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 jlindros
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Francois for cracking this one.

Light fizzy head, hazy pale grapefruit color.

Nose hops, grapefruit, tropical fruit, hint of tangerine, light musty resin, hint of stone fruit like apricot, bit of sweet malt.

Taste is semi sweet, lots of tropical fruit, light musty resin, grapefruit, pineapple, apricot, tangerine, light spicy piny in the finish, slightly dry, almost creamy malt, long biter finish.

Mouth is med to slightly heavier bod, decent carb.

Overall nice, not too heavy, sweet, or bitter, nice balance, nice hops, tasty.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.68/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle shared thanks to ahalloin, thanks Tony!

The beer pours out a very cloudy, almost reminds me of a hefeweizen with its lighter orange hue as well. Some lacing left, small ring of white head.

The smell is semi hoppy with a grassy edge, but also it has a big malt backbone that has a taffy like sweetened to it. Some orange peel. Some grain.

The taste follows the aroma, it has a bready, yeasty backbone with some slight tropical notes on top and also a hint of grassy hops, with some bitters at the back athough I really wish there was a little more bitterness and bite overall. The beer isn't offensive, it's just pretty normal and feels like a beer that's older without the hops though I know it isn't old because the beer was bought 1.5 weeks ago at the brewery itself.

Mouthfeel is pretty slick and semi thick, not overly great or bad.

Overall, this beer isn't overly memorable and I don't love it. Many, many double ipas out there.

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Photo of coldriver
3.52/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a cloudy medium amber with minimal lacing. Aroma is spicy rye with citrus. The rye is very up front in the taste, but I find this oversweet, although a nice citrus hops profile. Very sticky dry mouthfeel. Overall I'm not a fan of the sweetness of this one - but other than that rye and hops are quite tasty.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.25/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer 2011

This is one of those that I've known about for quite some time but haven't been anywhere it's distributed. Until now.

Pours quite cloudy with almost no head, even when I pour a bit firmer. This is a nice dipa. Higher on the citrus tones, with some mild hop spiciness to it. I like this one. It's somewhat unique in its delivery for me. Glad to have (finally) gotten a chance to try it.

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

A - pours with one finger of off white foam on a hazy, golden amber body. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves excellent lace.

S - grapefruit and lemons with a touch of bready malt.

T - thick, bready malt up front with a bit of citrus. More distinct grapefruit in the middle with a transition to pithy lemon and sharp bitterness to balance the thick, moderately dry malt.

M - medium thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - not bad, but honestly a little less than what I expected. The hop character is very citrus oriented and the bitterness is quite harsh. Maybe a fresher bottle would be better, but for now I'm disappointed.

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Photo of Auracom
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great extra from Gregg, thanks very much! 6-7 oz. from a 22 oz. bottle poured into a Stone Old Guardian glass on May 1st, 2012.

A - Looks like hazy, soft apple cider. Never picks up any clarity throughout. One and half fingers of an eggshell-white head quickly reduced down to a thin film of bubbles. Okay lacing, very few alcohol legs.

S - Pine tree resin and grapefruit skin are the dominant aromas. Underneath are lighter citrus notes, perhaps a bit tropical but more in the vein of orange pulp. Soft malt grain sweetness akin to toffee. Some subtlety here that gets a better blending at 45-50 F.

T - Front end is some light grapefruit sweetness and additional pineapple. Very sudden shift to mid palate that bursts with a huge pine bitterness. I get a touch of the malt bill at the rear but it is very very slight, just a hint of caramel. Pronounced aftertaste of hop bitterness sticks around for ages.

M - Very dry finish. Light-medium body, good carbonation, a bit smooth. The finish really is the showcase here.

D - Some have said it drinks higher than 7%. I can buy that. I've had plenty of DIPA's with a robust flavor profile but none at 7% (hell, very few have been below 9-10%). If you like pine and a huge bitter swing, this one is right up your alley. My biggest caveat is that it may be a tad one-dimensional, but I would revisit nonetheless.

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

22 oz bottle of the Winter 2012 variety courtesy of Matt. Thanks for the generous extra and the opportunity to try this beer again. It's been a long time!

Pours a very murky, slightly dehydrated looking urine yellow. Not the most appealing image I know. Upon opening there was a glob of goodness along the rim of the bottle.

Smell is yeasty, which serves to mask some of the tropical qualities beneath. Light pineapple and hardly any malt presence. Maybe this bottle got the yeast infection; it really takes some time in the glass to settle down and show its better qualities.

