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

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567 Ratings

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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 14.89%
Wants: 34
Gots: 22 | 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:
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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Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable head, a cheaqper beer but also C hop aroma. A oppy Golden, a bit of a funkiness there. Appropriate carbonation. Yeast in mouth lent it a medium-full mouthfeel. Decent better than average brew, which may be substandard for this great brewery. Volo's.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 04:13:19 | More by Sammy
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

10-10-2012 02:00:58 | More by t0rin0
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 02:44:45 | More by UCLABrewN84
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-30-2011 19:56:07 | More by djrn2
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Since this is my first Hair of the Dog beer, I decided to start with one of the simpler, more easily reviewed (by me) styles. I'm not too sure that giving your beer proper names is all that high on the coolness scale. Although as we all know, it's the actual beer that counts. Still, Ruth doesn't have quite the same panache as, say... Arrogant Bastard, now does it?

Lightly fogged, pale banana-amber, much lighter than the usual APA. The bone white head is massive, so much so that it nearly overflowed the glass. Even after several minutes it claims more of the glass than the actual beer, thanks to the insane amount of carbonation. The significantly rocky head looks like stiffly whipped egg whites and is beginning to leave chucks of lace on the glass.

Ruth is brewed with Crystal hops, but no one would confuse it with Brutal Bitter's little brother (er... sister). It smells quite a bit like a tripel to my nose. Belgian yeast funk, clove spice and pungent fruit are the main contributors to the aroma.

That's a pretty fair approximation of the flavor as well, but add unmasked alcohol to the mix. The flavor profile doesn't come close to any APA that I've ever had and doesn't really appeal to me. There's also a white pepper spiciness and a sweet slickness that doesn't belong in this style at all and that is limiting my ability to truly enjoy the beer.

I'm not sure what the brewers at Hair of the Dog were shooting for, but if they hit it, then it wasn't a target worth aiming at. Here's hoping that the rest of their lineup is more to my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2004 19:28:40 | More by BuckeyeNation
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New York

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 00:15:57 | More by metter98
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light honey color with a little, rocky head that doesn't do much by way of lacing

Smell: Peppery, with Belgian yeast funk; almost mildewy

Taste: Opens with a peppery, yeasty dough flavor that becomes harshly bitter, with a pithy tangerine and lemon zest aspect, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tangerine pith dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a touch syrupy

Drinkability: If you are going to call it an APA, brew an APA; this hybrid beer misfires, to my palate

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 02:56:22 | More by brentk56
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South Carolina

4.9/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A – Ok now this was a serious looking brew. Poured a very hazy, so cloudy you could not even see through it, pale golden yellow. Tons and tons of sediment were apparent right from the beginning, swirling around in the glass and eventually coming to rest near the bottom. A large two inch head of sticky and foamy lace formed on the top and had great retention, lasting for almost a good few minutes before settling back down to earth and remaining at about a half an inch throughout the remainder of the session. A large amount of side glass lace was present and pretty much obscured the contents throughout. This was far and away the best looking pale ale I have ever seen. This just looked great in every way and earns a perfect 5 in look hands down.

S – The aroma was awesome. First thing I noticed was a sharp dose of citrus hops, however they were not so bitter, but rather sweet and floral with a very pleasing overall aura about it. Large amounts of yeast were also present and gave it a rather light, fruity feel. Small doeses of apples, appears and even some peaches were apparent as was a slightly fresh cut grass of sort. Very nice aroma and to be honest this just is not seeming like a pale ale to me.

T – Wow, what the crap is this. This is just fantastic. A huge full robust flavor just overwhelmed the taste buds from the first moment I sipped this. I was really blown away by the depth in the flavor here. Lots of floral hops, but not overbearing, kinda muted on the bitterness and replaced with more of a sugary sweetness. Lots of yeast in the flavor as well. Nice fruity flavors, but very light and full of apples and pears. A good backbone of light grain malts was present and really helped push everything else to the front. There was a touch of some lemon almost, something with a bit of a twang and very bright. That is the best way I can describe this one, very bright. It was honestly one of the best all around flavors I have ever had. Pretty much perfect.

