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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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90
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494 Reviews
Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-14-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
494
Ratings:
1,017
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
15.1%
 
 
Wants:
227
Gots:
86
For Trade:
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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
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%
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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Photo of Skrumpy
4.11/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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 -8.9%
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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Photo of SovereignGood
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of LouZ
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
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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Photo of 81tillinfinity
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
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%
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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Photo of Moose90
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -21.3%
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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Photo of leaddog
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
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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Photo of reebtaerG
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
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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Photo of mr-jj
4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into an IPA glass from a 22 oz bomber.

Color is a hazy orange with a thin white head that faded quickly. Decent lacing. Smell is very juicy - lots of tropical and citrus juices with some pine and herbal notes. Flavor is grapefruit and pineapple with brown sugar malt sweetness to balance the huge hop presence. Finish is bitter grapefruit rind that lingers and is quite dry for such a juicy beer. Body is medium/full with lots of piney hop resins that coat your mouth.

Overall, an excellent DIPA from HoD. I'm a fan.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer pours with a ton of head atop an unfiltered, hazy, golden copper coloring. Great lacing on the glass. Aromas of tropical abundance, with pineapple and melon all over the place, citrus highlights, and a nicely toasted, grainy backbone. Some apricot, caramel, and piney highlights throughout, as well. Flavors are resinous and peppery spiced forward, with a solid bitter blast. Toasted grains in the backbone, with a solid balance of sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit, cedar notes, floral highlights, and a tangy lemon zest. Very fruit leaning, on a full, slightly effervesced body. The aftertaste is slightly acidic with all the citrus and tropical fruit lingers. Smooth, slightly dry and crisp finish. Good beer.

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Photo of TATTSNSNAPBACKS
4/5  rDev -1%

Gave this a try a buddy of mine recommended it knowing my taste of IPAs. Not a bad beer. There's just too many good ones out right now to put this in my top 10.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Poured from 22 oz bottle into weizenbeer glass.

Aroma: Tons of pine in the aroma, plus some grapefruit.

Appearance: Slightly cloudy, golden hue, not much head on it.

Taste: Nice piney hops, with a decent shot of sweet malt in the finish. Some citrus and spicy notes.

Palate: Low carbonation, thick but not oily.

Overall: Really enjoyed this one. One of my favorite double IPAs.

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Photo of Braz
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%

This was good and solid at first. But a strange lingering aftertaste shows through shortly thereafter and spoils it a bit. I can't take it out on the beer completely though as it had a lot of sediment that may have been kicked up.

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Photo of abuono
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light malt, heavy citrus hops. Similar to Julius but not as citrusy. Bitterness lingers, perhaps too much. More pine than I would like. Overall solid beer. Would drink again, great summer beer. ..............................................................

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Photo of Sunhunters
3.37/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

22 oz bottle "Spring 2004" into pint glass.

Appearance 3.00 - Golden orange with a muddy green tint. Quite hazy. Present but not particularly voluminous head is egg shell white, fine, firm, and staying. Very fine-grain bubbles with moderate lacing. Looks a little murky honestly.

Smell 4.00 - Tropical aroma is immediate and forceful. Mainly rich ripe pineapple with some strawberry and papaya backing it up, and lingering dried apricot. Little to no yeast aromas, though an underlying subtle layer of grassy pale malt is detectable.

Taste 3.00 - Like the appearance, it's a little murky. The malt is grassy and hay-like and the hop bitterness is flat and persistent, its constant presence muting the ripe tropical fruit flavors which are present, and follow the nose, but fail to truly stand up. The pineapple and papaya is largely lost in the enduring bitterness, itself influenced by the damp straw of the malt. The main fruit character is lackluster white grapefruit.

Mouthfeel 3.75 - Very pleasant texture is smooth and creamy, with a really excellent effervescence. The hop acids dry the tongue and cheeks, clawing a bit at the enamel of the teeth. Proper for its style. Full round weight in the mouth, like whole milk, follows the hazy appearance.

