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 Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by hobbie100. Thanks Richard!

A: Very hazy yellow with a medium-sized white head that leaves adequate lacing.

S: Citrus, citrus, citrus. This is going to be my kind of IPA, I can already tell.

T: Again, citrus flavors, most notably grapefruit, are at the forefront. A big hop presence with notes of orange and subtle pineapple and mango notes are in there as well. This beer is incredibly delicious, and right up my alley.

M: Great feel, nice lingering, pleasant, bitter aftertaste with fruit notes.

D: Great flavor, really smooth and easy to drink. I'll be getting some more of this ASAP.

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Photo of stakem
3.55/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to javib458 for the chance to try this brew. Summer 2010 bottle poured into a snifter.

Appears a hazed copper color with a thin film of white across the top despite being poured right down the center of the glass. A few bubbles rise to the surface and collect in a patch across the top which is white in color and is all that exists reminiscent of a head. Sips and swirls hardly revive any bubbles but some spotty lace clings to the glass.

The aroma of this brew initially smells quite fruity. It comes across like tropical fruits that turns to a more citrus rind character like grapefruit. As it warms, it picks up a bit of a spicy herbal note and a touch of pine and sugary sweetness.

The taste includes a moderate amount of herbal bitterness that clings inside the mouth. A touch of alcohol accents the fruitier side of this brew along with a warmth down the back of the throat that has a solvent twinge. The malt is lightly toasty and exists with a light residual sweetness to counter the bitterness of lasting herbal hops.

This is a medium bodied brew with a very light level of carbonation. The faint carbonation that exists is hardly noticed leading to a seemingly watery feel. The drinkability of this brew is certainly hurt by the lack of carbonation however the flavor and aroma draws me back for more sips. I would love to have this again with a little more fizz.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared this with a friend on Christmas.

Pours a bright golden orange with a fluffy off white head that persists through most of the glass. Smells of grassy, spicey, resinous hops with a bit of caramel and rye toast in the background. Taste is resinous hops spicy rye with some caramel hidden deep in the back. Finishes a bit dry with a lingering resinous bitterness. Medium to Thick Body, grainy mouthfeel, crisp carbonation. This beer smells incredible and tastes pretty good too.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2011

This is one of those that I've known about for quite some time but haven't been anywhere it's distributed. Until now.

Pours quite cloudy with almost no head, even when I pour a bit firmer. This is a nice dipa. Higher on the citrus tones, with some mild hop spiciness to it. I like this one. It's somewhat unique in its delivery for me. Glad to have (finally) gotten a chance to try it.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice hoppy aroma consisting of a copperish looking color to brown/copper. Hops aroma is firm but not overpowering, taste and mouthfeel give way to a fruit finish, some type of berry that I can't quite pinpoint but a berry fruit which I thought in an IPA was rather unexpected (and wonderful!). Finish leaves a wonderful berry fruit that lingers. Excellent beer

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Photo of rab53
3.12/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

After having some great HotD beers in the past, I was excited to see this on the shelf. What a huge let down. First bottle was lousy, but got a second today in the off chance that the other was an anomaly.

Pours a muddy watered down diarrhea color with virtually no head.
Smell is a weak malty floral mix.
Tastes average at best. First bottle reminded me of a homebrew Flower Power clone. The second bottle was just blah.
Nearly flat.
I expected so much more from this, especially after spending nearly $9 for the bomber. I will continue to grab what I can from HotD, but would not ever recommend this beer based on my experience.

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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 GarthDanielson
4.21/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bomber into a snifter, the beer pours with a ton of head atop an unfiltered, hazy, golden copper coloring. Great lacing on the glass. Aromas of tropical abundance, with pineapple and melon all over the place, citrus highlights, and a nicely toasted, grainy backbone. Some apricot, caramel, and piney highlights throughout, as well. Flavors are resinous and peppery spiced forward, with a solid bitter blast. Toasted grains in the backbone, with a solid balance of sweet tropical fruits, grapefruit, cedar notes, floral highlights, and a tangy lemon zest. Very fruit leaning, on a full, slightly effervesced body. The aftertaste is slightly acidic with all the citrus and tropical fruit lingers. Smooth, slightly dry and crisp finish. Good beer.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

08/03/06- Had on tap at the Toronado in San Francisco, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into a tulip style glass.

Appearance- Clouded golden pour, 1/2 inch super creamy head upon the top and decent patchy lace left on the glass.

Smell- The first scent was very good. Super sweet grapefruit hops, and a dash of pine needles...even a bit of sweet malt scent. Although, after the first couple sips, the scent was almost non-existant. Like it vanished into thin air. Good while it lasted I guess.

