rosebud (47) - Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2001
I have to give this beer a perfect rating. It's like Thomas Hardy meets Bigfoot is the only way to describe this beautiful brew. joet (2648) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - APR 29, 2002
UPDATED: AUG 13, 2004 Amazing. Absolute perfection. The best beer I could possibly ever imagine. I got plums and candy sugar, creamy, honey, some cookie, and a big etoh whallop. Very pleasing and it's definitely something to quaff slowly and with smoke or food. The hop mix is truly perplexing. Chewy and delicious. A gorgeous beer. 65 IBUs in as many ways and flavors -- from floral to earthy, pine and herbs. I keep thinking about this one. amceachern99 (70) - Albany, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2001
Hair of the dog rules! I drank two of these, and could hardly stumble home. JenT (10) - Austin, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Batch 56 : It’s warming like whisky with velvety hops. Very strong beer made to perfection with an incredible range of hops flavors. Like a barley wine but better because of that signature northwest hop flare that hits your palatte. This is a must-taste beer for any beer geek that loves hops. It <is>a special ale, but then again Fred is a special person (This beer is blended from 10 different hops) WOW! Be sure to pour properly (read the instructions on the bottle) and prepare to get hopped up on the Fred! presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 11, 2005
UPDATED: APR 13, 2007 My top beer for 2005. Batch 59. Cloudy orange with a thick polyester fill head. Big delicious grapefruit and spruce hop aroma. Flavour is a little rough and uneven. Competing teams of alcohol, hops and yeast compete for territory on the tongue. Lemon, yeast and hop finish. The parts do add up to more than the whole. A meal of a beer.
lilannie (384) - Adamstown, Maryland, USA - JUL 4, 2005
Batch 56, 1.5L bottle, opened 7/2005
mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - SEP 19, 2009
Aroma: some hay, light hop flowers, sharp cheese, light pineapple, carmel malts, candy sugar, and light honey
Appearance: dark, golden yellow-orange, large creamy head, lacing
Flavor: oak, honey, carmel malts, pineapple, grapefruit juice, light hops, brown sugar, and alcohol
Palate: sweet with sharp, hoppy bite, stinging bitter hoppy aftertaste, coats the mouth well with flavors that fill the nose
Overall: an excellent beer! yummy!
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2013 Hair of the dog......FRED......... is the bomb! One of the few American beers that that matches the quality and complexity of Belgian beers.
Ionlyrate5s (103) - New York, USA - SEP 7, 2014
Pour with thick rich head and big malty rye aroma. The flavor was so big and rich, yah needed a fork and knife to cut through it. Absolutly big wonderful beer for the tastebuds. Great hop usage to balance it out. Great finish with added warmth to put this over top. gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 18, 2001
This on my top ten list. The warming effect of Fred is not to be believed. Wonderful fruity flavors, sweet and malty. Fred Eckhardt should be proud. unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2006
Had this at HotD on July 28th, 2006. Hops, hops, hops. very complex. IBUs hit straight off the bat! hazy golden color. aroma of hoppiness, very nice beer. Perfection.