Adam | 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: Old Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A re-creation of an historic beer style originally made in Dortmund, Germany. Adam was the first beer produced by Hair of the Dog.

10% alcohol by volume
50 IBUs.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.65/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours a very deep, dark maple, with a bit of light tan head that laces fairly nicely. The smell has a good deal of sweetness, made up of brown sugar, molasses, powdered sugar, figs; on top of that is a general booziness and a decided undercurrent of oily leather, almost a WD-40 scent. Though that may sound at least a bit off-putting, they all combine to create an overall pleasant aroma. The taste is ostensibly bitter, in terms of hops, herbs (something akin to wormwood), and leather. There are also hints of anise and raisins. The body sits a bit heavily on the tongue, and the alcohol is not exactly subtle, making this brew more ripe for sipping than straight drinking.

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Photo of tippebrewcrew2
3.89/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the dog
Old world ale
10% abv

A=5 Pours a huge ever lasting head with incredible lacing. Dark tawny in color with off white head

S= 3.5 It sounds bad but it smelled of leather cleaner. You just got done playing baseball and your cleaning your mitt.

T= 4.0 Sure enough the nose carries to the palate of smoky leather, sweet malt, and smooth well layered flavors. It took a couple sips to adjust my palate. It's a very well brewed beer.

F=4.5 Very smooth, creamy, and velvety texture. Very nice

D=3.5 Lots of alcohol and heavy bodied. I couldn't handle too much of the smoky flavors. A 12 oz bottle is perfect. Wouldn't want much more

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Photo of Trueant1
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

New batch #75

Pours dark brown and sits in the glass almost black.
I poured this carefully on the side of the glass and got an incredible 9/10 worth of the most creamy head i have ever seen. wow. lacing is chunky and thick on the sides of the glass.

Smell is molassis sweet. Raisons, figs, and ahhh yes....had to look for it...leather. smells well blended, creamy and smooth.

Taste is bitter alcohol up front with notes of raisons, chocolate, and peppers. Smoke, and bitter hops present too. This is a very young batch.

Exceptional mouthfeel, Thick sticky and full of flavors that coat the pallet! Wonderfull blending of sweet malts, alcohol, and hops. Perfect sipper!
Love this one, special, i ill buy it again and again as it becomes available.

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Photo of AnswerInQuestion
3.85/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark chocolate brown with small visible bubbling. Barely any head when poured, bubbly film sits atop the beer; sparse but lingering lacing
S: Brown sugar, rum raisin, chocolate. The bottle says leather... I'm getting it.
T: Dark fig, chocolate, coffee and nutmeg. Cola aftertaste. Strong alcoholic sting on the end.
M: Smooth, surprisingly very little carbonation. The alcohol sting follows in the taste a bit.
D: Tasty but too heavy and sweet to have more than one in a sitting.

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4.47/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Batch #75.

A: Slow rising light brown head with good retention. The body is extremely dark brown and completely opaque. The creamy head becomes a thin film. Good lacing.

S: Heavy and complex malt character. Caramel, grain, chocolate, molasses and nutty. No hops presence detectable. Leathery yeast quality. Sublime.

T: Figs and other fermented dark fruit flavors. Smoke, chocolate milk, cardboard, anise & warming alcohol (dark rum).

M: Medium to full mouthcoating body. Soft carbonation and chewy. Sweet finish.

D: High. Fantastic flavor. Put one away and forget about it. You'll be happy when you find it.

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Photo of manahansf
4.01/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear and dark brown color with an instant huge creamy head. Not really attractive until after all the foam finally settles. The smell is also interesting and complex with strong vinous, leather, and prune esters. The flavor is similar with fig/prune flavors, warming vinous flavors, and a pleasant campfire smokiness. The smokiness continues through the finish which is gradual and slow.

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Photo of steve8robin
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one on a trip to NYC...

A: Very dark in color with ruby hues on the edges of the color. Looks good.

S: Smells good. Almost like pears or apples.

T: Good tasting. Tastes boozy upfront with hints of a breakfast stout flavor on the backend. Almost like a less intense version of Papier. Very good.

M: A hint too much cabonation for my taste.

D: Goes down fairly easy.

All in all, this is a pretty decent brew. The best from HOTD for me so far. Great if you are looking for a toned down version of Papier. I'd definitely recommend trying this if you like ales. You will not be disappointed.

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Photo of erosier
4.92/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A Big thanks to tzanio for this one!

L: Pours a deep brown almost black, but with a red-orange hue to it. Medium sized thick tan colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of sweet roasted malts, hints of caramel, dark vinous fruits, and some chocolate. Really complex and really enticing.
T: Tastes similar to the nose which blew my mind. Dark roasted malts with some caramelized malts, chocolate, dark vinous fruits, molasses, and a really nice finish to it.
M: Very rich, complex, warming, lighter bodied than it looked, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable beer, this one was gone before I knew it, really really great beer for sure. I wish this one were available around CT!

