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

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

486 Reviews
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Reviews: 486
Hads: 963
rAvg: 4.04
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 224
Gots: 71 | 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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Reviews: 486 | Hads: 963
Photo of Trilogy31
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into a tulip. Pretty nice hazy golden wheat color, with minimal head that leaves quickly and little lacing, still nicely carbonated. Nose is of sweet butter corn, with the hops giving off a bitter grapefruit pith nose. Taste is of candy corn, citrus and some sweet candy corn. Plays more to my palate as a dipa yet only has 7% abv. Nice beer and drinkable yet for the style its no where near the same class as sculpin at the same abv. (448 characters)

Photo of pkalix
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

wow! super hazy, honey-colored. smells super sweet, a bit floral and a bit honey.... cant get over how hazy and thick it is.... or how much like honey this smells like.... man! thios smells just like honey... am I the only one to get the honey out of this????
taste is TOTALLY HONEY. can this be right? it is NOT a typical DIPA. lots of hop, but honey is DOMINANT. everybody is talking citrus and hop bitterness but i'm getting total honey. did I get an infected batch, maybe? cant drain-pour it.... at least until I know for sure it's bad.... but no one is reporting what i'm tasting.... not hop bitterness. in fact, it reminds me of the PETRUS sample pack which was all honey-like also because it went bad? and no one else is reporting the haziness..
it was okay. maybe I got a bad bottle or one that was left out. I bought it at Total Wine Huntington Beach. who knows? it was okay but not anywhere like a DIPA I am accustomed to. a case for a best buy date, maybe? listen up Hair of the Dog!!!! if it tastes funky, how can we know it's supposed to taste like this? cuz this AINT no DIPA.... (1,095 characters)

Photo of Onslow
3.26/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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... (252 characters)

Photo of nataku00
3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a Winter 2010 (I've been told that this was released in February of this year, so this bottle is fairly old) release bomber into a fluted Allagash glass. Hazy yellow orange with an initial finger of slightly off white head. A little bit of slow carbonation visible through the glass.

Nose is primarily citrus peel, orange dominates, with a little grapefruit bitterness. Some sweeter notes, passionfruit and pale malt biscuit.

Taking a sip, mostly orange peel, with a malty sweetness following up. Little to no carbonation, unfortunately. Maybe I have a bad bottle. Medium body combined with low carbonation makes it a little too syrupy in the mouth.

Might need to try another bottle, if the bomber price is reasonable, to see if this low carbonation is intended. (780 characters)

Photo of NWer
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Summer 2010
I really wanted to like this beer.
The theme, the environmental awareness, the respect for planet earth gave it an edge going in.
The pour was a disappointment. Given its reputation for a flat pour, I was especially aggressive pouring from the bomber into a pint glass. Still, all I could muster was maybe a 1/4 inch head that retained well enough, such as it was. A lot of effervescence filled the glass that settled quickly.
A taste that simply doesn't measure up to the great (in my opinion) IIPA's out there. Kind of a mellow sweetness followed by a tart aftertaste.
It was good enough. That's about the best I can say. Don't hesitate to decide for yourself what you think of it. Even though I can't rave about this beer, I will continue to try other Hair of the Dog offerings. (793 characters)

Photo of Vancer
3.33/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, surprisingly, a straw yellow pour greets me. Nuttin wrong about the substantial pillow top of white / ivory head on top though.

Notes of hops and malt in the aroma, although nothing ground breaking. Taste was different from expected – a sharp and very dry kick of a piney hops. I was surprised that a beer that clamed to be a DIPA is only 7%. , a little wimpy, in my book. Yep, tasty, but I say this is a regular IPA only.

BUT! Very nice of squidswilbsquids
to send for my BA annv. for the chance to reviewl. (522 characters)

Photo of hardy008
3.34/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, cloudy, murky looking dark amber with virtually no head and no lacing. The aroma has oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and light pineapple.

Oranges, tangerines, grapefruit, and some light pineapple are also present in the flavor. This is a sweet beer, with some bitterness. Good flavor, but not great.

While the flavor is good, the carbonation is not. It is too low, to the point where the bottle is almost flat.The body is medium / full, and the overall mouthfeel is the main weakness of this beer. Overall this beer would be a lot better, if the carbonation problems were fixed. Very disappointing, especially when I consider how good Hair of the Dog beers usually are. (686 characters)

Photo of Sunhunters
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
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. (1,562 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fall 2009 bottle into pint glass.

A: Golden honey colored. Bubbles rising to the top. Only a slim layer of foam for head that resides to a ring of foam around the glass. Spotty lacing left behind.

S: Malt forward with lots of sweet pale honey smelling malts. A bit of pine, citrus, dank, resin in the nose as well. A bit much of a malt bomb in the nose for me.

T: Sweet honey from the pilsner malts with a hint of spice from the rye. Hops come through as dank, and bitter resin mostly. Some citrus hop flavor as well (lemon/orange).

