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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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spycow
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Rifugium
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

A very interesting "hopless" brew. A slightly hazy, pale golden liquid with a small layer of white bubbles for a head; a little bit of spotty lacing dotted the glass. Vegetal aroma (makes sense), with scents of squash and pumpkin flesh, distant notes of bready malts. More of the same in the taste--felt like I just ate a plate of steamed vegetables--with flavors of pumpkin and squash, earthy, bready, with mild notes of brown sugar and herbs. Interesting. Somewhat bitter, but overall pretty smooth and easily drinkable, once you realize what exactly is going on.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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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Photo of imbibehour
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of HopHead84
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Higgins last night. What a fantastic food experience.

A mildly hazy yellow-orange with a thin, white head that falls off leaving no lacing, this looks decent. The nose is delicate, having a blend of squash sweetness and flavor (the way it is expressed is unique), a doughy, grainy malt character along with a little earth. The palate opens a little bitter with a mild sweetness from the squash, a moderate earthy, squash flavor, a nice, mellow, grainy sweetness and some honey. Drying on the finish, with a touch of honey and pumpkin, this is very nice. Recommended.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of xnicknj
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of bumchilly25
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of anteater
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Bierman9
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Redbones. The following courtesy of another bier site:
"Commercial Description:
This beer is similar to Hair of the Dog's Ruth beer, but instead of hops, several varieties of squash are used. Available only at Higgins, a Portland restaurant. "
Well, that's interesting, to say the least! Bones had it listed as a barleywine (Not!). At first glance, and sniff, I thought I had received a Hefeweizen! It was a dull, somewhat cloudy, golden color, with the bare minimum of a head and lacing. I thought I perceived yeast and banana notes in the nose. Squash? Not to me, though I wasn't looking for it, either. It was medium in both body, and in the smoothness over the tongue. Tasted like a hefe- to me also: yeasty, a bit spicy, hints of banana.... An odd concoction, most definitely!

overall: 3.65
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


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Photo of DrMindbender
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of notchucknorris
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tpd975
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah my namesake, huge thanks to fishingnet for bringing it in.

A: Pours a nice brillant orange hue with a thin fizzy head. No retention or lace. This one was from an already open growler so I will not kill it on appearence.

S: Very sweet. Lots of sweet malt, sugar rather simple.

T: Good. Lots of nice sweetness. Candy sugar and brown sugar coated butternut squash. Once again simple but tasty.

M: On the thinner side of medium.

D: Not bad, this is a one of a kind beer for sure.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 +4.1%
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 msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of Redrover
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one on tap at Higgins in Portland. This is a great place with a very good beer selection - the beer is a hazy gold with off-white head and lacing.

The aroma is grains & something floral.

The taste falls in-line with the smell. It is slightly sweet with some mild malts, and some fruit notes for a bit of balance.

The mouth is soft with low carbonation.

Easy to drink with no flaws or shortcomings. Good for what it is.

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