3fourths (8984) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2011 draft at the brewery, fall 2011 batch. unfiltered and cloudy orange body with an off-white patchy bubbled head. bright, prickly high-acid dry hopped nose, it’s astoundingly fresh, grassy and green without any excessive resinous / oil from the cones. this is hop soup, yup. comes across similar to the first batch of Little Dog Fred, with it’s bright, snappy, zesty and prickly hop acids, but it’s fuller-bodied with stronger esters. of course it’s impossible to make a comparison to Doggie Claws as it lacks the sweet / sugary / waxy / soap ester character and obviously is nowhere near as full-bodied and chewy. yeast is doughy and english in nature, i think this is what really ties it all together and propels this beer (and the first LD Fred batch) to mid-to-upper 4 levels. i had to bring in a small pour of the current LD Fred batch to compare, and yes, the Fred version as it is now isn’t as bright, fresh, grassy and vibrant as the Doggie Claws, and is a shadow of what i found back in January. but this release, this is it once again. incredible and vibrant hop flavor; toasted / cracked pale malt; rustic yeast; strongly bitter without reaching what i’d call ’astringent’. back end is entirely dry, body is light, pillowy and firm and does not at all seem like it’s under 4%. a stunning achievement.
notalush (5639) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Turbid orange pour - thick, soapy lace - nose of minerals, leafy, floral hops, Biscuity malt, caramel - flavor is very hefty and rich for the abv - rolled oats, caramel richness despite the crisp, crackery maltiness - earthy hop flavor - floral and peppery bitterness - simple but complex and goddamned awesome.
deyholla (9752) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 26, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2013 Growler shared by someone at Paul and Ryan’s 5000 celebration, thanks! Poured a hazy orange amber with a white head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma was full of tropical fruit, citrus, flora and a bit of backing bitter grapefruit. Flavor began with citrus and a bit of tropical fruit and became more bitter as grapefruit grew. There was a bit of a grain backbone. Nice!
GT2 (9411) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler thanks to brainlair. Pours low haze orange with a thick creamy head. Weaker retention. Nose is grassy and herbal hops, toffee, fresh honey biscuit, butterscotch, caramel chews. Taste is extremely soft, nicely hopped and bitter. Toffee, fresh bread, pizza crust. Soft dough in the background. Insanely soft palate. A masterpiece in malt extraction and liberal hopping. A Ryan Artuso beer x1000. Perhaps a Michael James beer as well.
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Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
First off if its a little dog it has paws, end rant. Growler pours a golden body with a white head. Very herbal, nice grass tones, tropical fruit flavors. Citrus a bit sweet grass, and light herbs. Sure the body is thin but dang i couldn’t stop sucking down the growler. Really quaffable for sure.
MrChopin (3999) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
hazy tan, small bubbled white head, large ring remains. Deceptively complex nose is sweet tangerine and honey, bit dusty. Bready flavor, crusty with light dough front, merging to grass and light pine mid, lightly resinous. Awesome, dry profile. Expected more flavor, but supremely balanced and delicate, controlled.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the pub. This was described as a dry, hoppy amber which about sums it up. Cloudy. Aroma shows nice floral hops, recognizable as HotD with the traditional house character to back it up. Taste is super dry with a nice hop flavor and quick finish. Certainly unrecognizable from Doggie Claws with no sweetness or alcohol. Super drinkable. This is one of the best versions of Little Dog.
boFNjackson (4198) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Hair of the Dog... This small beer from Doggie Claws poured vibrant, hazy golden/yellow with a white head. Floral hops on the nose with a biscuity grain character. Cascade hops maybe? Very floral, earthy, aromatic, piney. Cracker-like, toasted grains. Smooth drinking, great hop presence.
EricE (1367) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of BrainLair. Pours a hazy pale brown with a thick fluffy light tan head. Hoppy aroma - lots of pine and and herb. A slight note of toasted nutty malt behind the hops. Flavor is dry with toasted malts. Notes of nuts, rye bread, and chocolate. Nice bitter hoppiness on the finish. Grassy and a bit piny. Really smooth and easy to drink.
blipp (7863) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 27, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler shared at Paul and Ryan’s 5,000th rate tasting. Pours light gold with a thin white head. Fresh floral hoppy aroma, some light piney notes and crisp pale malts. The flavor is well balanced with pale malts, a hint of sweetness, and fresh floral hops. Solid.