Little Dog | 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 | website

Style: English Bitter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An experimental beer, moderately hopped and low alcohol. First made from second runnings of Doggie Claws 2010; subsequent releases of Fred or Adam second runnings.

Added by djbreezy on 09-19-2010

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 67
Photo of barleywinefiend
2.71/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a light gold color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap

S: Weak citrus, sordove musty and bitter

T: Pretty much citrus, and pretty one dimensional. Lots of off putting hop bite on the end.

M: Light body, carbonation was to much for this lighter bodied beer.

O: Average. Second runnings of Doggie or Fred may be good for some but not this guy. Not a fan and I prefer the first runnings and I dont see how this could be classified as an APA either.

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Photo of oregone
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Clarification; These are not the Doggie Claws runnings. Sampled two different Little Dogs: Adam and Fred. Little Dog is a catch-all for whatever batch Alan is brewing and they carry the original brew name after. I.E: Little Dog Adam.
Reviews here are averaged and the two beers are very distinctly different. Adam has the smoked malt playing lead while Fred actually shows some upfront hop character (no bitterness) to run with the malt. Both, however different, were excellent brews.
Sessionable to the extreme, but great beers to boot.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Hair of the Dog in a nifty little tasting glass that beckons for me to purchase it. Sorry little fellow, your tulip shaped friend is only a dollar more and is much more practical.

A: Prominent smoke character brings to mind smoked apple wood bacon and beach wood. Some citrus hops shine through, as does a little bready malt.

F: Flavor is an interesting combination of smoke and citrus hops. They coexist nicely. Lightly bitter, with a touch of bready malt. Finish is a combination of bitterness and smoke that lingers.

M: Upper light body, moderate carbonation. Mouthful is a tad thin.

Overall: An interesting and well crafted beer, but not one I desire to drink again.

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Photo of dragonWhale
4.12/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Very cool to see this beer on tap. I remembered when we asked Alan what he thought "the next big thing in brewing" would be and he said "session ales" and now here I was, seeing the fruits. Had to give it a try.
Very light looking body, yellow and clear with a deft creamed cap of foam. Big hop presence, pine and grapefruits and apricots with some bread. Super thin, very thin and quickly dissipating mouf on it, the only flaw here really. I'd like just a little more body in the pup.
Session ale for sure, I could definitely sit around drinking these all night.

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Photo of boMD
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gotta love a great sessionable beer by HotD. This small beer from the second runnings of a Doggie Claws batch poured vibrant, hazy golden/yellow with a white head. Floral hops on the nose with a biscuity grain character. Cascade hops maybe? Very floral, earthy, aromatic, piney. Cracker-like, toasted grains. Smooth drinking, great hop presence.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A borderline see-through to opaque gold yellow color, with a white head. Bouquet consisted of an almost ashy smoke characteristic, with hints very faintly of apricot.

Kind of a weak taste in the palate but a surprisingly chewy mouthfeel for such weakness.

Little Dog in many ways has similar characteristics (I felt) to Greg in that is seems to have a crispness like a white wine.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery and tasting room. Served in an hotd stemmed taster glass.

appearance - light golden, not much head or lacing, cloudy

smell - light citrus hop notes

taste - the malt was forward for me on initial sip but once the beer warmed to room temperature the flavorful citrus hops came to fruition

mouthfeel - medium carbonation, light body, just about right

drinkability - very drinkable, good session beer, happy to see this on draft as the hotd beers are usually slow sippers

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Little Dog from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
84 out of 100 based on 17 ratings.
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