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.)

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.56/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Somehow I'd missed out on the alcohol content of this IPA. Hair of The Dog has always called it a double IPA and as I drank the beer on draught around town, I naturally assumed this to be true. It isn't. Blue Dot is just 7.0% ABV. That's not a double IPA, it's a regular IPA, plain and simple. Surely, the beloved Mr. Sprints knows that.

Undaunted by this discrepancy, I served myself the first of several snifters and inhaled a peach-pineapple fragrance with flowery hop essence. I was at first surprised at the unusual sunny gold color of Blue Dot. It is exceptionally pale for an IPA, let alone a professed double IPA. It is also distressfully undercarbonated with a sullen, pallid body showing no lace and just a small islet of head.

The essential properties of a drinkable IPA are intact with a bountiful and well presented hop bitterness. It isn't shy on the hops by any means. But HOTD isn't known for its hop showcases and Blue Dot just doesn't sit on the same masterpiece mantel next to Adam, Fred, or Doggie Claws. It's somehow less than I expected and in that sense was disappointing.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to forgetfu for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a small head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: The hops give a citrus aroma - oranges and grapefruit.

T: The flavor falls a bit flat from the aroma. There is a little bit of citrus and some apple, but not as flavorful as I had hoped or expected.

M/D: It was a little thin with decent carbonation. Drinkability was pretty high, but this was a let down. The hops were lacking, could have passed for an IPA, but not a double.

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Photo of cbutova
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Summer 2011, see how it stands up to time, acquired in San Diego and consumed in MA.

A- Uber cloudy dreg filled pour with a strange apple cider brown kinda green color. Small white frothy ring but not much of an actual head. Some spots of lace.

S- Rye caramelized malt and fairly decent strength hops. Floral and herbal for the most part and some citrus and peach with warmth.

T- Again, a sweet, toasty caramelized malt presence with defined rye hints. Hops kick in with temperature and a nice spicy, citrus, peach, zest, floral and pine profile becomes apparent. A big bouquet of different hints.

MF- Low carbonation but a somewhat silky feel. Slightly watery/not creamy. Moderate bitterness.

All of the hop flavors I can think of but not quite as high in strength as I would imagine in a IIPA, big malt presence.

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Photo of mcallister
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odd looking IPA. Resembles an unflitered wheat/hefe. Rich and creamy off white head with thin sticky lace good overall retention.

Wonderful fruity nose. Grapefruit, floral hop, lemon zest, orange and apple. Some pineyness lies in the background as well as sweet malt hints.

This IPA is unbalanced. The bitterness on the finish has rough edges and the mouthfeel is thin and coating. The raw hop flavor just doesn't mesh well with the malt. I'm not sure if this may be slightly old. Acquired in a trade. The fruit of the nose is no where to be found in the taste. Their is slight grapefruit and pine. Otherwise it's all thick cloying malt, that is made thin by the raw bitter hops.

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Photo of whatthehull
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted sept 10th 2011 (from notes)


A - swampy brownish/orange, no head and a tiny bit of lacing

S - tons of citrus, lots of grains and wheat, so much malt, a slight yeast nose, flowers and spice

T - lots of orange and citrus, a bit of fresh cut grass, lots of woodsy type flavors, flowers, a tad sweet, some soil, some spices, citrus rind, grains, very wheaty, funky yeast and tons of malts

M - medium body, medium complexity, low acidity, medium balance and medium finish

D - fairly drinkable as far as double ipas go. Much more malt and a light but nice bitter hop. Lots of citrus and very nice bouquet.

Final thought - don't know the price. Thanks to my buddy Eric for this one. Not the best beer ever but it is nice and drinkable

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a business trip to Bend, I flew into Portland, and immediately headed to Belmont Station where I saw a bottle of this one, picked it up, and drank it that night in the room. Poured a cloudy golden color with a decent white head. Aromas of pine needles, citrus and sweet malt. Medium bodied, with flavors of pine, citrus and sweet malt.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into RR -tion glass.

A: appears a gloomy dark orange, very lifeless upon pour, minimal head. This one isn't looking so good.

S: aroma features grapefruit, waves of resinous pine needles, honey, and a touch of boozieness as well. Some malts in the background.

T: taste starts off with ripe tropical fruits followed by candied fruit, taste becomes bitter as it finishes with pine, some caramel malt rounds things out, nice balance

MF: low carbonation, medium body

O: well this DIPA has a terrible appearance and seems to have a low gravity for the style, otherwise, it is very tasty and worth a try

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Photo of gkunkle
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brownish orange, looks like apple cider. Head is only about 1/3" and it quickly dissipates to a film with a ring around my glass.I smell a little bit of apple and grassy hops. The taste is very full, it starts off with a slight sweetness then transitions to a lemon flavor in the middle of my tongue. I get a little bit of malt in the finish but it fades to a lingering bitterness. In the mouthfeel department, this beer is probably a little on the flat side, but the thickness is good. Overall, this was fun to have, but I don't think I'll purchase it again, the price is a little high, and there are other DIPAs that I prefer.

