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

1,047 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 FourKicks
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bomber poured into my Kuhnhenn snifter.

Pours a hazy golden color with a good amount of cloudiness. Small amount of white head that leaves some decent lacing.

Nice citrus in the nose mostly dominated by grapefruit. Some orange in there as well.

Taste has a even larger presence of grapefruit. I get orange or tangerine in there with some light resin/pine.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light with nice carbonation and some bitterness at the finish.

Overall a very good Double IPA that has a nice balance and is very easy to drink.

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Photo of hopsbreath
2.43/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Current score based on my most recent tasting of Blue Dot.

2.35 D+
Review from notes. Drank soon after it was released. Summer 2011 bomber bought for $7 at Beaumont Market. Split with TulipSnifter into a pair of New Belgium globes.

A: Apricot puree with similar clarity. A solid pour yields almost a finger of loose soapy white head. Minimal spotty lacing seems subpar. 2/5

S: Lots of sweet citrus, tangerines, grapefruit, and a dose of pineapple signal the gratuitous amount of hops. Sugar cookies let me know the malt isn't going to be hiding too far in the back. 4/5

T: Fairly bitter and astringent up front, grapefruit pith in the middle, and heavy sweetness toward the end make this less than impressive. 2/5

M: Thick, chewy, and heavy with very low carbonation. Sticky finish makes this less than pleasant. 1.5/5

O: Possibly the worst batch I've had yet. Unfortunately the greatness of the Winter '11 batch seems hard to live up to. 2/5

3.9 B+
Sampled 5-4-2011. Spring 2011 bomber $7 at Whole Foods. Poured by parts into a Duvel tulip.

A: Identical to the Winter 2011 bottle. Perfection. 5/5

S: The aroma is not nearly as agressive as the previous batch. Garapefruit and pine still dominate but in a more muited expression. 3.5/5

T: Not as spectacular as the previous batch. More residual sweetness and a heavier dose of the rye shows up. The pine still dominates, but more tropical hops on the palate suggest a different type of hop bill (more simcoe?) It also reflects lower attenuation and a sweeter profile. The rye is spicier and more prominent here than in the last batch. Good, not great. 4/5

M: Full, oily, sticky, with lower carbonation than I remember previously. 3.5/5

O: Not as good as I remember. This IPA can be world class, but unfortunately it's not quite dialed in this time and the score suffers. I can't justify the exceptional grade but still say it's a "good" IPA. 4/5

4.68 A+
Sampled 1-24-2011. Split a Winter 2011 bomber with TulipSnifter. Review taken from notes.

A: Very hazy pale orange-gold. I love an IPA this light in color. Copious sheets of lacing appears top notch. Perfection is all I can say so far. 5/5

S: Bitter biting piney-grapefruit. This is going to be pretty agressive. I swear I smelled this immediately after hearing the *pfft* as I lifted the crown from the bottle. Pungent and wonderful, again perfection. 5/5

T: Flavors follow the nose. Grapefruit juice, pith, membrane, and rind all attack the taste buds. Pine cone sap kicks in for some added flair. The malt back bone is there just enough to deliver the hops to the senses. 4.5/5

M: Oily body with lively carbonation keep this refreshing and clean. 4/5

D: Could have easily grabbed for another one of these if one was available. I just wish every batch was this good... 5/5

3.4 B-
Sampled February 9, 2010 in Portland Oregon. I split a Fall 2009 bomber with my wife. Review is taken from notes.

This is a cloudy IPA at first look. Upon closer examination those chunks appear to be petal from the hops themselves. A finger of creamy white head sits atop and gives good lacing throughout.

Smells about right for an IPA. A little something extra comes trough. I wrote down peaches with a question mark because it was a little difficult to place it.

Taste is bitter with all the double IPA trimmings.

Good carbonation from the scrubbed my palate in between bites of a spicy Thai dish from a carry-out place. That was an excellent pairing and recommended!

Good drinkability, I downed my 11 ounces and wished I had more.

This was a good IPA but I wish I had more. I also wished I had a fresher batch. I didn't realize it was the fall 2009 batch until I got home. I will have to try this fresher when I am back out there. I've heard amazing things about this but walked away from it thinking it was merely a solid IPA. I will re-review when I try a fresher batch.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy golden orange color with a thin white head.

S: Big mango and citrus hop aroma with a touch of wet blanket.

T: Lots of funky, earthy hops with some grapefruit pith. Huge dose of hop resin on the finish. The mouthfeel was a little creamy and fantastic.

