Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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4.43/5 rDev +9.4%
Pours a hazy honey colored amber with a moderate amount of visible carbonation and no real head to speak of.
The nose is heavy with airy citrus, fresh cut grapefruit, passion fruit and subtle pine.
The taste provides a fair dose of under ripe mango, passion fruit and grapefruit pith. The backbone is solid, but hides underneath the fruity onslaught. The bitterness is not nearly as strong as expected, and the alcohol is hidden well. One of the more well balanced West Coast DIPA's in my opinion.
The mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied, and far from syrupy. Perfect carbonation, pretty much a knockout here.
Honestly this comes off to me as a good Midwest DIPA. The great subtle balance of fruit and bitterness works to make this a killer in my book. Will seek out again.
04-12-2010 02:43:13 | More by BDLbrewster
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
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.
04-06-2010 22:53:49 | More by beertunes
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
This bottle was obtained in a trade- Thanks Johnmichaelsen!
A- Served at approx. 55-60 degrees. Bottle says "Brewed Winter 2010". Poured with a 1/2" creamy white head with decent retention. No significant lacing. The body is a completely opaque and turbid honey color, with chunks of yeast and hop particulate in suspension. A good amount of bubbles were observed running up the sides of the glass.
S- A sweet citrus-marmalady ball of goodness. A lot of high-alpha hops, some sweet pale malt and lots of citrus-- not citrus rind-- more like sweet citrus juice aromas, and nuances of orange-marmalade. After reading the side of the bottle, some spicy rye notes are also evident on the nose, and they compliment the hop profile wonderfully. All the aromas are rich, yet pleasantly soft...
T- An initial balance of hops and pale malt, which becomes hop-dominant midway. In the finish, the bitter citrus elements of hops linger like a resin on the tongue. Some mild rye spiciness throughout.
M- A nice medium-plus body... not quite full... yet very creamy in texture with tremendous amounts of nice soft carbonation. Just a touch of astringency there.
04-06-2010 02:39:06 | More by jgasparine
3.98/5 rDev -1.7%
Gold, decent head, typical IPA look.
Shitload of rye in the nose - really odd but nice! Some hops, but overshadowed by rye.
Taste is spicy, and I'm not sure whether it's from hops or rye. Almost pulling a green anise taste too...very intense and herbal beer.
Very interesting, complicated, well done and tasty, but possibly not something I'd crave.
04-04-2010 02:59:26 | More by Patrick999
4.53/5 rDev +11.9%
Picked up on the internet. Bottle reads 'Winter 2010'
Appearance - Pours an opaque honey amber, minimal head.
Smell - Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit, some grass, small hint of pine resin, and biscuity malt
Taste - WHOA! Sharp shock of bittering hops, then the sweet malt character comes out along with citrus rind and spicy rye. Dry finish, with a lingering vegetal/grassy hop aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Feels light, likely due to the pilsner malt, and paired with the dry finish makes this a very drinkable IPA.
Drinkability - a light-bodied, refreshing hop beast. I regret that I only bought one bottle...
03-28-2010 00:53:47 | More by yeahnatenelson
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Winter 2010 Batch.
A - Plate amber/yellow with little to no head.
S - Strong piney/earthy aroma with a fruity presence. Slight caramel sweetness is also there, but not too strong.
T - Sweet bready maltness upfront with a strong bitter backbone. Rather bitter and sticky finish.
M - Sticky and low alcohol presence.
D - A solid IPA, very drinkable.
03-23-2010 23:36:30 | More by muttyd
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
Winter 2010 vintage. Pours into my glass a hazy orange yellow with a quarter inch of white head on top and some bubbles rising up. Aromas start off with resinous hops upfront with notes of citrus and herbaceous floral notes. Some pine as well along with a fruity undertone. Crisp malts and a touch of spiciness. Pretty nice, pungent aroma.
First sip brings big resinous dank hops upfront with citrus and some herbal floral notes. A touch of pine as it flows down with some fruitiness and a good crisp malt body. Touch of caramel and some spiciness. Bitterness hits on the way down but overall it's well balanced.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good solid body, well balanced I thought and easy to drink. I enjoy that it is brewed with organic pilsner malt. Overall a tasty brew and the lower ABV is nice as it makes it easy to enjoy an entire bomber. Would have this again.
03-19-2010 01:17:06 | More by orbitalr0x
4.93/5 rDev +21.7%
Even moreso than most (D)IPAs, Blue Dot begs to be consumed fresh. I cringe inside when I see a review of a months-old bottle. I've had it countless times over the years, but this review is based on a snifter consumed at the Green Dragon in Portland shortly after the fall '09 release.
