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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-17-2009

BEER STATS
Ratings:
264
Reviews:
97
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
14.97%
 
 
Wants:
218
Gots:
50
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3
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1.75/5  rDev -53.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
1.85/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Massively carbonated Michael...huh? More to follow...

Sweet and tart band aidy goodness....actually the highlight of this beer, which isn't saying much. However, there is a sneaking, crawling, feisty little headache blast that looms like the alcoholic cousin everyone simultaneously fears and reveres in an indescribable way.

And...our downhill journey begins....or continues. What is happening here? Something may have died and I'm not sure who to call.

Say it ain't so. The first HotD beer that I haven't enjoyed. Weirdly under carbonated despite the fluff in the glass. Like milwaukeeclassic huffing rubber cement in his punky, I'm a North Cackolacan sort of way. Headache upon headache, upon band aids gone wrong with an unpleasant finish not unlike inhaling the Great Salt Lake.

What an absolute mess.

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Photo of kojevergas
1.89/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with stylish label art and unbranded pry-off cap acquired at Sunset Beer Co in Silverlake and served into a flared stem-snifter/tulip hybrid glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. It was expensive as hell; I think somewhere in the $15-20 range. Reviewed as a Flanders Red because it identifies as such. "Barrel aged & bottle conditioned." 2012 vintage. 6.2% ABV confirmed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours no head whatsoever; all we get is a tiny beige floater ring that recedes within 15 seconds. Pathetic. Weak looking. Zero lacing.

Body colour is a dull murky caramel-brown. Dark, nontransparent, and only quasitranslucent towards the bottom of the glass. Not much to look at overall, but I'm optimistic. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Nice oak and red wine (sherry when I look for it). Some mild sourness; lactobacillus is indicated by the clean clinical feel of it - it's certainly not the spontaneous wild character of something like lambic yeast and there's no funkiness. Some tartness. Maybe some green apple fruit esters. Malt is generic; this is dominated by the yeast. But the sourness and tartness are still disappointing for a sour/flanders red. The oak is the highlight here. Some tannins. Cherry. No hop character or alcohol is detectable. A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength.

T: Strangely, there's some oak derived vanilla here, which doesn't fit in at all - and the overdone sweetness clashes with the light sour and tart notes. And light they are; it needs much more than that. Quite unevocative - even reticent. Green apple, licorice, cherry, raisin. Lacto yeast, sure, and some acetic character. Medicinal from the late second act through the finish; ugh. Even the oak isn't particularly enjoyable. Boy did I waste a lot of money on this one; this is one of the worst flavour profiles for a flanders red I've experienced in the last year or two. Vinegary. Malts are generic and add nothing of interest. Not gestalt - or even cohesive. This is an imbalanced mess with no subtlety whatsoever, nor any well-executed complexity. Poorly built for the style. Very disappointing.

Mf: All over the place. Texture coarsens and dries towards the finish, but is smoother and wetter up front. Thickness is a trainwreck, with a syrupy medicinal character throughout. Texture comes off artificial and doesn't feel good on the palate. Poor presence. Sticky. Undercarbonated; it might even approach watery. Not soft at all, but scratchy and also mushy like a wilted raisin. Strangely acidic for a beer which has such restrained sourness. Doesn't suit the style at all, nor does it complement the flavour profile well.

Dr: I got taken when I bought this; Hair of the Dog disappoints yet again. This is the worst value beer I've ever purchased; little quality for the buck. Just downright bad stuff. Even the mere 6.2% ABV is noticeable. Hard to drink. Definitely wouldn't touch this stuff again - even if it was free. I'm shocked at how poorly executed this is. Might well be the worst Flanders Red I've ever had the displeasure of drinking. Avoid.

Low D-

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

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2/5  rDev -46.5%

Photo of hannydawg
2.25/5  rDev -39.8%

Photo of bishopdc0
2.4/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shared a bottle with my wife, the beer is red but very cloudy. The nose is Brett funk seems somewhat unrefined. The beers tastes is unrefined, sweet malt with Brett funk, a very odd finish almost alcohol with a strange bitterness. This tastes like the first time I used Brett in a homebrew, a complete mess. Very unimpressed.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of chippo33
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of Lare453
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Photo of jrallen34
2.57/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I drank this from a 12oz bottle into a Rochefort glass.

The beer pours a murky ugly brownish water downed coca cola color that doesn't inspire much confidence that is futher let down by a non showing of a head or lacing.

The aroma appears to be in the right direction but just not there yet. There is a hint of sourness but it is somewhat spoiled by the creeping in of a piney alcohol.

The taste continues to disappoint. It is not sour in taste and just "off" in taste, I can't really describe it. There is a weird bitterness and tea like quality.

Michael Jackson is such a man to be honored but sadly this beer does not even come close to doing it. It should be avoided if you are a flanders fan and others should be sought out.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big thanks to Aaron for this one. Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip. Nose is pretty nice with a good level of acidity plus some baking oak and a fruit component. There’s some cherry along with mild dark fruits. Flavor ha the acidity and fruit down, but there’s way too much barrel character, as the tannins are nearly overpowering. Light-medium body.

