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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Photo of wisrarebeer
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch 78. Brought back by PurpleCloud from Portland, OR. Thanks bro!!rnrnGreat beer all-around. Unique, tasty, full-flavored and definitely unique. Somewhere between a tripel and saison in taste. With an ABV that is definitely present and quite noticeable.

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Photo of davexisxrabid
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First thing I noticed about this ale was not really its orangey amber color but the super huge frothy white head and the retention! This brew left beautiful lacing all over my glass.

Smell was interesting, almost like a cabernet port. There was a definite hint of bubblegum and a pineapple type aroma to it as well.

Definite citrus/grapefruit flavor with a lingering piney tart bitterness. Good balance between the sweeter malts and bittering hops; you don't have to sip this one, you can chug it! But since the bottle is only 12 oz. anyway, I would say best to savor it.

Good carbonation helped this ale go down but it does leave a slick sweet and sour taste in you mouth that may be cloying after a bit.

Drinkability is good but I wouldn't suggest more than one or two in a night because the aftertaste that lingers on the palate may be a little to sweet and rich. If this aftertaste weren't so pronounced, I would definitely make a night of this ale!

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured carefully into a snifter. I didn't see any sediment that others have mentioned. The color was bright and golden. The smell was hoppy and a little alcohol. The taste was really good and reminded me a little of Old Guardian. Strong ABV did not really get in the way. Delicious beer, wish I could get it here in CO.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #60

A: Dirty, hazy and mysterious. Raspberry copper color with a huge off white head. Lots of sediment. Very nice. Lots of rings left behind after every sip.

S: Light caramel and yeasty. Subtle hints of aromatic hops. Obvious alcohol.

T: Loads of caramel from the first impression to the last memory of aftertaste. Obvious rye flavors with hints of OJ, raspberry alcohol esters, creme brulee and a bit of dry sherry. Sweet but not overly sweet, not cloying what so ever. Finish is suprisingly dry like a champagne.

M: Very creamy and full bodied. Bit over carbonated but better to be over than under.

D: Friggin good beer. I can't wait to try the woody version.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was a bit taken back by the frothy/substantial head that formed on this beer. The head just lays there like a pile of whipped cream. The beer is a light cloudy amber color. (Beer was not disturbed for well over 24 hours.  The clumpy rings of lacing are amazing.  

Smell is yeasty with lots of malt notes. Some alcohol present. A touch of sweetness.

Very interesting barley wine flavor. Lost of citrus, fruity character in the flavor. Just below this is a lot of sweet caramel. These two combine nicely. The candied sugar provides a bit of an interesting twist on the sweetness. Have to admit, I would not have picked out the Rye. Perhaps this contributes to a more crisp finish here.

Full bodied, almost sticky, but still fresh.

I am enjoying this and its growing on me. A barley wine with an interesting twist.

Well done.

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Photo of stoutfiend27
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle received from my good friend james in a surprise box which really made my terrible week so much better...thanks for looking out...batch 80 into the snifter

a-deep hazy golden color...huge rocky head and tons of chunky lacing....lots of carbonation at first but settled down nicely...

s-lots of sweetness..loads of caramel and toffee....the earthy rye malt is nice as well as the addition of the aromatic....very balanced on the nose

t-lots of caramel up front...some toffee comes in and the earthiness/breadiness from the rye lends its hand....bitter hops hold this thing together and keep it from being cloying...very delicate and the sweetness from the candy sugar is nice...hops finish this one out..

m-medium to full bodied...lots of residual sugar in this one...coats the mouth and stays....the bitterness from the hops linger as well as the dryness in this beer...

o-excellent would love to have tons more of this....the 10% abv is nowhere to be found and nothing is offensive at all about this beer....huge thanks to james for sending this my way...cant wait to get into the rest...

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Photo of beerman207
4.23/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange, skim left on top of the glass after the head disssipates.

S: Caramel and apples - wow - great nose

T: Amazingly mild with malt, hops, and apple flavor coming in.

M: Mild carbonation

D: Easy to drink considering the high ABV. I would be interested to see how age affects this brew.

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Photo of glid02
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this via route66pubs - much obliged!

Pours a very turbid gold color with a towering white head that makes me wait to pour the rest of the beer. The head slowly recedes into a rocky pancake that sticks around until the beer's done leaving solid lacing.

Smells of sweet malts, Belgian candi sugar, and candied pears and apples, with hints of spices. This is one interesting-smelling beer. Earthy hops poke out a bit every now and then.

Tastes somewhat similar to how it smells, though in smaller amounts. The Belgian candi sugar hits up front with the malts, with hints of candied fruit and earthy hops leading to a very mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a really nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. There's a lot going on here, and I finished the bottle pretty quickly.

