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Hair of the Dog "Doggie Claws"

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Hair of the Dog "Doggie Claws"

American Barleywine - Oregon / Seasonal
$6.50 / 12 oz.
11.5 per cent ABV

Hair of the Dog is known for ales in the boldly-hopped West Coast style, and their holiday-themed Doggie Claws is no exception. This beefy barleywine is paler than most, a rich burnt orange, but scored high marks for flavor intensity. Practically bursting with golden fruit aromas, Doggie Claws smells like ginger marmalade and pineapple upside-down cake. Layers of green piney hops add to the beer's complexity, as well as notes of yeasty bread-pudding. Surprisingly dry for such a strong beer, Doggie Claws is nonetheless a better candidate for snifter sipping in front of the fire than pint draining at happy hour. (A considerable presence of yeast sediment argues in favor of allowing this beer to stand undisturbed for a day before careful pouring.)

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