Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
90
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960 Ratings
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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 225
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2005

Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)
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Ratings: 960 | Reviews: 488
Photo of Moose90
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served from 22oz bottle, 2014 Fall Release

A — Pours a deep coppery orange color with a tall and puffy light cream colored head.

S — Smells largely malty and rich, light peppery and bitter hop note.

T — Very malty and almost yeasty overall, very rich and sweet, minimal hop character.

M — Medium bodied, a bit heavy overall.

O — Disappointing here, good if you want a big malt bomb with some hop semblance, but I think HotD should stick to Fred/Adam.

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This is the Fall 2014 batch poured from the 22 oz bottle. Color is a clear yellow amber. Surprisingly, the foam dissipates quite rapidly in the Chimay chalice leaving a few wisps of foam. Some carbonation bursting in the mouth, however.

The aroma is quite nice, with the mango and pine notes. The flavor is so raw. I would have believed 11% ABV, rather than the 7% claimed. Woody and raspy bitterness. Dark with bitterness.

This is certainly interesting to taste, since it's have such a long history, but there are so many better IPAs. I wouldn't call this a Double, it's more of a really hot IPA. Not very drinkable, though it may be bait to the hop obsessive.

Photo of ccnorthwest
4.43/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great IPA on tap and by the bottle.

Photo of leaddog
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a murky dark gold with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, bready caramalts, orange peel, citrus.

Taste - Starts off with a nice punch from the hops followed by the bready caramalts, orange peel, and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a lingering bitterness.

Overall - A DIPA that has the elements there. The aromas suggested a less hopped brew but the taste showcased the nice bitter punch from the hops. Definitely a worthy DIPA.

Photo of reebtaerG
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle winter 2015 into Lost Abbey teku
Nice IPA with great aroma and taste, solid. 1st time having Hair of the Dog and I'm not disappointed can't wait to try the others!

Photo of zander4dawin
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sweet ipa with a deep lingering bitterness that waits for the finale.

Photo of mr-jj
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is a hazy orange with a thin white head that faded quickly. Decent lacing. Smell is very juicy - lots of tropical and citrus juices with some pine and herbal notes. Flavor is grapefruit and pineapple with brown sugar malt sweetness to balance the huge hop presence. Finish is bitter grapefruit rind that lingers and is quite dry for such a juicy beer. Body is medium/full with lots of piney hop resins that coat your mouth.

Overall, an excellent DIPA from HoD. I'm a fan.

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer pours with a ton of head atop an unfiltered, hazy, golden copper coloring. Great lacing on the glass. Aromas of tropical abundance, with pineapple and melon all over the place, citrus highlights, and a nicely toasted, grainy backbone. Some apricot, caramel, and piney highlights throughout, as well. Flavors are resinous and peppery spiced forward, with a solid bitter blast. Toasted grains in the backbone, with a solid balance of sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit, cedar notes, floral highlights, and a tangy lemon zest. Very fruit leaning, on a full, slightly effervesced body. The aftertaste is slightly acidic with all the citrus and tropical fruit lingers. Smooth, slightly dry and crisp finish. Good beer.

Photo of erkrause
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Very balanced. Extremely smooth for being a Double IPA

Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
4/5  rDev -1%

Gave this a try a buddy of mine recommended it knowing my taste of IPAs. Not a bad beer. There's just too many good ones out right now to put this in my top 10.

Photo of PacNWDad
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into weizenbeer glass.

Aroma: Tons of pine in the aroma, plus some grapefruit.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden hue, not much head on it.

Taste: Nice piney hops, with a decent shot of sweet malt in the finish. Some citrus and spicy notes.

Palate: Low carbonation, thick but not oily.

Overall: Really enjoyed this one. One of my favorite double IPAs.

Photo of Braz
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%

This was good and solid at first. But a strange lingering aftertaste shows through shortly thereafter and spoils it a bit. I can't take it out on the beer completely though as it had a lot of sediment that may have been kicked up.

Photo of abuono
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light malt, heavy citrus hops. Similar to Julius but not as citrusy. Bitterness lingers, perhaps too much. More pine than I would like. Overall solid beer. Would drink again, great summer beer. ..............................................................

