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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
91
outstanding

903 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 225
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
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:
Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2005)
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Reviews by alleykatking:
Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks to betsona for busting out this gem!

A- Pours a light hazed golden straw color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Beautiful thick streaks of lace all over the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hops run amuck in the front of the nose. Grapefruit is the dominate aroma for most of the front of the nose. Light caramel bready notes hint toward the middle but this is quickly masked with a dose of citrus and piney hops. Ending has a nice bittery pine hop aroma and finishes with hints of alcohol. Damn this is a lovely smelling beer!

T- Citrus hops in the front decimate the taste buds right off the get go. Nice juicy grapefruit along with hints of mango and orange in the front of the beer all the way toward the middle of the beer. Middle of the beer is about the only time the hops do not shine in this beer and take a secondary flavor to a lingering caramel malt base. The hops pick right off where they left off in the ending where it at times feels like I'm sucking on pine needles dipped in grapefruit juice. Alcohol is not really shinning at the end as the hops even dominate this last section of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops, hops, and more hops dominate the palate leaving resin all over the teeth, lips, and palate itself. Aftertaste is hints of alcohol and crushing hop flavor. This beer is not balanced and is very hop forward which is great for the style. No off flavors at all in the beer as I was drinking it. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with hints of higher drying here and there.

O- This beer is a crushing DIPA. There is no if's and's or but's about it. The alcohol is low enough to enjoy it a lot although the hops at times make it a little difficult. I love the taste of this stuff I just don't like how it destroys your palate for the evening. Overall give me a couple pints of this and I'll be happy.

alleykatking, Jun 01, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I love HOD offerings and have been looking forward to this for awhile,first off all the Mother Earth garble on the bottle is annoying but that wont cloud my judgement of this beer.I poured this into an oversized wine glass and holy smokes what a gigantic head on this puppy it took up 3/4 of the glass and nearly went over underneath all that foam was a peachy colored hazed body.Great hop profile in the nose I get leafy herballness and grapefruit quite resiny,who this a bitter DIPA very dry and resiny wow,piney and resiny to the hilt someone leafy with a hint of tea a bone dry cracker malt presence is noticed but barely.Wow this is different somewhat yeasty and like others have noted there is a hint of Belgian quality in its flavors,the dryness in my mind can become a bit much so this is one and done for me no doubt,still a damn good brew for the hophead and quite unique.

7% alc by volume per label.

oberon, Dec 24, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This ale poured a deep, rich orange in color with a huge, white head that pitted on top of the liquid as it went down. It is very inviting and looks like a real "heavy-hitter".

Smell - The giant, complex hop profile begged to be smelled. The floral characteristics first caught the attention of my olfactory bulb, but the luscious tangerine and stiff pine resin soon followed. There's actually a nice malt balance to this nose, but after smelling the hops it's almost like, "who cares?"

Taste - This one didn't fail to deliver the aroma at the taste. The big hops sweeten up at the taste, which makes me think that they may have hit the "IBU wall" when putting this monster together. The malt backbone comes on much stronger at the tongue, earning its "Imperial IPA" designation.

Mouthfeel - This Double IPA is somewhere in between medium and full in the body with a thick, greasy mouthfeel and a heavy bitter finish.

Drinkability - Well, the BAs that didn't start out with this ended up with it at the end of the Brouwer's Café "Hopfest" night. And, at 9.0 ABV, there were a lot of happy new HOTD fans by the end of the evening.

Update - I tucked away a few '07 bottles to pop in early 2010 just to see how the cellaring brought up that famous HOTD maltiness. Sure enough, the raunchy yeast came on like a banshee, well, more like a barley wine, and the big hops were still able to keep a presence in the flavor profile and really stayed quite bitter at the finish. If you are in love with the hops of this beer then I would recommend drinking this fresh of course but if you like to experiment and enjoy the complexity of a mature DIPA then this is an excellent cellaring candidate.

Update - Popped a fresh '10 and this is still a classic. It's absolutely gorgeous to behold, smells and tastes like a huge DIPA without going over the top, and is incredibly smooth especially given the ABV.

RoyalT, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at a number of locations in Portland.

Appearance: Hazy tangerine. Thin white head with weak retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and juicy citrus and pineapple. Not as large a hop presence as expected. Traces of pine. Minimal amounts of pale malt.

Taste: Less boozy and malt intense then expected. Not disappointing, however. Wonderful orange juiciness makes this very enjoyable. Hints of rye and pale, bready malt. Some tropical notes, mostly pineapple. Increasing amounts of bitter grapefruit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and well balanced. Medium sized body. Certainly bitter, but not so much considering the style.