M – Very full bodied. Lots of carbonation that hung around until the bitter end. This really helped to solidify the overall lively feeling of this. It had such a unique feel. On one had it was light in body, full of carbonation and had a nice crisp cut off, however it was still rather filling and had a definite presence to it. Very complex, but exceptionally good. I really cannot say anything bad here at all and yet another score of 5.

D – Now here, hands down this is a five. It was beyond sessionable. Truly a fantasic crafted brew. I could have had another and another and another. I just do not have words to accurately describe it. All of this packed into 4%abv? I just don’t see how. If I could I would buy a case and make sure it was in the fridge at all times, it was just that good.

Overall this has to be one of the best brews I have ever had. Just a complete package of sessionability and by far the best session ale I have ever had. I cannot compare it to anything else as it was just that good. I will be actively seeking out more of this, and that is something I very rarely do. I really have to have enough of this around for future enjoyment. Truly one of the best I have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2007 22:39:00 | More by mikesgroove
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Quebec (Canada)

4.53/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light yellow color ale with large pure white foamy head with perfect retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is a nice mix between some barley notes and well balanced citrus and grapefruit notes. Taste is very refreshing with loads of character without being too extreme. Body is full with limited filtration and perfect carbonation. I must admit to having been surprise by this one; I was expecting a easy drinking no character blond ale with found a well balance hops ale with a great malt backbone. I would definitely buy this more often it was available around town.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:48:21 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A hazy golden color with about one finger of white foam.

S: Citrus hops, mostly orange and some mild grapefruit initially (and very quickly). Malt dominates the rest of the way through.

T: Also disappointing, not much in the way of hop bitterness. Sweet orange, and then malty sweetness.

M: Medium body, not much carbonation.

D: Good drinkability, as you expect from a pale ale. I was hoping for a lot more from HotD, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2009 21:04:26 | More by womencantsail
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3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale orange body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Pretty simple aroma with sweetish pale malts and a light hop scents of flowers and spice.

Taste: Standard, sufficient pale malts with a hint of crumpled unsalted crackers and an overall medium-low sweetness. Spicy, floral hops with a clean, medium-high bitterness. A tad yeasty. Finishes dry with a persistent touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A basic, but basically decent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 17:03:07 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

12-14-2011 06:57:20 | More by spycow
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3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a golden color with a good amount of fizzy head on top. The smell of this beer had a pretty decent citrus aroma to it. The taste of the beer was a little floral it almost gave off a bit of a Belgian flavor. The mouthfeel of the beer was bubbly and was pretty light. Overall this beer was pretty good, not my favorite from HotD but still not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 19:18:55 | More by Knapp85
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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

04-21-2014 00:17:56 | More by GRG1313
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

11-27-2011 22:11:32 | More by JAHMUR
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3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden hue with a small, fizzy, white head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - Smelled very citrusy. Really very sweet. Also, some strong floral notes.

T - It tasted sweet and of grains. It had a mild grassy hop quality. It had a citrus kick, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pilsner malt just is odd in an APA. I am not a fan. Maybe I need to have more to see if I like it.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 02:23:36 | More by zeff80
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3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Infected bottle. Pours an ultra-hazy blond with a solid one finger head. The nose is fairly mild, revealing a bit of citrus, green apple and floral hops. Nice balance of crisp American hops and citric sourness in the taste. A hint of oxidation/wet paper appears briefly before the finish, which is ultimately washed away by the mild but lingering sourness. The infection worked in this beer's favor. Light-bodied, crisp and drinkable. An odd case where infection improved the beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2008 00:10:17 | More by largadeer
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Alberta (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with next to nothing in the way of head, and only some sparse, thinly streaked lace to show for the effort. It smells of herbal yeast, buttery malt, and flat citrusy hops. The taste is toasted butter malt up front, orchard fruit, eventually giving way to some citrus and herbal hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, a little acidic, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the toasted wine barrel character still holding tight.

