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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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855 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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Ratings: 855
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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dannyhipps

California

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

Picked this up at HWC per suggestion. Thanks Jordan! 22oz bomber, 2009 autumn version.

A- Poured into my beloved large TK chalice. A shy pour produces an amber, orange-blossom honey orange, with a very brief attempt at a a head, which is brilliant white. Dissipates almost immediately into a few patches of slight foam with large bubbles.

S- Sweet yeast esther and floral-hops goodness of citrus-candle wax.(The slightest phenol?)

T- Piney and orange/tangerine candy hop notes.
Nothing in particular really jumps out, which is both awesome, yet hard to describe! An awesome, CLEAN bitter from start through finish, that really hits the spot for this OG hop-head right here! A neutral biscuit-malt backbone keeps this beer balanced and clean without getting in the way of the hop goodness in any way.

M- Bottle-conditioned perfection. Has that perfect bite on the palate, not too bubbly, wonderful and creamy.

This is one of the classiest DIPA's I've had in a very long time. A clean bitter that just hit that spot. What wasn't in this beer ended up being just as important to me as what was. No "dirty" resin/dank/sticky hop essences(which I adore in context with other beers), or the usual DIPA killers like swampy/grassy/veggie and that over-malt sweet-yuck that has left me hating so many other DIPA's in the past.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2009 06:31:14 | More by dannyhipps
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Chelsea1905

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter.

THe colour was a hazy orange with copper hues mixed in, reflecting the bar lights quite nicely against the otherwise dark background.

Smelled initially of hops, piney, floral,and then really dominated by a malty background.

The taste has really very little of the malt presence you get on the nose. Tastes as if it is using Lactic strains of yeast, very creamy, then hoppy, then a bit of a malt flavour at the end before the hops rush back in. Very nice

Mouthfeel is almost nitrogenised, but quite "heavy" for an IPA

Not sure what the ABV is on this, but had a good kick too it from just the snifter

Serving type: on-tap

12-12-2009 01:51:18 | More by Chelsea1905
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GRG1313

California

3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted and reviewed again February 2011 - Winter 2011 bottling. Former high rating from 2009 tasting must be revised. Review of Winter 2011 follows:

Tried again Winter 2011 Batch. Pours a hazy orange amber with medium size white head.

Pine, desert cactus nose, none of the brighter fruity character or pineapple character/citrus character noted in earlier batches.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and balanced.

Flavors are all dull pine with a pine bitter "dull" character. No bright character at all.

Big simple pine bitter finish.

Newest batch a bit of a disappointment here, especially when compared with earlier bottlings.

* * *

Review from 2009: Pours an orange amber with a thick white head.

Bright, lightly sweet citrus, grapefruit and pine nose; layers and nice.

Mouthfeel is full and bright with just the right amount of carbonation.

Flavors follow nose. Nice hoppy IPA. Bright, clean and bold citrus, grapefruit flavors with a light hint of oranges and then goes quickly to a strong bitter grapefruit and pine resin.

Medium pine/grapefruit finish.

A very nice drink.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 01:59:47 | More by GRG1313
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John_M

Oregon

4.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had some extra time to kill in Seattle, and the Uber had just gotten in their allotment of the fall release blue dot. So figured I might as well review it while it's fresh (alas, Blue Dot does not age well).

The beer pours the prototypical golden peach color with impressive head retention and lacing. The beer was served a bit too cold initially, and so the head retention and lacing improved as it warmed a bit.

On the nose.... it flat out does not get any better then this. There is a huge aroma of pine, huge hoppy bitterness, and a touch of pineapple, rye and orange juice. Flavors replicate the nose, and as always I'm amazed by how light on the palate this beer is for a DIPA. Alan Sprints has made many great beers, but I absolutely adore his take on a DIPA. Many DIPA's are excessively boozy or high in alcohol, but at 7%, I think he's hit it just right with this one. The alcohol is not the least bit noticeable, and it gives this beer a lightness and drinkability that is stunning. Yet the beer is as flavorful as any DIPA I can think of, with a huge blast of citrus, pine and hoppy bitterness on the finish. Also, there's a mouthwatering quality to this beer, and it's probably the most drinkable DIPA I can think of (along with the twin titans from pliny-land at Russian River). The hoppy bitterness just lasts and lasts....

