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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 barleywinefiend
4.7/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a beautiful glowing orange color with a small white head. Nose is citrus, grass, lemon, pinepalle and earthy. Taste is very smooth and well put together. Pineapple, grass, earthy notes and some citrus. Very smooth and light booze. Mouthfeel is nice, hops, well balanced and very tasty. Very drinkable. Outstanding. One of my favorites so far.

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Photo of YOOJ
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On Tap at Horse Brass in Portland

Blue dot is an excellent DIPA,

It's lack of balance or bitter hop punch may turn some beer drinkers off but what makes blue dot special is it's fantastic floral hop flavor. The hops come through perfectly, almost like drinking whole hop flowers.

The Drinkability is what makes this beer an A+, very smooth for a 7% abv and even smoother for a DIPA.

If you like Hop Wallop or West Coast IPA, this beer probably won't be your favorite.

If you like Pliny the Elder, TRY BLUE DOT. They are quite similar beers in my opinion, and Blue Dot is better.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
4.69/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Oh dear god! stumbling monk, why would i doubt you?!

lazy golden dress with white laces, sexy, and blowing aroma out of the glass from across the room. grapefruit, some other citrus, a little piny, just a full-fledged olfactory assault. i feel as though my nose is pickett and the blue dot has the hill on the 3rd day. much stronger than in the bottle. flavor is fantastic, malt sweetness is prevalent but matches beautifully with what i might guess to be simcoe and ctz hops, maybe some centennial. drinks beautifully, and honestly could probably stand to be a little stronger, it's barely a double, the only thing that lets me know for sure is the higher fg, leaving that residual sweetness that pairs so nicely with the hops. the bottle is beautiful but this is a bj from venus on tap.

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Photo of bobbypaulson
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this beer from a great trader on the other site. As we set up the trade she offered this one to me and I immediately accepted and I'm really glad I did. This beer pours from a 22 oz bomber with a blue cap on it. Into a tulip glass it pours a cloudy brownish orange with a nice fluffy white head. The smell is very sweet with some citrus fruit and hops. Very nice mouth feel it's hoppy but not overpoweringly bitter and the citurs (kinda grapefruity) is very sweet, this beer is very well balanced and makes you keep coming back for more. I really began to enjoy this one the longer I let it sit and come to room temperature. Over all a graet tasting beers, one of my favorite DIPA I've had. In fact I traded to get me another 2 bottles from her right after I finished the frist one.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one checked off my Wants list by stoney73. Winter 2010 bottle.

A- Cloudy yet bright orange with a nice perfectly white head. Plenty of lacing with a strong retention.

S- Great smelling. I was overwhelmed with oranges at first. I love it! There is also some pine and lighter malts. This smells very very good. The first thing I said was "this is like a double Two Hearted".

T- Lots more delicious oranges and pineapple. Truely similar to what a double Two Hearted might be like. Its not insanely bitter the malts come and give backup to lots of sweet citrus hops.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Very hazy yellow with a medium-sized white head that leaves adequate lacing.

S: Citrus, citrus, citrus. This is going to be my kind of IPA, I can already tell.

T: Again, citrus flavors, most notably grapefruit, are at the forefront. A big hop presence with notes of orange and subtle pineapple and mango notes are in there as well. This beer is incredibly delicious, and right up my alley.

M: Great feel, nice lingering, pleasant, bitter aftertaste with fruit notes.

D: Great flavor, really smooth and easy to drink. I'll be getting some more of this ASAP.

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Photo of troybn
4.65/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from my tasting notes about two years ago.

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick aromatic head that dissipates quickly and leaves an ample lacing on the glass.

Big aroma with pine and citrus notes, very nice.

The flavor and mouth feel are fantastic. Very balanced, rich and full bodied floral-resin hop bouquet, really quite wonderful. A nice citrus-pine bite to start things off and then a smooth almost creamy balance to the mid palate and long finish.

This is a great West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of Deuane
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A FRESH bottle, marked Fall 2008, courtesy of UncleJedi. Sent to me in the BrewGrass BIF.

A-Golden kissed light copper with a thin, non-reducing, white head that left spotty lace.

S-Pungent spicy apricot, floral mango and bitter ornage rind. A nice backing sweetness. This is some seriously good smelling stuff!

T-Bitter, spicy orange rind with lesser notes of apricot, tangerine and peaches. Sweet malt backing is present but barley noticed under the wave of fruity hop goodness. DE-LISH!

M-Medium bordering on medium-light with a light syrupy feel, but not sticky. I guess this comes from all of those hop oils!

D-Wondorous stuff! As good as advertised if not better. I am sure this on draft or cask would be amazing. This one is right up there with PtE, Dorado, Hopsickle and all those other big name west coast IPA hop bombs!

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Photo of Oakengroves
4.64/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours evenly into a brisk, brownish amber color.

Smell - This beer smells truly amazing. A brisky, piney floral hoppy aroma. The definition of what an IPA should smell like. It tastes great, but it smells even better!

Taste - Orange and lemon piney hop goodness. Very floral and fruitish for an IPA. Great light flavor, yet intensely hoppy! An outstanding IPA flavor!

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a minimal carbonation.

Drinkability - If you love hoppy IPAs, you will enjoy this beer! Outstanding, floral hop flavors.

Overall - An outstanding, balanced DIPA. Highly recommended, especially if you can find it on tap or for less than $7ish for a bottle.

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Photo of jakon
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased for $6.79 on 5-18-8 from Orenco New Seasons.

Spring 2008 Release

This beer pours hazy golden color with a forced eggshell colored head that displays average retention and leaves behind a layer of lacing.

Big pineapple and floral notes in the aroma. Also detect something resembling banana chips. The taste is pleasingly very bitter with a ton of citrus hop character. Notably lime and pineapple, with a bit of banana and pear juice. The lingering bitterness specifically reminds me of orange pith. There is also a light, natural sweetness that makes all those fruit notes come across more distinctly.

The carbonation on this one is on the lower end of the scale, but there is still a nice prickly bite.

It should also be noted that the most pleasing characteristics of this beer's flavor profile are very delicate. The Fall '07 batch is all bitterness with very little in the way of hop subtleties right now. Drink it fresh or don't bother.

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Photo of TheBungyo
4.62/5  rDev +14.6%
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 +14.1%
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 +14.1%
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 +14.1%
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 +13.9%
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 +13.4%
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 +13.4%
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 +13.4%
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 +13.4%
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 +13.2%
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 +12.9%
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 +12.9%
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 +12.7%
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 +12.2%
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 +11.7%
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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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 4.03 out of 5 with 1,054 ratings
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