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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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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

853 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 853
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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Blunted420

California

5/5  rDev +23.5%

06-17-2014 06:05:55 | More by Blunted420
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JothHu

Kentucky

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-15-2014 01:57:17 | More by JothHu
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Oakhtar

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-13-2014 15:59:08 | More by Oakhtar
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aslamm75

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-09-2014 20:41:48 | More by aslamm75
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fthegiants

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-08-2014 21:16:17 | More by fthegiants
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Sunhunters

California

3.33/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle "Spring 2004" into pint glass.

Appearance 3.00 - Golden orange with a muddy green tint. Quite hazy. Present but not particularly voluminous head is egg shell white, fine, firm, and staying. Very fine-grain bubbles with moderate lacing. Looks a little murky honestly.

Smell 4.00 - Tropical aroma is immediate and forceful. Mainly rich ripe pineapple with some strawberry and papaya backing it up, and lingering dried apricot. Little to no yeast aromas, though an underlying subtle layer of grassy pale malt is detectable.

Taste 3.00 - Like the appearance, it's a little murky. The malt is grassy and hay-like and the hop bitterness is flat and persistent, its constant presence muting the ripe tropical fruit flavors which are present, and follow the nose, but fail to truly stand up. The pineapple and papaya is largely lost in the enduring bitterness, itself influenced by the damp straw of the malt. The main fruit character is lackluster white grapefruit.

Mouthfeel 3.75 - Very pleasant texture is smooth and creamy, with a really excellent effervescence. The hop acids dry the tongue and cheeks, clawing a bit at the enamel of the teeth. Proper for its style. Full round weight in the mouth, like whole milk, follows the hazy appearance.

Overall 3.25 - An enjoyable example of the style, but off the mark. The killer aroma promises a tropical banquet that never shows up to the party. Texture is pretty spot on and the appearance is fine, but overall the taste is a plain grapefruit bitterness and grassy malt notes - enjoyable but average.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2014 08:05:57 | More by Sunhunters
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freshflesh

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

06-08-2014 06:12:01 | More by freshflesh
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Jtrigonis

California

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-07-2014 04:55:34 | More by Jtrigonis
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lochef81

Michigan

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with Hair of the Dog brewing...hope it wont be my last. This dipa pours a hazy golden straw color, quite light for a double ipa. It gas a small and short lived white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with lots of floral and pine notes. Some citrus as well as a hint of bready malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is nearly full bodied and quite sticky. Flavor is all hops. Mostly herbacious and floral and pine notes. There is actually very little malt to back it up. This was good but not what I was expecting. Seemed more American pale ale than double ipa. Still worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 04:09:27 | More by lochef81
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-05-2014 00:02:00 | More by Kurmaraja
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AnalogErik

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

06-04-2014 03:29:27 | More by AnalogErik
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the Dog 3 dot DIPA in a 22 oz bomber.
Hazy pale light amber; like an unfiltered apple cider. Good, lasting white head.
Mild for style; drinks Iike an unfiltered IPA.
Not clean. Mainly herbal hops. Some bready malts too.
O: OK but unrefined and amateurish.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 23:28:37 | More by chinchill
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casapy

Idaho

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

06-01-2014 19:25:46 | More by casapy
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maximum12

Minnesota

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

Thanks to nate321 for this bottle, which showed up this week amidst a bunch of other stuff I've long wanted to try. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is pure dehydrated urine sample. Full stop. Carbonation level is low, which is almost an expectation when I pop the top on a HotD bottle. The nose is full of lovely floral & tropical notes. Really nice.

Blue Dot IIPA is like a guy in a tux walking out of a bog: you don't expect something this routine from a place like HotD. Flower stamen is very strong & suffuses the senses, backed by dashes of lemon & citrus before a bracing shot of bitterness arrives mid-palate. More roses & lilacs on the finish. Sticky & thick for an IPA, but plenty easy to slug.

Simple but delicious, for my money this is having a boutannaire held to your face for half an hour. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2014 02:14:49 | More by maximum12
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KevMo84

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-31-2014 07:08:50 | More by KevMo84
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -1.2%

05-31-2014 01:10:57 | More by DIPAFAN
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wolf_switzer

California

3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

05-29-2014 00:18:13 | More by wolf_switzer
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golf4collet

West Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-27-2014 01:23:06 | More by golf4collet
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small foamy white head, decent retention

S- grassy, pineapple and grapefruit, spicy rye

T- lots of tropical notes, pineapple, guava, orange with a good sweet malty backbone, some tea like bitterness with a peppery kick, dry finish with lots of pineapple, candy sugar

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice tropical notes and a easily drinkable DIPA

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 17:28:19 | More by Treyliff
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jpd7374

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

05-26-2014 16:17:07 | More by jpd7374
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MarcWP

Arizona

4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Jester King stem. Felt like getting fancy for this one since I can't easily get it!

Pours a dark lemon yellow with light orange core. The beer is hazy and has a minimal head for a standard IPA.

Aroma is deep citrus and pine hops, malty sweetness, grassy, spicy (from the rye), and also quite dank. Still has a pretty unique smell considering since the last time I had this I've had a plethora of other IPA's.

Taste is super spicy, rye malt is certainly up front with peppery, lemon zest hop notes lending even more spice. Mid palate you get a juicier malty core but only lasts a second as the bitterness takes over and late palate you get those pine and fruitier citrus fruit notes with tangerine and almost an orange flavored seltzer like nuance. I love IPA's with rye, and this one really has tons of it.

Mouthfeel has the impression of being medium bodied but I think the spicy character of the beer adds some fullness. Probably really more on the heavy side of light, carbonation is on the low end for IPA's and the beer finishes pretty darn dry.

The first time I had Blue Dot I was highly impressed and enjoyed it immensely. Then literally the next day I had Pure Hoppiness and the day after that Nelson. Nelson became my favorite IPA and to this day is still one of my favorites. Point is, I held Blue Dot on a high pedestal and only marginally below the Alpines. Now that I've revisited It I can say it's still magnificent, but not quite at Nelson's level. But I still find this better than any Stone, Lagunitas, or possibly even Green Flash IPA I've had. Something about small batch brew that maintains a sense of artisanal value, something you can almost taste. Glad to have landed another one of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 06:25:30 | More by MarcWP
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wildlife

Pennsylvania

4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

spring 2014

a - pale hazy yellow, thin quick-dissipating head

s - earthy, tropical fruits, sweetness, slightly piny, tart

t - hops with staying power. passionfruit, pine, grapefruit, oranges on the finish, sweet malts, some subtle tartness/funkiness of a light sour. hops stick around between swigs.

m - resinous at sip but clean finish. fairly bitter. carbonated just enough, super refreshing

o - very drinkable and really well-balanced. mouthfeel matches the taste so well, makes this beer near perfect. held up really well for a bit later in the season.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 01:19:42 | More by wildlife
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bnewms87

California

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

05-24-2014 01:33:46 | More by bnewms87
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dfhhead25

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -25.9%

05-23-2014 23:24:36 | More by dfhhead25
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Beaver13

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow orange with a medium white creamy head that goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet grapefruit and dank resiny hops.

The flavor is sweet fruity malts with lots of dank resiny piney hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, a solid DIPA. Right up my alley with hops and balance. Slightly too harsh and dank/catty/resiny.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2014 04:48:22 | More by Beaver13
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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