1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

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

Not Rated.
Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

942 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 942
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.89%
Wants: 227
Gots: 66 | 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.)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale Alström Bros
Ratings: 942 | Reviews: 483 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bumchilly25
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2011

This is one of those that I've known about for quite some time but haven't been anywhere it's distributed. Until now.

Pours quite cloudy with almost no head, even when I pour a bit firmer. This is a nice dipa. Higher on the citrus tones, with some mild hop spiciness to it. I like this one. It's somewhat unique in its delivery for me. Glad to have (finally) gotten a chance to try it.

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of PthPndr
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of justiceavocado
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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

A - pours with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, golden amber body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves excellent lace.

S - grapefruit and lemons with a touch of bready malt.

T - thick, bready malt up front with a bit of citrus. More distinct grapefruit in the middle with a transition to pithy lemon and sharp bitterness to balance the thick, moderately dry malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, but honestly a little less than what I expected. The hop character is very citrus oriented and the bitterness is quite harsh. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better, but for now I'm disappointed.

Photo of Auracom
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great extra from Gregg, thanks very much! 6-7 oz. from a 22 oz. bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass on May 1st, 2012.

A - Looks like hazy, soft apple cider. Never picks up any clarity throughout. One and half fingers of an eggshell-white head quickly reduced down to a thin film of bubbles. Okay lacing, very few alcohol legs.

S - Pine tree resin and grapefruit skin are the dominant aromas. Underneath are lighter citrus notes, perhaps a bit tropical but more in the vein of orange pulp. Soft malt grain sweetness akin to toffee. Some subtlety here that gets a better blending at 45-50 F.

T - Front end is some light grapefruit sweetness and additional pineapple. Very sudden shift to mid palate that bursts with a huge pine bitterness. I get a touch of the malt bill at the rear but it is very very slight, just a hint of caramel. Pronounced aftertaste of hop bitterness sticks around for ages.

M - Very dry finish. Light-medium body, good carbonation, a bit smooth. The finish really is the showcase here.

D - Some have said it drinks higher than 7%. I can buy that. I've had plenty of DIPA's with a robust flavor profile but none at 7% (hell, very few have been below 9-10%). If you like pine and a huge bitter swing, this one is right up your alley. My biggest caveat is that it may be a tad one-dimensional, but I would revisit nonetheless.

Photo of jacob4999
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of BarrytheBear
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle of the Winter 2012 variety courtesy of Matt. Thanks for the generous extra and the opportunity to try this beer again. It's been a long time!

Pours a very murky, slightly dehydrated looking urine yellow. Not the most appealing image I know. Upon opening there was a glob of goodness along the rim of the bottle.

Smell is yeasty, which serves to mask some of the tropical qualities beneath. Light pineapple and hardly any malt presence. Maybe this bottle got the yeast infection; it really takes some time in the glass to settle down and show its better qualities.

Big pineapple juice bitterness. Malt takes a back seat. Sort of one dimensional, but a pleasant pineapple bitter dimension at that. Not overly complicated, but benefits from some settling and airing out.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Soft carbonation sits on the tongue with a lingering hop bite.

Having had a bottle of this and a bottle of Pliny on back to back evenings, I have to say while neither are my favorite within the style it is really nice to see 7% DIPA's that straddle the abv line and keep the sweetness in check. I'm a HotD fanboy and while not the best of what's around, it's an enjoyable go.

Edit: The wife, upon sipping, says this tastes like weed. Who am I to blow against the wind?

Photo of BrokenStones
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of ralphw56
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of Rizalini
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of eawolff99
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of amnesia85
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy light yellow orange amber with a nice white head and nice lacing. Spicey hop and tropical fruit aroma. Dry citrus and pineapple malt with aromatic and faint pine hops. Malt body fairly light, I'd like a bit more malt to show. But a very pleasant, satisfying IPA that I will return to.

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

Thanks to my pops for picking up this brew in Seattle and hauling it back to the Chi.

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

This beer is very cloudy and orange/yellow in color. A finger of white head. Web-like lacing.

Smells a great deal of tropical fruits. Pineapple, guava, apricots, mangos and peaches. Very fruity with a Nelson Sauvin fusion. Incredibly inviting.

The taste is hoppy and quite bitter to say the least. The fruits are there and make this one very enjoyable. There is a light, sweet malt backbone but the hops dominate here. There is also that earthy hop note provided by some Nelson-like hops.

The mouthfeel begins juicy and finishes crisp and dry. Medium bodied.

Overall, delightfuly pleased with this one. Lots of juicy hops make this one quite memorable.

Photo of LaPlaya
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of punkhim
3/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of safiske
4.75/5  rDev +17.6%

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

Unfiltered version from HotD tasting room, 25 Feb.

Uber-murky light brown with a smallish white head that retains very well. Probably the most opaque IPA I've ever seen. Kinda scary looking.

