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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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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 227
Gots: 66 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2005

Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)
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Photo of HipHop5
4.87/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Ok, I apologize in advance for this is more for me that any one out there.:)
I just need to right about how amazing this is so I won't forget or throw away the piece of paper these notes would end up been on.

The light and bright yellow color and crispness of this beer is just wonderful. So drinkable and so intense at the same time. A Master piece it's all I can say! Grape fruits and sap aromas are so much more than a slap on the face, it's an humbling experience of perfect craftsmanship, especially after brewing a home batch the same night. Much respect for Hair of the Dog, were do I get a bottle of this????My boss has generously shared with me and he can not remember were he got it. It's mission. Make it yours too, you won't regret it. So worth it.

Photo of philbertk
2.74/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company--Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale--Spring--2009 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00%--70 IBU's? (4.5 / 5.0) IPA--Light loose sediment. Thin mild lace whitish head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Huge hop fruit ester flowery front. Lots of aroma hops. Crisp zesty mild sweet Pils light fruit ester citrus hop infused rich body. Mild citrus hop spice refreshing hoppy end. Sampled 6/23/2009. $8.49 Each.

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company--Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale Winter 2010 Release--22 oz. Bottle--7.00%--100+ IBU's? (4.65 / 5.0) IPA--Thin white head. Hazy light sediment bright lemon gold color. Huge floral Cascade hop pine wheat grass grapefruit front. Crisp hop resin infused tangy pils rye wheat earthy piney mild sweet hop fruit ester body. Cloying crusty earthy hop resin spice end.HOPS! Sampled 2/7/2010. $8.49 Each.

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale Summer 2010 Release 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 70 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Thick pour. Thin lace thin white head. Cloudy bright dark orange color. Rich floral hop aromatic citrus mild fruit rye ester front. Creamy sweet smooth mildly fruity malty orange juice body. Smooth refreshing easy hop spice end. Light sediment. Belgian wheat rye hint? Stored dark and cool it aged well and was smoother and less fruity than 2011 Winter release. Sampled 1/31/2011. Purchased for $8.49 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 9/4/2010.

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company--Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale Winter 2011 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% ABV. 70 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Thin lace thin white head. Cloudy thick tiny bubble filled bright yellow gold orange juice color. Very floral citrus hop hint of wheat ester front. Light sediment. Creamy sweet rich wheat citrus pine fruit effervescent mild hop resin body. Refreshing clean mild hop spice balanced crisp citrus end. Aromatic, estery and missing caramel malt base. Too fruity for me. Seems as if it would age poorly. Sampled 1/30/2011. Purchased for $8.49 @ The Ballard Market, Seattle on 1/30/2011. Thanks Roger!

Hair of the Dog Brewing Company Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale Spring 2011 22 oz. Bottle. 7.00% 80 IBU's. (2.75 / 5.0) Mild lace light white thin lines of head. Cloudy fizzy lemon gold color. Fruity floral hop front with lots residual yeast rye ester notes. Mild sweet fruity estery mild hop resin note citrus hints very rye body. Clean mild bitter hop spice refreshing clean citrus end. Way too fruity. Sampled 5/14/2011. Purchased for $8.49 at The Ballard Market, Seattle on 5/3/2011.

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahh .... a long time ago, during a site reshuffle, I lost three reviews. Using my backup program, I tracked down two of them. I gave up before finding the third. A thread today led me to check my old review, and by golly, there's the missing third review! Dredged up from the depths of my reviewing history, here it is:

Pours a light golden orange. One to two inches of white frothy head. Lasts a surprisingly long time.

Smells of pine, some faint citrus ... oranges and a splash of sweet grapefruit. Not a particularly strong aroma.

Tastes like earthy bitter pine, a bit of ... herbal dank .... and the citrus is really muted. There's some sweet caramel malt.

For a DIPA, it's surprisingly light bodied, light smelling, and light flavored.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but thinner than expected.

