Polka Dot
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room

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American IPA
Ranked #4,993
Ranked #31,677
3.69 | pDev: 7.86%
Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
Very Good
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3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into 14oz teku. Poured an opaque dark yellow-light orange color with 1/3 inch of white head that OK retention and good lacing.

Fruity hops are at the front of the nose, but as Froot Loops-ish as some murkbombs. very low malt/grains.

Very similar on the tongue, with just a slight touch of bitterness at the back of the palate.

The body was the typical light-medium of the style, and had a medium finish.

Drinkability was fine, I enjoyed the can well enough but wasn't left wanting another.

Overall, a solid example of the style, try it if you're on the Hazy Train.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

My first from this iconic brewery, now 25 years old, that just does its thing: brews unusual beers, usually strong; they have an interesting food menu; seemingly designed to pair with their ales. But despite their popularity, they have only one site and limited production and distribution.

I’d like to give Polka Dot a better rating, but it is too bitter for me. The hops linger and penetrate and even distract me from "sitting on the dock of the bay watching the sun go away" behind the Golden Gate Bridge. But, Polka Dot is refreshing.

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4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy gold with one finger of foamy white head. Rings of lace as the head drops.
Smell is pungent dank hops with some bready malt.
Taste is dank hops some stone fruit and bready malts.
Mouthfeel is medium with alright carbonation. The finish is mildly dry and fairly well balanced.
Overall a strange pleasant and unusual IPA.

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3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 16oz can into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a finger of frothy white foam atop. There's a moderate amount of haze in this one.

Smell: there's a super berry-like quality to the hop aroma on this one, along with a mild dankness. It's not bad.

Taste: again, berry-like hops atop a moderately sweet malt base. It's not multidimensional, but it's not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good level of carbonation and a pretty solid creaminess for the style.

Overall: this beer is not especially remarkable to me, although it seems well-made and perfectly serviceable.

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4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16 oz. can from Lifesource in Salem OR.
Slightly hazy ( compared to others nowadays anyway) range body, with a gorgeous creamy white head.
Aroma is "different" at first i thought "OFF"..then i got into it and its fresh peaches, apricots, and spicy hops.
Taste is similar..but more stone pit fruit..bitter but mellow. Getting a bit of the pils thing now. Interesting.
Mouth feel is very smooth and substantial ( oats?)..nice.
My first HOTD beer fr a decade and i am hooked, really nice weird beer.

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3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Muddled and coppery orange with a thin, unusually thin off white ring of foam.

Citrus rind meets vomit (in a good way... I can't find words to defend this, but it is). Earthy with a licorice like quality.

The flavor is also citrus pithy, earthy, herbaceous, and recreational. Meaning weed. Definitely weed in the end.

Mild carbonation meets chalky and bitter bite. Not much sweetness at all, really.

Polka Dot is without question my least favorite from the pound. Having said that, it's still decent. Better at the source in draft for sure, but I don't mind this canned format at all.


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Polka Dot from Hair Of The Dog Brewing Company / Brewery And Tasting Room
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 12 ratings