Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Reviews: 485
Hads: 962
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 7.43%
Wants: 224
Gots: 72 | FT: 2
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 jpbebeau
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, Winter 2012, to tulip.

A: Pours the color of solidified honey. Near-uniform cloudiness; verging on opaque. Almost Hefeweizen-like, but a bit lighter perhaps. A small attractive head dissipates rapidly.

S: A bouquet of floral and citrus hops. Lilacs. Orange. Kiwi, even. Caramel sweetness as well. Really like this, a lot.

T: Smooth transition from initial honied sweet malts to moderate grapefruit finish. Everything in the nose makes a brief cameo here. Hops sustain at the back of the throat for quite a while.

M: Fine carbonation that coats and tingles—but there isn't a lot of it. On the whole, it remains quite smooth and easy to drink, but not exciting.

The nose was definitely the highlight of this beer, which I enjoyed thoroughly. Not like any DIPA I've had before, as others have said, but a good beer nonetheless. Surprisingly, I feel the 7% ABV more than some of the other big DIPAs; but maybe it's just because I didn't split the bomber with my wife.

I'd pick it up again, it's worth a try (or two). (1,033 characters)

Photo of floor_6
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 25, 2012 @ floor_6 watching Dexter


I really enjoyed Blue Dot - Winter 2012. This was a very tasty DIPA, but a seriously hazy brew (not that there is anything wrong with that).

Look – Very cloudy and hazy.
Smell – Citrus big time.
Taste – Citrus, piney, bitter, very pleasing.
Feel – Seemed like a dry finish, pleasing.
Overall – Solid DIPA, but not in my top 5.

Floor_6 is just a novice beer enthusiast living in the 253. (448 characters)

Photo of mfavoino
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HotD Tasting Room on 2/19/12.

Appearance: Dark and murky orange. Looks like apple cider with a thin head that sits at the top of the body.

Smell: Lots of citrus and tropical scents jumping out of the glass.

Taste: Initially there is a fruity hop flavor, but it is overcome by a caramel sweetness and even some bready malts. Ends up with a lingering hop presence. Reminds me of some barleywines I've had recently.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and rather low carbonation level for this style.

Overall: A unique DIPA from HotD. Not quite what you expect from this style, but still above average. (605 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a pale, cloudy, cider brown with a small white head that retained and laced well. Lots of citrusy hops and fresh fruit in the aroma. More of the same in the taste--grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, white wine--nice sweet maltiness in the background for a sense of balance; dryness, pine needles, and slight bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable overall. (425 characters)

Photo of clearlydiluted
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Summer 2011
poured into a Duvel glass

a — golden and extremely cloudy.

s — piney, citrus, hints of tropical fruit, a bit grassy but not in a good way

t — bitter, phenolic grassy notes (i.e. oxidized hops), piney, slight sweetness from the malt, finishes dry

m — medium-light body with light carbonation

o — Best drunk fresh. I had a smaller taster on tap at the brewery where the hops where more prominent providing a nice tropical note to the piney hops. Here they've all but died out and transformed into a plastic/grassy phenolic note. (553 characters)

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

On-tap at HotD tasting room. Poured into HotD tulip glass.

A - Pours a murky dark orange/green with two-finger frothy white head. Head retention is solid. Great sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S - Glorious citrus (grapefuit, mango) and floral hops pop out at first. As the beer warms, the citrus notes seem to fade away. The aroma becomes more earthy with a sweet maltiness. Noticeable caramel and biscuit notes swirl around in the nose as well.

T - The taste starts with grapefruit, pineapple and orange. However, towards the middle, the citrus notes are subdued some by sweet caramel and biscuity malts. The bitterness still seems to stick around until the end. An earthiness becomes more apparent towards the aftertaste. A slight spice element exists but it's very, very subtle.

M - Medium body with moderate-low carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish. Alcohol presence is about average.

O - Pretty good DIPA. Not your typical west coast hop bomb but I don't think anything about HotD is typical. Good balance but I do wish the hops played a bigger role. (1,077 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel, orange, and grapefruit. Some sour rye notes as well.

T: sweet caramel and grapefruit at first with rye characters that follow. There are some piny bitter notes on the finish.

M: medium body wih low carbonation, this beer could use a lighter body or higher carbonation.

O: a pretty decent IPA, though almost like a barleywine with its caramel sweetness. (477 characters)

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

On tap at HotD.

Lingering white lacy head. Pale caramel body.

Toffee-hops nose. It works!

