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 troybn
4.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is from my tasting notes about two years ago.

Pours a hazy golden color with a thick aromatic head that dissipates quickly and leaves an ample lacing on the glass.

Big aroma with pine and citrus notes, very nice.

The flavor and mouth feel are fantastic. Very balanced, rich and full bodied floral-resin hop bouquet, really quite wonderful. A nice citrus-pine bite to start things off and then a smooth almost creamy balance to the mid palate and long finish.

This is a great West Coast style IPA.

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Photo of Smurf2055
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow with a couple fingers white head. Almost like a pulpy lemonade.

Smell is subtle earthy and floral hops. Bit of grapefruit.

Taste is much the same way. Pretty nice flavor to it, along the same lines as Green Flash.

Good drinkability.

Pretty decent beer.

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Photo of maltyb
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber labeled "Spring 2013" poured into tulip glass. Love the artwork on the bottle.

Appearance: Thick white head that diminishes to a faint lacing with a ring. Unfiltered, it has a golden colour with some amber hues.

Aroma: Citrus and not a whole lot else, some mild sweetness. As it warms some honey comes through.

Taste: Not as bitter as expected for a double IPA, which I actually appreciate. This really comes across as a well balanced beer, although hoppy it isn't overpowering. The bitterness is manageable and I enjoy it more than similar beers I've tried. Might be less hoppy than some people desire, but this hits the spot in my mind.

Mouthfeel: Good level of carbonation, not overly bubbly or flat. Astringent at first, but clears as you drink, becoming very smooth. The finish is amazingly clean, some slight bitterness but it doesn't leave your mouth dry. It really invites another sip, and with that....

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Photo of lunarbrew
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pretty good looking beer, but a pretty awful head w/ no retention. Hazy golden color.

Big and wonderful smell. Filled the room simply by popping the cap. Mostly big and sweet citrus notes: pineapple, grapefruit, orange, with some warm sweetness. The best description I can think of in the smell is that of an orange cream popsicle :)

A pretty full bodied and tasty brew. It's not exactly what I was expecting, especially in terms of sweetness (it's on the low end), but the beer is very good nonetheless. I taste some orange/grapefruit peel, resiny bitterness, followed by that rich creaminess on the backend. Do I taste some citra or mosaic in there?

Beer is creamy, medium mf, low-medium carb.

I find this beer quite interesting and unique. I get such an interesting hop bouquet from the flavor and absolutely love the smell here. It's actually even improving a bit as it warms. I am very satisfied for my first HofD offereing!

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Photo of Justin_Neff
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spring 2013 Bottle poured into a 50W Tulip glass.

A: Pours a light pale-ish yellow body. Very cloudy. Looks like a hefe. Thin, frothy head leaves moderately clingy lacing but settles quickly.

S: Loads of pine jump out of the glass. Definitely some bready, biscuit maltiness backbone, but the citrus hops and pine are what's front and center in the nose.

T: Upfront bitterness that lingers. Pine is present, but takes a little bit of a backseat to the loads of grapefruit rind citrus character. Malty base balances well. A little bit of tangerine and orange juiciness.

M: Prickly. Medium body. A bit boozy - to the point that I was surprised by the low(ish) 7% ABV. Crisp and refreshing.

O: Another solid example of the west coast IPA. The piney and citrus sweetness balanced with malt character and loads of lingering bitterness is money.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. spring 2013 release.

pours a pale golden color with a light white head. smell is citrusy and hoppy...though light. its pleasant.

taste -light hoppiness, citrus, piney. slight bitterness on the aftertaste. very enjoyable honestly. i could session this "double ipa." id call it a normal IPA with a good amount of flavor.

mouthfeel is smooth, super easy to drink. high part of this beer 4

overall a very enjoyable IPA. nothing special, but its something great to drink.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddy pale/light straw colour. very hazy. almost looks more like a white IPA or hefe. small white head, minimal retention or lacing.

