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

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Ratings: 604
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 34
Gots: 25 | FT: 3
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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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of BARFLYB
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass, glad to see HOTD back in the area.

A- Ruth pours out a mix of gold and yellow with a focus on the latter. A hard pour yielded no head, just a very faint skim that faded further to just a ring around the glass, very minimal lacing.

S- The smell does not do it for me. Pretty much more malt than hops. A grassy straw like smell comes up with the hops not making a huge dent, if at all. The pilsner malt used is apparent but that addition is kind of bland.

T- The smell let me know this was not going to be my cup of tea, but this is not all that bad, I just won't be spending $4 on a single of this mediocre brew. Some yeast taste which is pleasant but I think the pilsner malt used is what's keeping this from being somewhat decent. A bit of spice rounds this out.

M&D- Ruth has a very small step under being medium bodied with decent carb going for it. It does go down smooth but leaves a earthy and lasting aftertaste. The ABV is low making for a session beer, although the taste will keep me from sessioning it. Oh well, you cant win them all.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After a couple years hiatus, Hair of the Dog is back in PA. Picked up a single at the Beer Stop. The label states 4.5%ABV. Poured from a stubby 12 ounce bottle into my DFH shaker glass. The ale appears a cloudy pale straw yellow color with barely a finger of bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of medium toasted biscuits, grapefruit, lemon, floral hops, nice bitterness, decent malt balance. Hoppier than I was expecting. Between medium and full bodied for an APA with adequate carbonation as well. A nicely done pale ale that's certainly worth a try.

Photo of callmemickey
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice light amber body. Cloudy and hazy. Huge off-white head. Good retention and nice sudsy lacing.

S: Soft citric and floral hops. Light, semi-sweet malt body.

T: Clean, refreshing citric and floral hop bitterness. Again the semi-sweet malt body shines through nicely.

M: Light bodied. Good carbonation. A bit soft on the finish.

D: Very nice. Refreshing. Good on a friday night with 80 degree weather.

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Portsmouth goblet. No sign of a date code anywhere on the bottle.

A - Poured lightly into the glass. A hazy orangey gold color. Non-existent head - essentially just a thin, thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass. No lacing at all.

S - Earthy hops, little bit of lemony citrus. Small amounts of bready malt. Nice, but nothing special.

T - Solid bitterness, some hop flavor - earthy and a little spicyness. Thin malt profile, just enough to balance - not enough to make an impression.

M - A little on the thin side. Carbonation is medium. Very smooth.

D - This is a great lawnmower beer. Seems like it would be a perfect session beer on a hot day. Very drinkable - I feel I could have a few of these, although I would probably opt for a different beer second time around on most nights.

Photo of MisterClean
4.4/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at bottle barn in Santa Rosa

A - Pours light golden with a 1 fingered white head. Dissipates moderately, leaving light lacing.

S - A bouquet of caramel, citrus and flowers.

T - Citrus, grapefruit, flowers, with light caramel and light bittering hops.

M - Full bodied and hop dominated. Neither sweet, nor dry. Exactly how a pale ale should finish.

D - Overall really good. Aside from the appearance, I am unsure on how to improve this ale and is really good for the style.

Photo of HopDerek
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold/light amber color with thick fluffy slightly eggshell colored head. Good retention and nice lacing. Smells of floral hops, honey, citrus, sweet pale malts, and some band aid. Tastes of lemon and lime up front followed by some apple, honey, lightly toasted grains, and bread with a spicy, grass, and grapefruity finish. Medium to medium light in body, nice fizzy carbonation. Some nice tartness with an odd bitterness. Fairly easy to drink, different flavors from most other APAs, definitely could see sessioning this on a nice Spring day.

Photo of BitterPachyderm
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this 12 oz. bottle as a trade extra from tprokop7, thanks for the opportunity!

I poured this bad girl into an oversized wine glass for selfishly asthetic reasons, and was not disapointed. Through an aggressive pour, she produced a four finger head that seemed to last forever, resulting in a decent amount of lacing.

As far as the smell goes, I thought this was supposed to be an APA? To me, it had no qualities of an APA. It blasted me with a bouquet of tangerine and grapefruit...and dare I say a bit of sour funkiness? Yeah, this reminded me more of a Belgian in the nose.

The taste...where did all of the funk and tangerine go? The nose was all too misleading, because there was none of the funk or citrus in the flavor. Almost a complete letdown...I'm not saying the taste was bad, but it was not what I was expecting. Tons of yeast, more like musty stale yeast, with a slight hop bitterness towards the end, which resulted in a dry finish.

She has a decent mouthfeel. At times it feels like they went a bit overboard on the carbonation, which doesn't seem to match up to other reviews...kind of mind boggling. The carbonation kind of gave it a sharp yet somewhat creamy mouthfeel.

