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 DoubleSimcoe
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Blue Dot on tap at Pony Bar, Hell's Kitchen, NYC.

Appearance: Served in their eight-ounce glass, the Dot comes looking like a wheat beer/Hefe- hazy yellow, mashed banana, hospital urine sample. Quite strange for a DIPA! Perfect one-finger head, very white and sort of Belgian. Good retention and lacing. Medium carbonation.

Smell: Grass, lemon, medicinal aromas, spice. Rosemary/dried herbs, fields of Provence . Sage, tarragon. A bit of soap.

Taste: Not as enticing as smell, but nice. Lemon juice, grassy bitterness. Meyer lemon, cough medicine. Astringent. Lemonade stand in the Midwest.

Mouthfeel: A bit too lemony/bitter, but tasty. Sour touch. Medium carbonation and flavor, medium-to-full body. Unbalanced but tasty!

Overall: I want more. So drinkable and different! Refreshing, enticing. Hardly a DIPA in my book, more like a mixture of Wheat and IPA, but super yummy nevertheless.

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

On-tap at the Stone Brewery.

Tan to amber with a great head and plenty of lacing, especially nice looking for an on-tap serving.

Smelled and tasted wonderful, with oily hops being the dominant component, also with plenty of citrus, grapefruit, lemon peel, oranges, bitter pine, and a touch of toasty malts.

Feel wise it was slick with oily hops, medium bodied, and to me seemed extremely fresh.

A very nice selection, worthy of being on-tap at Stone.

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Photo of Sideswipe
2.88/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber which states "Spring 2011" on the label. This was on my wants awhile back, so when I saw it in the cooler this afternoon I grabbed a bottle. Poured into my DFH snifter.

Blue Dot pours a murky orange to amber color with a smallish head of white foam. The head recedes quickly leaving a thin white coaster and a ring around the outside of the glass. There is a layer of yeasty stuff remaining in the bottom of the bottle. Methinks this is where the murkiness comes from. The aroma is faint floral hops and pale malt. I have to stick my nose into the glass to to pkick up a bit of pine. Taste is subdued floral hops and bitter pine which overwhelms the light malt backbone. Finish is dry with a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with a somewhat low level of carbonation. Overall I find this to be a "meh" take on a west coast IPA, certainly nowhere near DIPA territory. There's nothing I find overly offensive, but there isn't anything noteworthy going on here either. With so many other great offerings on the shelf, which are available at a lower price point, I won't be picking this one up again.

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

Poured into a Stone nonic.

A: Pours a murky browned gold with a one finger head. Lacing seems pretty thin but the overall look is nicely composed and shows itself off as well-made.

S: Pine, salt, a little bit of mint and some hop aroma. Certainly a unique smell for an DIPA but not very aromatic, you have to dig a bit.

T: That caught me off guard! Ginger and mint mix and take over the taste with some citrus sweetness and hop bitterness. Definitely interesting but a little overwhelming and it doesn't really beckon the next sip.

M: Carbonation seems a little lacking and the brew somehow leaves something lingering in my mouth- I find myself following twice after one sip. Otherwise the mouthfeel is solid and i'd still say slightly above average.

O: Hard to rate this one. Glad I tried it, would tell someone else to try it, but hard to imagine someone stocking up bottles of this. Unique flavor that hides the alcohol very well with decent mouthfeel, but perhaps too unique.

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Photo of Cavery
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml shared with Klym and SundaySour on an IPA Friday Night Lineup!

A: Finger and a half head with so/so retention. Deep murky orange to orange brown. Looks like Raw honey, or the aerial view of a freshly opened organic peanut butter. It is quite possible that this is made from the hair of dogs. They could hide a lot in there.

S: first whiff, vegan shampoo. Sorry I had to say it, it just went to this hempy oily dimension that it had to be called out on. It's a really deep smell, I can't quite place it. But I can tell you that there is alcohol in there, and it taunts your manhood. I muster up the courage and move to the sipping.

T: leather constructed of dried oranges and honey. Maple syrup with triplesec. A strong liqueur like after taste that does a drive by shooting on your taste buds. slight floral note that drowns in syrup, blossoms are latently smothered by the thick coating of sticky resins. The backbone of this beer consumes plant life like Hexus in the Fern Gully.

M: Nice, actually. It is a bit watery after the initial pleasure of having a well carbonated flavor bomb. It contrasts the flavor nicely, as you nearly expect there to be bits of tough orange rind finding the cracks of your teeth. I must not the amazing wetness that exists in the mouth after the carbonation leaves, an unusually oily offering for the style.

