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

Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale

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788 Ratings

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Ratings: 788
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%

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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Photo of Cyberkedi


4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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."

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 21:46:37 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of MrVonzipper


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale peachy-orange color with a nice 1 finger eggshell colored bubbly head with med-high retention and good lacing.

Very nice floral hopped nose. Strong sweet rose petal notes. Mild caramel malt notes.

Nice mild malty sweetness up front transitioning into the smooth floral hop tones and slight bitter notes. Faint notes of pineapple and granny smith apple as well with a nice caramel finish/aftertaste.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel with medium creamy carbonation.

Overall this this a real nice DIPA. Nothing too crazy or spectacular but good flavor and balance with high drinkability. The floral notes throughout are very nice and a little different.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2011 22:44:46 | More by MrVonzipper
Photo of claspada

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 20:18:42 | More by claspada
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District of Columbia

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2011 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours opaque light gold color with some sediment, half finger of bring white foam which dissipates rather quickly to a ring, with minimal lacing.

S: Bitter grapefruit and pineapple, creamy mango, pine, spicy rye, orange creamsicle.

T: Orange and spicy pine, grapefruit. A little less complex than the aroma. Finishes with a moderate bitterness.

M: Medium full bodied, carbonation on the higher end for the style, slightly sticky texture. Alcohol presence is absent.

O: A nice effort. Tasty, pretty drinkable stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 03:28:48 | More by pmarlowe
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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to CoastieSimon for the share, and the apparently generous hopsbreath for sending it to him.

A - The brew pours a hazed glowing orange, quite impressive in hue, and is topped with a relatively scant soapy head.

S - The nose is candied orange, tamarind, and mango atop a sugar cookie malt. As I get deeper into the aroma, fresh-squeezed tangerine juice, peaches, apricots and kiwis are noted.

T - The flavor adds bitter grassy notes, peaches, orange zest, kumquat, lemon, and woodiness and continues the sugar cookie malt. On the lighter side for a DIPA, and the ABV is absolutely buried.

M - Despite the rustic appearance, the feel is quite lively. There is a long dry citrus finish which really drives home the bitter impression; enhancing mouthfeel.

O - I've wanted to try this for quite some time, and it definitely did not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2011 15:15:06 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of bashiba


3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy dark orange with a light but sticky head, lots of chunky sediment.

Has a very fresh citrusy hop with a light malty sweetness sneaking through.

The flavor is pretty normal double IPA, a nice heavily hopped bitter double with a mild bit of toasty malt in the backend. A nice mixture of Citrusy West Coast Hops and a touch of herbal hops.

The mouthfeel is very thick and resiny with lots of oil.

A very solid Double IPA, nicely packed with flavor for being on the lighter end of the spectrum of this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 22:08:38 | More by bashiba
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New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a hazy light copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops with slight bready malt coming through

T - Like the nose citrus hops upfront with some bready malt in the background

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is an enjoyable DIPA not over the top to me I'm liking the flavor could drink quite a bit of this is a sitting worth getting sometime to try

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 01:27:16 | More by armock
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a 12 oz. schooner (this review is from notes taken 7/12/11).

A - Poured cloudy/murky orange/tan with very little head and effervescing a couple of strands of tiny bubbles. Also had a bit of sediment swirling in the pour.

S - Mango/orange scent with a bit of booziness, and a note of citrus hop.

T - Tropical fruit to grapefruity initial flavor followed by citrus (not hop) bitterness, which eases into a citrus/pine hop bitterness. Finishes with a mango/melon coolness.

M - Smooth, with a medium body and mild carbonation.

D - The bitterness profile is unique, given that it starts with a grapefruit bitterness and then transitions to hop bitterness. Very drinkable, a solid DIPA, but with a sweeter and fruitier flavor than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 01:56:35 | More by Sky2625
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2011 06:57:37 | More by biboergosum
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3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 5/8/11. Reviewed from notes

A: Pours hazy straw look. Very odd look for a DIPA

S: Lots of citrus on the nose. Grapefruit, orange and banana.

