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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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Ratings: 854
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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4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Winter 2011". Beer poured into a snifter (DFH). Beer is yellow to amber and pretty hazy, this might be chill haze though, off white head of small and medium bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing, looks like beer.

Smells hoppy, smells like hops. Beer is simultaneously piny and citrusy, big hop aroma, can smell it from almost a foot away. Nice.

Beer is medium to thin in body and moderately bitter on the finish. The finish isn't dry but rather brings forth some additional sweetness. The lead off of the beer is a little missing, only a mild presence of malt or sweetness, good hop flavor on the midpalate and a strong finish. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2011 03:09:08 | More by drabmuh
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Francois for cracking this one.

Light fizzy head, hazy pale grapefruit color.

Nose hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit, hint of tangerine, light musty resin, hint of stone fruit like apricot, bit of sweet malt.

Taste is semi sweet, lots of tropical fruit, light musty resin, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, light spicy piny in the finish, slightly dry, almost creamy malt, long biter finish.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bod, decent carb.

Overall nice, not too heavy, sweet, or bitter, nice balance, nice hops, tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 02:59:18 | More by jlindros
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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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 23:55:00 | More by Mora2000
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a pale, cloudy, cider brown with a small white head that retained and laced well. Lots of citrusy hops and fresh fruit in the aroma. More of the same in the taste--grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, white wine--nice sweet maltiness in the background for a sense of balance; dryness, pine needles, and slight bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable overall.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 16:34:14 | More by Rifugium
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-23-2013 04:30:55 | More by SocalKicks
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5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 03:30:33 | More by oline73
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall 2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass gets me a three-finger thick head that overflows the rim of my glass just a bit. The head has quite a bit of staying power, is quite fluffy, leaves a nice layering of lace on the sides of my glass and forms some interesting structures as it slowly recedes. The beer is a honey / light amber color that shows a clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy, though it has me noticing that my nose is not quite working as well as usual). Aromas of pine, a touch of menthol, as well as a light herbal note are noticeable up front, but there is a solid, citrus-like backdrop of grapefruit, bergamot, lychee and lemon zest.

The beer is nicely hoppy tasting, much more so than my nose was able to tell. Notably, the beer is also not infected (like my last bottle of this), which is really quite nice. The hop character is fresh and punchy with ample flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, and lychee up front; it finishes with a sharper, more herbal focus of tongue clinging pine and hemp oil, with a touch of menthol there as well. There is a nice, solid, and up front, clean bitterness throughout the flavor profile, it gets a little dirty (in a good way) towards the finish as the more herbal hop components kick in. The beer is nice and light bodied for a beer of this strength, which is perfect for the way I like my Double IPAs; it does have some body to it though and is able to carry the ample hop character quite well. There is a touch of alcohol noticeable in the finish, it provides a touch of warming as well as a peppery bite.

This is quite nice when it is not infected, I am quite glad I was able to get another batch of this.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Rating from January 2007
Total 3.9
Disturbingly over carbonated, this beer ends up with an easily five-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a layered pattern of lace on the sides of my glass as it subsides. The beer itself is a lightly hazy, definingly copper color. The aroma is certainly quite hop driven; with fruity citrus notes and tropical fruit notes abounding. There is also a fair amount of malt noticeable in the aroma, with both a light sweetness and a biscuit-like malt note noticeable in the background. What else is in the aroma, dare I say it, there is perhaps a touch of Brett signature (though I could be wrong). If it is here it is quite light, leaving only a touch of mustiness and something that I would describe as meatball (maybe it is just a touch cheesy).

Despite having spent a good 5 minutes exploring the aroma, the beer is still quite carbonated as it froths up quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. A quick swirl of the glass releases some of the excess gas and makes the beer smoother and more palatable. There is definitely still a funky note in the flavor here, though the dominant note is one of excessive hops. Bitingly bitter from the get go, this beer is sharp and definingly hoppy from start to finish. It has quite a light body, which is perfectly in line with a West Coast Double IPA; keep the beer excessively hoppy but eminently quaffable. Citrus & fruit notes of tangerine, bergamot, peach, and pineapple all shine at times, though the fact that this beer is relatively dry seems to downplay these notes. This beer does have a malt sweetness to it, just not as much as one might usually find even in an West Coast version. Menthol-driven pine notes are also found in abundance, and perhaps even a bit of grassy herbal character, no make that a definite.

