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

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 76 poured from a 12oz bottle into my CBS snifter. It poured caramel brown in color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma has some sweeter caramel and malty flavors to it at first. I get some candied orange like flavors to it as well giving it kind of a fruity, zesty citrus flavor. A little bit of an herbal like spice comes through as well.

The taste shows a little more of the sweeter, malty, caramel flavors to it up front. In the finish some bitterness comes out with a little bit of an orange citrus flavor to it. Nice balance of malty sweetness and citrus bitterness to it.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being below average. Overall it was a pretty good beer that I really enjoyed. it had a nice range of flavors to it and managed to stay relatively balanced overall. very enjoyable beer to sip on this evening.

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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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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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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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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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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,822 ratings
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