Dabob Bay India Pale Ale | Hood Canal Brewing

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Dabob Bay India Pale AleDabob Bay India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Hood Canal Brewing
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-09-2004

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Ratings: 28 |  Reviews: 20
Reviews by beerceller99:
Photo of beerceller99
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle. Has a reddish orange color with a small , off white head. Subtle herbal hop, bubblegum, and grain smell. Medium bodied. Decent grainy, sweet malt flavor followed nicely with a medium bitter hop taste.
Not what i was expecting from a Wa. state IPA. Tastes more like an English pale ale.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of scootpolute
2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

1 Pint, 6 FL OZ. bottle into tulip glass.

A - Pours golden, with a nice thick white head...- some good lacing.

S - Hops and lots of sweet citrus - some orange & grapefruit tones...

T - Yuck! A hint of hops, followed by a huge spice kick that turns into a spicy/soap combo...weird!!

M - OK carbonation... There is 'NO' balance in this beer... The hop/limmited fruit/and spice combos just don't work...

O - This one is NOT great... I think the beer's name is about the only cool name, with the scenic photo of Dabob Bay WA...but nothing really positive to say about the beer...bummer!!

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Photo of Rutager
2.44/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance. Pours a nice amber-orange with a little haze and a big, sticky light-yellow head. Head lasts a while and leaves some nice thick lacing.

Smell. Sweet malt, some tart apple and horse-barn funk.

Taste. Bitter herbal hops, some sour apple, a little musky funk. Not what I was expecting. Perhaps a bad bottle?

Mouthfeel. Thin with some prickly medium carbonation.

Drinkability. Not a great drinker. Way too funky and sour for the style making me think I'm drinking bad beer.

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Photo of boogyman
3.16/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Found at local beer store (Bottleworks).

A- Poured in my trusty tulip glass. Looks a dirty golden brownish color. Good head with some sticky lace.

S- Good ol' grapefruit and orange peel. Fairly light compared to some IPA's. Nothing comes out as too exciting in this brew so far.

T- Piney hops is there and I would say just right for your average IPA. The nose is in the taste so there is the grapefruit and tart citrus taste.

M- Goes down with a slight bubbly alcoholic bite. The hops stick to the tongue and hang out for a while.

D- Overall, not a bad beer. The reviews thus-far have been fairly low. I would say that this isn't the best IPA ever but definitely not bad at all. I would get it again next year.

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Photo of xoqx
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a copper-amber color with an off-white head that left moderate lacing and didn’t stick around very long. The nose is fruity with a hint of honey malt sugariness. The taste continues with the fruity and floral aspects of the citric, grapefruity hops, not really much of an appreciable malt presence behind it. While there is nothing wrong with this beer – it’s an ok IPA – there is nothing exceptional here.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange color with a small white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a small ring and some thin bits of lacing. Aroma is of piney and citrussy hops with a tinge of warm sourdough bread.

Crisp, bitter taste. West coast hops. Pine and citrus up front - no real malt flavor to speak of except for that sweet bit that balances the hops. Nicely bitter, very refreshing, crisp and clean throughout. As it warms a bit, there is a hard-to-place soapy flavor that is just barely there, but is less than pleasant nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is clean and carbonated without being fizzy. Crisp, bitter finish. A perfectly sessionable west coast IPA.

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Photo of berley31
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours with a small-to-average sized, off-white head. Body is a dark amber color, and very hazy.

S: Aroma is ok, but nothing spectacular. The hops are there, but they're pretty weak for an IPA... there's as much malty sweetness as there is hops.

T: And hey, the taste is very mild for an IPA, too. It tastes as malty as it does hoppy... this balance may be more suited for an amber or an APA, but it doesn't really work for an IPA.

M: Light-bodied, yet creamy, with soft carbonation.

D: It's not a bad beer, really, but it's just too weak for its class, and comes off kind of odd, if anything.

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Photo of bosco7
2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 22 oz. into a nonic.

