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Ruth - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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Reviews: 348
Hads: 622
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 19.72%
Wants: 35
Gots: 26 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

A light and refreshing American Ale, made with pale malt and crystal hops. She was inspired by my Mother's Mother, Granny Ruth because of her love and support. Don't be Ruthless. Have one on Granny.

40 IBU
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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy gold under a 1” off white foam cap that grips the side of the glass. Somewhat week nose offers primarily light malt aromas and traces of caramel. Rich malt flavors lead to an assertive hop finish. Medium body and carbonation.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
1/5  rDev -71.8%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tumbler on 04.29.14.

A: Flat. No head or lacing at all. Somewhat opaque orange. Sediment is there.

S: Corn or grain first. Citrus, orange, lemon. It's very sour.

T: Burnt biscuit, bitterness, tangerine.

M: No carbonation.

O: The bottle read that this was unfiltered so I couldn't use that as a gauge for how old this was. At any rate, this was simply terrible. 3 sips into it and it was a drain pour. The was one of the most unbalanced beers ever. It was undrinkable.

Rating: F

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Photo of Paincane
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Opaque straw colored brew with thin white head.
S: Floral & light malt nose.
T: Bread and cereal notes in flavor. Nicely balanced malt backbone & hoppy finish.
M: Light bodied, smooth brew with a fair amount of particulates.
O: A very tasty APA.

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Photo of spoony
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap into a tulip glass at the brewery.

A-My pour arrives with about a finger of dense, white head. The beer is very murky and light honey in color. The head leaves a nice bit of clingy lace as I drink. A bit cloudy for my preference, but not terrible looking.

S-The aroma is pretty smooth with a doughy, bready malt base that is a tad sweet. Another whiff or two reveals a bit of citrus hops that give the brew a bit of orange peel and lemon.

T-The taste is hoppy for the style with earthy lemon and citrus flavors combining with the doughy malts. It is balanced, but slightly sweet for the style.

M-The feel is medium to full body for a pale ale with a chewy, doughy feeling. The carbonation is light to moderate.

O-This is a slightly odd pale ale. I has a bit of hoppy kick, which you might expect, but the chewy, doughy malts and murky appearance are a bit odd. That being said, it is not a bad-tasting beer, its just not one that I would sit back a drink a lot of.

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Photo of RickS95
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It's not ugly, but doen't really look the style. Had I not seen it was a pale ale, I'd guess this to be a wit. The pour is a milky golden yellow. Very hazy. The head is a macro looking white. Very carbonated looking head, but the lacing is nice.

Same as the look. Not unattractive, just doesn't smell like a pale ale. Lots of malt and yeast on the nose, with some flowers and honey. The hops don't shine at all.

I get lots of yeast, think pepper. Kind of a biscuity flavor (yeast). Whatever hops are in there, it doesn't seem to be the citrus kind because there's not even a hint of pine or Hawaiian fruit.

I don't care for the thick, almost chewy feel. Normally I'd appreciate it, but that would be in stouts or strong Belgians, not in pale ales. This is full and earthy with an astrigent bitter finish.

This misses the mark. I've been interested in Adam and Fred, but was only able to get this from a friend near Portland. I was excited. Now I'm disappointed. The look is wrong, the smell is wrong, it doesn't taste good and it feels worse.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had this on 2014-01-04 in Columbia, PA

A - Pours an opaque, unfiltered straw-orange with a short white head and mild lacing.

S - Sweet red grapefruit flesh, pear, very light malt, hop floral.

T - Grain, pear cider, orange flesh, some grass, nice amount of zest bitterness. Finishes pretty dry with some pepper, a touch of fruit sweet/tart and significant, burgeoning bitterness that lasts for quite awhile.

M - Light to medium body and light carbonation give a firmish feel for an APA. Soft at first then a little prickly.

O - Not your typical APA by any means. Plenty of flavor for 4.5%. If it wasn't expensive/hard-to-get in PA, I'd have it more often. I quite enjoyed this bottle.

Previous Review Below:

Had this in Portland, OR on 2010-01-31

A - Pours a straw yellow with a short white head

S - Mild, sweet pear and hops.

T - Grain, pear and orange creamsicle with pretty strong hop bitterness. Initially, fairly sweet but partially dries on the finish. After a bit, there's a creeping bitterness on the aftertaste that blossoms into strong grapefruit.

M - Light to medium mouthfeel and carbonation. Creamy with a viscous wine-like feel.

O - At first blush, I would've given this a lower score but the subtleties of the flavors impresses me; particularly the way the expanding grapefruit bitterness develops in the aftertaste.

Notes: Resampled from a bottle on 2011-05-31. Modified a couple of the tasting notes.

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Photo of stewart124
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Hazy yellow with just a bit of white head. Plenty of visible carbonation. Pretty lacing as this goes down.

Nice nose of spicy/citrusy hops. I get some hay and grassy aromas as well.