Unlike any other DIPA I've had-- hops, but not too bitter, lots of toffee to balance, but not too sweet. Possibly bark-y, dog puns aside.

It's a DIPA that even I like! Who knew? (271 characters)

Photo of mkotsayfan
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The appearance is a nice cloudy dark orange, but with a minimal amount of head. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and citrus, very nice. The taste has a good amount of grapefruit, some citrus hops, and some mango. The mouthfeel is dry and oily, with decent carbonation.

A solid IPA from HoTD, but the fact that it is ~ 4-5 months old may have dampened some of the flavors and aroma, but still a good beer. (443 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into RR -tion glass.

A: appears a gloomy dark orange, very lifeless upon pour, minimal head. This one isn't looking so good.

S: aroma features grapefruit, waves of resinous pine needles, honey, and a touch of boozieness as well. Some malts in the background.

T: taste starts off with ripe tropical fruits followed by candied fruit, taste becomes bitter as it finishes with pine, some caramel malt rounds things out, nice balance

MF: low carbonation, medium body

O: well this DIPA has a terrible appearance and seems to have a low gravity for the style, otherwise, it is very tasty and worth a try (608 characters)

Photo of laituegonflable
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange colour, translucent at best with interesting dance of bubbles when first poured. Head is off-white and struggling to live - just a thin film of decent lace, pathetically tried to be kept alive by slow bead. Looks alright for an IPA, but like a lot of the life's been squeezed out of it.

What was that about lacking life force? No sign of that on the nose. Big cascade hop aroma, full of lemon, grapefruit and kiwi. Solid toffeed malt base provides great support, like there is some amusing ascerbic notes, piney and almost minerally over the top. Fresh, vibrant and pleasant.

Hops are all over this from the get-go. Tangy citrus with a mild metallic bent has an early climax like Andy Samberg in a nightclub, with slight acid, pine wood and trailling off in a bitter citric and resinous finish, with a hint of sherbet tartar and maybe some lavender notes. A bit contortingly bitter early, on the mid-palate where the alpha acids really take hold, but it's all well mellowed and balanced out by the finish. The bitterness, while definitely there, is more of a flavour than a philosophy lecture, and quite capable of being enjoyed.

Fair body, but could use more stickiness for a DIPA. Bit of pull from the hops and slight carb texture. Not bad.

A pleasant IPA but certainly not as big and brash as other beers that call themselves doubles. That's a good thing of course, but it really could have been a lot bigger and more awe-inspiring. (1,460 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that says "Summer 2011" on it. Special thanks to eclipse54 for snagging this one for me. Poured into a Deschutes snifter. Special points for the beautiful painted bottle.

A: This is possibly the most orange DIPA I have ever seen. Its like an Orangina! Minus points for lack of any head other than a faint bright white ring around the edges. Even a swirl only conjures up a little. Some lacing.

S: I'm getting lots of fruity hops on the nose: peach and mango and citrus. But I also get some malts as well. Smells inviting. Might be leaning towards freshness issues.

T: Initially I get blasted with a ton of citrus on the tip of the tongue. Maybe some orange rind? In the middle of the mouth I might be tasting a little of that rye malt. Not showing up in color profile though. I do get some breadiness in the sip, but it works pretty well actually.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop mouth coating.

O: B. Not a bad beer just not the best I have ever had. Appearance is different. The lack of head is strange. The flavor is off. Glad I got to try it, it's my first Hair of the Dog brew. (1,093 characters)

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/22/11
*From notes

-- Mucho thanks for this one, SirRuss --

Bottled: Summer 2011

A: It looks like a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. A forceful pour yields a frothy two finger head. Decent yet unspectacular lacing follows, as does minimal lacing.

S: Wads of pineapple and mango bumrush the nose. It's pretty killer stuff.

T: Fruit up front. As it moves back, there's a good bit of heat from the alcohol, and it lingers for some time. This is most certainly a traditional west coast style IPA.

M: Undercarbed. Sure there's some carbonation, but it ain't much. If this was more properly balanced, I think it would help alleviate the hotter back end of the flavor profile.

O: HotD's Blue Dot is a damn nice DIPA. I just wish they could get the carbonation issue with this under control. If they ever do, this is one to seek out with the best of 'em. (899 characters)

Photo of suncrust
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured to a tulip.

A- Poured a cloudy, very unfiltered sandy colored yellow. Murky, swampy, ugly. Plenty of sediment with no head and very light carbonation.

