Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Imperial IPA
4.03 | pDev: 10.67%
Apr 24, 2022
Aug 14, 2005
Blue Dot Double India Pale AleBlue Dot Double India Pale Ale
Notes: Available in kegs year-round; rotating release in bottles, dated by 'Season' and 'Year' ('Spring 2009', 'Winter 2010', etc.)
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of jmdrpi
Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
on draft at the brewery in Portland

dark orange in color, a little cloudy, thick white head. Candied citrus aroma, but taste is based with underlying bitterness. medium bodied.
Apr 24, 2022
Photo of TheBricenator
Reviewed by TheBricenator from Oregon

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Look: Opaque medium orange with a frothy white head that recedes to a lid and holds, leaving great lacing behind
Aroma: Spicy rye malt, herbaceous hop notes, earthiness, pine, bready malt, and wafts of citrus fruit – oranges and grapefruit dominate
Taste: An array of citrus fruits and conifers come together and take the lid off as rye starts to follow closely behind and weave its way in. Herbaceous and earthy hops hold center stage in the middle and closes with bready malt and a nice hop bite
Mouthfeel: Full, medium-high carbonation, and lightly dry on the finish
Overall: This is tasty stuff and unique in the DIPA world as well. Not only does this beer have an old-school leaning hop profile in taste/aroma, but the rye addition is delicious, works very well in this beer, and adds quite a bit to the overall experience. A fun and enlightening hop adventure and one I’m glad to have experienced one last time
Apr 20, 2022
Rated: 4.28 by kodt from Illinois

Mar 08, 2022
Rated: 3.96 by Lucnifter from California

Feb 20, 2022
Photo of REVZEB
Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Had on tap. Cloudy orangey bronze pour accompanied by a cream sudsy cap. Classic combo of citrus and pine in the nose. Taste is potent with the hops and hints of almost boozy rye, big orange and grapefruit carry the citrus with a malt backbone. Feel is earthier than most DIPAs, hops are sharp and cutting through the solid malt base. Good all around DIPA
Oct 08, 2021
Photo of barnzy78
Reviewed by barnzy78 from Illinois

4.16/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
16oz can
L: brilliant hazy tangerine body, thinner ivory head
S: bready caramel malt, earthy pine, grapefruit rind, mango
T: loads of piney bitterness along with pithy grapefruit rind; caramel malt and bread crust for a hefty malt backbone
F: full body, ample carbonation, pungently bitter and dry finish
O: a bold beer, just like the other beers I’ve had from Hair of the Dog
Aug 22, 2021
Rated: 3.92 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska

Mar 28, 2021
Photo of Slatetank
Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
poured chilled from bomber into willybecker
golden with chill haze and small white head
snells of hops with pine and fruity ester of yeast
feel is bitter and dry with slight yeast and caramel sweetness light alcohol
flors is semi woody hop and tinge of malty toasted flavor finish is dry with some spice
Overall a pretty decent ipa..west coast style a very good example of the style
Dec 25, 2020
Rated: 4.01 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Oct 11, 2020
Rated: 4 by jaxon53 from Connecticut

Aug 09, 2020
Photo of MaltsOfGlory
Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

2.8/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
16oz can

Pours less than a finger of white head into my nonic, fades quickly. Initial lacing looks decent. Body is a dark orange, with hints of brown. Visibility low. Looks ok so far.

Nose is quite malt forward, hard to distinguish between the caramel and what seem to be some faint DMS. Maybe some faint hops. Pretty sweet. Not very impressed though, too sweet, almost no hop aroma, and DMS.

Yup something is super off here. DMS for sure. Other than that, some mild hops, not much else.

Mouthfeel is poor as well. Carbonation is barely there. Body has some weight to it I suppose, but irrelevant at this point. Bitterness is noticeable, and is the only part of this beer that even hints at an IPA.

Drinkability is ok I guess. It doesn’t taste horrible or anything, just not really any reason to put it back in a quick manner.

Appearance turned out ok, lacing was very patchy, head was sub par.