Photo of vkv822
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle into tulip snifter.
Winter 2011.

Pours a very cloudy golden color with orange hues and a foamy white head.

The aroma is dominated by resiny and tropical citrus hops.

The flavor is not as incredibly hoppy as the aroma, but is still very hop forward. There are grapefruit, sweet pineapple and other citric and tropical fruits that really resonate the strongest, with some pine notes and a light but well defined malt backing.

The mouthfeel is a nice medium body with good carbonation, that leaves a slightly oily feel.

This is a very refreshing and easy drinking DIPA. Another wonderful beer from Hair of the Dog and another reason I love Portland!

Photo of CooperEllis
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

thanks to hopsbreath for the hook-up, this was an extra in our trade.

Summer 2010 bottle split 3 ways.

Pour is a nice, lemony colored, very haze auburn with a thin head that leaves a decent layer of lacing.

Big aroma, all hops, good chunk of pine, citrus and floral/earthy notes. It's cueing up to be an outside hop forward ale.

The taste, against all of the evidence above, is very nice, mild, complex, and tinged with malt notes which accent the more fruit forward citrus flavors.

Light, low on carb, with an easy oil feel - just sort of slips across the tounge, not 'slick' but gives a little body.

Would certainly drink this all day, it has an easy enough construction and more than enough flavor to make this enjoyable over a glass or two or four.


Photo of seeswo
3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle says summer 2010. Pours a light, slightly hazy golden color. Nose is a mildly fruity hop flavor with minimal sweetness. Pretty reserved. Reserved hop bitterness with again, minimal sweetness. Relatively bland flavor, but a bit of pleasant citrus-apple flavor peaks out and gives hope to a fresh bottle. At this point, I'm wondering if it is fair to review a summer 2010 dipa the following January. I decided to take that in consideration with the numbers. The mouthfeel is spot on for a dipa and it goes down pretty easy. Would love to try this upon release.

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to javib458 for the chance to try this brew. Summer 2010 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appears a hazed copper color with a thin film of white across the top despite being poured right down the center of the glass. A few bubbles rise to the surface and collect in a patch across the top which is white in color and is all that exists reminiscent of a head. Sips and swirls hardly revive any bubbles but some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew initially smells quite fruity. It comes across like tropical fruits that turns to a more citrus rind character like grapefruit. As it warms, it picks up a bit of a spicy herbal note and a touch of pine and sugary sweetness.

The taste includes a moderate amount of herbal bitterness that clings inside the mouth. A touch of alcohol accents the fruitier side of this brew along with a warmth down the back of the throat that has a solvent twinge. The malt is lightly toasty and exists with a light residual sweetness to counter the bitterness of lasting herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. The faint carbonation that exists is hardly noticed leading to a seemingly watery feel. The drinkability of this brew is certainly hurt by the lack of carbonation however the flavor and aroma draws me back for more sips. I would love to have this again with a little more fizz.

Photo of farrago
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Curious lack of a head at all, even with a vigorous pour, wispy white bubbles here and there, close to zero lacing too. Super-murky, like it was muddy and then ran through a sieve, a mix of red to orange clay in the deeply translucent core, no change in hue at the rims, just lighter. Wet, concentrated nose of fresh hops, earthy funk, tar, black tea leaves, a carton of sour pink grapefruit juice, dried pine sap, the hops pungent but without a keen edge, the malts bring caramel, cocoa powder, butterscotch, blends in some pumpernickel bread and mixed grains, peppery as well. Full-bodied and heavy, like a bowling ball crashing through a window. Tangy but sweet on the whole, the pulpy juice of the pink to white grapefruit and orange juice impossible to deny, Caramel, toffee and warmed milk chocolate come next, albeit briefly as the pine tar and lemongrass, pepper, peat moss and rye to pumpernickel bread come through. Oddly, never gets really herbaceousness in a puckering way. The apricot, nectarine, pineapple, guava fruit less of a presence than might be expected. Stays fat and wide in the mouth through a prolonged finish. If you like 'em big...