As soon as I opened the bottle, a huge blast of resinous pine hit my nose. super enticing. some chewy malts, but largely those resinous hops. some citrus.

orange/pineapple/citrus hops dominate. solid malt backbone.

the citrus hop bitterness lingers and lingers. aside from that, however, very smoothe and easy.

should have picked this up for earth day. Glad I got it now. Super tasty. get some!

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Photo of murphy1ryan
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served from a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass

A- A bit cloudy. Bottle does note to pour slowly due to sediment in bottle. I've never really had a problem with cloudy beers so no big deal. Copper/orangish color, looks like a double IPA should. Perfect amount of head retention.

S-Fresh hops!!! This beer was delivered today so I can only imagine that this is a fresh batch but no bottling date or Julian code on bottle so not too sure. Great Hop aroma, lots of citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. Malt definitely comes through but in a good way hence the "Double".

T-Not overly aggressive in a good way. Hops carry through and taste as good as they smell. Well balanced. Tastes like a 7% beer. Lingering of hops but not too much resin aftertaste. Slight Rye spiciness.

M-Good mouthfeel, malt stays with you all the way to the end, plus some extra. Not too heavy but also not too light. A good interpretation of a Double IPA

O-A very good beer, right on for style. I'm a bit biases being from California (especially from San Diego) we often get some great IPA's made here but Hair of the Dog did a great job.

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

Thanks to ChrisPro for this one. Served in a snifter.

A - White foam settles to a thick collar, wisps, and minimal lace. Hazy apricot body.

S - An old school Double IPA here, with bit malt and burnt sugars balanced by a heft dose of orange and slightly soapy hops - guessing there is a lot of Cascade here. The malt character is a tad buttery in the pilsner malt vein.

T - A nice mix of malt and citrus hops, lightly burnt sugars, caramel, and medium lingering bitterness. Definitely a balanced East Coast take on things, but a pretty good one.

M - Medium-low carbonation, medium-full body, and quite dry in the finish, with some lingering hop oils and resins. Drinks like a significantly bigger beer than 7%, even though it's not exceptionally boozy.

D - I've always had a trouble tracking this down fresh, so it was a nice treat that Chris tracked this down. Would have this if I saw it on-tap, but I'm wary of the vague dating on the bottles. Definitely Alan's best hoppy brew.

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Photo of chaint
4.31/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap in LA...apparently a rarity. Very murky clarity. A nice medium head and medium-to-light carbonation. Wonderful smell...a lot of floral hops and smells very fresh. Taste includes hints of mandarin orange. Great up-front flavor, but it finishes quickly...not a lot of bitter after-taste.

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Photo of Jhastings79
4.55/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A lot smoother than what I was expecting. Very flavorful and surprisingly quenching. Heard a ton of great things about this beer and some time back missed the opportunity with our local pub who had a release party for it....due to the fact it sold out quickly. I only live 4 hours away from this brewery yet it's still a very difficult brew to get your hands on. And the wait is worth it.

Two thumbs up from this guy.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a tulip glass. Summer 2012 vintage.

A: A finger of hazy, milky-yellow. Notable effervescence. Looks almost light a wheat beer.

S: Yummy hops, dripping with fruit (tropically sweet and sweetly citrusy). Astringently bitter. Hop bill allegedly includes Columbus, Warrior, and Magnum. I'm a big fan.

T: Perhaps a touch warm. Tangerine and lemon peel precede an earthy, herbal hop body. It IS bitter, especially on the dry aftertaste. Loads of astringent hops more than justify the DIPA label to me. Very good.

M: Unworthy of mention, but serviceable for these purposes -- light carbonation, medium body.

O: A summery beer. Light, bright, and bitter. Recommendable.

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Photo of bishopdc0
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade. thanks to BabyTree

Poured into my DFH tulip. the beer is straw-orange color with a wispy head.

The nose is hops tropical fruits and slight grassy hop notes.

The taste starts with a nice hoppy flavor pine flowers hops. There is a hint of caramel malts at the end. A nice flavor and not over the top.

The mouth is refreshing crisp clean and the carbonation comes and goes quickly.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a GI tulip

A - Hazy, brown orange that allows onlyab bit of light to get through. Barely any head as only a small a mount of white foam sits on the edge.