Taste- The lady at the Toro said it was a Barleywine and the dude next to her said it was exactly like Adam (an Old Ale) are you both on crack?!?! This was a dead on DIPA. Super sweet malt mixed with super sweet orange and grapefruit hops. Pine comes through more in the smell than in the flavor. Very smooth, almost honey-cream like.

Mouthfeel- As stated above, very creamy and very smooth with a lower carbonation level.

Drinkability- Very drinkable DIPA. This would almost be a session DIPA if that exists. Doesn't seem the 9 or 10% abv that it is. Winner!

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Photo of drabmuh
4.39/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"Winter 2011". Beer poured into a snifter (DFH). Beer is yellow to amber and pretty hazy, this might be chill haze though, off white head of small and medium bubbles, low carbonation, some lacing, looks like beer.

Smells hoppy, smells like hops. Beer is simultaneously piny and citrusy, big hop aroma, can smell it from almost a foot away. Nice.

Beer is medium to thin in body and moderately bitter on the finish. The finish isn't dry but rather brings forth some additional sweetness. The lead off of the beer is a little missing, only a mild presence of malt or sweetness, good hop flavor on the midpalate and a strong finish. I like it.

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Photo of aasher
4.33/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My 100th reviewed brewery! This pours a beautiful cloudy apricot orange with a one finger white spongy head. The aromas are of very wet, citrusy hops with a TON of orange. Wow, just the aromas are mouthwatering. The flavors are of dry citrusy hops with a nice and citrusy sweet malt backbone. I'm a fan. It has less carbonation than expected for being fresh but drinks exceptionally smooth for an DIPA. There's no alcohol present and each sips demands another. This beer is superb and I'm ever so thankful one of my former college roommates sent me a couple bottles for my birthday!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy light yellow orange amber with a nice white head and nice lacing. Spicey hop and tropical fruit aroma. Dry citrus and pineapple malt with aromatic and faint pine hops. Malt body fairly light, I'd like a bit more malt to show. But a very pleasant, satisfying IPA that I will return to.

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Photo of Gavage
4.13/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Higgin's in Portland.

Appearance: hazy copper orange color with a 1" head. Super thick lacing develops during the session.

Smell: big grapefruit citrus, much milder bitterness.

Taste: big malty backbone here. Loads of grapefruit citrus balanced by a strong bitterness. The dry bitterness was not the usual overwhelming pine tone, but very soft pine and almost floral. Honey sweetness, hint of yeast spiciness, and a light alcohol tone rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy in body. Smooth and dry throughout. The bitterness is loud and strong on the tongue after swallowing.

Drinkability: this beer was very enjoyable and a second serving could have easily been had. Unique flavors keep this interesting.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Henry's 12st. Served in an over-sized snifter. I love finding an interesting DIPA, and this certainly didn't disappoint. Instead of the usual big hit of citrus, it had a big share of floral and earthy notes that approached sweet leather. There was also a bigger balance of malt than usual, taking this close to imperial red ale territory. Still, it's not the usual sweet, syrupy malts but a candied biscuit taste that like the hops, are a delicious departure from the status quo. Find this beer when you get tired of the typical DIPA and you're be refreshed.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.63/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Summer '13 batch.

A - An unexpected murky orange colour; brown towards the centre of the glass. A thin layer of white head formed.

S - An extremely muted nose with not much bitterness coming through at all and some lighter tropical fruit aromas with some caramel sweetness. Doesn't smell "off" but certainly doesn't smell like a 2 month old DIPA.

T - Some bitterness with a big dank/musky hop profile that is not fresh at all. Some light tropical fruit notes are present with some mango, papaya and pineapple notes that are present but extremely muted.

M - Medium body. Light carbonation. Not sticky or resinous at all.

O - This was extremely disappointing. My bottle did not seem to be as off as some of the recent reviews but it was defintiely not what the brewer intended and not what I expected. Hopefully I will have a chance to try a fresh bottle or to try it on tap in the future as this is one bad experience from one of my favourite breweries.

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger foamy white head, nice retention, lots and lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, hoppy, some citrus/pines, and caramel. The taste is malty, more hops, citrusy, and some piney notes, and slight caramel. The finish is bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice DIPA.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2010 bottling.

The beer pours a dirty yellow color with a white head. There are huge yeast particles floating in the beer. Not very attractive.

The aroma is a mix of citrus hops (mainly pineapple) and some pine.

The flavor is pine with some citrus hops and bready malt mixed in. The bitterness is about medium and just right for the style. The beer is very dry.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A good beer, but not as good as some of the other elite Double IPAs.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale copper hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was very good retention and lacing.

The smell featured an herbal and citrusy hop and a grainy pale malt.

The taste consisted of an upfront earthy and peppery hop with bursts of grapefruit and sweet orange. The clean malts supported the robust hops.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side for the style.

