Hair of the Dog Fred

Hair of the Dog Fred

Rated 4.013 by BeerPals

Brewed by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Inc.

Portland, OR, United States

Style:  American Barleywine

10% Alcohol by Volume

65 International Bittering Units

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Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. Fred is a big inspiration for me and many other brewers. Fred's work in all-grain brewing and beer styles helped me become a better brewer. Fred the beer is a deep golden color. It is made with aromatic and rye malts and includes 10 different hop varieties in an effort to incorporate the whole world into this beer. It has 10% alcohol by volume and 65 IBUs. We hope that Fred will inspire you to share your knowledge with others as Fred has with us.

ID: 348 Last updated 2 years ago Added to database 22 years ago

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Overall Rank131
Overall Percentile99.8
Style Rank5 of 512
Style Percentile99
Lowest Score3.3
Highest Score4.8
Average Score4.073
Weighted Score4.013
Standard Deviation0.364

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.5 2 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours clear caramel, thin head. Aroma provides caramel, tart stone fruit and woody tones. Flavor delivers tart and slightly sweet stonefruit, woody, caramel and subtle citrus. Texture yields good smooth body and peppy fizz. From an old bottle - still good.

  • TREBORIUS 308 reviews
    rated 4.5 3 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 10 | Overall: 9

    I had this so long ago and wish I could have it every day. For a barleywine, this is on the lighter end of the spectrum. It is a shimmering gold color, slightly hazed, and topped with a tight creamy off-white head. Lots of fresh bread, molasses, figs, and earthy hops in the aroma. Mouthfeel is average, maybe a bit towards the fuller side. Flavor is complex. The beer is malty and sweet with bready caramel notes, and alcohol, and finishes with a good hop bite.

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    On tap @ Hair of the Dog. Deep golden pour, light tan head, some lacing. Lots of malts and hops going on in the nose and palette. Earthy, sweet then hoppy and rich, big mouthfeel, nicely bitter and malty all at once. Big barleywine and quite flavorful.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 4.4 11 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Damn that's a big ol beer, thanks Pfoxyjohn! Huge caramel and alcohol nose and a really impressive looking beer, clear, orange and red, head that sticks around for the whole time. Taste is just outstanding in the barleywine catogory, sweet and bitter and perfectly balanced, HOTD does not make any half-assed beers.

  • ICHORM 144 reviews
    rated 4.2 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    "wow, that is one of the best beers in Canada!" "It's from the States." "Oh. Pretty good." Maybe I should begin by saying I didn't know what I was getting myself into. I read that it was hoppy, and brewed with Belgian yeast, and then I poured it into a glass. I suppose I also knew it was Adam's lesser brother. But it's more like Adam's hot sister, this is a gorgeous brew! Ridiculous head, and really thick and creamy. I didn't yet know it was a barleywine, but the head is akin to a nitro stout (in a barleywine!?). Great aromatic hoppiness, "characteristic Oregon smoothness", and a really lovely floral nose that I found just whelming enough. Pleasantly surprised.

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 4.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Didn't really know what I was opening here. When the bottle said golden ale I was thinking... didn't know really. But big barleywineish thing, not what I expected at all. Much more floral than any B-Wine I have had before, fragrant flowery orangy hops all over the place! Seems more like a thin bodied impy IPA! Cascades are obvious and enjoyed. Has that characteristic oregon smooth ness, but its cloudy and has a couple rough edges. Head retention and lacing are impressive: halfway through there is a sheet of bubbles a full 4 fingers up the far side of the glass. That should be a name for a nitro stout: the far side of the glass... really nice beer, so much fruit, not too malty, I don't find it hot at all. Purcahsed at beermongers portland. price is right for sure

  • THOMASSOVA4 1037 reviews
    rated 4.1 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    A BIG thanks to Slowrunner 77 for this gem - one of many boxed up and sent to my home. I can't thank you enough! This beer was REALLY BIG. It was also quite hot - more booze than hop or malt. I really liked it but I think this one could've sat for a while to mellow out. The body was big and the aroma was hop and ethanol. In any event, this is a brewery I do not have access to and I was thrilled to give this beer a try! Many thanks again.

  • FLASHPRO 1175 reviews
    rated 3.5 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 4 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Has a nice, peachy, roasty sweet aroma. Very thick white head, maybe even too much carbonation. Amber color. Really attacks the tongue with hop spice and alcohol. A little sticky sweet, medium full body. Average lacing. Some hop bitterness in the aftertaste, but still fairly sweet. I did not find this beer as good as the score indicates.

  • RAGNAROK 110 reviews
    rated 4.1 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Hefe on steroids is the first thing that came to mind as I drank this brew. It is one serious brew. Hazy and heavy. Not light in any manner. Pours a rich, dense head. Aroam is sharp with sour fruit and hopps. Flavor is sour fruit and hoppy with lemon and grapefruit. Lingering finish. Do not take this lightly. 12 oz is enough. Usually I like to swirl the dregs, but on this one I recommend leaving them in the bottom of the bottle.

  • ALEFAN 118 reviews
    rated 4.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 10 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    hats off the the Hair of the Dog. The "FRED" is the bomb. Absolutely great head, very amber and hazy. The scent is very fruity and the has a nice sweet alcohol finish. The taste was very balanced and was very full in the mouth. The blend of Hops was extraordinary. I wasnt ready for the natural bottle conditioning and the carbonation, though i should have been. The Belgian candy sugar definitely helped create the sweet finished that I whole heartedly enjoyed. This was recommended to me by the guys at the Liquor Collection in Hawaii. Thank you!

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