Back to the funk, it is definitely here, nothing too big, but enough little things to add up to something that significantly effects the flavor profile. The beer tastes a touch metallic, lightly cheesy (almost like old hops, but not really), definitely musty, a bit of cobweb character, and a leather / sweat / goat-like note that could quite possibly be Brett influenced.

From a stylistic standpoint, or even a point of view having to do with the brewers intent, I would flunk this beer outright. Though the infection is light, it is here enough that I can recognize it. Still it seems to add a bit of Funk or even Belgian character to this beer, which is not wholly unpleasant. From an enjoyment standpoint I did, and I will happily consume my other bottles of this. In fact take this review with a grain of salt, I like a little (ok even a lot) of funk in my brews, and this one has it, so I am intrigued. Still I would enjoy this much more if it were not infected, or intentionally brewed to be so.

Purchased from: Liquid Solutions

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2007 02:15:14 | More by Gueuzedude
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-21-2011 00:42:08 | More by Rochefort10nh
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Spring 2008 version,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, perchance I got some yeast in there, I don't know. Very small white head which leaves a little bit of lacing, though a second pour from the bomber gives a fuller head.

S: Very strong hop scent, American hops, but very floral, ripe oranges and lemons.

T: White grapefruit hop flavours dominate the flavour, also lemon and some lime juice I found, with some drying mint on the back end. Malt is spicy from the rye added, strong biscuit tone overall, but definitely not as strong as I have found in other examples of this category such as Hercules. Good mix of flavours, definitely in the West Coast school - pale, insanely hoppy, not a ton of malt, just enough to bring a shaky balance.

M: Rather light carbonation as evident in the small head, resiny, creamy, real ale-esque, as it is bottle conditioned.

D: Well above average in it's style, really liked this one from Hair of the Dog.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2008 07:15:21 | More by Halcyondays
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

04-21-2013 05:00:47 | More by mendvicdog
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New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Higgin's in Portland.

Appearance: hazy copper orange color with a 1" head. Super thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big grapefruit citrus, much milder bitterness.

Taste: big malty backbone here. Loads of grapefruit citrus balanced by a strong bitterness. The dry bitterness was not the usual overwhelming pine tone, but very soft pine and almost floral. Honey sweetness, hint of yeast spiciness, and a light alcohol tone rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy in body. Smooth and dry throughout. The bitterness is loud and strong on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: this beer was very enjoyable and a second serving could have easily been had. Unique flavors keep this interesting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2006 00:46:12 | More by Gavage
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3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the current ratings on the site. I know I've had this brewery before; I just can't remember how I felt about what I had.

Winter 2012. 7%. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. The sediment was allowed to remain in the bottle until the final pour, as per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a half finger head of standard white colour, slight cream, nice thickness, and Decent retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent orange-yellow. Looks more like a hefeweizen than an IPA, which is notable but not impressive. Not a unique look, but certainly an appealing one. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Orange fruit esters, fresh lemon peel, rye grain, caramelized malt, and hop bitterness masked by something I can't place that bothers me. It feels like an artificial masking. I hope this isn't the case in the flavour. If I had to guess the hop varietals, I'd go with citra and amarillo. A pretty strong aroma - I could smell it as I poured it even with me broken nose.

T: Orange esters and lemon peel are there alongside somewhat stale hop notes that sit unevenly on the poorly executed rye foundation. The floral/bitterness balance of the hops is awkward at best, and never feels fresh or masked. The estery tones throughout are distracting and bothersome. Ripe pineapple isn't a pleasant addition, nor is grapefruit* (which is far too dominant). Decently balanced, and built alright. Too bitter, especially on the climax. It may be one of the more experimental double IPAs I've tried, but it isn't one of the best. Not refreshing. The taste is pretty strong. Not a subtle beer, but complex enough I suppose. Not quite full-bodied.

