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.