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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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864 Ratings

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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 10.86%
Wants: 222
Gots: 47 | 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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Photo of lacqueredmouse


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Pours quite a light yellow-gold colour, slightly cloudy with a huge white head of fine bubbles. Rather reminiscent of a Belgian tripel, truth be told. Looks really good - I mean, really, really good. The sort of beer I take one look at and say "yeah, I'm going to like that beer"...

Very pleasant tropical fruits on the nose - passionfruit, pineapple, peach, melon, lychee and a hint of banana, cinnamon and anise. Truly has a surprising Belgian yeast undertone to it as well. Sweeter, and not as sharp as many an IPA. Extremely pleasant though.

Again, the taste isn't as biting and sharp as many an IPA - it has a sweet, fruity character under it, and the piquancy of the hops is just an overtone. The hop character is clean and clear, but the sweetness binds it back to earth. It's good.
Mouthfeel is light and frothy, makes the beer quite filling, and probably reduces the drinkability.

It's a good beer, no doubt about that. Very fragrant, and full of flavour. Possibly too bloating for more than a glass. A subtle but very enjoyable double IPA.

09-30-2008 01:45:19 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of gford217


4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

22oz bomber courtesy of throwitallaway poured into a snifter. Thanks Dustin!

A: Pours a bright hazy golden orange with very little head. Retention and lacing are minimal.

S: Smell of citrus explodes out of the bottle when the cap is popped. Orange, lemon, and grapefruit all over the place with a light, sweet malt aroma as well, but it's really a citrus hop sensory assault.

T: Taste is of citrus hops as well, but with less aggression than the aroma. Mainly grapefruit in the taste this time with a little more bready malt sweetness than the smell as well. I finally got a little pine bitterness in the finish, but this one was on the sweeter side of DIPAs.

M: Mouthfeel is light to medium with strong carbonation. Very smooth and sweet and doesn't have the over-the-top bitterness that I often get in West Coast DIPAs.

D: This one is uber drinkable, especially as the weather warms up. It's not nearly as intense as many DIPAs but that smooth taste makes it all the more drinkable.

05-15-2008 01:57:51 | More by gford217
Photo of Axnjxn

North Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -0.2%

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. spring 2013 release.

pours a pale golden color with a light white head. smell is citrusy and hoppy...though light. its pleasant.

taste -light hoppiness, citrus, piney. slight bitterness on the aftertaste. very enjoyable honestly. i could session this "double ipa." id call it a normal IPA with a good amount of flavor.

mouthfeel is smooth, super easy to drink. high part of this beer 4

overall a very enjoyable IPA. nothing special, but its something great to drink.

05-11-2013 22:09:29 | More by Axnjxn
Photo of Blackwolf

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A- Poured a foggy deep amber-gold, little head with decent lacing. I didn't see any carbonation at all unless if tilted the glass.

S- Pines, Pineapple/Tropic Fruit, Citrus Peel, light on the malt with the nose, nothing too unique, but the aroma was there and quite solid.

T- Palate follows the nose, lots of piney/earthy hop, rye malt, a pineapple/citrus sweetness on the finish just on top of the alcohol. Not as balanced as I expected, however aggressive with the hops. Definitely a hop forward beer for those who enjoy said flavor.

MF- Slick, medium-full bodied, almost no carbonation detected. Seems like there is a lot of hop extract that gives this a dry and long lasting finish, and a little alcohol bite as the beer opens up. I did shake the bottle to get the sediment as otherwise advised by the bottle, since I do enjoy that thick chewable texture, so I did enjoy the mouthfeel very much.

O- I like hair of the dog, but this wasn't a mind blowing dipa. I enjoyed it very much, but not what I was expecting for the style. Still a great beer to try at least once. Kudos HotD.

10-04-2012 05:51:27 | More by Blackwolf
Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Appearance. Cloudy, deep amber-straw. Almost half a finger of bubbly white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Big tropical fruits and pink grapefruit rind. Huge grassy, floral hops and a little sweet caramel.

Taste. Big grassy hops, oranges and lemon rind. Some toasted grains with lasting bitter pine and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium body. Medium-low, ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice hop bomb with a litttle fruityness. Won't be waiting to pour my second glass...

