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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

858 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 858
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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seanthornton152

Oregon

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-16-2011 07:29:49 | More by seanthornton152
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BrianTheBrewer30

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 11:37:04 | More by BrianTheBrewer30
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ithinkimasofa

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 07:29:14 | More by ithinkimasofa
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-15-2011 05:37:25 | More by starrdogg
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leftoverburrito

Oregon

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 03:38:34 | More by leftoverburrito
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oline73

Maryland

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 03:30:33 | More by oline73
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SonicAlligator

Washington

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 23:56:09 | More by SonicAlligator
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

11-14-2011 23:12:03 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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SourNotes

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 21:07:44 | More by SourNotes
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nanobrew

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 20:32:28 | More by nanobrew
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John11486

California

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 17:06:32 | More by John11486
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funkel81

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-14-2011 15:47:40 | More by funkel81
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Travisnin

Idaho

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-14-2011 15:41:12 | More by Travisnin
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Rollzroyce21

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

11-14-2011 14:32:41 | More by Rollzroyce21
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2011, see how it stands up to time, acquired in San Diego and consumed in MA.

A- Uber cloudy dreg filled pour with a strange apple cider brown kinda green color. Small white frothy ring but not much of an actual head. Some spots of lace.

S- Rye caramelized malt and fairly decent strength hops. Floral and herbal for the most part and some citrus and peach with warmth.

T- Again, a sweet, toasty caramelized malt presence with defined rye hints. Hops kick in with temperature and a nice spicy, citrus, peach, zest, floral and pine profile becomes apparent. A big bouquet of different hints.

MF- Low carbonation but a somewhat silky feel. Slightly watery/not creamy. Moderate bitterness.

All of the hop flavors I can think of but not quite as high in strength as I would imagine in a IIPA, big malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:29:41 | More by cbutova
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freehafe

Michigan

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

Got as an extra in a trade thanks to ArchEnemyBrew.
Summer 2011 bottle poured into a glass.

A: Hazy/cloudy, golden orange color, small foamy white head.

S: Mostly Citrus, hints of pine and sweetness.

T: Citrus, nice balance and transition between the hop bitterness and the malty sweetness.

M: Moderate carbination, medium body.

O: Very good DIPA, will be trading for more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:15:38 | More by freehafe
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2011 version, into a New Belgium globe.

An opaque marmalade color with a tiny head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges. A touch of lacing as it is drank down.

You are greeted with a bouquet of juicy pineapple and mango, with some grapefruit and lemon zest highlights. A touch of pale malt and graham cracker round out the sweetness. A bit subdued though due to the freshness of the bottle, it's a few months old.

A bright flavor of grapefruit and pineapple begin the flavors, but quickly move into pale malt and graham cracker. Follows the nose to an extent but is missing some of those bigger juicy hop and zesty notes. I'd say the nose is stronger than the flavor at this point in the beer's life.

Soft and welcoming with a thin-medium body for a DIPA. A little sticky which is not too apparent for the style.

Good juicy fruit flavors with a nice malty backbone. Hair of the Dog does it again, offering a small batch style beer with availability. Good stuff, wish it were fresher but I can't hold that against the beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:51:44 | More by auroracrisis
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog in a bomber?! Woah. Summer '11 bottle shared by cbutova.

Poured super hazy light brown/grapefruit juice color. Small white head retains as a decent cap, I got the dregs with ugly green chunks at the bottom of the glass.

Scent is almost all malt, caramel and some honey-like sweetness. Very slight hints of earthy hops, but otherwise this seems nearly hop free.

Hop flavor comes out more in the taste. Herbal, grapefruit, and some peach/slight tropical notes. Barely any bitterness, and very malty overall.

Not a bad mouthfeel, lowish carbonation as expected from HotD. Is this a Double IPA?

I'm confused by this beer...7% Double IPA? Having this after Alpine Nelson didn't do it any favors either... It's hard to tell whether this was the brewers weird take on the style, if the few months of age really brought it down, etc.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 14:52:33 | More by Chico1985
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sweethome

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is light gold - so hazy - full of hops, slight wispy head. The cloudiness screams - fresh hop ipa!