Lively, clean, bitter grapefruit and pine, with pineapple and orange-mango underneath. Mild caramel malts.

Strong breath-mint, Chinese tea and oily pine branch resin adds up to a seriously puckering bitterness. Behind this is candied orange, bitter lemon and grapefruit in spades. Properly intense hops.

Moderate carbonation with full-on bitterness results in a heftier than expected and utterly satisfying body.

Wow. This is in another world to the (filtered) bottled version. Massively in your face IPA with enamel stripping bitterness.

Photo of whatsajessica
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

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

[Poured into an Large Duvel Tulip Glass]

I: I had the taste for some bold hops again, so I asked for a recommendation at Whole Foods, and ended up with this. Lets see if Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. (what a name) can impress.

B: [7% ABV. 1 Pt. 6 Fl. OZ. Winter 2012 Bottle] Bottle is down right beautiful, with quality comparable to Stone. That said, I'm not crazy about the plain blue bottle cap, but that's a small gripe. Good amount of information. Ingredients include pilsner malt, rye malt, and a combination of intense hop varieties (sounds good to me).

A: Orange hazy non-transparent body, with a semi fluffy/creamy head (med/fast dissipation), and little lacing.

S: Smells of tropical fruits, with pineapple (dominate), tangerine, and grapefruit, earthy semi-spiced hops, and sweet malt that isn't as prominent in most ipas.

T: Sweet malt complimented by grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine, with spicy hops throughout that flourishes after swallow. There's also a slight earthy presence.

M: Slightly slick/dry finish, medium bodied, med/low carbonation, and moderate alcohol presence (kind of a creeper).

O: The most interesting trait of this beer is it's unique combination of tropical fruits. Everything else is pretty standard of ipas, but I was a little let down by the head and lacing. This had a good (not great) hop presence, but it wasn't DIPA worthy to me (also considering the low ABV). That said, overall it's a great beer. One sip of bud whatever would remind you. Blue Dot is defiantly worthy of a recommendation on it's fruit qualities alone. Don't hesitate to pick up a bottle at least once. After my time with this brew, I am intrigued to check out their other works. Cheers!!!

Photo of ScreamForMe
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the current ratings on the site. I know I've had this brewery before; I just can't remember how I felt about what I had.

Winter 2012. 7%. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. The sediment was allowed to remain in the bottle until the final pour, as per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a half finger head of standard white colour, slight cream, nice thickness, and Decent retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent orange-yellow. Looks more like a hefeweizen than an IPA, which is notable but not impressive. Not a unique look, but certainly an appealing one. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Orange fruit esters, fresh lemon peel, rye grain, caramelized malt, and hop bitterness masked by something I can't place that bothers me. It feels like an artificial masking. I hope this isn't the case in the flavour. If I had to guess the hop varietals, I'd go with citra and amarillo. A pretty strong aroma - I could smell it as I poured it even with me broken nose.

T: Orange esters and lemon peel are there alongside somewhat stale hop notes that sit unevenly on the poorly executed rye foundation. The floral/bitterness balance of the hops is awkward at best, and never feels fresh or masked. The estery tones throughout are distracting and bothersome. Ripe pineapple isn't a pleasant addition, nor is grapefruit* (which is far too dominant). Decently balanced, and built alright. Too bitter, especially on the climax. It may be one of the more experimental double IPAs I've tried, but it isn't one of the best. Not refreshing. The taste is pretty strong. Not a subtle beer, but complex enough I suppose. Not quite full-bodied.

*I despise grapefruit, but I'm respectful of balance.

No yeast comes through. Some alcohol is detectable, but it's by no means boozy. It's only 7% however, and seems to require more to mask its ABV than other beers in the style with 10-11% ABV.

The rye malt in particularly seems to be the main problem with this beer. Why they chose that grain is beyond me. It sets the beer apart from other IPAs, but makes its quality lesser.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body generally. A touch too thick. A bit sharp, suggesting overcarbonation. Some crispness on the finish is a lovely touch. The mouthfeel by no means feels tailored specifically to the flavours. There is nothing unique here.

Dr: Drinkable but problematic. It's intriguing, but the quality just isn't there, largely because of the untamed bittering hops, poor choice of foundation (rye), and lack of subtlety. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Fans of the style may defend it, but I'd never recommend it to friends.

Glassware: It drank alright out of me nonical Guinness pint glass, but in future I'd use a snifter or tulip.

Food Pairing: Wouldn't pair well with food in my opinion. Even though IPAs usually pair well with spicy food, this one in particular isn't refreshing or quenching enough to do so.

Aging: This seems a rather poor candidate for aging as its flavour depends largely on hops and the ABV is a mere 7%. The sediment in the bottom of the bottle is a good sign, but if you're aging double IPAs you'd better know a lot more about cellaring than what I can suggest here.

I debated between a C and a C+, but ultimately settled on a C+.


Photo of Kevlee722
4/5  rDev -1%

Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 942 ratings.