Drinkability: Better then most DIPAs as this one seems more like a juiced up IPA in terms of booze, body, and bitterness.

I really love the intense and very fresh (like plucked off the tree, sliced in half, and hand squeezed in front of you fresh) orange aroma and flavor.

DaPeculierDane, Jun 28, 2007
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine Vol. II Issue VII:

Blue Dot is named after planet Earth, the only blue planet in this universe, and brewed in honor of Earth Day, with organic Pilsner malt, rye malt and a combo of intense hops.

Pours a cloudy (unfiltered) golden, orangey, straw color, topped with a thin creamy white lace with minimal stick. Somewhat pungent in the nose with tons of herbal, floral, citrus grapefruit, raw honey and fresh mint. Fairly full-bodied, thick-ish, smooth, even and creamy. Then the hops come to play with a raw leafy coarseness and big smack of grapefruit, ripe pineapple, salt, rinds, hint of soapiness (not a bad thing), and some sticky resins on the palate. This is all backed by a malt sweetness, touch of honey, and a spicy character unique to the addition of rye. There's some spice and warmth from the alcohol too. Dry and biscuity toward the finish. Tropical fruit esters on the breath.

We tried to pour slowly to allow the sediment to stay in the bottle (as recommended), but it was pretty mixed up. Regardless, this is one tasty beer that dances along the IPA and DIPA line. Not too over-the-top, it's complex and drinkable.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Winter 2010 vintage. Pours into my glass a hazy orange yellow with a quarter inch of white head on top and some bubbles rising up. Aromas start off with resinous hops upfront with notes of citrus and herbaceous floral notes. Some pine as well along with a fruity undertone. Crisp malts and a touch of spiciness. Pretty nice, pungent aroma.

First sip brings big resinous dank hops upfront with citrus and some herbal floral notes. A touch of pine as it flows down with some fruitiness and a good crisp malt body. Touch of caramel and some spiciness. Bitterness hits on the way down but overall it's well balanced.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good solid body, well balanced I thought and easy to drink. I enjoy that it is brewed with organic pilsner malt. Overall a tasty brew and the lower ABV is nice as it makes it easy to enjoy an entire bomber. Would have this again.

orbitalr0x, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of NWer
3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer 2010
I really wanted to like this beer.
The theme, the environmental awareness, the respect for planet earth gave it an edge going in.
The pour was a disappointment. Given its reputation for a flat pour, I was especially aggressive pouring from the bomber into a pint glass. Still, all I could muster was maybe a 1/4 inch head that retained well enough, such as it was. A lot of effervescence filled the glass that settled quickly.
A taste that simply doesn't measure up to the great (in my opinion) IIPA's out there. Kind of a mellow sweetness followed by a tart aftertaste.
It was good enough. That's about the best I can say. Don't hesitate to decide for yourself what you think of it. Even though I can't rave about this beer, I will continue to try other Hair of the Dog offerings.

NWer, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of freshflesh
4/5  rDev -1.2%

freshflesh, Jun 08, 2014
Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -1.2%

warnerry, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of Beaver13
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Beaver13, May 23, 2014
Photo of bishopdc0
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. thanks to BabyTree

Poured into my DFH tulip. the beer is straw-orange color with a wispy head.

The nose is hops tropical fruits and slight grassy hop notes.

The taste starts with a nice hoppy flavor pine flowers hops. There is a hint of caramel malts at the end. A nice flavor and not over the top.

The mouth is refreshing crisp clean and the carbonation comes and goes quickly.

bishopdc0, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of TimoP
4/5  rDev -1.2%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2010 bottling.

The beer pours a dirty yellow color with a white head. There are huge yeast particles floating in the beer. Not very attractive.

The aroma is a mix of citrus hops (mainly pineapple) and some pine.

The flavor is pine with some citrus hops and bready malt mixed in. The bitterness is about medium and just right for the style. The beer is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A good beer, but not as good as some of the other elite Double IPAs.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of GarrettB714
5/5  rDev +23.5%

GarrettB714, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of chossboss
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

chossboss, Mar 19, 2014
Photo of magictrokini
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber at O'Briens. Poured hazy/oily orange-gold with a frothy and creamy white head. Good lacing. Soapy pine aroma, fresh-cut lemongrass, and the smell of wet wood. Passionfruit and mango in terms of hoppiness in the nose. Bitter, sharp hop bite in the taste. Lots of melon and mango with a pepper snap. Soapy up front with the resin, with the flavor of earthy and wet hops. More malt and sweetness as the beer progressed. Easily drinkable with a hearty mouthfeel. Far different from most West Coast IIPA's, more bitterness reminiscent of an English IPA, but mixed well with the citrus hops.

magictrokini, Jan 12, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into my Mad Elf tulip glasses from a 22 oz bomber split 3 ways with some buddies.Spring 07 marked on bottle when brewed i'd guess.