I don't like buttery white wines, so perhaps that informs my opinion of this beer a little too much. Too fruity and toasty, when I'm looking for clean malts and restrained bitter hoppiness. Methinks this wasn't my best choice as an introduction to this brewer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2011 01:01:05 | More by biboergosum
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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, peachy-gold body topped with a bright white head that dies back readily, leaving only a thin collar and whispy foam across the top. The aroma is fairly bright with summer fruit, candy, a light yeastiness and some mild hop aroma. The body is medium-full, with a limited carbonation that makes for an astoundingly creamy, almost chewy, mouthfeel. The flavor grabs you with a jolt of hops up front, reveals a wide grainy maltiness and soft fruity yeatiness as it crosses the palate, then receeds with a sweet maltiness intertwined with hop bitterness. If you're not real familiar with crystal hops, some of that perceived "sweetness" is actually a hop flavor combined with the malt. As you progress through the glass, with the beer warming and your taste buds becoming "accustomed" to the hop, the malt character becomes more evident; and the finish takes on an almost licorice flavor of sticky malt sugars and very gentle hop spiciness. Definitely an unusual beer - one that grows on you throughout the glass. I've had beers that have tasted somewhat like this, but never one that was so well done. An enjoyable beer that is not really complex up front, but has a combination of malt, yeast and hop characteristics that makes it quite interesting. Surprisingly seductive.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2002 10:54:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

11-14-2011 23:13:16 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a fully fogged in orange gold with a nice sized off white head. Nose is sugar and funk. Fruit skins are there as well. Flavor is very hoppy, but kind of inky as well a bit? There is a real interesting edge to this one. Lots of funk. That yeast seems to be killing it a bit though. Interesting, but too much so for it's own good. There is a fairly high carbonation coming here and the big bubbles just attack the tongue. The liquid feel is kind of odd with a weird coating of the mouth, like I just took a mouthful of liquid medicine. Overall this one is okay. I don't think it is bad, but it's balance is very unusual. You will either love this beer, hate it, or be dead center about it, I think. For me, I am dead center. Nice to try. Nice to be moving on.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 04:22:33 | More by RblWthACoz
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3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 05:09:34 | More by MasterSki
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2.83/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown short twist off with no freshness date. Quick blurbs about the brewery and the beer on the label. Layer of sediment is very noticeable at the bottom.

Appearance: Fast frothing white head sadly dissipates to a thin ring of lace, even with careful pouring a substantial amount of yeast made it into the glass causing the brew to look very hazed with a pale yellowish golden hue.

Smell: Yeasty with a lemony herbal hop aroma with a touch of honey like malt in the nose as well.

Taste: Carbonation is low leaving a slickly creamy mouth feel. Very yeasty on the palate with a bite towards the back, hints of hop and malt are there but the blanket of yeast is so thick it clouds them. Touch of astringency comes from the malt that same time as the hops hit for a bite the pushes the yeast to the top. Finishes a touch dry with yeasty overtones.

Notes: Give this brew some better flocculating yeast and a bit more carbonation to bring some crispness to the table and you might have a good beer. Unfortunately this brew does not come close to fulfilling my needs and was a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2002 17:42:35 | More by Jason
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3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On first pouring out this ale, I had a doubt or two about it. Color was a cloudy off-yellow, laden with stray white floaties bobbing and weaving hither and thither. The head was vast, lacey and white, but with suspicious brown flecks dotting the surface. Was something wrong? Did these odd aspects bode ill for the brew? Well, down the hatch, and we'll find out...
Aroma: sweet and sour, like any abbey tripel, earthy, spicy, with a appley character dominating any other fruit association. On palate, tasty, but mild, good, smooth texture, sweet and sour flavors intermingling with emergent citrus that rides through the rest of the drink.
Medium body, excellent mouthfeel, long, dry finish.
Hops are low to negligible in this, and malt is faintly felt. A nice easy-going, but uncompromised pale ale from an uncompromising brewery.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2003 13:40:04 | More by feloniousmonk
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3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Hair of the Dog tulip. Beer is yellow and hazy and severly over carbonated. Offensively so. Takes 15 minutes to pour the beer. Head has great retention but acts as a stiff barrier to my enjoyment. Aggressive carbonation. Lots of lacing.

Aroma is mildly sweet. Mildly hoppy. Citrus hops but very light.

Beer is medium in body and has a slight malt sweetness to it. It is not impressive. Not my favorite beer from them at all. Not a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 14:17:50 | More by drabmuh
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Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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