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Photo of Satchboogie
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a wine tasting glass

A: Pours pale yellow, hazy. About a 1/2 finger of white head that fairly quickly dissipates. Leaves a little lacing.

S: The nose is floral and herbal hop forward with good bit of tropical fruit in the background. Tale of two bottles, the first I tried seemed much more tropical fruit forward.

T: Unfortunately the taste doesn't follow the nose: not as intense and there isn't much tropical fruit. Very herbal with floral notes (and a touch of onion due to the pungency), a bit green tasting, slightly sweet malt base with a semi-dry finish and a bit of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation. A bit resinous, but not as sticky as I would expect from the pungency.

O: I really liked the nose the first bottle I tried, the 2nd bottle seemed a little less epic (not as much tropical fruit). The downside is that the taste doesn't live up to the nose. Still a solid DIPA, just nothing to go crazy over.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.89/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy, murky orange and yellow with a very thin white head. Not a lot of lacing.

Sweet citrus aromas, along with caramel and bready malts, some floral notes, and peppery spice as well. Interesting.

A well balanced DIPA, though it is very bitter. The citrus is balanced in unison with floral and spicy flavors, and a sweet, bready backbone.

Medium to thick bodied, though it doesn't seem at all syrupy.

A tasty, interesting DIPA. Very bitter, though balanced well with sweet and bready malts and an interesting floral and peppery kick as well. While no characteristic of this beer particularly impresses, I think the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. It's a joy to drink.

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.42/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7th review on BA
Bomber into proper pint glass.

A: Golden banana haze with 2+ finger nail head on gentle pour. Looks tasty - like a proper DIPA.

S: Awesome! Grassy hops with hint of lemon/citrus. Soothing...

T: Floral hops with well-balanced citrus flavor...hint of pine. Delightful and refreshing.

M: Crisp, yet smooth. Hops start to finish and full-bodied beer.

O: Refreshing and enjoyable! Well-balanced and smooth DIPA. Excellent DIPA that I'd love to return too on a regular basis - just don't have access to it.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I finally get to try this fresh and on tap. Unfortunately, I remember it being just a little bit fresher when John shared a bottle with me a couple of months back.

Mildly hazy orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing. The nose has fresh, fruity hops with the balance leaning toward the fruity hop flavoring rather than bitterness. Malt character is mild. The palate opens with plenty of hop flavor with low bitterness. Very fruity, there's a mild malt character present. Medium-light in body with a dry, mildly bitter finish with a lingering fruity hop character. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich aroma is quite hoppy with a firm citrus undertone that is equal parts grapefruit and orange. It pours a luscious, somewhat hazy honey golden with a substantial fluffy white head that leaves some good lacing. Flavor is - WHOA, seriously hoppy! It is quite bitter, but not fiercely so, and has hints of resin, malt and even honey. Ragged texture is quite lively and fizzy, leaving a hoppy tingle that persists for a while. Recommended to all "hop heads."

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Photo of MrVonzipper
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale peachy-orange color with a nice 1 finger eggshell colored bubbly head with med-high retention and good lacing.

Very nice floral hopped nose. Strong sweet rose petal notes. Mild caramel malt notes.

Nice mild malty sweetness up front transitioning into the smooth floral hop tones and slight bitter notes. Faint notes of pineapple and granny smith apple as well with a nice caramel finish/aftertaste.

Smooth and silky mouthfeel with medium creamy carbonation.

Overall this this a real nice DIPA. Nothing too crazy or spectacular but good flavor and balance with high drinkability. The floral notes throughout are very nice and a little different.

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Photo of claspada
4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle indicates Summer 2011 release; well it's the summer of 2011 so it's definitely fresh. Pours a nice dark yellow lemon rind yellow with a small quickly residing white soapy, fluffy head that leaves gorgeous sticky lacing.
Aromas are not too intense for a West Coast IPA which is surprising. You get the typical lemon, orange and grapefruit hoppiness with a little less pine. Pale and bready maltiness is apparent more as it slightly warms.
The taste begin opposite the nose with the pale and bready malts opening the show. Quite soon after you are greeted with the nice grapefruit, citrus and pine hoppiness. Distinct Amarillo late hopping here for sure.
Mouthfeel is medium with medium to low carbonation (for the style); still plenty of carbonation but this drinks like a higher ABV DIPA because of the thicker mouthfeel. Finish has a nice lingering hop character but by no means a palate wrecker. The perfect amount of hope bite for the style.
Overall this is an extremely solid DIPA and one of the more drinkable ones in this category. Great for a nice warm day although I wish it was a little lighter in the mouthfeel for drinkability's sake.