Delicious stuff. I'm once again reminded why I'm such a confirmed hophead.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 22:45:39 | More by John_M
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cbarrett4

Oregon

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

From tap at Henrys 12th Street. Pours with a great head and settles into a nice lace. Good deep gold, light brown hue. Richly aromatic with fresh hops, citrus, ginger, and exotic spice notes. Flavor is rich and shows more of the same fresh notes as the nose suggests. The texture is what sets this brew apart. This is a rich, delicious IPA. The hops are so well integrated that there is little apparent tannin on the finish. Balanced and easy to sip on. Maybe not for the IPA purists, but I am a huge fan nonetheless!

Serving type: on-tap

11-26-2009 04:10:23 | More by cbarrett4
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

Really more of an IPA and a half.

A: Hazy, dirty straw. White head has a little retention & leaves some lace.

S: Big American hop aroma: Tangerine, pine, rind, grass. Candied pineapple & hints of fruity esters.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, rind, resiny pine & grass. Some quality biscuity malt, pleasant fruity esters (candied pineapple), solid bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has some hop acidity & a dry finish.

D: A great drinker.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2009 01:15:27 | More by Derek
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stoutfiend27

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber..poured out 10oz to start

a-hazy copper color...tight white cap on top...sticky lacing..good carb visuals...

s-floral and citrusy..a hint of grapefruit...malt holds this together well in the nose...a bit piney and grassy but not over the top..

t-starts on piney followed by citrus...the the malt rushes in to pull this one back a bit...malt fades and the hops dominate the end with waves of piney grassy bitterness..

m-slick and oily..resiny...sticky...sticks to the mouth well....prickly from the carb

d-this bomber will be no chore to put down...alcohol is slightly warming but not detracting

overall a solid dipa...my first from hotd hopefully not my last...another great bottle sent by ghengis22 thanks again..

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 23:43:26 | More by stoutfiend27
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davexisxrabid

California

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

Poured into my Bruery tulip, producing a cloudy gold amber color with a small half inch head. Decent retention and lacing. Carbonation seemed to be making the beer look cloudy.

Aroma of caramel, sweet brown sugar, piney hops. Very pronounced.

Taste is like the aroma but muted, although not in a bad way. Decent flavor although a little on the sweet side. The hops seemed to be faded a bit but there was decent bitterness throughout. I'm not a huge hophead so this was pretty cool with me.

Medium to full bodied with decent bitterness lingering on the palate between sips.

All in all a good DIPA but nothing exceptional. HOTD brewing usually makes pretty decent brews and this one is no exception but it doesn't grab my attention the way the rest of their catalog does. ABV not too high making it a good session beer. I'll have more than one...

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 06:26:45 | More by davexisxrabid
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

4.8/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a couple of these at the Horse Brass in Portland. What a great DPA.

Each glass came with a scant foamy head that did vanish fairly quickly. Some spotty lacing remained. The beer was a amber orange color with some copper highlights. No visible carbonation anywhere.

The aroma was fantastic. Fresh, floral, fruity and of strong citrus.

The flavor really exploded in your mouth and was extremely fresh. Tropical fruit flavors everywhere, citrus and some pine in the background. Some nice balance with some cracker malt flavors and a touch of bread. The lingering citrus/floral bitterness was absolutely wonderful. There was only a small hint of the abv..

Mouth feel was vibrant, bright and fresh. The mild carbonation brought the flavor to life.

Drinkable? The definition of drinkable.

Immediately among my favorite DPA's

Simple excellent.

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2009 15:32:30 | More by Reagan1984
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aglose45

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great thanks to alexd3891 for supplying this in one of our many trades!

Poured from a bomber into a snifter..

