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4.07/5
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1,824 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:
#2,476
Reviews:
867
Ratings:
1,824
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
381
Gots:
310
Trade:
17
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Photo of Truck67
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of LarryMyers
4.41/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bshefftz
4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A rather strange beer and like nothing else in its category (American Strong Ale) and is closer I think to a Belgian Strong Pale Ale in some regards. Strong, thick, sweet, faintly hoppy, flat in the glass with lots of sediment but sparkles with carbonation on the tongue. A good beer, but not a best-in-class brew like some other HOtD offerings I'd had (Adam, Otto).

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Photo of Timtac
3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of buschbeer
3.45/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3.25

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a snifter
Batch #93

This beer pours a syrupy amber color and is murky. I tried to pour aggressively and still could not get any head.

It is very sweet smelling. It reminds me of an English barleywine. I get aromas of dates, figs, and molasses.

It is very sweet once again reminding me of an English barleywine. I get flavors of dates and figs with some residual hops that come through in the finish to save it from being a sweet mess.

Thick and syrupy mouthfeel with no carbonation.

If there were any carbonation at all it might save this beer, but drinking a thick, syrupy, flat, sweet beer becomes kind of a chore after a few sips. I hope to run across this beer again to give it another shot. Batch ninety-three seems to have some problems after reviewing comments on a popular beer ticking app. Avoid batch #93 and you should be okay.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.86/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Pours a honey gold hue with minimal carbonation or head. As gently as you may pour it is difficult to not get some sediment in the pour, which can detract from the aesthetic. I found the aroma to be disappointingly flat. There is alchohol esters upfront with underpinnings of candied sugar, dry apricot and hop resin. Discernible, but all distant. Certainly fits the bill for a "strong". Surprisingly and despite of the age, I picked up a lot of hop oil / resin upfront - a tad acrid, however. There are notes of sandalwood, bitter rye and esters throughout. Finishes with a bitter, fusel punch. I was missing the warm malt flavors some reviewers have noticed or any Belgian sugar, which made this a rough sit for me. Those flavors would have gone a long way towards smoothing this beer out.

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

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with off-white head. Aroma has sweet malt, candied oranges, peaches, apricots and a light nutty note. Taste has also sugar notes, not so fruity as the aroma suggested but the nutty note is present on the finish. Body is medium to full and has a smooth feel. Slight alcohol heat and medium bitterness on the aftertaste. Overall it has really nice flavors but the alcohol heats your insides a bit too much.

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

Photo of BeerMe8
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stevoj
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

You’ll know what you’re getting into at first whiff. Malts and alcohol greet you, a murky copper color with just a ring of head around the glass. Some caramel/ toffee sweetness mellows the whole thing. Alcohol burn and warmth all the way down.

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Photo of ckollias
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of redfox405
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcisco44
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear golden color, much like apple cider. Very small head, lots of tiny bubbles.
S - Aroma is a very mild raisin.
T - Flavor is sweet, mild raisin, caramel, with a fairly bitter finish. Boozy.
M - Mouth feel is on the sticky side, medium carbonation.
O - Not my favorite from HOTD, but a very good beer. Make sure you let it get to room temperature.

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Photo of pagriley
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of A_Rad
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of AD17
3.94/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Nunya
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of cd34
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,824 ratings
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