05-11-2011 02:48:23 | More by Rutager
Photo of caskstrength


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Thanks Frank.

Pours cloudy orange/yellow. Minimal head, but bubbles moving up from the bottom. If something can look flavorful, then this looks flavorful.

Honey on the nose. Lots of honey, then some apricots and flowers. Cantelope and honeydew melon at times. (?!) Didn't expect these smells, but as I emptied the glass, they became more interesting.

Sweet (honey dipped) apricots with flowers, backed by the typical orange rind and grapefruit. Lemon zest there too. Not much pine. Not what I was expecting.

On the thicker side. Lower level of carbonation, but enough to lift it and move the flavors, and it works well.

Unique IPA and something I would move into the rotation if it were readily available.

05-18-2011 23:31:27 | More by caskstrength
Photo of bosco7


4.05/5  rDev 0%

22 oz. bomber obtained from Market of Choice in Eugene, OR.

Hazy pale amber with sizeable rocky head.

Big orange peel, grapefruit, rose petal, and cedar aromas.

Pungent Northwest hop flavors including orange pulp, grapefruit zest, and pine flavors. Sweet with a high level of bitterness in the finish.

Medium body with perfect carbonation. Nicely balanced DIPA.

06-07-2007 03:24:36 | More by bosco7
Photo of nitro0292

New York

4.05/5  rDev 0%

Split a bomber with a fellow BA. Pours a hazy golden yellow. Half inch of head that never fully dissapates.

Smell is of delicious pine and grapefruit hops. Touch of other sweet tropical fruits. Very hop forward.

Taste is not quite as hoppy as the smell would indicate, but solid sweet tropical fruit, resin, pine and sweet malt. Good balance. Would like a little more dryness.

Mouthfeel is a solid medium, with moderately low carbonation. Mouthfeel is a little heavy given the ABV.

Overall a very good DIPA. Would seek out again.

10-23-2011 00:08:24 | More by nitro0292
Photo of GClarkage


4.05/5  rDev 0%

08/03/06- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Clouded golden pour, 1/2 inch super creamy head upon the top and decent patchy lace left on the glass.

Smell- The first scent was very good. Super sweet grapefruit hops, and a dash of pine needles...even a bit of sweet malt scent. Although, after the first couple sips, the scent was almost non-existant. Like it vanished into thin air. Good while it lasted I guess.

Taste- The lady at the Toro said it was a Barleywine and the dude next to her said it was exactly like Adam (an Old Ale) are you both on crack?!?! This was a dead on DIPA. Super sweet malt mixed with super sweet orange and grapefruit hops. Pine comes through more in the smell than in the flavor. Very smooth, almost honey-cream like.

Mouthfeel- As stated above, very creamy and very smooth with a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very drinkable DIPA. This would almost be a session DIPA if that exists. Doesn't seem the 9 or 10% abv that it is. Winner!

08-03-2006 21:59:13 | More by GClarkage
Photo of cpetrone84


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Fall 2009 Batch

A-it pours a very nice looking hazy golden color with a thin pure white head that has almost not retention leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is quite big, some sweet malts hit first and are immediately overtaken by huge amounts of hops. a resignous pine comes in first with lots of grapefruit and peach following

T-the taste isn't quite as big as the nose would have suggested but is very nice none the less. really no presence of malt, lots of piney hops, hints of grapefruit, a fair amount of citrus rind, and a big bitter finish.

M-medium body, quite we, very slick on the back of the throat, and a fair amount of carbonation

D-this is a solid DIPA with a very nice hop presence. the mouthfeel leaves something to be desired but they do a nice job with this one.

01-16-2010 20:22:44 | More by cpetrone84
Photo of auroracrisis


4.05/5  rDev 0%

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.

11-12-2011 06:51:44 | More by auroracrisis
Photo of Dubbercody


4.05/5  rDev 0%

After having this only on tap, I was able to get some from the Earth Day 2006 party.

In the bottle 22oz. (Bottled approx 1-2 weeks prior to Party.)

Nice color, dark to mid-dark golden pour. Nice moderate head.

Fantastic nose, strong full hop aroma. Carbonation is spot on. The taste is a bit hoppier than the draught. I expect the taste to mellow slightly with age. Drinks VERY easily, mouthful is smooth and not filling or taxing.

