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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
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884 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 884
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 223
Gots: 53 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 884 | Reviews: 480 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle yielded a bitterness I thought was more 100 than 80 IBU. First, the taste buds are assaulted by bitterness, then citrus is left that is satisfying. I thought the alcohol to be above 7% as well. Well malted down, carmel.Above average mouthfeel.

Sammy, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of t0rin0
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. It is fairly light in color for a DIPA. Its orange mostly and its the clear. The head is offwhite and leaves a touch of lacing, not much though.

The smell is mostly of hops. Theres a ton of fruit smells like orange and grapefruit. Theres also some of that piney goodness that comes from chinook or cascade. Not much smell other than hops. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.

The taste is surprisingly sweet from the hops. I thought there was orange peel in there at first. Its citrusy for sure and moderately bitter for the abv (7% by the way). Not much of the piney flavor comes out and the same goes for the malt. There is a little sweetness that comes from the malt but not much else. Its a very interesting take on a DIPA.

Light/medium body and dangerously drinkable. Just don't expect a heavy beer, its pretty light. Almost a summer beer really.

t0rin0, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -1.2%

djrn2, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -1.2%

zestar, Aug 01, 2014
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev -1.2%

spycow, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Texasfan549, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a head that overflows both from the bottle and the pint glass; great retention and lacing, however, so what gets marked down for the gusher makes up for it after the pour

Smell: Citrusy and grassy, with some piney tones as well; this is the Spring 2007 bottling, so I suspect it has lost some of the grapefruit tones

Taste: Opens with a load of citrus and pine that produce a very bitter profile; after the swallow, some malty sweet flavors appear but are quickly subsumed by the spicy rye character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I tried this once when it was fresh and was overwhelmed by the bitterness; even though this bottle has a little age on it it is still a bit unbalanced for my palate; I can see where HOTD is going with this and they have achieved their goal; I just like a bit more balance; having now tried a third bottle with nine months of age on it, I find that I like it best of all - the beer has finally found a balancing point

Thanks, Lothore, for the chance to sample this again

brentk56, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Radiant amber-gold with a hint of Sunkist orange peel. The beer is full of miniscule flecks that could just as easily be hop dust as yeast. At least I hope so. Even though the polished ivory cap isn't as heavily creamy as it is on the best looking DIPAs, it's still an attractive crown. Fine squiggles of lace are thinner and more sudsy than I'd like, while still providing extensive glass coverage.

Once the deflation of the cap allows me to get a few good whiffs in, I can appreciate the hoppy splendor of the aroma. Pineapple, orange and white grapefruit greet my nose and impress the hell out it. The hop bill consists of Warrior, Tomahawk and Magnum. It's amazing how many brewers will talk to you and tell you what's in their beer.

Blue Dot isn't a big DIPA in terms of malt structure, but it sure is in terms of hoppy bitterness. In fact, given the absence of caramel malt (pale and rye only) and the less than viscous mouthfeel, it seems like more of a big IPA than a DIPA. That's okay, as long as it's good. And it definitely is that.

I love the spiciness of the rye malt since it gives the beer an added kick that sets it apart from most versions of the style. It doesn't taste anything like Hop Rod Rye, however, which for me is the ultimate rye malt DIPA. A little more pale malt might have turned it into a slightly bigger, slightly better beer, but there's no way to know for sure. I appreciate knowing that a Scottish yeast strain was used, even though I'm not sure how that impacts the flavor profile.

Those aggressive sounding hop varieties taste aggressive as well. Blue Dot stops short of being a tongue abuser, but then I'm only about halfway through the bomber. The fact that any number of DIPAs have it beat in terms of sheer hoppy bitterness doesn't change the fact that hopheads will find plenty to love and will find that their alpha acid itch is being scratched in a big way. White grapefruit pith has now taken the reins and is going to the whip.

Huge sheets of crusty lace haven't appeared on the pint glass, but I'm more impressed than I thought I'd be. As noted above, this isn't the fullest, most viscous DIPA in the stable. As it warms though, it firms up nicely and has clearly escaped IPA territory. With the increasingly buzzsaw hoppiness and the spiciness of the rye malt, too many bubbles would have been sensory overload. Good thing that it's gently carbonated.

My impression of Hair Of The Dog is that they brew original, occasionally offbeat, beer that doesn't always hit the mark. Blue Dot is probably about as close to conventional as they've ever ventured. It's a DIPA that has more in common with a big IPA than with an American barleywine; something that isn't the case often enough to suit me. I'm enjoying it immensely. The hop monkey that is forever on my back is becoming nicely satiated as well.

BuckeyeNation, Jan 02, 2007
Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

kjkinsey, Oct 30, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry and citrus hops with dry malt. Taste is drier then expected with some citrus notes. Malt profile is definitely different then most IIPA which might be due to the usage of rye. Good carbonation with full body which seems to indicated limited filtration and no apparent alcohol. While I appreciated this beer and like how it is trying to do something different (rye) for a style too often populated by clones, I thought it was a bit too dry and lacking some floral notes.

Phyl21ca, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted and reviewed again February 2011 - Winter 2011 bottling. Former high rating from 2009 tasting must be revised. Review of Winter 2011 follows:

Tried again Winter 2011 Batch. Pours a hazy orange amber with medium size white head.

Pine, desert cactus nose, none of the brighter fruity character or pineapple character/citrus character noted in earlier batches.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and balanced.

Flavors are all dull pine with a pine bitter "dull" character. No bright character at all.

