Greg | 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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
An organic ale named after Greg Higgins of Higgins restaurant in downtown Portland. Greg is brewed without hops and makes use of the kambocha (green pumpkin) squash for about one-third of the total sugars, lending it a distinctly squashy, pumpkin taste. This beer is available on draft at Higgins, at the brewery and occasionally elsewhere in the Portland area.

Added by Bierman9 on 01-26-2003

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of chumba526
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appears light gold with a small white head.

It smells slightly sour, citrus, apple like, and earthy. There is a very mild squash smell to the beer as well.

It tastes mildly earthy, apple like. There is a bit of an earth dry squash flavor. There is a bit of a peppery flavor. The beer is very light a crisp. It is very refreshing. Though it is light there are enough flavors to make the beer exciting. This beer reminds me a bit of dry champagne.

The beer has ample carbonation. It is crisp in texture. The mouthfeel is very much so similar to champagne.

The drinkability of this beer is excellent. It is mild, crisp and refreshing. I could drink this beer all day. It is funny that it is only made in the winter/fall as I think it would be a great summer beer.

Overall a great beer that is flavorful, balanced, light and crisp.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Greg is a no hop beer made with squash. It has a very faint fruit nose but most of the bouquet on the beer is quite closed. It has a nice golden yellow color to it, and keeps a good head.

Taste and mouthfeel is definitely wet, there is even some slight nut taste on it to me, which nut was hard to pin down, and was also consisted of a slight buttery finish.

The beer is also very much in feel to crisp summer white wine. Very pleasurable and unique.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the more if not the most unique of the local beers I had in Oregon this past April

A: like a Wit infused with almond milk, notably dense-cloudy.... strange (maybe imaginary) pearly-olive-green reflection/highlight (or is it green-gold)... wasn't much head to start, basically looks still thereafter

S: first off, yogurt-y-doughy.... obviously, no hops (if you've read the literature).... the essence of a farming field after the harvest

T: silky, doughy - mild fruit - light gourd stem - clean and vinous aftertaste.... not all that beer-like of a flavor (a thick Wit - Hitachino White - the closest comparison?)

M: more like lightly-meaty coconut milk - the opposite of clean or crisp.... mild showing of carbonation starting in the middle

O: odd, yet moreish creation - i'm really into these alternative ingredients -there's enough IPAs and Imperial stouts out there, jeez.... I'll be able to instantly recall the taste of this one for a long while

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4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured as a barleywine by Redbones.
Poured a sparkly orange-brown with little to no head and very little lacing on the snifter. The aroma was peaches, caramel, and citrus. On first smell I thought they had poured me a Belgian triple. The taste was candi sugar, caramel malt, apricots, citrus, and lemon grass with hints of biscuit malt and hops. The finish was crisp with some alcohol warmth and spice flavors. Coriander and allspice perhaps. The aftertaste was alcohol warmth and spicy sweetness. The mouthfeel was smooth and refreshing.
Overall an interesting product. I learned afterwards that it was made with squash. Must have been Delicata, Red Kuri, or Sweet Dumpling. Sweet with alcohol warmth and a fruitiness; I enjoyed it. I only wish that it had a little more carbonation to add another layer of complexity.

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4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at HotD.

Hazy yellow body with a white trace on the surface but no lace.

Light fruit (squash?) nose.

Kinda bubblegum -squash, sweetish and pleasant. Faint coriander finish. Even better than it looked on paper.

Lightweight feel w. some body.

Pleasant and interesting seasonal, worked really well!

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Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at HOTD.

A - Poured copper with a 1 fingered white head. Dissipated slow and left lttle lacing.

S/T - Honey, clove, coriander, and a spiciniess possibly lent from the zucchini.

M - Moderate bodied and well-balanced.

D - Overall good. Interesting how Alan substituted zucchini for hops.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

from notes

hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of djbreezy
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance - transparent, golden, light lacing, light head and retention

smell - notes of spice and malts

taste - pilsner malt with spice notes from the squash

mouthfeel - medium carbonation and crisp, light bodied

drinkability - goes down easy, has a nice consistent flavor

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Hair of the Dog.
from notes.

