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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: 863
Reviews: 476
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 222
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of SShelly


4.13/5  rDev +2%

Poured from a 22.

Light golden color with a 1" white head, 1 min. retention, nice lacing left behind.

Aroma is nice and piny, little bit of citrus, not too overpowering but very pleasant.

Taste is medium bitter with alot of pine and citrus flavor, this ber has an interesting spicy alcohol character that is hard to put my taste buds on... Beer has a nice smooth mouthfeel and leaves a medium lingering bitterness on the pallet.

Pretty damn good IIPA, I will buy it again.

01-08-2009 02:01:46 | More by SShelly
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

I have had this one on numerous occasions, but will review this one from the new batch. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/26/2008.

The pour was very nice. Rich dark amber with a light haze to it at first, but this settled out to reveal some very nice clarity to it. Nice tall head of three inches or more was then easily visible as it settled back down to a thin layer that stayed with it throughout the session.

Very nice notes of orange and tangerine, light pineapple and a small biscuit like malt making up the dominate part of the smell. Very fresh here with resin like hops that you could almost taste while you smelled it. The flavor was just as good. Nice biting, sharp, crisp hop taste as you took the first sip of this monster. Orange and pineapple melding with a light malt flavor gave it some touch of balance before hopping right back enough to shock you back to your senses. Easily session able, I had no issue at all with pulling this one in.

Overall this was a great IPA. Nice sharp and crisp tones and a smooth, easy drinkability. Fresh, this was one of the better beers I have had.

01-06-2009 00:22:57 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of MisterClean


3.93/5  rDev -3%

Purchased from City Beer Store, bottled Spring 2007. Should have reviewed it when I was at the brewery this July and it was on tap.

A - Slightly disappointing. Bottle Bomb!!! I thought this only happens to me at home when dry hopping. Pours a light golden color with a hand of head (not a finger). Dissipates very slowly leaving pretty lacing.

S - Bouquets of rose and citrus dominate the smell with bits of pineapple and grapefruit. Modest amounts of rye produce strong scents of slightly souring malt.

T - Citrus, grapefruit, light maltiness, with modest amounts of rye.

M - Well-balanced for an IPA, but slightly thin. Slightly dry too.

D - Good overall. No alcohl fel, but the rye adds slight dryness. Would also prefer to drink this one on tap as it would probably be a different beast.

01-02-2009 05:49:13 | More by MisterClean
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.43/5  rDev +9.4%

Shared this with a friend on Christmas.

Pours a bright golden orange with a fluffy off white head that persists through most of the glass. Smells of grassy, spicey, resinous hops with a bit of caramel and rye toast in the background. Taste is resinous hops spicy rye with some caramel hidden deep in the back. Finishes a bit dry with a lingering resinous bitterness. Medium to Thick Body, grainy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. This beer smells incredible and tastes pretty good too.

12-26-2008 22:59:08 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of bkilpatr


3.08/5  rDev -24%

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip-ish glass. 12/22/08.

Pours a bright golden orange color with about 4 fingers of soft beige head. The head receded very slowly leaving some nice lacing. Aroma is full of herbal and grassy hops, light citrus, orange, tangerine, and grapefruit.

Taste starts with some sweet caramel malt and orange peel. That's followed by a rush of herbal and grassy hops, lemon, and grapefruit. At first I noticed an odd taste lingering within, and couldn't quite place what it was. After reading the bottle I fond out it was the rye. It seems really out of place in this beer. It just gives it an abrasive-cardboard like taste.

The feel is slick, medium-bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not sticky at all. Drinkability is alright. The odd rye flavor really drops it for me.

Overall, not bad but not great either. The rye just doesn't do it for me.

12-23-2008 03:24:16 | More by bkilpatr
Photo of srandycarter


4.22/5  rDev +4.2%

A - Murky Wheat with nice head gets low a soapy fast. What's left is sparse, but sticky and webby lacing

S - lively malt and hops.

T - Full bodied light malt with wonderful hops balance.

M - Medium body, nice carb and great coating.

D - A great offering and easy to drink all night long.

12-14-2008 05:12:44 | More by srandycarter
Photo of jraycee

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%

Pours a hazy light orange amber into my tulip glass. Head is small but shows some life.

