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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

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

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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Photo of TheBungyo
4.62/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I think having a double IPA that is a mere 7% ABV is a nice change. In most cases we'd see something like 9 or 10%. Anyway, the pour looks like pineapple juice and is extremely cloudy. Head is big and formidable. I'd guess it must be nearly 2 inches. Almost no lacing. Nose is sweet malt, massive unrestrainable pineapple, grapefruit and pine. This is a brew the northwest should be proud of ... hell I know I am. If this were readily available in Seattle I know I would buy it all the time. Taste is pretty much the same and I'm loving it. The carbonation is almost imperceptable but there enough to impart a creamy mouth. There are better IPA's out there but I have to say that this one absolutely rocks. I truly hope it finds it's way to Seattle soon so I can buy more. This is just a treat and a half.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The ABV is definitely listed, bottle says it's 7%. Bought this right at the brewery, where Alan Sprints gave us generous samples of his insane creations. I'm probably a little biased, as HOTD is one of my favorite breweries in the world, but I'll try and remain objective.

Color is a sunny orange with a bit of haze, a plethora of bubbles and a thick, soapy, rocky head that retains forever, or close to forever anyway. Big sticky gobs of lace make it all the more beautiful.

The big-ass hops here are actually rather polite, but they make their presence known. Both piney and fruity in a big way, yet not edgy or spikey, they mingle to create an intoxicating aroma. A nice bubblegum sweetness works its way in as well.

When a Double IPA makes you appreciate its malts as much as its hops, you know it's a beer of high quality. This one does just that. Hopfreaks will be happy that it delivers an abundant dose of the stuff, but the bready malts give a much-appreciated bit of depth and lip-smacking flavor. The bottle reveals rye malts were used, and you can tell. The rye is actually more pronounced than in some rye pale ales that are marketed as such.

The mouthfeel is great, with a light airiness neatly offsetting the pungent hops of the flavor. A slightly sticky finish helps give a little oomph where it's needed.

Oh man...yum. About as superbly well-balanced a DIPA as I've ever had, and one of HOTD's best. Because it's not a nuclear hop bomb, and because it's got a relatively tame ABV for the style, and because it is so freaking good in all departments, this one gets "exceptional" drinkability from this beerist.

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Photo of mykie73
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

had this many times but decided this was the best batch I've had in a long time and was worthy of a review.

Summer batch 2009

A) one finger head, transparent but still some cloudyness (yeast floaters). Weell carbonated, laces beautifully. blood orange/tangerine color that glows.

S) citrus, pine, grapefruit,

T) Usual suspects for an delicious over the top westcoast DIPA (grapefruit really comes out) sweet on tongue, with gentle lingering bitterness on the back end of throught. Hides alchohol and malt well (I know there is a lot of both).

F) coats mouth beautifully. Full mouthful with gentle bite.

D) one of my favorites. Refreshing when cold, exceptional as it warms. Great still after 6 months, exceptional when fresh. Little spendy but worth every penny.

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Photo of BlindPig
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- About a 1" white head on a cloudy golden orange body.
S- Tons of piney and citrus hops, some grass ones in there too. Sweet caramel malt body gives the hops something to stand on. Fruit juice and light rind comes out a bit too.
T- Pine and light citrus hops come out nice and strong with light rind thrown in there too. There is a sharp rye malt flavor that really helps balance it out very nicely and stays around for the aftertaste leaving a dry pine, orange rind, rye flavor. Light floral flavors come out too. It is quite different with having the rye malt in there but I like it a lot. Almost like a Double hop rod rye with a bit more complex hop flavor.
M- Full body with low/medium carbonation.
D- I really like this beer. I love how they used rye malts for it. Wish they weren't so hard to get.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated Summer of 2010. (approximately 1 year old at time of review)

A- Deep golden color with an orange tint. Moderate off-white head with moderate retention and some patchy lacing.

N- Holy shit, what a powerful aroma! The volatiles are too complex to fully take in before they disappear, and what's left is enough to make me smell the beer again before every sip. Tons of tropical fruit (passion fruit, sweet pink grapefruit, and guava) layered on aromatic pilsner malt dipped in pine resin. Toasty caramel aromas blend with deep, rich honey and pungent hops. There is also a layer of floral/herbal potpourri (definitely some mint in there) with citrus accents and a hint of peppery alcohol every so often. Everytime I smell the beer I notice something new about it. It's amazing how so many complex parts can blend so well to create something uniquely mouth-watering.

T- Every bit as complex as the aroma, and every bit as satisfying. The crisp pilsner base is layered with lightly sweet caramel, toast, and spicy rye. Pine resin provides a firm bitterness for balance while floral perfume rises like scented fog. Some herbal tea adds a pleasant bitterness that blends well with the pine. A vague fruitiness shows up in the taste, but not nearly as pronounced as the fruit in the aroma. Long dry bitter finish of pine resin and herbal tea leaves with some juicy citrus that makes your mouth water and begs you to take another swig.

