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

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BA SCORE
81
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551 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 551
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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Falcon91Wolvrn03

California

4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Appearance – A somewhat cloudy light golden yellow, with a huge head and lots of lacing.

Smell – Lemon drop, malt, and kind of a wild ale scent sweetened with honey.

Taste – A lemony malty taste. Not as sweet as the smell.

Mouthfeel – Smooth, moderate carbonation, and crisp.

Drinkability – A nice session beer. Another good one from Hair of the Dog.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 04:47:49 | More by Falcon91Wolvrn03
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Mora2000

Texas

3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of grass and bread in it, with a little bit of orange citrus thrown in. The flavor is similar, with grass and bread standing out. There is also some earthy and tea-like notes in the flavor, as well as some juicy orange notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 02:54:43 | More by Mora2000
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UnknownKoger

California

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into Bruery tulip. Appearance is a hazy Orange/yellow. Mild carbonation. Smells like fruit with some hop bitterness in there. Taste is more hoppy than the nose lets on. Very low malt profile. The taste completely surprised me. Mouthfeel is nice. Overall it's a good beer. I don't think I'd go out of my way to buy it, but it's a good beer. I'd drink it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 19:49:15 | More by UnknownKoger
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siege06nd

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extra courtesy of beenitty. Thanks, Brandon!

A: Pours a very cloudy, murky golden apricot color. Head is unspectacular...about a quarter finger of off-white head. Decent lacing. Looks more like a hefe than an APA.

S: Some mild pine, grapefruit, and some grain. Not much else.

T: Ack, watery and juicy. Lots of sweet pineapple juice mixed with some thin grainy malt.

M: Watery with some citrus juice. Not much else.

O: This one may have been past its prime. But the lack of "Bottled On" date leaves me no choice...I'll review it as it came to me. A mediocre pale ale that lacks crispness and hop bite, this is a juicy, wet, thick mess.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 17:12:20 | More by siege06nd
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caryt

Oregon

3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz. bottle into my Dogfish Head pint glass

A: Not what I was expecting, looks like a Hefeweizen, very cloudy caramel color. No head which displays the lack of carbonation I'm about to experience.

S: Mild citrus hops with what smells like wheat yeast to me. Not what I would expect in a APA.

T: Hardly any carbonation, needs more carbonation. Wheat, I may be crazy but I taste wheat. Could use more hops as well.

M: The mouthfeel is the best quality of the beer, however it doesn't make it any easier to drink.

O: Hair of the Dog, I love you. This is not the typical ale I've come to love from you. Glad I tried it though, so I know. Babe Ruth continues to be the only Ruth I love.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:35:07 | More by caryt
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours clear and golden. An easy pour yielded about half a glass of white head. It sticks to the sides as it subsides.

S - I get some caramel malt and floral hops.

T - There is not a lot of flavor. I get some caramel malt and some faint fruity flavors.

M - Moderate

O - This is not a complex or flavorful beer. It's worth a try, but I would not seek it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 18:06:37 | More by buschbeer
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Unfiltered golden yellow. It sort of looks like yeasty lemonade. Sediment float in the glass. Tight bubbly off-white head. The bouquet is grain malts, barnyard funk, lemon zest and cracker malt. Some floral and perfume from the hops. Very mild smell. The beer taste predominately of sour yeast and thin malts. I pick up sourdough, kiwi and passionfruit. Slight bitter finish The mouthfeel is light but not watery. A decent quencher but a too much sweetness makes this less than good overall.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 05:19:13 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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LiquidAmber

Washington

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly cloudy light orange-yellow amber. One finger fine light head with moderate persistence. Light, pleasant aroma of sweet and caramel malt, light herbal hops, slightly sour. Taste is mild, sweet malt, light fruit and hops. Light lasting hop finish. Surprisingly medium bodied for a lighter beer. A very nice pale ale, and one lower ABV ale I will certainly return to. Another HotD winner, well made. Review from notes; bottle purchased and drunk in late 2011.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 00:55:08 | More by LiquidAmber
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output01x

Ohio

2.33/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (no date) into a pint glass.