Smell is orange rinds, lemon zest, rye toast.
Taste is sweet oranges, bitter pine needle, those little pieces of rye bread at parties. The malt flavors coming through seem more rounded and smoother than most dipas. Mouthfeel is just a little slick, but not bad.
Very nice for the style, yet has a uniqueness to it as well with the different malt flavors. I would love to have it again.

12-12-2008 21:46:13 | More by jraycee
Photo of kirok1999


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Pours a nice hazy orange with lots of nice, sticky lacing.
Mild hop smell, lots of pine and grass.
Taste is very mellow and not overly sweet. The hops dominate with juicy pine, grass and slight citrus. There's a nice rush of sweet malt in the finish, which is also bitter and lingering.
Feels very slick and tightly carbonated.
A very nice DIPA, just wish I could get more.

12-11-2008 01:27:04 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Deuane


4.63/5  rDev +14.3%

A FRESH bottle, marked Fall 2008, courtesy of UncleJedi. Sent to me in the BrewGrass BIF.

A-Golden kissed light copper with a thin, non-reducing, white head that left spotty lace.

S-Pungent spicy apricot, floral mango and bitter ornage rind. A nice backing sweetness. This is some seriously good smelling stuff!

T-Bitter, spicy orange rind with lesser notes of apricot, tangerine and peaches. Sweet malt backing is present but barley noticed under the wave of fruity hop goodness. DE-LISH!

M-Medium bordering on medium-light with a light syrupy feel, but not sticky. I guess this comes from all of those hop oils!

D-Wondorous stuff! As good as advertised if not better. I am sure this on draft or cask would be amazing. This one is right up there with PtE, Dorado, Hopsickle and all those other big name west coast IPA hop bombs!

12-06-2008 07:03:46 | More by Deuane
Photo of Kegatron


4.1/5  rDev +1.2%

22 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Big thanks to brentk56 for this in the Secret Halloween BIF '08.

Pours a slightly murky golden orange with 1 1/2 fingers of poofy brite-white head. Thin creamy layer of retention just skims the surface, leaving some quality looking big swathes of lacing behind. The aroma is extremely floral and herbal smelling with notes of juicy citrus character and malt sweetness.

The taste is a herbal tasting hop profile up front that then works itself into a more dry and resinous feel as it moves across the palette. This is nicely balanced by citrus and caramel that impart a tangy supportive backbone that lasts well into the finish, along with a dry lingering bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy and slick feel. There is a good bit of alcohol beef that comes out as this warms. While not too distracting, it was enough to hinder the drinkibility (which for the most part is quite good) a bit.

Despite the heat presence, I really enjoyed this. It's been a major want of mine for a while now and for the most part didn't disappoint me. Also, despite being at least 6 months old, the freshness held up extremely well. I'll definitely be on the look out for more of this.

12-01-2008 17:40:32 | More by Kegatron
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

Bottle, Fall 2008. Pours a slightly murky orange/brown with a small white head. Aroma of grassy and tons of tart grapefruit. Flavor just like biting into a fresh grapefruit with some light melon and a hint of citrus and orange zest. Light hop bitterness. Nice flavor profile and easy to drink. Yum!
Aroma: 8/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 8/10
Palate: 4/5
Overall: 14/20

11-19-2008 03:37:37 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%

22oz into DFH snifter.
I thought this was considerably lighter in color than most DIPA's. It had solid pine aromas in the nose and when swirled, became much more intense, while producing a sheer white head that just coated the surface. Not quite as prominent of lemon and other citrus that I would've liked.

The mouthfeel was very satisfying, plenty of substance and nice hop flavoring which was slightly overshadowed by the malt sweetness. Very drinkable (7%) and a solid choice for sure although IMO I think its slightly overpriced. There are some other DIPAs I'd rather have.

11-05-2008 06:03:36 | More by Ineedabeerhere
Photo of RedChrome


4/5  rDev -1.2%

Body of this brew is crystal clear. Huge white head was over an inch and died down slowly. Lots of carbonation rising up the whole glass. Lace was only a few specks on glass wall.

Hops and malt fought for control in the nose. Malt was very bread like and reminded of pumpernickel. Hops were pine dominant with a citric backing.

A very crisp flavor. Hops were sharply citric and mainly lemon. Malt maintained a pumpernickel flavor from the aroma. Fresh cut grass flavors as it warms.

A nice thickness without being too heavy. Carbonation is quite forward and pushes flavors around.