S- Sour citrus notes, tart apples, oranges and strong pulp aromas. A bit on the pungent side but overall the smells are light. Nose has a similarity to frozen fruit concentrate.

T- Nice oily malt hit upfront with a citrus punch. Sour grapefruits, rinds, and an aggressive hop bitterness are the foremost flavors. Lemony citrus hops dominant the hop flavor profile. Finishes with a sharp earthy pine bitterness that lingers. Hops are somewhat of a palate crusher on this one. Rough around the edges. At times, this beer tasted like a lemon meringue pie.

MF- Heavy, aggressive, and syrupy. Hop bite tingles the tongue with an interestingly aggressive texture throughout. Very fresh plant-like flavors that give an impression of biting directing into a fresh hop. Sharp, soapy feel with an oily character to round it out.

O- Lots of sediment created an unflattering look, that wasn't prevent even with a very slow pour. I kept thinking this beer was leathery like an old baseball glove. The lack of carbonation was a disappointment. Overall a loose IPA (not nearly as crisp as most Pacific Northwest IPAs) that yielded typical HotD intensity. They make better beers. (1,338 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept 10th 2011 (from notes)


A - swampy brownish/orange, no head and a tiny bit of lacing

S - tons of citrus, lots of grains and wheat, so much malt, a slight yeast nose, flowers and spice

T - lots of orange and citrus, a bit of fresh cut grass, lots of woodsy type flavors, flowers, a tad sweet, some soil, some spices, citrus rind, grains, very wheaty, funky yeast and tons of malts

M - medium body, medium complexity, low acidity, medium balance and medium finish

D - fairly drinkable as far as double ipas go. Much more malt and a light but nice bitter hop. Lots of citrus and very nice bouquet.

Final thought - don't know the price. Thanks to my buddy Eric for this one. Not the best beer ever but it is nice and drinkable (754 characters)

Photo of litheum94
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2011 vintage. Reviewed 5/16/11.

Straw yellow leaning towards light gold. Murky (chill haze?). Dirty white head that bubbles out quickly.

Orange, honeysuckle and other floral aromas. Juicy grapefruit. Lots of caramel malts. Tends to the sweet side, with mango sweetness as well, but you do get a good dose of pine on deep sniffs.

Juicy citrus gives way to rye spices. Dry and papery. Some tropical fruit flavors. Big dose of pine hop bitterness. Very down played malt profile, more bready than anything. The bitter finish mellows as it warms, giving a more leafy flavor.

The rye adds some nice flavors to a good IPA base. It's right up there with Hop Rod Rye. (669 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2011, see how it stands up to time, acquired in San Diego and consumed in MA.

A- Uber cloudy dreg filled pour with a strange apple cider brown kinda green color. Small white frothy ring but not much of an actual head. Some spots of lace.

S- Rye caramelized malt and fairly decent strength hops. Floral and herbal for the most part and some citrus and peach with warmth.

T- Again, a sweet, toasty caramelized malt presence with defined rye hints. Hops kick in with temperature and a nice spicy, citrus, peach, zest, floral and pine profile becomes apparent. A big bouquet of different hints.

MF- Low carbonation but a somewhat silky feel. Slightly watery/not creamy. Moderate bitterness.

All of the hop flavors I can think of but not quite as high in strength as I would imagine in a IIPA, big malt presence. (819 characters)

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

Got as an extra in a trade thanks to ArchEnemyBrew.
Summer 2011 bottle poured into a glass.

A: Hazy/cloudy, golden orange color, small foamy white head.

S: Mostly Citrus, hints of pine and sweetness.

T: Citrus, nice balance and transition between the hop bitterness and the malty sweetness.

M: Moderate carbination, medium body.

O: Very good DIPA, will be trading for more in the future. (393 characters)

Photo of auroracrisis
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2011 version, into a New Belgium globe.

An opaque marmalade color with a tiny head that dissipates quickly into a ring around the edges. A touch of lacing as it is drank down.

You are greeted with a bouquet of juicy pineapple and mango, with some grapefruit and lemon zest highlights. A touch of pale malt and graham cracker round out the sweetness. A bit subdued though due to the freshness of the bottle, it's a few months old.

A bright flavor of grapefruit and pineapple begin the flavors, but quickly move into pale malt and graham cracker. Follows the nose to an extent but is missing some of those bigger juicy hop and zesty notes. I'd say the nose is stronger than the flavor at this point in the beer's life.

Soft and welcoming with a thin-medium body for a DIPA. A little sticky which is not too apparent for the style.

