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

1,042 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 Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The review courtesy of the generous hand of MbpBugeye, thanks for sharing this great brew Seth!

The beer is s a thick-looking cloudy honeycomb color, no head really, with splotchy fading lace.

Smells delicious... literally - golden delicious apple, strong candied orange, flowery pollen, and honeyed chamomile tea.

The taste has a light bitterness despite the fact that this is a DIPA. Orange and honey also comes through. The flavor reminded me slightly of Hopslam.

Overall a really well crafted beer. This was my first ever HotD offering, and it was enough to ensure that it won't be my last.

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Photo of OBeerMeGreatOne
4.28/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Smith pint glass. Pours out an ultra-hazy orange with a thick, two finger head, plenty of lace left behind. Very appealing.
The smell is citrus and caramel heavy, grassy and earthy background.
The taste starts grassy with a ton of grapefruit, some lemon zest thrown in. The malts seem more pale that sweet, with a bit of spice showing up from the rye malt. A little bit of alcohol heat is noticeable. Goes down nice and smooth. Complex and easy to drink.
This DIPA has been hyped up for a while. Thankfully I found it at Healthy Spirits and grabbed one up. I have to say that I was very glad that I finally got to enjoy one. Slightly overhyped, but not by much.

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Photo of brotherloco
3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber. Winter 2011 Edition.

Pours a cloudy pale golden color with a finger of tight white foam. Lingers to maintain a frothier head than you usually see in a DIPA.

The smell brings on lemony citrus but with a substantial amount of bready malt. It has a hint of the distinct medicinal malt smell of HOTD's Fred. Also getting a backyard mix of floral notes and pollen.

Thankfully the flavor is better balanced. Citrusy hops up front and lightly sweet malt in background. Very pleasant on the palate and not nearly as assertive as other heavier DIPAs. Crisp middle and finish.

This beer has some pilsner qualities to it, somewhat in flavor, but more in the drinkability. Medium bodied and not cloying in any way.

Definitely on the light end for a DIPA, but very tasty and extremely refreshing.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
3.8/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This DIPA does not get by on its looks: it has a very cloudy straw-colored body with a thin, downy head that dissipates with almost no lacing.

The payoff begins to come when you stick your schnoz over the glass. There is an uber-complex hop profile on the nose: lots of citrus (clementines come to mind), orange rind, onion and lemon grass with some moderate pine in the background. Makes your nose loiter over the glass for extended periods.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side for the style, but that ends up working out just fine given the flavor profile.

The taste is pure pacific-northwest: Fresh and complex hops unadulterated by malt accompaniment. Blue Dot provides a nice education on the variety of flavors that hops can provide: grass, onion, lemon rind, spice, and pine are all present. The bitter finish builds mercilessly with each sip. The only "problem" for me is that, without a malt babysitter, the hops begin to run amok, throwing off the balance of the beer. The hops come at you with a sucker punch to the back of your throat that affects drinkability and detracts from food pairings. Don't get me wrong: this DIPA is well above average and if you are a true hop jihadi, a fresh Blue Dot should be a dream come true. I just prefer DIPAs where the hops are built on a strong malt backbone (think Dreadnaught, Abrasive and Dorado).

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.21/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured bomber into a tulip. Pretty nice hazy golden wheat color, with minimal head that leaves quickly and little lacing, still nicely carbonated. Nose is of sweet butter corn, with the hops giving off a bitter grapefruit pith nose. Taste is of candy corn, citrus and some sweet candy corn. Plays more to my palate as a dipa yet only has 7% abv. Nice beer and drinkable yet for the style its no where near the same class as sculpin at the same abv.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.27/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2011-03-26 in Redondo Beach, CA. Label says Winter 2011. Had this again on tap on 2015-04-29 at the brewey.

A - Hazy golden straw with a short off-white head and light lacing.

S - Nice dose of tropical fruit, hop floral and grass you can smell from 3'. Very inviting. Makes me look forward to the first sip.