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Photo of pmarlowe
3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spring 2011 release. Tulip glass.

A: Pours opaque light gold color with some sediment, half finger of bring white foam which dissipates rather quickly to a ring, with minimal lacing.

S: Bitter grapefruit and pineapple, creamy mango, pine, spicy rye, orange creamsicle.

T: Orange and spicy pine, grapefruit. A little less complex than the aroma. Finishes with a moderate bitterness.

M: Medium full bodied, carbonation on the higher end for the style, slightly sticky texture. Alcohol presence is absent.

O: A nice effort. Tasty, pretty drinkable stuff.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Big thanks to CoastieSimon for the share, and the apparently generous hopsbreath for sending it to him.

A - The brew pours a hazed glowing orange, quite impressive in hue, and is topped with a relatively scant soapy head.

S - The nose is candied orange, tamarind, and mango atop a sugar cookie malt. As I get deeper into the aroma, fresh-squeezed tangerine juice, peaches, apricots and kiwis are noted.

T - The flavor adds bitter grassy notes, peaches, orange zest, kumquat, lemon, and woodiness and continues the sugar cookie malt. On the lighter side for a DIPA, and the ABV is absolutely buried.

M - Despite the rustic appearance, the feel is quite lively. There is a long dry citrus finish which really drives home the bitter impression; enhancing mouthfeel.

O - I've wanted to try this for quite some time, and it definitely did not disappoint.

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Photo of bashiba
3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy dark orange with a light but sticky head, lots of chunky sediment.

Has a very fresh citrusy hop with a light malty sweetness sneaking through.

The flavor is pretty normal double IPA, a nice heavily hopped bitter double with a mild bit of toasty malt in the backend. A nice mixture of Citrusy West Coast Hops and a touch of herbal hops.

The mouthfeel is very thick and resiny with lots of oil.

A very solid Double IPA, nicely packed with flavor for being on the lighter end of the spectrum of this style.

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

Bottle from Perry's Liquor in Livermore, CA

A - Poured a hazy light copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is mostly of citrus hops with slight bready malt coming through

T - Like the nose citrus hops upfront with some bready malt in the background

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - This is an enjoyable DIPA not over the top to me I'm liking the flavor could drink quite a bit of this is a sitting worth getting sometime to try

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Photo of Sky2625
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a 12 oz. schooner (this review is from notes taken 7/12/11).

A - Poured cloudy/murky orange/tan with very little head and effervescing a couple of strands of tiny bubbles. Also had a bit of sediment swirling in the pour.

S - Mango/orange scent with a bit of booziness, and a note of citrus hop.

T - Tropical fruit to grapefruity initial flavor followed by citrus (not hop) bitterness, which eases into a citrus/pine hop bitterness. Finishes with a mango/melon coolness.

M - Smooth, with a medium body and mild carbonation.

D - The bitterness profile is unique, given that it starts with a grapefruit bitterness and then transitions to hop bitterness. Very drinkable, a solid DIPA, but with a sweeter and fruitier flavor than I expected.

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Photo of biboergosum
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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Photo of gregshead
3.06/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on 5/8/11. Reviewed from notes

A: Pours hazy straw look. Very odd look for a DIPA

S: Lots of citrus on the nose. Grapefruit, orange and banana.

T: Lots of light citrus flavors. Lemon, orange, and subtle grapefruit. Almost a sour funk but I know its not sour/tart but its the closest I can come to describe it.

M: Not a lot of carbonation. Light feeling on the tongue but its the grainy feeling that takes away from this one for me.

O: Its just a little too out there for my taste buds. Almost like it should be a Belgian DIPA or something. A little too much of a stretch for my preference.

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Photo of harrymel
3.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 1 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch: Summer 2011

A: pours a hazy, dusky apricot colored ale with no head, no evidence of carbonation. No lacing.

S: Juicy, like cotton candy and juicy fruit gum. I'm not certain I need to add more to this; that is an awesome smell. Feminine and sweet.

T: Sweet, citrus, bubble gum, peaches, alcohol. The bitterness is really sharp, and frankly, just a hint too high IMO. Finish is a citric resonance (oranges) with some resiny hops.

M: Medium body with low to moderate carb. Semi-dry finish.

O: Good IIPA, wish the bitterness was toned just a hare to better balance out the beer. The appearance has much to desire, but otherwise, most categories hit the mark quite well.