Strong pineapple esters. Deliciously light malt bill that allows the spicy notes of the hops to shine. More grass and straw character from the pilsner malt.

This is just an easy drinking American pale ale and it hit the spot. Very pleasing mouthfeel. More pineapple in the finish with lemon zest.

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Photo of dar482
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The color is a hazy straw yellow.

The aroma has a huge crisp biscuit malt. It is very grassy from the pilsner hops. It is a somewhat refreshing aroma with fruity esters.

The taste is almost Belgian, which I assume is from the yeast strain. The beer has some wheatiness, very tasty biscuit malt, and a finishing grassy bitterness.

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. The mix of the yeast strain with pilsner hops is really interesting. I had to pay $6.99 for this beer, so it’s not worth that much, but still a great beer to try to out.

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Photo of popery
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish orange. Quite cloudy. There seems to be a nice layer of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Medium head, white. Good lacing. Pretty good retention, as well. The aroma is gentle and pleasant. Floral notes with some grapes and peaches. It smells of honeysuckle and light, sweet fruit. Pale malt. Sugary. The taste is moderately dry. It starts with pale malt sweetness and a good amount of that fruity, floral hop flavor. Considering that the aroma is relatively weak, there's a surprising amount of hop flavor in the beer. Things dry out significantly in the finish. Bitterness is light. Mouthfeel is a bit fuller than expected. There's some body to the pale malt and lush hoppiness. Good beer. I'd like more aroma, but it has a very nice flavor. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Screw top?! What the hell, HotD!

Appearance - Clear orange until the sediment flows in. Then its hazy and chunky. Small white head that only leaves some wisps and nice lacing.

Smell - Not what I expected. Mild hop aroma. Kinda floral. More impressed by the fruit character it has. Like pineapple. Smells kinda like a light tripel.

Taste - Again with the fruits. Banana comes through here. Some clove. A little bit of citrus. A little bit of graininess. Bitterness is pretty strong. Has a slight Belgian character here too.

Mouthfeel - Light and drinkable. Pretty bitter, but I don't mind it. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Interesting take that I rather enjoyed. Nothing like a standard pale ale.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Date stamp appears to say 06.12.13.

12 oz bottle served chilled into a tulip glass. Ruth is a hazy pale yellow color. There is a good bit of sediment but I left most of that in the bottle. The head is thin and settles immediately.

Aroma is unusual but really pleasant. It has a peaches and apricot combination but to much in the way of hops.

Flavor is more bitter than expected, given the aroma, but not overly so for an American pale ale. Bitter citrusy fruits and some of the same fruitiness from the aroma come through. A bit of a Belgian yeast character but I'm not sure what yeast was used. Probably their house strain.

It is light in body and nicely carbonated. It's well balanced and enjoyable if not a little unorthodox.

Overall a really nice pale ale. Underrated on this site.

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Photo of HappyPappy2X
4.32/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

App: Orange/gold, hazy (from lack of filtration?) Low head - can stand an aggressive pour.

Smell: Lychee, Slightly earthy, citrusy hops.

Taste: Pale malt slow forward, hops tartness grows with more malt sweetness, culminating in very well balanced mid and finish. Undertones of ripe pome fruit.

Mouthfeel: Highly effervescent feel without too much carbonation.

overall: Very quaffable, some complex aromas and character, but subtle enough that it can be ignored if desired. Cannot believe Bros gave it a 60. Unbelievable. How many times have they tried?

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.56/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

first off, a screw off cap from such a highly rated brewery?? i'm confused. i pour this bottle into a tulip and it comes out a mango-like orange in color with tons of sediment floaties and a finger of head. i am not impressed. the smell is very citrusy with some bready malt. nothing interesting. the flavor is a bitter fruit-like flavor, grassy hops, caramel, kind of earthy bitterness. medium in body, low carbonation - i'll give it this much, it was refreshing and crisp.

not honestly all that impressed with my first experience from this brewery.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by ChrisPro. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thin cap, thicker collar, and minimal lace. Hazy straw-colored body.

S - Extremely floral, with some of the advertised pilsner malt. Quite bready, with a bit of faint metallic twang. Hops are earthy and spicy as well. Feels like a 'German' IPA in some ways.

T - The taste is similarly floral and lightly herbal, with bread and a bit of sweet pilsner malt in the periphery. Very light, crisp, and clean.

M - Zesty carbonation, pleasant medium-light body, a tad dry, with a clean finish.

D - Seems a bit miscast as an APA - if this had been advertised as a pale lager or German pilsner I would have raved about it. Easy to drink and enjoyable, but not really what I expected from a West Coat pale ale.

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Photo of steeb
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Slightly hazy poured in a thin head

S: Sweet and candy like with some citrus hop aroma peaking through

T: SWEEET. Again some citrus hops coming through behind all the sweet.

M: A bit on the heavy side for an APA from the west side.

O: There is some good hop character to this APA howeverrr, its a bit on the sweet side to really enjoy

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at HotD. Review from notes.

