Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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BA SCORE
90
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960 Ratings
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Ratings: 960
Reviews: 488
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 225
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2005

Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)
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Ratings: 960 | Reviews: 488
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.63/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Summer '13 batch.

A - An unexpected murky orange colour; brown towards the centre of the glass. A thin layer of white head formed.

S - An extremely muted nose with not much bitterness coming through at all and some lighter tropical fruit aromas with some caramel sweetness. Doesn't smell "off" but certainly doesn't smell like a 2 month old DIPA.

T - Some bitterness with a big dank/musky hop profile that is not fresh at all. Some light tropical fruit notes are present with some mango, papaya and pineapple notes that are present but extremely muted.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Not sticky or resinous at all.

O - This was extremely disappointing. My bottle did not seem to be as off as some of the recent reviews but it was defintiely not what the brewer intended and not what I expected. Hopefully I will have a chance to try a fresh bottle or to try it on tap in the future as this is one bad experience from one of my favourite breweries.

Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th reviewed brewery! This pours a beautiful cloudy apricot orange with a one finger white spongy head. The aromas are of very wet, citrusy hops with a TON of orange. Wow, just the aromas are mouthwatering. The flavors are of dry citrusy hops with a nice and citrusy sweet malt backbone. I'm a fan. It has less carbonation than expected for being fresh but drinks exceptionally smooth for an DIPA. There's no alcohol present and each sips demands another. This beer is superb and I'm ever so thankful one of my former college roommates sent me a couple bottles for my birthday!

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy light yellow orange amber with a nice white head and nice lacing. Spicey hop and tropical fruit aroma. Dry citrus and pineapple malt with aromatic and faint pine hops. Malt body fairly light, I'd like a bit more malt to show. But a very pleasant, satisfying IPA that I will return to.

Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of DrJay
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.84/5  rDev -5%
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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved the Winter 2011 release, so I thought I would try the Spring 2011 release today.

Poured into my HotD tulip.

A- Pale cloudy orange with a thin white head. The head has fine bubbles, good retention and lacing present.

S- Citrus hits you first, followed by a strong pine scent.

T- Sweet organges first, then again followed by the pine.

D-Mild carbonation, I wish there was more. Very creamy in the mouth.

O- If there was more carbonation and a touch less sweetness, this would be an A+ in my book.

Edit 5.13.11
I just had this on tap at the Tasting Room. On tap there is nice carbonation! Just what I was wanting.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Spring 2008

A nice hazy to cloudy light orange colour, the foam is almost nonexustant but it does leave some lacing on the side of my glass.

Big hoppy nose with grapefruit and some pine and there's some sweetness here as well. Could be fruit, could be caramel.

The taste is strange but good. There's an earthy malt flavour along with some grapefruit, tangerine, and pine that adds some bitterness but overall, the taste is far from bitter. I'd say the earthiness takes center stage.

It has a medium mouthfeel, the carbonation is light to just below medium, and it finishes with just a touch of piney bitterness. No hop bomb here and no malt bomb either. It's very smooth drinking... and very balanced but in a way different to the many others that I've tried of the style. And with it being in the low range abv-wise for a DIPA, I find it's pretty darned drinkable.

I think that if I wanted to introduce a DIPA to a beer drinker who's just starting to explore the world of Microbrews, this would be the one. Good solid but not overpowering flavours that are nicely balanced and make for a pleasurable drinking session. I like what HOTD did here. I like it a lot.

Photo of cjgator3
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle
Spring 2008 release

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

- The aroma is a good amount of sweet malt and a lot of citrusy hops as well. This is a very nice West Coast IPA aroma.

T- The taste much like the aroma has a pretty solid malt backbone that helps balance out all the hops. Not overly hoppy, but certainly enough hops present to fill my craving. I am also really enjoying the balance.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I think this is a borderline IPA/DIPA in that it is lower in alcohol like an IPA, but is a little more balanced like a DIPA. Very enjoyable.

