Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Flanders Red Ale
3.76 | pDev: 15.16%
Feb 10, 2023
Oct 17, 2009
Very Good
Notes: Michael is a Flanders Red, made in memory of Michael Jackson. The Beer was Brewed in January of 2007, and aged in American oak and Sherry barrels since then. It is just over 6% alcohol, made with Organic Pilsner, Vienna and Munich malts and fermented with a variety of yeast and bacteria.

Released November 2009 & Fall 2012.
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Rated: 3.61 by BarrelAgedG from California

Feb 10, 2023
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Reviewed by VABA from Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Pours a gorgeous ruby color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has cherry and fruity hints
The taste follows the nose with a nice cherry and fruity flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A nice Flanders red
Dec 30, 2022
Rated: 4.75 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

Jun 18, 2022
Rated: 4 by paulish from New York

Mar 27, 2022
Rated: 1.84 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 06, 2019
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Reviewed by Beersnake1 from California

4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Poured from fridge temp into a Hair of the Dog glass. No sound when cracking the cap - not a surprise given the brewery. Almost no head. Pours a gorgeous dark reddish/brown. The nose is incredible. Sour/tart cherries is dominant. Some funk, and a bit of leather is mixed in. Also picking up peaches, red grape skin, and wood. This is just a beer that I could sniff for an hour before taking a sip. The taste is not 100% what I was expecting from the nose, but equally awesome. Smooth, with a good amount of raisin, cherries, wood chips, leather, tree sap, and maybe a slight hint of tobacco. The complete lack of carbonation actually fits really nicely with the flavors. The aftertaste is slight bitter, but nice and fruity. The mouthfeel is slightly dry, but a really nice refreshing flavor coats the mouth. Overall, this is one of the more unique beers that I have tried, which isn't surprising since this is from HotD. Definitely an awesome experience.
Feb 18, 2019
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
12 oz bottle from 2012. Wow, do I feel lucky.

Michael is a gorgeous beer. Somewhat still, like many of the knockouts from Hair of the Dog, he is burnt orange in color with perfect clarity. The auburn and maple syrup highlights are stunning and proud, and Michael knows this. The thinnest ring of white foam acts as a gasket around just the perimeter of the glass.

The smell is devine. Tart yet sweet Rainier Cherries come to mind, along with a slap of aged oak and a smooth touch of caramel.

Cherries once again are front and center. More fruit comes into play with fig and plum, and lightly tart red apples. Plenty of oak, even drabs of leather and vanilla like many of the pounds offerings.

The only knock comes right here. This is a bit watery. Flat, as expected, but manages a slick feel in the end. Surprisingly not oxidized, and still very well balanced with an elevated perception of alcohol warmth that soothes the chest.

Beautiful. Intoxicating. Delicious. This lacks some tartness and soft but lively bubbly character, but I believe this would please the late Beer Hunter quite well. And even if that weren't the case, it sure pleases the shit out of me.

Dec 30, 2018
Rated: 3.65 by vfgccp from New York

May 29, 2017
Rated: 4.5 by Kmat10 from Canada (AB)

Apr 23, 2017
Rated: 3.37 by krl2112 from Illinois

Jan 31, 2017
Rated: 4 by scottiethebody from California

Oct 21, 2016
Rated: 4.04 by sendbeer from Georgia

Oct 01, 2016
Rated: 3.75 by BeerOps from Illinois

Aug 04, 2016
Rated: 3.99 by egrace84 from Illinois

Aug 02, 2016
Rated: 4 by Zuidman from Illinois

Jul 31, 2016
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Rated by BMMillsy from Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
2009 bottle drank at the brewery on 6/30/16.
Jul 01, 2016
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. brewed in 2012, in honor of fellow Brit Michael Jackson, the Beer Hunter.

pours a murky reddish brown with a small white head which dissipates to a small ring. no lacing.

aroma is slightly vinegary, with a strong smell of plums/figs.