Drinkability...I could drink a couple of these a night, if I want to constantly be letdown.

Overall, a bad interpretation of an APA, but I went against protocol, and tried not to think of it as one. This is not a bad beer by any means, but it's not great either. Feeling a bit letdown by HotD right now...thank God I have some Cherry Adam in the cellar to blow me away later!

Photo of Nick3
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The hazy, straw colored beer forms a cloud like 2 finger head in my pint glass. Some lacing claws itself to the glass. Nose is dominated by grains and hay with mild citrus and hops in the background. Taste is smooth with a faint malt presence on the forefront and a bitter hop finish. Balance is lacking here for me. Crisp carbonation and light body help redeem this beer a bit; it could easily be sessioned. Overall, a rather disappointing beer given the brewery but a still a healthy notch above a typical American macro.

Photo of atsprings
3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that has been sitting on my desk for months into a Lucifer tulip, pours a slightly hazy bubbly orange with a nice frothy head. Aroma is citrus hops and sweet malts. The taste is an interesting blend of sweet malts that quickly give way to citrus hops in the finish. The beer is light and crisp with decent carbonation. This is certainly and enjoyable pale.

Photo of natasharai
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured with 1/2 cm off white head with large bubbles, that dissipated quickly to a thin layer leaving little lacing. The beer is very light in color, yellowish gold and clear.

Smell: Smells grassy, flowery, and slightly spicy. Also slightly citrusy sour.

Taste: Citrus hops, slightly sour and spicy, toasty malt flavor, bitter flowery hopps toward the end. Some kind of musty flavor hits right away up front then again at the end...

Mouthfeel: light bodied, slightly sweet up front, small tingle, turns really dry

Overall: Not very easy to drink, weird flavors that I don't really know what to make of. Well balanced overall but there is something weird, musty is the best word to use to describe it, but there is a bit of fresh grassyness in the middle of the flavor that is contradictory.

Photo of drgonzo3705
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a soft fluffy off white head.

S: Light citrus notes and a bit of hoppiness. Nothing huge in the nose.

T: Again lightly citrusy with some biscuity flavor too.

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Easily drinkable, although it wouldn't be my first choice. I'm still glad I got to try this one though!

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one was sent to me as an extra from bifrostguard - thanks man!

Ruth poured a light cloudy blond ale with a big, frothy white head.

Grassy hops dominate the nose with light spiciness and semi-sweet malts following.

Mouthfeel is big and wet. Medium to full bodied with surprising low carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter. Flavor itself is a nice grassy hops mix with lightly sweet malts.

Photo of pwoods
3.03/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle with me.

12oz. split into 2 pints glasses.

A: Golden yellowish orange pour, somewhat cloudy. Nice 2 fingers head with good retention and some decent lacing.

S: Very grassy and floral, more Euro. Some light grainy, biscuity malts.

T/M: Odd bitterness. Still very grassy and floral with some musty and husky flavors. A bit of citrus but not in the foreground. Malts balance a bit too much. Body might be just a bit too heavy for the style but carbonation helps a bit with that.

D: Drinkable but not very interesting.

Photo of aforbes10
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I scored this previously un-encountered HotD brew at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Ruth pours a quite cloudy orange brown like a dirty cider. Short white 18 inch head. Smells grassy and lemony, with hints of capers. Not a big grapefruit hop bomb, which is kind of what i was expecting. Flavor is also quite lemony, and i cant shake the capers thing now that it's in my head. Lemon flavor is almost tart. Lively floral and vaguely spiced flavor is reminiscent of a saison. Reminds me of on of the Fantome beers, in fact. Interesting. Medium bodied and oddly up-carbonated without looking so. Drinks well, mostly because it keeps me interested. An odd little beer, but I expect something different from HotD.

Photo of JBogan
2.25/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is one unimpressive looking brew. A hazy pale gold with zip for a head and zip for lacing. Can you say b-o-r-i-n-g?

A weak smelling beer. Some slight floral notes but that's about it.

Tasted along the same lines as the smell, but with a slightly larger presence. A tiny bit of a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium and slick, but flat. Needed some carbonation to perk things up.

Sorry granny Ruth, but you should ask your son-in-law to remove your name from this brew. However well intentioned it may be, this one needs some more work before it can be called enjoyable.

Photo of surfer4life
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow, no head whatsoever, the thing looks to have next to no carbonation. Lacing non exsistent.

S - Medium hoppiness as is to be expected with this style. Oranges, cherry, cinammon and other spices.

T - Charcoal and oak hoppiness. Subtle hints of sweetness here and there in the form of citrus fruits. Hops leaves you bitter on the finish.

M - Definitely under-carbonated. Goes flat while in your mouth.

D - Average drinkability here. Maybe even less than average, expected better from HotD.