Fantastic beer, gives IPA fans a beautiful drink to enjoy, as well as non-IPA fans (myself included) a beer that will rip up the lPA line in the sand.

04-30-2006 19:11:37 | More by Dubbercody
Photo of Lunch


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Served from a 22oz. bottle acquired in a trade with volatilesther (Thanks!) into my Dogfish Head snifter at the appropriate temperature (01/29/10).

A: Pours a rather murky, dark, golden, amber, with one finger of an off-white head with decent retention and some patchy lace.

S: Unique aroma dominated by a bicuity malt along with some bitter, citrus hops. Hops are certainly less prevalent than expected.

T: As with the aroma the hops are not a abundant as I would have thought/hoped, but the flavor profile is certainly pleasant. A tasty biscuity malt, with some hints of caramel along with some bitter, citrus hops round out the palate. Not the most complex DIPA, but quite tasty.

M: Medium-bodied with moderate and slight creamy carbonation and a hint of lingering bitterness on the way down. Rather full at times, but in a good way.

D: Quite easy to drink and the alcohol is completely hidden. If this were available around me I would certainly pick up a bomber from time to time.

Overall this was a nice DIPA with great flavor that was slightly lacking in the hop profile, but certainly another solid effort from Hair of the Dog. Thanks again Esther!

02-01-2010 16:53:35 | More by Lunch
Photo of kirok1999


4.05/5  rDev 0%

Pours a nice hazy orange with lots of nice, sticky lacing.
Mild hop smell, lots of pine and grass.
Taste is very mellow and not overly sweet. The hops dominate with juicy pine, grass and slight citrus. There's a nice rush of sweet malt in the finish, which is also bitter and lingering.
Feels very slick and tightly carbonated.
A very nice DIPA, just wish I could get more.

12-11-2008 01:27:04 | More by kirok1999
Photo of csmiley


4.05/5  rDev 0%

A - Pours thick and the color of copper with some subtle orange highlights. Head was fairly minimal but still stuck around for a little while. Lacing was good.

S - Some sweet fruit. Orange and mango up front. A little bit of grapefruit as well. Mild earthy aromas are on the tail end and resemble tobacco. The distant background has a hint of caramel but it is very hard to pick out. Aroma is mild overall but still very pleasant.

T - A smooth fruitiness comes out first with orange and grapefruit. Some earthiness is present but takes a backseat to the fruit. Mostly pine and grass. Some alcohol is noted but hidden very well behind the other flavors. Candied sugar and maple are in the background.

M - On the light side of medium bodied. Carbonation is good. Finish is dry and bitter but doesn't stick around for long.

D - Drinkability is good. This is a very solid effort by Hair of the Dog. This comes in at the lighter side of the style in most categories but still remains good throughout with a near perfect mouthfeel. I would gladly have another one of these. Alas, no Ohio distribution.

08-15-2008 02:08:07 | More by csmiley
Photo of Mora2000


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Winter 2010 bottling.

The beer pours a dirty yellow color with a white head. There are huge yeast particles floating in the beer. Not very attractive.

The aroma is a mix of citrus hops (mainly pineapple) and some pine.

The flavor is pine with some citrus hops and bready malt mixed in. The bitterness is about medium and just right for the style. The beer is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A good beer, but not as good as some of the other elite Double IPAs.

09-28-2010 23:55:00 | More by Mora2000
Photo of Mar02x


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

03-05-2012 20:05:29 | More by Mar02x
Photo of bcm119


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Pale peach/copper color with chunky off white head. Fruity hop aroma. Nose is juicy and smooth, with pink grapefruit hop flavor. Hops are strong, but not bitter, in fact its surpsisingly mild and smooth, but full flavored. Hints of tropical fruit along with the juicy citrus, then a faint pale malt sweetness before the semi dry finish. Much less malt than many double IPAs, which puts the hops on center stage and makes it interesting because the hops change as it warms. Relatively low in bitterness for the amount of hop presence. An interesting beer and fairly drinkable, but not something I'd have regularly.

I remember having this on cask at the Horse Brass, and it was much tastier than in the bottle, but this review is for the 22 bottle.

08-21-2006 02:54:28 | More by bcm119
Photo of LiquidAmber


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

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.