M- Medium-light bodied, slick and creamy at the same time with some sticky resins that cling to the tongue. Moderate carbonation with a long dry finish.

D- Overall, an outstanding beer. At $8 for a bomber, this is a steal IMO. Definitely going back to the store to clear them out if possible. Gotta make room for 2011, right?

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4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Slightly hazy tangerine with golden highlights. decent offwhite head. patchy waves of lace.

Grapefruit, orange, floral, resins. Slightly toasty and spicy rye.

Big juicy Grapefruit and orange citrus rush. Floral spicy ganja creeps in. Spicy drying rye gives a nice balance, Crisp, slightly toasty. Big resinous bitterness lingers with grapefruit rind and rye.

Dry, somewhat sticky, lighter body, but tastes thicker. Crisp and refreshing.

Great rye character and juicy delicious hops. Tasty and complex, hoppy yet with some balance. Damn good!

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Photo of rayjay
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought this one at the Beer Stein in Eugene, OR. I popped the cap off and immediately smelled the fresh hop flowers and sweet malts. Slight hint of body odor and day-old beer. Dumped it into a pint glass, the only way to drink a 2xIPA. Pours hazy golden with a small but stern head. Interesting bubbles rise strangely slow. The last few pours get mighty hazy.

On to the taste. Extremely bitter, but it's tame enough to be sophisticated. Sweet malts never really cut through the hops, which is exactly what I want in a 2xIPA. Alcohol is realtively low (7%), which is refreshing that a brewery doesn't need to cheat with abv to make a big, bold, tasty beer. Resins and oils are there, but the body remains light and never sticky. To me, a sign of a good IPA is delicious hoppy burps, and this beer delivers. Even with the hops dominating, this beer still reaches balance (at least for hop heads like me).

I think this one tastes best at about 45ºF. It does flatten up a little as it warms. All in all a great double that can kick it with the coolest beers in town. Worth seeking out. Drink this one if you're wondering what they mean by "west coast style."

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 2011 Batch

Appearance- light, hazy orange color with a big fluffy white head.
Good lacing.

Aroma- I can smell this from far away. Lots of grapefruit, orange and citrus notes. Nice.

Taste- Wow! Like I am biting into an orange and a grapefruit all at the same time. Very good. Lots of great bitterness in the end. A little sweet as it warms. That takes nothing away, though.

Mouth feel- this has a little body to it but it gives another dimension to it.

Drinkability- Very good. Maybe too good.

The last time I had one of these it was too boozy. This is much better than the other ones I have had. I don't know if he did anything different to this batch or not, but, damn, this one is good. I usually think HOTD beers need time to calm down, but this one is different. I will be on the look out for more of this batch as well as the next one.

All the rest of the baches since this have been incredibly sub par. Shame.

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Photo of HopDerek
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing a bottle with me.

Poured a cloudy golden amber with 2 fingers of foamy white head. OK retention leaves a good amount of spotty lacing. Smells of citrus fruits like grapefruit, mango, and orange, some floral hops, pine, biscuit, and caramel. Tastes of tangerine, grapefruit, orange peel, and apricot up front, with a touch of caramel and nice biscuit notes. Finishes with a resiny pine kick. Medium in body with good carbonation. Smooth and creamy, semi-slick and a touch of alcohol warmth, but overall very balanced and pleasant to drink. One really good DIPA that is refreshing and easy to drink, quite sessionable.

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Photo of drseamus
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Fall 2007 according to the label.

A: The body is a cloudy amber reddish color topped with a minimal white head.

S: Grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit. There is a touch of malt in there for balance. This is one hell of an aroma. Exactly like a west coast DIPA should be.

T: I can smell this beer in my nose as I taste it. I love experiencing beers with many senses at once. The flavor is filled with grapefruit but there isn't an overwhelming bitterness that is usually associated. It definitely ends up on the bitter end of the spectrum, but the balance is great. For a DIPA, this the flavor and bitterness is a bit light but it works great for me.

M: Perfect medium to heavy body without the sticky thickness that I often find with DIPA's.

D: Why is Oregon so far away? Great DIPA all around. It isn't too sweet, bitter or alcoholic and that makes a great beer for me.

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Photo of Spikester
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazy amber with a two finger foamy white head. Good amount of lacings. Aroma is piney resinous hops. Taste is bitter piney hops with a strong malt presence. Fairly well balanced for a DIPA. Mouthfeel is good with medium carbonation. A nice dry bitter finish. Kudos to HOTD for making a DIPA with a 7%abv. Very drinkable for the style.