Big simple pine bitter finish.

Newest batch a bit of a disappointment here, especially when compared with earlier bottlings.

* * *

Review from 2009: Pours an orange amber with a thick white head.

Bright, lightly sweet citrus, grapefruit and pine nose; layers and nice.

Mouthfeel is full and bright with just the right amount of carbonation.

Flavors follow nose. Nice hoppy IPA. Bright, clean and bold citrus, grapefruit flavors with a light hint of oranges and then goes quickly to a strong bitter grapefruit and pine resin.

Medium pine/grapefruit finish.

A very nice drink.

GRG1313, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this one on numerous occasions, but will review this one from the new batch. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/26/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber with a light haze to it at first, but this settled out to reveal some very nice clarity to it. Nice tall head of three inches or more was then easily visible as it settled back down to a thin layer that stayed with it throughout the session.

Very nice notes of orange and tangerine, light pineapple and a small biscuit like malt making up the dominate part of the smell. Very fresh here with resin like hops that you could almost taste while you smelled it. The flavor was just as good. Nice biting, sharp, crisp hop taste as you took the first sip of this monster. Orange and pineapple melding with a light malt flavor gave it some touch of balance before hopping right back enough to shock you back to your senses. Easily session able, I had no issue at all with pulling this one in.

Overall this was a great IPA. Nice sharp and crisp tones and a smooth, easy drinkability. Fresh, this was one of the better beers I have had.

mikesgroove, Jan 06, 2009
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

jaydoc, Nov 24, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy/hazy golden color. Not really any foam to speak of. Initially, lots of tiny bubbles. Especially with the sediment in the bottle, I could have mistaken it for one of my homebrews.

S: Tons of grapefruit, slight malt/caramel on the finish. Very slight hints of pine as well.

T: Wow, can you say grapefruit?! There is very intense grapefruit flavor here, much moreso than the nose would indicate. A nice bitterness and slight pineyness as well.

M: Very crisp and fairly light on the tongue. The initial carbonation wears off quickly.

D: Wonderful DIPA, goes down beautifully.

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Knapp85, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

westcoastbeerlvr, Nov 14, 2011
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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1.2%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of largadeer
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spring 2008 batch, 7% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy, slightly turbid pale amber. An inch of head rises from a gentle pour and settles into a ring.

Smell: Citrusy as hell (lemon, grapefruit, pineapple) with the slightest malty sweetness underneath.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big citrusy hop flavors from the get-go with a twang of earthy rye. Malt flavors are simple and subdued, lending a hint of sweetness but never interfering with the juicy hops. Carbonation is moderate and the body is on the light side of medium. The finish is crisp, dry and bitter.

Notes: A great and very distinctive IPA. Highly recommended but only when fresh.

largadeer, Jun 21, 2008
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

SocalKicks, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in the freeway ramp district of east Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a thin bubbly wall of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of caramel cream, grapefruit and orange rind, and leafy hops. The taste is bitter pine and anonymous citrus hops, and a softer bready caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and tight, smoothness a dicey proposition. It finishes with a wave at off-dry, but we're really just talking various hop bitters, here.

A good DIPA, the booze is quite innocuous, but given the style border-straddling in the ABV department, that's minimum passing grade stuff. I liked it overall - what with the good hoppy west coast mentality stamped all over it.

biboergosum, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, golden amber body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves excellent lace.

S - grapefruit and lemons with a touch of bready malt.

T - thick, bready malt up front with a bit of citrus. More distinct grapefruit in the middle with a transition to pithy lemon and sharp bitterness to balance the thick, moderately dry malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, but honestly a little less than what I expected. The hop character is very citrus oriented and the bitterness is quite harsh. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better, but for now I'm disappointed.

nickfl, May 02, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring 2007 release, acquired from fartingdog and jgaston courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to them. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and some caramelized malts, but they don't seem to blend together well.

T: The taste nicely balanced with a good hops bitterness, sweet citrus fruit & caramel flavors and a hearty malt character. I probably did this beer a disservice by putting it away for as long as I did, but it was still pretty flavorful.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, it's not the first 2IPA that I'd pick, but I'm hoping to try this beer again fresh to potentially change my mind.

TheManiacalOne, May 22, 2008
Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween BIF '08.

Pours a slightly murky golden orange with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy brite-white head. Thin creamy layer of retention just skims the surface, leaving some quality looking big swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is extremely floral and herbal smelling with notes of juicy citrus character and malt sweetness.

The taste is a herbal tasting hop profile up front that then works itself into a more dry and resinous feel as it moves across the palette. This is nicely balanced by citrus and caramel that impart a tangy supportive backbone that lasts well into the finish, along with a dry lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy and slick feel. There is a good bit of alcohol beef that comes out as this warms. While not too distracting, it was enough to hinder the drinkibility (which for the most part is quite good) a bit.

Despite the heat presence, I really enjoyed this. It's been a major want of mine for a while now and for the most part didn't disappoint me. Also, despite being at least 6 months old, the freshness held up extremely well. I'll definitely be on the look out for more of this.

Kegatron, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2011

This is one of those that I've known about for quite some time but haven't been anywhere it's distributed. Until now.

Pours quite cloudy with almost no head, even when I pour a bit firmer. This is a nice dipa. Higher on the citrus tones, with some mild hop spiciness to it. I like this one. It's somewhat unique in its delivery for me. Glad to have (finally) gotten a chance to try it.

RblWthACoz, May 09, 2012
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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 884 ratings.