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RATINGS: 141   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.38/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
NavyOfficer27 (12) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - JUL 20, 2012
not much of a nose but what it’s got in smooth bitter goodness makes up for it! wow... I hold others to this standard! well done

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mreeves (276) - Sammamish, Washington, USA - JUN 23, 2004
Had on tap at Higgins in Portland after several other beers that night. Orangey color, unique aroma. The squash is definitely present, but not overpoweringly weird. A unique, interesting beer, definitely worth trying.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2007
Hand bottle from Samurai Artist. Thanks Ezra! Pours a nice hazy amber color with a medium off white head. Aroma of herbs, spices, malt and bread. Taste was different from any other beer I have had, but in a pleasant way. The flavor is well balanced, smooth and very easy to drink. Has a sweet dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - JUL 22, 2009
This is a big, wine style beer that is still very drinkable. Had with pizza at Tastebuds in Portland. Not a super fan of Hair of the Dog but this is my favorite to date of their stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 16, 2010
Draft @ HOTD. A squash 5% beer with pils malt and no hops? Can you anticipate the train wreck? You should not because it impressively turns out awesome. A full-bodied amber cloud covered by a generous, tight off-white foam. Squash flavours are exquisitely extracted, making this a stunning broth with a soft spicy, vegetal, earthy character. Drinkability is unexpectedly there as well thanks to its again judiciously extracted pale malt base. Malty, firm palate. No bitterness, but still balanced, due to proper fermentation and the well established limits to crystal malts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - JUL 20, 2004
Tap at brewery. Orange, slightly thick and foamy head. RIch garden aroma; unlike most of the others I actually did get some squash and zucchini here. Very interesting and surprisingly nicely bitter for something with no hops! Crisp, mellow, ingenious, and creative. Nicely done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - MAY 22, 2006
Sampled on draft at the HotD Brewery. Sipped this one while discussing it with Alan Sprints and learned that it was brewed using no hops at all. The tannins in the squash provide the bitterness. Perhaps if the squash is in the full boil, then that’s why there are no noticible squash characteristics. This beer cost more to brew than any other Hotd brew. An enjoyable beer and a good conversation.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Had this at HotD on July 28th, 2006. Squash Beer! no hops added to it. very light beer. at least for HotD! The squash seemed to add some sweetness and balance with the malt. Resulting in haveing no need to add hops. Very refreshing beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 19, 2007
On tap at the brewery. Pours a transparent, honey gold color with a thick layer of well-sustaining soapy white head. The health and depth of the head is quite impressive, especially for a beer brewed without hops. Clean, crisp aromas of toffee, caramelized sugar, and cookie dough blend beautifully with the layer of autumn squash that’s humbly, yet clearly present. Medium-light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. The cleanness and dryness of the palate is astounding considering the lack of hops. Plenty of squash flavor present, accompanied by a mild brown sugar sweetness and firm bready malt base. Free from any detracting spice characters, this is just a fine example of an clean drinking, flavorfully unique brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 21, 2007
Hand bottle from Samurai Artist. Thanks Ezra. After re-watching American Beer last week got me extra excited to try this, and just in time for Turkey Day. Pours orange with a nice 2 finger tan head. Nose is light and sugary with a bit of malt and the faint squash. Wow that is really crazy. Very sweet, very squashy and therefore robust. Overall a pretty damn tasty beer. Really different and thats good. I really like it it has a lot of flavor and a big bite in the taste for a mere 4.5%. Yum.

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