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Photo of Jhastings79
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot smoother than what I was expecting. Very flavorful and surprisingly quenching. Heard a ton of great things about this beer and some time back missed the opportunity with our local pub who had a release party for it....due to the fact it sold out quickly. I only live 4 hours away from this brewery yet it's still a very difficult brew to get your hands on. And the wait is worth it.

Two thumbs up from this guy.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
4.54/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up on the internet. Bottle reads 'Winter 2010'

Appearance - Pours an opaque honey amber, minimal head.

Smell - Grapefruit, grapefruit, grapefruit, some grass, small hint of pine resin, and biscuity malt

Taste - WHOA! Sharp shock of bittering hops, then the sweet malt character comes out along with citrus rind and spicy rye. Dry finish, with a lingering vegetal/grassy hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Feels light, likely due to the pilsner malt, and paired with the dry finish makes this a very drinkable IPA.

Drinkability - a light-bodied, refreshing hop beast. I regret that I only bought one bottle...

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Photo of josiahschlender
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If I see Blue Dot on tap, it'll usually be the beer I order. In the crowded field of Portland-brewed IPAs, it's the best in my opinion. Only now have I gotten around to reviewing it.

This time I had it on tap at Henry's. If you're looking for it, it's one of the permanent taps at the Horse Brass. Poured in a chalice, it has a fairly light (for a double IPA) golden color with a creamy white cap with good retention.

Blue Dot is one of those beers you can smell from a few feet away, I love that. Huge sweet grapefruit, pine, pineapple, lemon rind, spiced hops overwhelm the light, sweet malts that are eventually traceable only after the beer warms for a while.

Taste is also bursting with hop flavor. Perhaps more than any other beer I can remember, Blue Dot tastes like the hops on the nose, especially the grapefruit, pine resin and lemon rind. The malts are quite sweet and light, reminding me just a bit of lemon tea with honey. Usually I won't give a 5 on taste to a beer that is fairly one-dimensionally hoppy, but they are just so good to this hophead.

Big bitterness on a good, long finish. Moderate carbonation and body make this feel maybe more like a regular IPA than a double. Price, pairing with food and availability are big factors for me in drinkability, none of which are strong points of this beer, yet I keep coming back to it when I see it.

One caveat: I haven't ever had Blue Dot from the bottle. Maybe my great experiences with it on tap have made my opinion higher than the average, but thus far I can heartily commend HotD for a great beer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - This ale poured a deep, rich orange in color with a huge, white head that pitted on top of the liquid as it went down. It is very inviting and looks like a real "heavy-hitter".

Smell - The giant, complex hop profile begged to be smelled. The floral characteristics first caught the attention of my olfactory bulb, but the luscious tangerine and stiff pine resin soon followed. There's actually a nice malt balance to this nose, but after smelling the hops it's almost like, "who cares?"

Taste - This one didn't fail to deliver the aroma at the taste. The big hops sweeten up at the taste, which makes me think that they may have hit the "IBU wall" when putting this monster together. The malt backbone comes on much stronger at the tongue, earning its "Imperial IPA" designation.

Mouthfeel - This Double IPA is somewhere in between medium and full in the body with a thick, greasy mouthfeel and a heavy bitter finish.

Drinkability - Well, the BAs that didn't start out with this ended up with it at the end of the Brouwer's Café "Hopfest" night. And, at 9.0 ABV, there were a lot of happy new HOTD fans by the end of the evening.

Update - I tucked away a few '07 bottles to pop in early 2010 just to see how the cellaring brought up that famous HOTD maltiness. Sure enough, the raunchy yeast came on like a banshee, well, more like a barley wine, and the big hops were still able to keep a presence in the flavor profile and really stayed quite bitter at the finish. If you are in love with the hops of this beer then I would recommend drinking this fresh of course but if you like to experiment and enjoy the complexity of a mature DIPA then this is an excellent cellaring candidate.

Update - Popped a fresh '10 and this is still a classic. It's absolutely gorgeous to behold, smells and tastes like a huge DIPA without going over the top, and is incredibly smooth especially given the ABV.

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Photo of distantmantra
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber. Summer 2011 batch.

A: Golden straw yellow. Unfiltered and cloudy with one finger of head and thick lacing.

S: Strong scents of citrus and pine. Grapefruit is very dominant.

T: Super smooth with a pleasing grapefruit flavor. Extremely well balanced hops with no bitterness or booziness.

M: Super smooth, heavy body. Light carbonation.

