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RATINGS: 1534   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.92/5   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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4.4
DYCSoccer17 (3705) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Batch #54. Aroma is floral fruity, prune-like and has notes of pepperiness as well as a slight citric hop presence in the nose. Cloudy reddish garnet color with a gorgeous off-white head that is robust and long lasting. Start has brown sugar sweetness with some mild fruity notes in the middle. Finishes moderately hoppy but not overdone. A very well balanced barleywine. Nice work.

4.2
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2004
Cloudy orange beer with a huge rocky off-white head. The nose senses Caramel malt, a heavy dose of spiciness, orange peel, citrusy hoppiness, clove and other fruity smells. Flavour is also very spicy and fruity. Loads of bitterness in the finish. This is a very interesting brew; the appearance and aroma make it seem like a triple but it is very highly hopped for that style. Mouthfeel is very very smooth, and offers some slight sweetness. Alcohol is prominent in the finish. Bitterness mellows a bit as it warms leaving all the gorgeous malt/hop spice aroma to intensify. HOTD is one heck of a brewery. I’ve got to try some Dave.

4.5
FlacoAlto (4216) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 11, 2004
Batch # 56, Sampled October 2004
This particular Fred is quite carbonated, it pours with a frothy dense off white head. The beer itself is a hazy, orange-copper color. Oh-yeah, the aroma is quite intoxicating, it has a characteristically American hop punch in the aroma that reminds me of oranges, grapefruit and pine. Soon after that first whiff the hops fade a bit a sort of funky, husky graininess begins to come to the fore. The mix between this and the fresh hop character is quite interesting. The aroma on this beast is really quite interesting, fruity and funky at the same time.

The taste has the same competing pungent characteristics. The hops are here with a citrusy kick of tangerines, orange, grapefruit and even some pineapple. The funky grain character is here in the finish, though the hops are the taste that lingers the longest, with a sort of herbal, fresh cut, astringent note that just sticks to my mouth (though in a good way). This beer really is quite carbonated, almost overly so, luckily this is easily remedied by swirling my glass. This beer is so damn good, The last time I had it was from a 1.5 liter bottle that had been aged for 5 years, it was equally delicious, but a completely different beast. There is just so much interesting flavor packed into this beer, and I am really enjoying this right now.

4.2
Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - OCT 9, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Pours a lighter brown, little orange and red in there too. Head is big thick and just off- white. Aroma is malt and barley, also fruit and alcohol present. Flavor is unique, fruity hoppy and barley with a kick of booze’ :) . Very big on the flavor, even the head has flavor! Wow what a beer, I love it! Thanks to SpringsLicker, for this one, What a guy!

4.3
Terminus (3710) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2004
12oz bottle-batch 51-pours a hazy amber hue with a sliglty orange head-such a cool looking beer. Aroma was so intense-nice spicy, sugary aroma-nice green apple note with some orange peals in there. I will say that the aroma on this was one of the best i have ever wiffed. Flavros are full of spicy/piney hops, licorice, spices. Kinda has belgian chararactersitcs with the sweetness and spice thing going. Got a little hot after it warmed a little, but that was at a pretty high ttemp by that time. AWESOME brew!

4
Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
The color is a dark distant sunset. Very bright and nearly glowing. The head is big, rocky and creamy. It laces very well. A healthy looking beer. Fred has a lovely aroma. Quite spicy and citric with orange, lemon and tangerine. Very floral, very fruity. Start is fruity (lemons, oranges.) Blending ten hop varieties together this well is pretty astounding and a credit to how good the Hair of the Dog brewers really are. Balanced by a lot of sweetness from the malt. Tons of citrus flavors. Apricots and a pretty harsh alcohol bite. Though, It does lessen as the beer warms. Excessive carbonation. The finish is dry, very hoppy and slightly tangy. Cloying at times. Still very good. Hair of the dog is an amazing brewery. They makes these bizarre beers that can barely be classified into a beer style but they are all delicious. Adam was incredible and this is very good. Though if I had the choice between the two I would certainly always pick Adam. Doggie Claws 2002 was very good but I have a 2003 in the fridge that I have heard many good things about.

3.8
rlgk (18852) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - OCT 3, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 12, 2015 Bottle at the hotel rooms in San Diego. Cloudy golden beer with a small offwhite head. Malty fruity caramel aroma, grapes, figs, citrus toffee, some raisins. Malty fruity flavor, toffee, cream, gropes, toffee notes, fudge, warming alcohol, raisins, and figs. Quite focused on the fruits, nice and with alcohol well hidden.

2.7
pilsnerrogge (2984) - Finspång, SWEDEN - SEP 29, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 21, 2007 bottle, batch 65 Hazy orange/amber colour. OK head. Sweet toffee and caramel aroma with a brief touch of oranges. Thick and very sweet (too sweet) toffee flavour. Bitter hop and alcohol finish.

3.7
Hab40oz (242) - Grants Pass, Oregon, USA - SEP 18, 2004
I really like this golden Ale. Good thick off white head. Awesome balance of hops and malts. Sweet hops and wheaty malts, scrummdiddilyohh!

3
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 10, 2004
whoa complicated flavors... it has an alcohol finish and strong bitter notes... full bodied, baby.... interesting to say the least


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