Review - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Inc.'s "Fred" Golden Special Ale
"Fred was created to honor beer writer and historian Fred Eckhardt. Fred is a big inspiration for me and many other brewers. Fred's work in all-grain brewing and beer styles helped me become a better brewer. 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. It has 10% alcohol by volume and 65 IBUs. We hope that Fred will inspire you to share your knowledge with others as Fred has with us." -- Hair of the Dog
"Fred" pours with a massive head and, as such, it took forever to pour this one into the glass. When we finally did, we find a light brown to medium amber colored body, topped off with a huge, light-brown head. Good lacing behind a mostly lasting head. Hazy body. Aromas are of light malts with a hint of molasses, light hops with grass notes, and alcohol. Initial taste is lightly sweet, finishing with a boldly moderate sweet. Medium on the palate, we're left with a creamy texture, soft carbonation, and a moderate alcohol tinge.
Reviewer's notes: "Batch #54, taking forever to pour, you can taste the alcohol in this one, a tricky golden ale that is anything but"
Reviewed on July 20th, 2006.
|Source:||12 oz. Bottle|