Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,732
ABV:
7%
Score:
90
Ranked #4,766
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 10.62%
Reviews:
507
Ratings:
1,073
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Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale
Notes: Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)
Reviews: 507 | Ratings: 1,073 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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2.8/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

16oz can

Pours less than a finger of white head into my nonic, fades quickly. Initial lacing looks decent. Body is a dark orange, with hints of brown. Visibility low. Looks ok so far.

Nose is quite malt forward, hard to distinguish between the caramel and what seem to be some faint DMS. Maybe some faint hops. Pretty sweet. Not very impressed though, too sweet, almost no hop aroma, and DMS.

Yup something is super off here. DMS for sure. Other than that, some mild hops, not much else.

Mouthfeel is poor as well. Carbonation is barely there. Body has some weight to it I suppose, but irrelevant at this point. Bitterness is noticeable, and is the only part of this beer that even hints at an IPA.

Drinkability is ok I guess. It doesn’t taste horrible or anything, just not really any reason to put it back in a quick manner.

Appearance turned out ok, lacing was very patchy, head was sub par.

Overall, not good here. I will attribute some of this to Hair of the Dogs new canning line. Both beers have been undercarbed, however this one has noticeable DMS, which is not a canning issue.

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Photo of Noah_Aimar
3.73/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It pours a hazy golden amber with a pretty decent, rocky head.

Mostly all malty grain notes from this. Definitely can taste the rye malts, not so much the pilsner. In terms of hop profile it's nothing special, the real highlight of this beer seems to be the rye malt notes which give a clear black licorice taste. The finish is smooth and lingers in a way that is surprisingly refreshing for a beer of this character. They did a great job of balancing out the bitterness to make this a pretty unique double IPA from what I've had. It's nothing special but I'm not disappointed in having tried it. Provides an excellent example for what rye malts can do

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Photo of Lingenbrau
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Blue Dot may have been the very first HotD beer I had long ago, but now it's time to give it the respect it deserves with a proper review...

As with most of this esteemed breweries offerings, Blue Dot isn't all that pretty. A muddled coppery orange color with limited transparency. The saving grace is the beautiful off white cap that leaves ring after ring of spotty lacing, and a creamy tightly knit foam ring around the surface.

Subtly pungent? Pungently subtle? Anyhoo, it has an old school vibe to it. Piney and resinous with a touch of citrus juices and a spicy,black licorice like finish.

The flavor doesn't disagree. Evergreen sap, bitter rinds, and a spicy and herbal finish. Black licorice once again being on the end accompanied by a toasty graininess.

Slightly slick, with a lower carbonation than usual (also classic HotD). Close to balanced except that the bitterness creeps in long after sips. There is a touch of alcohol burn which amplifies as it warms.

Blue Dot might night win any newcomers over, but you classic hounds will enjoy it. This here is the first running off their new canning line. The rye is more noticed than ever before, in my opinion, which makes this a truly enjoyable classic DIPA.

Cheers.

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Photo of scream
3.69/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Was really looking forward to this as their beers are not available here in Wisconsin. Picked this up on a recent trip to N California. Sorry, it just did not do it for me. It's OK but nothing special from my perspective

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scream from Wisconsin, Oct 25, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip, Spring 2018 release

L: Clear golden amber pour with 1 finger of fluffy white head. Falls fast... solid ring of lacing.

S: Grainy malts and piney/herbal hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Toasted grains and light malts give way to a bitter pine/resin forward hop profile. Somewhat herbal/medicinal. Very classic 'west coast' IPA. Mild earthiness/spice. Not picking up the 'juice' that other reviewers are mentioning. Oily on the tongue... gentle pine and bitterness at the finish.

O: A solid west coast DIPA. Good flavor and bitterness... very drinkable.

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EMV from Pennsylvania, May 20, 2018
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3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has honey malt and some green apple. Taste is malty with generic earthy hops and resiny bitterness on the finish.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, Sep 19, 2017
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. The appearance was a golden sunshine yellow color with a two finger’s worth of white foamy head. Seemed to really take it’s time in dissipating, I didn’t mind. Some heavy lace ran here and there. The aroma spoke of some sweet to soft spicy rye, light floral hop tones, some herbal, light citrus, a touch of resin, light passion fruit and ended with some sweet fresh grassy tones. The flavor came between the sweet to spicy portions and then subtly allowing the passion fruit to make a light presence. Not much of an aftertaste, seemed somewhat fresh piney to that passion fruit with a cohesive piney to grassy and passion fruit sweet sort of finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt spot on. ABV felt as projected. Bitterness was there yet contained enough to not impart much hop abrasion. Overall, well, damn! I totally understand the hype train behind this one. I’m jumping on!

