Hair of the Dog Fred

Fredbeer. That’s how I’ve always known this classic Portland microbrew. You could easily swap classic for potent because holy crap this baby’s got bite…it’s tempting to order Fred on the rocks.

The aroma is rich and amazing, scented smoothly of light malts. Fred pours a rich, beautiful head that lasts and lasts. The body is a a bit heavy, giving it a slightly syrupy character. My first tastes of HOTD’s Golden Special Ale, I find that the strength is a bit of an affront. These guys go big. Serious hops, strong, big malt That’s how Hair of the Dog rolls. Big. Continuing to sip, however, Fred opens up some subtlety. A light spice, caramel, strong bitterness that melds to the malts nicely.

Batch number 69, btw. And notice the dog’s helmet in the picture. You can almost make it out if you click on the picture above and then maximize it, the emblem is a pair of swim fins. To be square, I wasn’t paying attention and poured straight into my glass, a nice firm pour. Well, this is bottle conditioned, so there’s sediment at the bottom, hence I should really go get myself another bottle for a solid review. In the meantime, you can see what Fred has to say.

  • Nate

    I gave one of these to my brother-in-law when he was in town for a visit. He’s a confirmed Budweiser guy (sigh). I didn’t bother to warn him about the alcohol content.

    Needless to say, he loved the beer and asked for another. For the rest of the night, he had trouble talking and walking at the same time. Brilliant.

  • mo

    I have the 1st case of Fred #1 that was sold at the dock in 1997. As the 1st guy in line, I had the brewers (crew) all sign the case. I bought 2 cases at the time. Drank 1. The signed, un-opened case has sat in my closet in my air-conditioned home. I’m now looking to part with the heirloom to a worthy collector.

  • Fitz

    It also helps to age it for a while. It is very potent fresh, but aged it smooths out, and is easier drinking. Still the alcohol will get you all the same.

  • haircolor

    Wow.. this bought back a nice little memory… I took my father to the beer festival in belgium and because he fancies himself as a beer expert he was trying everything he could get his hands on… I remember he tried this and liked it so much he had a couple… That first time ive ever seen my dad drunk as (put what you want here :) .. hopefully it will be the last

  • male chastity

    Rich and smooth light malts aroma? Just my thing! Will definitely grab a bottle and bring it on the weekend barbecue with the boys. Solid review dude!