M: Pretty full bodied and oily. Not really well carbonated, but the carbonation is fairly prickly which in combination with the rye and hop character make this beer fairly spicy.

D: This is on of those DIPAs that seems to wish it were a barleywine. Really not what I look for in the style. (828 characters)

Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's then at The Drafting Room and then at Capone's again for good measure. Short bar review.

Blue Dot is a beer that you think would be brighter than what it is. Expecting a DIPA looking beer, this comes off more like a dark lager. A dark orange with some light brown interwoven, the rye makes it's presense known in the appearence. Nothing more than a off white cap of foam around the glass. The smell is interesting but I would not think this was from Oregon if I did not know. Dark rye with biscuits and bread with some citrus sounds about right. This smells downright east coast. Taste is interesting but is this a DIPA, or did these kegs not travel well to the east coast? I get some citrus with grapefruit and orange but not alot. The rye is spicy and what I get the most out of this beer, a nice punch of spice. A little bit of caramel from a nice malting. The feel is medium and a bit slick going down, but for some reason not much bitterness and hardly a hop bite, carb is on point though. I had this beer a few times and I was let down by it. I think im really supposed to like this beer because HOTD aint to shabby and it's a DIPA from the west, but for now Im thinking this may be a off batch. Imma need to track down a bottle. (1,262 characters)

Photo of 100floods
3.42/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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. (845 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.43/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled spring 09. poured a muddled, hazy amber with a decent creamy head and lacing. mostly butterscotch and toffee in the aroma and taste. i was not getting much hops out of this despite it being a relatively fresh bottle. maybe some resiny pine in the background, but the butterscotch dominated. nicely balanced between the sweet malts and hop bitterness but not bitter enough for me to think this was a dipa though. pretty smooth. medium bodied with a nice frothy carbonation. just kinda 'meh'. (498 characters)

Photo of PetitChouffe
3.44/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Summer 2013 batch, poured into a tulip glass.

Aroma - Strong citrus and piney smells, a hint of tropical fruit/pineapple.

Appearance - Very cloudy, low clarity (almost opaque) and much darker orangey-brown than I remember it being. Head is white and short-lived.

Flavor - Immediate citrus-rind bitterness followed by a light caramel malt flavor. Finishes with grapefruit and pine notes. More than a hint of astringency.

Mouthfeel - A bit fuzzy/chunky, actually. The carbonation is nice, but the gritty texture is kind of off-putting.

Overall Impression - I usually love Blue Dot a lot more than this. The mouthfeel made it less refreshing than usual, and the astringency was only slightly unpleasant. The hop profile is great, the citrus/grapefruit/pine thing really lingers on the palate. (794 characters)

Photo of JohnG190
3.47/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2013. Pours a hazy brown with minimal head and no lacing to speak of. Looks like unfiltered apple cider. I wonder if it's past it's prime. Earthy, malty aroma gives way to subdued citrus and pine resin. Not the hop bomb one would expect. Bitterness does hit the tongue first, it gives way to a biscuity malt. It has a medium body with very little carbonation. Overall, I'm not entirely sure I'm reviewing this beer at its freshest, I've seen some photos and read some descriptions indicating a bright amber color with vibrant carbonation. I'll give it another shot when the Fall 2013 version comes out. (610 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry and citrus hops with dry malt. Taste is drier then expected with some citrus notes. Malt profile is definitely different then most IIPA which might be due to the usage of rye. Good carbonation with full body which seems to indicated limited filtration and no apparent alcohol. While I appreciated this beer and like how it is trying to do something different (rye) for a style too often populated by clones, I thought it was a bit too dry and lacking some floral notes. (604 characters)

Photo of farrago
3.49/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Curious lack of a head at all, even with a vigorous pour, wispy white bubbles here and there, close to zero lacing too. Super-murky, like it was muddy and then ran through a sieve, a mix of red to orange clay in the deeply translucent core, no change in hue at the rims, just lighter. Wet, concentrated nose of fresh hops, earthy funk, tar, black tea leaves, a carton of sour pink grapefruit juice, dried pine sap, the hops pungent but without a keen edge, the malts bring caramel, cocoa powder, butterscotch, blends in some pumpernickel bread and mixed grains, peppery as well. Full-bodied and heavy, like a bowling ball crashing through a window. Tangy but sweet on the whole, the pulpy juice of the pink to white grapefruit and orange juice impossible to deny, Caramel, toffee and warmed milk chocolate come next, albeit briefly as the pine tar and lemongrass, pepper, peat moss and rye to pumpernickel bread come through. Oddly, never gets really herbaceousness in a puckering way. The apricot, nectarine, pineapple, guava fruit less of a presence than might be expected. Stays fat and wide in the mouth through a prolonged finish. If you like 'em big... (1,158 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 coldriver
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a cloudy medium amber with minimal lacing. Aroma is spicy rye with citrus. The rye is very up front in the taste, but I find this oversweet, although a nice citrus hops profile. Very sticky dry mouthfeel. Overall I'm not a fan of the sweetness of this one - but other than that rye and hops are quite tasty. (326 characters)

Photo of theopholis
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a clear, deep amber color wit a nice off-white head. The head has a little staying power with some decent lacing.