Big pineapple juice bitterness. Malt takes a back seat. Sort of one dimensional, but a pleasant pineapple bitter dimension at that. Not overly complicated, but benefits from some settling and airing out.

Mouthfeel is pleasant. Soft carbonation sits on the tongue with a lingering hop bite.

Having had a bottle of this and a bottle of Pliny on back to back evenings, I have to say while neither are my favorite within the style it is really nice to see 7% DIPA's that straddle the abv line and keep the sweetness in check. I'm a HotD fanboy and while not the best of what's around, it's an enjoyable go.

Edit: The wife, upon sipping, says this tastes like weed. Who am I to blow against the wind?

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from 2/2011 notes. Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a cloudy light yellow orange amber with a nice white head and nice lacing. Spicey hop and tropical fruit aroma. Dry citrus and pineapple malt with aromatic and faint pine hops. Malt body fairly light, I'd like a bit more malt to show. But a very pleasant, satisfying IPA that I will return to.

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

Thanks to my pops for picking up this brew in Seattle and hauling it back to the Chi.

Poured into a FFF pint glass.

This beer is very cloudy and orange/yellow in color. A finger of white head. Web-like lacing.

Smells a great deal of tropical fruits. Pineapple, guava, apricots, mangos and peaches. Very fruity with a Nelson Sauvin fusion. Incredibly inviting.

The taste is hoppy and quite bitter to say the least. The fruits are there and make this one very enjoyable. There is a light, sweet malt backbone but the hops dominate here. There is also that earthy hop note provided by some Nelson-like hops.

The mouthfeel begins juicy and finishes crisp and dry. Medium bodied.

Overall, delightfuly pleased with this one. Lots of juicy hops make this one quite memorable.

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Photo of spicelab
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Unfiltered version from HotD tasting room, 25 Feb.

Uber-murky light brown with a smallish white head that retains very well. Probably the most opaque IPA I've ever seen. Kinda scary looking.

Lively, clean, bitter grapefruit and pine, with pineapple and orange-mango underneath. Mild caramel malts.

Strong breath-mint, Chinese tea and oily pine branch resin adds up to a seriously puckering bitterness. Behind this is candied orange, bitter lemon and grapefruit in spades. Properly intense hops.

Moderate carbonation with full-on bitterness results in a heftier than expected and utterly satisfying body.

Wow. This is in another world to the (filtered) bottled version. Massively in your face IPA with enamel stripping bitterness.

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

[Poured into an Large Duvel Tulip Glass]

I: I had the taste for some bold hops again, so I asked for a recommendation at Whole Foods, and ended up with this. Lets see if Hair of the Dog Brewing Co. (what a name) can impress.

B: [7% ABV. 1 Pt. 6 Fl. OZ. Winter 2012 Bottle] Bottle is down right beautiful, with quality comparable to Stone. That said, I'm not crazy about the plain blue bottle cap, but that's a small gripe. Good amount of information. Ingredients include pilsner malt, rye malt, and a combination of intense hop varieties (sounds good to me).

A: Orange hazy non-transparent body, with a semi fluffy/creamy head (med/fast dissipation), and little lacing.

S: Smells of tropical fruits, with pineapple (dominate), tangerine, and grapefruit, earthy semi-spiced hops, and sweet malt that isn't as prominent in most ipas.

T: Sweet malt complimented by grapefruit, pineapple and tangerine, with spicy hops throughout that flourishes after swallow. There's also a slight earthy presence.

M: Slightly slick/dry finish, medium bodied, med/low carbonation, and moderate alcohol presence (kind of a creeper).

O: The most interesting trait of this beer is it's unique combination of tropical fruits. Everything else is pretty standard of ipas, but I was a little let down by the head and lacing. This had a good (not great) hop presence, but it wasn't DIPA worthy to me (also considering the low ABV). That said, overall it's a great beer. One sip of bud whatever would remind you. Blue Dot is defiantly worthy of a recommendation on it's fruit qualities alone. Don't hesitate to pick up a bottle at least once. After my time with this brew, I am intrigued to check out their other works. Cheers!!!

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Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1 pint 6 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a nonical Guinness pint glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high given the current ratings on the site. I know I've had this brewery before; I just can't remember how I felt about what I had.

Winter 2012. 7%. Acquired at Wally's Wine in Westwood, California.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated. The sediment was allowed to remain in the bottle until the final pour, as per the label's instructions.

