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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Photo of Sammy
3.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This bottle yielded a bitterness I thought was more 100 than 80 IBU. First, the taste buds are assaulted by bitterness, then citrus is left that is satisfying. I thought the alcohol to be above 7% as well. Well malted down, carmel.Above average mouthfeel.

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Photo of acurtis
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GRG1313
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted and reviewed again February 2011 - Winter 2011 bottling. Former high rating from 2009 tasting must be revised. Review of Winter 2011 follows:

Tried again Winter 2011 Batch. Pours a hazy orange amber with medium size white head.

Pine, desert cactus nose, none of the brighter fruity character or pineapple character/citrus character noted in earlier batches.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and balanced.

Flavors are all dull pine with a pine bitter "dull" character. No bright character at all.

Big simple pine bitter finish.

Newest batch a bit of a disappointment here, especially when compared with earlier bottlings.

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Review from 2009: Pours an orange amber with a thick white head.

Bright, lightly sweet citrus, grapefruit and pine nose; layers and nice.

Mouthfeel is full and bright with just the right amount of carbonation.

Flavors follow nose. Nice hoppy IPA. Bright, clean and bold citrus, grapefruit flavors with a light hint of oranges and then goes quickly to a strong bitter grapefruit and pine resin.

Medium pine/grapefruit finish.

A very nice drink.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
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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4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of t0rin0
4.07/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle. It is fairly light in color for a DIPA. Its orange mostly and its the clear. The head is offwhite and leaves a touch of lacing, not much though.

The smell is mostly of hops. Theres a ton of fruit smells like orange and grapefruit. Theres also some of that piney goodness that comes from chinook or cascade. Not much smell other than hops. Alcohol is noticeable but not distracting.

The taste is surprisingly sweet from the hops. I thought there was orange peel in there at first. Its citrusy for sure and moderately bitter for the abv (7% by the way). Not much of the piney flavor comes out and the same goes for the malt. There is a little sweetness that comes from the malt but not much else. Its a very interesting take on a DIPA.

Light/medium body and dangerously drinkable. Just don't expect a heavy beer, its pretty light. Almost a summer beer really.

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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

On-tap at the brewpub in the freeway ramp district of east Portland.

This beer appears a cloudy medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves a thin bubbly wall of lace around the glass as it sinks away. It smells of caramel cream, grapefruit and orange rind, and leafy hops. The taste is bitter pine and anonymous citrus hops, and a softer bready caramel malt. The carbonation is moderate, the body medium weight, and tight, smoothness a dicey proposition. It finishes with a wave at off-dry, but we're really just talking various hop bitters, here.

A good DIPA, the booze is quite innocuous, but given the style border-straddling in the ABV department, that's minimum passing grade stuff. I liked it overall - what with the good hoppy west coast mentality stamped all over it.

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4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the current ratings on the site. I know I've had this brewery before; I just can't remember how I felt about what I had.

Winter 2012. 7%. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. The sediment was allowed to remain in the bottle until the final pour, as per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a half finger head of standard white colour, slight cream, nice thickness, and Decent retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent orange-yellow. Looks more like a hefeweizen than an IPA, which is notable but not impressive. Not a unique look, but certainly an appealing one. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Orange fruit esters, fresh lemon peel, rye grain, caramelized malt, and hop bitterness masked by something I can't place that bothers me. It feels like an artificial masking. I hope this isn't the case in the flavour. If I had to guess the hop varietals, I'd go with citra and amarillo. A pretty strong aroma - I could smell it as I poured it even with me broken nose.

T: Orange esters and lemon peel are there alongside somewhat stale hop notes that sit unevenly on the poorly executed rye foundation. The floral/bitterness balance of the hops is awkward at best, and never feels fresh or masked. The estery tones throughout are distracting and bothersome. Ripe pineapple isn't a pleasant addition, nor is grapefruit* (which is far too dominant). Decently balanced, and built alright. Too bitter, especially on the climax. It may be one of the more experimental double IPAs I've tried, but it isn't one of the best. Not refreshing. The taste is pretty strong. Not a subtle beer, but complex enough I suppose. Not quite full-bodied.

*I despise grapefruit, but I'm respectful of balance.

No yeast comes through. Some alcohol is detectable, but it's by no means boozy. It's only 7% however, and seems to require more to mask its ABV than other beers in the style with 10-11% ABV.

The rye malt in particularly seems to be the main problem with this beer. Why they chose that grain is beyond me. It sets the beer apart from other IPAs, but makes its quality lesser.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body generally. A touch too thick. A bit sharp, suggesting overcarbonation. Some crispness on the finish is a lovely touch. The mouthfeel by no means feels tailored specifically to the flavours. There is nothing unique here.

Dr: Drinkable but problematic. It's intriguing, but the quality just isn't there, largely because of the untamed bittering hops, poor choice of foundation (rye), and lack of subtlety. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Fans of the style may defend it, but I'd never recommend it to friends.

Glassware: It drank alright out of me nonical Guinness pint glass, but in future I'd use a snifter or tulip.

Food Pairing: Wouldn't pair well with food in my opinion. Even though IPAs usually pair well with spicy food, this one in particular isn't refreshing or quenching enough to do so.

Aging: This seems a rather poor candidate for aging as its flavour depends largely on hops and the ABV is a mere 7%. The sediment in the bottom of the bottle is a good sign, but if you're aging double IPAs you'd better know a lot more about cellaring than what I can suggest here.

I debated between a C and a C+, but ultimately settled on a C+.

C+

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a head that overflows both from the bottle and the pint glass; great retention and lacing, however, so what gets marked down for the gusher makes up for it after the pour

Smell: Citrusy and grassy, with some piney tones as well; this is the Spring 2007 bottling, so I suspect it has lost some of the grapefruit tones

Taste: Opens with a load of citrus and pine that produce a very bitter profile; after the swallow, some malty sweet flavors appear but are quickly subsumed by the spicy rye character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I tried this once when it was fresh and was overwhelmed by the bitterness; even though this bottle has a little age on it it is still a bit unbalanced for my palate; I can see where HOTD is going with this and they have achieved their goal; I just like a bit more balance; having now tried a third bottle with nine months of age on it, I find that I like it best of all - the beer has finally found a balancing point

Thanks, Lothore, for the chance to sample this again

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5/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.48/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Bu11zeye: Poured a dirty beige color ale with a large foamy head with great retention and good lacing. Aroma of dry and citrus hops with dry malt. Taste is drier then expected with some citrus notes. Malt profile is definitely different then most IIPA which might be due to the usage of rye. Good carbonation with full body which seems to indicated limited filtration and no apparent alcohol. While I appreciated this beer and like how it is trying to do something different (rye) for a style too often populated by clones, I thought it was a bit too dry and lacking some floral notes.

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

Spring 2008 batch, 7% ABV.

Appearance: Hazy, slightly turbid pale amber. An inch of head rises from a gentle pour and settles into a ring.

Smell: Citrusy as hell (lemon, grapefruit, pineapple) with the slightest malty sweetness underneath.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big citrusy hop flavors from the get-go with a twang of earthy rye. Malt flavors are simple and subdued, lending a hint of sweetness but never interfering with the juicy hops. Carbonation is moderate and the body is on the light side of medium. The finish is crisp, dry and bitter.

Notes: A great and very distinctive IPA. Highly recommended but only when fresh.

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4/5  rDev -1%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.4%

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