Hazy orange color with substantial sticky white head.

Smells of cascade hops; orange zest, grapefruit, mild pine, and floral aromas. Not much malt in the nose.

Tastes nothing like it smells. Watered down cascade hop flavors. Malt really gets lost. Wierd butterscotchy finish. Dry as hell.

Watery mouthfeel with tons of carbonation.

Wow, I was thinking this might be a pretty good beer after smelling it but the flavor profile and mouthfeel were less than satisfactory.

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Photo of Derek
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not what I expected in an IPA from the Pacific Northwest. The hop flavour was complex, and closer to a British IPA than most.

The hop aroma was also quite complex.

The bitterness was readily apparant, but it was quite smooth, without any nasty bite.

This would be a good introduction to the American IPA. For the beer geek, your taste buds won't be overwhelmed by any particular flavour, but the subtle hints at various flavours should keep you wondering... and drinking!

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Photo of froghop
3.1/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

pours a semi-hazy amber-orange with a very large off-white head, and good lacing.

smell of light grapefruit, some sweet fruit, a little orange peel, a little caramel, and some pine.

taste is on the fizzy, sweet, pink grapefruit, lots of hops, a little pine, orange peel, and a touch metallic, ends over carbonated and bitter.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.48/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery on super bowl weekend. The head brewer was on site and he said they were brewing another batch of this in the spring sometime..eh if they feel like it. Gotta love brewers without the big picture...just happy to be in buisness and loves his product. This was the best brew of the bunch for me. Barleywine was close.

Perfect Pale slightly tan frothy head, supported by healthy carbonation.

The thing I liked about this was it was it had a bold hop flavor but in the end it became almost balanced in the aftertaste. Musky at points caught my attention, certainly nothing that bothered me as I would buy this by the case.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

10/04/05- Purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle, CA

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no dates. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Copper-amber pour, good 3/4 inch head and decent lace.

Smell- Fruity and floral hops hit first with a common toasted malt scent following.

Taste- Sweeter malt backing with a powdered sugar/fruity hop flavor.

Mouthfeel- Seems to be a bit overcarbonated, but not alot.

Drinkability- Just a run of the mill IPA. Seems like the hops could have been a bit more part of this beer. Kind of a borderline Pale Ale rather than IPA.

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Photo of flagmantho
1.75/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, hazy medium orange hue with lots of apparent effervescence. Head poured three thick fingers of pillowy ivory foam. Pretty good in my book.

Smell: sweet malt aroma with a nicely complex hop profile. I get floral notes, some funk, and a strong, bitey citrus and pine aroma that is almost over the top. It's a bit extreme, but I can appreciate its merits.

Actually, as I slowly drink through this beer, the aroma is really starting to grate on me in a bad way. Not good.

Taste: whoa. The floral notes and strong, bitey, piney citrus that were so nice in the aroma turn into a tart, haranguing sour citrus flavor with some soapy notes. Man, I was going to say "it's not that bad", but after a few more sips I don't think I can. I feel like the brewer was trying to go into a new and exciting direction but ended up pointed the wrong way. This is just a craft beer gone pretty badly wrong.

Mouthfeel: medium, medium-light body with an OK level of carbonation. Feel is good, despite the crazy flavor.

Drinkability: this flavor is just an absolute mess. Hoppy, certainly, but it's much crazier than any other IPA I've ever had. Bizarre flavors and extreme imbalance make this beer less-than-drinkable. Not bad enough for a drainpour, but uff da. Get it together, Hood Canal!

The more of this I drink, the nastier it gets. I'm not certain I've ever poured most of a bomber down the drain, but I think Dabob Bay IPA will get this distinction. Just plain too nasty to finish. Sorry, guys.

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Photo of muchloveforhops3
3.5/5  rDev +12.9%

Photo of gford217
3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber courtesy of bitbucket poured into a tulip.

This one pours a very hazy orange with some sediment in the bottom of the glass. An aggressive pour yields only a small bubbly head that recedes quickly and leaves almost no lacing.