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Photo of vkv822
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle into pint glass.
Batch number 73, (end of '08).

Pours an extremely dark, basically black color, with little carbonation but nice thick foamy tan head.
Has a complex and deep earthy fruit, fig and dark malt smell. With an incredibly complex flavor of sweet figs and currents, dark malts, hints of black licorice, a touch of spices, dark rum and a very nice, slightly boozy, warming finish and a medium-full body that coats the mouth.
It is a bit scary how drinkable this beer is considering the ABV, and surprising considering the amazingly complex and rich flavors. I will definitley be picking up much more of this for further aging and enjoying fresh.

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Photo of bamadog
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An extra-special thanks go out to Beerman207 with this one - a guy who is very generous with his beer. See, here's a guy who once had a bottle of Adam and cracked it without his buddies present, and felt so bad about it, that on his next trip to Philly, he was sure to bring back another bottle and split it up to be sure that we could all bask in the glory of this fine offering from HOTD. The review is from notes taken on 1/25/10 and the pour is from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a deep dark/burnt toffee color and starts with a 2 finger deep tan head that fades to a firm and full cap on the surface and eventually to nothing but a thin wisp swirling in the center of the glass; body is opaque with the exception of some lighter brown/coffee-like highlights on the edges; body leaves minimal lacing that is spotty and streaky; a little bit of sediment is left in the bottom of my glass.

Smell: OMG. Smell is amazing... Like a Heath bar soaked in chocolate and alcohol. Tons of rich caramel/butterscotch/toffee and chocolate malts and a slightly candied sugar aspect as well; quite a bit of boozy alcohol is in there too and it makes me hungry and thirsty all at the same time. The smell is super potent and just pours out of the glass and up the nostrils and just fills the senses for what's coming.

Taste: OMG... again... A tear has just come to my eye... Just like the smell, tons of toffee and caramel/butterscotch-like malts with some slight hints of chocolate in there; there's a slight cola-like flavor and sweetness as well; definitely boozy, and it's bourbonesque and woody/smokey in its characteristics as well.

Mouthfeel: Body is a little thin, but it's slippery and slick as I would expect as it slides around the mouth and down the throat; there is a firm and dry coating left throughout the mouth; mouth, throat and belly are all left especially warm form the booziness of the drink.

Drinkability: The ABV is high and the flavors are boozy as hell, but I don't care is as it tastes sooo damn good to not drink as much as possible when this precious liquid is in your possession... I could smell this beer all day, and drinking it HAS to be an option; the tastes are wonderful... Granted, this is a beer that you should take your time with and enjoy every sip and avoid extreme intoxication. I would love to get a hold of a few bottles to wax and age for several years to see if the boozy quality smooths out.

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Photo of dardan
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark, rummy, malty goodness.
A: Relatively cleaning pour, dark, opaque,
S: Carmelized dark fruit and rum,
T: Smooth, rich, caramel malt, appropriate hop balance,
M: Full, smooth, good level of carbonation,
D: Easy drinking for 10%ABV as long as you enjoy strong dark ales.
Good stuff - well worth a purchase, and the cherry version presents a whole 'nother gamut of flavor.

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Photo of kzoobrew
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 73

Strong pour into snifter leaves a very sizable light brown sugar colored head. Fluffy and soft, stands about three fingers high leaving thick sheet of sticky lacing. Body is deep brown with slight reddish hues barely gleaming through. Body is opaque, even when held to direct light.

Aroma is deep and rich, loaded with sweet malt. Rum soaked dark fruit sweetness stands out but refrains from overwhelming. Anise and a more subtle chocolate and faint smokiness.

Flavor is surprising, I am not sure I have tasted anything like Adam before. Dark chocolate flavored malt and slight smokiness meld with raisin/fig sweetness. Sticky molasses flavor coats the tongue, slight licorice flavor is picked up. Hops struggle for attention but do provide a rather grassy earthy flavors.

Mouthfeel is nothing short of incredible. Indescribably creamy and smooth. Full bodies with low but appropriate carbonation. Flavor sticks to the palate leaving the finish long.

My first experience with HOTD leaves me walking away impressed, great beer. While the ABV is a bit hefty, this is one I would not mind a couple. Alcohol remains well cloaked, there is nothing offensive about this beer.

Big thanks to CaveDave for this brew, Cheers!

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Photo of DrDogbeer
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Pours a deep brown color with a thick tan head. Smells of brown sugar, molasses and a bit of coffee. Tastes similar with a roasted coffee flavor up front, but as it warms it gets more of a sugary, sweet flavor. Extremely creamy mouthfeel. Fantastic beer!

