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

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Ratings: 606
Reviews: 348
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 34
Gots: 24 | FT: 3
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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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

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
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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.

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear oily gold with a squatty white head. Sweet aroma of crystal hops, lemon, and corn syrup. Taste battles between sweet and bitter and it differs with nearly every sip. Grainy taste throughout mixed with the crystal malt, some grapefruit and pears, then back to the grainy, cereal finish. Decent, not great.

Photo of sholland119
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Crystal clear golden. No real head to speak of which is not really what i expect for the style.

S-Smells like a fresh cut lawn. Grassy hops and maybe a bit of earth.

T-Sweet in the front with an almost Belgian spice character, then grassy hops and some pineapple type notes in the finish. Interesting.

M-Very lightly carbonated with a medium body.

D-Not sure if this is classified properly as an APA, more like a Belgian pale ale to me. In any case, that is a flavor profile that I usually enjoy exactly one of. This one is no exception.


Photo of djeucalyptus
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fairly clear golden yellow with a bit of sedimentary haze suspended in the glass. An average pour yielded almost no head, just a few fizzy yellow bubbles that faded quickly, leaving some sticky lacing down the sides.

Aroma is fairly mild, with some grassy hop notes, a bit of cane sugar, and a touch of bread, almost hinting at yeast.

Taste opens with sweet fruit, honey, a bit of bread with a touch of grassy flavor. Then some intense bitter hops come up quickly, washing away the sweetness, only to be replaced in the finish by more fruit (apple & banana?) and some funky yeasty notes, almost reminiscent of a tripel. Clean and complex, on the verge of being muddled. Not really a traditional apa...

Mouthfeel is interesting, as it may be one of the smoothest beers i've had. As the lack of a substantial head indicated, carbonation was fairly mild on this one, with only a few tiny bubbles dancing around, which yielded a relatively thick, bordering on syrupy feel. A definite lingering bitterness clings for an impressive amount of time.

I enjoyed this one. But at the same time, it's hard for me to really place it in with the APA category. A bit too much fruit, bread, yeast, and strong hops. It feels like it's going for several different styles at once and coming out a mutt, rather than an APA. That being said, I still really enjoyed it. Good on it's own, great with food, but just don't entirely expect a pale.

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
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

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up over the weekend in Portland... poured into my New Belgium snifter..

pale golden with a little bit of haze... nice pillowy head leaves a descent amount of lace..

aroma is hop centric... floral and slightly citric... pale malts are reminiscent of sugar cookie dough without too much sweetness.. elegant nose.

grassy and floral hops mix well with slight lemon zest.. bready pale malts help tie everything together.. not overly complex... just simply refreshing... this would be perfect pale ale for hot summer days... body is maybe a tad overcarbonated but that helps the drinkability in my minds.

I wish we still got HotD brews here in Boise.... Ruth would be in my fridge very often.


Photo of marcpal
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Thank you kindly to a plethora of traders who have afforded me the opportunity to have this HotD brew. To this point, was the only of the bottled beers I hadnt had a chance to enjoy (I think). Great brewery but interested to see their approach to a pale aloe having been more than impressed by the high gravity goods.

12oz bottled poured into pilsner glass.

A: Corn bright yellow, very light shade. Streams and streams of carbonation, this does not look like all the other Doggie stuff. Thin white head with moderate lacing. Guessing without knowing, looks like a pils.
Label graphics: 8/10. Classy HotD, not a fan of the colors though.

S: Some earthy hops when nice and briskly cool. Also citrus flavors but not strong, I somehow find the flowery flavors to be the more dominant. Some breadiness but you have to look for it.

T: Crisp and light. Citrus rind and some kind of smoky floral hops. The malts are honey-like. Incidence of Colorado like breadiness, not the customary hops from pacific NW. Nice and tasty.

M: Multitude of carbonation. Crisp with some hop bite. Nice.

D: Drinks super smooth. They've shown they also have the ability to go the sessionable route. Im not going to trade for this stuff like I do relentlessly for the Freds and the Adams of the world, but if it were available to me it would be a constant choice.

