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

641 Ratings

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

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

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 641 |  Reviews: 349
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale orange body with a thin, bubbly, white head.

Smell: Pretty simple aroma with sweetish pale malts and a light hop scents of flowers and spice.

Taste: Standard, sufficient pale malts with a hint of crumpled unsalted crackers and an overall medium-low sweetness. Spicy, floral hops with a clean, medium-high bitterness. A tad yeasty. Finishes dry with a persistent touch of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Drinkability: A basic, but basically decent pale ale.

 521 characters

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.

 592 characters

Photo of beachbum1975
3.33/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one was sent to me as an extra from bifrostguard - thanks man!

Ruth poured a light cloudy blond ale with a big, frothy white head.

Grassy hops dominate the nose with light spiciness and semi-sweet malts following.

Mouthfeel is big and wet. Medium to full bodied with surprising low carbonation. Finishes slightly bitter. Flavor itself is a nice grassy hops mix with lightly sweet malts.

 395 characters

Photo of pwoods
3.04/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle with me.

12oz. split into 2 pints glasses.

A: Golden yellowish orange pour, somewhat cloudy. Nice 2 fingers head with good retention and some decent lacing.

S: Very grassy and floral, more Euro. Some light grainy, biscuity malts.

T/M: Odd bitterness. Still very grassy and floral with some musty and husky flavors. A bit of citrus but not in the foreground. Malts balance a bit too much. Body might be just a bit too heavy for the style but carbonation helps a bit with that.

D: Drinkable but not very interesting.

 567 characters

Photo of aforbes10
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I scored this previously un-encountered HotD brew at the Bottle Barn in Santa Rosa. Ruth pours a quite cloudy orange brown like a dirty cider. Short white 18 inch head. Smells grassy and lemony, with hints of capers. Not a big grapefruit hop bomb, which is kind of what i was expecting. Flavor is also quite lemony, and i cant shake the capers thing now that it's in my head. Lemon flavor is almost tart. Lively floral and vaguely spiced flavor is reminiscent of a saison. Reminds me of on of the Fantome beers, in fact. Interesting. Medium bodied and oddly up-carbonated without looking so. Drinks well, mostly because it keeps me interested. An odd little beer, but I expect something different from HotD.

 707 characters

Photo of JBogan
2.22/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is one unimpressive looking brew. A hazy pale gold with zip for a head and zip for lacing. Can you say b-o-r-i-n-g?

A weak smelling beer. Some slight floral notes but that's about it.

Tasted along the same lines as the smell, but with a slightly larger presence. A tiny bit of a hoppy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was medium and slick, but flat. Needed some carbonation to perk things up.

Sorry granny Ruth, but you should ask your son-in-law to remove your name from this brew. However well intentioned it may be, this one needs some more work before it can be called enjoyable.

 582 characters

Photo of surfer4life
3.39/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow, no head whatsoever, the thing looks to have next to no carbonation. Lacing non exsistent.

S - Medium hoppiness as is to be expected with this style. Oranges, cherry, cinammon and other spices.

T - Charcoal and oak hoppiness. Subtle hints of sweetness here and there in the form of citrus fruits. Hops leaves you bitter on the finish.

M - Definitely under-carbonated. Goes flat while in your mouth.

D - Average drinkability here. Maybe even less than average, expected better from HotD.

All in all, not terrible, just not that good. I would say it would work well as a gateway to an IPA for the friends just getting into better beer.

 708 characters

Photo of ccrida
4.22/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into my Samuel Smith imperial pint, Ruth is gold with a frothy white head that leaves very light, scattered lace.

Smell is bright and hoppy. Sweeter, fresh bready malt and loads of citrusy Cascade hops. Did I mention this pale ale smells fresh?

Taste has a sour citric bitterness, lime like, lightly toasted bread, a crisp, very live, fresh pale ale. I like how raw it is, this would be a great cooling beer with some screaming loud tex-mex. Solid!

Mouthfeel is a bit acid, a slick oily hoppiness and dusty dryness. Medium bodied, it's a bit chewy.

