Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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3.93/5 rDev -3%
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
05-26-2014 17:28:19 | More by Treyliff
4.33/5 rDev +6.9%
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.
05-26-2014 06:25:30 | More by MarcWP
4.36/5 rDev +7.7%
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.
05-26-2014 01:19:42 | More by wildlife
4.15/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
05-23-2014 04:48:22 | More by Beaver13
3.76/5 rDev -7.2%
This is kind of like the Kate Upton of beers for Raul: it has curves, it's voluptuous, it has all the good things that a player would look for... but if the main man isn't into blondes, he's not into blondes. And this style of "IPA" to Raul ain't his thang. It's more like an IPL, but Raul will move on.
Again, the sucker is clean, smooth, well balanced... but that pale malt... no mami!
A good brew, but not Raul's style.
05-07-2014 00:20:01 | More by RaulMondesi
3.8/5 rDev -6.2%
I heard there is batch to batch variation on this beer and the Winter 2013 was a dud so here's the new Spring 2014 batch. Cheers to Carl Sagan and we are off.
Pours incredibly cloudy, pale yellowy peach in coloration. The pour barely nets a head, a half finger of loose white bubbles with barely any retention. Sudsy lacing left on the glass.
The malt is clean and bready with a spicy kick of sharp rye. It works well with the uplifting yellow citrus and rising bright spicy pine and herbs.
Clean pilsner malt with a slight white bready and caramel sweetness to it. The spicy rye flares up the piney hop flavors and the backing of orange citrus. Nuances of vinous fruit and earthy herbs in the finish. Alcohol is really felt despite the label boasting a paltry sum of 7%. Medium bitterness and lingering pine and rye.
Heavy yeast and barely adequate carbonation don't make for a beer you can pound down. Alcohol rears its ugly head constantly , at least this has a scrubbing dryness and bitterness isn't overly done.
A good IPA that has been around the block, the rye malt is in perfect harmony with the abrasive and piney Northwest hop profile. Had Hair of the Dog seen higher distribution I'm sure there would've been much more hype to this beer.
05-05-2014 06:28:49 | More by rawfish
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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