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

490 Reviews
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Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2005

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Reviews: 490 | Ratings: 1,005
Photo of chaint
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in LA...apparently a rarity. Very murky clarity. A nice medium head and medium-to-light carbonation. Wonderful smell...a lot of floral hops and smells very fresh. Taste includes hints of mandarin orange. Great up-front flavor, but it finishes quickly...not a lot of bitter after-taste.

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Photo of Jhastings79
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot smoother than what I was expecting. Very flavorful and surprisingly quenching. Heard a ton of great things about this beer and some time back missed the opportunity with our local pub who had a release party for it....due to the fact it sold out quickly. I only live 4 hours away from this brewery yet it's still a very difficult brew to get your hands on. And the wait is worth it.

Two thumbs up from this guy.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Summer 2012 vintage.

A: A finger of hazy, milky-yellow. Notable effervescence. Looks almost light a wheat beer.

S: Yummy hops, dripping with fruit (tropically sweet and sweetly citrusy). Astringently bitter. Hop bill allegedly includes Columbus, Warrior, and Magnum. I'm a big fan.

T: Perhaps a touch warm. Tangerine and lemon peel precede an earthy, herbal hop body. It IS bitter, especially on the dry aftertaste. Loads of astringent hops more than justify the DIPA label to me. Very good.

M: Unworthy of mention, but serviceable for these purposes -- light carbonation, medium body.

O: A summery beer. Light, bright, and bitter. Recommendable.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. thanks to BabyTree

Poured into my DFH tulip. the beer is straw-orange color with a wispy head.

The nose is hops tropical fruits and slight grassy hop notes.

The taste starts with a nice hoppy flavor pine flowers hops. There is a hint of caramel malts at the end. A nice flavor and not over the top.

The mouth is refreshing crisp clean and the carbonation comes and goes quickly.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI tulip

A - Hazy, brown orange that allows onlyab bit of light to get through. Barely any head as only a small a mount of white foam sits on the edge.

S - Nose is a nice balance between hops and malt. There is orange, tangerine and a slight pine mixed with slight bready malt, sweet pineapple, caramel and a slight booziness that reminds me of a Christmas dessert dosed in Brandy

T - Earthy, piney hops are the first and main flavor that hits your mouth. This gives the beer more of a hoppy, bitter edge than you would expect from the nose. There is a sweet orange that comes in the middle to try to temper the hops but it does not succeed. The finish leaves a bitter, pine hop that lingers on.

MF - Low carbonation and light body with a slight stickiness to it. Slight resin residue sits on the tongue in the finish

O - Reminds me of a calmer version of Furious as it has that nice hoppy character to it but isn't as in your face. A bit low alcohol for a DIPA. Definitely shows that HoTD can do good hoppy beers to go with their expertise in Old Ales.

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Photo of hmph
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in an amazing box from Lordkyrstic, many thanks for the awesome beers!

A - haze, cloudy, thick fog?? its a pretty golden amber with nice stark white lacing that looks thick and lathery

S - pine, faint fruits, definitely the most 'lacking' part of the beer, while not bad it does leave some things to be desired

T - Smooth, lots of fruit on the initial taste, a lighter sweet malt with a good bit of bitter to follow a nd the finish is a lingering bitter as well

O - Not bad, and a pretty tasty beer but not exactly outstanding or groundbreaking for the style. It leaves some to be desired, most notably in the nose and a bit on the taste, but it was a good brew for sure

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw colored. Much lighter color than I would expect for a DIPA. ZERO head.

S - Not a lot of smell. Orange and lemon peels. Hops and a little bit of booze. Very light ABV so I'm surprised at the astringent smell of booze.

T - Sweet fruits and pineapple. Very bitter, surprised the ABV isn't higher. Bitter followed by sweet malts, almost like a sweet pastry.

M - Leaves a thick oil on the tongue that keeps the hops present for a long time. Decent carbonation.

O - Had this on tap and thought it was much, much better. Not enough of anything that I expect from a double IPA. Ok, but much more of and IPA than I double.

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Photo of stoutluvr420
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Gorgeous straw colour but lack of any substantial head tells me this is past its prime (Spring 2012 ???) Whoops!

LOVE the attack of lemony grapefruit to my nose.

Taste is bitter slight grassy with strong grapefruit but way too flat. Rats! Definitely past prime. Wished I remembered I purchased this & placed in the back of the brew frig. Thus explaining the lack of carbonation.

I'll own this fiasco. Lesson learned. Remember IPAs purchased. Grrr.

I upped my # in review as I know this is much better brew than what flowed from my Spring 2012 bottle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to ehammond1 for hitting this long-time want of mine. he sent me 2 bottles, one of which was devoured the other night in a Hair of the Dog horizontal tasting...this one to carefully capture my thoughts. enjoyed from my hair of the dog tulip.

bottle dated spring 2012

a - brew poured a murky straw yellow with a thin bubbly head that fizzled away fast. really murky and hazy. subsequent harder pours had a bigger frothier foamy head.

s - nice soft citric bouquet. some lemon. grapefruit bitterness on the finish. subdued, but nice.

t - grapefruit juice to the T, but not as pungent. some lemon citrus and bitterness on the finish.

m - soft with a bitter finish. very light and easy to drink.

o - very grapefruity. some lemon and some bitterness...being spring 2012, probably a bit on the older side...i bet this is more hoppy when fresh. very tasty, very glad to try this one. easy drinker. soft and subtle...quite good.