Very mirky glowing golden color let no light pass through. 1" creamy white head dissipated quickly to a thin creamy coating really comes back to life with a quick swirl. Seems well carbinated could only see bits of very tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass.

Very fruity aroma pineapple,grapefruit comes through stronger as the beer warms up. Slightly burnt carmell maltiness with a slight tinge of alcohol.

Strong hoppy tastes pineapple/grapefruit also grassy and astrigent not much malt taste present. Leaves citrus rind tastes lingering on the palate. Great hop taste,now i know what hop bomb means. If you like em hoppy you'll love if you prefer balanced you might be a bit dissapionted.

Very light mouthfeel for an imperial,very creamy nitro-like feel. As drinkable as an imperial can get. Would love to drink this one again,just would like a bit more maltiness.

jcdiflorio, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of kingcrowing
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden straw with almost not head but a tinge of lacing makes it down the glass. Nose is sweet and hoppy, a bit wheaty grassy.

Comes on a bit weak and then the bitterness picks up and starts to kick your ass. Sharp bitterness on the back of your tounge and a nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sweet. Overall quite solid, my first HotD brew, looking forward to more!

kingcrowing, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of ehammond1
3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy, murky orange and yellow with a very thin white head. Not a lot of lacing.

Sweet citrus aromas, along with caramel and bready malts, some floral notes, and peppery spice as well. Interesting.

A well balanced DIPA, though it is very bitter. The citrus is balanced in unison with floral and spicy flavors, and a sweet, bready backbone.

Medium to thick bodied, though it doesn't seem at all syrupy.

A tasty, interesting DIPA. Very bitter, though balanced well with sweet and bready malts and an interesting floral and peppery kick as well. While no characteristic of this beer particularly impresses, I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It's a joy to drink.

ehammond1, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Cynic-ale, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to think about this, Hair of the Dog, traditionally a high gravity brewery, from what I've had, but yet, this double ipa clocks in at a relatively low 7%

Appearance, looks like it has a decent amount of heft and malt to it. Average head, dark yellow, notes of orange to it. Taste, very good, manages balance without being boring. Manages to hold up throughout the bottle, doesn't diminish, remains very drinkable, a pleasant surprise of a not over the top double ipa. Good amount of bitterness, would have liked to have experienced more hop flavor with this one, but hey, good is good.

Beerandraiderfan, Dec 31, 2009
Photo of Jgcarrick
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A
Light off-white head that led to minimal lacing inthe glass. Hazy. Not uncommon for an IPA or DIPA for that matter.

S
minimal hops. They're there., but lightly I smell centenniP, maybe Amarillo. Pine and citrus.

T
Excellent flavor. Not a floral or citrus bomb but a well balanced DIPA. it's got floral, and citrus nose. Sweet start and bitter grapefruit finish that I can taste well after my last sip.

M
Great consistency light on the tongue to start with a lingering weight that begs for another drink.

D. I like this beer and will drink it again. Reminds me of my favorite IPA's. A true northwest beer, with some interesting balance over the normal "balls to the walls" hop bomb DIPA.

Jgcarrick, Feb 17, 2011
Photo of chinchill
3.63/5  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.

chinchill, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of OStrungT
4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy orangish yellow color, with a thick and fluffy white head. The head fades very slowly, leaving a great lace.

This beer has a very strong grapefruit aroma. I can detect some floral hops also. This beer also has a slight piney aroma. A very subtle sweet malt aroma is present.

This beer has a very aggressive grapefruit citrusy flavor. These is a strong malty flavor also though. It is very well balanced. It has a slight piney flavor. This beer has a slightly spicy rye like flavor that I didnt notice in the aroma.

This beer is full bodied. It leaves a grapefruit like aftertaste. Carbonation is well for the style.

This beer might make a decent session beer. It isnt too high in alcohol, and the flavor, while aggressive, isnt overpowering.

Overall: Great beer. It isnt as over the top as I was expecting. It is refreshing, and easy to drink.

OStrungT, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of canalsurfer
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

canalsurfer, Jul 04, 2013
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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.