DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2010
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Tap at the brewery. Pours an orange Fred-like color with no head. Does not have sediment in it like the Peach. Aroma is a complete blast to the senses. At first I think it might be the combination of intense oak and apricots but quickly realize it’s just nail polish remover. Intense, intense acetone. Uh oh. On to the taste. Initially sweet fruity flavor upfront leads quickly to a strong and surprising tartness that quickly turns supremely sour. Vinegar. Bad sourness, like throat burning, infected sour that feels slimy and slick on the palate. I love Hair of the Dog but this beer is a disaster.
Cambie11 (4) - - NOV 1, 2014 does not count
1.4 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tasted at the brewery this summer. Yellow color & limited head. Vinegar, apricot & nail polish remover.
neepsntatties (1520) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 8, 2014
0.8 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Past notes. On tap. Colour...hazy apricot-amber with no head. Nose...WTF!! Something’s terribly amiss here! Highly acetic with wafts of paradichlorobenzene! Palate...I’m afraid to try it but here goes....OMG! What the heck happened here?! Massive amounts of vinegar as well as something like floor cleaner (once when I was little, I stupidly tasted some floor cleaner on a dare, so I have an idea what it tastes like!). Not sure what happened with this beer, but something went terribly awry.
VertBaconStrips (2226) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 20, 2010
0.7 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
At HOTD, day off Matt release. Typed up on my notes ad my phones batteries were on their last legs. wow. What a disaster. Massive vinegar eye watering mess. Almost nail polish. Time for an experiment. Helena is going to see if it removes her nail polish. Didn’t work but should have. Slight fruit maybe but not apricot. A touch of apricot can be found before chugging pink / brown nail polish. Massive. Disgusting. Painful. Garbage. No idea what went wrong but 3 peeps at my table had the same issue.
BrewDad (5169) - Olympia, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2010
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hair of the Dog – Portland, OR
Golden with a light orange hue hazy with a thin head. Slight apricot aroma. Hold on then you taste and holy shit it is like a apricot vinegar bomb went off in my mouth. Damn I am sorry HoTD this was something gone wrong? I needed some fish and chips for this. We still love you Alan.
BuckeyeBoy (4068) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 15, 2010
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Hair of the Dog new location. Pours out a amber/copper topped with a ring of a head. Aroma was WOW and not in such a good way. Tons of white vinegar and sweet apricot. Taste was just the same talk about over the top. I was happy to try this but it needs some work.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2010
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Apricot aroma and strong hot aggressive varnish sting. Sexy hazy caramel. Strong vinegar on the body, intense! Sipped slowly, didn’t dissipate for me. Some nail polish. I still want to try this again.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Ok, I seriously love HOTD but this beer is intensely foul. The good parts come out with the last one or two sips. Nose is intense nail polish, very slight apricot, very slight French oak, balsamic vinegar, and possibly infection? Taste was intense nail polish, hardcore vinegar, lactic acid, and at the very last sip a nicely toasted apricot pit, apricot flesh, and super soured French oak. Mainly I’m disappointed because it was hard to down a 3 oz taster. Body was oily like normal Fred.
boFNjackson (4192) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 20, 2010
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2011 Tap @ Hair of the Dog during their 17th Anniversary Weekend Celebration... Poured amber/golden/dark orange with a thin, off-white head. Aroma smelled of balsamic vinegar, acetone and plump fruits. This was aggressive with acetone. Instantly cleared my sinuses, could feel stinging in my mouth. Nail polish remover, dijon spiciness. Once this all settled, the sweetness and ripe qualities of the apricot started to shine.