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

1,807 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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4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


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 -1%
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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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Batch 85. 12oz. bottle into a snifter.

Appearance - Pours a think head. Apricot color. A little foggy. Decent lace.

Smell - Sweet, sweet alcohol. Also getting a strong hop presence. Maybe some fruit in there too...apricots? Very sweet though, toffee and vanilla. Delightful.

Taste - Sweet malt and toffee. Complex hop flavor. Very nice.

Mouthfeel - Not much carbonation. Medium body. Not much to speak of on the back end...besides the alcohol.

Overall - Very complex. Still get a lot of alcohol, even after it warms up. Glad I have 2 more of these to see how they age over the next 2 years.

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. Enjoying this one thanks to SanFranJake.

A: Pours a hazy copper color with a huge head and nice lacing.

S: Citrus and floral hops, sweet malts, along with some oak and vanilla.

T: Oak, vanilla, and honey up front with some bitter hops on the back end.

M: Medium to full bodied with good carbonation.

O: A little sweeter than I prefer, but quite enjoyable. I'm very glad I got to try it.

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4/5  rDev -2.2%

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4.06/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 76.

Appearance: Perfectly clear light copper/like a newish penny. Head is off-white and creamy. Drops to a small cap almost instantly. Retention is decent, keeping the cap for the duration. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Biscuits and alcohol. Touches of caramel sweetness. Very bready. Hops are still kicking with huge notes of grapefruit and pine. Slightly pithy. Big hit of higher alcohols. Toffee and caramel with touches of vanilla as well. Perhaps a touch of oak. Some underlying spiciness coupled with the distinct sweetness of candi sugar. Vaguely floral and fruity.

Taste: Toffee and lots of it. Big bready/biscuity malt with some underlying caramel malt sweetness. A bit more spice comes through than the nose indicated. Delightful. Candi sugar adds another layer of sweetness. Malts are complex and a bit over sweet. Slightly overcaramelized as well. Solid hop presence is floral with a touch of citrus to round it out. Some vanilla mixed in as well. Almost perfume-like at times. Sharp bite of alcohol on the back. Slightly maybe?

Mouthfeel: A medium to full body with a medium to light carbonation. Dry finish from the alcohol.

Overall: Blunt force Americana.

Fred treads on barleywine territory, but is most definitely not. Deeply complex. A true sipper. Drinks like a beast and that gets a little intense as the beer warms. Still aggressive after 3 years in the cellar. Nice.

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.09 out of 5 based on 1,807 ratings.
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