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 metter98
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
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 +2.7%
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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Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of Boccu
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
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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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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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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