Overall a very tasty and extremely user friendly DIPA. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Brouwers Cafe in Seattle. Arrived a light orange amber with a healthy white head and great lacing. The smell is yeasty, citrusy, fesh and bitter. Very interesting aromas and very nice. Taste is immediately citrusy/hoppy woth a long, long hit of bitterness. The mouthfeel is especially crisp for the style. Different and delicious, and exceedingly fresh tasting on tap.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.38/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at Capone's then at The Drafting Room and then at Capone's again for good measure. Short bar review.

Blue Dot is a beer that you think would be brighter than what it is. Expecting a DIPA looking beer, this comes off more like a dark lager. A dark orange with some light brown interwoven, the rye makes it's presense known in the appearence. Nothing more than a off white cap of foam around the glass. The smell is interesting but I would not think this was from Oregon if I did not know. Dark rye with biscuits and bread with some citrus sounds about right. This smells downright east coast. Taste is interesting but is this a DIPA, or did these kegs not travel well to the east coast? I get some citrus with grapefruit and orange but not alot. The rye is spicy and what I get the most out of this beer, a nice punch of spice. A little bit of caramel from a nice malting. The feel is medium and a bit slick going down, but for some reason not much bitterness and hardly a hop bite, carb is on point though. I had this beer a few times and I was let down by it. I think im really supposed to like this beer because HOTD aint to shabby and it's a DIPA from the west, but for now Im thinking this may be a off batch. Imma need to track down a bottle.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fall 2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass gets me a three-finger thick head that overflows the rim of my glass just a bit. The head has quite a bit of staying power, is quite fluffy, leaves a nice layering of lace on the sides of my glass and forms some interesting structures as it slowly recedes. The beer is a honey / light amber color that shows a clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy, though it has me noticing that my nose is not quite working as well as usual). Aromas of pine, a touch of menthol, as well as a light herbal note are noticeable up front, but there is a solid, citrus-like backdrop of grapefruit, bergamot, lychee and lemon zest.

The beer is nicely hoppy tasting, much more so than my nose was able to tell. Notably, the beer is also not infected (like my last bottle of this), which is really quite nice. The hop character is fresh and punchy with ample flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, and lychee up front; it finishes with a sharper, more herbal focus of tongue clinging pine and hemp oil, with a touch of menthol there as well. There is a nice, solid, and up front, clean bitterness throughout the flavor profile, it gets a little dirty (in a good way) towards the finish as the more herbal hop components kick in. The beer is nice and light bodied for a beer of this strength, which is perfect for the way I like my Double IPAs; it does have some body to it though and is able to carry the ample hop character quite well. There is a touch of alcohol noticeable in the finish, it provides a touch of warming as well as a peppery bite.

This is quite nice when it is not infected, I am quite glad I was able to get another batch of this.

Purchased: Liquid Solutions

Rating from January 2007
Total 3.9
Disturbingly over carbonated, this beer ends up with an easily five-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a layered pattern of lace on the sides of my glass as it subsides. The beer itself is a lightly hazy, definingly copper color. The aroma is certainly quite hop driven; with fruity citrus notes and tropical fruit notes abounding. There is also a fair amount of malt noticeable in the aroma, with both a light sweetness and a biscuit-like malt note noticeable in the background. What else is in the aroma, dare I say it, there is perhaps a touch of Brett signature (though I could be wrong). If it is here it is quite light, leaving only a touch of mustiness and something that I would describe as meatball (maybe it is just a touch cheesy).

Despite having spent a good 5 minutes exploring the aroma, the beer is still quite carbonated as it froths up quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. A quick swirl of the glass releases some of the excess gas and makes the beer smoother and more palatable. There is definitely still a funky note in the flavor here, though the dominant note is one of excessive hops. Bitingly bitter from the get go, this beer is sharp and definingly hoppy from start to finish. It has quite a light body, which is perfectly in line with a West Coast Double IPA; keep the beer excessively hoppy but eminently quaffable. Citrus & fruit notes of tangerine, bergamot, peach, and pineapple all shine at times, though the fact that this beer is relatively dry seems to downplay these notes. This beer does have a malt sweetness to it, just not as much as one might usually find even in an West Coast version. Menthol-driven pine notes are also found in abundance, and perhaps even a bit of grassy herbal character, no make that a definite.

Back to the funk, it is definitely here, nothing too big, but enough little things to add up to something that significantly effects the flavor profile. The beer tastes a touch metallic, lightly cheesy (almost like old hops, but not really), definitely musty, a bit of cobweb character, and a leather / sweat / goat-like note that could quite possibly be Brett influenced.