A: Pours a half finger head of standard white colour, slight cream, nice thickness, and Decent retention for the ABV. Colour is a nontransparent orange-yellow. Looks more like a hefeweizen than an IPA, which is notable but not impressive. Not a unique look, but certainly an appealing one. No yeast particles are visible.

Sm: Orange fruit esters, fresh lemon peel, rye grain, caramelized malt, and hop bitterness masked by something I can't place that bothers me. It feels like an artificial masking. I hope this isn't the case in the flavour. If I had to guess the hop varietals, I'd go with citra and amarillo. A pretty strong aroma - I could smell it as I poured it even with me broken nose.

T: Orange esters and lemon peel are there alongside somewhat stale hop notes that sit unevenly on the poorly executed rye foundation. The floral/bitterness balance of the hops is awkward at best, and never feels fresh or masked. The estery tones throughout are distracting and bothersome. Ripe pineapple isn't a pleasant addition, nor is grapefruit* (which is far too dominant). Decently balanced, and built alright. Too bitter, especially on the climax. It may be one of the more experimental double IPAs I've tried, but it isn't one of the best. Not refreshing. The taste is pretty strong. Not a subtle beer, but complex enough I suppose. Not quite full-bodied.

*I despise grapefruit, but I'm respectful of balance.

No yeast comes through. Some alcohol is detectable, but it's by no means boozy. It's only 7% however, and seems to require more to mask its ABV than other beers in the style with 10-11% ABV.

The rye malt in particularly seems to be the main problem with this beer. Why they chose that grain is beyond me. It sets the beer apart from other IPAs, but makes its quality lesser.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours of the body generally. A touch too thick. A bit sharp, suggesting overcarbonation. Some crispness on the finish is a lovely touch. The mouthfeel by no means feels tailored specifically to the flavours. There is nothing unique here.

Dr: Drinkable but problematic. It's intriguing, but the quality just isn't there, largely because of the untamed bittering hops, poor choice of foundation (rye), and lack of subtlety. The alcohol is fairly well hidden. Fans of the style may defend it, but I'd never recommend it to friends.

Glassware: It drank alright out of me nonical Guinness pint glass, but in future I'd use a snifter or tulip.

Food Pairing: Wouldn't pair well with food in my opinion. Even though IPAs usually pair well with spicy food, this one in particular isn't refreshing or quenching enough to do so.

Aging: This seems a rather poor candidate for aging as its flavour depends largely on hops and the ABV is a mere 7%. The sediment in the bottom of the bottle is a good sign, but if you're aging double IPAs you'd better know a lot more about cellaring than what I can suggest here.

I debated between a C and a C+, but ultimately settled on a C+.


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Photo of OTB
4.45/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle Winter 2012. Pours a very hazy apricot orange with a one inch white head that clings to the side of my glass leaving thick curtains of lace, quite beautiful. A very fresh blast of hops greets your senses along with fresh squeezed red grapefruit. The flavor is red grapefruit, tangerine and toasty biscuit from the malt bill.The mouth is crisp, dry and wonderfully balanced. This is the second time I have had this brew,and by far this is the freshest example, a really good DIPA that I would buy again.

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Photo of Mar02x
4.09/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer pored in by Alan Sprints himself during the Alvinne Craft Beer Festival. What a fantastic moment.

A - A hazy brown beer with a white head.

S - An apple scent along with pineapple and fresh cut grass.

T - A floral hoppiness brings tones of mango and pineapple.

M - A soft carbonation and a bitter aftertaste, but not in a bad way at all.

O - A pleasant beer, but the body is a bit to thin.

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

22oz bottle, Winter 2012, to tulip.

A: Pours the color of solidified honey. Near-uniform cloudiness; verging on opaque. Almost Hefeweizen-like, but a bit lighter perhaps. A small attractive head dissipates rapidly.

S: A bouquet of floral and citrus hops. Lilacs. Orange. Kiwi, even. Caramel sweetness as well. Really like this, a lot.

T: Smooth transition from initial honied sweet malts to moderate grapefruit finish. Everything in the nose makes a brief cameo here. Hops sustain at the back of the throat for quite a while.

M: Fine carbonation that coats and tingles—but there isn't a lot of it. On the whole, it remains quite smooth and easy to drink, but not exciting.

The nose was definitely the highlight of this beer, which I enjoyed thoroughly. Not like any DIPA I've had before, as others have said, but a good beer nonetheless. Surprisingly, I feel the 7% ABV more than some of the other big DIPAs; but maybe it's just because I didn't split the bomber with my wife.

