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

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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:
#2,485
Reviews:
867
Ratings:
1,824
pDev:
11.79%
Bros Score:
4.17
 
 
Wants:
381
Gots:
310
Trade:
17
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Gorgeous and original. Completely opaque golden orange with a foamy cream colored head that sticks around.

S: Wow. Smells sticky with resin, caramel and pine sap. Huge citrus fruit notes and sweet, rich caramel.

T: Resinous pine, sweet butterscotch and toffee, sugared grapefruit peel and the Belgian candi sugar shines through. Slight rye spice dry notes throughout.

P: Sticky, chewy, full. Coats the mouth resiny sweetness.

O: Amazing.

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 84 acquired via trade. Poured into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. A rather gentle pour brings forth a massive, creamy, well-sustained head like whipped cream on a Sunday. The lacing is majestic. The beer itself is clear, dark gold, and highly effervescent. THIS is what a beer looks like! On the nose I get sweet fruit-like notes with a hint of baking spices. It reminds me a lot of a Belgian Tripel. I get sweet pears, apples, and various phenols. I also get some alcohol and a hint of oakiness. Very nice.

Nice full body and an incredibly creamy, slick feel. There is sweet malt, some diacetyl that accompanies it nicely, and a rich toast and marmalade flavor. Along with all of this there is a perfectly balanced spicy hop additional that never overtakes the flavor and turns this into a West Coast Hop bomb. Everything about the profile of this beer is calculated and well-tuned. The finish is spicy, a tad dry, and sustained.

Wow, I am thoroughly impressed by this beer. It's difficult to describe, but I would say it combines the best qualities of a Belgian Tripel and an American Strong Ale. What surprises me most is that it's probably not even the best beer they make. It's a work of art by a true master of craft beer. To those of you fortunate enough to have regular access to these beers - I wish to express my great envy.

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3.33/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle. Batch 85

Appearance: Dark orange/copper color. Extremely hazy with some visible sediment floating in the glass. Poured about 2 fingers of an off white, cream colored head with nice retention and lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt, rye, banana bread, Belgian candy sugar, a bit of a spicy yeast character, slightly medicinal.

Taste: Sweet bread, spiciness from the yeast and rye, some dark fruit and nuttiness, more candy sugar. Booze and spiciness help cut the sweetness a bit.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied, sticky, syrupy mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the high side.

Overall: Not impressed with this one. There's some nice flavors in there, but the end product is a bit of a sweet, syrupy mess.

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3.5/5  rDev -14%

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2.53/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Spent way to much on this bottle. the batch I tasted was 4 yrs old. Maybe I am not a fan of aged beers. Very heavy mouthfeel, not friendly to the nose. Way to much bready taste and a HUGE belgian yeast aftertaste that lingered and did not go away. Nice to try something different, but we decided Fred can just lie in his bed, permanently.

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

12oz bottle thanks to Lopo87! Batch 86.

A: A dark orange/red color. Not very golden. Nice 1cm head that lingers forever.
S: Smells a lot like my mash tun when I brew. Lots of bready, caramel and malty aromas.
T: Tastes a bit hoppy. Grape-like tastes at the beginning. Very light though. Followed by lots of sweetness, malts, caramel, vanilla, and honey. The flavor reminds me of a "light" barleywine.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sticky, and tiny alcohol hotness present. Smooth and semi-dry finish.
O: This is a great beer. I haven't had many golden ales but this is definitely among the best I've had.

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz into a 28oz snifter

Batch 78, that puts this around 2yrs?

A- pours a orange amber glow, very small head that's diminishs to a thin ring around the beer

S- not much going on here, whiffs of caramel, fresh baked bread, faint alcohol fumes

T- tad alcohol taste, years have toned this down, sweet caramel, candied raisins, dried figs almost wine like

M- slick and oily, fuller body, alcohol warmth on the tongue...still hard to really tell its 10%

O- found this gem in Pittsburgh... always wanted to try it and the years of age have put it in my drinking terms .... cheers

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

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4.29/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

BATCH 80

Poured a hazy honey golden hue with a 2 finger head of snow white. Sheets of lacing down glass and legs to boot.

Honey and malt with a touch of oxidized hops, but not unpleasant hop. peach and dark stone fruit like raisin and plum,booze is in check but present.

SWEET grape like sweet, peaches and raisin, honey and prune. Big prune finish and a hint of hop bittering.

Medium full bodied creamy goodness. This one whale of a beer.

A bit sweet but NOT cloying, not typicaly my bag but very enjoyable.

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4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

batch 60 (2006)

taste- caramel, citrus, raisins, apricots, sour notes, faint wood smoke, madeira flavors in the finish

color- deep amber

clarity- pours hazy with sediment in the pour

smell- aromatic malts, strawberries, sour, dampness, wood, biscuits

body- good hop bite in the mouth with a medium-length finish, soft mouthfeel

appearance- great color, tight bubbly creamy slightly off-white head, nice initial lacing that fades with each pour. carbonation kicks up with each swirl...very nice

overall impression- alan does a great job with his beers, they never cease to amaze me in terms of their staying power in the bottle. i had a fred 3 (1998) not too long ago and there was still carbonation in the bottle and the flavors help up...incredible!

notes and comments- beer is still well balanced, reminded me of a barleywine, alcohol is still present. a lot of sediment (somewhat loose) on the bottom of the bottle

beer spy- bevmo, walnut creek ca, 2006, 12oz

glassware: tulip

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4/5  rDev -1.7%

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