O: What a roller coaster ride. This beer was suggested to me as the "lightest DIPA you will ever have". I have to say that this wasn't really light, but it was interesting. If you ever dreamed of having an orange caramel-solution in your glass, then this is your beverage....freak.

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Photo of SundaySour
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The appearance is really misty and clouded, and kind of the color of orange juice with lots of water, or a mimosa that's mostly champagne. There is a teeny ring of foam along the top, but some nice lacing even from the pour.

S: Hops initially, and weirdly enough, a light smell of cranberry. Maybe like that cranberry sauce from a can, tart and a little fruity. It's such a light smell, it's hard to get a good hold on it without being a drug-sniffing doggie.

T: The taste is a nice, non-bitter or aspirin-y hops flavor at first. The middle is vaguely fruit-like, perhaps an orange. And even weirder than my initially cranberry smell, I have the taste of cheese, like cheddar, at the end. WTH? Is this Thanksgiving?

M: The taste is not particularly fizzy, but is nice and creamy like the appearance suggests.

O: This is a tasty beer with a great finish and a nice feel in the mouth. But, it doesn't stand out to me like crazy. I could sip this and pair it with a sandwich at lunch. You know, if I were down with lunchtime boozing.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy copper-orange color with a nice, very slightly off-white, head. Decent retention, and leaves a bit of lacing.

Smell: Hoppy aroma up front, with some floral undertones, and some more earthier aromas beneath that. There's a hint of sourness in there too.

Taste: Has a solid malt/citrus (particularly orange) flavor up front. Some sweetness comes in towards the finish, and merges with some bitterness in the aftertaste. The orange flavor remains. After some time, the aftertaste is a bit buttery.

Mouthfeel: Generally smooth and light- to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV for this style, though the flavor seems a bit funny after some time.

Though nothing exceptional to me, this is an enjoyable IPA. Certainly worthwhile for the IPA enthusiast to try!

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Photo of jimixr
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with little to no head. Not much lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet, very citrusy aroma. Im picking up some bread like malts too. The more I smell this I think I pick up some fresh cut grass as well.

T- Pretty balanced. There is a slight bitterness on the tongue, but also some sweet malt.Not as over the top as most DIPA's but still a very tasty beer.

M - Medium bodied with little carbonation. zI really wish thishad a little more carbonation. Taste is still good, but a little more carbonation would help..

O - A solid ipa. Not my favorite but still a very tasty and interesting beer.

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Photo of Florida9
3.62/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled as "Winter 2011"

A: Cloudy. Color is pastel yellow with a slight orange tint. Forms a small, rather fizzy white head that, unsurprisingly has little retention. Leaves some light lacing.

S: Predominantly citrus: orange and grapefruit with some pine to a lesser extent. Sweet malt in the background.

T: Overly sweet pale malt dominates before being taken over by a grapefruit pith bitterness. Some orange in the mix as well. Short finish. Simplistic with not a whole lot going on.

M: Medium in body with lower carbonation level. Combined with the sweetness, it leads to a slightly syrupy feel.

O: Decent and drinkable, but simplistic. The wife liked it, but I just did not find it to be overly exciting.

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Photo of KevinBrewer
4.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle is dated Summer of 2010. (approximately 1 year old at time of review)

A- Deep golden color with an orange tint. Moderate off-white head with moderate retention and some patchy lacing.

N- Holy shit, what a powerful aroma! The volatiles are too complex to fully take in before they disappear, and what's left is enough to make me smell the beer again before every sip. Tons of tropical fruit (passion fruit, sweet pink grapefruit, and guava) layered on aromatic pilsner malt dipped in pine resin. Toasty caramel aromas blend with deep, rich honey and pungent hops. There is also a layer of floral/herbal potpourri (definitely some mint in there) with citrus accents and a hint of peppery alcohol every so often. Everytime I smell the beer I notice something new about it. It's amazing how so many complex parts can blend so well to create something uniquely mouth-watering.

T- Every bit as complex as the aroma, and every bit as satisfying. The crisp pilsner base is layered with lightly sweet caramel, toast, and spicy rye. Pine resin provides a firm bitterness for balance while floral perfume rises like scented fog. Some herbal tea adds a pleasant bitterness that blends well with the pine. A vague fruitiness shows up in the taste, but not nearly as pronounced as the fruit in the aroma. Long dry bitter finish of pine resin and herbal tea leaves with some juicy citrus that makes your mouth water and begs you to take another swig.

M- Medium-light bodied, slick and creamy at the same time with some sticky resins that cling to the tongue. Moderate carbonation with a long dry finish.

D- Overall, an outstanding beer. At $8 for a bomber, this is a steal IMO. Definitely going back to the store to clear them out if possible. Gotta make room for 2011, right?