Overall, this is my second HOTD brew and I am impressed again. This is a solid IPA/DIPA that is definitely worth a try. Recommended.

Photo of glid02
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Toronado in San Francisco. Clear dark golden color with thin spitty (and sticky looking) head. Hoppy aroma but balanced by sweet malts like you'd expect from a DIPA.

Taste is nice, complex with lots of hops balanced by plenty of malt (not surprising w/ HOTD's barleywine experience). Thick mouthfeel.

Very good, I'll get it again if I see it.

Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle indicates Summer 2011 release; well it's the summer of 2011 so it's definitely fresh. Pours a nice dark yellow lemon rind yellow with a small quickly residing white soapy, fluffy head that leaves gorgeous sticky lacing.
Aromas are not too intense for a West Coast IPA which is surprising. You get the typical lemon, orange and grapefruit hoppiness with a little less pine. Pale and bready maltiness is apparent more as it slightly warms.
The taste begin opposite the nose with the pale and bready malts opening the show. Quite soon after you are greeted with the nice grapefruit, citrus and pine hoppiness. Distinct Amarillo late hopping here for sure.
Mouthfeel is medium with medium to low carbonation (for the style); still plenty of carbonation but this drinks like a higher ABV DIPA because of the thicker mouthfeel. Finish has a nice lingering hop character but by no means a palate wrecker. The perfect amount of hope bite for the style.
Overall this is an extremely solid DIPA and one of the more drinkable ones in this category. Great for a nice warm day although I wish it was a little lighter in the mouthfeel for drinkability's sake.

Photo of jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Narke glass, thanks to Nate... Pours a light honey gold, murky, not much of a looker. Not much head at all, a very light ring... The aroma is tangerines on the front with lots of soapy hops. The mix together really well... The taste shows off more alcohol and hops that I would like to be totally crushable. I don't think this is a dipa, but whatever.

I'd drink again.

Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
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

Photo of dgilks
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale golden colour with a nice white head. Fair head retention and great lacing.

Bright, fresh and fruity citrus aroma with a hint of sweetness. Very good.

Lots of punchy grapefruit and some mandarin. Really big hop flavour with only a moderately-high bitterness. No real malt other than that required to support the hops. Exceptional.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Great.

A really, really good DIPA. Lots of great hop flavour with a well balanced bitterness and malt profile.

Photo of ccrida
3.09/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber (spring 07 - fresh & local) into an imperial pint glass, the Blue Dot is a hazy burnt gold, with a tight, medium sized egg shell head, that subsides fairly quickly to a creamy collar and skim, leaving moderate, bubbly lace.

The aroma is really nice, bright, pungent hops are very vibrant, grapefruit and sweeter citrus orange, pine and a sweet sugary backdrop.

The taste is not nearly as sweet and fresh, in great contrast to the aroma. This discrepancy leads me to believe the I was smelling simacoe, a hop whose aroma I love, but has a bland, flat taste. There is plenty of hop bitterness here, but where did all that flavor go?? Mostly, it taste like oragina...I've had this a few times, bottles and draft, hoping I'll appreciate it, but it's forever known to me as the orange juice IPA! Aside from a bit of sweet malt, this is dry and minerally, and closer to saison in that regard. There is also a clean, smooth yet distinct, vodka like taste of alcohol. I'm not sure what taste the rye is contributing - I've had rye brews I've loved, and some that were terrible, so I haven't yet dialed that in, but I generally take it to add a peppery spice, that I don't really grab here. As with most ingredients, I'll have to try it in a homebrew to really figure it out. All and all, the taste is pretty bland for a DIPA, other then the bitter dry finish. In contrast to the aroma, a let down.

The mouthfeel is ok, medium bodied and not syurpy, but a little flat on the tongue.

This is not to drinkable. The taste is pretty bland and inoffensive, save for the overdone soapy orange flavor that I disklike, not that yummy, and a tad heavy. I know this beer has a lot of fans, but I'm ultimately disappointed, which has been my experience with most of the HOTD beers...other then Adam, which is fantastic. Fred I'm still on the fence with. Rose sucked. Blue Dot is sub par.