Photo of Sunhunters
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle "Spring 2004" into pint glass.

Appearance 3.00 - Golden orange with a muddy green tint. Quite hazy. Present but not particularly voluminous head is egg shell white, fine, firm, and staying. Very fine-grain bubbles with moderate lacing. Looks a little murky honestly.

Smell 4.00 - Tropical aroma is immediate and forceful. Mainly rich ripe pineapple with some strawberry and papaya backing it up, and lingering dried apricot. Little to no yeast aromas, though an underlying subtle layer of grassy pale malt is detectable.

Taste 3.00 - Like the appearance, it's a little murky. The malt is grassy and hay-like and the hop bitterness is flat and persistent, its constant presence muting the ripe tropical fruit flavors which are present, and follow the nose, but fail to truly stand up. The pineapple and papaya is largely lost in the enduring bitterness, itself influenced by the damp straw of the malt. The main fruit character is lackluster white grapefruit.

Mouthfeel 3.75 - Very pleasant texture is smooth and creamy, with a really excellent effervescence. The hop acids dry the tongue and cheeks, clawing a bit at the enamel of the teeth. Proper for its style. Full round weight in the mouth, like whole milk, follows the hazy appearance.

Overall 3.25 - An enjoyable example of the style, but off the mark. The killer aroma promises a tropical banquet that never shows up to the party. Texture is pretty spot on and the appearance is fine, but overall the taste is a plain grapefruit bitterness and grassy malt notes - enjoyable but average.

Photo of lochef81
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with Hair of the Dog brewing...hope it wont be my last. This dipa pours a hazy golden straw color, quite light for a double ipa. It gas a small and short lived white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with lots of floral and pine notes. Some citrus as well as a hint of bready malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is nearly full bodied and quite sticky. Flavor is all hops. Mostly herbacious and floral and pine notes. There is actually very little malt to back it up. This was good but not what I was expecting. Seemed more American pale ale than double ipa. Still worth trying.

Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the Dog 3 dot DIPA in a 22 oz bomber.
Hazy pale light amber; like an unfiltered apple cider. Good, lasting white head.
Mild for style; drinks Iike an unfiltered IPA.
Not clean. Mainly herbal hops. Some bready malts too.
O: OK but unrefined and amateurish.

Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nate321 for this bottle, which showed up this week amidst a bunch of other stuff I've long wanted to try. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is pure dehydrated urine sample. Full stop. Carbonation level is low, which is almost an expectation when I pop the top on a HotD bottle. The nose is full of lovely floral & tropical notes. Really nice.

Blue Dot IIPA is like a guy in a tux walking out of a bog: you don't expect something this routine from a place like HotD. Flower stamen is very strong & suffuses the senses, backed by dashes of lemon & citrus before a bracing shot of bitterness arrives mid-palate. More roses & lilacs on the finish. Sticky & thick for an IPA, but plenty easy to slug.

Simple but delicious, for my money this is having a boutannaire held to your face for half an hour. Very good beer.

Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small foamy white head, decent retention

S- grassy, pineapple and grapefruit, spicy rye

T- lots of tropical notes, pineapple, guava, orange with a good sweet malty backbone, some tea like bitterness with a peppery kick, dry finish with lots of pineapple, candy sugar

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice tropical notes and a easily drinkable DIPA

Photo of MarcWP
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Jester King stem. Felt like getting fancy for this one since I can't easily get it!

Pours a dark lemon yellow with light orange core. The beer is hazy and has a minimal head for a standard IPA.

Aroma is deep citrus and pine hops, malty sweetness, grassy, spicy (from the rye), and also quite dank. Still has a pretty unique smell considering since the last time I had this I've had a plethora of other IPA's.

Taste is super spicy, rye malt is certainly up front with peppery, lemon zest hop notes lending even more spice. Mid palate you get a juicier malty core but only lasts a second as the bitterness takes over and late palate you get those pine and fruitier citrus fruit notes with tangerine and almost an orange flavored seltzer like nuance. I love IPA's with rye, and this one really has tons of it.

Mouthfeel has the impression of being medium bodied but I think the spicy character of the beer adds some fullness. Probably really more on the heavy side of light, carbonation is on the low end for IPA's and the beer finishes pretty darn dry.

