Peach Fred
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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American Strong Ale
Ranked #248
Ranked #41,733
3.51 | pDev: 20.51%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Very Good
Notes: "Aged in Bourbon barrels with Baird Family farms peaches for 17 months."
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 34 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by dragonWhale:
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3.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

at the tasting room, 3 oz pours..
hazy, dirty blond with a little chunk, less than in my buddy Pat's glass. low carb.
nice aroma, some peach, some vanilla, alcohol, oak, and malt.
flavor is good, I really want it to be outstanding. I'm not sure what this beer is missing. Maybe the peaches just don't quite work with it, but I do really like the concept. It starts like a peach beer and finishes like a muted fred from the wood. I was hoping that the peach could add to the flavor, but it is merely a detractor at this point. Good, but not Fred from the Wood good.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +14%

Current version of this beer is almost too much of a good thing. While I get some underlying fred base beer and peach, the bourbon in this really dominates, and is a bit over the top. The bourbon seemed to transform the flavor profile into almost a fruit cocktail like fruit flavor, that was enjoyable, but a bit odd (the noticeable high abv. doesn't help).

Hard to imagine getting a full tulip of this beer. Got just a sampler size pour, and struggled getting it down.

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Photo of Seantronz3030
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hair of the Dog tasting room, served in the HOTD taster 3oz glass - special weekend at HOTD, gearing up for new bottles of Matt and Doggie Claws 2010

A - Golden orange color, floating bits of peach, which settle in the bottom of the taster glass

S - Hints of vanilla, dried fruits, a slight funkiness, and oak

T - sweet like caramel, a bit of vanilla bean, oak, peaches flavors are slight

M - Nice carbonation, a bit chewy, peach pulp is not a issue

D- This is really smooth, at 10%+ ABV wow! so smooth

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Peach Fred From the Wood. On tap at the brewery yesterday.

Amber with no head, the nose is a blend of peach, astringent, tannic brash oak, vanillin-heavy and booze. Peach is secondary here. The palate opens super, super oaky. Reminiscent of the 2008 Fred FTW but even more intense, with copious amounts of bourbon, oak, vanilla, tannins and some peach in the mid-palate, Tannic and intense on the finish, this beer is intense, washing out all that's good about Fred. Carbonation is too high, and the oak is way overdone. Disappointing.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +35.3%

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2.91/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.25

Photo of spycow
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4/5  rDev +14%

Photo of northwestmark
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was actually dissapointed when I ran out of the 3oz taster of this beer. I contemplated ordering a second one.

Appearance-There was only one or two small specks of peach in the beer so the apperance was actually quite appealing.

Smell-The peaches were there. Smelled sweet and ripe.

Taste- Lighter fred taste. Hint of peaches. Enough to make it interesting, not too much to make it taste like a fuzzy navel.

Mouthfeel- a little thinner than the plain Fred, probably because of the juice and acid from the peaches. It had the mouthfeel of a fine desert wine.

Drinkability- Pleasant. Would order it again.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.03/5  rDev -70.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Taster at HotD taproom.

A: Pours a hazy, golden orange color with strands floating in it. It looks kind of gross. No carbonation, at least not when it arrived.

S: Boozy! Acetone infested with peach syrup, sherry-like oxidation, vanilla, oak. Oh, man.

T: Oh, man. Boozy. Syrupy. Unpleasantly sweet peach flavor with sherry-like oxidation notes; it's almost like concentrated raisin juice or something. Caramel (could be the bourbon, I suppose) with vanilla and oak. Really liqueur-like, but not in a way I found palatable or appealing.

M: Oh! Man! Boozy! Syrupy! Unpleasantly sweet!

D: OH! MAN! I love HotD but I couldn't even finish 3 oz of this.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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2.07/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Saw on Twitter today that this was on tap at the tasting room. Had to try it. Taster glasses only for $3. Why not?!

A: Looks like Fred. Amber in color with no head, collar or lacing. Chunks and threads of peach veins are floating around. It actually looks kinda disgusting. 1.5/5

S: Diacetyl, brown liquor, and brown sugar. Again, not great. 2/5

T: Very bready and muddy. An unpleasant rotten flavor permeates this beer. ETOH is definitely there and unwelcome. A lifeless dullness lingers in the aftertaste and solidifies the fail. 2/5

M: Almost flat, thick, and semi dry. Not bad. 3/5

D: Not a very good beer. I will try it again if this is still in its "early stages" but currently do not wish to have another. 2/5

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Photo of brystmar
4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. Barely missed Maple Fred FtW :(. Wendy says Alan calls this Peach Fred, not Peach Fred FtW because that uses diff barrels. These are bourbon barrels fwiw.

Typically ugly HotD Fred pour, but it has carbonation! Hooray for bubbles! Aroma is sweet and aged-boozy, accented by peach and bourbon.

Taste is an odd mix of boozy malts, Belgian yeast, peaches, and bourbon. Pretty weird and honestly suffers a little from FPS (fancy play syndrome), but I kinda like it. Body is thick with just the right amount of carbonation, which is nice for a change.

Enjoyable, but happy I only ordered a 3oz taster.

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Photo of smithj4
3.92/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of psiweaver
2.64/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I think that this beer has a lot of potential I thought that the peach flavor was pretty good and that the flavor profile had potential, I found it a little hot currently and the floating chunks of peach in the glass didn't help the mouthfeel or appearance. The thing i will note though is that Wendy did mention this as she poured the sample. This was much better than the apricot fred and I think ultimately this will be a successful bear with some more aging and some filtering of the peaches.

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark orange with bits of peach floating and later settling to the bottom of my taster.
Smell: I smell peaches and a little bit of wood.
Taste: the initial taste is quite savory, almost like freshly baked peach bread or a fruit cake but a little more salty. I have never had a peach baked good but this is what I think it would taste like.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium heavy body but finishes fairly dry.
Drinkability: It's very different and a little funky. It is an original but I don't think this is one of my favorites.

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3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Auracom
2.71/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very nice freebie taster from the bartender at the brewpub in Portland. 2 oz. served in a taster tulip on November 29th, 2012.

A Looks identical to regular Fred but with peach floaties in it. Yummy. No lacing or retention to speak of.

S - Light Belgian yeast, cherry, brown sugar, and peach skins. No doubt about the added fruit.

T - Toffee, light sugar, touches of peach juice, and a bit of tropical and buttering hops. Altogether, this blend is weirdly medicinal and overly sweet.

M - Light-medium body, medium carbonation, semi-sweet finish.

D - It's a cool idea, but definitely doesn't taste as nice as Bourbon Fred FtW.

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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3/5  rDev -14.5%

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4/5  rDev +14%

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3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Peach Fred from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 34 ratings