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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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United Kingdom (Wales)

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head that leaves splattered lace. Color is a hazed pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Huge citrus profile. Pine and grapefruit with a light malt profile. Fresh, earthy, and hoppy.

Taste: More citrus. The grapefruit shows a lot. Hop resin stickiness. Pine. A light malt profile. Mimics the nose.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin feel.

Overall, a solid ipa. I really enjoy the citrus flavors. Not too malty. Good stuff all around.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 13:23:22 | More by mothman
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3.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's then at The Drafting Room and then at Capone's again for good measure. Short bar review.

Blue Dot is a beer that you think would be brighter than what it is. Expecting a DIPA looking beer, this comes off more like a dark lager. A dark orange with some light brown interwoven, the rye makes it's presense known in the appearence. Nothing more than a off white cap of foam around the glass. The smell is interesting but I would not think this was from Oregon if I did not know. Dark rye with biscuits and bread with some citrus sounds about right. This smells downright east coast. Taste is interesting but is this a DIPA, or did these kegs not travel well to the east coast? I get some citrus with grapefruit and orange but not alot. The rye is spicy and what I get the most out of this beer, a nice punch of spice. A little bit of caramel from a nice malting. The feel is medium and a bit slick going down, but for some reason not much bitterness and hardly a hop bite, carb is on point though. I had this beer a few times and I was let down by it. I think im really supposed to like this beer because HOTD aint to shabby and it's a DIPA from the west, but for now Im thinking this may be a off batch. Imma need to track down a bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 03:58:45 | More by BARFLYB
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-04-2013 02:00:35 | More by BillRoth
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District of Columbia

4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Very hazy yellow with a medium-sized white head that leaves adequate lacing.

S: Citrus, citrus, citrus. This is going to be my kind of IPA, I can already tell.

T: Again, citrus flavors, most notably grapefruit, are at the forefront. A big hop presence with notes of orange and subtle pineapple and mango notes are in there as well. This beer is incredibly delicious, and right up my alley.

M: Great feel, nice lingering, pleasant, bitter aftertaste with fruit notes.

D: Great flavor, really smooth and easy to drink. I'll be getting some more of this ASAP.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 02:03:53 | More by Huhzubendah
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4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had some extra time to kill in Seattle, and the Uber had just gotten in their allotment of the fall release blue dot. So figured I might as well review it while it's fresh (alas, Blue Dot does not age well).

The beer pours the prototypical golden peach color with impressive head retention and lacing. The beer was served a bit too cold initially, and so the head retention and lacing improved as it warmed a bit.

On the nose.... it flat out does not get any better then this. There is a huge aroma of pine, huge hoppy bitterness, and a touch of pineapple, rye and orange juice. Flavors replicate the nose, and as always I'm amazed by how light on the palate this beer is for a DIPA. Alan Sprints has made many great beers, but I absolutely adore his take on a DIPA. Many DIPA's are excessively boozy or high in alcohol, but at 7%, I think he's hit it just right with this one. The alcohol is not the least bit noticeable, and it gives this beer a lightness and drinkability that is stunning. Yet the beer is as flavorful as any DIPA I can think of, with a huge blast of citrus, pine and hoppy bitterness on the finish. Also, there's a mouthwatering quality to this beer, and it's probably the most drinkable DIPA I can think of (along with the twin titans from pliny-land at Russian River). The hoppy bitterness just lasts and lasts....

Delicious stuff. I'm once again reminded why I'm such a confirmed hophead.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:45:39 | More by John_M
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

08-25-2013 06:58:20 | More by drewone
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3.13/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

After having some great HotD beers in the past, I was excited to see this on the shelf. What a huge let down. First bottle was lousy, but got a second today in the off chance that the other was an anomaly.

Pours a muddy watered down diarrhea color with virtually no head.
Smell is a weak malty floral mix.
Tastes average at best. First bottle reminded me of a homebrew Flower Power clone. The second bottle was just blah.
Nearly flat.
I expected so much more from this, especially after spending nearly $9 for the bomber. I will continue to grab what I can from HotD, but would not ever recommend this beer based on my experience.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 06:43:03 | More by rab53
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New York

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale copper hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal and citrusy hop and a grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy and peppery hop with bursts of grapefruit and sweet orange. The clean malts supported the robust hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side for the style.