Intriguing, very cloudy golden brown with a thin white head and light lacing.

The pilsner malts really shines through nicely, with squash adding a light sweetness.

Medium body, mild fizzy carbonation.

Really enjoyable, I was impressed with the enjoyable flavor profile despite no hops being used. I went into expecting more of a novelty beer and wound up finding something I would gladly drink again.

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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beautifully hazy pale, wine-like effervescence. It smells lightly sweet and fruity.

The mouthfeel is sparkly and fun, and the taste is odd. Vaguely tart with a fruity sweetness. Excellently balanced. Fun, good beer!

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3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I also sampled this one on tap at Redbones where it was listed as a barley wine, which confused me when I tasted it. This beer poured a cloudy, golden color with weak, white foam. The smell was modest but was dominated by fruity esters (banana). The taste was fruity, like a belgian ale, with bananas, pears, and floral hops in the flavor, and a touch of hop bitterness at the finish. The mouthfeel was clean and crisp, with some hops in the aftertaste. The drinkability was good. An odd and interesting brew.

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Photo of ffejherb
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Hair of the Dog taproom on 6/26/11.

A - Hazy golden wheat liquid with a creamy dollop of white foam on top that reduced to stringy lacing around the glass.

S - Slightly vegetal with a fleshy autumn gourd character and a touch of sweet malt. No hop aroma, but that was expected because it's brewed with no hops.

T - Mild flavor with virtually no bitterness at all. Instead, sweet malt and an autumn vegetable character comprise the bulk of the flavor profile. Kind of seedy with whole grain bread and sunflower seed qualities as well as caramel malt sweetness.

M - Light bodied with a slight syrupy texture and minimal carbonation. Finishes sweet on the palate with virtually no bitterness at all.

D - Refreshing ale for people who don't want any hops at all. Pleasant and sessionable. I love hops, but I found this enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted at the 2003 Oregon Brewers Fest. Light brown color. Medium head. Aroma is malty and fruity. A medium bodied ale made with squash. Malts are fruity and sweet. Slighlty spicy. Nicely balanced. Very smooth and esy to drink. This would make a great session beer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.

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Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. This beer was brewed for the Higgins Restaurant in Portland and Greg is the name of the chef/owner there. Alan explained to us that this beer is brewed with squash and contains no hops.

The color is pale golden with a small white head. I've never before smelled squash in a beer, but it's not far off from pumpkin. There's some fruitiness and earthiness to the aroma. No alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor is bitter up front, which I mistook for hop bitterness. The bitterness is from the tannins in the skin of the squash. The beer is also spicy with some fruitiness and caramel malt.

The carbonation is low and the mouthfeel is somewhat thin. As with most Hair of the Dog beers, this is very unique and definitely worth a try.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was fortunate enough to get a taste of this beer from the tap at a recent tour of Hair of the Dog, poured by brewer Alan Sprints. It is NOT 'Retired', but is only available in a couple locations (see below)

A: Hazy golden-orange with just a touch of white head. The lighting wasn't the best for truly examining the appearance, but suffice to say it was orange and murky.

S: Subtle herbalness & malt and quite vegetal, probably because there are no hops used in the making of this unusual beer. There are, however, 400 lbs. of harvested squash, which give of a vague earthy aroma.

T: Interesting. Malty and yeasty though not overtly sweet, though there's some notable candi-sugariness. Nicely spiced, with bits of all-spice, and quite earthy. Though there aren't any hops, the flavors are surprisingly balanced. Reminiscent of a handful of funky, oddball Belgians I've enjoyed - a tribute to Alan Sprints' affection for the brewing craft and heritage.

M: Mouthfeel is pretty luscious and velvety. Medium-bodied with a bit of a slightly starchy/pasty aftertaste. No carbonation to speak of so the beer seems flat, though that's really more just a quirk of the style than a negative comment.

D: One I'd get again. As far as I know, this beer has never been bottled and is available only at the brewery and on-draught at Higgins restaurant in Portland (...and is named for chef/owner Greg Higgins...). Easy to drink, light ABV, unusual but likable flavors. Definitely worth a try...

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