A Note on This Beer
Hair of the Dog Brewing is renowned throughout the Northwest for their unapologetically boozy, rich ales, and their Fred Strong Ale epitomizes this mission statement to a T. With its cognac-like 10% ABV, 10 different hops from all over the planet, and a base of silky, spicy malts, it’s a blaze of candied pineapple-liqueur decadence.
Evoking the boozy intensity of a Barleywine with the Old World depth of a Belgian Tripel, Fred defies stylistic convention at every turn while ringing in a wealth of top-shelf ratings: an exceptional 4.07 on BeerAdvocate makes it one of the Top 40 Strong Ales of all time.
Its 10% ABV decadence from Pilsner and Rye Malts keeps it smooth like butterscotch ripple. Belgian Candi sugar embodies the richness of dark fruits and caramelized pineapples. The gourmet assortment of hops accent the brew with Italian aperitif-like herbal bitterness. And we can only imagine how the flavors meld and develop as the beer ages…
Brewed to honor the memory of famed beer historian Fred Eckhardt, a dear friend of the Hair of the Dog’s head brewer, Fred is a proper tribute for the beer obsessed. Whether you serve it as a luxurious nightcap or save it for a special occasion, Fred is an entire world of flavor that awaits your palate.
Rated 4.07 and One of Top 40 Strong Ales on BeerAdvocate