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 JohnGalt1
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz received in a local trade with inflatablechair .. big thanks to Sam... Shared with my half from my Delirium tulip.

Fairly aggressive pour produced only about a 1" head.. streaks of lacing... hazy orange brew.

Big citrus dominates the nose ... grapefruit and citrus zest... not much else.

Body is suprisingly thin, so is the malt palate.. this brew is all about the hops... lingering side of the tongue hop flavors and bracing bitterness... could use a bit more body and malt flavor IMHO... a bigger body/malt presence would help tie all the fantastic hop flavors together and lengthen the finish quite a bit.

The Blue Dot is alot more complex than my humble palate can describe.. but I think it is still pretty good.. just not your typically West Coast DIPA by any means.

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Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jyppy for this bottle from his trip to the brewery. 2007 Vintage. Into the Goose Island IPA Tulip

A - This might be the most attractive beer I have ever seen. Lots of snow white head, bright orange body.

S - A little bit of salt underneath a ton of hops. Good, not terribly complex, but good.

T - Lots of citrus hops up front actually. Lasting vanilla flavor. Alcohol is definably present, but overall this goes down really easy. This has really nice hop complexity. Is this really a IIPA?

M - Nice, slightly oily, full bodied.

D - I felt this was nice, but I just I just expect IIPA's to be bigger. Would drink again, but can think of more exciting options.

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Photo of number1bum
3.67/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to mymrnngjckt for this one.

The bomber pours a pale amber color with a slight chill haze, a ton of bubbles rising to the top and a huge, billowing rocky off-white head that quickly fills the pint glass. Leaves a mess on the sides and a good lace, too.

Smells of pine, citrus and earthy hops, very fragrant with lots of juicy fruit aromas.

Taste has a good amount of citrus and a strange sweet maltiness. There is almost a sort of medicinal quality to the sweetness. There's some pine hop flavor, too, but primarily it's a fruity sweet combination. Moderate level of hop bitterness, but good balance. Flavor is odd, though.

Mouthfeel is a bit more than medium bodied with active carbonation.

This is a pretty solid DIPA but not my favorite. Glad I had the chance to try it.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.44/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Solomon420 for this bomber.

Uh oh...that was my first thought when I poured this one. Looks like unfiltered apple juice. Thin head appears then quickly disappears. Very little lacing. I must admit I was worried.

The aroma was a good sign, though. Filled with grapefruit hops and not much else. Sure, there is a bit of malt waaay in the background, but this is a DIPA and it is not scared to let you know it.

The flavor matches the aroma. Full of citrus hops but with more of a malt presence. Not as bitter as I expected it to be, yet it still fulfilled my hop head needs. Piney bitterness at the finish gives it a nice zip.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth. Light carbonation. Almost seems as if this one was hand pulled straight out of the barrel...not poured from the bottle. Lower abv for a DIPA means the alcohol isn't noticed at all. This is one good beer. I could have easily drank another bomber or two if I had them available. Thanks, Damian!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.74/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spring 2007
Thanks to JoshD for this one.

A - Very murky dull orangish brown with a thin off white head that settled immediately. It is a little ugly looking but based on the flavor/aroma I know that is just because there are so many hops crammed into this beer.

S - Very bold hop aroma. Grapefruit, citrus and tropical fruits. (Reminds me of my over hopped Pliny clone).

T - Good bitterness but not overwhelming like many other west coast DIPA's. Grapefruit, tropical fruits and more grapefruit. Well balanced with an abundance of hop flavor.

M - Medium body and smooth with only a touch of dryness in the finish.

D - One of the best DIPA's I have had (only better one was Pliny). Based on the many ipa's I have homebrewed I would say this one is heavy on the aroma/flavor hops.

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

22 ounce bomber purchased from Liquid Solutions for about seven dollars

Bottled a few months ago, seven percent alcohol

Poured into an Aventinus glass with a golden orange and amber color with a 1/2 white soapy head, left some lacing but not much

Smell had lots of citrus, particularly grapefruit and lemon, small amounts of malt, and some grassy hoppiness as well

Taste was not as bitter as I would have liked it, but still a very good DIPA, on the sweeter side and lacked the piney hops like I love but it was nicely balanced and had a nice smooth taste overall, chewy at times with malt, but as it warmed the citrusy hops took over and left a tarty finish in my mouth

Lots of carbonation and a nice body, taste lasted long, good mouthfeel

Could drink a couple bombers of this mainly because it so easy to drink, the ABV is pretty low for a double IPA, not filling

Hair of the Dog does it again with another solid brew, highly recommended, LS still has some of this available on their website, cannot wait to try my Fred from the Wood sometime in the upcoming months

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Photo of drseamus
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled in Fall 2007 according to the label.

A: The body is a cloudy amber reddish color topped with a minimal white head.