T: Lots of light citrus flavors. Lemon, orange, and subtle grapefruit. Almost a sour funk but I know its not sour/tart but its the closest I can come to describe it.

M: Not a lot of carbonation. Light feeling on the tongue but its the grainy feeling that takes away from this one for me.

O: Its just a little too out there for my taste buds. Almost like it should be a Belgian DIPA or something. A little too much of a stretch for my preference.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 03:38:46 | More by gregshead
Photo of harrymel


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch: Summer 2011

A: pours a hazy, dusky apricot colored ale with no head, no evidence of carbonation. No lacing.

S: Juicy, like cotton candy and juicy fruit gum. I'm not certain I need to add more to this; that is an awesome smell. Feminine and sweet.

T: Sweet, citrus, bubble gum, peaches, alcohol. The bitterness is really sharp, and frankly, just a hint too high IMO. Finish is a citric resonance (oranges) with some resiny hops.

M: Medium body with low to moderate carb. Semi-dry finish.

O: Good IIPA, wish the bitterness was toned just a hare to better balance out the beer. The appearance has much to desire, but otherwise, most categories hit the mark quite well.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 07:15:20 | More by harrymel
Photo of mudbug


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bomber with "summer 2011" on the label into a standard pint glass results in a very cloudy body with a small cap of foam that hangs there forever. Unusual to say the least for a DIPA, but then again this isn't a barley only beer, it's got malted rye in it too.
Aroma of citrus (grapefruit) and light tropical fruit (mango)
Taste is, well different for a DIPA. Lots of bitterness, grapefruit rind, astringency, and then the rye spiciness, an unexpected flavor in a DIPA. I like it , but wonder what would happen if they just went all the way and created a true rye double hopped beer?
Overall, it's a very good beer and has lots of interesting qualities, it's just not a standout for the style, maybe it's a beast unto it's own.
Well worth buying.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 01:07:42 | More by mudbug
Photo of doughanson78


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

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pale golden color. Very cloudy, like a Hefe. Maybe a half finger head that goes away almost instantly. Beautiful lacing.

S: Huge citrus. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, mango. It seems that every citrusy aroma could be found in here. Very nice caramel aromas peeking out behind all that hop. Very tropical aroma.

T: Big hoppiness. Makes you pucker. Everything found in the nose, right up front. All with a mild sweetness of caramel that begs to come through but gets assaulted by hops. One of the hoppier beers I've had.

M: Medium bodied. Puckerable (new word of mine). Very dry finish.

O: A great DIPA. Would have rated higher in taste if it was a bit more balanced, but for how hoppy this beer is, it is still excellent. A must try west coast DIPA. The appearance was kind of startling, as you sorta expect it to be clear, but still a nice looking beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 22:49:58 | More by doughanson78
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is cloudy copper with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates. It initially looks like liquid grapefruit; not as dense as grapefruit juice, it looks more like grapefruit in the rind. Moderate lacing.

The smell is very citrusy--lots of grapefruit with a hint of sweet tangerine and sour Pilsner malts. The taste is overwhelmingly grapefruity hops. There are some traces of sweet-to-sour malts and astringent notes. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but on the fuller side of medium. A bit thicker than I would expect from the style.
Finish is crisp.

I am very happy to have the chance to try this one. It's the closest thing to grapefruit I had ever had in a beer. The appearance, while amazing, does not get a 5 because it's not quite what's expected from the style. This would go great with anything cinnamon or Greek cuisine.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 18:59:30 | More by theghost3
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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of white frothy head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving a bit of lacing in the process.

S - The aroma is bursting with citrus hop smells, with quite a bit of grapefruit. There is also a bit of sweet caramel malt lingering around in the background.

T - Right off the bat there is a nice kick of citrus hops and bitterness. Again, lots of grapefruit here. There is also a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, even more hops and bitterness come through. As the beer finishes, there is just a bit of booze flavor that is noticeable alongside some nice bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and crisp, with a bit of an oily/resiny feeling. The finish is pretty bitter and drys out the mouth in a nice way.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is very good and strong. Maybe a bit too hop heavy, but that is what I like about it.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 02:30:44 | More by ngeunit1
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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

22 oz. bomber. Summer 2011 batch.

