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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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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 226
Gots: 55 | FT: 1
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 clearlydiluted
2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Summer 2011
poured into a Duvel glass

a — golden and extremely cloudy.

s — piney, citrus, hints of tropical fruit, a bit grassy but not in a good way

t — bitter, phenolic grassy notes (i.e. oxidized hops), piney, slight sweetness from the malt, finishes dry

m — medium-light body with light carbonation

o — Best drunk fresh. I had a smaller taster on tap at the brewery where the hops where more prominent providing a nice tropical note to the piney hops. Here they've all but died out and transformed into a plastic/grassy phenolic note.

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

On-tap at HotD tasting room. Poured into HotD tulip glass.

A - Pours a murky dark orange/green with two-finger frothy white head. Head retention is solid. Great sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S - Glorious citrus (grapefuit, mango) and floral hops pop out at first. As the beer warms, the citrus notes seem to fade away. The aroma becomes more earthy with a sweet maltiness. Noticeable caramel and biscuit notes swirl around in the nose as well.

T - The taste starts with grapefruit, pineapple and orange. However, towards the middle, the citrus notes are subdued some by sweet caramel and biscuity malts. The bitterness still seems to stick around until the end. An earthiness becomes more apparent towards the aftertaste. A slight spice element exists but it's very, very subtle.

M - Medium body with moderate-low carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish. Alcohol presence is about average.

O - Pretty good DIPA. Not your typical west coast hop bomb but I don't think anything about HotD is typical. Good balance but I do wish the hops played a bigger role.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of n2185
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel, orange, and grapefruit. Some sour rye notes as well.

T: sweet caramel and grapefruit at first with rye characters that follow. There are some piny bitter notes on the finish.

M: medium body wih low carbonation, this beer could use a lighter body or higher carbonation.

O: a pretty decent IPA, though almost like a barleywine with its caramel sweetness.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of zaphodchak
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HotD.

Lingering white lacy head. Pale caramel body.

Toffee-hops nose. It works!

Unlike any other DIPA I've had-- hops, but not too bitter, lots of toffee to balance, but not too sweet. Possibly bark-y, dog puns aside.

It's a DIPA that even I like! Who knew?

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The appearance is a nice cloudy dark orange, but with a minimal amount of head. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and citrus, very nice. The taste has a good amount of grapefruit, some citrus hops, and some mango. The mouthfeel is dry and oily, with decent carbonation.

A solid IPA from HoTD, but the fact that it is ~ 4-5 months old may have dampened some of the flavors and aroma, but still a good beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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3/5  rDev -25.9%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of Jaacob
4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into RR -tion glass.

A: appears a gloomy dark orange, very lifeless upon pour, minimal head. This one isn't looking so good.

S: aroma features grapefruit, waves of resinous pine needles, honey, and a touch of boozieness as well. Some malts in the background.

T: taste starts off with ripe tropical fruits followed by candied fruit, taste becomes bitter as it finishes with pine, some caramel malt rounds things out, nice balance

MF: low carbonation, medium body

O: well this DIPA has a terrible appearance and seems to have a low gravity for the style, otherwise, it is very tasty and worth a try

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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

Pours a dirty orange colour, translucent at best with interesting dance of bubbles when first poured. Head is off-white and struggling to live - just a thin film of decent lace, pathetically tried to be kept alive by slow bead. Looks alright for an IPA, but like a lot of the life's been squeezed out of it.

What was that about lacking life force? No sign of that on the nose. Big cascade hop aroma, full of lemon, grapefruit and kiwi. Solid toffeed malt base provides great support, like there is some amusing ascerbic notes, piney and almost minerally over the top. Fresh, vibrant and pleasant.

Hops are all over this from the get-go. Tangy citrus with a mild metallic bent has an early climax like Andy Samberg in a nightclub, with slight acid, pine wood and trailling off in a bitter citric and resinous finish, with a hint of sherbet tartar and maybe some lavender notes. A bit contortingly bitter early, on the mid-palate where the alpha acids really take hold, but it's all well mellowed and balanced out by the finish. The bitterness, while definitely there, is more of a flavour than a philosophy lecture, and quite capable of being enjoyed.

Fair body, but could use more stickiness for a DIPA. Bit of pull from the hops and slight carb texture. Not bad.

A pleasant IPA but certainly not as big and brash as other beers that call themselves doubles. That's a good thing of course, but it really could have been a lot bigger and more awe-inspiring.

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

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4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of inlimbo77
3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that says "Summer 2011" on it. Special thanks to eclipse54 for snagging this one for me. Poured into a Deschutes snifter. Special points for the beautiful painted bottle.

A: This is possibly the most orange DIPA I have ever seen. Its like an Orangina! Minus points for lack of any head other than a faint bright white ring around the edges. Even a swirl only conjures up a little. Some lacing.

S: I'm getting lots of fruity hops on the nose: peach and mango and citrus. But I also get some malts as well. Smells inviting. Might be leaning towards freshness issues.

T: Initially I get blasted with a ton of citrus on the tip of the tongue. Maybe some orange rind? In the middle of the mouth I might be tasting a little of that rye malt. Not showing up in color profile though. I do get some breadiness in the sip, but it works pretty well actually.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop mouth coating.

O: B. Not a bad beer just not the best I have ever had. Appearance is different. The lack of head is strange. The flavor is off. Glad I got to try it, it's my first Hair of the Dog brew.

Photo of kornkid8600
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.