The first time I had Blue Dot I was highly impressed and enjoyed it immensely. Then literally the next day I had Pure Hoppiness and the day after that Nelson. Nelson became my favorite IPA and to this day is still one of my favorites. Point is, I held Blue Dot on a high pedestal and only marginally below the Alpines. Now that I've revisited It I can say it's still magnificent, but not quite at Nelson's level. But I still find this better than any Stone, Lagunitas, or possibly even Green Flash IPA I've had. Something about small batch brew that maintains a sense of artisanal value, something you can almost taste. Glad to have landed another one of these.

Photo of potion
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

spring 2014

a - pale hazy yellow, thin quick-dissipating head

s - earthy, tropical fruits, sweetness, slightly piny, tart

t - hops with staying power. passionfruit, pine, grapefruit, oranges on the finish, sweet malts, some subtle tartness/funkiness of a light sour. hops stick around between swigs.

m - resinous at sip but clean finish. fairly bitter. carbonated just enough, super refreshing

o - very drinkable and really well-balanced. mouthfeel matches the taste so well, makes this beer near perfect. held up really well for a bit later in the season.

Photo of Beaver13
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange with a medium white creamy head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grapefruit and dank resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet fruity malts with lots of dank resiny piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Right up my alley with hops and balance. Slightly too harsh and dank/catty/resiny.

Photo of RaulMondesi
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is kind of like the Kate Upton of beers for Raul: it has curves, it's voluptuous, it has all the good things that a player would look for... but if the main man isn't into blondes, he's not into blondes. And this style of "IPA" to Raul ain't his thang. It's more like an IPL, but Raul will move on.

Again, the sucker is clean, smooth, well balanced... but that pale malt... no mami!

A good brew, but not Raul's style.

Photo of rawfish
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

I heard there is batch to batch variation on this beer and the Winter 2013 was a dud so here's the new Spring 2014 batch. Cheers to Carl Sagan and we are off.

Pours incredibly cloudy, pale yellowy peach in coloration. The pour barely nets a head, a half finger of loose white bubbles with barely any retention. Sudsy lacing left on the glass.

The malt is clean and bready with a spicy kick of sharp rye. It works well with the uplifting yellow citrus and rising bright spicy pine and herbs.

Clean pilsner malt with a slight white bready and caramel sweetness to it. The spicy rye flares up the piney hop flavors and the backing of orange citrus. Nuances of vinous fruit and earthy herbs in the finish. Alcohol is really felt despite the label boasting a paltry sum of 7%. Medium bitterness and lingering pine and rye.

Heavy yeast and barely adequate carbonation don't make for a beer you can pound down. Alcohol rears its ugly head constantly , at least this has a scrubbing dryness and bitterness isn't overly done.

A good IPA that has been around the block, the rye malt is in perfect harmony with the abrasive and piney Northwest hop profile. Had Hair of the Dog seen higher distribution I'm sure there would've been much more hype to this beer.

Photo of jellikit
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange. Hazy. Thin head. No lacing.
S: Sweet. Citrus. Grapefruit.
T: Well balanced. Hops, malts and alcohol pair well with each other. Citrus. Grapefruit.
M: medium-low carbonation. Medium body.
O: Very drinkable imperial IPA. Not in-your-face on any level. Will buy again.

Photo of disko
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pains me to write this.
Blue Dot is my favorite IPA/DIPA. Or it was, we will see. I am military, so the only time I can drink this is when I come home to visit, and I make it a priority to buy a few. Winter 2014 release.

Appearance 3/5: Same old milky orange color, but super hazy, ok well..moving on, maybe i just dont remember...also, little to no head. oh boy.

Smell 4.25/5: Yum. Malt backbone with orange, tangerine, pineapple.

Taste: 2.50/5. The beer i remember is there, somewhere. But not it's bordering overly sweet for this style. Huge citrus notes and a big malt base, it was a balanced beer up until now.

Mouthfeel 2/5. Undercarbonated.

Overall 3/5: I am giving this a generous 3 only because of the beer that I know it's supposed to be, and am hoping it's just an error in production.

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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.