Overall a very tasty and extremely user friendly DIPA. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2008 01:25:00 | More by plaid75
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4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

07-22-2012 22:45:49 | More by Mebuzzard
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this one.

Pours a cloudy golden amber, big off white head forms, massive thick bubbles, big lacing, great retention, looks real nice. Smell is tea like, floral, grapefruit, pineapple, bready caramel malt, nice fragrant hops. Taste is toffee, tea, floral and grapefruit again, pineapples, more floral, more citrus, caramel, thick malty middle, nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, cask silkiness, bit of warmth, very smooth and drinkable. Excellent beer, thanks C&K!

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2007 21:49:12 | More by Viggo
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hoppy aroma consisting of a copperish looking color to brown/copper. Hops aroma is firm but not overpowering, taste and mouthfeel give way to a fruit finish, some type of berry that I can't quite pinpoint but a berry fruit which I thought in an IPA was rather unexpected (and wonderful!). Finish leaves a wonderful berry fruit that lingers. Excellent beer

Serving type: on-tap

10-10-2010 04:48:28 | More by smakawhat
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3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to forgetfu for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a small head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: The hops give a citrus aroma - oranges and grapefruit.

T: The flavor falls a bit flat from the aroma. There is a little bit of citrus and some apple, but not as flavorful as I had hoped or expected.

M/D: It was a little thin with decent carbonation. Drinkability was pretty high, but this was a let down. The hops were lacking, could have passed for an IPA, but not a double.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 03:22:46 | More by mdaschaf
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3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Didn't know what to think about this, Hair of the Dog, traditionally a high gravity brewery, from what I've had, but yet, this double ipa clocks in at a relatively low 7%

Appearance, looks like it has a decent amount of heft and malt to it. Average head, dark yellow, notes of orange to it. Taste, very good, manages balance without being boring. Manages to hold up throughout the bottle, doesn't diminish, remains very drinkable, a pleasant surprise of a not over the top double ipa. Good amount of bitterness, would have liked to have experienced more hop flavor with this one, but hey, good is good.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2009 02:25:36 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Solomon420 for throwing this in as an extra in a recent trade!
Cloudy, opaque peach with an off-white cap of fine bubbles. Sticky lacing, mostly spotty, with good head retention. Intense grapefruit aroma up front, a bit floral and powdery with some resin. Definitely fruity. There was an earthiness in the background too. The flavour started out fruity and sweet, citrus and pineapple. As the caramel faded, assertive bitterness came forward and grew into the finish, lingering long after the beer hit my belly. Spicy alcohol and warmth were evident towards the end. Medium bodied with carbonation just on the low side, quite smooth and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2008 23:34:17 | More by DrJay
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

04-23-2013 04:46:06 | More by Kelp
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3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz received in a local trade with inflatablechair .. big thanks to Sam... Shared with my brother..my half from my Delirium tulip.

Fairly aggressive pour produced only about a 1" head.. streaks of lacing... hazy orange brew.

Big citrus dominates the nose ... grapefruit and citrus zest... not much else.

Body is suprisingly thin, so is the malt palate.. this brew is all about the hops... lingering side of the tongue hop flavors and bracing bitterness... could use a bit more body and malt flavor IMHO... a bigger body/malt presence would help tie all the fantastic hop flavors together and lengthen the finish quite a bit.

The Blue Dot is alot more complex than my humble palate can describe.. but I think it is still pretty good.. just not your typically West Coast DIPA by any means.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 06:37:06 | More by JohnGalt1
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4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hollingshead in CA.

Pours a light copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of floral and citrus hops with a small amount of rye spiciness. As the beer warms the rye aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined by citrus and slightly herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip a small amount of spiciness from the rye enters into the equation before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slightly thinner than average thickness but soft carbonation makes it work.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber easily and could easily have a few more of these.

Overall I'd been waiting a while to try this one and was not disappointed. The rye is what puts this beer above average DIPA's and the nice hop profile keeps it there. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:30:10 | More by glid02
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a semi-cloudy yellow-amber color with about a half-inch of white head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was a boldly pleasing blend of pine and floral hops without a noticeable malt scent. The taste followed along closely, with some citrus notes added in with the pine and floral. The was also a bit of malt noticeable on the tongue.