Photo of Neffbeer
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sent from Seattle. It poured a little flat, but after that...heaven. The smell was caramel and fresh grapefruit/pineapple. The flavor was full of dank hops and left me with a dry bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a touch thin due to lack of carbonation, yet one can't argue with the elegant precision of hopistry.

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Thanks to pretzelcity for including this in my box for the Support Your Team BIF.

Appearance: Not a ton of head on this guy, just a thin, bubbly, white head. The color is a faded copper gold that does not let any light through.

Smell: I notice the rye in the aroma first, but the intense hop smell comes through right after. Juicy pineapple, grapefruit, and a bit of pine.

Taste: There is not a huge malt taste here - the pilsner malt is subtle and takes a backseat to the hops. The rye does stick out and gives it a distinctive flavor and a dryness that is balanced out by the juicy hops. Pineapple and grapefruit tastiness satisfy my desire for hops without going over the hop.

Mouthfeel: This is one of the best feels I have gotten from an IPA. Unbelievably creamy, with a light level of carbonation. A touch grainy, and it leaves a touch of oil on the tongue. But the creaminess is impossible to move past; it's just fantastic.

Drinkability: Just a great IPA from start to finish.

Photo of dubinsky
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a C&B Bruges tulip.

A - Pours a nice, hazy dark straw color with a foamy yet dense two finger head. The color is lighter than i expect from any IPA, especially an IIPA. Decent retention and thin lace.

S - Not a hop bomb by any stretch, yet it still has a healthy hop aroma. Its fairly citrusy with strong hints of grapefruit. Pine resins comes through in the background with touches of sweet caramel and light toasted biscuit.

T - This is a really tasty beer, but i would not call it an "Imperial" IPA. Given the ABV and light taste I would classify it more as an IPA. It has light citrus and pine flavors with grapefruit and mandarin dominating and a light, mild caramel malt to round off the flavor of this beer. It doesn't possess than full-on alcohol punch i have come to expect from the style.

M - Light bodied, with nice medium carbonation. Its mildly bitter with not to dry of a finish.

D - This is a one easy drinking "IIPA!" It has a great flavor profile that doesn't have to hide behind a ton of alcohol and massive hops. Very well balanced that creates an unusual beer in this category, which leads me to this...

I don't know how to rate this beer, since i think i need to rate it based on the category for which i think is incorrect. Given that i think this is a really good IPA rather than an IIPA, i will give it high marks regardless, but will use this review as my official rebuttal on the style.

Photo of klikger
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber served in a Goose Island IPA tulip - thanks again, ptykozoon!

A - Cloudy, light amber, hardly any head and marginal lacing, but a beautiful geometric figure resting on the surface of the beer bumps this up a notch.

S - Grapefruit, caramel, floral hops

T - Piny hops lead quickly into a fruity citrus explosion - pungent grapefruit and orange juice appear prominently --> Rich caramel malts complement the enduring citrus aspects in the middle --> The end is more and more grapefruit - there's just enough malty sweetness to be noticed, but the citrus hops are in-your-face bitter and give this beer a prolonged aftertaste.

M - Slightly light for a DIPA, but I'm not complaining. Carbonation is visible but understated when drinking.

D - For the style, it's very drinkable. A bomber went down almost too easily, and I'd crack another if I had it.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. It's my kind of double IPA for sure - enough malt to add some flavor, but easily dominated by hops in the end. Someone send me another of these, ASAP! :)

Photo of Fatehunter
4.41/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bomber into a Satan glass. Golden-orange color, almost transparent and practically no head.

S - Amazing floral aroma. Lots of citrus, grapefruit mostly and little honey.

T - Clean taste at first, I can taste grapefruit, lots of bitter hops in the finish. It ambushes the taste buds because there is nothing suggesting the impending hops assault (except the obvious that it is a Hair of the Dog DOUBLE IPA).

