Hair of the Dog Doggie Claws

2010, 11% ABV. Even though young, this is one wicked nice brew. Lots of floral hops and alcohol aroma and very nice frothy light tan head. Swirling produces a thick frothy head with light lacing. very intersting to see that head come back so strong. Almost like mousse or whipped cream. Pours wood brown and a bit cloudy, but that could be from quite a large amount of yeast left in the bottle.

Flavor is sweet, strong, with a nice balance of malt and bitter. Really I get a lot of honey, full coating of tongue, and a very slow fade of flavor. Medium to thick body, almost chewy. As it warms up, I taste more citrus, like tangerine, but still warm sweetness. Wonderful, memorable beer. Definitely putting some away for later. Tasted from the bottle @ 62F.

Doggie Claws has a deep copper color and an intense hop character. I use Simcoe and Amarillo hops along with Organic Pilsner malt, British crystal and dark wild flower honey collected on Mt. Hood. The beer is ready to drink now but will improve with age. Happy Holidays from the curs at Hair of the Dog. - Alan Sprints, Brewmaster


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