A great brew. Perfect beer to match with a chicken dinner. The balance was the biggest appeal. Malt and hops work in perfect harmony.

11-03-2008 07:42:55 | More by RedChrome
Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours quite a light yellow-gold colour, slightly cloudy with a huge white head of fine bubbles. Rather reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, truth be told. Looks really good - I mean, really, really good. The sort of beer I take one look at and say "yeah, I'm going to like that beer"...

Very pleasant tropical fruits on the nose - passionfruit, pineapple, peach, melon, lychee and a hint of banana, cinnamon and anise. Truly has a surprising Belgian yeast undertone to it as well. Sweeter, and not as sharp as many an IPA. Extremely pleasant though.

Again, the taste isn't as biting and sharp as many an IPA - it has a sweet, fruity character under it, and the piquancy of the hops is just an overtone. The hop character is clean and clear, but the sweetness binds it back to earth. It's good.
Mouthfeel is light and frothy, makes the beer quite filling, and probably reduces the drinkability.

It's a good beer, no doubt about that. Very fragrant, and full of flavour. Possibly too bloating for more than a glass. A subtle but very enjoyable double IPA.

09-30-2008 01:45:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of Onslow


3.25/5  rDev -19.8%

shared a bottle of this at the gingerman .... Hair of the Dog continues to surprise me, the few i have had have been dynamite, this was pretty good too .... very smooth stuff ... crisp .. organic? ... a secret IIPA and an enjoyable not overdone brew...

09-29-2008 01:38:57 | More by Onslow
Photo of Oxymoron


2.83/5  rDev -30.1%

I would think if you have a blue dot on your body, then maybe you should see a doctor. Pours a hazy light orange color with golden hue. A soft white head but did quickly die to the edge of the glass. Eventually dissipated completely. Not much lacing as well.

The nose is light overall with some notes of hops but really light for a IIPA. To start the malt is actually the more dominate flavor. Some grainy and husky notes mostly Some earthy hop notes with more of an English feel. The hops are really muttled. There are some off yeasty notes that don't help as well. Some drainage and autolysis notes.

The taste is better than the nose indicates but still missing the IIPA appeal. The hops are more in balance with the malt. There is a earthy and citrus orange flavor that has a weird blend. Some almost herbal notes as well. The malt has a sweeter taste with a more base malt flavor. Some light bready and kettle caramel notes. Some definite off yeast notes. Some butyric/drainage flavors and a bit of esters but not over the top.

The body is moderate to full. A bit sweet for style. Overall a disappointment. Limited hop nose and flavor, some off brewing notes.

09-26-2008 16:19:36 | More by Oxymoron
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

A: snifter. very opaque yellowish, pale orange. pure white head...low retention, mild ring lacing.

S: smokey citrus aromas, like grilled oranges or grapefruits, more hops than anything. slightly sweet aroma.

T: Wow! wonderful palate and crystal malts, but the hop balance on the palate is phenomenal. great flavors of citrus, mostly grapefruit.

M: ridiculously smooth. very clean and crisp. perfect carbonation....mellow.

D: very drinkable DIPA. Another great brew from Hair of the Dog. I really enjoyed this one.

09-24-2008 20:34:08 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of cjgator3


4.15/5  rDev +2.5%

22oz bottle
Spring 2008 release

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with an off-white head.

- The aroma is a good amount of sweet malt and a lot of citrusy hops as well. This is a very nice West Coast IPA aroma.

T- The taste much like the aroma has a pretty solid malt backbone that helps balance out all the hops. Not overly hoppy, but certainly enough hops present to fill my craving. I am also really enjoying the balance.

M- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- I think this is a borderline IPA/DIPA in that it is lower in alcohol like an IPA, but is a little more balanced like a DIPA. Very enjoyable.

Overall, this is my second HOTD brew and I am impressed again. This is a solid IPA/DIPA that is definitely worth a try. Recommended.

09-06-2008 04:21:25 | More by cjgator3
Photo of supermanjace


4.33/5  rDev +6.9%

This hit the spot. A hot day here in SoCal (as are they all this time o' year), this was exactly what I was looking for. Pouring from a 22oz. bottle into an imperial pint glass, this is a straw colored ale with a small head.

The nose is of hops, but not overpowering. This is a double IPA, but nothing about it screams out extreme. That's not a bad thing. This is a very drinkable beer, one I wish they had in six packs rather than just bombers. At a mere 7% (wow, did just write that?) I could drink many of these in a sitting.