Overall this certainly is a "special golden ale" - a weak saison meets BSPA meets Belgian IPA. Definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of TJRoar
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of marc77
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky golden in hue, topped by a very thick, creamy and attractive off - white head. Florally sweet honey, candy coated nuts & a hint of grainy, spicy rye in aroma. Smells sweet and luscious. Intense sugary sweetness hits the palate upfront, but as that slowly fades, biscuit, rye spice, sweet fruit and a touch of black pepper follow. Hop bitterness is mild & overpowered by malt sweetness. Moderately bodied. Finishes expectedly sweet with light toasted grain and delayed alcohol warmth. Fred is intensely sweet, perhaps so much as to hurt its drinkability. Its depth of flavor and sweetness makes it a tasty dessert beer.

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Photo of levifunk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a - pour is a cloudy orange color. white head.

s - rotting grapefruit. candy sweetness. belgian yeast.

t - wierd flavor. belgian yeast comes out most to me. some sweetness. its good, but not a typical barleywine. bitter finish

m - very creamy feel. medium body. good carbonation

overall - very interesting. its quite enjoyable. looking forward to trying the wood version.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to BeerBeing for this bottle.

Batch # 54.

Pours a clear reddish-copper color with three fingers worth of off-white head. Good amount of lacing.

Very complex aroma. I get molasses, caramel, raisins, alcohol, a little bit of a woody / floral note, and a light bubble gum scent (odd....I know).

The flavor starts with some biscuity malts, then the spicy, peppery hops and the alcohol ends it all. There is a bit of sweet fruit flavor that makes an appearance, but the alcohol quickly overtakes it. Sweet and malty, then a bit of sweet and spicy, followed the alcohol burn. Nice.

Thick medium body with little carbonation. The alcohol is hot with this one. Sneaks up on you a bit as well. If it wasn't for that, I would have given it at least a 4.

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Photo of bamadog
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Extra special thanks go out to beerman207 for splitting this bottle with me that he picked up on a recent trip back home to the greater Philadelphia area. Pour is from the bottle to a pint glass and the review is from notes taken on 2/13/2010.

This beer pours a deep apricot and coppery color with a big billowy white 2 finger head that fades slowly and becomes rocky and pockmarked as it fades to a thin, but full, skim; it leaves behind a web of dry sticky lacing; body is hazy and cloudy and only shows a little bit of light through and reminds me of a very thick and homemade cider.

It smells and tastes like toffee, caramel and apples spiced with cinammon and nutmeg -- the spicing is reminiscent of an old ale; faint vapors of alcohol are presnet in the nose and on the palate but it well blended and masked.

The mouthfeel is soft, smooth and creamy; carbonation is definitely present but not sharp at all and feels soft and almost velvety; leaves a fair amount of stickiness behind.

Fred is another amazing offering from HOTD and would love to get my hands on some more and give it some age to see how it does with some time on its side. The only thing slowing me down on it is the higher ABV, but on a cold winter night, I could sip my way through a couple of these.

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Photo of froggyfrog
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fred - American Barley Wine - 12 oz. Bottle - Served: Pint Glass.

Dark gold with creamy white head.

Smell is spot on sweet and funky. Citrus hops.

Spicy taste, apricot, alcohol, very smooth, burnt sugars. Mellow cascade-like flavors in the finish.

Solid fullness on the tongue dissipates into a light creaminess that fades away like a faint butterfly whisper.

Easy drinking. A little heavy on the alcohol flavor which is OK with me.

A good solid interpretation of the ABW style. Flavors are mellow, blunted and musty. All in all a very subtle and tasty beer.

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Photo of tmcelvain
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light brown beer - very hazy with a giant head. This is a unique looking beer. The smell is of alcohol and roasted candied malt.
Sweet, sweet, but earthy caramel flavor. Rasiny fruit aftertaste with a bitter finish that balances this sweet, grassy flavor.
Fizzy mouthfeel from start to finish. A very lively beer. Overall, this is a very complex and pleasing brew, making me likely to order a few, but the high ABV and such a mouthfull of flavor leave me torn on the drinkability of this one. A tremendous beer, though I tend to disagree with the Barleywine classification. Tastes almost like a Belgian golden to me.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 78, 12 oz bottle.

Clear light golden color with a thin off white head. A few dots of lacing and a thin film. Aroma has honey, grass, light pepper, honeydew; overall fairly sweet. Medium thick, syrupy body with low carbonation and light alcohol in the finish. Sweet flavor with light malt and bread underneath candi sugar, melons, honey and clove. Always a treat, this bottle was a little sweeter than I remembered, but still smooth and balanced.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Santa for this one! Poured into a tulip. The beer pours a murky amber with a thin creamy layer of off white head that settles down with thin sticky lace. The aroma is spicy golden raisins with a musty toffee finish with candied sugar to finish out the aroma. The taste is full of dark fruits. Raisins and figs come to mind with a musty flavor and a very sweet caramel candied sugar finish. Really a nice balance of dark malty flavors with a sweet toffee finish. Feels really nice, with a big full body and subtle carbonation. Like most barley wines this one is kind of a boozy sipper. Really enjoyable and I always want more.

