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

1,813 Ratings

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of xraided81
4.77/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2010 Vintage;
Pours a 4 inch fluffy off white head into a tulip. Pours a bright golden orange with a slight hazy cloudiness, persistent head.
S: Double IPA hop profile, aggresive west coast american hops shine through with sweet bready aromas from the malt creeping through as the beer warms up.
T: caramel, sugar, dark ripe fruits, dried oranges, candied pineaple
M: Effervescent persistent carbonation, medium mouthfeel, has the mouthfeel and body of a double ipa more than a barleywine.
O: this is the easiest drinking barleywine i have ever head, beutiful looking beer, that taste as delicious as it looks, if this was available in 6 packs i could easily put one down during a football game, and would proabably not remember much of the game, great beer cant wait to try bourbon fred from the wood

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of AgentZero
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Golden brown beer with hints of red in it. Clear, small head, no stick on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet caramel, honey, a little bit of spice. There is some nice fruity yeast in there and some brown sugar.

T - Taste is just like the nose, but a little more potent. Very sweet beer, but there is a bit of booze that cuts through it nicely.

M - Full bodied, lower carbonation.

O - Surpringly, I enjoyed this beer, as I don't usually care for sweet stuff. The alcohol burn helped cut it back a little, but I was still able to finish the entire bottle without trouble. Good stuff.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -26.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Carleton, Kevin and James for bottles. Cheers guys!
Reviewed from notes.

Fred is consistently one of the foamiest beers I have come across. Poured into an oversized snifter, a 23.5 oz snifter full of foam. Huge white head, very stubborn and recedes very slowly. Takes several minutes to complete a full pour. Body is a rather hazy golden apricot body.

Aroma a robust caramelly malt aroma and fruitiness from the Belgian aroma. A pleasant and complimentary citrus aroma sits just behind. Subtle booze however it is buried beneath the malt and fruit up front.

The flavor begins with a soft malt flavor before building intensity, adding bigger flavors along the way. Pleasant citrus flavors followed by a significant fruity yeast flavor. There is a rather pleasant level of bitterness, helps contrast the sweetness just enough to prevent from becoming overly sweet.

Full bodied beer. Carbonation is lively. Fred feels much lighter on the tongue, feels like a much smaller beer. Moderate finish.

Very enjoyable beer, rather easy to drink. Very flavorful and well layered. Anoter HOTD beer that makes me jealous of anyone within the distribution area.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of jamescain
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to texasclimber for sharing this one, poured into a sniffer.

Appearance: Hazy straw-golden yellow with a huge fluffy white head and bubbles screaming to the top.

Aroma: Clove, orange, citrus, with slight bready notes and spicy yeast notes, very floral.

Taste: Spicy up front with an earthy yeasty finish. There is a mix of clove, cinnamon, and floral notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with very high carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: One of the best strong golden ales I've ever had and one of the most complex.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle of Batch 82.

Hazy golden yellow, suggesting a medium-bodied wit or a typical Belgian Golden. Actual beer couldn't be more different -- the lightest and sweetest barley wine I've ever had. Smells a lot like Adam -- red fruit and dark fruit and lots and lots of candy sugar.

Unbelievably sweet, but not cloying, just delicious. Mouthfeel's quite syrupy in spite of abundant carbonation and head. I'd like it to be just a touch thinner and more drinkable. If that could happen, this would be my favorite beer possible instead of one of them.

Can't believe I waited this long to try it. An absolutely first-rate beer and a steal for the price.

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2.79/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Originally had this beer years ago (batch 48) and rated a 4.5.

Revisited this evening (batch 93) and was thoroughly disappointed.
Flat, sweet, boozy. Almost every HotD bottle I've had in the past year has had major carbonation issues.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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5/5  rDev +22.2%

Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,813 ratings.
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