I'd pick it up again, it's worth a try (or two).

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Photo of floor_6
4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

February 25, 2012 @ floor_6 watching Dexter


I really enjoyed Blue Dot - Winter 2012. This was a very tasty DIPA, but a seriously hazy brew (not that there is anything wrong with that).

Look – Very cloudy and hazy.
Smell – Citrus big time.
Taste – Citrus, piney, bitter, very pleasing.
Feel – Seemed like a dry finish, pleasing.
Overall – Solid DIPA, but not in my top 5.

Floor_6 is just a novice beer enthusiast living in the 253.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.79/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at HotD Tasting Room on 2/19/12.

Appearance: Dark and murky orange. Looks like apple cider with a thin head that sits at the top of the body.

Smell: Lots of citrus and tropical scents jumping out of the glass.

Taste: Initially there is a fruity hop flavor, but it is overcome by a caramel sweetness and even some bready malts. Ends up with a lingering hop presence. Reminds me of some barleywines I've had recently.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and rather low carbonation level for this style.

Overall: A unique DIPA from HotD. Not quite what you expect from this style, but still above average.

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

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a pale, cloudy, cider brown with a small white head that retained and laced well. Lots of citrusy hops and fresh fruit in the aroma. More of the same in the taste--grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, white wine--nice sweet maltiness in the background for a sense of balance; dryness, pine needles, and slight bitterness in the finish. Medium-bodied, crisp, and very drinkable overall.

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Photo of clearlydiluted
2.75/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Summer 2011
poured into a Duvel glass

a — golden and extremely cloudy.

s — piney, citrus, hints of tropical fruit, a bit grassy but not in a good way

t — bitter, phenolic grassy notes (i.e. oxidized hops), piney, slight sweetness from the malt, finishes dry

m — medium-light body with light carbonation

o — Best drunk fresh. I had a smaller taster on tap at the brewery where the hops where more prominent providing a nice tropical note to the piney hops. Here they've all but died out and transformed into a plastic/grassy phenolic note.

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

On-tap at HotD tasting room. Poured into HotD tulip glass.

A - Pours a murky dark orange/green with two-finger frothy white head. Head retention is solid. Great sticky lacing coats the sides of the glass.

S - Glorious citrus (grapefuit, mango) and floral hops pop out at first. As the beer warms, the citrus notes seem to fade away. The aroma becomes more earthy with a sweet maltiness. Noticeable caramel and biscuit notes swirl around in the nose as well.

T - The taste starts with grapefruit, pineapple and orange. However, towards the middle, the citrus notes are subdued some by sweet caramel and biscuity malts. The bitterness still seems to stick around until the end. An earthiness becomes more apparent towards the aftertaste. A slight spice element exists but it's very, very subtle.

M - Medium body with moderate-low carbonation. Clean and dry in the finish. Alcohol presence is about average.

O - Pretty good DIPA. Not your typical west coast hop bomb but I don't think anything about HotD is typical. Good balance but I do wish the hops played a bigger role.

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Photo of n2185
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a hazy orange with a finger of white head that fades into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: lots of sweet caramel, orange, and grapefruit. Some sour rye notes as well.

T: sweet caramel and grapefruit at first with rye characters that follow. There are some piny bitter notes on the finish.

M: medium body wih low carbonation, this beer could use a lighter body or higher carbonation.

O: a pretty decent IPA, though almost like a barleywine with its caramel sweetness.

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

On tap at HotD.

Lingering white lacy head. Pale caramel body.

Toffee-hops nose. It works!

Unlike any other DIPA I've had-- hops, but not too bitter, lots of toffee to balance, but not too sweet. Possibly bark-y, dog puns aside.

It's a DIPA that even I like! Who knew?

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Photo of mkotsayfan
3.65/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. The appearance is a nice cloudy dark orange, but with a minimal amount of head. The aroma has a lot of grapefruit and citrus, very nice. The taste has a good amount of grapefruit, some citrus hops, and some mango. The mouthfeel is dry and oily, with decent carbonation.

A solid IPA from HoTD, but the fact that it is ~ 4-5 months old may have dampened some of the flavors and aroma, but still a good beer.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.58/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into RR -tion glass.

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

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

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

MF: low carbonation, medium body

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Blue Dot Double India Pale Ale from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
4.04 out of 5 based on 1,040 ratings.
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