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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
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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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Ratings: 1,053 |  Reviews: 501
Photo of AJDean
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
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 +0.5%
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 +8.9%
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 +9.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +3.5%
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 +10.9%
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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Photo of jsanford
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a very fluffy white head that never fulls dissipates, only settles to a puffy cloud. Leaves nice, sticky-looking lacing as it recedes. Lovely.
S - Pungent hop aromas of lemon zest, grapefruit, and fresh-cut grass dominate, with a slightly toasted, "bready" malt backbone. Very crisp and fresh smelling.
T - Nice and hoppy, with more flavors of grapefruit pith, lemon, grass, and pine resin. The bready malt provides nice support, and the finish is quite bitter, and lingers for some time. Easily one of the most aggressively bitter DIPAs I've tried.
M - Smooth and creamy, with a medium-full mouth-feel and moderate carbonation. Getting just a slight feel of the alcohol in this one, especially in the back of the throat.
O - A very nice DIPA, the huge bitterness took me by surprise, put wasn't unpleasant. Don't know how often I'd but this if it were regularly available to me, but a nice treat nonetheless.

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Photo of gkunkle
3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brownish orange, looks like apple cider. Head is only about 1/3" and it quickly dissipates to a film with a ring around my glass.I smell a little bit of apple and grassy hops. The taste is very full, it starts off with a slight sweetness then transitions to a lemon flavor in the middle of my tongue. I get a little bit of malt in the finish but it fades to a lingering bitterness. In the mouthfeel department, this beer is probably a little on the flat side, but the thickness is good. Overall, this was fun to have, but I don't think I'll purchase it again, the price is a little high, and there are other DIPAs that I prefer.

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Photo of atowle25
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Apparently this was just bottled a week ago, so I was very much looking forward to this beer! Poured into a pint glass, the first thing that stands out to me is the cloudiness. Pours a very hazy, yellowish/gold color. It's quite apparent that there is very little carbonation. Almost looks like a flat hefeweizen. The look is not exactly bad...just different. Smells great. A bit of a grassy smell to it along with some citrus and lemon. Very nice. Taste is similar to the nose, with a pleasant grapefruit bitterness on the finish.

Overall, it's on the mild side for a IIPA, but it has tons of flavor. The downside? This beer was pretty damn flat. No getting around it, the lack of carbonation is definitely gonna bring the score down, and I'm honestly not sure I'd buy it again unless I knew it didn't have this issue. There are certain styles where a lack of carbonation doesn't matter much, an IIPA is not one of them. Sad - because this is a really delicious beer.

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Photo of ratedz
3.65/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MrTopher for this and some other HotD goodies!

A - Pours a hazy golden orange with little to no head. Minimal lacing was left on the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet, lemon-like smell blends with a fair amount of bready malts. Some grassy notes in there too.

T - Citrus (lemon, orange) notes up front are quickly balanced out with some sweet malts. There is a slight bitterness on the tongue, but it is fairly balanced for a DIPA...not nearly as aggressive as some other beers of the style.

M - Medium bodied with little to no carbonation. This is the the first HotD beer I've had, but I've read about their carbonation issues and this one might be one of the victims. Taste is still good, but a little carbonation would be welcome.

O - Overall, a solid DIPA, but a few minor flaws keep it from earning a higher score.

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Photo of Spider889
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
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 +6.2%
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 -2.5%
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 -5.7%
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 -20.3%
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 +6%
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 +2.2%
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 +1.5%
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 +2.2%
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 +9.7%
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 +8.9%
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 -4.5%
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 -1.5%
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 -11.4%
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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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 1,053 ratings
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