Not overly malty, this tends toward the thin side. Slightly sweet, but loaded with a nice bitter front. The finish is somewhat puckering. I like this one and think it's well worth a taste. The version I am drinking is a spring '08 release and here it is August, so I imagine the hops have faded a tad, but they are still there and quite delicious. Seek it out.

08-24-2008 23:34:35 | More by supermanjace
Photo of tonistruth


3.88/5  rDev -4.2%

A- bubbly pale yellow at bottom to a light orange on top, excellent retension on a frothy white head

S- base malts, spicy, citric rind

T- suprising malty flavor, spicy rye flavor, citrus, earthy, grassy, hop flavors with raw hop oils at finish

M- smooth with heat in the after taste, quite the pallat abuser

D- tasty and interesting double IPA, rye malt flavors lead me to believe this is a balanced brew but the hops destroying my pallat say otherwise, well crafted brew but I wouldn't put too much effort into searching for it

08-21-2008 05:12:34 | More by tonistruth
Photo of opwog


4.47/5  rDev +10.4%

Now Playing - Stevie Ray Vaughn - Tin Pan Alley

Thanks to Beechwood for the rare chance to have this on tap!

A- medium brown color, nice solid head
S- brown sugar and mild tobacco
T- better than I even expected. The brown sugar in the nose develops into more exotic fruit in the taste. The hop/malt balance and interplay make this an incredibly interesting beer from start to finish
M- Like a good French Dip, the harmony of the flavours actually defines the mouthfeel (if that made any sense)
D- Pour me another!

08-20-2008 07:33:17 | More by opwog
Photo of 100floods


3.45/5  rDev -14.8%

Note: It is August 2008. The bottle I drank was from the spring 2007 batch. I feel as if i am reviewing a completely different beer.

Purchased at City Beer. Pulled from the fridge, but who knows where it was stored for the last year. It was poured into a tulip glass because of warnings of massive head action. The first pour yielded a light golden color with a crisp white head. There was a brief hop aroma, but it went away within 30 seconds of opening the bottle.

Each pour would bring massive amounts of head, I may have lost and eighth of the beer to foam.

This beer, aged, winds up tasting like a Saison or a tame wild ale. The Double IPA characteristics were absent. I feel like I can't say much more. I'm not quite sure why this beer was aged. Maybe because it couldn't sell enough in the first place.

Drink this beer fresh and new.

08-18-2008 03:32:22 | More by 100floods
Photo of csmiley


4.05/5  rDev 0%

A - Pours thick and the color of copper with some subtle orange highlights. Head was fairly minimal but still stuck around for a little while. Lacing was good.

S - Some sweet fruit. Orange and mango up front. A little bit of grapefruit as well. Mild earthy aromas are on the tail end and resemble tobacco. The distant background has a hint of caramel but it is very hard to pick out. Aroma is mild overall but still very pleasant.

T - A smooth fruitiness comes out first with orange and grapefruit. Some earthiness is present but takes a backseat to the fruit. Mostly pine and grass. Some alcohol is noted but hidden very well behind the other flavors. Candied sugar and maple are in the background.

M - On the light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Finish is dry and bitter but doesn't stick around for long.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a very solid effort by Hair of the Dog. This comes in at the lighter side of the style in most categories but still remains good throughout with a near perfect mouthfeel. I would gladly have another one of these. Alas, no Ohio distribution.

08-15-2008 02:08:07 | More by csmiley
Photo of stumac


4.28/5  rDev +5.7%

this brew pours up a golden orange color with a nice off-white head. the nose is composed of sweet citrus hops. the taste is also sweet citrusy hops and nice bitter hops with chewy malts. its got a nice big body yet not as high of alcohol as you would expect from a double IPA.

08-14-2008 16:10:43 | More by stumac
Photo of daythree16


3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

Pours a hazy orange, and even with a relatively tame pour produces a HUGE amount of head. It fades away but leaves tons of lace all over the glass.

The smell is a bit sweet with citrus notes, especially grapefruit. The taste has a grapefruity hoppy character as well. In addition to some earthy tones, there is also some pepper and a little bit of honey in there. Mouthfeel is crisp and highly carbonated, and one bomber is plenty for me.

08-12-2008 18:05:25 | More by daythree16
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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