S: Grapefruit, grapefruit, and more grapefruit. There is a touch of malt in there for balance. This is one hell of an aroma. Exactly like a west coast DIPA should be.

T: I can smell this beer in my nose as I taste it. I love experiencing beers with many senses at once. The flavor is filled with grapefruit but there isn't an overwhelming bitterness that is usually associated. It definitely ends up on the bitter end of the spectrum, but the balance is great. For a DIPA, this the flavor and bitterness is a bit light but it works great for me.

M: Perfect medium to heavy body without the sticky thickness that I often find with DIPA's.

D: Why is Oregon so far away? Great DIPA all around. It isn't too sweet, bitter or alcoholic and that makes a great beer for me.

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

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, huge two-finger foamy white head, nice retention, lots and lots of sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is malty, hoppy, some citrus/pines, and caramel. The taste is malty, more hops, citrusy, and some piney notes, and slight caramel. The finish is bitter and dry. Medium body. Very drinkable, a nice DIPA.

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

Thanks to Chris and Kyoko for cracking this one.

Pours a cloudy golden amber, big off white head forms, massive thick bubbles, big lacing, great retention, looks real nice. Smell is tea like, floral, grapefruit, pineapple, bready caramel malt, nice fragrant hops. Taste is toffee, tea, floral and grapefruit again, pineapples, more floral, more citrus, caramel, thick malty middle, nice balanced finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, cask silkiness, bit of warmth, very smooth and drinkable. Excellent beer, thanks C&K!

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The ABV is definitely listed, bottle says it's 7%. Bought this right at the brewery, where Alan Sprints gave us generous samples of his insane creations. I'm probably a little biased, as HOTD is one of my favorite breweries in the world, but I'll try and remain objective.

Color is a sunny orange with a bit of haze, a plethora of bubbles and a thick, soapy, rocky head that retains forever, or close to forever anyway. Big sticky gobs of lace make it all the more beautiful.

The big-ass hops here are actually rather polite, but they make their presence known. Both piney and fruity in a big way, yet not edgy or spikey, they mingle to create an intoxicating aroma. A nice bubblegum sweetness works its way in as well.

When a Double IPA makes you appreciate its malts as much as its hops, you know it's a beer of high quality. This one does just that. Hopfreaks will be happy that it delivers an abundant dose of the stuff, but the bready malts give a much-appreciated bit of depth and lip-smacking flavor. The bottle reveals rye malts were used, and you can tell. The rye is actually more pronounced than in some rye pale ales that are marketed as such.

The mouthfeel is great, with a light airiness neatly offsetting the pungent hops of the flavor. A slightly sticky finish helps give a little oomph where it's needed.

Oh man...yum. About as superbly well-balanced a DIPA as I've ever had, and one of HOTD's best. Because it's not a nuclear hop bomb, and because it's got a relatively tame ABV for the style, and because it is so freaking good in all departments, this one gets "exceptional" drinkability from this beerist.

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Photo of brentk56
3.82/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach color with a head that overflows both from the bottle and the pint glass; great retention and lacing, however, so what gets marked down for the gusher makes up for it after the pour

Smell: Citrusy and grassy, with some piney tones as well; this is the Spring 2007 bottling, so I suspect it has lost some of the grapefruit tones

Taste: Opens with a load of citrus and pine that produce a very bitter profile; after the swallow, some malty sweet flavors appear but are quickly subsumed by the spicy rye character

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I tried this once when it was fresh and was overwhelmed by the bitterness; even though this bottle has a little age on it it is still a bit unbalanced for my palate; I can see where HOTD is going with this and they have achieved their goal; I just like a bit more balance; having now tried a third bottle with nine months of age on it, I find that I like it best of all - the beer has finally found a balancing point

Thanks, Lothore, for the chance to sample this again

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Photo of dirtylou
3.95/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, thanks to Lothore and Beerfest BIF

appearance: pours into a Bells tulip glass...cloudy apricot body with a huge thick white foam head and fantastic retention

smell: potent hop profile, big citrus punch, sweet apricot and pineapple, great complex aroma

taste: the hops are much more potent in the nose...sweet fruity citrus, very little in the way of alcohol and only a touch bitter, hopping effect is very smooth and this really is probably better classified as a standard IPA

mouthfeel: smooth, low bitterness, abv not felt

drinkability: good

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Photo of bitterthebetter
4.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Perfect cloudy golden color subtle orange higlights with light white head with good carbonation.

Floral and citrus dominate the aroma with crisp hops in the background. Spicy hops are subtle, reminds me of a fresh dose of hops into the boil.

On the palate the beer is light, citrusy and slight pine creates a smooth finish with the rye adding intensity, especially in the duration. Good flavors of lemon, slight breadiness, and clean hops to make for a very long lasting and crisp finish.