All in all, not terrible, just not that good. I would say it would work well as a gateway to an IPA for the friends just getting into better beer.

Photo of ccrida
4.2/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint, Ruth is gold with a frothy white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is bright and hoppy. Sweeter, fresh bready malt and loads of citrusy Cascade hops. Did I mention this pale ale smells fresh?

Taste has a sour citric bitterness, lime like, lightly toasted bread, a crisp, very live, fresh pale ale. I like how raw it is, this would be a great cooling beer with some screaming loud tex-mex. Solid!

Mouthfeel is a bit acid, a slick oily hoppiness and dusty dryness. Medium bodied, it's a bit chewy.

Drinkability is pretty good, a snappy portland pale, I love how raw it is, but I can see how that would be a turnoff for some. Still, I like the pungent citrus of the hops and the fresh pale malt. I've been on a scotch ale bender tonight, but I knew that is HOTD's house yeast, and though it might be a way to tie this in as refreshing night cap - and was right! This also gets bonus points as the most affordable HOTD>

Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark straw color with a big white head. Leaves chunky lacing. Lightly tart aroma with apple and lemon. A touch of spices and grains. Flavor is light and subtle, with a refreshing citric acidity and some earthy hops. Effervescent and light bodied. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of Arbitrator
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with some orange and brown hints. Not much of a head, and it recedes pretty quickly. No ring, no lacing. Active carbonation at first, but that goes away too.

S: Strong citrusy hop notes with a little bit of fruit presence (pineapple?). A little malty sweetness detected. Seems very balanced, if a little mild in smell.

T: Taste follows the nose. The hops develop into a strong grapefruit flavor, with bitter tartness dominating the taste; however, it's not overbearing, and the mild malty sweetness rounds it out. There is a little breadiness, as well. Very solid and wet flavor. No alcohol detected.

M: Light carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: This feels a little weird for an APA... It reminds me of a pilsner in some respects. But it's VERY good, and probably a good session beer. I'd like to have more than one in a row if I could afford it.

Big thanks to a Portland buddy of mine for sending this out.

Photo of coldmeat23
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Many thanks to mugglesandhops for sharing this one!

Hazy, almost cloudy, golden colored liquid, with slight orange/brown tones. Single finger head of slightly off-white foam. Decent retention and some pretty good lacing. Better lacing than I'd expect, for the style.

Big citrusy hops in the nose. Lots of lush tropical fruit notes. Pineapple, passionfruit, mango and papaya, are prominent. Slight hops spiciness, under the surface. Hints of butterey yeasty bread dough. Slight sweet malts buried deep down in there. Very complex, yet inviting, nose.

The hop spiciness is much more upfront in the mouth. Not nearly as sweet and tropical as the nose. Citrus flavor seems to now be dominated by dry ruby red grapefruit notes. Notes of sweetbreads and lots of grassiness. Floral hops notes and a touch of lemon zest, with a kick of pepperey spice.

Good solid medium body on this one. Nice level of carbonation. Crisp, in general, but not overly so. Refreshing.

This is a little bit too bitter hops dominant for me to drink frequently. But it is nice and refreshing, and I'd love to be able to have one every now and then. Especially in the warmer months.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle during my last stop at Healthy Spirits a couple of days back. Into my Moonlight pint glass and I'm reviewing it 'cos my buddy's taking an afternoon nap

A: Mildly hazy orange with a large off-white head with solid retention but disappointing lace work. Plenty of carbonation

S: Light hops with a blend of a floral and ripe citrus character along with a soft and complex honey-like sweetness with some light brown sugar. Mildly spicy. Surprisingly complex for a 4.7% beer

T: Citrus hops with a surprisingly tart component that isn't really reminiscent of an infected brew. Mild malt fruitiness along with a hint of sugar before a dry finish takes over. Sourness is mildly lactic, reminding me of a berliner-weiss. Unconventional but enjoyable

M: Light with plenty of spritzy carbonation, pleasing tartness and a finish that's quite dry with a hint of tartness

D: I'd quaff this in a heartbeat

Photo of Sandstone
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Man, I've been drinking so many DIPAs lately that going back to a standard Pale Ale was quite the change of pace. Clearly this is a style I've overlooked as I've become more and more of a hop-head.

A: The unfiltered nature of the beer gives it a nice hazy golden color. Didn't get much head, but what there was laced nicely down the glass.

S: The smell was a little more subdued than I'm used to (again, been drinking too many DIPAs), but certainly you get a great kind of sweet hoppy/citrusness out of it.

T: The taste really falls in line with the smell. Ruby Red Grapefruit juice was the first thing that popped out at me. Sweet, hoppy goodness.

M/D: Very, very drinkable. This is a great beer to wash a burger down with. Its not too strong, and its not too sweet.

Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 604 ratings.