Overall, not good here. I will attribute some of this to Hair of the Dogs new canning line. Both beers have been undercarbed, however this one has noticeable DMS, which is not a canning issue.
Nov 22, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by wisrarebeer from Wisconsin

Jun 17, 2019
Photo of Noah_Aimar
Reviewed by Noah_Aimar from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
It pours a hazy golden amber with a pretty decent, rocky head.

Mostly all malty grain notes from this. Definitely can taste the rye malts, not so much the pilsner. In terms of hop profile it's nothing special, the real highlight of this beer seems to be the rye malt notes which give a clear black licorice taste. The finish is smooth and lingers in a way that is surprisingly refreshing for a beer of this character. They did a great job of balancing out the bitterness to make this a pretty unique double IPA from what I've had. It's nothing special but I'm not disappointed in having tried it. Provides an excellent example for what rye malts can do
May 15, 2019
Photo of Lingenbrau
Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Blue Dot may have been the very first HotD beer I had long ago, but now it's time to give it the respect it deserves with a proper review...

As with most of this esteemed breweries offerings, Blue Dot isn't all that pretty. A muddled coppery orange color with limited transparency. The saving grace is the beautiful off white cap that leaves ring after ring of spotty lacing, and a creamy tightly knit foam ring around the surface.

Subtly pungent? Pungently subtle? Anyhoo, it has an old school vibe to it. Piney and resinous with a touch of citrus juices and a spicy,black licorice like finish.

The flavor doesn't disagree. Evergreen sap, bitter rinds, and a spicy and herbal finish. Black licorice once again being on the end accompanied by a toasty graininess.

Slightly slick, with a lower carbonation than usual (also classic HotD). Close to balanced except that the bitterness creeps in long after sips. There is a touch of alcohol burn which amplifies as it warms.

Blue Dot might night win any newcomers over, but you classic hounds will enjoy it. This here is the first running off their new canning line. The rye is more noticed than ever before, in my opinion, which makes this a truly enjoyable classic DIPA.

Apr 09, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Jan 31, 2019
Photo of scream
Reviewed by scream from Wisconsin

3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Was really looking forward to this as their beers are not available here in Wisconsin. Picked this up on a recent trip to N California. Sorry, it just did not do it for me. It's OK but nothing special from my perspective
Oct 25, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by Dactrius from Netherlands Antilles

Sep 03, 2018
Rated: 3.85 by philbe311 from Pennsylvania

Jun 17, 2018
Photo of EMV
Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a Dogfish Head tulip, Spring 2018 release

L: Clear golden amber pour with 1 finger of fluffy white head. Falls fast... solid ring of lacing.

S: Grainy malts and piney/herbal hops.

T/F: Follows the nose. Toasted grains and light malts give way to a bitter pine/resin forward hop profile. Somewhat herbal/medicinal. Very classic 'west coast' IPA. Mild earthiness/spice. Not picking up the 'juice' that other reviewers are mentioning. Oily on the tongue... gentle pine and bitterness at the finish.

O: A solid west coast DIPA. Good flavor and bitterness... very drinkable.
May 20, 2018
Rated: 4.06 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

May 12, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Apr 26, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Wizzle32 from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by grapeshops from California

Apr 18, 2018
Rated: 4 by jhlosito75 from Pennsylvania

Mar 31, 2018
Rated: 4.18 by Jonathan-Morgan from Florida

Mar 26, 2018
Rated: 3.99 by Gkruszewski from New York

Jan 17, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by GravityKills from Massachusetts

Dec 30, 2017
Rated: 3.68 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Nov 23, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Dutchcraftbeergeek from Netherlands

Sep 26, 2017
Rated: 3.85 by samEBC from Belgium

Sep 24, 2017
Photo of Ciocanelu
Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

3.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
On tap at Beavertown Extravaganza. Aroma has honey malt and some green apple. Taste is malty with generic earthy hops and resiny bitterness on the finish.
Sep 19, 2017
Rated: 3.29 by anon from California

Aug 27, 2017
Rated: 3.56 by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

Aug 19, 2017
Rated: 4 by ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

Jun 29, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by CPAles from Illinois

Jun 19, 2017
Rated: 3.98 by skrabbenhoft from Wisconsin

Jun 17, 2017
Rated: 4.1 by DoctorEvil65 from Washington

Jun 14, 2017
Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1082 ratings