Pours out a hazy, yet glowing peach/apricot with a long-lasting fluffy white head and an impressive network of sticky lacing.
The nose is absolutely mouthwatering, equal (and STRONG) parts pine resin and loads of citrusy goodness- pineapple, orange zest, tangerines, grapefruit. A touch of spicy rye. Tastes equally incredible- I can't stress enough how awesome this beer tastes when it's absolutely fresh. ABV is nowhere to be seen- nothing but the nectar of hops, beautiful, citrusy sweet and piny hops here. Exceedingly tasty stuff here, very juicy and mouthwatering from sip to swallow. Moderate carbonation lends to a mouthfeel that's smooth yet stimulating at the same time (one of those beers that makes your salivary glands tingle). Dangerously drinkable.
Highest recommendation (if and only if you can get it at the peak of freshness).
03-17-2010 16:54:06 | More by PDXHops
4.75/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured a beautiful glowing orange color with a small white head. Nose is citrus, grass, lemon, pinepalle and earthy. Taste is very smooth and well put together. Pineapple, grass, earthy notes and some citrus. Very smooth and light booze. Mouthfeel is nice, hops, well balanced and very tasty. Very drinkable. Outstanding. One of my favorites so far.
03-10-2010 23:20:40 | More by barleywinefiend
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
Pours a nice orange-copper hue. Off white head that leaves some very clingy lacing.
Smell is mostly citrus hops with a nice amount of grassy, pine notes coming through. Not alot of malt coming through.
Taste is a very nice citrus and tropical fruit hop mix. Some malt sweetness comes through along with a slight hint of alcohol. Very balanced and tasty.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the drinkability is great. I really liked this IPA i knew nothing about. Ill have to try it again while its on tap at my local spot.
03-10-2010 01:26:40 | More by snpub540
4.25/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured In: Tulip Glass
Attained through a trade.
Bottle reads Fall 2009.
Appearance: The pour is a clear golden amber color with a finger of creamy head. I poured it quite aggressively; right down into the bottom of the tulip glass without letting up, but still only a finger of head was produced. After a few sips, there are some nice thick and thin sheets of lace on the side of the glass. It looks like there is a good amount of carbonation, the beer is quite effervescent.
Smell: The malt in the nose is a mixture of some spiciness from the rye malt and sweetness from the pale caramel malt. The malt profile is very pleasant, and the hops that play along are nice too. Herbal notes include pine, grass and citrus notes include orange peel and grapefruit.
Taste: The palate is following right up with the nose. First up is pale and rye malt. I really enjoy the malt profile on this. I think the sweetness is a little less than most Imperial IPA's, but it's still a very enjoyable blend. The hops contribute a great flavor, as well as a lot of bitterness. More orange peel, grass, pine and grapefruit.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and an average amount of carbonation.
Drinkability: I don't usually drink bombers on weeknights, but I wanted to sample this as it was just getting older and older. I'd love to this try fresh at the brewery, I bet the hop level is even better. I still think it held up really well. This was a better beer than I was expecting. A very nice hop and malt profile.
02-24-2010 01:59:23 | More by Ek0nomik
3.75/5 rDev -7.4%
This bottle yielded a bitterness I thought was more 100 than 80 IBU. First, the taste buds are assaulted by bitterness, then citrus is left that is satisfying. I thought the alcohol to be above 7% as well. Well malted down, carmel.Above average mouthfeel.
02-21-2010 01:02:11 | More by Sammy
4.38/5 rDev +8.1%
Editing my review... I tried a second bottle and things were better.
Winter 2010 bomber into a pint glass.
A - a cloudy medium golden orange with a good 1 finger head. light lacing.
S - sweet grapefruit and citrus with a touch of fresh grass and sweet malt.
T - sweet upfront and some nice bitter hops with pine and grapefruit taste. a nice lingering bitterness. very refreshing and hoppy but balanced with some sweeter malts, a great combination.
M - medium body, a bit oily and smooth. light carbonation.
D - this baby goes down smooth, i could have a few of these easily, very drinkable and delicious.
02-15-2010 20:52:36 | More by unHipHopHead
4.1/5 rDev +1.2%
Pours a hazy medium gold with a small white head. The aroma is intense. It's the kind of smell I'm used to getting when I open up a hop bag for home brewing. The taste didn't match the aroma at all. Much more subdued and balanced. Uncharacteristic of a DIPA. The hops are piney but I don't get the listed IBUs. The mouth feel is medium heavy but hard to describe. It feels lighter but lingers. The finish is very nice with some lingering citrus and pine. A nice IPA that grows on you, but I don't think I would call this a double.
