to drink; the flavours aren't appealing nor is the ABV well hidden. I'm not gonna enjoy finishing this glass. I honestly don't understand the high ratings for this one; it's a failure as a Strong Ale and as a Golden Ale. Trying this makes me happier I haven't sought out Fred From The Wood. If this is the base beer, I don't expect much from any variant. Really disappointed in this one.

D+

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

2011: Batch 70, 3 year old bottle.
Brilliant orange clarity, three fingers of foam initially, and it maintains an uneven broken skim with good coverage. Dried orange peel and brandy nose. Huge dried apricot and rich raw honey flavors, very full bodied, plenty of lasting citric orange peel bitterness. Ages beautifully.

02-25-2009
Thanks to PEBKAC for this boozy beast. (batch 70 = 1 yr. 2008 bottle)

Golden orange body, even foam, lasting retention. A swirl brings the foam back quickly...

Smells of overripe fruits, apricot leather, mildly phenolic. Rich and fruity, skirting the alcoholic bombast of many barleywines.

Rich, nutty and fruity taste, very full flavored and strong. Dried orange peel and dried whole apricots. Residual hop bitterness, lingering well into the finish. Strength dominates, but fruity elements seem to creep out, lasting for awhile.

Rich luxurious feel. Slow sipper to be sure, hard to say how much aging may benefit this tasty monster... Paper and fire, angel and liar, the devil of one another. (RIP Dio)

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4.71/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 62

Appearance: Pours a hazy medium caramel with a prodigious head that lasts forever and splashes tons of lacing around the glass

Smell: Toffee, vanilla, a fully dressed hamburger (is this possible?), some grassy and piney hop aromas and some butterscotch

Taste: Starts with a wonderfully subtle toffee flavor with a touch of fruitiness; after the swallow, a variety of hops flavors emerge taking the bitterness in different but never extreme directions (tobacco, leather, a touch of pine and a touch of mandarin orange)

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a load of carbonation; warmth in the gullet after the swallow

Drinkability: Along with Adam, Hair of the Dog makes two of the most astounding beers I have tasted; full of flavor but never over the top

Thanks, aslamm75, for the chance to try a 2009 bottling in 2016 - still drinking great

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Hogtownharry: Poured a clear golden color ale with a foamy white head with perfect retention and lacing. Aroma of hops is clearly dominating with some sweet malt. Taste is a good balance mix between some floral and bitter hops as well as some sugar and a nice malt backbone. A tad too hoppy for my taste in barley wine but still very enjoyable and something that I could see aging quite well.

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Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,822 ratings
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