From a stylistic standpoint, or even a point of view having to do with the brewers intent, I would flunk this beer outright. Though the infection is light, it is here enough that I can recognize it. Still it seems to add a bit of Funk or even Belgian character to this beer, which is not wholly unpleasant. From an enjoyment standpoint I did, and I will happily consume my other bottles of this. In fact take this review with a grain of salt, I like a little (ok even a lot) of funk in my brews, and this one has it, so I am intrigued. Still I would enjoy this much more if it were not infected, or intentionally brewed to be so.

Purchased from: Liquid Solutions

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz received in a local trade with inflatablechair .. big thanks to Sam... Shared with my half from my Delirium tulip.

Fairly aggressive pour produced only about a 1" head.. streaks of lacing... hazy orange brew.

Big citrus dominates the nose ... grapefruit and citrus zest... not much else.

Body is suprisingly thin, so is the malt palate.. this brew is all about the hops... lingering side of the tongue hop flavors and bracing bitterness... could use a bit more body and malt flavor IMHO... a bigger body/malt presence would help tie all the fantastic hop flavors together and lengthen the finish quite a bit.

The Blue Dot is alot more complex than my humble palate can describe.. but I think it is still pretty good.. just not your typically West Coast DIPA by any means.

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Photo of John_M
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had some extra time to kill in Seattle, and the Uber had just gotten in their allotment of the fall release blue dot. So figured I might as well review it while it's fresh (alas, Blue Dot does not age well).

The beer pours the prototypical golden peach color with impressive head retention and lacing. The beer was served a bit too cold initially, and so the head retention and lacing improved as it warmed a bit.

On the nose.... it flat out does not get any better then this. There is a huge aroma of pine, huge hoppy bitterness, and a touch of pineapple, rye and orange juice. Flavors replicate the nose, and as always I'm amazed by how light on the palate this beer is for a DIPA. Alan Sprints has made many great beers, but I absolutely adore his take on a DIPA. Many DIPA's are excessively boozy or high in alcohol, but at 7%, I think he's hit it just right with this one. The alcohol is not the least bit noticeable, and it gives this beer a lightness and drinkability that is stunning. Yet the beer is as flavorful as any DIPA I can think of, with a huge blast of citrus, pine and hoppy bitterness on the finish. Also, there's a mouthwatering quality to this beer, and it's probably the most drinkable DIPA I can think of (along with the twin titans from pliny-land at Russian River). The hoppy bitterness just lasts and lasts....

Delicious stuff. I'm once again reminded why I'm such a confirmed hophead.

Edit from 1/8/17. For all intents and purposes, this beer no longer exists. At least not the one I originally reviewed back in 2009. So the review above is simply left here for historical purposes, to remind me of what HOTD is able to accomplish. Blue dot is still made and bottled by HOTD of course, but the current version is nothing like the version I used to drink on a regular basis at the Horse Brass years ago. It doesn't look the same (it's typically darker and more murky now, though there's really no consistency from batch to batch), doesn't smell the same (no tropical fruit or citrus to speak of any more)< and it definitely doesn't taste the same. My office is less than a mile from the HOTD tasting room, and I still stop by fairly often... but I no longer order Blue Dot when I'm there, no even a small 3 ounce taster glass. If I were review the current version, it would probably get a review score between 3.25 and 3.5. Not awful, but certainly a far cry from the beer Alan Sprints made years ago. What a shame...

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.34/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, Spring 2008 version,

A: Pours a cloudy yellow, perchance I got some yeast in there, I don't know. Very small white head which leaves a little bit of lacing, though a second pour from the bomber gives a fuller head.

S: Very strong hop scent, American hops, but very floral, ripe oranges and lemons.

T: White grapefruit hop flavours dominate the flavour, also lemon and some lime juice I found, with some drying mint on the back end. Malt is spicy from the rye added, strong biscuit tone overall, but definitely not as strong as I have found in other examples of this category such as Hercules. Good mix of flavours, definitely in the West Coast school - pale, insanely hoppy, not a ton of malt, just enough to bring a shaky balance.

M: Rather light carbonation as evident in the small head, resiny, creamy, real ale-esque, as it is bottle conditioned.

D: Well above average in it's style, really liked this one from Hair of the Dog.

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

Really more of an IPA and a half.

A: Hazy, dirty straw. White head has a little retention & leaves some lace.

S: Big American hop aroma: Tangerine, pine, rind, grass. Candied pineapple & hints of fruity esters.

T: Tangerine, nectarine, rind, resiny pine & grass. Some quality biscuity malt, pleasant fruity esters (candied pineapple), solid bitterness, alcohol is well-hidden.

M: Well-attenuated moderate body has some hop acidity & a dry finish.

D: A great drinker.

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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 1,040 ratings.
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