*I despise grapefruit, but I'm respectful of balance.

No yeast comes through. Some alcohol is detectable, but it's by no means boozy. It's only 7% however, and seems to require more to mask its ABV than other beers in the style with 10-11% ABV.

The rye malt in particularly seems to be the main problem with this beer. Why they chose that grain is beyond me. It sets the beer apart from other IPAs, but makes its quality lesser.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body generally. A touch too thick. A bit sharp, suggesting overcarbonation. Some crispness on the finish is a lovely touch. The mouthfeel by no means feels tailored specifically to the flavours. There is nothing unique here.

Dr: Drinkable but problematic. It's intriguing, but the quality just isn't there, largely because of the untamed bittering hops, poor choice of foundation (rye), and lack of subtlety. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Fans of the style may defend it, but I'd never recommend it to friends.

Glassware: It drank alright out of me nonical Guinness pint glass, but in future I'd use a snifter or tulip.

Food Pairing: Wouldn't pair well with food in my opinion. Even though IPAs usually pair well with spicy food, this one in particular isn't refreshing or quenching enough to do so.

Aging: This seems a rather poor candidate for aging as its flavour depends largely on hops and the ABV is a mere 7%. The sediment in the bottom of the bottle is a good sign, but if you're aging double IPAs you'd better know a lot more about cellaring than what I can suggest here.

I debated between a C and a C+, but ultimately settled on a C+.


Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 07:15:11 | More by kojevergas
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/03/06- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Clouded golden pour, 1/2 inch super creamy head upon the top and decent patchy lace left on the glass.

Smell- The first scent was very good. Super sweet grapefruit hops, and a dash of pine needles...even a bit of sweet malt scent. Although, after the first couple sips, the scent was almost non-existant. Like it vanished into thin air. Good while it lasted I guess.

Taste- The lady at the Toro said it was a Barleywine and the dude next to her said it was exactly like Adam (an Old Ale) are you both on crack?!?! This was a dead on DIPA. Super sweet malt mixed with super sweet orange and grapefruit hops. Pine comes through more in the smell than in the flavor. Very smooth, almost honey-cream like.

Mouthfeel- As stated above, very creamy and very smooth with a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very drinkable DIPA. This would almost be a session DIPA if that exists. Doesn't seem the 9 or 10% abv that it is. Winner!

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2006 21:59:13 | More by GClarkage
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

12-05-2013 02:01:09 | More by XmnwildX12
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3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a strong pine needle character along with some floral and citrus hop notes. Malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Full bodied with a blast of extremely dry and bitter hops that dominate the flavor. Strong tongue-coating pine flavor that overpowers the other notes that te nose hinted at. Only the faintest of sweet citrus flavor and a subtle malt backbone with hints of toffee and caramel. Kind of abrasive and one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 05:47:54 | More by corby112
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4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours quite a light yellow-gold colour, slightly cloudy with a huge white head of fine bubbles. Rather reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, truth be told. Looks really good - I mean, really, really good. The sort of beer I take one look at and say "yeah, I'm going to like that beer"...

Very pleasant tropical fruits on the nose - passionfruit, pineapple, peach, melon, lychee and a hint of banana, cinnamon and anise. Truly has a surprising Belgian yeast undertone to it as well. Sweeter, and not as sharp as many an IPA. Extremely pleasant though.

Again, the taste isn't as biting and sharp as many an IPA - it has a sweet, fruity character under it, and the piquancy of the hops is just an overtone. The hop character is clean and clear, but the sweetness binds it back to earth. It's good.
Mouthfeel is light and frothy, makes the beer quite filling, and probably reduces the drinkability.

