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

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Ratings: 571
Reviews: 346
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 15.21%
Wants: 35
Gots: 23 | 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

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2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A 12 oz bottle from Liquid Solutions.

A: From a distance. the ale is a pale golden yellow color, lacking any hint of sediment (a rarity in HoTD ales). Up close, it is evident that the ale is full of small particles. The carbonation is restrained, small on pour and a thin trail of bubbles in the glass.

S: The nose is odd, giving off a floral aroma. The floral does not mean hoppy, instead it is very sweet. Some clear graininess comes through as well, adding some dryness to that sweetness.

T: Flavorwise, there is an underlying fruity body that is the most memorable component. The ale lacks a clean hop or grain body, staying muddled together instead. Some of the flavors here are reminiscent of Rose and it's beet-inspired flavor.

M: The mouthfeel is confusing, pushing an APA to a new frontier with its underlying fruitiness.

D: Again, HoTD pushes the envelop, creating a beer that you have a definite opinion on, there is no grey area in the love or hate category. Me? One glass is enough.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 17:42:33 | More by akorsak
Photo of msubulldog25


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

Surprisingly, this may be my first taste of HotD's Ruth, despite the fact that I rank Adam, Fred and Doggie Claws highly among my local favorites. This is the only offering from this brewery I know of that comes in twist-off caps and in 6-packs. No date or Batch # anywhere on the label. This one shows the HotD Bulldog sporting a flowered bonnet and shawl, inspired perhaps by brewer Alan Sprints' granny, for whom the beer is named. 'Ruth' was my paternal grandma's name, too...

A: Lovely, hazy sunshine yellow-orange color, but otherwise a dull beer. Only a faint swirl of head and almost no rising carbonation. Despite the pretty color, this beer lacks in so many areas. Is it an old bottle? I purchased in April 2007.

S: Smells of pale malt, with faint hints at a Belgian strain of yeast. Whiffs of hay & grass, sweet cereal grains, a bit of citrus hopping. Light aromas, but pleasant.

T: A bit of caramel, light fruit, spicy and citrusy hops (lemon and orange pith). Sugary and malty, with a strange but interesting flavor of mint. A little yeast, too. Some peppery dryness to the finish.

M: For a relatively tame beer abv-wise, this sure came across as 'potent'. Mouthfeel is surprisingly full, bordering on 'syrupy' & 'thick'. Ends with a bit of biting tart/tangy-ness.

D: I expected this to be a lighter, more refreshing beer than it was...instead it was more spicy and heavy. Generally, I liked the flavors and found some milder similarities in flavor to some of the magical malt/hop blends in HotD's powerful barleywines like Fred and Doggie Claws. This is one I'll have again; still it doesn't fall among my favorites, either stylistically or from this brewery. Worth trying...

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 06:38:10 | More by msubulldog25
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4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a DT tulip. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the hook up!

A: Pours a hazy, bright-peach color. No head to speak of, just a small unbroken ring and some light lace.

S: Faint hint of belgian yeast, or Hefe-weizen. Tart citrus and a not so subtle wine-y quality.

T: Tart citrus fruit. I tasted flavor along the lines of lemon, lime, grapefruit, and orange. Also noted was a tart and tangy white wine taste. Extremely tart and fruity for an APA.

M: Dry, bitter, and astringent. I found the dry, white wine mouthfeel to be quite compelling. Very different for the style.

D: Tart, tangy and very refreshing. Some similarities to Saisons and Hefe-weizens. Totally not what I expected. A very nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 16:56:09 | More by GbVDave
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2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy orangey amber with no head and minimal lacing. Aroma is primarily yeast with some orange and lemon lurking in the background. Taste is sour and yeasty with minimal hints of fruits. Mouthfeel is medium body and low carbonation. Not very drinkable IMO, very disappointing for a HOTD brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2007 20:20:40 | More by Duster72
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Ontario (Canada)

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

My first Hair-of-the-Dog experience was a sadly average beer, although I'm guessing the others I've got stowed away (Fred and Doggie Claws) will be better.