Any Hop Head should snag a bottle whenever they can. It is a fabulous beer and ranks among the top I've had here in Portland.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Solomon420 for this one.

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours an interesting foggy burnt orange with a nice two finger fluffy white head that quickly dies down to a thin spotty layer. Not much stickiness with this one, a bit of a shock for how full the head was. Smell, wow...I love it. Such a sweet nectar of pink grapefruit, mandarine oranges, and fresh limes. Huge citrus, absolutely amazing to sniff. Taste isn't as citrusy as I had hoped from the scent. Starts off with a nice grapefruit flavor and a weak bitterness ensues. Aftertaste is a bit of an earthy hop flavor with a hint of pine. Very clean and slick on the tongue with a somewhat light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a bit weak for the style. Interesting twist but in a good way. Definitely worth a go if you get the chance.

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange with a large foamy white head that sticks and laces nicely. Huge hops, grapefruit, rind, sweet malt, some floral. Absolutely delicious. Carbonation awesomely lively and the finish is hoppy but not dry or bitter. Drinkability is of the charts for a DIPA. Sessionable beer for sure. Not a monster like many DIPAs but very well done HOD. A must try.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.2/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A very pretty clear golden orange in the glass with a constant stream of bubbles. A massive white head caps it that melts very slowly leaving only a little of a sticky map behind.

Aromas are fresh hops...tons of fresh hops. Oranges, lemons, and a bit of butterscotch. I think the butterscotch aroma is really coming from a combination of sweet malt and the orange hop aromas.

Nice sharp bite on the tongue immediately. Bitter citrus hops with a touch of grapefruit and lemon but mostly orange peel. A little bit of spiciness on the back of the tongue as you swallow.

Mouthfeel is tingly from very active tiny carbonation and creamy from sweet pale malt sugars.

Aftertaste is refreshing and clean. Warming alcohol in your chest and lots of hop 'burps'.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.63/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Deep, somewhat cloudy egg-yoke gold. Foamy, creamy head. Fair retention for this style.

Smell: Hmmm, interesting. The expected pine blast and grapefruit rind, but also the candied orange slice and pineapple scents you might expect from a Belgian. Unusual yeast strain, perhaps?

Taste: Oooo, that's spicy. Piney, very saturated, very herby. The rye malt comes through a bit too hard here, perhaps. The spice, herb and pine are a tad overwhelming, IMO.

Mouthfeel: This is a H.o.t.D. beer for sure. Soft, real, natural carbonation. Might be a bit underpowered for some, but I like the soft, creamy feel it gives, particularly when factoring in the hop oils. Nice.

Drinkability: Glad this guy made a DIPA, but not a favorite. A bit underpowered, but ironically I also found the spice saturation a bit much; it almost came across as an imperial pilsner to my pallate, very little fruit in my sample. Might be one of the few IPAs that could benefit with a bit of aging. Right now, not the flavor I'm looking for.

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

22oz bottle poured into an oversized wine glass. Bought at City Beer, San Francisco.

Pours a murky, almost opaque, orange-peach colour with a big-ass fluffy head that takes a while to recede, but leaves a lot of lacing. Medium carbonation. Lovely looking beer. Aroma is piney, oily, a bit floral, and lots of citrus peel. Anise, and a very light breadiness backing it up.

Taste is hoppy as hell but well balanced. Anise, vanilla, pine, orange peel, cakelike sweetness, a little caramel and some alcohol. Medium-full body, medium dry, and carbonation is so perfect. 7% is manageable and keeps this drinkable to about three, and the balance is exceptional. Well played.

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

Poured into my Mad Elf tulip glasses from a 22 oz bomber split 3 ways with some buddies.Spring 07 marked on bottle when brewed i'd guess.

Very mirky glowing golden color let no light pass through. 1" creamy white head dissipated quickly to a thin creamy coating really comes back to life with a quick swirl. Seems well carbinated could only see bits of very tiny bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass.

Very fruity aroma pineapple,grapefruit comes through stronger as the beer warms up. Slightly burnt carmell maltiness with a slight tinge of alcohol.

Strong hoppy tastes pineapple/grapefruit also grassy and astrigent not much malt taste present. Leaves citrus rind tastes lingering on the palate. Great hop taste,now i know what hop bomb means. If you like em hoppy you'll love if you prefer balanced you might be a bit dissapionted.

Very light mouthfeel for an imperial,very creamy nitro-like feel. As drinkable as an imperial can get. Would love to drink this one again,just would like a bit more maltiness.

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Photo of gpcollen1
3.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden orange into my Smutty Big Beer glass. Head rises swiftly to over an inch and is lsow to settle.

Aroma is slightly sweet lying below thick wafts of resiny hops. Grapefuit and orange peel dominate yet subtly sweet throughout.

