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RATINGS: 1486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   EST. CALORIES: 300   ABV: 10%
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Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. 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.


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4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
buzzoven (376) - - FEB 1, 2009
What a colour-far beyond golden as the bottle suggests...bright glowing amber orange with bubbles visibly riding skyward to a heavy thick head of foam. Alluring smell of pumpkin, glazed carrots, yams, soda candy, blood orange, brandy-soaked tangerines...good lord! Mouthfeel is so creamy, slightly syrupy, but also incredibly light. Complex flavours abound: cinnamon, smoke, figs, lilac, sweet pine, strong tea. Finish is sweet and lingers gently, leaving a touch of syrupy booze sweetness on the lips. This is a remarkable beer that deserves to be a lifelong classic...it almost has a hallucinogenic, mythical appeal. Is this what Nina Simone had in mind when she sang of "Lilac Wine"?


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (2123) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 20, 2016
Bottle thanks to my friend Kyle for bringing one back. Poured thick hazy orange with no head. Aroma sweet resinous malt fruit syrup. Light carb med bod. Taste sweet light bitter malt juice. Hop resins lingers around too much

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mark_Eck (1737) - - JUL 17, 2016
Bottle. Pours hazy dark golden color. Aroma and taste are lots of bitter malts, caramel, and some dark fruits.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
blueshockey24 (397) - Colorado, USA - JUL 16, 2016
Bottle from brewery. Pours golden hazy with thin off-white head. Aroma is sweet malty boozy. Taste is sweet malty with hits of caramel and bread with a boozy finish. Pretty good. Not my favorite style but very solid.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
luttonm (4482) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 13, 2016
Hair of the Dog, Portland. Bright, clean gold with pretty white foam. Hazy yeast, full sweet mouth. Perfect balance of cream, alcohol and yeast. Just a terrific, landmark beer. Great bread, a touch lactic and full rich alcohol.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
tightslice (848) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 2, 2016
Bottle from K&L Wine Merchants in Redwood City, CA. Aroma is strong fruit (apple, pear) and caramel. A tad sweet but incredible mouthfeel and the right amount of rye and hoppy bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
spkevin (433) - Doetinchem, NETHERLANDS - APR 24, 2016
Tap @ Borefts ’15. Notes from then: Sweet! Lots of candy notes. Syrup. Like it a lot!

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RRistow12 (661) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2016
Tasted from bottle. Pours a murky dark orange with white head. Nice strong aroma is brown sugar, caramel, some fruits. Taste is moderate to heavily sweet with a little alcohol burn. Flavors of brown sugar, biscuits, toffee, caramel, dark fruits. Big tasty beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Temptation (257) - - FEB 9, 2016
Very great beer, plenty of flavour and aroma to raw grain, brown sugar, biscuit and a slight bitter hint, which balances to the perfection.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
bulldogops (1686) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 6, 2016
Rating #1677 - #CBC2015 - Beer 62 - On tap at HOTD w/ Ferris. Hazy brassy coloured pour, bubbly head, not much lacing. Aroma is sweet sweet citrus and honey - mango, peach, vanilla. Taste is an alcoholic hoppy punch, lots of IBUs tempered with sweetness, and a ton of alcohol on the palate, but not thoroughly undisguised. Just a big bold beer for flavour-lovers. Awesome.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KansaiBeerLvrs (4327) - Kyoto, JAPAN - FEB 5, 2016
Hair of the Dog Fred on tap at Imazato. A mellow brassy gold. A juicy fresh orange citrus aroma easily to confuse with an IPA. The taste is malty and gives a sort of caramel spread and orange blossoms flavor. After the hoppy bouquet the more malt forward flavor caught me by surprise. This is a damn solid beer and in no way reveals it’s huge 10% ABV. Had some in a snifter and it totally boosted the taste.


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