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Photo of maximum12
2.71/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to bfg75 for procuring a few HoTD bottles for me; this is the last survivor of that fine trade. I tip my cap to him, the bottle, as I pop it open. 12 oz. bottle from the 2012 batch split with my wife, who loved the last Flanders we had.

Faint hiss on the pop, & only nine microscopic bubbles greet the eye on the pour. Swirling raises no further breathe of air/liquid interaction. It is a very nice color of copper cut with mud. Nose is dominated by sherry & cherry, with a faint zing of vinegar.

Michael suffers from a lack of that thing most beer has: carbonation. What flavors exist fall flat as stale potato chips or dried Twizzlers. Sherry, muddled fruits, & a heavy hand of yeastiness. Drying oak wanders, shot through with cellar must. Sort of tart. Six ounces is more than enough; I'd have been fine with three.

Hair of the Doggie has been hit or miss for me, & this is a whiff. Flat, not very flavorful, & expensive. 0-3. Doesn't even touch mediocre, not a good beer.

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Photo of fbc24
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of andrewinski1
2.77/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for this one, Derek! Poured into a small chalice. The color is dark murky amber. There is a large white head that settles nicely into a thin layer.

The aroma is tart candy.

The taste is sweet and malty, with a dose of dirt and funk in the finish. This is just a bit too sweet and the tartness isn't quite there. Instead there is just a dirty aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is average with sharp carbonation.

This just misses for me. It's a bit too sweet and I don't care for the aftertaste, but for some It will be just fine.

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Photo of Arbitrator
2.84/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chilled bottle into a glass. A gift from ramnuts, who trucked it down from Portland in December. Thanks, Frank!

A: This one took a lot of crap for being flat when it came out. Not the case here. It opened with a nice hiss and even gushed slightly, though slowly enough that we caught it in glasses and didn't spill a drop. It's a clear amber body, with great, long-lasting carbonation (streams of bubbles up the center of the glass). Its ample 1" head lasts and lasts, leaving great lacing and a substantial cap the entire time.

S: Lactic sourness, tart dark cherries, tannins / cherry skins. Some caramel and brown sugar.

T: As the nose suggests, it's quite sour, primarily with cherries. Some lemon is found. Cherry skins and oak contribute a tannic bite. Sweetness comes from light caramel and brown sugar (I honestly expected more). There is a slightly acetic bite to the finish. I see from the description that this was aged in sherry barrels, but I detected no traces of that in the taste. Overall it's neither as polished nor as complex as I'd expect from a good beer in this style, especially from a brewer of Alan's caliber. I kept waiting for the flavor to "open up" and it never did.

M: It's light-bodied, with moderate carbonation (most came out in the pour). A slightly acetic bite that gives the beer the impression of dryness.

D: It's a good Flanders Red, but after thinking about it, I prefer Oude Tart quite a bit more. I enjoyed drinking it, but it's nothing to write home about.

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Photo of Rutager
2.9/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

2012 bottle. $18.59 from Chuck's 85th st.

Appearance. Pours a very hazy orange amber. No head, very still ...fuck.

Smell. Cherries, sweet malt and lots of wood, fruity phenolic alcohol, and a bit of red wine vinegar.

Taste. Leather and sweet malts, cherry and tannic wood, partially fermented dark fruits.

Mouthfeel. On the lower side of full bodied, slightly sticky, next to nothing for carbonation. Again, fuck.

Overall. Never again, HOTD. I think I have one or two more of your beers in the cellar, but after that I'm done. Between this and the recent batch of flat Doggie Claws, I feel completely ripped off paying such stupid amounts of money for flat (or virtually flat) beer. Too bad since Matt was one of the better beers I've had. Oh well, there are plenty of consistent great beers out there to spend my hard earned cash on.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of t4h2c0
2.95/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

slight sour nose with a little sherry and oak, pours ruby in color with minimal head, slightly carbonated. Slight sour in initial taste with big oak flavors. There is a slight sherry flavor to the beer but it is abrasive to the palate. Very light and watered down. Any good flavors fade out quick and leave a tea-like taste in your mouth which equals a bad aftertaste. Hopefully some time in the bottle will improve this beer but unfortunately it doesn't seem like there is much room for improvement. If this beer was sour all the way through I would like it a lot better.

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Photo of thebigredone
2.97/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jjheinrichs for sharing,

The pour from the bottle produces an incredibly ugly looking beer, opaquely cloudy and reminiscent of unpasteurized apple cider.

The nose reminds you that this is a beer, smells like your typical Flander's, but a bit lighter.

Taste is decent, a little vinegar, tartness, some fruit, and a bit of oak. Fairly light on the flavors.

Overall, a subpar beer from HOTD. With their quality issues, who knows if this beer was actually supposed to taste like this. Not something I would have an interest in trying again.

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Photo of joel66
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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Michael from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.74 out of 5 based on 264 ratings.
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