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Troegs Nugget Nectar pint glass

A - pours a hazy copper color leaving a big 2 inche head that slowly dissipated and left plenty of lacing throughout the glass

S - Strong grapefruit aroma with floral hints and a bit of malt

T - It had a grainy flavor with hints of citrus like orange and grapefruit

M/D - I found this one to be overcarbonated, too much for me
to really enjoy the beer

Photo of slayer3604
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy pale gold color with a small head that disappears into a fine film on top of the beverage. Small ropes of co2 fly to the surface and there is zero lacing.

S- Small notes of piny effervescence along with some interesting tropical aromas such as pineapple, and cocoa nut!

T/M- Very light bodied, but has a bit of heft as far as character is concerned....very enjoyable and a slight bit of carapil chewiness that has a distinct cloying malt coating for your taste buds! Again we note some tropical pings here and there like pineapple, cocoa nut and now some mango as well. huzzah!

D- This damn bottle was only 2.49 at whole foods glendale and with my employee discount, it was like a buck 70 so im going to have to say this is my new favorite session beer! Not only a 'session beer' but a beer that will turn heads of those who are interested in expanding their beer horizons.

Photo of currysage1
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to Maudite for this brew, it's taken a while for me to actually review it.

Pours a massive three finger pillowy white head capping a light orange hazy brew. Couldn't pour the whole 12oz, had to do in two steps.

Smell is of tropical fruits, starfruit, guava, malt background, pepper, slightly resiny.

Taste is of light fruit, again the starfruit, heavier on the malt, not much in the way of hop presence (pepper), too little for a APA.

Feel is nice though, good and creamy still refreshing. Could enjoy another but I could see getting bored with this easily.

Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip.

Solid pale ale color with a 2.5 finger white head, great lacing on glass, head takes forever to drop. Floral perfume hoppy aroma, grapefruit, sweet yeasty fruits. Sweet on the tongue, fruity, carbonated and dry. Some flavor in the finish. Some Belgian characteristics. Might be better if called a Belgian IPA. Tasty, Complex, good.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

Pours a nice looking yellow/orange haze with a fluffy stark white head that leaves ok lacing.

Nose is basically weak hops, weak malt, some corn sugar.

Taste is slightly improved. Peachy sweetness with some nice subtle hop flavor. A little bit of pepperiness toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is maybe slightly weak.

Drinkability is good. Very slammable.

Overall this is an ok pale. Really nothing special going on here, but certainly not a burden to drink. Refreshing enough. Just a pale ale. simple.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby to a pint glass the liquid is light gold and has good carbonation. The head is tall 2 fingers plus and leaves nice lace.

The smell is hoppy with a light malt.

The taste follows, nice malt and a strong pine and earthy hops.

The mouthfeel is a bit too fizzy but has a thicker body.

The drinkability is ok but I would not seek this one out. MK

Photo of daythree16
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear blonde color. Way clearer and lighter in color than I was expecting. Fluffy white head with good retention and some lacing.

Aroma is very floral. Really nice grapefruit notes as well. Taste is almost exclusively grapefruit. The finish is bitter citrus peel. I've had a lot of pale ales/IPA's with some grapefruity hoppiness, but this one seems like it could be some sort of grapefruit beer.

Mouthfeel is VERY carbonated. Almost champagne-like. It stings my tongue on every sip. I don't know that I would ever buy this one again. It's drinkable, but not particularly well done.

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

12oz Bottle from Liquid Solutions:

Appearance: pale straw light yellow color w/ off full / thick white head. Nice retention, some lacing.

Smell: bland at best. perhaps my bottle isn't very fresh.

T: The hops are citrus / grapefruit in nature...not bitter at all. Good amount of yeast as well. While the head is good, the taste is under carbonated to me.

M: Not enough carbonation IMHO

D: Easy to drink with a good taste. Ruth just doesn't fit into my concept of an American Pale Ale.