A: Poured a nice golden caramel color, minimal head, could be due to me being careful on the pour, as to not disturb the yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

S: Smells mostly of citrusy hops; grapefruit and pine, with a late hint of apricot..unfortunately not super pungent.

T: Taste is also mostly hops, however this time a piney flavor dominates, with grapefruit kind of taking a backseat. At the very end some orange flavor becomes apparent. To balance out the hops there is a sweet bready backbone.

M: Medium bodied, a decent amount of hop stickiness left in the mouth, but a little under carbonated.

D: Overall, this was a tastey beer, and as it warms it tastes even better because the hops have more pop!

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 02:07:16 | More by aglose45
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boogyman

Washington

4.78/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Pours a hazy yellow golden color with almost no head. Left some bubbles on the top. Alright lacing but nothing compared to some.

S- Awesome beautiful pine hoppy smells with some citrus fruits. It is exactly as a good Imperial IPA should smell. Grapefruit and lemon and orange peel.

T- Oh sorry, was I supposed to be finishing my review? The taste is very good. It has a very strong hop presence with some awesome bitterness. It is just the right amount and goes great with the slight citrus flavors that come mostly from the nose. There is no alcohol flavor at all.

M- From the beginning of the sip to going down the gullet, it has an awesome bubbly feel. The bitterness lingers around a good while and when it starts going, i have no choice but to take the next sip.

D- I am gonna say this has a very awesome drinkability given that it is an IIPA along with the fact that is only 7% alcohol and not too heavy on the stomach. I could down a enough of these to get me good for the night. I am told by my local beer store that this beer can be pretty limited so get it while you can!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 03:57:29 | More by boogyman
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kingcrowing

Vermont

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber poured in an imperial pint glass.

Pours a cloudy golden straw with almost not head but a tinge of lacing makes it down the glass. Nose is sweet and hoppy, a bit wheaty grassy.

Comes on a bit weak and then the bitterness picks up and starts to kick your ass. Sharp bitterness on the back of your tounge and a nice sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and sweet. Overall quite solid, my first HotD brew, looking forward to more!

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 02:52:50 | More by kingcrowing
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josiahschlender

Oregon

4.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I see Blue Dot on tap, it'll usually be the beer I order. In the crowded field of Portland-brewed IPAs, it's the best in my opinion. Only now have I gotten around to reviewing it.

This time I had it on tap at Henry's. If you're looking for it, it's one of the permanent taps at the Horse Brass. Poured in a chalice, it has a fairly light (for a double IPA) golden color with a creamy white cap with good retention.

Blue Dot is one of those beers you can smell from a few feet away, I love that. Huge sweet grapefruit, pine, pineapple, lemon rind, spiced hops overwhelm the light, sweet malts that are eventually traceable only after the beer warms for a while.

Taste is also bursting with hop flavor. Perhaps more than any other beer I can remember, Blue Dot tastes like the hops on the nose, especially the grapefruit, pine resin and lemon rind. The malts are quite sweet and light, reminding me just a bit of lemon tea with honey. Usually I won't give a 5 on taste to a beer that is fairly one-dimensionally hoppy, but they are just so good to this hophead.

Big bitterness on a good, long finish. Moderate carbonation and body make this feel maybe more like a regular IPA than a double. Price, pairing with food and availability are big factors for me in drinkability, none of which are strong points of this beer, yet I keep coming back to it when I see it.

One caveat: I haven't ever had Blue Dot from the bottle. Maybe my great experiences with it on tap have made my opinion higher than the average, but thus far I can heartily commend HotD for a great beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 01:07:03 | More by josiahschlender
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

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

Blue Dot pours slightly viscous with a very thin, yet tight, off-white head. Color is lighter shade of gold, perhaps a dark apricot.

The aroma is strong on the malty side with a dose of powdered sugar, sweet citrus and some grass and floral notes. Great smelling double IPA.

A big swig and a swish around the old mouth and I can say this is a very well balanced, yet flavorful offering from Hair of the Dog (I'm sure everything they brew is excellent so this would be no exception). The hop presence is not as huge as some of the other big IPAs that I've had recently had, but then again this beer is 7% and not 11%. Instead, Blue Dot has some nice subtle bitter citrus, some pine and some tropical fruit flavors that are very present but not over the top.