M - Surprisingly soft (but not creamy) at first. Low carbonation.

D - This IPA really surprised me in the best way. The way that the hops sneaked up and the soft mouthfeel; unexpected but they worked out well. Well done.

Photo of beagle75
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a shaker pint glass.
Summer 2010 vintage.

A: Hazy, pale amber with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Massive grapefruit citrus is detectable across the table. Toasty pale malt and bright vinous fruit add to an overall sensory experience that must be savored. No alcohol is detected in the smell.

T: Begins sweet with husky pale malt enhanced by the fullness of rye, along with pine resin and tropical fruit. Flavors become more dry toward the middle as grapefruit citrus emerges and lingers through the long, moderately bitter finish. Spicy hints of rye are detected late in the finish. No alcohol is detected in the flavor.

M: Medium viscosity, simultaneously wet and sticky on the palate, with very little carbonation.

D: After experiencing this beer on four different occasions, its most pronounced feature is its inconsistency in the bottle. That aside, when it is good it represents such a collection of admirable qualities, derived from both malt and hops, that it distinguishes itself even among the best of its style. Another interesting feature of this beer is its low abv for the double IPA style: at 7%, it is no stronger than an average ordinary IPA. It is the intensity of the under-attenuated malt flavors present here that define this as a double IPA--Blue Dot runs much sweeter than other notables of the style, such as Stone Ruination or Russian River Pliny the Elder. This is a beer to keep returning to, even on the uncertain chance that it will be a 'good' bottle.

Photo of GJ40
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased from the Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. No date on the bottle.

A - Gold with good clarity and a small head. The carbonation seemed unusually low so the appearance was a bit dull.

S - A strong burst of citrusy and piney hops.

T - Strong hop oils with loads of tropical fruit and citrus. The bitterness was moderate for a DIPA. A toasted malt backbone was present but secondary. There was a lot of flavor going on and it worked pretty well together.

M - It had a very nice creamy and silky consistency but it was hampered by a very low carbonation. I like my beer with a cask feel but this was even undercarbonated for me.

D - Lots of flavor, interesting and complex. I enjoyed this beer but I can't say it was one of my favorites.

Photo of hardy008
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky looking dark amber with virtually no head and no lacing. The aroma has oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and light pineapple.

Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and some light pineapple are also present in the flavor. This is a sweet beer, with some bitterness. Good flavor, but not great.

While the flavor is good, the carbonation is not. It is too low, to the point where the bottle is almost flat.The body is medium / full, and the overall mouthfeel is the main weakness of this beer. Overall this beer would be a lot better, if the carbonation problems were fixed. Very disappointing, especially when I consider how good Hair of the Dog beers usually are.

Photo of nataku00
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a Winter 2010 (I've been told that this was released in February of this year, so this bottle is fairly old) release bomber into a fluted Allagash glass. Hazy yellow orange with an initial finger of slightly off white head. A little bit of slow carbonation visible through the glass.

Nose is primarily citrus peel, orange dominates, with a little grapefruit bitterness. Some sweeter notes, passionfruit and pale malt biscuit.

Taking a sip, mostly orange peel, with a malty sweetness following up. Little to no carbonation, unfortunately. Maybe I have a bad bottle. Medium body combined with low carbonation makes it a little too syrupy in the mouth.

Might need to try another bottle, if the bomber price is reasonable, to see if this low carbonation is intended.

Photo of xnicknj
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle poured into pint glass. summer 2010 bottling. thanks to mrmiles

Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with brownish tint; a light head quickly dissipates with a thin film and very little lacing.

Bright fruity hops, caramel malt and some sweetness in the nose.

Begins w bitter yet sweet fruity hops. Grapefruit and citrus rind mix in, moving into darker caramel malt backbone. Hops punch back in with bittering pine and dryness as the beer finishes with a bit of warmth.