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Photo of mudbug
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bomber with "summer 2011" on the label into a standard pint glass results in a very cloudy body with a small cap of foam that hangs there forever. Unusual to say the least for a DIPA, but then again this isn't a barley only beer, it's got malted rye in it too.
Aroma of citrus (grapefruit) and light tropical fruit (mango)
Taste is, well different for a DIPA. Lots of bitterness, grapefruit rind, astringency, and then the rye spiciness, an unexpected flavor in a DIPA. I like it , but wonder what would happen if they just went all the way and created a true rye double hopped beer?
Overall, it's a very good beer and has lots of interesting qualities, it's just not a standout for the style, maybe it's a beast unto it's own.
Well worth buying.

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Photo of doughanson78
4.3/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pale golden color. Very cloudy, like a Hefe. Maybe a half finger head that goes away almost instantly. Beautiful lacing.

S: Huge citrus. Pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, mango. It seems that every citrusy aroma could be found in here. Very nice caramel aromas peeking out behind all that hop. Very tropical aroma.

T: Big hoppiness. Makes you pucker. Everything found in the nose, right up front. All with a mild sweetness of caramel that begs to come through but gets assaulted by hops. One of the hoppier beers I've had.

M: Medium bodied. Puckerable (new word of mine). Very dry finish.

O: A great DIPA. Would have rated higher in taste if it was a bit more balanced, but for how hoppy this beer is, it is still excellent. A must try west coast DIPA. The appearance was kind of startling, as you sorta expect it to be clear, but still a nice looking beer.

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Photo of theghost3
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip. Appearance is cloudy copper with a 2-finger white head that quickly dissipates. It initially looks like liquid grapefruit; not as dense as grapefruit juice, it looks more like grapefruit in the rind. Moderate lacing.

The smell is very citrusy--lots of grapefruit with a hint of sweet tangerine and sour Pilsner malts. The taste is overwhelmingly grapefruity hops. There are some traces of sweet-to-sour malts and astringent notes. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied, but on the fuller side of medium. A bit thicker than I would expect from the style.
Finish is crisp.

I am very happy to have the chance to try this one. It's the closest thing to grapefruit I had ever had in a beer. The appearance, while amazing, does not get a 5 because it's not quite what's expected from the style. This would go great with anything cinnamon or Greek cuisine.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange color with a finger of white frothy head atop. The head fades fairly slowly leaving a bit of lacing in the process.

S - The aroma is bursting with citrus hop smells, with quite a bit of grapefruit. There is also a bit of sweet caramel malt lingering around in the background.

T - Right off the bat there is a nice kick of citrus hops and bitterness. Again, lots of grapefruit here. There is also a bit of sweet caramel malts in the background. Through the middle, even more hops and bitterness come through. As the beer finishes, there is just a bit of booze flavor that is noticeable alongside some nice bitterness that lingers for quite a while.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels smooth and crisp, with a bit of an oily/resiny feeling. The finish is pretty bitter and drys out the mouth in a nice way.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is very good and strong. Maybe a bit too hop heavy, but that is what I like about it.

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

22 oz. bomber. Summer 2011 batch.

A: Golden straw yellow. Unfiltered and cloudy with one finger of head and thick lacing.

S: Strong scents of citrus and pine. Grapefruit is very dominant.

T: Super smooth with a pleasing grapefruit flavor. Extremely well balanced hops with no bitterness or booziness.

M: Super smooth, heavy body. Light carbonation.

O: Hair of the Dog has a winner. At times this seems like a alcoholic grapefruit soda, while other times it's clearly an IPA with strong citrus notes. Absolutely lovin' it. Stock up before it's gone.

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Photo of zhanson88
3.97/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Horse Brass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper color with one finger of white head. Good retention and lacing. Not your prototypical west coast DIPA, but still decent looking enough.

Smell: This is more like it. Citrus and some grapefruit, very piney, some dank hop character. Pretty solid.

Taste: Taste is probably more citrusy than the smell. I get more orange rind than grapefruit. Plenty of pine and dank hop character on the back end.

Mouthfeel/Overall: I was pretty surprised at how light bodied this beer was, but it was well carbonated with nice fine carbonation and very smooth drinking. Overall, I definitely enjoyed this beer a lot. It compared well with some of the other great IPAs I tried this night.

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Photo of draheim
4.29/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Summer 2011 release. Hazy straw pour into a Duvel tulip. 1-finger head of white foam settles quickly to a thin layer.

Smell is all grapefruit, citrus. This one is clearly about the hops.

Taste follows nose, grapefruit and pine. Wonderful crisp hop bite. Refreshing mouthfeel.

This is a unique DIPA. Almost like drinking a glass of carbonated, unsweetened grapefruit juice with a twist of lemon.

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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 1,047 ratings.
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