A slow pour yields a creamy, off-white head that quickly shoots up and fills the entire glass before half of the bottle is emptied. Should I have grabbed my weizen glass? The body is a hazy straw gold with multiple jets of carbonation bubbles. Still looking more like a hefeweizen than an APA. The head never falls to less than 1/2-finger. Some light lacing can be noticed as splotches clinging randomly to the glass.

The nose is dominated by yeast with bright notes of lemony citrus, golden apples, and wildflower honey. Some slight biscuity malts and floral hops are detectable, but very subdued. Even the nose is more hefe than APA.

It feels like ages waiting for the head to die down enough to even get a sip. The first sip offers a strong citrus flavor with notes of pineapple and lemon. Upon swallowing, grassy hops washes out all other flavors. However, this slowly transforms into an off-putting flavors of chalky banana peel and dandelion stem.

This beer is light to medium bodied with enough carbonation for a case of Pale Ales. The body seems about on for the style but is difficult to gauge with all the carbonation. The carbonation fizzes the instant the beer enters your mouth and doesn't stop until swallowed, no matter how long the beer is held in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 02:33:01 | More by output01x
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kojevergas

Texas

2.78/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are slightly above average.

A: Pours a half finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear light gold.

Sm: Malts and citrus ester hops. Orange and lemon. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Decently hoppy with clean malts. Simple and boring, even bland. There's not a lot going on. A bit one-note.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thin. Not horribly complementary of the style.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't get it again. It's alright, but Hair of the Dog has better beers.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 03:55:55 | More by kojevergas
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magictacosinus

California

2.28/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottle lists the beer as "unfiltered," although I only noticed so upon pouring everything in. Whoops. Here's hoping it doesn't ruin the flavor.

Orangish-straw color, which lots of tiny bubbles and a gigantic, creamy head, as expected. Yeastiness is highly present in the color, and the foam sticks to the glass as it fades over time. If anything, looks like a better version of many homebrews I've had in the past.

This one is definitely for lovers of honey and herbs, to say the least! The yeast clearly produces such notes, and there's plenty of floral and citrus hops that follow as well. Does not smell the least bit malty, perhaps due to the yeast overpowering the flavor. There's a bit spiciness as well, but it seems like this beer is a little messed up in terms of balance, despite holding an overall pleasant aroma.

Flavor continues the honey overdose trail, except this time far more unpleasantly. The yeastiness is overpowering to the point where it creates a slimy astringency, as well as having too much graininess to the point of leaving behind an unpleasant, sandpaper-like aftertaste on the tongue. There's a sweet syrupy feel, which is interesting while the hoppiness prevails, yet kind of unpleasant as it fades away. Worst off, it's a alcoholic disaster despite being a modest 5.6% ABV: the burn at the back of the throat is anything but beneficial to heightening the experience. I've no idea how to seek any distinguishable flavors in a beer this messy.

This is not a complete failure, but a typical homebrew type product that is really unbalanced and headscratching. All of the intended flavors are great, but they're all positioned in the wrong place. At least, that's what my palate is convincing me every time I take a sip. Glad this was only $2.50, on the bright side. Still was a drainpour, in the end.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:00:03 | More by magictacosinus
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mfavoino

Washington

2.68/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 1/21/12.

Appearance: Pours a golden, hazy straw color with some sediment at the bottom. Little head to it that didn't retain very long.

Smell: Definitely yeasty with no detection of hops.

Taste: Where are the hops? A bit confused by by the lack of hops and decision to call this one an APA. Taste of honey and yeast, but not much else to it.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel without any hop bitterness that tends to accompany this style.