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Photo of alpinebryant
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 75
Poured into a brandy snifter with an enormous tan head - a dark dark brown in color

Pushing a strong molasses aroma , leather, smoke tobacco and other things you would not ordinarily want to smell in a liquid that you would be drinking.

Tasted very close to aroma - A strong molasses taste up front, directly followed by tobacco flavor, strongly smoked malts, wood, dark fruit as it warms in your mouth, chocolate. This beer is a cornucopia of flavors mixed together of which you can distinctly taste each one if you focus for a second.

Strong carbonation, thick mouthfeel - drinkability is lowered by the high abv, if I were to do one thing to this beer it would be to reduce the molasses a notch - the other flavors not normally tasted in old ales are a welcome surprise.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a deep, deep brown with good carbonation and a tan head. Nose is oh so good. Lots of chocolate, leatheer fruits and a whiff of smoke. Man. This beer smelled good. Taste, whoa! Awesome. Loved it from the get go. Lots of roasted malt, smokiness, chcolate, booze, tobacco, leather. Lots of things going on here but all very detecable and not muddied togethe. Mouthfeel was nice, boozy, hearty, roasty, leather, wood, cocoa and more. Damn good and very drinkable for the style!

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Photo of rustrose
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hair of the Dog Adam Batch 65 from 2006 Tasted 1/10/10

Aged three years :) A bit different from the fresh experience.

Served into snifter at about 53 degrees.

Pours a beautiful black with a tan fizzy head of a finger and a half. Lovely grape juice purple highlights held to the light--good clarity for a beer this dark. Foam dwindles to a misty sheet.

Very nice bouquet bursts forth. Malty and imperial stout-like, but not nearly as dark, with a lot of milk chocolate, fresh coffee, and roasted nut (hazelnut). I think there's some toffee beneath that. Faint hints of smokiness, but I might not have guessed it had I not seen that this was made with smoked malt. Smells rich and dessert like, something dark and European and sophisticated. Just a little black currant fruitiness--which I think is this beer's expression of the vinous tang of a beer aged 3 years. Perhaps some fig in there also.

Oh wow, very complex, rich, delcious palate unlike much anything I've had before. Flashes of berries, lots of milk chocolate, warm bursts of rich sweet caramel and buttery toffee. Some roasted pecan flavors in the finish, or perhaps hazelnut. Yes, definitely some Nutella in this beer. Really wonderful for the nuttiness meeting the chocolate. A subtle balancing bitterness adds just the right nudge to keep things level. There's some peppery alcohol here too, which is a bit hot and not completely hiding, but not distracting either. Not quite as forceful in roastiness as an imperial stout, but luscious with lighter chocolatey flavors and roasted nut complexity. Cleans up nicely with the gentle bitterness for an overall bittersweet effect. The faintest hint of smoke in the finish as this warms a bit and I pay especial attention.

Smooth and velvety mouthfeel, creamy, thick, rich, and chewy, but not cloying.

Super easy drinking. This is fantastic. A real poster-child for aging a beer (with the exception that it loses whatever smokiness people report in the young beer). Balance is perfect, flavors are complex, and it's just going down in a flash. Only defect is the booziness that grows as it warms. This is probably best between 50 and 55, and is suffering a bit as it warms into the 60s.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jan 8, 2008

12oz. bottle, batch 69. BIG thanks to my sister in Seattle for sending this my way in the deep South. Pours a very dark brown with a HUGE frothy tan head. Took forever to pour this beer as the head took its sweet time to dissipate. Eventually dwindles down to a nice 1/8" covering that leaves some spotty lacing.

Aromas of chocolate, coffee, dark fruit, toffee, brown sugar and more.

Flavor is sweet brown sugar, toffee, chocolate, dark fruits, some smoke & tobacco.

VERY rich and full mouthfeel with lively carbonation on the tongue. Alcohol bite is present and welcomed. Warming effect is present and welcomed as well.

Just a flat-out amazing, unique brew. Wish I could drink it every day.

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Photo of YOOJ
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Adam pours reddish but nearly black, huge head

Smell is smokey sweet but primarily vegetable-y fruit (the label mentions 'fig' ).

Taste is dominantly smoke, with subtle fruit. However, the first thing that came to mind was eel. While sweet up front, Adam finishes with a nice bitterness, but no noticeable hop flavor.

Was not expecting the nice bitterness. All around very interesting and complex beer. The strong fruity notes are not my style, but it was an intriguing beer all around.

Worth a try.

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Photo of photomike
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 72

Pours a deep dark brown with a creamy tan head that retains nicely throughout the glass and leaves nice sheets of sticky lacing. Beautiful.

Smell is my least favorite aspect of this beer. Slightly smoky and metallic with an earthy oakiness present. Certainly not bad, but it doesn't "pop."

