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

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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
hairofthedog.com

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

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1,047
Reviews:
500
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Notes: 22oz bottle poured into a nonic pint glass. Winter 2010 bottle.

A: murky orange/ deep amber, almost no head, quickly faded. Active carbonation, but hard to see it through the murk.

S: Intense aroma makes the whole room smell like Blue Dot. Slightly sweet, floral, but with a deeper base. Strong smells of passion fruit. If I could buy this smell as a cologne I would.

T:Strong rounded deep fruit, prickly on the tongue at first. Loads of other flavors, something creamy and vanilla, and a little grassy? but in a good subtle way. Very balanced, the hops don't overwhelm like with some other DIPAs. Alcohol very well hidden. As it warmed added a nice caramel undercurrent as well.

M: Thick mouthfeel, leaves the pallet very cleanly though. Just the perfect amount of bitterness. Can still feel the carbonation. Overall fantastic mouthfeel. The beer is so complex it demands sipping.

D: Amazing beer, one of the most complex DIPA's I've had. Right up there with Pliny the Elder. If I were a richer man I'd drink a hell of a lot more of these.

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4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter 2011 bottle.

appearance - has a golden unfiltered appearance, could be a bit more clear for an ipa, excellent head and retention, graceful lacing

smell - huge pineapple and citrus hop notes, some subtle pine

taste - such a robust profile of hops, pineapple is dominant, leans strongly towards cascade and chinook flavors, the alcohol is well masked by the hops, you really have to try to pull it out

mouthfeel - medium body, ample carbonation, maybe slightly oily, lingers on the palate, just about right

drinkability - quite flavorful, has the right hop profile to it to represent an elite class of IPAs, not a lot of flaws in this beer other than the unfiltered appearance which is irrelevant in the world of tasty beers, a big favorite of mine

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look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Even moreso than most (D)IPAs, Blue Dot begs to be consumed fresh. I cringe inside when I see a review of a months-old bottle. I've had it countless times over the years, but this review is based on a snifter consumed at the Green Dragon in Portland shortly after the fall '09 release.

Pours out a hazy, yet glowing peach/apricot with a long-lasting fluffy white head and an impressive network of sticky lacing.

The nose is absolutely mouthwatering, equal (and STRONG) parts pine resin and loads of citrusy goodness- pineapple, orange zest, tangerines, grapefruit. A touch of spicy rye. Tastes equally incredible- I can't stress enough how awesome this beer tastes when it's absolutely fresh. ABV is nowhere to be seen- nothing but the nectar of hops, beautiful, citrusy sweet and piny hops here. Exceedingly tasty stuff here, very juicy and mouthwatering from sip to swallow. Moderate carbonation lends to a mouthfeel that's smooth yet stimulating at the same time (one of those beers that makes your salivary glands tingle). Dangerously drinkable.

Highest recommendation (if and only if you can get it at the peak of freshness).

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