Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.24/5 rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
wow! super hazy, honey-colored. smells super sweet, a bit floral and a bit honey.... cant get over how hazy and thick it is.... or how much like honey this smells like.... man! thios smells just like honey... am I the only one to get the honey out of this????
taste is TOTALLY HONEY. can this be right? it is NOT a typical DIPA. lots of hop, but honey is DOMINANT. everybody is talking citrus and hop bitterness but i'm getting total honey. did I get an infected batch, maybe? cant drain-pour it.... at least until I know for sure it's bad.... but no one is reporting what i'm tasting.... not hop bitterness. in fact, it reminds me of the PETRUS sample pack which was all honey-like also because it went bad? and no one else is reporting the haziness..
it was okay. maybe I got a bad bottle or one that was left out. I bought it at Total Wine Huntington Beach. who knows? it was okay but not anywhere like a DIPA I am accustomed to. a case for a best buy date, maybe? listen up Hair of the Dog!!!! if it tastes funky, how can we know it's supposed to taste like this? cuz this AINT no DIPA....
Serving type: bottle
01-20-2014 00:38:06 | More by pkalix
3.69/5 rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Appearance- Pours up an okay amount of head which has some retention. The head is a pure, cotton white while the body is a muddy dark beige/brown with notes of dark khaki which appears as lighter but still muddy khaki when held up to the light. Considerable lacing has been left behind.
Nose- Very subtle to the point of being non-existent. Some light citrus, some pine and resin. Swirling doesn't do much to add to a pretty boring profile- maybe a little peach, a little cherry.
Taste- Starts off with some citrus- orange and lemon which quickly transition to their subsequent peels. Good amount of grapefruit alongside pine and resin. Some matchstick. At the moment, it seems like a pretty average IPA. Even has a little bit of yeastiness to it. This is not surprising given the appearance. As it opens up, it shows a little bit more fruit with touches of peach coming through. The bitterness has a bit more presence than I would like but isn't too much of detraction. Some hints of tropical fruits and some spice on the finish. Above average to good while being just above average for an IPA.
Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with an appropriate amount of carbonation.
Drinkability- Pretty drinkable but this would be a little more suitable for a hophead. Probably wouldn't pay the 7 bucks for a bomber. 4.50 for a 12 oz pour is okay.
Overall- Above average to good, mostly good. The fruit ester and bittering hops do balance each other pretty well. Definitely worth a try but hear that it can be a crap shoot from the bottle. A sediment issue, I believe, which is quite believable from this beer's appearance.
Serving type: on-tap
01-06-2014 02:23:10 | More by artoolemomo
4.4/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bomber sent from Oregon by my bro-in-law. Served chilled into a tulip glass.
Blue Dot is a very hazy pale yellow color. The head is thin and short lived but leaves some lacing on the glass.
Aroma is very hoppy with great grapefruit notes.
Flavor is very unique and enjoyable. It has citrus like grapefruit and lemon but also spice, grass, and pepper. It's nicely balanced for a big IPA never feeling overly bitter.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and nicely carbonated.
Overall an excellent and unusual IPA that redefines the style just when I thought I had it all figured out.
Serving type: bottle
01-01-2014 02:53:54 | More by GilGarp
3.46/5 rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Summer 2013 batch, poured into a tulip glass.
Aroma - Strong citrus and piney smells, a hint of tropical fruit/pineapple.
Appearance - Very cloudy, low clarity (almost opaque) and much darker orangey-brown than I remember it being. Head is white and short-lived.
Flavor - Immediate citrus-rind bitterness followed by a light caramel malt flavor. Finishes with grapefruit and pine notes. More than a hint of astringency.
Mouthfeel - A bit fuzzy/chunky, actually. The carbonation is nice, but the gritty texture is kind of off-putting.
Overall Impression - I usually love Blue Dot a lot more than this. The mouthfeel made it less refreshing than usual, and the astringency was only slightly unpleasant. The hop profile is great, the citrus/grapefruit/pine thing really lingers on the palate.
Serving type: bottle
12-04-2013 04:17:27 | More by PetitChouffe
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 851 ratings.