The aroma is really fruity for an IPA, with some citrus hops in there as well as what smells a lot like apples, which I've never really smelled in an IPA before.

The taste doesn't have the light fruit going on. It's more about a big, abrasive citrus hop kick that dominates throughout and lingers through the aftertaste. Not much malt in there.

The mouthfeel is sticky but still seems just a tad thin for an IPA. The carbonation is very low as well.

This is an interesting IPA, but not one that I would go back to as the taste is a bit too abrasive without a lot of the complexity necessary to support that abrasiveness.

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Photo of canucklehead
3.92/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a real subtle IPA with floral hops notes that suggest complexity rather than caveman over the head hops. I like the delicate nose combined with a crisp dark gold colour. The finish was bitter but balanced and the beer was quite drinkable. A slight change from the standard PNW style.

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Photo of Kasha
3.75/5  rDev +21%

Photo of brewandbbq
3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle.

Pours dark copper with a half inch head of tight beige. Retention is decent with some mild lacing and a solid skim coat throughout the glass.

Aromatics are seriously piney with shades of Lysol and cherries. Hints of cat piss and grapefruit pith are there as well.

Medium bodied with a very crisp, prickly mouthfeel.

Light malt, tart cherries, and Pine-Sol start the palate. Grapefruit and spruce sap follow though.

Finishes with a lingering tartness, drying grapefruit, and a medicinal astringency.

What an odd beer. Probably infected and loaded with ammonia undertones.

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Photo of woemad
2.34/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

22oz bottle given to me by my bro', purchased at Bottleworks in Seattle (the beer, not the bro'). At the bottom of the label, printed upside down, is the address and phone number of Hood Canal Brewery. How considerate. Next time I'm in a bottle throwing melee, as I'm about to smash the bomber I have grasped by the neck down upon a miscreant's head, I can think about ordering a keg or some schwag.

Poured a clear, copper/amber color, with an inch or so of white foam that took it's time sliding down the sides of a Boundary Bay pintglass, leaving a neglige of lace.

The nose is of very mild, citrusy hops and... oh, I'm sorry, were you expecting more? As it warms up, there's a meek, sweet maltiness. Also an unpleasant solvent thing happens.

The taste is like the nose: mild unassertive citrusy hops combine with a bland malty sweetness, and a nasty chemical thing hovers in the background. As it warms, an herbal bitterness becomes evident at the swallow, but it doesn't meld well with what came before (not that much could).

Medium bodied, but who cares when it tastes like this.

The warmer it got, the nastier it got. I appreciate getting to taste anything from a brewery I don't have access to, but I'm hoping to not come across this beer again.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.52/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: Poured a burnt orangish color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap, some decent lacing and bubbles hang out for a while.

S: Big bittering orange peel, grapefruit and light spice

T: An abrasive bitterness with pine, grapefruit and orange peel wreck the palate upfront, not in a good way, then it slightly tapers off leaving a lasting bitterness and light spice, toast and grains.

M: Well carbonated, medium body but not to pleasant.

O: Not the worse IPA ever but not the best. The assertive bittering on the front is obnoxious and the taste overall is less than appealing.

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Photo of piclee
3/5  rDev -3.2%

Photo of RedDiamond
3.42/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it’s good to know I’m consistent. Fifteen months after trying this ale from a 22-ounce bomber I visited the Hood Canal Brewery’s tasting room and drank it on draught only to scribble down tasting notes that were remarkably similar to my first experience. Call it a drinkable, hoppy pale ale but Dabob simply doesn’t pass the muster as an IPA. Though dry-hopped hop flavor is abundant, it tends to emphasize the sweeter piney elements, leaving very little trace of the alleged 63 IBUs of bitterness. The result tips the balance toward malted sweetness in defiance of the IPA style.

The sensuous, velvety head showed class.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -3.2%

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Dabob Bay India Pale Ale from Hood Canal Brewing
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 28 ratings
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