The body good, full but still relatively crisp and clean. Drinkability was very good (this is my 5th bottle and I'm just now getting around to entering a review, 'cuz I just keep drinking the stuff).

Overall, perhaps not the best ImpIPA I've ever had, but still damn good. I look forward to drinking a lot more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2010 22:53:49 | More by beertunes
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4.22/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall version poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Pours a hazy orange color with a small white covering on top. Moderate amount of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is floral with a good amount of citrus and pine from the hops. Taste is citrusy and floral with a moderate amount of bitterness. Flavor is pretty much all about the hops which was expected.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation,. Drinkability is good, I really enjoyed this one. It gives you that very hoppy flavor without the over the top intense bitterness which sometimes affects drinkability for me. Another excellent west coast style DIPA

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 01:02:02 | More by billab914
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South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the Dog 3 dot DIPA in a 22 oz bomber.
Hazy pale light amber; like an unfiltered apple cider. Good, lasting white head.
Mild for style; drinks Iike an unfiltered IPA.
Not clean. Mainly herbal hops. Some bready malts too.
O: OK but unrefined and amateurish.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 23:28:37 | More by chinchill
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4/5  rDev -1.2%

03-09-2012 18:00:01 | More by dmorgan310
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4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this bottle today at Olive Tree Market in Ocean Beach today. This is the spring 2009 version. After looking back at my review of this beer from February 2008, I realized I reviewed it when it was no longer at its prime, as IPAs go. I deleted my former review and decided to review it fresh. This bottle is fresh as a Flanders mare on the advent of spring.

Poured into an old Reaper Ale Pint glass. Blue Dot is slightly transparent dark gold with a one finger, frothy white head. When held to the light of the sun, the beer is the color of golden nectar. The retention is good. The head doesn't appear to completely recede, rather choosing to reside atop the liquid in a Lilliputian rendition of its former self. The lacing clings fiendishly to my glass.

I poured some of the bomber into a snifter (a fucking brandy snifter) to get the most out of the aroma. Slightly ridiculous, I know. The aroma is very piney. Tons of pine resin with some grapefruit and a bit of menthol. The malt profile is caramely with a medium level of sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable.

The flavor has a high level of bitterness and a lot of alcohol. I would guess that it's stronger than 7% if I wasn't aware. The malt backbone is crackery and the hops pretty much take over from the beginning. Pine resin is the first descriptor that comes to my mind. Grapefruit makes up the citrus component of the beer, but pernicious pine is the master here. The finish is anhydrous and very bitter. An IPA masquerading as a Double IPA. As I wrote that, I realized that this actually is a Double IPA. God. I knew that, but I momentarily forgot it. I taste pine for minutes after I take a sip. Wait, there's some more citrus.

Light-medium bodied with an enjoyable medium level of carbonation and a very dry and somewhat sticky mouthfeel.

This beer is a veritable palate wrecker, but that's okay.


I think the biannual bottle release of this beer is to its detriment. My guess is that a lot of people are drinking this beer when it's 4, 5, or even 6 months old. That's not to say it's a bad beer after that amount of time, but I don't think that amount of time does this beer justice as it's a light bodied Double IPA. But, Hair of the Dog is a small operation so what can you do? Drink it Fresh, my friends. Drink it fresh.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 00:28:54 | More by HopHead84
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

12-03-2012 15:53:36 | More by THECPJ
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really more of an IPA and a half.

A: Hazy, dirty straw. White head has a little retention & leaves some lace.

S: Big American hop aroma: Tangerine, pine, rind, grass. Candied pineapple & hints of fruity esters.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, rind, resiny pine & grass. Some quality biscuity malt, pleasant fruity esters (candied pineapple), solid bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has some hop acidity & a dry finish.

D: A great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:15:27 | More by Derek
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3.9/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks to Lothore and Beerfest BIF

appearance: pours into a Bells tulip glass...cloudy apricot body with a huge thick white foam head and fantastic retention

smell: potent hop profile, big citrus punch, sweet apricot and pineapple, great complex aroma

taste: the hops are much more potent in the nose...sweet fruity citrus, very little in the way of alcohol and only a touch bitter, hopping effect is very smooth and this really is probably better classified as a standard IPA

mouthfeel: smooth, low bitterness, abv not felt

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 01:50:21 | More by dirtylou
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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