Poured a dull, pale brown with what looks like high carbonation. Aroma is very mild, with a little bit of floral hops and some citrus (lemon?) wafting up. Flavour is, again, restrained. Mild for an APA, but reasonably drinkable and I can see sessioning this. Citrus hops are more pronounced in the finish, and the flavour is well-balanced if a little grainy or something.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 15:05:06 | More by crwills
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3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hair Of The Dog Ruth is best served at cool, cellar temperatures (40-50°F) and enjoyed from a traditional pounder or from your favorite drinking vessel. This regular offering from HOTD pours up nice and lively with more than ample carbonation that creates a short-lived, lacy white head that sits atop the slightly hazy, golden-sunset body. The hugely fruity aroma is decidely hop oriented with plenty of grapefruity, citrusy tones with just a light oxidative note that detracts some from the overall impression. The flavor starts off with some graininess from the pale continental malt, but the hop bitterness eventually takes a strangle hold. The marked bitter finish is surprisingly dry and slightly thin. This medium-light bodied hand-crafted APA is well suited for drinking in mass quantity and certainly has a refreshing quality, but lacks some depth and finesse compared with world class examples of the style. Try pairing this one with some freshly steamed mussels or baked clams served with a healthy side of butter-herbed potatoes. "Don't be Ruthless. Have one on Granny." Here's to Granny Ruth!

CHEERS! Beertracker

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2007 05:15:32 | More by Beertracker
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, purchased from the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR.

I tried this on tap at the brewery a few months ago, and just saw a bottle in stock when i was picking up a different brew for a trade.
Like all HOTD brews, this one is bottle conditioned, and most likely relatively fresh, as it poured with an almost non-existent head. A golden honey colored, somewhat cloudy, as i poured the tasty bits in the glass as well. It pained me to not rank it any higher in the smell department, but it smelled a bit too yeasty for me. Imagine you've mixed up a batch of dough and are letting it rise. That's the smell i get. I bet this would age incredibly well. Tastes a bit fruity, mild grapefruit perhaps. Very Tasty indeed. Another delightful offering from HOTD. Also, the bottle says 4.5% abw.... does that work out to 5.6 abv? Not sure, but at either level,would make a great session beer, or a good drink with you afternoon lunch.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 21:58:31 | More by BigJTrucker
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4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

head is more or less non-existent, I could've gotten more out of my apple juice. Bubbles cling to the side of this murkey orange, witbier quality. Smell is aggressive, fresh cracked pepper, kaffir lime leaf, and bold citrus bite. The mouthfeel is completely unique. Its slightly fizzy and very slippery, Bubbles are unimaginably small and modest.

tannic white grapes front and a nice candy coated malty front, and withers down to a crunchy and somewhat messy hop finish. A mess that is always welcome :)

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2007 04:09:40 | More by geographie
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3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

11/13/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance- Cloudy? off golden color. Smallest amount of head. Seemed like a flat pour. Massive yeast floaties...in a pale ale?!?!

Smell- Strong alcohol scent. Massive spices and mild pine hops. Rather nice.

Taste- Seems very alcoholic for a 5% beer. I'm confused and wondering if I got a mislabeled bottle. Tastes of belgian style yeast and very spicy. Chunky like a meal. This is a pale ale?

Mouthfeel- Literally no carbonation and chewy.

Drinkability- Funky. More of a food than a beer. This beer confuses me greatly...maybe even scares me. Will have to try another to compare sometime down the line.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2007 02:23:16 | More by GClarkage
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New York

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy off-tan color, approximately two-inch foamy head which quickly resolves. Good lacing on the glass.

S: A little off-putting at first, not what you expect from an APA. Roundly citrusy.

T: Stronger than the average APA, but not overpowering. Cabonated with a biting acidity on the finish, perhaps a bit sour at the back of the palate. Paired nice with the spicy indian food I had.

M: Smooth, refreshing. Very crisp and even slightly astringent.