S - Nose is a nice balance between hops and malt. There is orange, tangerine and a slight pine mixed with slight bready malt, sweet pineapple, caramel and a slight booziness that reminds me of a Christmas dessert dosed in Brandy

T - Earthy, piney hops are the first and main flavor that hits your mouth. This gives the beer more of a hoppy, bitter edge than you would expect from the nose. There is a sweet orange that comes in the middle to try to temper the hops but it does not succeed. The finish leaves a bitter, pine hop that lingers on.

MF - Low carbonation and light body with a slight stickiness to it. Slight resin residue sits on the tongue in the finish

O - Reminds me of a calmer version of Furious as it has that nice hoppy character to it but isn't as in your face. A bit low alcohol for a DIPA. Definitely shows that HoTD can do good hoppy beers to go with their expertise in Old Ales.

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Photo of hmph
3.91/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in an amazing box from Lordkyrstic, many thanks for the awesome beers!

A - haze, cloudy, thick fog?? its a pretty golden amber with nice stark white lacing that looks thick and lathery

S - pine, faint fruits, definitely the most 'lacking' part of the beer, while not bad it does leave some things to be desired

T - Smooth, lots of fruit on the initial taste, a lighter sweet malt with a good bit of bitter to follow a nd the finish is a lingering bitter as well

O - Not bad, and a pretty tasty beer but not exactly outstanding or groundbreaking for the style. It leaves some to be desired, most notably in the nose and a bit on the taste, but it was a good brew for sure

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Photo of Blackwolf
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into pint glass

A- Poured a foggy deep amber-gold, little head with decent lacing. I didn't see any carbonation at all unless if tilted the glass.

S- Pines, Pineapple/Tropic Fruit, Citrus Peel, light on the malt with the nose, nothing too unique, but the aroma was there and quite solid.

T- Palate follows the nose, lots of piney/earthy hop, rye malt, a pineapple/citrus sweetness on the finish just on top of the alcohol. Not as balanced as I expected, however aggressive with the hops. Definitely a hop forward beer for those who enjoy said flavor.

MF- Slick, medium-full bodied, almost no carbonation detected. Seems like there is a lot of hop extract that gives this a dry and long lasting finish, and a little alcohol bite as the beer opens up. I did shake the bottle to get the sediment as otherwise advised by the bottle, since I do enjoy that thick chewable texture, so I did enjoy the mouthfeel very much.

O- I like hair of the dog, but this wasn't a mind blowing dipa. I enjoyed it very much, but not what I was expecting for the style. Still a great beer to try at least once. Kudos HotD.

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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 stoutluvr420
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light orange liquid with small to medium white head. Aroma of tangerine, tropical fruit, sweet cereal, marmalade, pine and grapefruit. Nice and fruity. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of tangerine and tropical fruit. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Fruity and not too malt forward.

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Photo of Fitwitchik
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a bomber into a tulip glass.

Gorgeous straw colour but lack of any substantial head tells me this is past its prime (Spring 2012 ???) Whoops!

LOVE the attack of lemony grapefruit to my nose.

Taste is bitter slight grassy with strong grapefruit but way too flat. Rats! Definitely past prime. Wished I remembered I purchased this & placed in the back of the brew frig. Thus explaining the lack of carbonation.

I'll own this fiasco. Lesson learned. Remember IPAs purchased. Grrr.

I upped my # in review as I know this is much better brew than what flowed from my Spring 2012 bottle.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

big thanks to ehammond1 for hitting this long-time want of mine. he sent me 2 bottles, one of which was devoured the other night in a Hair of the Dog horizontal tasting...this one to carefully capture my thoughts. enjoyed from my hair of the dog tulip.

bottle dated spring 2012

a - brew poured a murky straw yellow with a thin bubbly head that fizzled away fast. really murky and hazy. subsequent harder pours had a bigger frothier foamy head.

s - nice soft citric bouquet. some lemon. grapefruit bitterness on the finish. subdued, but nice.

t - grapefruit juice to the T, but not as pungent. some lemon citrus and bitterness on the finish.

m - soft with a bitter finish. very light and easy to drink.

o - very grapefruity. some lemon and some bitterness...being spring 2012, probably a bit on the older side...i bet this is more hoppy when fresh. very tasty, very glad to try this one. easy drinker. soft and subtle...quite good.

