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

1,821 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: 1,821 |  Reviews: 867
Photo of ocbret88
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of depechemode1983
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pours a cloudy golden honey color. Has a thick fluffy white head that sticks around for a long time. Leaves a curtain of lacing around the glass. Beautiful.

S - Very fruity nose. There is some sweet peach, and some acidic pineapple upfront. In the middle you get more of a cane sugar sweetness with some floral hop notes. Then it ends with a slight citric hops character the doesn't linger.

T - Taste is very sweet. Lots of candy sugar and sweet grape. Picking up some citrus along with some spice as well. Taste like a cross between a Hefeweizen and a Belgium Strong Pale Ale. Don De Dieu in particular. Perhaps to complex for my descriptive capabilities.

M - Smooth medium bodied and light carbonation. Very soft creamy.

Wow. Very impressive. This beer is delicious. One of the best beers Ive had to date. Highly drinkable. The ABV is high but well hidden. Id like to thank gkunkle for the bottle.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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Photo of BeerManDan
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fred is my favorite at this time. The first time I poured and took my first sip, all I could say was "WOW".
Batch #36 - Great
Batch #37 - Very Good
Batch #40 - Another Winner!
Batch #41 - Not as good as the above.
Batch #43 - Disappointed.
Batch #44 - Disappointed Again
Batch #49 - Getting Better
Batch #55 - Like #40
My only wish is that I could find all there beer easly. But the only place I can order it is at Trader Joe's, and only Fred, Adam or Helen! Now, I have to drive up to Portland Oregon to pick up Fred. No one in Northern California handles it!

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Photo of hchinaski
5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of bigdonniebrasco
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- Pours orange/caramel color. The head is IMMENSE! Anyone that bitches about carbonation issues got a bunk bottle!

S- Caramel, spices banana (sounds odd but trust me), sugar and candy!

T-WOW!!! VERY complex! Sweetness but NEVER cloyingly so, spices, malts, and "stickiness" the banana again, and even though I am not a fan of bananas this WORKS!

M- FULL !!! smooth. creamy, it hits every taste bud you have!!! Never too much, never too little!

Overall- Really AMAZING beer. I would trade my ENTIRE cellar for an endless supply of HOTD goodness! The BREWERY (not just Fred) is THAT good!!

* caveat... I LOVE their BW, Fred, Adam and all the variants, however I am not a fan of their IPA.

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

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5/5  rDev +22.9%

Photo of sponberg
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch #42. Yet another beer that I pour, sip, and stare at. Deep cloudy copper with a head that just will not stop - rocky, white, great to look at. Simply stunning aroma - big hop (citrus, earthy), malt (sweetness) and hints of rye in concert with a whiff of alcohol. Looks at bottle again. 10%? This will be interesting.

ohhh, mama! The beer equivalent of a... a... a damned fine beer. Massive body with all kinds of hop complexity - if you can picture a hop flavor in your mind and concentrate while sipping, you'll find it. Chewy, round toffee and rye maltiness, with a warming surge o' to complement the flavors. Hints of licorice in the background as it warms, which is a trait I look for in old ales. I could literally spend an evening drinking nothing but this beer and be happy as hell. Way up on my favorites list, and an impressive brew.

Can't wait to wait a year and see how it ages... but in the meantime I think I'll need to get a six or three.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Source/Serving: Bottle

S: Wow, this is a BIG nose. Lots of hops, malt, and yeast too. Wow. Fresh lillies, honey, spearmint, caramel, rye bread are all in your face. A nice toastiness and also fruit heavy which is super complex (banana, tropical fruit, guava, pineapple). Light ginger, tangerine, and vanilla. Lively and zesty overall. Rye spiciness and Belgian spiciness are moderate, along with apple cider,

T: Ginormous flavor profile, wow, this is massive. Fairy sweet up front, but not as sweet as it should be given how malty it is. Syrupy and thick, but the worried expectation of cloying sweetness is never met - more of a mouthfeel indication than a sweet taste per se. Confusing to the brain. Hops are evident from the get-go with mint, herb, fresh flowers, but are clean and not oily or resiny at all. Body is over the top heavy, practically a shake. The middle is syrupy caramel/toffee/toasted bread malty but really only slightly balanced to the sweet side due to a soft, fortifying bitter balancer. For how heavy this beer is there is a ton of juicy fruitiness and liveliness, really a study on how to make a heavy beer light - very well done. Belgian spiciness/fruit and the rye notes are all evident but in the background, more of a foundation flavor. Incredibly smooth, creamy, almost slick. Finish has a nice dryness, but the alcohol is not at all hot or really very present - very well done. The sip ends with smooth clean mint, heaps of caramel, brown bread, more floral and importantly some rye grittiness (which is good) and pithy bitterness, cleansing the palette and keeping you fresh for the next sip.

A: some of the best head retention I've ever seen.

Notes: This beer is a blast to drink. Find some and drink it. Its totally original, its intensity is uniquely awesome and amazingly smooth for the absolute flavors/aromas of the beer. Don't worry too much if you don't like sweet beer either, its really fairly balanced but uber-malty.

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Photo of Sephiroth
4.97/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Batch 4, bottled on 1-27-98, huge thanks to lou91 for this one. The label is in perfect shape, and the beer pours a clear amber with two inches of head.The smell is rich and complex; buttery, grainy, and vinuous all at the same time.

When I taste this beer for the first time, various expletives come from my mouth. It is that fu#kin good. Multigrain nutbread, huge carmel malt, toffee and butterscotch, slight anise, brown sugar, figs and dates, and a tiny bit of sherry butter. Mouthfeel is thick and chewy, drinkability is a five.

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Photo of oxmasterscream
4.92/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Wow. What a pleasant surprise coming off of my last HOTD brew, Ruth, which I nearly despised.

App: Poured into a tulip glass... cloudy copper with a big, cream colored, frothy, thick head which left massive lacing as it was consumed.

Smell: Awesome. Complex. Wonderfully fresh hop aromas coupled with a heavy malt presence. Spicy, fruity, cotton-candy, golden raisins, vanilla, sweet, golden pastries, a bit of citrus... damn, I can't put my finger on one of the smells but I can't get enough of it. I took a deep whiff between every taste.

Taste/Mouth/Drink: Yow. Big time hop burn. Wickedly spicy and seriously fruity. Finish is bitter sweet and lingering. At times a citrusy, sour tang was left throughout my mouth. A candy-like sweetness is balanced by crisp, spicy hops. Warming but not overly alcoholic tasting. Mouth is thick and full but still bubble and prickly on the tongue. Really enjoyable. A top-notch barleywine. The way one should taste. I wish I had bought more than one.

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Photo of timc100
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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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.9/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a gorgeous rich amber color, tons of red and orange hues. wonderful almond colored head with an amazing head that has a phenomenal retention level. Huge amount of lacing.

S: slightly acidic aroma, but nice. big hops nose, nothing in particular, which is great. keeping it all together is the aroma from the malts. sweet, fruity and robust.

T: very sweet malts, with a slight apple characteristic. big orange notes, reminds me of Grand Marnier almost. very robust and smooth, with a nice kick from the alcohol. outstanding palate on this.

M: smooth and creamy for a barleywine. higher carbonation level than expected, but very welcoming. full bodied definitely.

D: like everything from this brewery, it is wonderful. get it because it is fantastic. probably the most drinkable

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Fred from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.07 out of 5 with 1,821 ratings
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