Taste is delicious and complex. Smoky and earthy with pronounced wood and leaf flavors. Leathery and slightly meaty with some nice dark fruits and a sharp hoppy finish. Alcoholic burn spikes the finish.

Mouthfeel is great. Really rich and creamy with a full body. Oily and sticky, the flavor sticks around well after the swallow.

One of my favorite readily-available beers, this is the one that opened the door to smoked and smoky beers for me. Delicious, complex and satisfying.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.76/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/15/2009 (bottle Batch Number 74):

Bubbles falling down. Pours a huge creamy tan-brownish color head, extremely lasting. Thick and foamy. Muted aroma, some rosted notes, some light mustiness, earthiness. Inhaling deeply, some dark fruit and coffee. Some alcohol too, but overall very muted. Somewhat thick mouthfeel, strong taste. Roasted coffee, some toffee, alchol. Some bitterness from the chocloate and roast. Some smoke and dark fruit. Imperial stoutish as it warms up more, chocolate, coffee, roasted notes. Strong, a sipping beer.

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Photo of jdense
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Re-reviewed bottle opened New Year's Eve, Batch 75. Huge Duvel-like rocky tan head (no complaints about carbonation here), ultra-slow dissipation, exquisite lacing. A truly beautiful beer (bump up from 4.5). The nose is tres complex, big smokiness like a fine cigar, floral hops, a bit of bittersweet chocolate and leather, kept beckoning me back to take another whiff. The taste mirrors the nose, this is one smoky beer, while I haven't had any real Rauchbiers this is by far the smokiest beer I've enjoyed. A bit sweet, candi sugar, leather and figs towards the back end. The hops are noticeable in the finish, but not overpowering. The complexity grows as the brew warms. Alcohol is a bit noticeable on the back end, but not overly so. Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and certainly smoky dry. Good drinkability for this ABV, certainly a late night sipper. A nice nightcap beer, perfect in a snifter besides the fireplace. Another world-class beer from one of America's best and most innovative brewers. Cheers, Alan!

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Photo of meatyard
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch Number 72

Pours a very dark brown with red at the edges. The head is a large, fluffy, tan color with decent retention. Some lacing but not very much.
The smell is an interesting combination of many things such as smoke, roasted malt and dark, dried fruits like figs and cherries. A lot going on here.
The taste is also complex with a nice smoke character that teases the tongue, lots of dark fruits like figs, cherries, raisins and the sweet roasted malts.
Mouthfeel is great; it's smooth, lightly carbonated and medium to thick.
Yep, very drinkable even at 10%. I could enjoy two but would prefer to have the 2nd on another cold night. There are only hints of alcohol in the aroma and taste. I like the style and this is one of the best.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap, this one came out of nowhere for me. I mean, I knew it was good, but didn't quite grasp what planet this beer lived on. And the planet is good, believe me.

Pour is deep brown, near black color. Floating sinking yeast. Huge white head that leaves nice lacing. Near perfect to look at.

Aroma is big! Chocolate, roasted malt, light cookies, dried fruit, light smoke. Some spiciness. Complex and beautiful.

Flavor is huge chocolate, roasted malt. Smoke in there, along with a hint of bacon. Just a hint of booze, which is remarkable given the ABV. Delicious flavor. Oak, vanilla and molasses. Rich as hell.

Body is full as hell, creamy and delicious.

This one seriously knocked me on my ass, both from the incredible flavor and the booziness that stuck with me. Definitely a sipper, but one that'll keep you happy for a long while. Wish I could find this in DC.

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Photo of projectflam86
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this brew on my 'wants' for quite a while. JoeyBeerBelly ended up sending me a bottle as an extra. Thanks Joe!

Batch 73

A- Pours deep murky brown color with a thick tan colored head that isn't going anywhere soon.

S- Smoke, dark fruit, leather and roasted aromas all make up the nose.

T- A huge rush of burnt roasted malt flavor initially that gives way to black licorice, anise, and a big alcohol sting in the finish. Brandied dark cherries, plums, earthy hops, smoke, and bittersweet chocolate flavors start to emerge as I work down the glass. This is a tough brew to figure out. One minute it tastes like an Imperial Stout, then another sip and it morphs into an American Barleywine. Crazy and complex, but either way, I'm really enjoying it.

M- Full bodied with nice carbonation. Chewy and smooth with a very present but not bothersome level of alcohol.

D- I know that there was way more to this brew than I could pinpoint but I do know that I liked it quite a bit! Definitely worth trying.

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Photo of punkrkr27
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Iced tea colored pour with a small, loose, white head. Ripe dark fruit aroma balanced with citrus, caramel, molasses, and alcohol. The flavor is a big tasty bomb of dark fruit and clover honey. There's some notes of pine, grapefruit, rye, and pepper that add some nice layers of complexity. Sticky medium body with soft carbonation.

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Adam from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 2,500 ratings