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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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947 Ratings

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Ratings: 947
Reviews: 485
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.64%
Wants: 227
Gots: 68 | 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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Ratings: 947 | Reviews: 485
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy tangerine with golden highlights. decent offwhite head. patchy waves of lace.

Grapefruit, orange, floral, resins. Slightly toasty and spicy rye.

Big juicy Grapefruit and orange citrus rush. Floral spicy ganja creeps in. Spicy drying rye gives a nice balance, Crisp, slightly toasty. Big resinous bitterness lingers with grapefruit rind and rye.

Dry, somewhat sticky, lighter body, but tastes thicker. Crisp and refreshing.

Great rye character and juicy delicious hops. Tasty and complex, hoppy yet with some balance. Damn good!

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

Thanks to beertunes who threw in this bomber as an extra!

A- Very pale and a nice head

S- Nice citrusy hops and with a light malt presence.

T- Citrus and melon with a slightly sweet finish. More malty and sweet than it smells.

M- Good, a little dry for the sweetness it has.

D- Great, the 7% ABV makes this very easy to drink although the taste is closer to a beer like Hopslam which has an 11% ABV.

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3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's then at The Drafting Room and then at Capone's again for good measure. Short bar review.

Blue Dot is a beer that you think would be brighter than what it is. Expecting a DIPA looking beer, this comes off more like a dark lager. A dark orange with some light brown interwoven, the rye makes it's presense known in the appearence. Nothing more than a off white cap of foam around the glass. The smell is interesting but I would not think this was from Oregon if I did not know. Dark rye with biscuits and bread with some citrus sounds about right. This smells downright east coast. Taste is interesting but is this a DIPA, or did these kegs not travel well to the east coast? I get some citrus with grapefruit and orange but not alot. The rye is spicy and what I get the most out of this beer, a nice punch of spice. A little bit of caramel from a nice malting. The feel is medium and a bit slick going down, but for some reason not much bitterness and hardly a hop bite, carb is on point though. I had this beer a few times and I was let down by it. I think im really supposed to like this beer because HOTD aint to shabby and it's a DIPA from the west, but for now Im thinking this may be a off batch. Imma need to track down a bottle.

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

On tap at Henry's 12st. Served in an over-sized snifter. I love finding an interesting DIPA, and this certainly didn't disappoint. Instead of the usual big hit of citrus, it had a big share of floral and earthy notes that approached sweet leather. There was also a bigger balance of malt than usual, taking this close to imperial red ale territory. Still, it's not the usual sweet, syrupy malts but a candied biscuit taste that like the hops, are a delicious departure from the status quo. Find this beer when you get tired of the typical DIPA and you're be refreshed.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at Capone's - 13 oz. draft
Poured a dark, cider-like color and the carbonation was clearly visible. Nose was a powerful combination of orange, pine and especially grapefruit. There was almost no head. Lacing was abundant and lasting. The orange and grapefuit were evident in the taste as well but there is breadiness, wet pine and a creaminess that was a surprise. This is reamarkably well balanced and smooth. Really enjoyed the citrus hop finish. Blue Dot has the bitterness I want in a DIPA but the sweetness of the fruit and the pale malt combine to make this a very special brew. My tongue/mouth did not tire of this as sometimes happens and the modest ABV of 7% makes this a very sessionable DIPA.
The owner/server tells me this required buying a special tap. Not sure about these things but if it allows him to do more of this, I am pleased. I want more!

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4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Capones

A: Dark orange-amber body. Tiny white skim. Spotty lacing.

S: A nice "malty" double-ipa. Sweet bread, like a warm croissant. Dank pine, grapefruit, and mango.

T: The citrus hops weren't quite as strong here. Still respectable though. The sweet malts creep up a bit more... Again, the malts take on a fresh baked croissant character.

Medium body, with nice soft, rolling carbonation. Smooth on the tongue. Nice bitterness in the backend holds nicely for just a second before cleanly exiting the picture.

D: A very enjoyable brew. If I didn't know who brewed this, I'd think it was an east coast brewery. Its got a balance on it that is something more akin to a Southern Tier or DFH.

Photo of SourBatchKid
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark yellow brown cloud, little to no head or lacing.

S- I smell vanilla bourbon and someone zesting a grapefruit right next to me while I am sipping on this bourbon. Weird!

T- you got to love the complexity of this beer. I can pick out lemon, sour milk, hops,funky hay and bell pepper, but not necessarily in that order.

M-smooth and bitey, pucker-slick and after aeration still as smooth as the first time I sipped on it.

D- well I can tell you that the complexity of this beer keeps me wanting more.

Photo of oglmcdgl
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at capones.

A- come to me with no head just a bright white ring. Dark copper orange in color with brilliant clarity.

S- muted at first but with some warming huge amounts of tangerine and grapefruit. A nice buttersctoch sweetness under the hops.

T- big time fruit, a melange of citrus and tropical fruits. Orange zest and tangerine juice, lots of mango and pineapple. A mild background conifer hit and sweetness from a very robust malt bill. Brown bread and honey.

M- medium body and great carb this one has some coating ability and the carb does wonders to liven things up.

D- this is a serious brew. Big and bold like all of the offerings I've had for hotd but its so well balanced and brewed I might just have to get another before I leave.

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

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.

Photo of beertunes
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Patrick999
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

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.

Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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...

Photo of muttyd
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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4.92/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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).

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4.7/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of snpub540
4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Ek0nomik
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of hophead247
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of blackc5
3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of alpinebryant
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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

Photo of billshmeinke
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 947 ratings.