It's a good beer, no doubt about that. Very fragrant, and full of flavour. Possibly too bloating for more than a glass. A subtle but very enjoyable double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2008 01:45:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful glowing orange color with a small white head. Nose is citrus, grass, lemon, pinepalle and earthy. Taste is very smooth and well put together. Pineapple, grass, earthy notes and some citrus. Very smooth and light booze. Mouthfeel is nice, hops, well balanced and very tasty. Very drinkable. Outstanding. One of my favorites so far.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2010 23:20:40 | More by barleywinefiend
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Henry's 12st. Served in an over-sized snifter. I love finding an interesting DIPA, and this certainly didn't disappoint. Instead of the usual big hit of citrus, it had a big share of floral and earthy notes that approached sweet leather. There was also a bigger balance of malt than usual, taking this close to imperial red ale territory. Still, it's not the usual sweet, syrupy malts but a candied biscuit taste that like the hops, are a delicious departure from the status quo. Find this beer when you get tired of the typical DIPA and you're be refreshed.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2010 07:11:32 | More by tempest
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Update: Shared a bomber with Deuane, sierrags and ksak on 3-May-09. The bottle was fresh and had a wonderfully citric hop nose, blasting with floral and fruit notes. The taste was also improved, delivering a clean hop profile that didn't skimp on anything.

As a result, smell and taste were upped from 3.5 to 4.0 each.

Original review date: 7-Feb-07.

A 650 mL bomber.

A: I need to echo Gueuzedude's comments on carbonation. I opened this bottle and let is sit on the side table for 5 minutes. When I glanced over, there was a thick frothy white foam trickling down the bottle. That translated to a 4.5 finger head, billowy and white. The beer itself is a slightly hazy but surprisingly pale orange-yellow color, not quite the gusto that I'd expect from HotD.

S: The aroma is an interesting mix of sweet, strong raw hops and heady yeast that is reminiscent of orval or westmalle tripel.

T: The alcohol is immediately apparent in the first sip. It is strong and warming, pulling no punches. The hops are somewhat muddled, coming across as strong and earthy but lacking in the citrus or pine that generally rule a DIPA. The malts support the hops nicely, adding a kick of sharpness from the rye bill. As I noted in the nose, the flavor here is incredibly similar to Orval, pale and slightly sharp with a strong yeast presence. A very interesting, almost continental, take on a DIPA.

M: The yeasty sharpness and earthy hop character make for a very European pale ale.

D: I'd love to know the abv on this bottle. Regardless, HoTD has taken a decidely American style and managed to make it old world.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 11:55:45 | More by akorsak
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

10-28-2012 16:14:12 | More by oriolesfan4
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

04-11-2013 03:27:29 | More by orangesol
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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to javib458 for the chance to try this brew. Summer 2010 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appears a hazed copper color with a thin film of white across the top despite being poured right down the center of the glass. A few bubbles rise to the surface and collect in a patch across the top which is white in color and is all that exists reminiscent of a head. Sips and swirls hardly revive any bubbles but some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew initially smells quite fruity. It comes across like tropical fruits that turns to a more citrus rind character like grapefruit. As it warms, it picks up a bit of a spicy herbal note and a touch of pine and sugary sweetness.

The taste includes a moderate amount of herbal bitterness that clings inside the mouth. A touch of alcohol accents the fruitier side of this brew along with a warmth down the back of the throat that has a solvent twinge. The malt is lightly toasty and exists with a light residual sweetness to counter the bitterness of lasting herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. The faint carbonation that exists is hardly noticed leading to a seemingly watery feel. The drinkability of this brew is certainly hurt by the lack of carbonation however the flavor and aroma draws me back for more sips. I would love to have this again with a little more fizz.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2010 21:53:53 | More by stakem
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle. Arrived a light orange amber with a healthy white head and great lacing. The smell is yeasty, citrusy, fesh and bitter. Very interesting aromas and very nice. Taste is immediately citrusy/hoppy woth a long, long hit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is especially crisp for the style. Different and delicious, and exceedingly fresh tasting on tap.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2006 05:03:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger foamy white head, nice retention, lots and lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, hoppy, some citrus/pines, and caramel. The taste is malty, more hops, citrusy, and some piney notes, and slight caramel. The finish is bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2007 23:14:19 | More by Wasatch
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

09-04-2012 22:12:00 | More by duceswild
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 854 ratings.