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
BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,042
Reviews:
499
Avg:
4.04
pDev:
10.64%
 
 
Wants:
228
Gots:
93
For Trade:
2
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheIPAHunter
3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of the_encinitan
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GrantBrennan
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Truck67
4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Timtac
4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of gratefulbeerhead
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jrempel
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Mattias
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.74/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cd34
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamFuel
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 MickeyHops
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bieniek30
3.02/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.54/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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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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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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jscheck
3.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
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