Smell - Very "fresh" smelling. Hops give it a wonderful citrusy grapefruit with some floral hop notes. Some maltiness in there.

Taste - Nice balance of bittering and flavoring hops. Not over-powering, but the malt is almost an afterthought, so the hops dominate. Some pinyness in there.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with medium to high carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. (528 characters)

Photo of Iguana
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of Hair of the Dog so had to grab 1 of these when I saw it for sale at the local beer store.

Appearence - Poured a hazy golden with almost non existent head with a hard pour. What little head there was went away within a minute.

Smell - Its a decent smell, but I was hoping for some piney hop smell, I'm not a big fan of overly hoppy beers, but I absolutely love good hop aromatics and this just doesnt seem to have em. Smell is alright though, subtle citrusy hops and sweet caramel malts.

Taste - Taste doesnt really wow me like other beers have, its not bad though. Starts out with a sweet malty caramel that subsides quickly into a big hop finish. Where it was lacking in hop aroma it made up for in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Fairly smooth, bitterness lasts a bit longer then I like but other than that its pretty good.

Drinkability - Good hot day beer, quite refreshing. Definitly worth a try but with such a large selection at the local beer store I dunno as I would get this one again over others. (1,027 characters)

Photo of Overlord
3.53/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ahh .... a long time ago, during a site reshuffle, I lost three reviews. Using my backup program, I tracked down two of them. I gave up before finding the third. A thread today led me to check my old review, and by golly, there's the missing third review! Dredged up from the depths of my reviewing history, here it is:

Pours a light golden orange. One to two inches of white frothy head. Lasts a surprisingly long time.

Smells of pine, some faint citrus ... oranges and a splash of sweet grapefruit. Not a particularly strong aroma.

Tastes like earthy bitter pine, a bit of ... herbal dank .... and the citrus is really muted. There's some sweet caramel malt.

For a DIPA, it's surprisingly light bodied, light smelling, and light flavored.

Mouthfeel is well carbonated, but thinner than expected. (804 characters)

Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to javib458 for the chance to try this brew. Summer 2010 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appears a hazed copper color with a thin film of white across the top despite being poured right down the center of the glass. A few bubbles rise to the surface and collect in a patch across the top which is white in color and is all that exists reminiscent of a head. Sips and swirls hardly revive any bubbles but some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew initially smells quite fruity. It comes across like tropical fruits that turns to a more citrus rind character like grapefruit. As it warms, it picks up a bit of a spicy herbal note and a touch of pine and sugary sweetness.

The taste includes a moderate amount of herbal bitterness that clings inside the mouth. A touch of alcohol accents the fruitier side of this brew along with a warmth down the back of the throat that has a solvent twinge. The malt is lightly toasty and exists with a light residual sweetness to counter the bitterness of lasting herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. The faint carbonation that exists is hardly noticed leading to a seemingly watery feel. The drinkability of this brew is certainly hurt by the lack of carbonation however the flavor and aroma draws me back for more sips. I would love to have this again with a little more fizz. (1,386 characters)

Photo of raoulduke37
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 22 oz. into a pint and a tulip glass. Decent head, little lacing, and 1/2 inch head retention. Brew is a murky gold.

Smells of grass, some ash, bready malt, spices.

Very bitter with a decent grapefruit aftertaste. Malts are virtually undetectable. Not very well balanced, but great if you are the bitter beer type.

Mouthfeel is sharp due to the bitterness. I'm not sure if I would seek this one out again. The pricetag is a little steep, too. (460 characters)

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (579 characters)

Photo of RedDiamond
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I'd missed out on the alcohol content of this IPA. Hair of The Dog has always called it a double IPA and as I drank the beer on draught around town, I naturally assumed this to be true. It isn't. Blue Dot is just 7.0% ABV. That's not a double IPA, it's a regular IPA, plain and simple. Surely, the beloved Mr. Sprints knows that.

Undaunted by this discrepancy, I served myself the first of several snifters and inhaled a peach-pineapple fragrance with flowery hop essence. I was at first surprised at the unusual sunny gold color of Blue Dot. It is exceptionally pale for an IPA, let alone a professed double IPA. It is also distressfully undercarbonated with a sullen, pallid body showing no lace and just a small islet of head.

The essential properties of a drinkable IPA are intact with a bountiful and well presented hop bitterness. It isn't shy on the hops by any means. But HOTD isn't known for its hop showcases and Blue Dot just doesn't sit on the same masterpiece mantel next to Adam, Fred, or Doggie Claws. It's somehow less than I expected and in that sense was disappointing. (1,100 characters)

Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.