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

1,048 Ratings
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 womencantsail
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy/hazy golden color. Not really any foam to speak of. Initially, lots of tiny bubbles. Especially with the sediment in the bottle, I could have mistaken it for one of my homebrews.

S: Tons of grapefruit, slight malt/caramel on the finish. Very slight hints of pine as well.

T: Wow, can you say grapefruit?! There is very intense grapefruit flavor here, much moreso than the nose would indicate. A nice bitterness and slight pineyness as well.

M: Very crisp and fairly light on the tongue. The initial carbonation wears off quickly.

D: Wonderful DIPA, goes down beautifully.

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Photo of orangesol
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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 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 BMart
3.5/5  rDev -13.4%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -25.7%

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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -1%

Photo of chippo33
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%

Photo of imbibehour
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 dvmin98
3.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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

Tasted in a pint glass from a 1 pt 6 oz bottle on March 28, 2016.

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Photo of mklisz
4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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 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 Cynic-ale
3.75/5  rDev -7.2%

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 IPAchris
3.72/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 Lone_Freighter
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle to tulip. The appearance was a golden sunshine yellow color with a two finger’s worth of white foamy head. Seemed to really take it’s time in dissipating, I didn’t mind. Some heavy lace ran here and there. The aroma spoke of some sweet to soft spicy rye, light floral hop tones, some herbal, light citrus, a touch of resin, light passion fruit and ended with some sweet fresh grassy tones. The flavor came between the sweet to spicy portions and then subtly allowing the passion fruit to make a light presence. Not much of an aftertaste, seemed somewhat fresh piney to that passion fruit with a cohesive piney to grassy and passion fruit sweet sort of finish. The palate was about medium bodied with a good sipping quality about it. Carbonation felt spot on. ABV felt as projected. Bitterness was there yet contained enough to not impart much hop abrasion. Overall, well, damn! I totally understand the hype train behind this one. I’m jumping on!

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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 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 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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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,048 ratings.
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