really enjoying the taste of this one. the fruits are the dominant flavor, slight vinegary tartness, with a creamy vanilla taste at the end.

mouth is between medium and full. the fruit hangs around for quite some time. although the abv is only 6.2, there is a slight booziness as well.

overall, although this bottle almost broke the bank at 24 bucks, I'm glad I got to try it. Unlikely I'll get to try another one.
May 02, 2016
Rated: 4.16 by Bunuelian from Minnesota

Nov 13, 2015
Rated: 4 by Skellbop from New York

Aug 19, 2015
Rated: 3.72 by Pete_IV from New York

Aug 08, 2015
Rated: 3.08 by johnyb from Florida

Jul 21, 2015
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Reviewed by CHickman from New York

3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
2012 Bottle-> 6.2% ABV: pours dark red with pink hues like a glass of ruby red grapefruit juice with rum poured in it that had a small tan head which faded quickly and left little to no lacing. There was sediment floating around the brew and random carbonation bubbles.

Smells of dark rum, sour cherries, oak barrels, red wine vinegar, maple syrup, fermented red grapes, metallic yeast and a mashed up mix of sour fruit. It is sweet, sour and boozy, with rotting pear and green apple showing through with what seems like tea leaf or some dry leafy spices. Wet cardboard smell almost makes it seem like it's skunky, but that's the souring effect.

Tastes tart and sour to start with a lot of fruit that's a mix of sour cherries, rotting pear, plum, sour red grapes, old fruit juice and green apple; the next wave is boozy like rum or spent grains/mash, sherry and oak notes which then turn phenol and acidic with metallic yeast, herbs, aspirin, peat moss, tree bark and a caramel or syrupy sweetness. The sour bite is very sharp but the alcohol is not a factor as it blends in well with the rest of the complex brew. There is so much going on that the yeast must be alive and in their glory making all these sour and tart changes. It gets better as it warms.

Mouthfeel was slick and thin across the tongue, with very mild carbonation, a light to medium body, and an overall sourness that was not to bad with some tart aspects which allowed the fruit and yeast to come through. No sign of hops, but the barrel notes are present throughout.

Overall I liked this, but didn't love it. It was tasty and complex, but just seemed a little stale to me. Maybe 3 years of aging was too long, so I'd try it again.

Cheers to Michael Jackson, a pillar in the craft beer revolution, not the freak who bleached his skin until his nose fell off. This was brewed in his honor and I salute him.
Jul 10, 2015
Rated: 3.52 by BDeibs from Colorado

Jul 09, 2015
Rated: 4 by jakemn91 from New Mexico

Jul 06, 2015
Rated: 3.77 by Geoffq from California

Jun 22, 2015
Rated: 4.13 by rhynosorus from California

Jun 05, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by RKing44 from Massachusetts

Apr 28, 2015
Rated: 3.68 by trxxpaxxs from New York

Apr 07, 2015
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Well this is officially the worst Flanders Red that I have ever sampled. Not malty like a Flanders Red should be. Not sour... heck, not even much of a light tartness. Tasting alot of oak barrel. Mouthfeel is watery and overall impression is bland and unwhelming. Sad that this beer is a tribute to such an awesome historical beer figure as Michael Jackson. Were you trying to insult the poor guy by brewing this beer? It was not much of a tribute. That is for sure.
Mar 25, 2015
Rated: 3.98 by greg4579 from Pennsylvania

Mar 16, 2015
Rated: 3.79 by jbaker67 from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2015
Rated: 4 by sirsteve42 from New York

Feb 11, 2015
Rated: 3.78 by iatethecloudsfor from Vermont

Jan 26, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by rjp217 from Massachusetts

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 3.96 by liamt07 from Canada (ON)

Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 4.85 by nathanmiller from New York

Dec 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by Abrahammer from California

Nov 30, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by chcfan from California

Nov 19, 2014
Rated: 4 by dleiner from New York

Nov 11, 2014
Rated: 4 by DIPAFAN from New Jersey

Nov 10, 2014
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