D: Very drinkable. Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2007 02:08:01 | More by mrmagee
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice! A dull golden yellow in hue, hazy with a one finger head with short retention and little carbonation. Little hunks and chunks floating thruout.
The scent of the wort and buttery to the nose.
The taste seems to balance itself as this brew is consumed, very hoppy to start with the addition of cereal grains to balance but not enough to overcome the original hoppy taste.
Full bodied and mellow.
Good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2007 00:06:12 | More by Shiloh
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3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Whoa...easy there. Massive head flowing over my glass. Totally unexpected. Pours a slightly cloudy golden straw color with a huge white head (close to four inches). Once the head dies down there are some nice bubbly chunks of lacing on the glass.

The aroma brings to mind a Belgian pale ale more than an American one. Belgian-type yeast, honey, lemon, floral, spices, and some lighter caramel. That funk is throwing me off somewhat.

The flavor is right on par with the smell. Yeasty, fruity, sweet, with a bit of bitter spice near the end. Definitely not what I expected from an APA.

Thin body with very active carbonation. Aftertaste is a bit sour, but it fades quickly. I am glad that I got to try another HotD brew, but at the same time glad I only bought one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2007 15:58:47 | More by Imstillthegman
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4.38/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice slightly cloudy golden color, nice carbonation, nice foamy head which lasts a long time, nice islands/sticky lacing throughout the drink. The nose is citrusy, grapefruit, hops, sweet malts, and slight spices. The taste is hoppy, sweet, nicely bitter, and a slight dry finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, I really enjoyed this APA, my first HOTD, nicely done.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2006 01:00:18 | More by Wasatch
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4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange and big fluffy head of white, with gauzy lacing.

smell is great big and floral hoppy. not bitter, nice.

taste has a deeper maltier bite than it looks. a little bit sweet aftertaste, but the real winner is the floral flavor. Like an IPA aftertaste with a lighter initial taste. I really like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 03:03:40 | More by henrysunset
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Rhode Island

3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Originally reviewed on November 6, 2005. 12 Oz Bottle. Hazy lemon honey colored pour, with a little too much soapy off-white head. Aroma runs with a hint of honey and light dash of lime, there’s a touch of cornstarch and some almost savory hop tones. Flavor is nicely sweet, again almost lemon-honey like (see a theme yet?) but light and fleeting, the sweetness is really plesant and delicate, runs along with a low line of crisp, metallic hops that balance this beer well. Palate is a weird confusion of dry and sweet, but the dry is reserved mostly for the smack. For the style it’s amazing. Delecate, supple, thirst-quenching and overall impressive. Finally, a Golden with flavor. Alan Sprints can do no wrong.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2006 01:43:20 | More by CharlesDarwin
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1.83/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

The aroma has a slightly tangy rotten fruit/vegetable aroma with some off sour chemical notes. The body is pale lager gold with a two finger thick mostly lasting and quite creamy looking head. Beautiful lacing hangs on the inside of the glass like drifts of snow. Chalky, sour and infected tasting fore tastes very much like chomping an aspirin to fine powder with your teeth. The beer finishes with a sour overripe fruit note and that caustic aspirin powder flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2006 01:05:28 | More by Jredner
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3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured to a light gold and yellow without much head. There's just a line of lace.

The smell has plenty of malt and yeast flavors with just a hint of citrus. The taste is lightly fruity with a mild bitterness and persists throughout the flavors. Yeast character comes through strong. The mouthfeel is somewhat flat, while drinkability is fairly good.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2006 06:54:42 | More by watermelonman
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North Carolina

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

The beer poured into the glass hazy and lightly chunky pale golden with a very low white head that barely did anything to the glass.

The aroma was fruity with citrus and pineapple. Caramel was notable and a light peach aromatic as well. A very low cinnamon was present to boot.

The flavor was fairly bitter with more of the fruit aspects, again lightly peach and pineapple. The bittering and flavor hops were somewhat piney and grassy, but not overpowering to the malt. The malt had a caramel presence that went well with the hop character.

The finish was dry with lasting fruity and estery impression and lasting bittering into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a moderate carbonation and an almost creamy mouthfeel. A nice APA, more aroma hops and some head would help.