Taste of rye is apparent from the onset and lends this one a bit more earthy. I get hints of dried mushrooms as I chew into this one, shortlived, as we move into the resiny grapefruit forest. Finish is dry and citric, turning ultimately bitter.

This one places really nicely on my taste buds. Very happy to have tried this. Thanks Beerbeing!

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Photo of porntipsguzzardo
4.35/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a really thick, beautiful white head which just won't go away. Might be the best-looking double IPA I've ever seen.

It smells really astounding -- flowery, citrusy, and rich.

Its taste is very much different from many double-IPAs. Its flavors come out amazingly as it gets warmer -- which is, again, dissimilar from most 2IPAs. Letting it get almost lukewarm allows it to become much more hoppy. It's tasty and finicky, a flavor that can really be contemplated, but it might, perhaps, be a bit too astringent. Not in the way that good hop attacks are, but in a more face-puckeringly bitter sense that distracts from other flavors.

The mouthfeel is pretty damn fizzy -- perhaps too fizzy, is my worry, which might be part of why the beer's flavor can be hard to nail down. Though it is almost certainly that fizziness which gives it the amazing head so it is almost certainly worth it. An interesting side note is that the flavor comes out more and more the further you get into the bottle, as the time in open air allows the carbonation to slow down a little. For this reason, the slower you drink it, the better it is, and by the time I was done it was really superb.

For its style it is surprising but still remarkable, and is another profoundly creative offering from my favorite brewery.

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

a - pours a super hazy golden color, one-finger head with retention around the edges, decent lacing

s - fairly malty in the nose with a piney hoppiness balancing it out, some citrus, rather subdued aroma

t - piney hops up front with a malty body, finish is somewhat astringent with noticeable alcohol even though it's only 7% abv, a lingering bitterness develops in the finish

m - medium-bodied, lots of carbonation, fairly dry finish

d - pretty drinkable, easy-drinking for a DIPA, hops aren't very harsh at all, a little alcohol is detectable, but relatively low abv for the style raises drinkability somewhat

Decent DIPA if not unspectacular when compared to HotD's barleywines. I'll stick to the HotD barleywines and drink DIPAs from other great producers that distribute in the area.

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

It's time to start the campaign to get Hair of the Dog in the Midwest. This poured a dirty, translucent orange, with a nice creamy head and good lacing. It had a huge grapefruit aroma (with, maybe, some hints of plum?). A nice, hearty grapefruit and orange hoppiness. The mouthfeel was crisp for an Imperial IPA, and the aftertase was intensely hoppy, with a hint of tobacco. It's not as distinctive from other great IPA's as I would have hoped, but that's a nit, especially since I'm coming to the conclusion that it's a bigger challenge to create something unique in an IPA than it is in malty styles.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
4.22/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Consumed on tap at a number of locations in Portland.

Appearance: Hazy tangerine. Thin white head with weak retention. Minimal lacing.

Aroma: Sweet and juicy citrus and pineapple. Not as large a hop presence as expected. Traces of pine. Minimal amounts of pale malt.

Taste: Less boozy and malt intense then expected. Not disappointing, however. Wonderful orange juiciness makes this very enjoyable. Hints of rye and pale, bready malt. Some tropical notes, mostly pineapple. Increasing amounts of bitter grapefruit as it warms.

Mouthfeel: Juicy and well balanced. Medium sized body. Certainly bitter, but not so much considering the style.

Drinkability: Better then most DIPAs as this one seems more like a juiced up IPA in terms of booze, body, and bitterness.

I really love the intense and very fresh (like plucked off the tree, sliced in half, and hand squeezed in front of you fresh) orange aroma and flavor.

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Photo of joe1510
4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber
Liquid Solutions

Spring 2007 Bottling

Blue Dot Imperial IPA pours a hazy orange with tiny carbonation bubbles rising to the head. Glows bright orange when held to the light. The head was a dissappointment. An aggressive pour yielded a minimal head that faded quickly to a white swirling skim coat.

Caramel maltiness up front to a very aromatic pine needle hoppiness. Unsweetened grapefruit and a mild aspirin like hoppiness glide in and out of there as well. As it warms some earthy hop resin shows up as well. I pucker up before even taking a sip. Interesting and enjoyable selection of hops.

Flavor is identical to the aroma. Caramel maltiness up front that quickly gives way to the unique and complex hop qualities. Definately a bitter beer but the malt is no slouch either.

Medium bodies and airy when it hits the tongue. Prickly carbonation that primes the tongue for the up coming tongue kicking bitterness.

Lower abv for a double IPA, at 7%, really helps the drinkability. Good body wit hrefreshing qualities.

A very good IIPA from Hair of the Dog. My first opportunity to give their beers a try and I'm very happy with what I tasted.

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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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