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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw colored. Much lighter color than I would expect for a DIPA. ZERO head.

S - Not a lot of smell. Orange and lemon peels. Hops and a little bit of booze. Very light ABV so I'm surprised at the astringent smell of booze.

T - Sweet fruits and pineapple. Very bitter, surprised the ABV isn't higher. Bitter followed by sweet malts, almost like a sweet pastry.

M - Leaves a thick oil on the tongue that keeps the hops present for a long time. Decent carbonation.

O - Had this on tap and thought it was much, much better. Not enough of anything that I expect from a double IPA. Ok, but much more of and IPA than I double.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle I was able to pick up from Brewforia a couple hours after they got it in stock. I was pretty excited for this one, given the reputation and how little of it wound up coming to Boise (1 bottle/person limit). Poured into a DFH signature glass...

Pours a hazy copper/gold color with some darker, brown hues to it. The body looks fine and all, even "very good," but it’s the utter lack of head that lowers the score. Small patches of bubbles indicate that there should have been some foamy, eggshell-white head, but alas, just patches of bubbles with no lacing.

Aroma is of spicy, earthy hops, some citrus (notably grapefruit), some floral and grassy scents, and a faint malt backing. I only wish it stood out a little more, but the lack of head seems to mute the scents slightly.

Taste is predominantly of spicy, earthen hops with some citrus notes paralleling the bitter sensation the alpha acids impart. Some gritty, earthen flavors are also accentuated by some herbal, clove-like flavors in the end. Finishes with a glimpse of the caramel malt.

Mouthfeel suffers from the apparent lack of carbonation, but finishes very well (not sticky or overly dry). It just lacks that crisp kick I look forward to in an IPA and DIPA.

Overall, some additional conditioning would have done this batch wonders; the flavors are all there, but seem to have a hard time finding their way out.

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Chilled bomber (Fall 2008 vintage) into a glass, courtesy of end 0))). Thanks buddy!

First review: 4.5 / 4.5 / 4.0 / 4.0 / 4.5


I've since had the Spring and Fall 2009 bottles, and I have been continually underwhelmed. A re-review is in order.

A: Pours a cloudy copper / amber color with active carbonation up the glass. The Fall 2008 bottle was foamy as hell, and it took nearly 5 pours to get it all in the glass. The 2009 versions are more subdued, with an inch of fluffy white head. Some sticky lace down the glass.

S: Grapefruit hops, with additional mango and pineapple aromas. Noticeable biscuit and rye character -- more than I expect from a DIPA -- and a mild component of pine and floral hops. It's less pungent than the Fall 2008 version, but I love the tropical component to this.

T: The groundwork is laid by a backbone of citrusy hop bitterness in grapefruit and orange flavors, with a slightly sweeter mango and pineapple complement. The mid-taste sees the fruit recede in favor of the malt varieties, notably a rye bite and biscuitl. The finish is pine hops and grassiness, with a light floral bitterness and small alcohol warmth bringing the taste to a smooth close. The aftertaste is citrus with a strong rye flavor. However, the hops lack bite and they feel... uh, faded. Both 2009 versions were fresh when I had them.

M: Just fuller than medium-bodied on the tongue, with medium carbonation that works well for the style. A mild alcohol belly warmth without being too hot, and nice malt presence that isn't too cloying.

D: An aged Fall 2008 Blue Dot tasted fresher (hop-wise) than a fresh Spring 2009 batch, and the Fall 2009 batch wasn't any better. I don't know if this is the new direction for the beer, but I'm not as impressed as I was before.

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Photo of Westsidethreat
3.61/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Staw colored brew with apricot highlights. Very cloudy and mysterious. Seriously aggresive carbonation with a towery mashed potato head. Stunning.

S: Major grapefruit, some orange, hint of pine and a smidgeon of caramel.

T: Lots of yellow citrus flavors, primarily lemon and grapefruit, these flavors dominate the a lemon/grapefruit julius. Slight soapy flavor follows suit with a dull pine wrapping it up. Finishes bitter like pungent citrus rind.

M: Medium body and really smooth for how much carbonation came with the beer.

D: Nice flavor but really one dimensional. I actually found myself getting board of this beer towards the end.

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Photo of chinchill
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hair of the Dog 3 dot DIPA in a 22 oz bomber.
Hazy pale light amber; like an unfiltered apple cider. Good, lasting white head.
Mild for style; drinks Iike an unfiltered IPA.
Not clean. Mainly herbal hops. Some bready malts too.
O: OK but unrefined and amateurish.

