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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

844 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 221
Gots: 50 | 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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beagle75

Iowa

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.
Summer 2010 vintage.

A: Hazy, pale amber with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Massive grapefruit citrus is detectable across the table. Toasty pale malt and bright vinous fruit add to an overall sensory experience that must be savored. No alcohol is detected in the smell.

T: Begins sweet with husky pale malt enhanced by the fullness of rye, along with pine resin and tropical fruit. Flavors become more dry toward the middle as grapefruit citrus emerges and lingers through the long, moderately bitter finish. Spicy hints of rye are detected late in the finish. No alcohol is detected in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity, simultaneously wet and sticky on the palate, with very little carbonation.

D: After experiencing this beer on four different occasions, its most pronounced feature is its inconsistency in the bottle. That aside, when it is good it represents such a collection of admirable qualities, derived from both malt and hops, that it distinguishes itself even among the best of its style. Another interesting feature of this beer is its low abv for the double IPA style: at 7%, it is no stronger than an average ordinary IPA. It is the intensity of the under-attenuated malt flavors present here that define this as a double IPA--Blue Dot runs much sweeter than other notables of the style, such as Stone Ruination or Russian River Pliny the Elder. This is a beer to keep returning to, even on the uncertain chance that it will be a 'good' bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 15:13:27 | More by beagle75
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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 844 ratings.