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

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4.07 w/ 1,820 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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Ratings: 1,820 |  Reviews: 867
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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
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 -31.4%
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 -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a golden amber with 1 finger of head that dissipates quickly revealing a thin layer of tight lacing and a thick film. Good clarity and low carbonation.

N: Toffee, molasses, candy sugar, rye, pine, booze and light citrus notes.

T: Toffee, candy sugar, juicy pineapple, pine and orange citrus notes upfront. More tropical fruit notes, rye, leather, tobacco, butterscotch, plum and sugars mid-palette. Finishes sweet and earthy with toffee, molasses, leather, notes of rye and sugars.

M: Full bodied, chewy, smooth, sticky and warming.

O: Strangely dark flavors in a golden body tastes reminiscent of an Old Ale with some tropical and pine notes thrown in. Excellent in all aspects except the nose in which I didn't find too appealing. Very complex. Very sweet with a lot of toffee, candy sugar and leather.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 70

A - Lightly hazed coppery-orange color with very active carbonation. Foam is a solid two fingers sitting on top and has excellent retention. Very active carbonation bubbles quickly rising to the top.

S - Strong fruity esters as well asn Belgian cand-sugar. Almost smells like a boozy Belgian triple at first whiff. As the beer opens up I get a lot more sweet maltiness with hints of sweet breads and a bit of caramel. A faint earthiness lingers underneath.

T - Very sweet and fruity initially with hints of Belgian candi sugar, citrusy hops, light caramel and sweet breads. The sweetness stays strong throughout with lots of caramel and bread. The fruitiness comes back strong in the finish. I'd swear there is some Belgian yeast in this one but I have heard there is not. Pear and apple are two of thr fruits that come to mind.

M - Medium to full boided with a very sticky feel. Carbonation does its best to lift the beer off the tongue but it really does stick to the palate.

O - A very tasty beer here, quite the treat. The sweetness is a bit much for me but certainly isnt too overwhelming. The flavors play together very nicely. I really need to track down a fresh bottle of Fred to taste this ne with a bit more hoppiness to it.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. from Batch 79, served in a Duvel tulip. Thanks to spycow for this bottle.

Pours a very light shade of clarity, with excellent clarity. A half-finger white head lasts for some time, leaving great lacing all around the glass.

The smell is very barleywine-esque. Leather, figs and dates abound. It's quite sweet, with a honey character that's pretty pleasing. Some brandy notes, but it's not overly booze. All in all, it resembles a fairly average American barleywine.

The taste is a totally different matter. Sweet, vibrant strawberries. Vanilla beans and a whole bunch of toffee. Tart green apples, and some figs for good measure. A little bit of brown sugar, and some wood, too. There's really not too much alcohol in the taste, though it's quite warm going down. This is delicious, and quite spirit-like.

A touch on the overcarbonated side, but the body is a pleasing medium thickness. For how big of a beer this is, it's remarkably easy to drink.

Delicious, a really excellent beer from Hair of the Dog. This batch is drinking phenomenally right now, and I'd love to get my hands on some more.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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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