02-15-2010 00:44:31 | More by hophead247
4/5 rDev -1.2%
Served on-tap at Collins Pub in Seattle.
A - A medium gold/orange that is slightly hazy. One finger head as served - large bubbles. Medium amount of lacing.
S - Floral and citrus, but milder than I expected. Then, some sweet molasses and malt.
T - Pretty mild of a west coast IPA, it is quite sweet and malty. More like a DFH 90-minute IMHO, but not quite as nuanced. Floral hops are definitely there though, just was expecting a bit more citrus from the aroma.
M - Low carbonation and medium body, yet nicely thick and chewy. Perhaps the best feature of this sample of the brew.
D - Good all around. No alcohol noticeable in the flavor profile, and it is easy and quick to down. Just was a bit surprised this wasn't a bit bigger beer for HotD.
02-13-2010 06:19:07 | More by blackc5
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
Poured a nice hazy marigold color with a light lacing.
Smells of strong pine, citrus, rye and pale malt.
Taste of fresh citrus rye bitter twang malt, quite a few layers of complexity added from the unique malts not usually present in a DIPA. Grapefruit pine and citrus hop notes .
Good carbonation and a smooth medium body. High drinkability, a little dry IBU finish
02-02-2010 23:37:00 | More by alpinebryant
3.4/5 rDev -16%
Fall 2009 bottle into pint glass.
A: Golden honey colored. Bubbles rising to the top. Only a slim layer of foam for head that resides to a ring of foam around the glass. Spotty lacing left behind.
S: Malt forward with lots of sweet pale honey smelling malts. A bit of pine, citrus, dank, resin in the nose as well. A bit much of a malt bomb in the nose for me.
T: Sweet honey from the pilsner malts with a hint of spice from the rye. Hops come through as dank, and bitter resin mostly. Some citrus hop flavor as well (lemon/orange).
M: Pretty full bodied and oily. Not really well carbonated, but the carbonation is fairly prickly which in combination with the rye and hop character make this beer fairly spicy.
D: This is on of those DIPAs that seems to wish it were a barleywine. Really not what I look for in the style.
02-01-2010 23:10:49 | More by billshmeinke
4.05/5 rDev 0%
Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/29/10).
A: Pours a rather murky, dark, golden, amber, with one finger of an off-white head with decent retention and some patchy lace.
S: Unique aroma dominated by a bicuity malt along with some bitter, citrus hops. Hops are certainly less prevalent than expected.
T: As with the aroma the hops are not a abundant as I would have thought/hoped, but the flavor profile is certainly pleasant. A tasty biscuity malt, with some hints of caramel along with some bitter, citrus hops round out the palate. Not the most complex DIPA, but quite tasty.
M: Medium-bodied with moderate and slight creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. Rather full at times, but in a good way.
D: Quite easy to drink and the alcohol is completely hidden. If this were available around me I would certainly pick up a bomber from time to time.
Overall this was a nice DIPA with great flavor that was slightly lacking in the hop profile, but certainly another solid effort from Hair of the Dog. Thanks again Esther!
02-01-2010 16:53:35 | More by Lunch
4.22/5 rDev +4.2%
Had really enjoyed a couple of Hair of the Dog's other offerings, and I do love a DIPA.
Appearance is a bit lighter than I would have expected. Not bad, but yellow-orange with a head that didn't really show itself much no matter how aggressive the pour. About half a finger remained before my first drink, and it did leave some pretty lacing.
Smell is wonderfully floral, can detect some malt, some citrus. It smells more flowery than most of the DIPA/IPAs I've tried.
Taste again surprised me just how different this DIPA is. The hops dance in your mouth and the citrus follows, but there is a sweetness I'm not used to. A sweet malty goodness that helps add to making this beer unique.
Mouthfeel involves quite a bit of carbonation, it's dry. Pleasant.
Drinkability is high dear friends. Some hoppy beers are wonderful, but it's hard to drink them down very quickly. This is very drinkable. The hops are very floral as opposed to biting.
I recommend this one for at the very least the experience. It's pleasant and delicious.
01-22-2010 05:48:15 | More by Sixofsigmas
4.5/5 rDev +11.1%
Fall 2009 release, poured into a Paulaner glass. Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA in January 2010. Admittedly this one is poured too cold, so I know this one may open up quite a bit.
Pours a murky medium gold, with minimal carbonation or head. In fact, virtually none.
Aroma is all citrus. First, a bright sweet orange juice/flesh, moving on to an orange peel bitter, ending with a grapefruit bitter. Quite intersting.
