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
For Trade:
3
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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy murky amber in color. It poured with a thin white head that completely dissipated.
S: Light to moderate aromas of oak and sour cherries are present in the nose.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, but seems to be more mellow and doesn't have any distinct characteristics.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a low to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I'm not sure if this Flanders Red Ale is unblended, as it doesn't have that much complexity. It also seems to have more oak than sourness.

Note: 2012 vintage.

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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arbitrator shared this a long while back. I scribbled down some notes and then apparently forgot about them. Pardon the lack of embellishment in the review, the beer isn't fresh in my mind.

Appearance: Reddish-amber with a frothy white head that clings nicely to the glass. Great clarity and color.

Smell: Cherries, strawberries, acetic acid, sherry and oak.

Taste/mouthfeel: Dark fruit with an acetic undercurrent. Sherry, oak, a little smoke. Mineral, somewhat metallic. A little maltiness. Brief finish.

A good first attempt at the style. I heard this was flat and suffered from poor mouthfeel when this first came out, but that wasn't the case with this bottle.

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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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look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2009 vintage. As soon as I popped the cap it started gushing uncontrollably. Unfortunately I lost about half of the beer. Once it settled down a bit it had a brown/orange color to it with a thick, fluffy head. A little murky with some floaties.

The aroma is sour, funky and moderately acidic with some notes of sour cherries and musty fruit. There is a sweeter, almost sugary malt presence to it as well, helping cut through the tart funkiness. I thought it had a great aroma to it for the style, lots of depth and complexity to it.

The taste loses some of the funky, mustiness that I really liked in the aroma. I get a little more sweeter, sugary malts and tart fruits to it. The finish shows a decent amount of the sourness to it though. Notes of tart cherries and a little caramel malts stand out in it. Pretty good flavors, but lacking a little of the depth the aroma had.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style with carbonation being high. Overall it was a pretty solid sour beer. I really liked the funky, musty flavors in the aroma. The taste showed a little too much sweetness up front that seemed to overshadow some of the funky character. Very good overall though, I wish I didn't lose half of it upon opening.

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