Drinkability is pretty good, a snappy portland pale, I love how raw it is, but I can see how that would be a turnoff for some. Still, I like the pungent citrus of the hops and the fresh pale malt. I've been on a scotch ale bender tonight, but I knew that is HOTD's house yeast, and though it might be a way to tie this in as refreshing night cap - and was right! This also gets bonus points as the most affordable HOTD>

 996 characters

Photo of illidurit
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark straw color with a big white head. Leaves chunky lacing. Lightly tart aroma with apple and lemon. A touch of spices and grains. Flavor is light and subtle, with a refreshing citric acidity and some earthy hops. Effervescent and light bodied. Extremely drinkable.

 272 characters

Photo of Arbitrator
4.09/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light golden color with some orange and brown hints. Not much of a head, and it recedes pretty quickly. No ring, no lacing. Active carbonation at first, but that goes away too.

S: Strong citrusy hop notes with a little bit of fruit presence (pineapple?). A little malty sweetness detected. Seems very balanced, if a little mild in smell.

T: Taste follows the nose. The hops develop into a strong grapefruit flavor, with bitter tartness dominating the taste; however, it's not overbearing, and the mild malty sweetness rounds it out. There is a little breadiness, as well. Very solid and wet flavor. No alcohol detected.

M: Light carbonation, medium-bodied.

D: This feels a little weird for an APA... It reminds me of a pilsner in some respects. But it's VERY good, and probably a good session beer. I'd like to have more than one in a row if I could afford it.

Big thanks to a Portland buddy of mine for sending this out.

 929 characters

Photo of coldmeat23
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Pint Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
Many thanks to mugglesandhops for sharing this one!

Hazy, almost cloudy, golden colored liquid, with slight orange/brown tones. Single finger head of slightly off-white foam. Decent retention and some pretty good lacing. Better lacing than I'd expect, for the style.

Big citrusy hops in the nose. Lots of lush tropical fruit notes. Pineapple, passionfruit, mango and papaya, are prominent. Slight hops spiciness, under the surface. Hints of butterey yeasty bread dough. Slight sweet malts buried deep down in there. Very complex, yet inviting, nose.

The hop spiciness is much more upfront in the mouth. Not nearly as sweet and tropical as the nose. Citrus flavor seems to now be dominated by dry ruby red grapefruit notes. Notes of sweetbreads and lots of grassiness. Floral hops notes and a touch of lemon zest, with a kick of pepperey spice.

Good solid medium body on this one. Nice level of carbonation. Crisp, in general, but not overly so. Refreshing.

This is a little bit too bitter hops dominant for me to drink frequently. But it is nice and refreshing, and I'd love to be able to have one every now and then. Especially in the warmer months.

 1,208 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Grabbed a bottle during my last stop at Healthy Spirits a couple of days back. Into my Moonlight pint glass and I'm reviewing it 'cos my buddy's taking an afternoon nap

A: Mildly hazy orange with a large off-white head with solid retention but disappointing lace work. Plenty of carbonation

S: Light hops with a blend of a floral and ripe citrus character along with a soft and complex honey-like sweetness with some light brown sugar. Mildly spicy. Surprisingly complex for a 4.7% beer

T: Citrus hops with a surprisingly tart component that isn't really reminiscent of an infected brew. Mild malt fruitiness along with a hint of sugar before a dry finish takes over. Sourness is mildly lactic, reminding me of a berliner-weiss. Unconventional but enjoyable

M: Light with plenty of spritzy carbonation, pleasing tartness and a finish that's quite dry with a hint of tartness

D: I'd quaff this in a heartbeat

 912 characters

Photo of Sandstone
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Man, I've been drinking so many DIPAs lately that going back to a standard Pale Ale was quite the change of pace. Clearly this is a style I've overlooked as I've become more and more of a hop-head.

A: The unfiltered nature of the beer gives it a nice hazy golden color. Didn't get much head, but what there was laced nicely down the glass.

S: The smell was a little more subdued than I'm used to (again, been drinking too many DIPAs), but certainly you get a great kind of sweet hoppy/citrusness out of it.

T: The taste really falls in line with the smell. Ruby Red Grapefruit juice was the first thing that popped out at me. Sweet, hoppy goodness.

M/D: Very, very drinkable. This is a great beer to wash a burger down with. Its not too strong, and its not too sweet.

