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 cswhitehorse
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into my glass. It was a hazy light orange color with a heavy head that left a sea foam legacy on the side of the glass.

The smell was of a herbal or floral quality.

The taste was some what bitter with an overwhelming herbal hoppiness. The mouthfeel was one of bitterness that stayed quite a while. I didn't feel this was a well balanced beer. I will come back to it maybe in a year since it is local.

Photo of Lothore
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Pours a amber golden color with a huge 3 finger out of control head. It looks massive and unrestrained but fades fairly quickly with no lacing.

S- Sweet malty aroma with hints of slightly tart fruits such as rasberries.

T- Taste is very wheaty but completely bland. A very slight bitterness but not enough to get anything done, I was straining just to taste that.

M- Lacks carbonation for the style and just makes me think of a stagnant pond as it's going down. This was the part of the beer I really didn't enjoy.

D- I found it hard to even finish my 12 oz serving. Very bland and lackluster with a mouthfeel that will leave you running for the hills.

Photo of Risser09
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a wine glass

Appearance: Golden orange with a white head. The head reaches 1 inch in height and then leaves lace behind in it's wake. Translucent.

Smell: I smell a certain belgian spicy yeast strain in this beer. It actually resembles a saison. Aromas include yeast, honey, lemon peel, and lavendar.

Taste: Wild yeast, clover honey, wet blanket and brown sugar. There is a minimal hop bitterness, though this is a balanced beer overall. The taste is not reminiscent of an APA to me. This tastes like a sweet saison. Complex and interesting.

Mouthfeel: Rustic and earthy with the yeast. Malt profile with little hop bitterness. The alcohol is well hidden and there is a definitive sugary taste to the beer.

Drinkability: Great! If only I had more of this available to me. Although with so much more availebl out there I don't know if I would put this at the top of my list. All this homebrewing I've been doing is replacing these session beers. Overall, a solid brew that is nothing like it's style should be.

Photo of franksnbeans
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with a thin head and lacing. Smells nice and hoppy, floral, sweet malts and citrus. Tastes sweet and malty, hoppy, some citrus rind, very balanced with a bitter finish. Feels light in the mouth with lively carbonation. Very drinkable. Fine APA and worth a try.

Photo of Georgiabeer
2.15/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I've liked all the other Hair of the Dog beers I've had over the years, so this one was a big dissappointment- I didn't like this at all and it ended up being a drain pour for me. Perhaps it was bad. Given that there is no freshness date on the label, I don't really care- I call'em like I see'em and the brewery should help make sure I have a good experience. That being said, it was not obviously spoiled, so probably it is just the beer. This one poured golden with no head, but with constant bubbles in the glass. Quite a few particles suspended in the brew. Didn't smell like much, maybe some light floral hops, some cereal grains and some soap. The taste is bitter, but quite muddled and frankly, all over the place. Bitter, metallic, overripe fruit, gentian, and dust. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly spritzy. Unpleasant, I poured it out.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange with only a moderate head that disappeared almost immediately.

Aromas are slightly bready and slightly citrusy with some floral notes.

Taste is fresh and sweet pale malt with lots of semi-sweet citrus hops...lemons and oranges and tangerines. Flavors blend and mellow as it warms and as you swallow...more hops come forward and make for a nicely drying APA.

Definitely a step above the average craft APA.
Here's to Granny Ruth!

Photo of bosco7
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a small head.

Pineapple, lemon, flowers, peach and a touch of caramel in the nose.

Definitely more balanced than hop forward like many APAs. Sweet caramel malt upfront that lasts. Apple tart fruitiness with a floral finish. Subtle bitterness. Decent but lacks a certain depth that

Smooth and medium bodied. Very drinkable and not the typical APA- nice.

Photo of Viggo
4.3/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle at Volo. Surely an APA must not last too long I said. But alas, this has held up amazingly well!!

Pours a hazed golden, thin white head, lace ring, standard. Smell is nice, sweet, caramel, floral, very malty, lots of citrus, hops are very well integrated. Taste is great, sweet and malty, caramel/honey, very balanced, huge floral, citrus hope bitterness, grapefruity finish, very smooth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation. Very good, solid APA, and ages well! Who would have known? Thanks to biegaman for alerting me these are in prime shape!

Photo of akorsak
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.

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...

Photo of GbVDave
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.

Photo of Duster72
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.

Photo of crwills
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.

Photo of Beertracker
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

Photo of BigJTrucker
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.

Photo of geographie
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 :)

Photo of GClarkage
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 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.

Photo of mrmagee
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.

Photo of Shiloh
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.

Photo of Imstillthegman
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.

Photo of Wasatch
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.

Photo of henrysunset
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.

Photo of CharlesDarwin
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.

Photo of Jredner
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.

Photo of watermelonman
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.

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