Medium body, and a bit dry, sticky feel. Pretty solid drinking beer, good flavor and not overdone w the alcohol. Some aspects are a bit subdued, but still a decent IPA.

Photo of hoser
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting down to rate a bottle, but have had this numerous times on tap and the bottle and sorry Pliny in 2007 and back to back pints at Tornado the Blue Dot rocked on the Pliny. But please trust me I would not pass up a pint of either.

Knowing Alan and the brewery this bottle tonight may be a little less memorable.

Photo of mikey711
3.07/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: light copper color with minimal head that doesnt hold at all

S: Caramel is pretty prominant. some light pine and citrus notes too

T: mostly caramel and some biscuit. very like hop notes with some subtle pine note

M: somewhat thin and not very creamy

D: it goes down pretty easy, but overall this is a bit of a disappointment

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hoppy aroma consisting of a copperish looking color to brown/copper. Hops aroma is firm but not overpowering, taste and mouthfeel give way to a fruit finish, some type of berry that I can't quite pinpoint but a berry fruit which I thought in an IPA was rather unexpected (and wonderful!). Finish leaves a wonderful berry fruit that lingers. Excellent beer

Photo of Beerenauslese
4.4/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a hazy gold, with a moderate head that quickly dissipates to a fine layer, leaving fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell is subdued, I am getting mainly malt biscuits, some fresh fruit, and ginger spice.

Taste is delicious, with a good balance of malt and fruity, spicy hops. Sweet grapefruit, some meyer lemon, a tropical note, it has a very fresh tasting fruity hop profile. There is a good acid level in this, making it very fresh tasting and good to pair with a variety of foods.

Body is light and with tight carbonation, it has a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a different DIPA, strongly hopped, but refreshing and fruity. I suspect it is a different combination of both yeast and hops. I am pleased to have tried this one. At 7%, you could session this no problem.

Photo of Mora2000
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2010 bottling.

The beer pours a dirty yellow color with a white head. There are huge yeast particles floating in the beer. Not very attractive.

The aroma is a mix of citrus hops (mainly pineapple) and some pine.

The flavor is pine with some citrus hops and bready malt mixed in. The bitterness is about medium and just right for the style. The beer is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A good beer, but not as good as some of the other elite Double IPAs.

Photo of NWer
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer 2010
I really wanted to like this beer.
The theme, the environmental awareness, the respect for planet earth gave it an edge going in.
The pour was a disappointment. Given its reputation for a flat pour, I was especially aggressive pouring from the bomber into a pint glass. Still, all I could muster was maybe a 1/4 inch head that retained well enough, such as it was. A lot of effervescence filled the glass that settled quickly.
A taste that simply doesn't measure up to the great (in my opinion) IIPA's out there. Kind of a mellow sweetness followed by a tart aftertaste.
It was good enough. That's about the best I can say. Don't hesitate to decide for yourself what you think of it. Even though I can't rave about this beer, I will continue to try other Hair of the Dog offerings.

Photo of cdkrenz
4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I purchased this bomber from Capital Market in Salem, Oregon in February of 2010. The bottle indicates it was brewed in the Fall of 2009. This is a 1 year cellared brew.

A - Pours a crystal golden yellow with minimal head and allot of clung carbonation to the inside of the glass. Wisp traces of white head are left hovering at the surface.

S - Grapefruit, mild pine, and a slight bready presence.

T - The beginning is bitter, as is the middle. However, as you near the end and finish the beer takes on a sweetness as it washes away most of the bitter. Well done.

M - The feel is thick and smooth with very little carbonation to note. As far as DIPAs go I would say this is very near, if not equal to, the most chewy I've ever sampled. I really like the way this beer goes down. I wonder if the year of aging had any say in that.

~ This has to be one of the finest Double India Pale Ales I've had. I like to think I've enjoyed my fare share so I would hope my opinion on the style is valid. If you want to have yourself a quality Double IPA, this one if for you.

Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.