Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by woemad:
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
22oz bottle of the spring, 2012, batch purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $7.99. This is one of my “white whales.” First time I’ve laid eyes on this beer, as it’s never made it to Spokane before.
Pours a bronze/amber color, without too much of a head, but what there was endured, and left a surprising amount of lace on my glass. Strangely, the upper portion of the beer was darker than the lower portion.
Very big citrusy hop scent right off the bat. As it warms up, there’s a tiny whiff of what might be a slightly sweet, caramel-like malt aroma, but it’s almost totally overwhelmed by the hops.
A big, grapefruity hop blast is what is first tasted when drinking this beer. There’s also some subordinate hop flavor that is more of a piney, bitter tendancy, but the fruit flavor is the ruler of this beer. Malts are there, but they’re hiding under a table while weeping piteously.
Medium bodied, with a rich, sticky, resiny, oily mouthfeel.
This is a BIG IPA, and would probably be wasted on the neophyte beer drinker. It’s very tasty, but I find myself wishing there was a little more balance. I know this batch has been criticized by some on BA as being a little bit inferior to earlier versions, and can’t help but wonder if I would be more satisfied by those earlier batches. Still, even a slightly disappointing (if that’s even the right word to use here) batch of this beer is pretty tasty and worth seeking out. Hopefully, I’ll see future batches here and will be able to compare them.
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2012 22:33:27 | More by woemad
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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
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 856 ratings.