Everything comes together very, very well making this a very easy drinking bigger (but not too big) IPA. Definitely a beer to put on the list (if you have a list).

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 17:54:47 | More by indiapaleale
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froghop

Washington

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured slowly as suggested on the bottle, a semi-hazy orange with a little white head, and some lacing.

smell of light grapefruit, citrus, orange peel, earthy, some caramel, floral, and a little spice.

taste is of light grapefruit, hops, malt in the back, a little pine, orange peel, a woodiness, and spice, ends a little dry and somewhat bitter.

overall better if you don't follow the directions and just pour it, taste is more pronounced.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 01:53:46 | More by froghop
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

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

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a very thin white head. Not much carbonation and no glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops with a nice caramel malt sweetness. Twinge of alcohol on the nose.

T: Nice up front citrus hop flavors of tangerine, orange and grapefruit coupled with some lighter pine notes. The middle is caramel malt and sweet fruit tastes with some hops bitterness coming on the finish. I got a decent alcohol burn on this one even though it's only 7%.

M: Undercarbonated but still prickly and resiny, alcohol shows too much.

D: Meh, it's ok I guess but for a 7% brew the alcohol should not be coming out like this.

Overall I was not impressed with this beer right from the start. The low carbonation turned me off as I want the beer to give me a nice one or two finger head. There was nearly zero head on a pretty aggressive pour. Then on the finish the alcohol that is tasted for me was a major turn off. a 7% beer should not be flashing that much booze, sorry. I heard good things about this DIPA but I just didn't see it. Shame too, I loved the bottle. I don't see how it gets an A-, there are much, much, much better DIPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2009 18:36:29 | More by Kadonny
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jminsc76

Texas

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a tulip. Exhibits a medium-sized, soapy head, which fades rather rapidly but reemerges quickly upon agitation. The body is either rouge in color or a murky orange, depending on the angle of the light you hold it up to. Plenty of sediment (hop sediment?) floating in the body, which seems rather unnecessary considering the majority of excellent DIPAs are devoid of this excessive quantity.

Medium-strength aromas of hops, crisp malt, some oranges, some citrus, and some pine. What it lacks in intensity though it compensates for with a complex bouquet spectrum.

Lots of hoppiness, with fruity flavors that include grapefruit and orange-y citrus, and even tobacco (which seems very common in many of Hair of the Dog's beers). Definitely feels like I am hanging out in a pine forest while smoking a good cigarette.

Mouthfeel is a medium thickness, with some slight burn on the pallet, which is disappointing considering the ABV is only 7%.

Like most Hair of the Dog beers I have had so far (the exception being Fred), this one is an adventure. Not a relaxing adventure that includes a lot of "ahhhhs" and "ooohhhs," but a lot of "hmmm, that's interesting" and "yeah, that could take some getting used to." In short, it's an adventure I won't be returning to if presented with the other DIPAs I enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 22:56:40 | More by jminsc76
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mykie73

Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this many times but decided this was the best batch I've had in a long time and was worthy of a review.

Summer batch 2009

A) one finger head, transparent but still some cloudyness (yeast floaters). Weell carbonated, laces beautifully. blood orange/tangerine color that glows.

S) citrus, pine, grapefruit,

T) Usual suspects for an delicious over the top westcoast DIPA (grapefruit really comes out) sweet on tongue, with gentle lingering bitterness on the back end of throught. Hides alchohol and malt well (I know there is a lot of both).

F) coats mouth beautifully. Full mouthful with gentle bite.