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. summer 2010 bottling. thanks to mrmiles

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with brownish tint; a light head quickly dissipates with a thin film and very little lacing.

Bright fruity hops, caramel malt and some sweetness in the nose.

Begins w bitter yet sweet fruity hops. Grapefruit and citrus rind mix in, moving into darker caramel malt backbone. Hops punch back in with bittering pine and dryness as the beer finishes with a bit of warmth.

Medium body, and a bit dry, sticky feel. Pretty solid drinking beer, good flavor and not overdone w the alcohol. Some aspects are a bit subdued, but still a decent IPA.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally get to try this fresh and on tap. Unfortunately, I remember it being just a little bit fresher when John shared a bottle with me a couple of months back.

Mildly hazy orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has fresh, fruity hops with the balance leaning toward the fruity hop flavoring rather than bitterness. Malt character is mild. The palate opens with plenty of hop flavor with low bitterness. Very fruity, there's a mild malt character present. Medium-light in body with a dry, mildly bitter finish with a lingering fruity hop character. Excellent stuff.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle split and poured into a Sierra Nevada 30th Anniversary tulip. 7% ABV, Winter 2010.

A - Blue Dot even looks completely hazy in the bottle. Despite the warning on the screen printed label, it pours utterly hazed over. The tall pour created a dense two-finger, off-white head. It's a good appearance with decent retention and thin, wispy lace.

S - Lots of hop resin flows thickly out of the nose of this beer with no regard for the drinker's olfactory senses. A hearty squeeze of grapefruit gives the aroma a wavy citrus that floats in and out. Pine needle comes through in the background with touches of melted caramel sweetness and light toasted biscuit.

T - Light pine and grapefruit citrus in the flavor comes across without a full-on alcohol punch most DIPAs' have. Mild caramel sweetness with a toasty malt background makes this DIPA unlike any other DIPA I've ever had. It has fantastic flavor that doesn't smack you upside the head with power.

M - Medium-bodied, Blue Dot has a smooth citrusy texture and a light, well-balanced, mild bitter, dry finish.

D - One of the best, easiest drinking DIPAs that has a mild potency but high confidence in flavor that it doesn't need to hind behind a ton of alcohol and massive hops. The balance blends to create something out of the ordinary in a style of beer saturated with overpowering versions.

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma is quite hoppy with a firm citrus undertone that is equal parts grapefruit and orange. It pours a luscious, somewhat hazy honey golden with a substantial fluffy white head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is - WHOA, seriously hoppy! It is quite bitter, but not fiercely so, and has hints of resin, malt and even honey. Ragged texture is quite lively and fizzy, leaving a hoppy tingle that persists for a while. Recommended to all "hop heads."

Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to whitebricke for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Summer 2010 Vintage! First of MANY beers to be consumed at my new place that I just moved into! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit hop, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle grapefruit, subtle grapefruit hop, and a floral note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This was a >1 year old DIPA and it still had a nice hop profile!? Holy crap! I would hate to see how hoppy this was when consumed fresh! Really tasty here despite the aging. This one went down really smooth and tasted great. I wish HotD distributed things here as this would be one of my go-to brews without a doubt. An absolute must try for any hop-head out there, aged or not!

Photo of cpetrone84
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fall 2009 Batch

A-it pours a very nice looking hazy golden color with a thin pure white head that has almost not retention leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is quite big, some sweet malts hit first and are immediately overtaken by huge amounts of hops. a resignous pine comes in first with lots of grapefruit and peach following

T-the taste isn't quite as big as the nose would have suggested but is very nice none the less. really no presence of malt, lots of piney hops, hints of grapefruit, a fair amount of citrus rind, and a big bitter finish.

M-medium body, quite we, very slick on the back of the throat, and a fair amount of carbonation

D-this is a solid DIPA with a very nice hop presence. the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired but they do a nice job with this one.

Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 960 ratings.