Beer Review: De Proef/Hair of the Dog Flanders Fred

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Was thrilled to stumble across this in the international section at Binnys as Hair of the Dog is one of my favorite breweries and I don’t get to drink their beer nearly enough. Alan Sprints of Hair of the Dog collaborated with De Proef as part of their Brewmaster’s Collaboration series to make this beer, Flanders Fred. It is the first time the series has featured a blend, pairing Hair of the Dogs infamous Fred with a Flanders Lambic from De Proef. Flanders Fred comes in at 7.5% ABV,

Appearance: Cloudy deep golden orange color with a small head that dissipates quickly. Super sticky lacing as you drink.

Nose: Smells tart with some funky fruit and lambic yeast notes. Some nice dark fruit and spicy notes as well.

Taste/Mouth: Nice sparkling, clean and mineral feel to it. Some nice fruit notes, sour and tart but not overbearing. Wheat and salty brine flavors come through with a nice counterbalance of malt and vinegar. Cherry and raspberry flavors come through as well. Finishes clean.

Price/Availability: Re-release of a collaboration beer so not available everywhere but certainly found in places where Hair of the Dog normally is not. $12 for the bomber which is a solid price.

Overall: Really happy to have found this beer as I normally don’t frequent the imports and international aisle. Awesome beer all around and one I very much enjoyed drinking. Who knows if it will be released again at any point in the future but if it is I would certainly buy it again. Drinking this really made me want to get back out to Portland and drink some Fred!

Grade:A-

Beer Review: Flying Dog Single Hop Citra Imperial IPA

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From Flying Dog’s series of Single Hop Imperial IPA’s I have the Citra variety. In the past I have and enjoyed the El Dorado variety of the Single Hop Series quite a bit so when I heard that the newest one would feature one of my absolute favorite hop varieties in Citra I was very excited to give it a try. In the past I have been not too impressed with a lot of Flying Dog’s hoppy beer selections but obviously was willing to give this a go due to the Citra and that I did enjoy the El Dorado one as well. Single Hop CItra Imperial IPA comes in at 10% ABV and 70 IBUs.

Appearance: Nice 1 finger head produces some really great sticky lacing down the entire glass. Very bright golden color which is just slightly hazy. As usual Flying Dog with some great bottle and packaging art.

Nose: Citrus fruit particularly grapefruit right up front with a good amount of pine and resin as well. Smells like sweet fruit juice with some orange citrus coming through as well. You get some of the alcohol in the nose as well with some stinky onion aromas (not a bad thing!).

Taste/Mouth: Very tropical fruit and citrus forward with some good bitterness throughout the beer. Somewhat dry finish with good malt sweetness balancing out the bitterness. Pretty warming from the alcohol but it is pleasant and adds to the complexity of the beer.

Availability/Price: You would expect a 10% beer to come in a 4 pack but this one is in a 6 pack so for $13 your getting a pretty damn good deal. Rotating availability but mostly available in July I believe.

Overall: Really like this one from Flying Dog a lot and I love the concept of the series. Gotta say most of Flying Dog’s other hoppy offerings are pretty terrible in my opinion (Raging Bitch, Snake Dog, etc) but they nailed this one. I will continue to try out all the Single Hop Imperial IPAs they release and hope to see them do this one again in the future!

Grade: A-

Beer Review: Thirsty Dog Twisted Kilt Scottish Export

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A little something different from Thirsty Dog in this review with their Scottish Export Ale, Twisted Kilt. Thirsty Dog has been definitely gaining some popularity and notoriety with releases like Wulver and Citra Dog. Saw this one pretty fresh at my local shop recently so I decided to give it a go since I have enjoyed some of their other stuff so much and I have been trying to broaden my horizons a bit and review more styles. Twisted Kilt comes in at 5.2% ABV and IBUs are not listed.

Appearance: Dark brown almost black. Good clarity and when put up to light you can see through it. Nice 1 and a half finger head which produced some really nice lacing as well.

Nose: Huge roasty malt nose up front. Get some coffee, bread, brown and caramelized sugars as well. Smells like a straight malt bomb.

Taste/Mouth: Malt bomb for sure. Some nice candied sugar notes, vanilla, caramel and a little spicy as well. Roasted malt carries over from nose big time and you get some nice dark fruit notes as well. Finishes nice and leaves a sugary taste in your mouth, has a very full creamy mouthfeel as well.

Availability/Price: Rotating availability and Thirsty Dog is well distributed to NY and the price was around $2 for a single 12 oz.

Overall: This was an enjoyable, drinkable malt forward beer from Thirsty Dog. Maybe not the most exciting style but nice to see classic styles being brewed by American craft breweries. Definitely a style I don’t normally purchase but I am glad I gave this one a shot cause it was a great representation style wise and was enjoyable to drink.

Grade: B