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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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of CoryR
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Floydster
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the brewery about a month ago, reviewed from notes, had been looking forward to trying the no hops and only squash beer, color is a golden orange, thin 1/4 inch creamy white head that does away pretty quickly, no lacing, aroma has squash that is barely detectable, sweet malts, candied sugars, wheat, grains, and other sweetness, taste starts off with a lot of sweetness, malt in the middle that is more sweet than chewy or toasted, finish is a bit creamy with a vegetal flavor, also some earthiness lingering in the finish, only change as it warms up is that it gets sweeter, sweet, vegetal, and slightly earthy mouthfeel, thin to medium bodied, little more carbonation would not hurt probably, taste does not last very long, this stuff is pretty drinkable, sweet overall which hurts a bit but no alcohol in the flavor and it is light to begin with, would go well with food, just have not decided what yet, hopefully I get a chance to find out by having this again in the future, not my favorite from Alan and HOTD but still a good beer, also quite unique, have never had anything like this before, would love to drink again, planned on it shortly after our brewery visit, but Higgin's was out it, recommended

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Photo of beerguy101
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
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 wagenvolks
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Higgin's Restaurant in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a hazy, iced-tea colored brew with a decently retained custard cap of foam. Aroma is a decent blend of juicy tropical fruits and spicy yeast. Apparently, no hops are used to make this brew, and it "smells" accordingly.

The flavor lacks the hops as well. I actually had to adjust my score accordingly, because the bartender told me this was a "Double IPA" I reviewed the beer all I could think was "Where are the HOPS??!!". Anyway, the flavor is a nice blend of tropical fruits, pale caramel malts, and, again, zesty yeast notes. Mouthfeel is a bit thin and uninspiring. I won't be revisiting "Greg" again, but I haven't lost faith in HOTD...I immediately ordered a "Fred" from the bottle and was in beer nirvana.

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Photo of CPAles
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Arbitrator
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A taster at the brewery. Alan mentioned this was brewed with squash only, no hops.

A: A pale golden / straw colored body with a thin off-white head.

S: Well... squash.

T: Has a slight bitterness to it (I'm guessing from the squash itself). It gets slightly spicy toward the end, and has a subtle, underlying malt sweetness.

M: Thin-bodied, with low carbonation. Not very satisfying, but it's a good light beer and palate cleanser.

D: As far as Hair of the Dog goes, they make much better beers.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

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4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
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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Photo of Ryan011235
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of kamikazeokami
3.39/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of vkv822
3.95/5  rDev +10%
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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Photo of shivtim
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Higgins
Interesting beer.
It's clear, with maybe a slight hint of haze. Yellow/straw in color, with just a tiny white head. Nose is very gentle. A slight hint of earth, and what smells mostly like celery. Must be from the squash. Some general sweetness too.
Taste is simple sweet sugars at first. Then some notes of earth and sweet pear. Alcohol oddly comes through on the end. I'm not sure all of the flavors quite work together.
Mouthfeel definitely falls a bit flat. This one is undercarbonated. I guess pretty good drinkability though. Worth a try!

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Photo of ninaturner
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dansmcd
3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of MisterClean
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of topdown
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of Smurf2055
2.47/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours muddy brownish with two finger big bubbly chalk white head, quick dissipation. Smell is squash, sweeter veggie, a bit earthy. Taste is bland, squash and veggies, sort of like a light bodied abbey ale, but sweet. Thin mouthfeel. Interesting and drinkable, but I don’t really want to try it again.

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

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3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of HipCzech
3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hair of the Dog Brewery and Tasting Room, "From the Stone," served in a stemmed 3 oz glass. Hazy, bright golden yellow with a brief, frothy head of white foam that leaves nice streaks of lace. Gentle aroma of light malt, tart fruit and slight earth. Flavor unfolds a lean, slightly sweet, bready malt body with tart fruit and vegetal notes rounded by earthy mineral notes. Light body with medium carbonation. A unique flavor profile that stays light and refreshing. Hops are clearly absent, but not necessarily missing.

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Photo of zaphodchak
4.06/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Greg from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 78 ratings
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