O: Hair of the Dog has a winner. At times this seems like a alcoholic grapefruit soda, while other times it's clearly an IPA with strong citrus notes. Absolutely lovin' it. Stock up before it's gone.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to whitebricke for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Summer 2010 Vintage! First of MANY beers to be consumed at my new place that I just moved into! Served from bottle into a Bell's tulip. Poured yellow-orange with a one finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, grapefruit, grapefruit hop, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, subtle grapefruit, subtle grapefruit hop, and a floral note. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a great brew. This was a >1 year old DIPA and it still had a nice hop profile!? Holy crap! I would hate to see how hoppy this was when consumed fresh! Really tasty here despite the aging. This one went down really smooth and tasted great. I wish HotD distributed things here as this would be one of my go-to brews without a doubt. An absolute must try for any hop-head out there, aged or not!

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale copper hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal and citrusy hop and a grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy and peppery hop with bursts of grapefruit and sweet orange. The clean malts supported the robust hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side for the style.

Overall a very tasty and extremely user friendly DIPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of hoser
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I am sitting down to rate a bottle, but have had this numerous times on tap and the bottle and sorry Pliny in 2007 and back to back pints at Tornado the Blue Dot rocked on the Pliny. But please trust me I would not pass up a pint of either.

Knowing Alan and the brewery this bottle tonight may be a little less memorable.

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Photo of jeff1973
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a Hair of the Dog tulip.

A - Nice vibrant burnt orange color. Eggshell colored head with great lacing.

S - Citrus, pineapple, mango, a bit of straw.

T - Follows nose. Citrus, pineapple, mango that dries out to a nice bitterness with just of touch of malt sweetness.

M - Medium low carbonation. Gives a nice silky mouthfeel that make for an easy drink.

D - Pretty high. The fruit from the hops makes it very refreshing and the dryness from the hop bitterness makes you want to take another sip. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Great beer! Has everything that I am looking for in an IPA. Great taste, good bitterness, extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of BigJTrucker
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I originally tried this beer back before I joined BA. It was an 06 that had aged for several months and i remember it being the best beer i've ever had. I've tried many beers since then, and many have come close. Now, on to this one....

A Spring 07 bottling, released on Earth Day, about a month ago. Appearance is a bright hazy orange color. Very little to no head. Very prevalent fresh yeasty/dough, Grapefruity aroma. Taste is grapefruity bitter, i'm not detecting any pineyness at all, with a nice solid rye maltyness. Very thick mouthfeel. nice and drinkable. Says 7% abv on label. It's still a very delicious beer. Being bottle-conditioned, it would GREATLY benefit from several more months of aging to allow the flavors and aroma to develop to an even higher level. That all said, it's a solid beer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle. Arrived a light orange amber with a healthy white head and great lacing. The smell is yeasty, citrusy, fesh and bitter. Very interesting aromas and very nice. Taste is immediately citrusy/hoppy woth a long, long hit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is especially crisp for the style. Different and delicious, and exceedingly fresh tasting on tap.

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Photo of chumba526
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears hazy medium bodied orange with a small off white head.

It smells strongly of pine. I get a bit of a grassy citrus zest smell from the beer as well. There is a mild caramel like smell to the beer. I get a bit of a fruity dry berry sort of smell as well.

It tastes of pine like hops. I get a bit of a dry slightly bitter floral like flavor. There is a bit of an orange zest flavor to the beer as well. I get a mild sweet malty smell that somewhat balances the strong hoppy character of the beer. There is a healthy amount of hoppy bitterness throughout the beer. The beer finishes with a potent bitter flavor that is paired with a nice pine like flavor. All the flavors of the beer blend perfectly with each other.

The carbonation is ample. There is a somewhat crisp mouthfeel to this ale.

The drinkability of this ale is great. It is hoppy and bitter but it is not overwhelming. It is a very smooth beer. I could drink many glasses of this beer.

Overall a great DIPA I think it is slightly better on tap but this is still a near flawless DIPA.

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Photo of Dansting
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle. Poured a murky orange color with a medium head and nice amount of sediment. Decent lacing. Strong hoppy flavor with a nice citrus hint to it. Flavor is very hoppy and refreshing. Finishes with a nice grapefruit bite, and maybe even a little pine. A very nice imperial IPA.

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Photo of Dukeofearl
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fall 2009 release, poured into a Paulaner glass. Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellar in Escondido, CA in January 2010. Admittedly this one is poured too cold, so I know this one may open up quite a bit.

Pours a murky medium gold, with minimal carbonation or head. In fact, virtually none.

Aroma is all citrus. First, a bright sweet orange juice/flesh, moving on to an orange peel bitter, ending with a grapefruit bitter. Quite intersting.

Flavor is a strong heavy rich malt profile that is layered with west coast-style hops, grassy, oily, junipery, and grapefruity are all at this party.

Even though there is no visible carbonation, there is a certain creaminess to the mouthfeel that tells me it's there. Well done.

Overall, this one is quite good- I am amazed I had never even heard of it before. Wish I had bought more than the one bottle.

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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,035 ratings.
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