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

Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

789 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 465
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%


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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spicelab

Australia

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2012 04:56:05 | More by spicelab
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MEsoJD

California

3.98/5  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!!!

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 05:47:10 | More by MEsoJD
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kojevergas

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -25.2%
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+.

C+

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 07:15:11 | More by kojevergas
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OTB

California

4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle Winter 2012. Pours a very hazy apricot orange with a one inch white head that clings to the side of my glass leaving thick curtains of lace, quite beautiful. A very fresh blast of hops greets your senses along with fresh squeezed red grapefruit. The flavor is red grapefruit, tangerine and toasty biscuit from the malt bill.The mouth is crisp, dry and wonderfully balanced. This is the second time I have had this brew,and by far this is the freshest example, a really good DIPA that I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2012 02:18:11 | More by OTB
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Mar02x

Netherlands

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer pored in by Alan Sprints himself during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a fantastic moment.

A - A hazy brown beer with a white head.

S - An apple scent along with pineapple and fresh cut grass.

T - A floral hoppiness brings tones of mango and pineapple.

M - A soft carbonation and a bitter aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all.

O - A pleasant beer, but the body is a bit to thin.

Serving type: on-tap

03-05-2012 20:05:29 | More by Mar02x
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jpbebeau

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
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).

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 04:38:06 | More by jpbebeau
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floor_6

Washington

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 25, 2012 @ floor_6 watching Dexter

B+

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 21:14:34 | More by floor_6
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mfavoino

Washington

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 04:46:41 | More by mfavoino
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-10-2012 16:34:14 | More by Rifugium
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clearlydiluted

New York

2.68/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2012 03:03:47 | More by clearlydiluted
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Mahlik

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2012 02:51:15 | More by Mahlik
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n2185

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 23:06:39 | More by n2185
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zaphodchak

Virginia

4.43/5  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?

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2011 19:55:43 | More by zaphodchak
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mkotsayfan

California

3.63/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 03:20:50 | More by mkotsayfan
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -11.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 06:13:31 | More by homebrew311
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laituegonflable

Australia

3.93/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2011 09:31:59 | More by laituegonflable
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inlimbo77

Delaware

3.6/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 16:09:13 | More by inlimbo77
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2011 19:11:33 | More by Rhettroactive
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suncrust

Washington

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2011 01:05:27 | More by suncrust
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whatthehull

California

3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept 10th 2011 (from notes)

Tulip

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

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2011 07:59:57 | More by whatthehull
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litheum94

California

4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 22:46:28 | More by litheum94
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.55/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 03:29:41 | More by cbutova
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freehafe

Michigan

4.33/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:15:38 | More by freehafe
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auroracrisis

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2011 06:51:44 | More by auroracrisis
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Chico1985

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -27.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 14:52:33 | More by Chico1985
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 789 ratings.