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
BA SCORE
4.03/5
1,052 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#3,113
Reviews:
501
Ratings:
1,052
pDev:
10.67%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
230
Gots:
94
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,052 |  Reviews: 501
Photo of bgold86
3/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WheelsPSU
3.54/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -16.6%
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 +3%
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 Bunuelian
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of vfgccp
3.28/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CHickman
4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
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 paulish
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jscheck
3.39/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Boccu
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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 +7.4%
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 AD17
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Greywulfken
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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 CraftFan5
3.84/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BMMillsy
3.89/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Skrumpy
4.11/5  rDev +2%
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 Junkforadam
3.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I think mine was old, no bottle date, tasted quite malty with very little hops. Was dated "Winter 2016." Nah, wouldn't do that one again.

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Photo of sludgegnome
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AdamSkylar
4.75/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dabear85
3.92/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of msumike89
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zizouandyuki
3.73/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nunya
4.17/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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 1,052 ratings
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