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Photo of Florida9
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as "Winter 2011"

A: Cloudy. Color is pastel yellow with a slight orange tint. Forms a small, rather fizzy white head that, unsurprisingly has little retention. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Predominantly citrus: orange and grapefruit with some pine to a lesser extent. Sweet malt in the background.

T: Overly sweet pale malt dominates before being taken over by a grapefruit pith bitterness. Some orange in the mix as well. Short finish. Simplistic with not a whole lot going on.

M: Medium in body with lower carbonation level. Combined with the sweetness, it leads to a slightly syrupy feel.

O: Decent and drinkable, but simplistic. The wife liked it, but I just did not find it to be overly exciting.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that says "Summer 2011" on it. Special thanks to eclipse54 for snagging this one for me. Poured into a Deschutes snifter. Special points for the beautiful painted bottle.

A: This is possibly the most orange DIPA I have ever seen. Its like an Orangina! Minus points for lack of any head other than a faint bright white ring around the edges. Even a swirl only conjures up a little. Some lacing.

S: I'm getting lots of fruity hops on the nose: peach and mango and citrus. But I also get some malts as well. Smells inviting. Might be leaning towards freshness issues.

T: Initially I get blasted with a ton of citrus on the tip of the tongue. Maybe some orange rind? In the middle of the mouth I might be tasting a little of that rye malt. Not showing up in color profile though. I do get some breadiness in the sip, but it works pretty well actually.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop mouth coating.

O: B. Not a bad beer just not the best I have ever had. Appearance is different. The lack of head is strange. The flavor is off. Glad I got to try it, it's my first Hair of the Dog brew.

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Photo of nickfl
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, golden amber body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves excellent lace.

S - grapefruit and lemons with a touch of bready malt.

T - thick, bready malt up front with a bit of citrus. More distinct grapefruit in the middle with a transition to pithy lemon and sharp bitterness to balance the thick, moderately dry malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, but honestly a little less than what I expected. The hop character is very citrus oriented and the bitterness is quite harsh. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better, but for now I'm disappointed.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Spring 2007 release, acquired from fartingdog and jgaston courtesy of the Birthday Club 2, so a big "Thank you" goes out to them. Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, fruity citrus and some caramelized malts, but they don't seem to blend together well.

T: The taste nicely balanced with a good hops bitterness, sweet citrus fruit & caramel flavors and a hearty malt character. I probably did this beer a disservice by putting it away for as long as I did, but it was still pretty flavorful.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, nice kick, good representation of style, it's not the first 2IPA that I'd pick, but I'm hoping to try this beer again fresh to potentially change my mind.

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Photo of Cavery
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym and SundaySour on an IPA Friday Night Lineup!

A: Finger and a half head with so/so retention. Deep murky orange to orange brown. Looks like Raw honey, or the aerial view of a freshly opened organic peanut butter. It is quite possible that this is made from the hair of dogs. They could hide a lot in there.

S: first whiff, vegan shampoo. Sorry I had to say it, it just went to this hempy oily dimension that it had to be called out on. It's a really deep smell, I can't quite place it. But I can tell you that there is alcohol in there, and it taunts your manhood. I muster up the courage and move to the sipping.

T: leather constructed of dried oranges and honey. Maple syrup with triplesec. A strong liqueur like after taste that does a drive by shooting on your taste buds. slight floral note that drowns in syrup, blossoms are latently smothered by the thick coating of sticky resins. The backbone of this beer consumes plant life like Hexus in the Fern Gully.

M: Nice, actually. It is a bit watery after the initial pleasure of having a well carbonated flavor bomb. It contrasts the flavor nicely, as you nearly expect there to be bits of tough orange rind finding the cracks of your teeth. I must not the amazing wetness that exists in the mouth after the carbonation leaves, an unusually oily offering for the style.

O: What a roller coaster ride. This beer was suggested to me as the "lightest DIPA you will ever have". I have to say that this wasn't really light, but it was interesting. If you ever dreamed of having an orange caramel-solution in your glass, then this is your beverage....freak.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, somewhat cloudy egg-yoke gold. Foamy, creamy head. Fair retention for this style.

Smell: Hmmm, interesting. The expected pine blast and grapefruit rind, but also the candied orange slice and pineapple scents you might expect from a Belgian. Unusual yeast strain, perhaps?

Taste: Oooo, that's spicy. Piney, very saturated, very herby. The rye malt comes through a bit too hard here, perhaps. The spice, herb and pine are a tad overwhelming, IMO.

Mouthfeel: This is a H.o.t.D. beer for sure. Soft, real, natural carbonation. Might be a bit underpowered for some, but I like the soft, creamy feel it gives, particularly when factoring in the hop oils. Nice.