T - Spice from the rye, a fair amount of light roasted grain, pineapple, not sweet, lots of grapefruit juice that lingers for a long time. Great balance for us hop lovers. Dries nicely. Tons of flavor for a 7% brew.

M - Medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Effervescent, a little oily and prickly.

O - This beer is definitely in my wheelhouse and I wish it would make it to PA where I live. I'm not rating it as high as when I had it on-tap in Portland. That blew me away. Perhaps it was better, or perhaps it's the fact my beer tasting knowledge has advanced in the last few years since I started rating beers. In any case, this is delicious.

Notes - I really appreciate great flavor without heading into the higher ABV range. This beer delivers.

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Photo of afksports
4.12/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Blue Dot India Pale Ale is first and foremost a cool ass beer because it's got a Dog with a cigarette on it and the label says "Malty / Hoppy / Tasty / Good". Hair of the Dog Brewing Company can't really make it clearer.

The appearance is a bit off for me, though. Half finger head sits on top of a hazy copper to straw hue that isn't totally consistent. A bit funny. The smell is malt and hops though. And boy is that lovely. Citrus, sweet citrus, and finishing with a hop bitterness that's mostly big and molded to the malts. The malts have rye - per the bottle - and while that taste comes through, so does a burnt sweetness that's not unpleasant. It's tasty. It's good.

And it's drinkable. And it feels nice. Overall, I wish it could heal my finger that I jammed playing football. I wish it's 7% abv could be replicated in other Imperial IPA's, because so many of them are too strong. And I wish it could being world peace (oe whirled peas). Then it would be worth noting that it's more than a blue dot in this beer universe.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into my Narke glass, thanks to Nate... Pours a light honey gold, murky, not much of a looker. Not much head at all, a very light ring... The aroma is tangerines on the front with lots of soapy hops. The mix together really well... The taste shows off more alcohol and hops that I would like to be totally crushable. I don't think this is a dipa, but whatever.

I'd drink again.

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

A - A yellow colored beer with minimal white head that that dissipated to nothing and didn't leave anything on the sides.

S - Great hops profile, mostly citrus with a little bit of pineapple. Some oranges and grapefruit.

T - Not quite as much taste as the aroma would imply, but it's very good. Citrus with a little bit of apple and pineapple notes. Slightly sour on the end.

M - Good body with bit of carbonation. Not bad.

O - Very solid DIPA that i would highly recommend and would like to drink again.

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

Surprised I haven't reviewed this before. On tap at HOTD tasting room, served by the fabulous Wendy, $4.50 for 12 oz. glass into HOTD tulip glass.

One finger white head, poured a bit foamy but Wendy took the spoon to it to ensure full pour, medium-slow dissipation with significant lacing. Cloudy deep gold body, no visible carbonation. Nose features the prominent rye aroma, complex hop profile, floral, grassy, citrusy. Taste mirrors nose, the rye gives this a unique taste profile unlike any other DIPA I've ever had. Mouthfeel on the full side of medium, good effervescence. This is a truly amazing beer, especially good fresh on tap at the source. First recipient of the John Michaelsen Seal of Approval. Well done, Alan, one of my favorite beers of all time. Very highly recommended.

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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 ms11781
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Brewbro000. Winter 2011 on bottle. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden straw color with a minimal white foam cap for a head. Small wisps of lacing are left on the glass.

The nose is full of strong hop aromas. Tons of fruity hops are here, notably grapefruit, some orange and maybe some lemon. There is also a sharp pine aroma towards the end that is almost harsh at times. No malt to speak of in the nose.

Hugely hoppy taste as well. Grapefruit and citrus are present but the orange character that was in the nose really stands out on its own a bit more. Really nice fruit hop flavor. There is a nice bitter finish brought on by a hint of pine. There is a lingering of grapefruit rind in the aftertaste.

The body is on the higher end of medium with medium carbonation. Each sip starts out a bit slick before drying out a bit. Some grapefruit rind lingers but the bitter hop finish doesn't.

