CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Turbid brown/orange appearance. Thin and wispy head. Darker than the "bitters" I’m used to drinking. Strong orange citrus aroma. It’s quite pungent. Touch of caramel malt. I’m not sold on the aroma. A very odd malt flavor lingers, and it attempts to meld with the Sharp citrus flavor. Seems to be more grapefruit on the tongue, and orange on the nose. Not really a good representation of the "Little Dog" series. notalush (5910) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2011
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. Matts_Property (837) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2011
On tap at the brewery. Pours a cloudy orange/brown, with a small white head. Aroma of piney hops, citrus fruits - very much like an IPA, caramel. Flavour of bitter citrus fruits, orange peel and hops. A dry and bitter beer. Very fresh tasting. mcberko (18557) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 13, 2011
On tap at Hair of the Dog, split with Matts_Property, pours a hazy dark golden orange with a medium off-white head. Aroma of bitter hops, caramel, sort of like an IPA. Flavour is very dry, with somewhat bitter hops, roasted / burnt bread, sort of an English quality with American hops. Very well-made for the style. 3fourths (9357) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 29, 2011
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.
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 9, 2011
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. Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2011
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. tgncc (3140) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Gathering at Paul’s house. I’ve always wanted to try a "small" beer, made with the leftover mash from another "big" beer. The aroma is fruity, floral hops. The appearance is a clear gold color, small white head. The flavor is like the aroma. The finish is floral hops. Thin/medium in body. Decent, interesting. j12601 (13027) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - MAR 6, 2011
Growler at the double 5k tasting courtesy of Trevor. Pours a clear gold with just the faintest touches of haze. Floral on the nose, light grainy sweetness and citrus. Grainy and toasty. Medium bodied and lightly sweet, grain and crackers. Slow bittern finish with grapefruit notes. Very refreshing. jtclockwork (17070) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2011
Growler at Paul and Ryan’s tasting. Pours light amber. Nose and taste of hops, wheat, pine and slight bitterness.