Overall: Disappointing because I was expected an APA and was left confused by this one.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 05:05:47 | More by mfavoino
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OldPenguinHunter

California

4.15/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of my "go-to" beers. It is now getting regular down here in Long Beach, I'm stoked!
A: Pillowy, fluffy head, Nice bubbly yellow beer, like straw. Lighter than most APA's.
S: Malty sweet, a little citrus and grass, apples.
T: Good malty body, Sweet fruit, light citrusy hops. This beer is a little malt heavy for the style, but I like it. I find the maltiness combined with the citrusy hops to be very refreshing.
M: Light, good carbonation.
O: I buy a 6-pack of this beer a few times a month and have noticed differences in each six-pack. Sometimes when I get the beer, I notice a wierd tartness, other times I get a chemical-taste. But when the beer is on, it is freaking great. I've noticed the chemical and tart flavors coming out when the beer is stored on the shelf instead of in the fridge; or that could be just me. Also, the beer isn't 5.60% alc, it's like 4.7%alc/vol.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 02:45:40 | More by OldPenguinHunter
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unclejazz

New York

4.03/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ruth is a nice surprise, both as a add-on in my first trade(thanks millerbuffoon) and the flavor. It does not come across as a traditional APA, but some great choices. This beer was heavily carbonated with a foamy head that sticks around, color is a hazy yellow-orange. Smell is piney/resin with very clear grapefruit, and both come across in taste. There is a pilsner taste, very clean, like Stoudts Pilsner that goes very well with hops. Its as though they did a black and tan variation with 8oz. of Pale Ale and 4oz. of a nice clean and crisp Pilsner. I would be happy to enjoy this again and may act as a good substitute for Two Hearted Ale until I can get a constant source. Peace, unclejazz out.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2012 18:32:24 | More by unclejazz
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Philousa

California

2.6/5  rDev -27%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pale straw body, completely opaque, with a thick two finger head. Sweet honey-like barley malt, toasted white bread, and very slight hint of hops in the nose. I think I'm reaching for the hops. Light honey flavor up front, floral hops bubble to the surface while the malt changes from sweet barley to tart. Light bitterness lingers. Middle to watery feel, a bit acidic, like a Hefeweizen.

Is this a Pale Ale or a Hefeweizen? I think HotD needs to make up their mind. I was excited to try a beer of theirs that wasn't a Strong Dark Ale or Old Ale, but now I'm left wondering if HotD knows what they're doing when brewing alternate styles. Their other beers were very complex and rewarding, so I was hoping to get a hoppy Pale Ale with some interesting malt flavors, which is what they do best. Instead I got a Hefeweizen labeled as a Pale Ale. This isn't a bad beer, it's just confused.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2012 15:39:49 | More by Philousa
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DrewShal9

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pale golden straw with a thin white head. Doesn't look like a pale ale to me.
S: citrus and floralI hops with some bready and caramel malt. A little stale.
T: mostly taste some citrus with a great amount of breadiness. Disappointing as this should be bursting with hops and be more bitter than sweet.
M: very light and thin bodied with a minute level of carbonation.
O: pretty sure this is an outdated bottle but can't tell as this didn't have a born on date. Going to email them regarding this experience

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 04:49:12 | More by DrewShal9
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.53/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours out looking like a standard pale ale, golden in color, tons of shi, err, sediment in the bottle. Or maybe its yeast. Smells not of hops. Yeast forward. Is this a mislabeled saison?

Taste, meh. A little more similar to what I've come to know as a pale ale, but still seems to be wading in saison or wheat waters at times moreso than a pale ale. Why? Where's the hops man? This is just bready and slightly bitter with something as a yeast akin to something from Belguim. Moderate bitterness.

Kind of reminiscient of Cascades forays into ipa's and pale ales, i.e. Cascade and HOTD are mostly known for non hoppy beers, but when they make pales/ipas, they are underwhelming to say the least, especially when you go in expecting quality on the level of their other beers.

I think I'll stick w/ HOTD's sipping beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 23:33:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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draheim

Washington

2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle opens with a conspicuously limp "pfft." Poured aggressively into a tulip, yields literally zero head. What is up with this beer.

Clear golden color with no carbonation. One of the flattest beers I've ever seen. I am having flashbacks of Angel's Share.

Aroma is grainy and a little dull. Not impressed.

Taste is pale malt. That's it really. Pale malt, no discernible hops, no carbonation. Feeling like I'm the butt of a practical joke here, pretty sure I've got a bad bottle. But what can I say? Quality control guys.

This tastes like a flat Budweiser, and I can't finish it. Next!