D) one of my favorites. Refreshing when cold, exceptional as it warms. Great still after 6 months, exceptional when fresh. Little spendy but worth every penny.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2009 03:34:23 | More by mykie73
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HiAIPA

Maine

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

220z bomber. Pours a medium amber color - tangerine juice, with cloudy gelatinous hop particulates. Smells of a bitter IBU bomb - with weed, biscuit, doughy piney hops. Resinous mouthfeel of bitter citrus pith, hemp and orange oil, drying bitter pucker salve. Not as good as the Port 2nd Anniversary ale imbibed last night, but a decent solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2009 21:33:41 | More by HiAIPA
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glid02

Georgia

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

Bottle purchased at Hollingshead in CA.

Pours a light copper color with a 1.5-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of floral and citrus hops with a small amount of rye spiciness. As the beer warms the rye aromas intensify.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined by citrus and slightly herbal hop flavors. Midway through the sip a small amount of spiciness from the rye enters into the equation before a solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a slightly thinner than average thickness but soft carbonation makes it work.

Drinkability is good. I finished the bomber easily and could easily have a few more of these.

Overall I'd been waiting a while to try this one and was not disappointed. The rye is what puts this beer above average DIPA's and the nice hop profile keeps it there. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 02:30:10 | More by glid02
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alcstradamus

Washington

3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After two consecutive drain pours I decided to pull this guy out...Hair of the Dog won't fail me, will they?

Pours a nice murky copper/amber color with a little over a finger of head in my 25 oz. snifter. Very malty smell for an IPA but don't get it twisted, there are some nice hop juices floating around in there. Very floral scent with a hint of pineapple juice. The taste is along the same lines...very malty and well balanced. To be honest, I didn't expect this type of brew..although it is much appreciated right now. Bitterness is present but doesn't overwhelm the earthy hops underneath. On the full side of medium bodied, washes down clean with an empty bitter aftertaste. This is a very solid brew, not necessarily one of my favorite DIPA's but certainly a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 22:37:06 | More by alcstradamus
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CosmoHopHead

Kansas

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

Spring 09 release, drank on 8/1/9:

A: Very dark in color, like apple cider almost. Not much head at all.

S: heavy fruit/citrus. Some peach smell as well. Malty on the back end

T: Big time fruit/gf bomb. Surprisingly a little bit sweet.

M: clean with mild carbonation.

D: Very drinkable for a DIPA. At 7% one of the easier drinking DIPA I have ever had.

Would definatley seek out again and recommend to others.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 16:14:05 | More by CosmoHopHead
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EliottJW

California

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

This is a copy/paste from a quick note session... and I don't entirely feel like elaborating. sorry!

hair of the dog blue dot DIPA

don't know how old it is.

A Copper, cloudy, minimal head

S caramely, estery, tropical fruit, honey

T Caramel, light fruit and hop kick that lingers... a little warm

M medium body, not as full as some. coats the back of the tongue.

D totally drinkable. really well balanced to the point that I'm not going to OD on either malt or hops.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2009 01:08:36 | More by EliottJW
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juhl31

California

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

-dark like a nice thick apple juice or cider. with some nice residues up in it

-not a ton of nose, but coincidentally some apple smell. you can pick up some alcohol smell too

-i like it. it has that sweet hops taste, although a prefer a more bitter hops, it is still a solid brew. the taste is pretty in and out...not much lingers. just a touch of alcohol maybe

-feels pretty damn clean on the mouth

-pretty smooth again. a nice summer double ipa if you will

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2009 05:07:43 | More by juhl31
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wd40

New York

3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2009 release sampled in July 2009

Poured very little head which quickly degenerated into a soapy layer on top of the beer. The beer is an opaque amber color. The nose has some peachy esters that comes off like a perfume, but something is not quite satisfying about it for my liking. I think it smells kind of sickly sweet or something kind of strange. There's a hint of vanilla maybe that does not work well with the peach in my opinion. The actual taste has a satisfying bitterness. Despite the sweetness in the nose, there is very little sweetness from the malt. Just enough to keep the bitterness in check. There is almost no carbonation so the mouthfeel is very watery. All in all, it goes down pretty smooth and I think that the beer was hopped well, but maybe something is off in this beer. It's not spoiled or infected, but there is a definitely something I dislike about it. Something chlorophenolic perhaps?

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 05:56:21 | More by wd40
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.