Photo of Gmann
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a huge fluffy off-white head that takes its time settling. Ruth has a nice citrus and pine hoppy aroma, not dominating but present. A light citrus and pine hop aroma, hint of peach, which is countered by a sweet honey malt. Its hard to pick up any other flavors due to the airy carbonation. This is more on the hoppy side for an APA. The feel is moderate and fairly crisp, well carbonated, finishes with a piney bitterness. Overall a good APA however the carbonation seems to kill the flavor a bit. Looks pretty.

Photo of Goliath
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, golden/orangey color with a thin white head. Decent retention.

The aroma is quite minimal. There is however a slight hoppiness showing off a bit of citrus.

The taste is ok. A slight hoppiness giving a citrus tone with a bittering finish. There are some interesting aspects going on in this brew as well. Seems like some pineapple, and some pale malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Great flavor and low alcohol make this one a winner for me.

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

For years I always wondered what HOTD would do with a session beer and now I got a chance to find out. This is light hoppy goodness with a grapefruit, citrus and a solid malt backbone. I could drink a lot of these as the beer has just that perfect mouthfeel. Almost tastes like an IPA. These guys do not make a bad beer.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: snifter. poured a cloudy, yellowish golden color. nice, big slightly off-white head. good retention and really nice lacing.

S: big aroma of citrus hops, tons of grapefruit. some floral notes, and a hint of yeast.

T: Huge grapefruit taste. some notes of sweet pale malt, hints of honey. Very unique beer, such interesting flavor. lemon zest, some sours too. so well-balanced.

M: clean and very crisp. great carbonation level, a little higher than normal. low to medium body.

D: I could drink several of these. Very unique flavor and aroma, and I am not sure if this can be placed in a certain style. iff the wall and well worth it.

Photo of Overlord
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a strange beer. Pours gold with a massive yellow head. I think it must be endemic to HotD beers, it's just a ridiculous amount of froth to deal with.

When it settles down, nice sparkling gold. Smells of sharp, ripe citrus with a bit of yeast. Taste is, again, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and that same zesty yeastiness. I'm making it sound more complex than it is, as it definitely is a "plain jane" sort of concoction. Still, effervescent and satisfying.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.3/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a firm cap of white foam with good retention and a solid lacing backbone.

S: Smell is quite strong, lots of lemon and citric hop juice.

T: Major lemon zest flavour and light grapefruit and orange juice. Malt character is light and bready. A odd but still tasty APA.

M: Mouthfeel is light and kind of slick, oily.

D: An interesting APA, but in the end wasn't really taken with it, still a well-made beer though.

Photo of Donnie2112
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The first thing that trows me about this beer is the look, it looks more like an American Wheat then it does a pale ale. pale cloudy blonde with little head and no lace

I notice a lot of cloves in this one, otherwise there is quite a bit of malt on the nose. Overall nice, but this seems to be more like a wheat beer. Maybe there's a lot of wheat in there by comparison to other pale ales, certainly unfiltered still the nose is quite enjoyable.

there's a nice sweetness on the malt, there's that barley malt that I've been looking for. Still quite a bit of American yeast in the flavor. Not the kind of hops you would expect from a "West Coast American Pale Ale" even so this strange hybrid grants some sort of recognition from me if it is technically stylistically flawed.

smooth and a bit oily, medium light carbonation and a nice bit of astringence from the bittering hops

this stuff is interesting, I could see myself drinking this on an occaisional basis if it were available on a regular basis. A fun introduction to Hair of the Dog brewery.

Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one as an extra from RoryGilmore, cheers Rick!

Pours a hazed straw/a gold color with 2 fingers of fluffy ivory colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Citrus hops & not much else

T: Grapefruit hops, some breadyness. honey malt & lemon hops up front. Some apple skin, grapefruit hops & a touch of grainyness as this warms. Finishes crisp with light honey & fruit notes

MF: Medium bodied, low carbonation, good balance, skews west coast hoppy

Drinks pretty easy, I could do a few pints before moving on. Nice solid APA, probably the most mellow Hair of the Dog product I've tried, but still nice

Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
81 out of 100 based on 606 ratings.