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

poured from a 'spring 2011' bomber

pours a slightly-hazy yellow. 1/2" head with an aggressive pour that disappeared quickly, reasonable lacing and residual head retention.

the nose is excellent - big piney notes, nice citrus backstop with the slightest bit of malt sneaking in.

big assertive hops on the tongue. nicely bittered, every bit the double IPA. carbonation and legs are a little short, but the mouthfeel is still solid. this is a must-try for hop heads.

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

Had on-tap at Rattle 'N' Hum in New York, NY on 5/27/11.
Review taken from notes.

A - This beer pours a hazy light orange color. It has a small white head on it. The head has some good retention, and it leaves some specs of lacing on the glass.

S - It has a strong hop aroma up front. There are some nice notes of grapefruit and pine. There is also a nice big malty backbone, that balances it out nicely.

T - The taste starts off with a big hop presence. There is a nice grapefruit, pine, and citrus presence. This is balanced out very nicely by the strong malty backbone. There is also a nice orange citrus presence. The finish leaves some lingering bitterness on the palate.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down great, and has a nice smooth quality to it. It has a nice hop bitterness, but it is nicely balanced by the malt bill. There is a nice bit of lingering hop bitterness in the finish.

O - This has great drinkability. Is goes down easy, and the flavor it great. Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, and I think it is a very good representation of the style. It isn't as bitter as some of the other DIPAs out there, but the flavor is just great. I recommend giving this one a shot.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.73/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a slightly hazy tepidly golden caramel hue with orange highlights. a decent buff-hued head has decent retention and leaves some light lacing.

aroma is pungently citrusy hoppy. fruit. plum, peach, mango and grapefruit. very tropical on the nose, with a subtle malt aroma hiding somewhere in there.

taste follows suit, with bright, vibrant citrus and tropical fruit taking the front. the middle is dominated by apple, almost hard-cider like, with a bit of malt coming through in the finish.

mouth is perfect. moderate, verging on full. ample light and balanced carbonation. a good balance of slick, sweet, syrupy and fresh. subtle lingering fruity bitterness.

all in all, this is definitely a solid one. I remember the bottles i've tried having a bit stronger hop kick... maybe it's this keg? or maybe it's my tastes. either way, definitely a well-crafted brew that deserves to be tracked down.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a snifter

A- Very light yellow hazy straw appearance, excellent lacing, ½ finger head nice carbonation.
S- Wow, delicious, grapefruit, peach, mango, citrus, hints of pine, sweat aroma, slight malt profile.
T- Very unique taste, slight bitterness, but sweet and malty, bready, some grapefruit and peach flavors, hints of citrus, nice earthy flavor, very refreshing
M- Medium mouth feel, nice carbonation, well balanced.
O- Very solid IPA, first HOTD beer I’ve had and I was not let down, not very hop forward, but very tasty overall.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Many thanks to betsona for busting out this gem!

A- Pours a light hazed golden straw color. Two finger white head shows good retention. Beautiful thick streaks of lace all over the sides of the glass.

S- Citrus hops run amuck in the front of the nose. Grapefruit is the dominate aroma for most of the front of the nose. Light caramel bready notes hint toward the middle but this is quickly masked with a dose of citrus and piney hops. Ending has a nice bittery pine hop aroma and finishes with hints of alcohol. Damn this is a lovely smelling beer!

T- Citrus hops in the front decimate the taste buds right off the get go. Nice juicy grapefruit along with hints of mango and orange in the front of the beer all the way toward the middle of the beer. Middle of the beer is about the only time the hops do not shine in this beer and take a secondary flavor to a lingering caramel malt base. The hops pick right off where they left off in the ending where it at times feels like I'm sucking on pine needles dipped in grapefruit juice. Alcohol is not really shinning at the end as the hops even dominate this last section of the beer.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Hops, hops, and more hops dominate the palate leaving resin all over the teeth, lips, and palate itself. Aftertaste is hints of alcohol and crushing hop flavor. This beer is not balanced and is very hop forward which is great for the style. No off flavors at all in the beer as I was drinking it. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with hints of higher drying here and there.

O- This beer is a crushing DIPA. There is no if's and's or but's about it. The alcohol is low enough to enjoy it a lot although the hops at times make it a little difficult. I love the taste of this stuff I just don't like how it destroys your palate for the evening. Overall give me a couple pints of this and I'll be happy.

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

Poured into my Darkness snifter.

A light straw color looking liquid. White head that is about a finger thick. Lacing lines my glass as the head recedes. Big citrus and pine nose. Smells real sweet. The smell translates to taste. Hop and citrus right up front. Feels good and not overly aggressive on the tongue. Fairly dry on the end of the sip. Really a very well done dipa. I would love to have another.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a white head that leaves splattered lace. Color is a hazed pale straw yellow.