Sweet nose turns to pine and hop resins - grapefruit/juicyfruit.

Entry is soft, hop stew kicks in and builds out with a tangy bite....long bitter finish goes on and on and on.

An ode to northwest hops. Double IPA? - not by today's standards of alcohol, but hits it from the hop bill. I like the hop attack minus the alcohol hit - it makes the beer more drinkable and focused on hop flavor and bittering. My favorite from Hair of the Dog to date.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 08:56:40 | More by sweethome
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy deep yellow with a 1.5 finger creamy white head.

Very hop forward nose. Loads of pink grapefruit with some citrus and tropical fruits. A bit of a malt backbone and a slight earthy aroma.

Not quite as much hop punch in the flavor compared to the aroma. Still the first sip is met with a lot of pink grapefruit and a bit of citrus/lemon. A touch of cracker spicy malt in the middle. Finishes a bit wet with a lingering pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carb are both good for the style. A touch of creaminess.

Love anything with a good grapefruit flavor. The amount of bitterness may detract on the drinkability a bit, but overall a nice complex IPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2011 00:14:27 | More by jmarsh123
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azdback

Arizona

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Cloudy and unfiltered, dark, burnt orange color. Little carbonation and absolutely no head at all. When I swirl my glass I do get a bit of bright white colored lace.

Smell is very citrus hop sweet. Tangerine, pink grapefruit and orange. There also is some sweet malt flavors. There is the smallest of small alcohol smells, kind of acetone smelling. Quite enjoyable though.

Taste is quite bitter and tart. Grapefruit or lemon bitter rind. Pretty malty and maybe just a hint of spice.

The mouth is crisp and carbonation is light. Body is delicate and finish fades quick.

Overall I was really looking forward to trying this and wasn't that impressed. A good IPA but not a great IPA. Worth a try if you get the chance. Thanks to my sister Carolyn for bringing this to me from Portland.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 06:37:53 | More by azdback
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Scotchboy

Idaho

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz 'Summer 2011' bottling. The cap popped with a very small hiss of carbonation...poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a murky dull orange color with pretty much no head...there are carbonation bubbles visible on the side of the glass. Whatever the case, the few big bubbles of off-white head do leave some patches of spotty lacing on my glass.

S: Tropical & citrusy...mango, pineapple, and grapefruit...mint? Other wet herbs and spices as well. Moderate astringency.

T: Tropical again, lots of mango and papaya and grapefruit...spicy as well, could be the rye malt working with the hops...good upfront bitterness but the biscuit characters of the malts balance it out.

MF: Soft carbonation and soft light-to-medium mouthfeel...the bottle conditioning does wonders here. Love this.

O: Not sure how old it is at this point but I enjoyed it. Good bitterness levels but its not an outright palette assault...good dryness but not over-the-top. While it definitely showcases the hops, its still pretty balanced and approachable.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2011 13:09:35 | More by Scotchboy
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corby112

Pennsylvania

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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nitro0292

New York

4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a fellow BA. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Half inch of head that never fully dissapates.

Smell is of delicious pine and grapefruit hops. Touch of other sweet tropical fruits. Very hop forward.

Taste is not quite as hoppy as the smell would indicate, but solid sweet tropical fruit, resin, pine and sweet malt. Good balance. Would like a little more dryness.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, with moderately low carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little heavy given the ABV.

Overall a very good DIPA. Would seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:08:24 | More by nitro0292
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bangelos80

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Split a bottle of this with my buddy. Poured a nice golden color with about an inch of head.

I get a sense of some citrus hops among the initial scent alOng with some malty flavors as well.

I taste the citrus flavor such as orange, pineapple. Very tasty. Also taste the malt in the backround

Mouthfeel, very smooth lightly carbonated with little to no bitterness, which is great for an ipa.

Overall a great ipa. Ordered this online from the west coast...didn't know what to expect. I am very satisified and would definitely be on the lookout for this when traveling. Would order again.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 00:00:17 | More by bangelos80
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 858 ratings.