03-31-2012 05:50:41 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of AJDean


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy golden color, unfiltered, creamy head that stays around for the whole beer.

Smell: Immediate hops on the nose with sweet notes of orange and possibly citrus. Wonderful aroma.

Taste: Amazing taste. I am really enjoying this beer. never had a hair of the dog beer cause they are always to expensive. Good representation of a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: I love the mouthfeel. Unusually thicker however I went against the bottle recommendation and stirred up the sediment at the bottom because i enjoy a little extra flavor. FLAVOR SAVOR!!

Overall: I do enjoy this beer. Good quality IPA. Good head retention and lacing as well. Would get this again.

05-21-2011 03:39:13 | More by AJDean
Photo of Sky2625


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a 12 oz. schooner (this review is from notes taken 7/12/11).

A - Poured cloudy/murky orange/tan with very little head and effervescing a couple of strands of tiny bubbles. Also had a bit of sediment swirling in the pour.

S - Mango/orange scent with a bit of booziness, and a note of citrus hop.

T - Tropical fruit to grapefruity initial flavor followed by citrus (not hop) bitterness, which eases into a citrus/pine hop bitterness. Finishes with a mango/melon coolness.

M - Smooth, with a medium body and mild carbonation.

D - The bitterness profile is unique, given that it starts with a grapefruit bitterness and then transitions to hop bitterness. Very drinkable, a solid DIPA, but with a sweeter and fruitier flavor than I expected.

07-18-2011 01:56:35 | More by Sky2625
Photo of stoutluvr420


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Hazy light orange liquid with small to medium white head. Aroma of tangerine, tropical fruit, sweet cereal, marmalade, pine and grapefruit. Nice and fruity. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of tangerine and tropical fruit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Fruity and not too malt forward.

09-16-2012 22:26:54 | More by stoutluvr420
Photo of Stoneman78


4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

22oz bottle purchased from bottletrek.com, contents poured into a Duvel tulip glass, ABV=7%, Spring 2007 release

Appearance is a cloudy orange hue, minimal white lacing dissipates to a thin ring, fair light lacing

Smell is mostly lighter hops, mostly citrus and pine, grassy floral tones peak through, sweet fruits, chalk, and slight alcohol

Taste is mostly bitter and sour grapefruit hops, fleshed out by tones of pine resin, sweet orange, and floral/grass essence, some sweet malts in the middle and a bitter dry finish

Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, watery creamy texture lacks some of the resin characteristic of this style, mild carbonation

Drinkability is high, I would be hesitant to consider this a true DIPA, the 7%abv and relatively moderate hop profile is more reminiscent of a IPA or 1.5IPA, this is very easy-to-drink hop treat that is lacking in any exciting flavors but is nonetheless a solid offering from Portland

02-23-2008 06:10:18 | More by Stoneman78
Photo of GJ40

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Sampled from a 22oz bottle purchased from the Best Damn Beer Store in San Diego. No date on the bottle.

A - Gold with good clarity and a small head. The carbonation seemed unusually low so the appearance was a bit dull.

S - A strong burst of citrusy and piney hops.

T - Strong hop oils with loads of tropical fruit and citrus. The bitterness was moderate for a DIPA. A toasted malt backbone was present but secondary. There was a lot of flavor going on and it worked pretty well together.

M - It had a very nice creamy and silky consistency but it was hampered by a very low carbonation. I like my beer with a cask feel but this was even undercarbonated for me.

D - Lots of flavor, interesting and complex. I enjoyed this beer but I can't say it was one of my favorites.

10-30-2010 10:33:21 | More by GJ40
Photo of bangelos80

New York

4.08/5  rDev +0.7%

Split a bottle of this with my buddy. Poured a nice golden color with about an inch of head.

I get a sense of some citrus hops among the initial scent alOng with some malty flavors as well.

I taste the citrus flavor such as orange, pineapple. Very tasty. Also taste the malt in the backround

Mouthfeel, very smooth lightly carbonated with little to no bitterness, which is great for an ipa.

Overall a great ipa. Ordered this online from the west coast...didn't know what to expect. I am very satisified and would definitely be on the lookout for this when traveling. Would order again.

10-23-2011 00:00:17 | More by bangelos80
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
91 out of 100 based on 864 ratings.