Overall 3.25 - An enjoyable example of the style, but off the mark. The killer aroma promises a tropical banquet that never shows up to the party. Texture is pretty spot on and the appearance is fine, but overall the taste is a plain grapefruit bitterness and grassy malt notes - enjoyable but average.

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Photo of lochef81
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first experience with Hair of the Dog brewing...hope it wont be my last. This dipa pours a hazy golden straw color, quite light for a double ipa. It gas a small and short lived white head that leaves decent lacing. The aroma is very hoppy with lots of floral and pine notes. Some citrus as well as a hint of bready malts and yeast. The mouthfeel is nearly full bodied and quite sticky. Flavor is all hops. Mostly herbacious and floral and pine notes. There is actually very little malt to back it up. This was good but not what I was expecting. Seemed more American pale ale than double ipa. Still worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the Dog 3 dot DIPA in a 22 oz bomber.
Hazy pale light amber; like an unfiltered apple cider. Good, lasting white head.
Mild for style; drinks Iike an unfiltered IPA.
Not clean. Mainly herbal hops. Some bready malts too.
O: OK but unrefined and amateurish.

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Photo of maximum12
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to nate321 for this bottle, which showed up this week amidst a bunch of other stuff I've long wanted to try. 22 oz. bomber split with my wife.

The pour is pure dehydrated urine sample. Full stop. Carbonation level is low, which is almost an expectation when I pop the top on a HotD bottle. The nose is full of lovely floral & tropical notes. Really nice.

Blue Dot IIPA is like a guy in a tux walking out of a bog: you don't expect something this routine from a place like HotD. Flower stamen is very strong & suffuses the senses, backed by dashes of lemon & citrus before a bracing shot of bitterness arrives mid-palate. More roses & lilacs on the finish. Sticky & thick for an IPA, but plenty easy to slug.

Simple but delicious, for my money this is having a boutannaire held to your face for half an hour. Very good beer.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip

A- pours a hazy golden yellow color with a small foamy white head, decent retention

S- grassy, pineapple and grapefruit, spicy rye

T- lots of tropical notes, pineapple, guava, orange with a good sweet malty backbone, some tea like bitterness with a peppery kick, dry finish with lots of pineapple, candy sugar

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish

O- nice tropical notes and a easily drinkable DIPA

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Photo of MarcWP
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into Jester King stem. Felt like getting fancy for this one since I can't easily get it!

Pours a dark lemon yellow with light orange core. The beer is hazy and has a minimal head for a standard IPA.

Aroma is deep citrus and pine hops, malty sweetness, grassy, spicy (from the rye), and also quite dank. Still has a pretty unique smell considering since the last time I had this I've had a plethora of other IPA's.

Taste is super spicy, rye malt is certainly up front with peppery, lemon zest hop notes lending even more spice. Mid palate you get a juicier malty core but only lasts a second as the bitterness takes over and late palate you get those pine and fruitier citrus fruit notes with tangerine and almost an orange flavored seltzer like nuance. I love IPA's with rye, and this one really has tons of it.

Mouthfeel has the impression of being medium bodied but I think the spicy character of the beer adds some fullness. Probably really more on the heavy side of light, carbonation is on the low end for IPA's and the beer finishes pretty darn dry.

The first time I had Blue Dot I was highly impressed and enjoyed it immensely. Then literally the next day I had Pure Hoppiness and the day after that Nelson. Nelson became my favorite IPA and to this day is still one of my favorites. Point is, I held Blue Dot on a high pedestal and only marginally below the Alpines. Now that I've revisited It I can say it's still magnificent, but not quite at Nelson's level. But I still find this better than any Stone, Lagunitas, or possibly even Green Flash IPA I've had. Something about small batch brew that maintains a sense of artisanal value, something you can almost taste. Glad to have landed another one of these.

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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
90 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.
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