Aroma: Huge citrus profile. Pine and grapefruit with a light malt profile. Fresh, earthy, and hoppy.

Taste: More citrus. The grapefruit shows a lot. Hop resin stickiness. Pine. A light malt profile. Mimics the nose.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky with a hop resin feel.

Overall, a solid ipa. I really enjoy the citrus flavors. Not too malty. Good stuff all around.

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Photo of kbutler1
4.32/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle. Pours a slightly hazed light yellow orange color with a slight, fluffy white head. Wow, the aroma is a lot more fruit forward than I expected with notes of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and pine. The fruit forward parade continues in the mouth with notes of apricot and peach. A nice building citrus rind and pine bitterness continue until the end. Medium mouthfeel. Really nice.

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Photo of AJDean
4.08/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a nice hazy golden color, unfiltered, creamy head that stays around for the whole beer.

Smell: Immediate hops on the nose with sweet notes of orange and possibly citrus. Wonderful aroma.

Taste: Amazing taste. I am really enjoying this beer. never had a hair of the dog beer cause they are always to expensive. Good representation of a West Coast IPA.

Mouthfeel: I love the mouthfeel. Unusually thicker however I went against the bottle recommendation and stirred up the sediment at the bottom because i enjoy a little extra flavor. FLAVOR SAVOR!!

Overall: I do enjoy this beer. Good quality IPA. Good head retention and lacing as well. Would get this again.

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Photo of caskstrength
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Frank.

Pours cloudy orange/yellow. Minimal head, but bubbles moving up from the bottom. If something can look flavorful, then this looks flavorful.

Honey on the nose. Lots of honey, then some apricots and flowers. Cantelope and honeydew melon at times. (?!) Didn't expect these smells, but as I emptied the glass, they became more interesting.

Sweet (honey dipped) apricots with flowers, backed by the typical orange rind and grapefruit. Lemon zest there too. Not much pine. Not what I was expecting.

On the thicker side. Lower level of carbonation, but enough to lift it and move the flavors, and it works well.

Unique IPA and something I would move into the rotation if it were readily available.

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

Spring 2011 batch poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a very cloudy light apricot color with a thin white head that fades to some spotting.

Smells like citrus, grassy hops, flowers, and pine.

Tastes like grassy hops, orange rind, and pine. Pils like malt and a strong hoppy bitterness linger.

Mouthfeel is thick medium with pretty light carbonation.

Overall is a really good IPA and if the batches keep coming out like this probably one of my top local IPA's if not my number 1.

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

I picked up a couple bottles of the Winter 2011 during a recent trip to Oregon. I have to admit I am not a huge IPA drinker, but I really enjoyed this one. Nice pour with about a two finger head, with a very nice hop smell. Taste was great with no after taste..

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Photo of Rutager
4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Cloudy, deep amber-straw. Almost half a finger of bubbly white head that doesn't last long.

Smell. Big tropical fruits and pink grapefruit rind. Huge grassy, floral hops and a little sweet caramel.

Taste. Big grassy hops, oranges and lemon rind. Some toasted grains with lasting bitter pine and grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel. Medium body. Medium-low, ultra smooth carbonation.

Overall. Nice hop bomb with a litttle fruityness. Won't be waiting to pour my second glass...

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Photo of Azurescens
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle Spring 2011 batch, poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 5/8/11

A: Pours a cloudy golden color with thin off-white head. Leaves a bit of lacing around glass.

S: A blend of citrus, herbal and floral hops with plenty of malt to back it up. Some spiciness and a touch of alcohol.

T: Hop bitterness up front with a bouquet of hop flavors and some honey on top of a sweet and solid caramel, slightly spicy malt backbone. Some alcohol with lingering citrus and herbal hop flavors.

M: Fairly thick medium-full body and moderate carbonation, finishes on the sweeter side.

O: Great beer overall, a bit cloudy and more malt forward than your typical IIPA but it is delicious none the less.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.47/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I loved the Winter 2011 release, so I thought I would try the Spring 2011 release today.

Poured into my HotD tulip.

A- Pale cloudy orange with a thin white head. The head has fine bubbles, good retention and lacing present.

S- Citrus hits you first, followed by a strong pine scent.

T- Sweet organges first, then again followed by the pine.

D-Mild carbonation, I wish there was more. Very creamy in the mouth.

O- If there was more carbonation and a touch less sweetness, this would be an A+ in my book.

Edit 5.13.11
I just had this on tap at the Tasting Room. On tap there is nice carbonation! Just what I was wanting.

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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 1,046 ratings.
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