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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 woemad
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle of the spring, 2012, batch purchased at Enoteca in Post Falls, Idaho, for $7.99. This is one of my “white whales.” First time I’ve laid eyes on this beer, as it’s never made it to Spokane before.

Pours a bronze/amber color, without too much of a head, but what there was endured, and left a surprising amount of lace on my glass. Strangely, the upper portion of the beer was darker than the lower portion.

Very big citrusy hop scent right off the bat. As it warms up, there’s a tiny whiff of what might be a slightly sweet, caramel-like malt aroma, but it’s almost totally overwhelmed by the hops.

A big, grapefruity hop blast is what is first tasted when drinking this beer. There’s also some subordinate hop flavor that is more of a piney, bitter tendancy, but the fruit flavor is the ruler of this beer. Malts are there, but they’re hiding under a table while weeping piteously.

Medium bodied, with a rich, sticky, resiny, oily mouthfeel.

This is a BIG IPA, and would probably be wasted on the neophyte beer drinker. It’s very tasty, but I find myself wishing there was a little more balance. I know this batch has been criticized by some on BA as being a little bit inferior to earlier versions, and can’t help but wonder if I would be more satisfied by those earlier batches. Still, even a slightly disappointing (if that’s even the right word to use here) batch of this beer is pretty tasty and worth seeking out. Hopefully, I’ll see future batches here and will be able to compare them.

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Photo of Phelps
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle picked up at the tasting room. Spring 2012 edition, poured into a tulip.

Cloudy and wheat-colored, more like a Belgian wit than an IPA. One finger of bubbles the color and texture of pillow fluff quickly fizzles to a medium-sized ring.

Pilsner malt lends the aroma a handful of crackers; rye gives it spice; a crapton of hops delivers lemon peel, grass and grapefruit, in that order.

Rye is bigger in the flavor, contributing spice that mixes with alcohol for a flavor like un-aged rye whiskey. A touch of dankness, bigger grapefruit juice and grapefruit peel. A hint of honey flavor, but not much honey sweetness. Moderate bitterness on the back sides of the tongue.

Smooth, soft medium body is great. Carbonation is just a mild tingle, and a hint of booze comes through the nose and spices the tongue like pepper. Fairly clean finish.

Impressive to balance the killer amount of hops in here with just enough malt, and even more impressive that the rye didn’t get in the way. A great DIPA.

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Photo of 4thelvofbeer
2.72/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Really somewhat disappointed with this beer. I had this beer for the first time at the Alvinne Festival in Belgium, March of this year (2012). The Blue Dot that being served on tap there was nothing less than was great! It was my first beer by HOTD beer and I instantly became a HUGE fan!!! I loved it!!!! The Blue Dot I had there was creamy yellow and had such a unique awesome hop taste. I had to get more of this and would go out of my way to get it in the future.

I opened a Spring 2012 bottle of this on June 16, 2012. It poured a brownish tan color...I immediately looked at it with just looked dull and muted. The smell and the taste were really not much better...muted is the word to describe every chracteristic of this beer. It was drinkable, but not really much more...extremely disappointed!!! Had some hop taste, but tasted nothing like what I had at the Alvinne fest. I seriously wonder if I got a bad bottle or something.

I made a recent trade and received two bottles of this. I hope the other bottle is not like this. This was bla....

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap straight from the source. Pours a murky, brownish amber with very little head. Lots of lacing. Aromas of grapefruit, tropical fruits and orange. Taste is very fruity. Citrus and tropical fruits with some piney bitterness. Orange and tangerine at the end. Pretty heavy mouthfeel. Bitter flavor stays with you for awhile. Overall, oustanding Imperial Ipa. Glad I got a chance to try it.

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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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