Drinkability: Glad this guy made a DIPA, but not a favorite. A bit underpowered, but ironically I also found the spice saturation a bit much; it almost came across as an imperial pilsner to my pallate, very little fruit in my sample. Might be one of the few IPAs that could benefit with a bit of aging. Right now, not the flavor I'm looking for.

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Photo of Treebs
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle served in a NB globe glass. Spring 2012 vintage.

A: Pours a hazy orange color with a bubbly white head with a meringue-like thickness to it. Sticky sheets of lace are left down the glass.

S: Pine and grapefruit ring bitterness with some doughy malts in the finish. Slight citrus zest, but it is a little faded.

T: Much maltier than the nose suggests. Creamy pale and white bread malt flavors that come off as very sweet. There is a slight herbal background bitterness with some grapefruit peel and mild pine to round it out.

M: Medium to light bodied with a clean finish. Average carbonation.

O: Definitely on the maltier side of DIPA's. Surprising light and drinkable though for how malty the nose was.

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Photo of mjd83goblue
3.64/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber. Spring 2009 bottling (fresh!). Thanks to googzoid10 for the trade!

Pours a dirty, very hazy orange with a large amount of suspension, especially on the second glass.

Tons of fresh grapefruit and orange in the nose. Great hop flavor throughout. Little actual malt sweetness, however, there is a pure sugary sweetness (like adding sugar to coffee) in the finish. Odd. Thought that one of the hop varieties was adding some spicyness, but after reading the bottle, its the rye malt. Nice addition, not a rye beer, but just a touch.

Carbonation is very low. Not quite flat, but definitely below what is expected of the style.

Normally I don't like to age IPAs, but maybe the yeast wasn't finished here? This has potential to be great, but this one was merely good. Will re-review if I get a better carbonated bottle.

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Photo of mkotsayfan
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The appearance is a nice cloudy dark orange, but with a minimal amount of head. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and citrus, very nice. The taste has a good amount of grapefruit, some citrus hops, and some mango. The mouthfeel is dry and oily, with decent carbonation.

A solid IPA from HoTD, but the fact that it is ~ 4-5 months old may have dampened some of the flavors and aroma, but still a good beer.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass th e liquid is pale yellow with big carbonation. The Head is a very tall 3 fingers white and leaves lots of lace.

The smell is citrus and other assorted fruits. Grape fruit, pineapple, and lime rind.

The taste follows, lots of fresh fruit, slightly sour but full of good flavor. The taste is a bit different then more of your average DIPAs this one is nice and bitter but seems to lace the standard big malt to balance it out.

The mouthfeel is a bit light and the carbonation seems to have been over spent in the pour.

The drinkability is ok, I would like to try this one again, to be sure.

Prosit, MK

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Photo of Kadonny
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A: A medium amber orange color with a very thin white head. Not much carbonation and no glass lacing.

S: Citrus hops with a nice caramel malt sweetness. Twinge of alcohol on the nose.

T: Nice up front citrus hop flavors of tangerine, orange and grapefruit coupled with some lighter pine notes. The middle is caramel malt and sweet fruit tastes with some hops bitterness coming on the finish. I got a decent alcohol burn on this one even though it's only 7%.

M: Undercarbonated but still prickly and resiny, alcohol shows too much.

D: Meh, it's ok I guess but for a 7% brew the alcohol should not be coming out like this.

Overall I was not impressed with this beer right from the start. The low carbonation turned me off as I want the beer to give me a nice one or two finger head. There was nearly zero head on a pretty aggressive pour. Then on the finish the alcohol that is tasted for me was a major turn off. a 7% beer should not be flashing that much booze, sorry. I heard good things about this DIPA but I just didn't see it. Shame too, I loved the bottle. I don't see how it gets an A-, there are much, much, much better DIPAs out there.

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Photo of Mdog
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear yellow with an almost Duvel-like amount of carbonation.

Smell: Very strong citrus.

Taste: Very bitter citrus, starting to get a little astringent. Some yeasty highlights, which is really unusual for the style.

Mouthfeel: Lasting dry bitterness.

Drinkability: Starting to get on my nerves...

Against the instructions on the bottle, I dumped in the yeast just to see what would happen:

Appearance: Murky, opaque orange.

Smell: Still citrusy.

Taste: Much more subdued citrusy bitterness. About "normal" IPA level bitterness.

This beer was kind of strange. It got so bitter that it felt like chewing on an aspirin at times, but also had a little Belgian feel to it with the yeastiness. There didn't seem to be much balance, so I tried the little yeast-dump experiment. That was interesting but kind of disgusting. There are better choices out there for DIPAs.

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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 1,042 ratings.
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