Drinkability is good. This beer seems like it really doesn't know what it wants to be. Sometimes it feels like it's an IPA and at others like its a DIPA. In reality it seems like it really is somewhere in between. It has the ABV and flavor profile of an IPA but the slicker mouthfeel of a DIPA. Either was it was a very enjoyable beer. Not the best, but far from bad.

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

289th review on BA
bottle to tulip
Winter 2011

App- A generous mix of graprefruit and orange colors. A one finger quick receding head. No real cling down the sides of the glass.

Smell- Huge grapefruit and citrus with a tangy tinge. I really got the malts on this one. A smaller secondary hop smell was there but less prevalant.

Taste- I've had this profile before but this was kicked up a notch with the malts and hops. This was good but a bit lacking to be a true DIPA. It had some bold flavors and they developed nicely but still shouldn't have been a Double. A nice big single IPA for me.

Mouth- A bigger medium body with a pretty run of the mill medium carb level. A nice bit of the creamy/buttery DIPA taste as well.

Drink- This was a good beer don't get me wrong. I just feel that with so many good to great DIPAs from the west coast, it could have been a touch better. We are just spoiled here. I liked it. Nice flavors with a nice contrast. Was a quick drinker and a nice smelling beer as well.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 2/5/11. Thanks to forgetfu for sending this one my way!

A: Pours a hazy light orange with a small head that dissipated quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: The hops give a citrus aroma - oranges and grapefruit.

T: The flavor falls a bit flat from the aroma. There is a little bit of citrus and some apple, but not as flavorful as I had hoped or expected.

M/D: It was a little thin with decent carbonation. Drinkability was pretty high, but this was a let down. The hops were lacking, could have passed for an IPA, but not a double.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.57/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Winter 2011 Batch

Appearance- light, hazy orange color with a big fluffy white head.
Good lacing.

Aroma- I can smell this from far away. Lots of grapefruit, orange and citrus notes. Nice.

Taste- Wow! Like I am biting into an orange and a grapefruit all at the same time. Very good. Lots of great bitterness in the end. A little sweet as it warms. That takes nothing away, though.

Mouth feel- this has a little body to it but it gives another dimension to it.

Drinkability- Very good. Maybe too good.

The last time I had one of these it was too boozy. This is much better than the other ones I have had. I don't know if he did anything different to this batch or not, but, damn, this one is good. I usually think HOTD beers need time to calm down, but this one is different. I will be on the look out for more of this batch as well as the next one.

All the rest of the baches since this have been incredibly sub par. Shame.

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

Been meaning to try this for quite some time.

Appearance - Pours a hazy golden color into my SA perfect pint. About a finger of nice head is achieved with a moderate pour.

Smell - Pine, hops, citrus, bitterness, slight malt backbone. Slight floral.

Taste - Similar to the nose. Not to be rude, but nothing that really stands out. Seems like a standard, run of the mill DIPA to me.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Drinkability - Relatively so, but again, for how much this beer costs I took my time, haha. Almost eight dollars for a bomber of this and honestly did not impress me. Glad I tried it once, will get other IPA/DIPA's in the future.

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

Light off-white head that led to minimal lacing inthe glass. Hazy. Not uncommon for an IPA or DIPA for that matter.

minimal hops. They're there., but lightly I smell centenniP, maybe Amarillo. Pine and citrus.

Excellent flavor. Not a floral or citrus bomb but a well balanced DIPA. it's got floral, and citrus nose. Sweet start and bitter grapefruit finish that I can taste well after my last sip.

Great consistency light on the tongue to start with a lingering weight that begs for another drink.

D. I like this beer and will drink it again. Reminds me of my favorite IPA's. A true northwest beer, with some interesting balance over the normal "balls to the walls" hop bomb DIPA.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On a business trip to Bend, I flew into Portland, and immediately headed to Belmont Station where I saw a bottle of this one, picked it up, and drank it that night in the room. Poured a cloudy golden color with a decent white head. Aromas of pine needles, citrus and sweet malt. Medium bodied, with flavors of pine, citrus and sweet malt.