Flavor is a strong heavy rich malt profile that is layered with west coast-style hops, grassy, oily, junipery, and grapefruity are all at this party.
Even though there is no visible carbonation, there is a certain creaminess to the mouthfeel that tells me it's there. Well done.
Overall, this one is quite good- I am amazed I had never even heard of it before. Wish I had bought more than the one bottle.
01-20-2010 01:47:50 | More by Dukeofearl
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
22oz from augustgarage, thanks! Poured into White Birch flute.
A- Hmm, sediment in the neck when I popped the cap. Looked like mud/clay. Nothing that's going to kill me, though! Prob. a casualty of shipping. Pour is remarkably under-carbonated, a nice 1cm head forms and wilts into a thin layer really quickly. Beer is a hazy yellow/amber highlights, reminds me of a saison with a creamy top. Interesting. Moderate, sporadic lacing.
S- Hmm, sweet, really sweet, oranges, mango. Really fruity, and something that's a bit 'off'. Can't quite place it.. almost a bit meaty. Strange.
T- Whatever I thought was 'off' in the nose is absent in the mouth. Piny, piny, resin, sticky hops are in full force. A bitter grapefruit is not far behind, no real malt flavors and not nearly as sweet as the nose hints at. I like it. As the initial pine wallop lays off, the fruity mango and orange come through. Incredible depth of flavors here... never had a DIPA that tastes like this. Very unique, very good.
M- Bitter, hoppy, but well-placed hops, not a scattershot. Just what was needed and nothing more. Carbonation is fine, despite what I first thought. Fruit lingers on the tongue and is very enjoyable.
D- High. I really liked it. Whatever misgivings I had in the appearance and smell, the taste and mouthfeel totally won me over. This is a very good beer.
01-19-2010 23:23:08 | More by ShogoKawada
4.05/5 rDev 0%
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.
01-16-2010 20:22:44 | More by cpetrone84
4.35/5 rDev +7.4%
Fall 2009 vintage.
Poured into a pint glass. Hazy honey-orange color with a thin white head consisting of mostly large bubbles. Some lacing.
Nice citrusy hops escaping from the bottle and glass. Some orange slices come through as well with a sweet malt base.
The first couple of sips reveal an extremely smooth DIPA. Low, but ample carbonation makes this feel almost like its been pulled from a cask. Fairly sweet at first, but some nice bittering hops start to jump around and mix well with the malt on the finish. The taste leans towards the maltier side of things, but hops are still plenty strong to let you know this is in the IPA realm. On top of the typical hop and malt flavors some juicy orange slices come through as well.
Mouthfeel is super smooth for a DIPA. Not sticky like some, but just really smooth, which allows the hops to jump out a bit more. Good chewy body, yet refreshing at the same time.
Drinkability is really good on this one. The ABV almost puts this in the sessionable range. I could easily handle 22oz by myself and would probably want more.
Overall, this is my first Hair of the Dog brew and I'm really liking it. It's on the lighter side of a typical DIPA, but it is still very flavorful, well-balanced and easy to drink. If I could get more of this I would. I might have to make a trip out to Oregon in the near future.
01-08-2010 00:56:02 | More by sisuspeed
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
Thanks to my graduate friend Andrew for transporting this from Oregon to here in his checked baggage. Poured into a pint glass, revealing hazy, dirty amber-looking body and essentially no head except a thin layer of foam over the top. No lacing to speak of. As far as looks go, it's not the prettiest IPA. In terms of smell, though, it is killer. Nice grassy sweet floral hop aroma comes right through, with hints of vanilla bean ice cream.
Tastes every bit as good as it smells. Smooth (almost creamy but still light) and bitter with a fresh citrus and rind aftertaste that smacks of lemons. Carbonation is very small and gentle, leaving medium body. Some bready, malty flavors come through as well though I swear we let this one settle. Very refreshing. Very drinkable. The bottle says it was brewed Fall of 09. I would love to try some at peak freshness, but am torn between that and more bottle conditioning for the carbonation. The drink in my glass may be the best compromise.
Overall very enjoyable. I'd get more if it were around here!
01-08-2010 00:48:57 | More by abuliarose
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
Didn't realize this was a double IPA until I reviewed it, very tame as far as IPA's go. It has a sweet start that subsides as the flavor stays on your tongue. Has a big hoppy feel and is a mouthful to drink. We got the last three glasses to come out of the keg and the carbonation was low, couldn't tell if it was because of that or if it's just how the beer is produced.
Overall I thought it was a good beer and I'm glad I had the opportunity to try it but it was just a little lacking considering it's a Double IPA
01-07-2010 06:13:34 | More by wcuberos
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.