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 06:21:06 | More by draheim
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phichifiji00

California

4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into pint glass.

Appearance: hazy, pale yellow/straw color. Pours 1 inch of thick fluffy white head that fades slowly.

Smell: Straw, hoppy, citrus, lemon, malt, earthy, grassy, lemon grass, slightly peppery, a bit piney.

Taste: malty, biscuit, lemon peel, grassy, earthy, honey, honey-lemon caugh drop, a hint of menthol.

Mouthfeel: light-medium bodied, moderate carbonation, creamy, zesty.

Overall: A very drinkable APA. The flavors are pretty complex for the style. Hops are subdued with very prevalent lemon and earthy notes.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2011 17:14:34 | More by phichifiji00
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beergod1

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Interesting... Pours a light peach color with a small head and no lacing. Smells almost like an amber with only a hint of hops. Tastes very interesting. I'm not sure this is a Pale Ale, but then again I'm not sure "what" it is. A very smooth taste with an alcohol aftertaste, but the aftertaste surprisingly isn't bad. Light malt flavor with just a touch of hops. Again, I'm not sure this should be listed as a Pale Ale. Mouth feel is full and creamy. Drinkability is good, This fell away from the typical HotD Tree, But still tasty.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 23:04:41 | More by beergod1
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle opened on 11.8.13
Summer 2013

A - Pours an almost clear, very light orange with a small near-white head that fades slowly.

S - Some citrus, mostly floral.

T - Sweet gumball, floral, citrus lemon.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - So good, why do I look elsewhere. This was a great batch.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2011 08:26:30 | More by HuskyinPDX
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DCon

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12 FLUID OUNCE Bottle of this in a trade from mdvatab & shared w/ hawksfan82 @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO (price unknown). Poured from the Blue Bottle w/ a Yellow BullDog w/ a Cowboy hat & cigarette in his mouth into a 16oz Stange Glass. Does not have a freshness date.

Aroma- An average aroma is here for an APA. Citrus hops are included in this but definitely a ton of other fruits. Wish they weren't all put together...

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is frothy and stays for a great amount of time! Has a copper color body and leaves some of the thickest lace possible.

Flavor- Starts with strong hops but then can taste both pears and apples, as if they were mixed in this brew. Very awesome clean taste and the hop bitterness is medium in this one. Unusual but I'm a fan!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a bit of apple in the finish while being very crisp.

Overall Impression- A very strange but pleasant APA! I feel like I would definitely go back and buy another one of these (or a 6-pack) to see if these apple/pear attributes come up again! I would promote this brew but it sure doesn't get distributed to MO... Bummer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 04:58:29 | More by DCon
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dgilks

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy straw colour with a small white head. Fair head retention and nice lacing.

Smooth light malt with a touch of citrusy hops. Light but very pleasant.

Very light malt with a moderate bitterness and a touch of floral citrusy hops.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid APA. Nothing special but it’s still well executed.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 23:28:33 | More by dgilks
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BeerNemesis

New York

4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruth | 330 ml. | 4.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Glass: pint

Appearance:
Ruth pours a bubbly golden amber, and maintains a half-inch snow-white head throughout.

Aroma:
Citrus hops and summery fruits. Very nice.

Taste:
My first thought here is honey. Although the hops are quite bitter (and a bit herbal), and the maintaste is certainly comprised of those light fruits (peaches, pears, apricots) and biscuit malts, honey somehow pervades the whole scene and drapes its sweet nectar over it all.

Mouthfeel:
Crisp and sudsy, with a light body.

Harmony:
Sweet honey and bitter hops complement each other well in this brew. It is especially good with greasy food (which it cuts right into).

Would I get it again?:
Yeah.

Bottled: 2011
Served: October 2, 2011

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 16:03:30 | More by BeerNemesis
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BigPapiBrewingCo

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours hazy yellow...smells of dank hops and grass. taste grassy hops but with a funky belgian yeast ester on the background saison like. it is very drinkable but not a true pale ale. this is a must try. bought at whole foods devon for 2.49 cheers and enjoy

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:43:10 | More by BigPapiBrewingCo
Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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