A: Golden straw yellow. Unfiltered and cloudy with one finger of head and thick lacing.

S: Strong scents of citrus and pine. Grapefruit is very dominant.

T: Super smooth with a pleasing grapefruit flavor. Extremely well balanced hops with no bitterness or booziness.

M: Super smooth, heavy body. Light carbonation.

O: Hair of the Dog has a winner. At times this seems like a alcoholic grapefruit soda, while other times it's clearly an IPA with strong citrus notes. Absolutely lovin' it. Stock up before it's gone.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2011 04:21:01 | More by distantmantra
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3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with one finger of white head. Good retention and lacing. Not your prototypical west coast DIPA, but still decent looking enough.

Smell: This is more like it. Citrus and some grapefruit, very piney, some dank hop character. Pretty solid.

Taste: Taste is probably more citrusy than the smell. I get more orange rind than grapefruit. Plenty of pine and dank hop character on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: I was pretty surprised at how light bodied this beer was, but it was well carbonated with nice fine carbonation and very smooth drinking. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer a lot. It compared well with some of the other great IPAs I tried this night.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 04:25:01 | More by zhanson88
Photo of draheim


4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Summer 2011 release. Hazy straw pour into a Duvel tulip. 1-finger head of white foam settles quickly to a thin layer.

Smell is all grapefruit, citrus. This one is clearly about the hops.

Taste follows nose, grapefruit and pine. Wonderful crisp hop bite. Refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a unique DIPA. Almost like drinking a glass of carbonated, unsweetened grapefruit juice with a twist of lemon.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 05:11:27 | More by draheim
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Quite thick looking. Pours very nice with a one finger head. Cloudy brew due to it's unfiltered characteristic. Beautiful white foam head.

S - Very citrus, piney, and earthy. Lots of gummy fruit scents. Pineapple, lime, orange, and lemon. Tons of great scent going on in this brew. Very smooth and balanced.

T - Super smooth. Lots of silky flavors. Great balance with hops. Not too bitter and no heat. Great bitter flavor without the bitter bite. This dog sits well.

M - Quite smooth and tasty. Heavy bodied. Wonderful light carbonation. Super brew to sip on.

O - Delightful brew on a HOT day! HotD has not dissapointed me yet... I hope they begin distributing to CO sometime soon!

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 00:28:47 | More by chugalug06
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New York

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

Blue Dot on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in their eight-ounce glass, the Dot comes looking like a wheat beer/Hefe- hazy yellow, mashed banana, hospital urine sample. Quite strange for a DIPA! Perfect one-finger head, very white and sort of Belgian. Good retention and lacing. Medium carbonation.

Smell: Grass, lemon, medicinal aromas, spice. Rosemary/dried herbs, fields of Provence . Sage, tarragon. A bit of soap.

Taste: Not as enticing as smell, but nice. Lemon juice, grassy bitterness. Meyer lemon, cough medicine. Astringent. Lemonade stand in the Midwest.

Mouthfeel: A bit too lemony/bitter, but tasty. Sour touch. Medium carbonation and flavor, medium-to-full body. Unbalanced but tasty!

Overall: I want more. So drinkable and different! Refreshing, enticing. Hardly a DIPA in my book, more like a mixture of Wheat and IPA, but super yummy nevertheless.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2011 23:47:11 | More by DoubleSimcoe
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4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Stone Brewery.

Tan to amber with a great head and plenty of lacing, especially nice looking for an on-tap serving.

Smelled and tasted wonderful, with oily hops being the dominant component, also with plenty of citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, oranges, bitter pine, and a touch of toasty malts.

Feel wise it was slick with oily hops, medium bodied, and to me seemed extremely fresh.

A very nice selection, worthy of being on-tap at Stone.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2011 20:24:21 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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2.9/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber which states "Spring 2011" on the label. This was on my wants awhile back, so when I saw it in the cooler this afternoon I grabbed a bottle. Poured into my DFH snifter.