12 ounce bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 22:23:00 | More by GCBrewingCo
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New York

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

Pours a hazed, tan-tinted, straw yellow. Very still, with nearly no head. Smells of apples and grapefruit, with a slight yeasty ester. Taste is very similar, starts with an apple/pear flavor spiced with a citrus hop and some coriander. Some tangyness in the middle, finishes with a tart cherry. Mouthfeel is smooth at the start, with a tangy finish. Very refreshing overall. Light alcohol. Reminds me of a bretty lambic/wild ale, with a bit more hops.

UPDATE: After doing some research, I think I might have purchased a bottle from a bad batch sold in Philly. I thought it was odd that this beer's label highlighted its hops and that few BAs reported the sourness I detected. Seems it was an infected beer, just not by design. Personally, I liked it, but definitely off.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 02:24:46 | More by bwyker
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3.98/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent gold hue – small white head – nose fresh bitter hops – taste of bitter hops, skunk, old coffee- dry after taste – good beer not exceptional Translucent gold hue – small white head – nose fresh bitter hops – taste of bitter hops, skunk, old coffee- dry after taste – good beer not exceptional Translucent gold hue – small white head – nose fresh bitter hops – taste of bitter hops, skunk, old coffee- dry after taste – good beer not exceptional

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 04:28:42 | More by stephendr
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw, pale golden with a cloudy white head that laces the glass. Good retention and carbonation.

S: High citrus. Grapefruit is dominant with a slight earthiness and light alcohol presence.

T: Very hoppy in flavor and bitterness. Grapefruit is dominant though there is a good sweetness toward the back of the palate. Very strong, lingering bitterness. Almost no malt presence.

M: Drying and coarse across the tongue. Bitter aftertaste is so strong that it becomes a major feature of this brew's texture. Though this is undoubtedly a sign of imbalance, it does not overwhelm the beer. It's just aggressive.

D: Dryness is refreshing. Biterness is refreshing. This beer is refreshing.

Overall--an strong and tasty APA. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 04:43:33 | More by benito
Photo of Matthew


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

Pours out of a 12 oz bottle with alot of yeast sediment in spite of a slow pour. Light golden in color, very little to no head.
Big citrusy and oily smelling hops up front with a hint of sweetness in the background.
Hoppiness is most pronounced. They are slightly citrusy and give way to a hop bitterness and leaves the citrus taste that is first preceived to fade quickly. There is a dry astringent taste that is left in your mouth after you taste the hops. There is little malt balance with this beer.
There is little carbonation with this beer and it is lacking body as well.
This is an average beer that I can stand to drink but wouldn't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 01:28:42 | More by Matthew
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New York

3.13/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This ale pours out a very hazy yellow with amber hues. It has small chunks of yeast floating about and had a small white head that disappears quickly.
The aroma is rather muted, but has trace amounts of hops.
The flavor is better than the smell implies. There is a moderately bitter citrus hop presence with a slightly spicy and yeasty finish.
The mouth feel is medium in body and slightly under carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2006 01:20:11 | More by Naes
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3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a cloudy yellow color, looks a lot like a wheat beer. Very slight head, no lacing.
S: Smell is musty also smells of butterscotch. I must say, a very strange aroma for a beer, not in a bad or unpleasant way however
T: Tastes like a cross between a Wit beer and a Sierra Nevada to me. Yeasty and corriander flavor with nice hop aftertaste. Interesting to say the least. Also has some of the same butterscotch flavors as in the smell.
M: Mouthfeel is light, perfect carbonation, goes down really well.
D: I'm not sure what style this beer is supposed to be, but it is a very interesting one thats for sure. Hefe/Wit/Pale Ale mixture is what it tasted like to me. Pretty easy drinking, not my favorite from Hair of the Dog but I would drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2006 07:08:55 | More by loren01
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3.1/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden-orange hue topped by a wispy, fizzy white head that is gone in a flash. Sweet aroma of citrus, pineapple, and just a touch of bready sweet malt. Palate is a mixture of tangy, slightly sour hops and a bit of sweet malt, with a rather bitter finish. Body is a touch thin. Not bad, but I kind of expect more from Hair of the Dog. I'll take a Fred over this any day.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2006 07:19:52 | More by ElGordo
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