Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by beagle75:
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
More User Reviews:
4.13/5 rDev +2%
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. ..............................................................
Serving type: bottle
07-04-2014 02:01:30 | More by abuono
3.33/5 rDev -17.8%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-08-2014 08:05:57 | More by Sunhunters
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.