I love the way HOTD names their beers. Fred is named after Fred Eckhardt, a beer historian. Others are Adam, Rose, and Ruth. The bottle says it's a Golden Special Ale. It's not golden, but I can live with "special", and it's definitely an ale. It seems to have a personality conflict between barleywine and tripple. 10% ABV, 10 hop varieties, it's very highly carbonated yet full, almost chewy, mouthfeel. It would be a nice beer to sip on a cool evening. Not at all a beer for beginners, but if barleywine with an interesting twist sounds appealing you will really enjoy Fred.
Reviewed: March 19, 2006