Ruth | Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room

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81
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641 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Oregon, United States
hairofthedog.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light and refreshing American Ale, made with pale malt and crystal hops. She was inspired by my Mother's Mother, Granny Ruth because of her love and support. Don't be Ruthless. Have one on Granny.

40 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-12-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
641
Reviews:
349
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
29
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 641 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of Sammy
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A reasonable head, a cheaqper beer but also C hop aroma. A oppy Golden, a bit of a funkiness there. Appropriate carbonation. Yeast in mouth lent it a medium-full mouthfeel. Decent better than average brew, which may be substandard for this great brewery. Volo's.

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Photo of acurtis
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky and turbid yellow-brown with a 1/2 inch foamy bone colored head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and some earthy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is of herbal hops up front with a malt finish and a slight alcohol kick. There is a very mild hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but probably nothing I would actively seek out again.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a golden color with a good amount of fizzy head on top. The smell of this beer had a pretty decent citrus aroma to it. The taste of the beer was a little floral it almost gave off a bit of a Belgian flavor. The mouthfeel of the beer was bubbly and was pretty light. Overall this beer was pretty good, not my favorite from HotD but still not a bad brew.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar of large bubbles and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of earthy yeast in the nose along with notes of citrusy and floral hops.
T: The overall taste is dominated by a moderate amount of bitterness and has flavors of citrus hops and earthy yeast. Some hints of alcohol are noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is not one of the easiest to drink in the style, especially given its pronounced bitterness and hints of alcohol in the taste.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with next to nothing in the way of head, and only some sparse, thinly streaked lace to show for the effort. It smells of herbal yeast, buttery malt, and flat citrusy hops. The taste is toasted butter malt up front, orchard fruit, eventually giving way to some citrus and herbal hops. The carbonation is quite low, the body medium weight, a little acidic, but generally smooth. It finishes off-dry, the toasted wine barrel character still holding tight.

I don't like buttery white wines, so perhaps that informs my opinion of this beer a little too much. Too fruity and toasty, when I'm looking for clean malts and restrained bitter hoppiness. Methinks this wasn't my best choice as an introduction to this brewer.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an EKU 28 snifter in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are slightly above average.

A: Pours a half finger head of light cream, fair thickness, and good retention. Colour is a clear light gold.

Sm: Malts and citrus ester hops. Orange and lemon. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Decently hoppy with clean malts. Simple and boring, even bland. There's not a lot going on. A bit one-note.

Mf: Smooth and wet. A bit too thin. Not horribly complementary of the style.

Dr: Drinkable but unremarkable. I wouldn't get it again. It's alright, but Hair of the Dog has better beers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light honey color with a little, rocky head that doesn't do much by way of lacing

Smell: Peppery, with Belgian yeast funk; almost mildewy

Taste: Opens with a peppery, yeasty dough flavor that becomes harshly bitter, with a pithy tangerine and lemon zest aspect, by mid-palate; after the swallow, the tangerine pith dominates

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; a touch syrupy

Drinkability: If you are going to call it an APA, brew an APA; this hybrid beer misfires, to my palate

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Photo of oline73
3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.53/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy light yellow color ale with large pure white foamy head with perfect retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is a nice mix between some barley notes and well balanced citrus and grapefruit notes. Taste is very refreshing with loads of character without being too extreme. Body is full with limited filtration and perfect carbonation. I must admit to having been surprise by this one; I was expecting a easy drinking no character blond ale with found a well balance hops ale with a great malt backbone. I would definitely buy this more often it was available around town.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, golden hue with a small, fizzy, white head. It left some soapy trails of lace.

S - Smelled very citrusy. Really very sweet. Also, some strong floral notes.

T - It tasted sweet and of grains. It had a mild grassy hop quality. It had a citrus kick, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pilsner malt just is odd in an APA. I am not a fan. Maybe I need to have more to see if I like it.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of largadeer
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Infected bottle. Pours an ultra-hazy blond with a solid one finger head. The nose is fairly mild, revealing a bit of citrus, green apple and floral hops. Nice balance of crisp American hops and citric sourness in the taste. A hint of oxidation/wet paper appears briefly before the finish, which is ultimately washed away by the mild but lingering sourness. The infection worked in this beer's favor. Light-bodied, crisp and drinkable. An odd case where infection improved the beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of superspak
3.46/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle. Pours hazy amber-orange color with a 2 finger white head with very good retention and nice lacing. Aromas of citrus, floral, caramel, and spicy yeast. Taste of citrus, and floral with some spiciness, then a nice clean bitterness on the finish that lingers for a bit, but has good balance. A slight amount of alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Has a fairly light body feel with medium carbonation. Overall I would say this is a solid pale ale, with good mouthfeel and taste.

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Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.55 out of 5 based on 641 ratings.
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