Greg | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

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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28
Ratings:
76
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
14.44%
 
 
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Photo of purplehops
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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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 Bierman9
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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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Greg from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.67 out of 5 based on 76 ratings.
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