A: Pours a clear straw/yellow color with a small off-white head on top. Minimal retention, thin lacing down the glass.

S: Light citrus with some graham cracker malt and a little bit of caramel.

T: Similar to the aroma, light citrus, mostly lemon and lemon rind, with some grainy malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: A decent APA, doesn't really hold a candle to the other beers from HotD.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.17/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tulip glass.

A: Pours a mostly clear, straw gold color with barely a hint of head, which forms a thin ring. No lacing and so-so retention.

S: Sugar coated citrus (orange and lemon), some tropical fruit.

T: Sweetness dominates, pale malt, finishing with a mild off-tasting bitterness.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Unique, but not much better than average. A little too sweet for my tastes. Also, it reminds me of a mainstream adjunct American lager.

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Photo of Amalak
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Gold straw color. Thick. Completely opaque. Some foamy white head with a little lacing.

S. Very mild dark fruit scent.

T. It has a surprising smokey taste to it. It almost tastes like stale cigarettes at the end. Mild hop taste.

M. Crisp and full.

O. It has a flavor but I just don't care for the ashy taste it brings with it. Very odd.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky and turbid yellow-brown with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of herbal hops up front with a malt finish and a slight alcohol kick. There is a very mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but probably nothing I would actively seek out again.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar of large bubbles and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of earthy yeast in the nose along with notes of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The overall taste is dominated by a moderate amount of bitterness and has flavors of citrus hops and earthy yeast. Some hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is not one of the easiest to drink in the style, especially given its pronounced bitterness and hints of alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a rather cloudy bright golden yellow to golden orange in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation near the surface of the beer. The beer has a quarter finger tall white head that reduces rather quickly to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a small slightly thicker patch and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of pale malts with some hints of lemon/citrus and hay. There are some earthy, grassy, and herbal hops with some notes of black pepper.

T: The flavors are very similar to the smell for this beer. There is an underlying earthiness with pale malt flavors. Moderate flavors of lemon/citrus and black pepper yeastiness. Light to moderate amounts of bitterness are present.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy with light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The unfiltered American Pale Ale is a very interesting style (or hybrid style). I found the beer to not be the easiest to drink but is very enjoyable - while the ABV is not too high this feels like more of a sipping beer.

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Photo of KDawg
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap into a taster. Pours a nice clear straw color with a small head.

Good aromas of grains, crackers, citrus and a touch of hops. Lacking some depth though.

lighter bodied with good flavors of grains, lemon peels and some bits of hops on the end. A little thinner than I'd personally like for an APA.

A solid Pale ale, but not up to the other quality that I was having from HotD. A nice beer, but not much more.

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Photo of codysjb
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought in NYC from good beer.
A: A brilliant cloudy orange yellow with a one to two finger head which doesn’t dissipate.
S: Saison-ey, with lemon and zest and farmhouse accents. Little bit of grapefruit.
T: strong. A decent taste but somewhat bland, finishing with some alcohol taste. Lemon flavor.
M: lemon and some generic beer flavor. Some alcohol. Bland
O: Only okay, smell and appearance are amazing but it under performs on the taste.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

poured into glass stein as I sit outside on this hot 95 degree day.

Appearance: starts off as a brilliant straw yellow and clear beer. After I waited to let the head settle to pour the rest, sediment made this beer a hazy, opaque dark yellow. Massive head easily 3 finger of head.

Smell: light malt profile and mellow hops. grassy and fruity hop profile. Oranges, and lemons.

Taste: moderate sweet malt profile and mild bitter hops. Sweet grains, saltine cracker, and bananas found in malt profile. Hops are grassy, herbal, and earthy. Lemons and oranges. Mild bitter finish that the pine resins finally makes an entrance into the beer...better late than never!

Mouthfeel: low bodied beer with moderate to high carbonation. Semi dry finish.

Overall: I enjoyed this beer. Dont know why everyone hates on it so much. Its not amazing like most HotD beers, but its decent. I bumped the beer down on overall score because I dont think it fits its beer style very well.

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Photo of peacebone116
3.86/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dee at Bobby's Liquors, I poured this beer from the 12-oz bottle into a Delirium snifter.

A: Incredibly hazy, the white, thin head quickly retreats to the edge of the glass leaving only trace remnants of its brief existence floating atop the golden straw colored body.

N: Sweet lemon-grass with a hint of peppery spice.

T/M: Slightly lacking in carbonation, this very light malt sweetness and appropriately delicate (bottle touts 4.5% ABV) body pair excellently with the lemony citrus notes and subtle earthy pine resin flavor to make for a very crisp and refreshing beer.

Although this beer seems mischaracterized as an APA, it is quite delicious. I think this one really reminds me more of a Belgian ale brewed with West Coast yeast and an American's heavy hand in the hops. It is a great summer beer for a cool, sunny day in down by the Bay.

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Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.