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Photo of metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Portland, OR

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface and a webbing of photos down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of citrusy and piney hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but has moderate notes of underlying caramel malts and a light to moderate amount of bitterness. The pine lingers into the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a solid West Coast IPA. The pine seems to get stronger as the beer warms up.

Serving type: on-tap

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metter98 from New York, Oct 02, 2016
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3.36/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 7% abv "double" ipa? Ok. . . Anyways, pours like a malty ipa, plenty of caramel malts from the appearance (later confirmed in the nose and palate). That dullard burnt orange kind of look, 1/3" head.

Taste is a more balanced approach, they really seem to stress the malt on this one, some C hops, its pretty standard late 90s ipa fare. Plenty bitter, chinook and cascades I would surmise. If a malty and bitter beer from the past is your jam, check this one out. If you only like juicy or dry hop explosion ipas, you might be disappointed here.

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Photo of arizcards
4.15/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber from the refrigerated section of the Belmont Station in Portland this past Saturday for $8.31. Summer 2016.

Beer poured golden orange with a decent white head that is leaving some lacing behind.

Nose is light tropical and citrusy hops.

Taste is lemon, orange, papaya, and mango melding beautifully with the pale and caramel malt base. Juicy!

Feel is medium bodied and pretty smooth.

Overall this is one delicious brew. By no stretch is it crisp and clean but if you want a juice bomb that is a little bit bigger version of Fresh Squeezed definitely pick it up! Definitely fun to try once but Fresh Squeezed is definitely more affordable bottle wise.

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arizcards from Arizona, Aug 24, 2016
Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Summer 2016 Bottle: Pours hazy dark orange to brown color with a tight 1 finger creamy bright white colored head that was packed with tiny bubbles and dissipated very slowly, leaving very nice foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells very dank and juicy, like hop oil in your hands - I could smell this 6 inches from the glass and it was bursting with tropical fruit. Nose is a mix of fresh squeezed orange, papaya, clementine, pineapple, graham cracker, caramel, toasted wheat bread crust, light grapefruit and piney hops. Kind of basic, but very fresh and full of citrus zest. Really enjoyable.

Taste is a lot more malty than the nose lets on, the focus shifts from hoppy goodness to just as much malty sweetness. It's a tie for command of the palate with just as much pine coming through as citrus. Both hop variants produce flavors like the nose with orange, pineapple, grapefruit, papaya, clementine and some lemon zest hitting then wrestling with the malty aspects such as biscuit, graham cracker, bread crust, pizza dough and then a whole bunch of peppery spices and coriander, which looking at the bottle must be the rye malt listed. Very complex, almost to the point that it seems like a struggle for attention between the malts and hops, but the end result is enjoyable and hides the 7% ABV very well.

Mouthfeel is super slick and creamy with mild carbonation, and average to slightly heavy body, a mid-level bitterness and a grainy, malty finish that turns sweet and hoppy before trailing off dry with mild spices. The rye malt really throws a nice curve-ball in with this finish, adding a nice dynamic at the end.

Overall I was let down a bit by the flavor as the aroma was really fresh, juicy and hoppy, but I got over it and took pleasure in consuming the rest of the bomber. Good to see Hair Of The Dog being sold on Long Island, I'm looking forward to more of their brews making it out this way.

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CHickman from New York, Aug 05, 2016
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4.45/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a nice head that holds the edge of the snifter as it dissipates in the center. Aroma is citrus and tropical fruits. Tastes is aa fruit bomb! Great! Citrus, tropical fruits, melon honey very light malt finish. Grabbing another tomorrow excellent dipa.

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Boccu from New York, Aug 02, 2016
Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 20oz bottle into a speiglau IPA glass.

Look is an orange Amber and very hazy with a thin white head.

Astringent lemon aroma with a real honey malt at the end.

Taste is similar with a slight herbal lemon and a clear honey note.

Delicious easy summer drinker.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium gold body, slightly hazy; white head with some messy lace trails; fruity and malty - initially a little thicker on the feel than I expected; bitterness is mild. Warmed exceptionally well as it thinned out, taking on a real nice smooth, slippery feel with lots of mildly boozy orchard fruit impressions.

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Greywulfken from New York, Jul 19, 2016
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4.11/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a glass at the tasting room in SE Portland. Straw colored and cloudy, this looks more like a Belgian. White, creamy head with streaky lacing. Smell is light citrus and malt, not much happening. The flavor is really amazing. Not like any other IPA I've tried. Fruit forward, melon and citrus. Grapefruit in the aftertaste - hoppy bitterness. Pine notes. Resinous and juicy mouthfeel - excellent beer!

