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

FredFred
BA SCORE
86.4%
Liked This Beer
4.07 w/ 1,820 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
Ranking:
#2,378
Reviews:
867
Ratings:
1,820
Liked:
1,572
Avg:
4.07/5
pDev:
11.79%
Alströms:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
383
Gots:
313
Trade:
17
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,820 |  Reviews: 867
Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mehinaman
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I have no idea how to describe what this beer tastes like. If I did it would sound like I did not like it as I would say it's flat tasting (low carbonation) with a kind of sweet taste or dates. But it works! It's similar tasting to Doggie Claws which I did not like, but this one is delicious.

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Photo of JeffTheJuice
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

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

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

Photo of EdrickCS
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mbw314
1/5  rDev -75.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of wpqx
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a wine glass.

L- A clear golden liquid with minimal head. I wasn't expecting this. Most of the strong ales that I have had are dark and rich. This looks more like a blond barley wine. I'm not really sure what the difference is.
S- sweet brown sugar and dark fruit notes.
T- Sweet. Brown sugar dates are what comes to mind.
F - Smooth and rich

Overall this beer reminds me a lot of Helldorado which I just had from FW. Its a great beer and easily obtained in CA. I wish I had picked it up earlier.

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Photo of Mantooth
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed on draft in their tasting room. Pours a rich gold hue with loads of carbonation and head retention. Lots of rich dried fruit and caramel malt in the nose and the taste holds true to that, while adding mounds of hops and esters. It's definitely got some chew to it. I love this beer. after spending a few hours in the tasting room, I'm almost glad I live on the other side of the country. They'd never get me to leave if I was in the area full time. Cheers!

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Photo of thumperskibum
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of johnyb
2.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Eziel
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Hydrophobic
4.77/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a growler.

Appearance was a hazy opaque golden honey with a thick fluffy white head and lively carbonation, even after a week in the growler. Head retention was shitty, lacing was ok.

Smelled of orange blossom hoppiness and burnt sugar. Breathes fire a bit

Tasted primarily of molasses and orange, with a slight bitterness at the back of the throat. Tastes of a light barleywine.

Felt thick, sticky, and smooth with surprisingly low burn and a slight fuzziness in the finish.

Overall, there would be more depth to this review had I done it live in the public house, but the overall character remained. The beer was still ultra-fantastic even though a week had passed with it in the growler. I love strong ales, and this one has a very unique twist that is not unwelcome. Pops in law, who shared the growler with me, called it his favorite beer of all time.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Onefootlarry
4.52/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I continue to go back to this beer any chance I can get. It's got a great mouth feel, perfect blend of malt and hops, with a 10% kick in the end. I prefer it a little more on the room temperature side.

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Photo of beerserk
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CAcker
4.83/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of TeamSeinfeld
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Geoffq
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a great golden ale. Hops are a little high and the candy sugar is on the sweet side. Would drink again, but not true to the belgian golden style--more of a new world style golden ale.

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 86.4% out of 100 with 1,820 ratings
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