Ruth - Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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Reviews by Tupperwolf:
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
More User Reviews:
3.88/5 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.
Serving type: bottle
01-16-2014 23:59:45 | More by Paincane
3.66/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
01-12-2014 23:48:34 | More by spoony
2.48/5 rDev -30.3%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-09-2014 02:39:59 | More by RickS95
Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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