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

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BA SCORE
81
good

547 Ratings
THE BROS
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poor

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Ratings: 547
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%


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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001)
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
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Tupperwolf

Washington

4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Recently I've become enamored with Hair of the Dog, and I've only had one of their beers - Doggie Claws. Their packaging has really grown on me. It's kitschy and endearing. Each beer really feels like a labor of love.

This pours out one of those yellow colors you really don't see too often - a sunny, kind of artificial color that reminds me of an Arnold Palmer - half and half for those not in the know - half lemonade and half iced tea. It pours rather hazy, and I give the last bit of the bottle a very lazy half-swirl to get a little extra of the bottle-conditioning yeast in there, just because, making it extremely hazy. Very soapy, very thin head caps the top, and a few streams of very tiny bubbles can be seen feeding the head, which leaves soapy wisps of lacing.

Orange peel, biscuity malts, and a rather strong punch of hops are all present in the nose. I'm actually somewhat surprised - pleasantly, mind you! - by how much hops are present. There's a bit of meaty, dusty, charcoal in the scent, perhaps from the yeast. The malts are light and biscuity, and the hops are grassy, citrus, and vinuous.

A lovely hoppy west coast style pale ale for sure, this reminds me vaguely of SNPA, but with less orange citrus and more grassy, bitter hop. It's a nicely hopped pale ale, with the hops vying for dominance with the malts, which are sugary and biscuitlike. The yeast smooths things out, giving a kind of doughy quality to the flavor - it's quite good.

Mouthfeel is somewhat soapy, with slippery carbonation and a kind of half-sticky finish that lingers for just a little while. It fills the mouth, but doesn't work wonders.

Overall, a good pale ale, and a very interesting experience to drink due to its unusual appearance - the color, texture, and head all make it look kind of odd, but it tastes good.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2006 03:20:53 | More by Tupperwolf
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Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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