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
Ranking:
#3,287
Reviews:
501
Ratings:
1,056
pDev:
10.67%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
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look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into RR -tion glass.

A: appears a gloomy dark orange, very lifeless upon pour, minimal head. This one isn't looking so good.

S: aroma features grapefruit, waves of resinous pine needles, honey, and a touch of boozieness as well. Some malts in the background.

T: taste starts off with ripe tropical fruits followed by candied fruit, taste becomes bitter as it finishes with pine, some caramel malt rounds things out, nice balance

MF: low carbonation, medium body

O: well this DIPA has a terrible appearance and seems to have a low gravity for the style, otherwise, it is very tasty and worth a try

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dirty orange colour, translucent at best with interesting dance of bubbles when first poured. Head is off-white and struggling to live - just a thin film of decent lace, pathetically tried to be kept alive by slow bead. Looks alright for an IPA, but like a lot of the life's been squeezed out of it.

What was that about lacking life force? No sign of that on the nose. Big cascade hop aroma, full of lemon, grapefruit and kiwi. Solid toffeed malt base provides great support, like there is some amusing ascerbic notes, piney and almost minerally over the top. Fresh, vibrant and pleasant.

Hops are all over this from the get-go. Tangy citrus with a mild metallic bent has an early climax like Andy Samberg in a nightclub, with slight acid, pine wood and trailling off in a bitter citric and resinous finish, with a hint of sherbet tartar and maybe some lavender notes. A bit contortingly bitter early, on the mid-palate where the alpha acids really take hold, but it's all well mellowed and balanced out by the finish. The bitterness, while definitely there, is more of a flavour than a philosophy lecture, and quite capable of being enjoyed.

Fair body, but could use more stickiness for a DIPA. Bit of pull from the hops and slight carb texture. Not bad.

A pleasant IPA but certainly not as big and brash as other beers that call themselves doubles. That's a good thing of course, but it really could have been a lot bigger and more awe-inspiring.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle that says "Summer 2011" on it. Special thanks to eclipse54 for snagging this one for me. Poured into a Deschutes snifter. Special points for the beautiful painted bottle.

A: This is possibly the most orange DIPA I have ever seen. Its like an Orangina! Minus points for lack of any head other than a faint bright white ring around the edges. Even a swirl only conjures up a little. Some lacing.

S: I'm getting lots of fruity hops on the nose: peach and mango and citrus. But I also get some malts as well. Smells inviting. Might be leaning towards freshness issues.

T: Initially I get blasted with a ton of citrus on the tip of the tongue. Maybe some orange rind? In the middle of the mouth I might be tasting a little of that rye malt. Not showing up in color profile though. I do get some breadiness in the sip, but it works pretty well actually.

M: Medium bodied. Good hop mouth coating.

O: B. Not a bad beer just not the best I have ever had. Appearance is different. The lack of head is strange. The flavor is off. Glad I got to try it, it's my first Hair of the Dog brew.

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look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

From 22oz bomber to Bruges hybrid glass on 10/22/11
*From notes

-- Mucho thanks for this one, SirRuss --

Bottled: Summer 2011

A: It looks like a glass of fresh squeezed lemonade. A forceful pour yields a frothy two finger head. Decent yet unspectacular lacing follows, as does minimal lacing.

S: Wads of pineapple and mango bumrush the nose. It's pretty killer stuff.

T: Fruit up front. As it moves back, there's a good bit of heat from the alcohol, and it lingers for some time. This is most certainly a traditional west coast style IPA.

M: Undercarbed. Sure there's some carbonation, but it ain't much. If this was more properly balanced, I think it would help alleviate the hotter back end of the flavor profile.

O: HotD's Blue Dot is a damn nice DIPA. I just wish they could get the carbonation issue with this under control. If they ever do, this is one to seek out with the best of 'em.

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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 1,056 ratings
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