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Photo of Treebs
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle served in a NB globe glass. Spring 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a bubbly white head with a meringue-like thickness to it. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Pine and grapefruit ring bitterness with some doughy malts in the finish. Slight citrus zest, but it is a little faded.

T: Much maltier than the nose suggests. Creamy pale and white bread malt flavors that come off as very sweet. There is a slight herbal background bitterness with some grapefruit peel and mild pine to round it out.

M: Medium to light bodied with a clean finish. Average carbonation.

O: Definitely on the maltier side of DIPA's. Surprising light and drinkable though for how malty the nose was.

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Photo of woemad
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the spring, 2012, batch purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $7.99. This is one of my “white whales.” First time I’ve laid eyes on this beer, as it’s never made it to Spokane before.

Pours a bronze/amber color, without too much of a head, but what there was endured, and left a surprising amount of lace on my glass. Strangely, the upper portion of the beer was darker than the lower portion.

Very big citrusy hop scent right off the bat. As it warms up, there’s a tiny whiff of what might be a slightly sweet, caramel-like malt aroma, but it’s almost totally overwhelmed by the hops.

A big, grapefruity hop blast is what is first tasted when drinking this beer. There’s also some subordinate hop flavor that is more of a piney, bitter tendancy, but the fruit flavor is the ruler of this beer. Malts are there, but they’re hiding under a table while weeping piteously.

Medium bodied, with a rich, sticky, resiny, oily mouthfeel.

This is a BIG IPA, and would probably be wasted on the neophyte beer drinker. It’s very tasty, but I find myself wishing there was a little more balance. I know this batch has been criticized by some on BA as being a little bit inferior to earlier versions, and can’t help but wonder if I would be more satisfied by those earlier batches. Still, even a slightly disappointing (if that’s even the right word to use here) batch of this beer is pretty tasty and worth seeking out. Hopefully, I’ll see future batches here and will be able to compare them.

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

Poured from a bottle picked up at the tasting room. Spring 2012 edition, poured into a tulip.

Cloudy and wheat-colored, more like a Belgian wit than an IPA. One finger of bubbles the color and texture of pillow fluff quickly fizzles to a medium-sized ring.

Pilsner malt lends the aroma a handful of crackers; rye gives it spice; a crapton of hops delivers lemon peel, grass and grapefruit, in that order.

Rye is bigger in the flavor, contributing spice that mixes with alcohol for a flavor like un-aged rye whiskey. A touch of dankness, bigger grapefruit juice and grapefruit peel. A hint of honey flavor, but not much honey sweetness. Moderate bitterness on the back sides of the tongue.

Smooth, soft medium body is great. Carbonation is just a mild tingle, and a hint of booze comes through the nose and spices the tongue like pepper. Fairly clean finish.

Impressive to balance the killer amount of hops in here with just enough malt, and even more impressive that the rye didn’t get in the way. A great DIPA.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.72/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Really somewhat disappointed with this beer. I had this beer for the first time at the Alvinne Festival in Belgium, March of this year (2012). The Blue Dot that being served on tap there was nothing less than outstanding....it was great! It was my first beer by HOTD beer and I instantly became a HUGE fan!!! I loved it!!!! The Blue Dot I had there was creamy yellow and had such a unique awesome hop taste. I had to get more of this and would go out of my way to get it in the future.

I opened a Spring 2012 bottle of this on June 16, 2012. It poured a brownish tan color...I immediately looked at it with suspicion..it just looked dull and muted. The smell and the taste were really not much better...muted is the word to describe every chracteristic of this beer. It was drinkable, but not really much more...extremely disappointed!!! Had some hop taste, but tasted nothing like what I had at the Alvinne fest. I seriously wonder if I got a bad bottle or something.

I made a recent trade and received two bottles of this. I hope the other bottle is not like this. This was bla....

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap straight from the source. Pours a murky, brownish amber with very little head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits and orange. Taste is very fruity. Citrus and tropical fruits with some piney bitterness. Orange and tangerine at the end. Pretty heavy mouthfeel. Bitter flavor stays with you for awhile. Overall, oustanding Imperial Ipa. Glad I got a chance to try it.

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

Thanks to Francois for cracking this one.

Light fizzy head, hazy pale grapefruit color.

Nose hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit, hint of tangerine, light musty resin, hint of stone fruit like apricot, bit of sweet malt.

Taste is semi sweet, lots of tropical fruit, light musty resin, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, light spicy piny in the finish, slightly dry, almost creamy malt, long biter finish.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bod, decent carb.

Overall nice, not too heavy, sweet, or bitter, nice balance, nice hops, tasty.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to ahalloin, thanks Tony!

The beer pours out a very cloudy, almost reminds me of a hefeweizen with its lighter orange hue as well. Some lacing left, small ring of white head.

The smell is semi hoppy with a grassy edge, but also it has a big malt backbone that has a taffy like sweetened to it. Some orange peel. Some grain.

The taste follows the aroma, it has a bready, yeasty backbone with some slight tropical notes on top and also a hint of grassy hops, with some bitters at the back athough I really wish there was a little more bitterness and bite overall. The beer isn't offensive, it's just pretty normal and feels like a beer that's older without the hops though I know it isn't old because the beer was bought 1.5 weeks ago at the brewery itself.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick and semi thick, not overly great or bad.

Overall, this beer isn't overly memorable and I don't love it. Many, many double ipas out there.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.