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RATINGS: 129   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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This beer is similar to Hair of the Dog's Ruth beer, but instead of hops, several varieties of squash are used. Available only at Higgins, a Portland restaurant.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bule (700) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2013
2007 Vintage on tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy mud brown color with no head at all. I've not tasted the regular Greg for comparison. Lovely balance of sweetness and malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2441) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - MAR 13, 2013
Draught at Hair of the Dog, circa 2008: Misty honeyed-copper. Tight and creamy head slowly diminishes. Muddled but intriguing nose of butter toffee, dried apples, vanilla taffy, leather, and caramelized sugar. Soft pinpricks of scant carbonation. Dense honey-packed sweetness unites with copious amounts of brown sugar, though the sugars are kept in check by a light leathery astringency and squash-derived starches. A date and baked yam sweetness renders the core fairly flabby. Squash generates a quite vibrant toasted-nut dimension. Malt sweetness is seamlessly integrated with the teasing sugars provided by the squash. Finishes pleasantly soft yet with a firm dose of minerals which slices the malt and squash beefiness. It does exhibit good malt persistence and depth, though it does suffer from excessive sweetness at times. But no doubt a fun creation that proves to be more than a novelty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (10640) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 6, 2013
Cloudy orange and a soapy white head. Sweet bread, some biscuit, and a bit of a butternut squash note. Pumpkin, a hint of spice, some yeast, and maybe some tea. Nice sweet flavor that is mostly bread, biscuit, and toast. A bit of toast. Nice sweet and earthy squash notes, light yeast, and hints of spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 6, 2013
On tap, orange color with some frothing foam, aroma and flavor has strong vegetal squash note but not off putting, celery stalk, parsley, nice finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beernovice39 (3106) - Montana, USA - FEB 18, 2013
On tap. Hazy golden pour with a small white head. Scent is fruity, spicy and malty. Taste of squash does through after a grainy start.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6531) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 11, 2012
On tap at HOTD brewpub in Portland. Light amber-gold, thin head. Aroma is grainy, with nuances of cooked noodles, buckwheat, and I guess squash? Fairly chewy malty palate, like sampling wort really, with some neat earthy undertones and a clay-like note in the finish. I can’t honest;y say I’m picking up gourd/pumpkin here. Cool idea though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DWestrick (417) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 25, 2012
On tap at tasting room in Portland. Interesting aroma with the inclusion of squash - not bad but not my favorite

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (5360) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 16, 2012
Portland, Or. - on tap at the brewpub. Murky light brown pour, medium thick off-white head. Aroma is earthy and clay-like, some faint floral notes. Flavor has some ripening vegetable notes, faint chocolate, finishes with brown sugar and black tea. Very earthy. Velvety smooth mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KyotoLefty (6174) - Kyoto, JAPAN - JUL 25, 2012
Draught at the brewpub. Peach-yellow-brown color. Flat. Aroma of squash, spices, soft malts. Rich and potent. Sweet squash flavor with honey, some alcohol and spices. Quite flavorful. Soft, silky palate, a bit light. Strange, sweet, a bit cloying, but nice.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mymaestro (33) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 22, 2012
Spicy, a little like cider with a touch of herbal flavor but no aroma. Sweet, not bitter or sour.

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