Good juicy fruit flavors with a nice malty backbone. Hair of the Dog does it again, offering a small batch style beer with availability. Good stuff, wish it were fresher but I can't hold that against the beer. (1,050 characters)

Photo of Chico1985
2.93/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hair of the Dog in a bomber?! Woah. Summer '11 bottle shared by cbutova.

Poured super hazy light brown/grapefruit juice color. Small white head retains as a decent cap, I got the dregs with ugly green chunks at the bottom of the glass.

Scent is almost all malt, caramel and some honey-like sweetness. Very slight hints of earthy hops, but otherwise this seems nearly hop free.

Hop flavor comes out more in the taste. Herbal, grapefruit, and some peach/slight tropical notes. Barely any bitterness, and very malty overall.

Not a bad mouthfeel, lowish carbonation as expected from HotD. Is this a Double IPA?

I'm confused by this beer...7% Double IPA? Having this after Alpine Nelson didn't do it any favors either... It's hard to tell whether this was the brewers weird take on the style, if the few months of age really brought it down, etc. (846 characters)

Photo of sweethome
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour is light gold - so hazy - full of hops, slight wispy head. The cloudiness screams - fresh hop ipa!

Sweet nose turns to pine and hop resins - grapefruit/juicyfruit.

Entry is soft, hop stew kicks in and builds out with a tangy bite....long bitter finish goes on and on and on.

An ode to northwest hops. Double IPA? - not by today's standards of alcohol, but hits it from the hop bill. I like the hop attack minus the alcohol hit - it makes the beer more drinkable and focused on hop flavor and bittering. My favorite from Hair of the Dog to date. (553 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a somewhat hazy deep yellow with a 1.5 finger creamy white head.

Very hop forward nose. Loads of pink grapefruit with some citrus and tropical fruits. A bit of a malt backbone and a slight earthy aroma.

Not quite as much hop punch in the flavor compared to the aroma. Still the first sip is met with a lot of pink grapefruit and a bit of citrus/lemon. A touch of cracker spicy malt in the middle. Finishes a bit wet with a lingering pine bitterness.

Mouthfeel and carb are both good for the style. A touch of creaminess.

Love anything with a good grapefruit flavor. The amount of bitterness may detract on the drinkability a bit, but overall a nice complex IPA. (671 characters)

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

Poured into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass. Cloudy and unfiltered, dark, burnt orange color. Little carbonation and absolutely no head at all. When I swirl my glass I do get a bit of bright white colored lace.

Smell is very citrus hop sweet. Tangerine, pink grapefruit and orange. There also is some sweet malt flavors. There is the smallest of small alcohol smells, kind of acetone smelling. Quite enjoyable though.

Taste is quite bitter and tart. Grapefruit or lemon bitter rind. Pretty malty and maybe just a hint of spice.

The mouth is crisp and carbonation is light. Body is delicate and finish fades quick.

Overall I was really looking forward to trying this and wasn't that impressed. A good IPA but not a great IPA. Worth a try if you get the chance. Thanks to my sister Carolyn for bringing this to me from Portland. (830 characters)

Photo of Scotchboy
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz 'Summer 2011' bottling. The cap popped with a very small hiss of carbonation...poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Pours a murky dull orange color with pretty much no head...there are carbonation bubbles visible on the side of the glass. Whatever the case, the few big bubbles of off-white head do leave some patches of spotty lacing on my glass.

S: Tropical &, pineapple, and Other wet herbs and spices as well. Moderate astringency.

T: Tropical again, lots of mango and papaya and grapefruit...spicy as well, could be the rye malt working with the hops...good upfront bitterness but the biscuit characters of the malts balance it out.

MF: Soft carbonation and soft light-to-medium mouthfeel...the bottle conditioning does wonders here. Love this.

O: Not sure how old it is at this point but I enjoyed it. Good bitterness levels but its not an outright palette assault...good dryness but not over-the-top. While it definitely showcases the hops, its still pretty balanced and approachable. (1,035 characters)

Photo of corby112
3.1/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellowish orange color with a two finger frothy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.

Very earthy aroma with a strong pine needle character along with some floral and citrus hop notes. Malt backbone with hints of caramel and biscuit.

Full bodied with a blast of extremely dry and bitter hops that dominate the flavor. Strong tongue-coating pine flavor that overpowers the other notes that te nose hinted at. Only the faintest of sweet citrus flavor and a subtle malt backbone with hints of toffee and caramel. Kind of abrasive and one dimensional. (605 characters)

Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 485 ratings.