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Photo of Allpe45
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a snifter
Batch 79

Appears a hazy brownish orange with 1 finger head that recedes leaving sticky white lace.

Smells like sugary malt, cooked sugars, and rye malts. Sweet candied raisins and molasses. A subtle grassy/earthy hop aroma presents itself as the beer warms. First thing I notice from the initial sip is how incredibly silky smooth this beer is. Very low carbonation but medium-thin bodied. Lots of sugary malt flavor up front, followed closely by caramel sweet estery fruit, some honey and rye. A touch of spicy hops in the finish and another smattering of malty sweetness coats the mouth with slick oiliness. Very unique, doesn't really fit the classification of american barleywine but I don't think there is a style where this would fit.

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Photo of 100floods
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Batch number on the bottle says 78.

I poured this beer only have it practically ooze out. There appeared to be no carbonation, although one finger of head appear for a second or two. What looks like hints of carbonation doesn't seem like it. The brew is a super murky golden hue. It looks like apple cider.

The first few sniffs are crisp and hoppy. There's a wee bit of alcohol and some malt cutting through. I smell some sweet citrus things going on, like honey and lemon mixed I have a feeling it's going to taste like it smells.

The first spit hits me with a blast of earthy hop flavors and malt, almost like Flying Dogs Double IPA. The puppy is full of hop flavor. This definitely has the texture of an aged beer. It's noticeably flat, but it's certainly not a malt bomb. Unfortunately the brewery's website had no information on this batch, so I don't know how old this bottle is, but it's old, and fortunately the hops have kept up. The malt has kind of an apple taste to it and certainly compliments the malt. Everything tastes kind of old, but not entirely bad. I mean, keeping in mind how old this beer COULD be, it's help up considerably.

Drinking beers like this are always a treat because you can really taste what aging is capable of, if done right.

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Photo of South2NW
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 90, 12oz bottle poured to snifter.

A: dark golden color, about a fingers width of off white head. Leaves light amount of lacing.

S: honey, dark fruits, maybe a bit of brown sugar?

T: honey and fruit sweetness up front, a nice bit of spice follows, hop bitterness in the finish. Bitterness lingers just a bit.

M: medium bodied, with high carbonation. Just a touch of burn from the alcohol.

O: very good beer. The 10% abv isn't too noticeable. Goes down easily.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dansting. 12oz bottle, Batch 71. Served in a Duvel tulip. Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy reddish gold with a thin white head. Spicy aroma with burnt sugar sweetness. Also a little alcohol. Full bodied and rich mouthfeel. Great malt complexity. Raisiny fruit. Some yeast esters. Maybe a little oxidation. Hop bitterness is restrained. Alcohol is warming. Definitely a sipper. Unique beer, very enjoyable.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

After 3 rather blase brews, I needed something spectacular, and look what I found in the fridge...
Bright, golden peachy hue, slim, soon-departing white head.
Aroma, slightly sour, but citric and sweet moreover, lemon, orange, spices and more...a lively treat.
Taste: yeast and citric fruit, with thick, full malt are the biggest, juiciest part of this brew, nicely hopped, and with a thoroughly tangy mouthfeel. Medium bodied, with a long, fruity, citric finish.
I'd forgotten the style when I cracked the cap and started into the brew, but now it's clear that it's meant as a tripel, but ends up being a rather intriguing variant. Thick, chewy, sticky, fruity, gummy, yummy, this Fred is much like it's namesake, a unique, particular specimen that is rich in character and defies categories, a cantankerous, unruly ale that stretches boundaries and delights tastebuds. I need to meet up with this Fred more often!

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Photo of deuce9259
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Lnedrive14
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 54 - purchased from Liquor World (I think they have a few left if you're interested).

This is a barleywine? Really? HUGE head pours out of this one. Pours an slightly orange color, somewhat like a DIPA. Smell is moreso a barleywine - toffee and butterscotch predominate as the others have said. Effervescent mouthfeel - almost like a medium bodied tripel, except for the strong alcohol presence in the aftertaste.

Quite an interesting brew. One that I would certainly like to have more of. Would have given higher ratings had the alcohol been hidden a little bit better.

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Photo of ShogoKawada
4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz into tulip. Thanks, augustgarage! Batch 77. 10% ABV

a- Nice pale and a bit hazy dull yellow. Snow-white head that looks like an overfilled washing machine.. bubbles for days. Lacing is very light in body and spotty.. like a snowdrift in my tulip. Really amazing pour, 5 of 5.

S- Cranberries and cornbread... hmm. Very fruity, very sweet, interesting. A bit boozy, a hint of overripe papaya.

T- Malt, sweet, maple sugar, pretty good hop bite and a bit of an earthy/yeasty closer. Lots of esters and floral hop notes as well. Mild rosewater. An ongoing sweetness that borders on too much but never crosses it.

M- Great carbonation, powerful flavors.. hops and heavy malt almost take a second to register.. explosive.

D- High. Really unique, really interesting. Worth seeking out. I'd drink it again in a heartbeat.

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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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