Blue Dot pours a murky orange to amber color with a smallish head of white foam. The head recedes quickly leaving a thin white coaster and a ring around the outside of the glass. There is a layer of yeasty stuff remaining in the bottom of the bottle. Methinks this is where the murkiness comes from. The aroma is faint floral hops and pale malt. I have to stick my nose into the glass to to pkick up a bit of pine. Taste is subdued floral hops and bitter pine which overwhelms the light malt backbone. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a somewhat low level of carbonation. Overall I find this to be a "meh" take on a west coast IPA, certainly nowhere near DIPA territory. There's nothing I find overly offensive, but there isn't anything noteworthy going on here either. With so many other great offerings on the shelf, which are available at a lower price point, I won't be picking this one up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 05:39:14 | More by Sideswipe
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3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a murky browned gold with a one finger head. Lacing seems pretty thin but the overall look is nicely composed and shows itself off as well-made.

S: Pine, salt, a little bit of mint and some hop aroma. Certainly a unique smell for an DIPA but not very aromatic, you have to dig a bit.

T: That caught me off guard! Ginger and mint mix and take over the taste with some citrus sweetness and hop bitterness. Definitely interesting but a little overwhelming and it doesn't really beckon the next sip.

M: Carbonation seems a little lacking and the brew somehow leaves something lingering in my mouth- I find myself following twice after one sip. Otherwise the mouthfeel is solid and i'd still say slightly above average.

O: Hard to rate this one. Glad I tried it, would tell someone else to try it, but hard to imagine someone stocking up bottles of this. Unique flavor that hides the alcohol very well with decent mouthfeel, but perhaps too unique.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 04:22:44 | More by Klym
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3.7/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym and SundaySour on an IPA Friday Night Lineup!

A: Finger and a half head with so/so retention. Deep murky orange to orange brown. Looks like Raw honey, or the aerial view of a freshly opened organic peanut butter. It is quite possible that this is made from the hair of dogs. They could hide a lot in there.

S: first whiff, vegan shampoo. Sorry I had to say it, it just went to this hempy oily dimension that it had to be called out on. It's a really deep smell, I can't quite place it. But I can tell you that there is alcohol in there, and it taunts your manhood. I muster up the courage and move to the sipping.

T: leather constructed of dried oranges and honey. Maple syrup with triplesec. A strong liqueur like after taste that does a drive by shooting on your taste buds. slight floral note that drowns in syrup, blossoms are latently smothered by the thick coating of sticky resins. The backbone of this beer consumes plant life like Hexus in the Fern Gully.

M: Nice, actually. It is a bit watery after the initial pleasure of having a well carbonated flavor bomb. It contrasts the flavor nicely, as you nearly expect there to be bits of tough orange rind finding the cracks of your teeth. I must not the amazing wetness that exists in the mouth after the carbonation leaves, an unusually oily offering for the style.

O: What a roller coaster ride. This beer was suggested to me as the "lightest DIPA you will ever have". I have to say that this wasn't really light, but it was interesting. If you ever dreamed of having an orange caramel-solution in your glass, then this is your beverage....freak.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 04:21:08 | More by Cavery
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3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is really misty and clouded, and kind of the color of orange juice with lots of water, or a mimosa that's mostly champagne. There is a teeny ring of foam along the top, but some nice lacing even from the pour.

S: Hops initially, and weirdly enough, a light smell of cranberry. Maybe like that cranberry sauce from a can, tart and a little fruity. It's such a light smell, it's hard to get a good hold on it without being a drug-sniffing doggie.

T: The taste is a nice, non-bitter or aspirin-y hops flavor at first. The middle is vaguely fruit-like, perhaps an orange. And even weirder than my initially cranberry smell, I have the taste of cheese, like cheddar, at the end. WTH? Is this Thanksgiving?

M: The taste is not particularly fizzy, but is nice and creamy like the appearance suggests.

O: This is a tasty beer with a great finish and a nice feel in the mouth. But, it doesn't stand out to me like crazy. I could sip this and pair it with a sandwich at lunch. You know, if I were down with lunchtime boozing.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 04:09:50 | More by SundaySour
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 788 ratings.