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Photo of wsucoug96
4.82/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First time giving this review thing a shot ...

Poured from 22 oz. bottle into tulip imperial pint glass.

A: Golden straw color with nice lacing. Solid head with a minimally aggressive pour.

S: Wonderful, with plenty of grapefruit. I don't pick up a ton of hops in the smell.

T: Hops up front (but not overbearing) with an aftertaste of pure grapefruit. 30 seconds after taking a drink, the grapefruit just lingers, in a good way. Not as much bitterness as many other DIPAs.

M: Quite light, with a good amount of carbonation.

D: At 7%, seems like one of the "lighter" DIPAs. I have split two bombers in an evening before without issue, and always want to keep going. Just a wonderful, wonderful beer.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.94/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Winter 2011 bottle.

appearance - has a golden unfiltered appearance, could be a bit more clear for an ipa, excellent head and retention, graceful lacing

smell - huge pineapple and citrus hop notes, some subtle pine

taste - such a robust profile of hops, pineapple is dominant, leans strongly towards cascade and chinook flavors, the alcohol is well masked by the hops, you really have to try to pull it out

mouthfeel - medium body, ample carbonation, maybe slightly oily, lingers on the palate, just about right

drinkability - quite flavorful, has the right hop profile to it to represent an elite class of IPAs, not a lot of flaws in this beer other than the unfiltered appearance which is irrelevant in the world of tasty beers, a big favorite of mine

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Photo of sirdillon
4.77/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into sierra nevada pint glass

A- Very cloudy light orange color(perfect), with a white head that sticks around pretty well.
S- Hops dominate, especially pineapple, grapefruit, and herbal aromas.
T- Good range of hop flavors, primarily a pungent herbal grapefruit taste. Some pure hop bitterness near the end, finishing somewhat dry, with just a little bit of sweetness there. Maybe a bit of spice from the rye, but I could be imagining that.
M- Somewhat astringent, but overall a very creamy, smooth beer. The more I think about it, I actually like the mouthfeel a good bit.
D- At 7%abv, this is about as drinkable as an DIPA gets. I could drink this all day.

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

A: hazy golden straw colored. thick white fluffy head with great retention and a nice lasting veil of lacing.

S: sweet citrus explosion on my nose! KABLAMO! mild hint of booze. Maybe a bit of grassy aroma.

T: Fruity citrusy hops, malt, grass. Booze is well hidden. Can barely taste it.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation

D: Excellent. Easy, delicious drinker with a modest ABV for a DIPA.

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

very pungent grapefruit nose, wow! also has a hint of other citrus notes with pine as well. pours with about a 1/2 finger head. A beautiful golden yellow and murky. The initial taste is very floral with grapefruit notes. Flavor drops off fast and does not leave a lingering hop flavor like many other DIPA's. Overall a very solid beer!

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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 chumba526
4.5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appears hazy medium bodied orange with a small off white head.

It smells strongly of pine. I get a bit of a grassy citrus zest smell from the beer as well. There is a mild caramel like smell to the beer. I get a bit of a fruity dry berry sort of smell as well.

It tastes of pine like hops. I get a bit of a dry slightly bitter floral like flavor. There is a bit of an orange zest flavor to the beer as well. I get a mild sweet malty smell that somewhat balances the strong hoppy character of the beer. There is a healthy amount of hoppy bitterness throughout the beer. The beer finishes with a potent bitter flavor that is paired with a nice pine like flavor. All the flavors of the beer blend perfectly with each other.

The carbonation is ample. There is a somewhat crisp mouthfeel to this ale.

The drinkability of this ale is great. It is hoppy and bitter but it is not overwhelming. It is a very smooth beer. I could drink many glasses of this beer.

Overall a great DIPA I think it is slightly better on tap but this is still a near flawless DIPA.

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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 1,042 ratings.
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