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Skrumpy from Oregon, Jun 25, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i had no idea these guys made beers that werent enormous strong ales, so this was cool to see on their tap list. its a good one too, quite typically northwestern, nice punchy hops with grapefruit and pine family appearances. its hazy and its aromatic, juicy on the hops, but also very malty, a little richer than most, with some caramel to it, although really the hops are so aggressively dosed that it almost doesnt matter whats going on in the malt bill. pine at first with bitter citrus later on, a shade of sweet in there, but its both oily and bitter, the hops dominate the flavor and the texture, as they should in this style. i wonder if its called double ipa because the hops are doubled. the abv here doesnt suggest it should be a double, i guess its all case by case, but the hops are huge here. somehow it remains pretty approachable though, like, its so juicy and ripe and fresh that it attracts me like a honey bee to a bright flower, i cant get enough. some yeast breadiness to this too. carbonation is there, which helps keep it moving, and while the hops complexion isnt new in terms of whats in here, its new in the way it stands out like this even from a larger grain build. fun stuff, highly recommended.

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Photo of SammyJaxxxx
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Winter 2016 bottle

A: Pours a deep straw color. Very effervescent. Solid finger plus of white head
S: some pine and citrus
T: Malty Sweet citrus rind
MF: boozy sweet.
O: very disappointing. Heard good things about HoD. Hope I enjoy their other offerings more

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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey, Apr 04, 2016
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4.38/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Well this was bottled a few months back but it still tastes awesome so here is a quick review.

L: Hazy, deep orange color. People talk about the craze with the haze nowadays and this definitely falls within that category. About a pinky size head that seems to leave a nice bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Orange, tangerine, tons of citrus notes. Smells like a west coast IPA but stronger.

T: For being an old IPA, this tastes awesome; on par with fresh IPA's. Very nice citrus notes that explode in your mouth. Very juicy taste that lingers nicely for a good amount of time until its cut by bitter and sweet notes.

F: Nice light to medium mouthfeel that suits the style perfectly.

Honestly, I was expecting an old IPA that tastes like onions but this sure did surprise me. I noticed the bottle date was about 6 months ago but this tastes as fresh as IPA's less than a month old. First Hair of the Dog beer that I've had but I will surely be looking for more.

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SovereignGood from California, Jan 17, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had in taproom - Golden color with a finger of lasting head and lacing. My sniffer was off due to a cold, but taste was vibrant citrus and sweet malt. Very smooth feel. I really enjoyed this one and will seek again.

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LouZ from Washington, Nov 12, 2015
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4.35/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy clarity with low carbonation. Nose is huge hints of citrus goodness. Taste is rich and almost chewy, hops are in abundance. Very nicely balanced bitterness is not assertive. Served from draft at brewery.

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Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on draft at their tasting room. Pours a hazy orange hue with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Lazy lacing abounds. Loads of tropical fruit in the nose, with some piney notes as well. The taste follows suit; pineapple forward. Lot's of rind in the finish. A very nice 2xIPA. Cheers!

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Mantooth from North Carolina, Aug 03, 2015
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3.06/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served from 22oz bottle, 2014 Fall Release

A — Pours a deep coppery orange color with a tall and puffy light cream colored head.

S — Smells largely malty and rich, light peppery and bitter hop note.

T — Very malty and almost yeasty overall, very rich and sweet, minimal hop character.

M — Medium bodied, a bit heavy overall.

O — Disappointing here, good if you want a big malt bomb with some hop semblance, but I think HotD should stick to Fred/Adam.

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Moose90 from Washington, May 31, 2015
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3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This is the Fall 2014 batch poured from the 22 oz bottle. Color is a clear yellow amber. Surprisingly, the foam dissipates quite rapidly in the Chimay chalice leaving a few wisps of foam. Some carbonation bursting in the mouth, however.

The aroma is quite nice, with the mango and pine notes. The flavor is so raw. I would have believed 11% ABV, rather than the 7% claimed. Woody and raspy bitterness. Dark with bitterness.

This is certainly interesting to taste, since it's have such a long history, but there are so many better IPAs. I wouldn't call this a Double, it's more of a really hot IPA. Not very drinkable, though it may be bait to the hop obsessive.

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mactrail from Washington, May 14, 2015
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3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a murky dark gold with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and leafy hops, bready caramalts, orange peel, citrus.

Taste - Starts off with a nice punch from the hops followed by the bready caramalts, orange peel, and citrus.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a lingering bitterness.

Overall - A DIPA that has the elements there. The aromas suggested a less hopped brew but the taste showcased the nice bitter punch from the hops. Definitely a worthy DIPA.

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leaddog from Alberta (Canada), Mar 23, 2015
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4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle winter 2015 into Lost Abbey teku
Nice IPA with great aroma and taste, solid. 1st time having Hair of the Dog and I'm not disappointed can't wait to try the others!

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reebtaerG from Maryland, Mar 15, 2015
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1073 ratings