 771 characters

Photo of magictrokini
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear oily gold with a squatty white head. Sweet aroma of crystal hops, lemon, and corn syrup. Taste battles between sweet and bitter and it differs with nearly every sip. Grainy taste throughout mixed with the crystal malt, some grapefruit and pears, then back to the grainy, cereal finish. Decent, not great.

 316 characters

Photo of sholland119
3.87/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Crystal clear golden. No real head to speak of which is not really what i expect for the style.

S-Smells like a fresh cut lawn. Grassy hops and maybe a bit of earth.

T-Sweet in the front with an almost Belgian spice character, then grassy hops and some pineapple type notes in the finish. Interesting.

M-Very lightly carbonated with a medium body.

D-Not sure if this is classified properly as an APA, more like a Belgian pale ale to me. In any case, that is a flavor profile that I usually enjoy exactly one of. This one is no exception.


 547 characters

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a fairly clear golden yellow with a bit of sedimentary haze suspended in the glass. An average pour yielded almost no head, just a few fizzy yellow bubbles that faded quickly, leaving some sticky lacing down the sides.

Aroma is fairly mild, with some grassy hop notes, a bit of cane sugar, and a touch of bread, almost hinting at yeast.

Taste opens with sweet fruit, honey, a bit of bread with a touch of grassy flavor. Then some intense bitter hops come up quickly, washing away the sweetness, only to be replaced in the finish by more fruit (apple & banana?) and some funky yeasty notes, almost reminiscent of a tripel. Clean and complex, on the verge of being muddled. Not really a traditional apa...

Mouthfeel is interesting, as it may be one of the smoothest beers i've had. As the lack of a substantial head indicated, carbonation was fairly mild on this one, with only a few tiny bubbles dancing around, which yielded a relatively thick, bordering on syrupy feel. A definite lingering bitterness clings for an impressive amount of time.

I enjoyed this one. But at the same time, it's hard for me to really place it in with the APA category. A bit too much fruit, bread, yeast, and strong hops. It feels like it's going for several different styles at once and coming out a mutt, rather than an APA. That being said, I still really enjoyed it. Good on it's own, great with food, but just don't entirely expect a pale.

 1,434 characters

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.

 438 characters

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

 531 characters

Photo of JohnGalt1
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz picked up over the weekend in Portland... poured into my New Belgium snifter..

pale golden with a little bit of haze... nice pillowy head leaves a descent amount of lace..

aroma is hop centric... floral and slightly citric... pale malts are reminiscent of sugar cookie dough without too much sweetness.. elegant nose.

grassy and floral hops mix well with slight lemon zest.. bready pale malts help tie everything together.. not overly complex... just simply refreshing... this would be perfect pale ale for hot summer days... body is maybe a tad overcarbonated but that helps the drinkability in my minds.

I wish we still got HotD brews here in Boise.... Ruth would be in my fridge very often.


 719 characters

Photo of marcpal
4.18/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Thank you kindly to a plethora of traders who have afforded me the opportunity to have this HotD brew. To this point, was the only of the bottled beers I hadnt had a chance to enjoy (I think). Great brewery but interested to see their approach to a pale aloe having been more than impressed by the high gravity goods.

12oz bottled poured into pilsner glass.

A: Corn bright yellow, very light shade. Streams and streams of carbonation, this does not look like all the other Doggie stuff. Thin white head with moderate lacing. Guessing without knowing, looks like a pils.
Label graphics: 8/10. Classy HotD, not a fan of the colors though.

S: Some earthy hops when nice and briskly cool. Also citrus flavors but not strong, I somehow find the flowery flavors to be the more dominant. Some breadiness but you have to look for it.

T: Crisp and light. Citrus rind and some kind of smoky floral hops. The malts are honey-like. Incidence of Colorado like breadiness, not the customary hops from pacific NW. Nice and tasty.

M: Multitude of carbonation. Crisp with some hop bite. Nice.

D: Drinks super smooth. They've shown they also have the ability to go the sessionable route. Im not going to trade for this stuff like I do relentlessly for the Freds and the Adams of the world, but if it were available to me it would be a constant choice.

 1,340 characters

Photo of mikereaser
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Troegs Nugget Nectar pint glass

A - pours a hazy copper color leaving a big 2 inche head that slowly dissipated and left plenty of lacing throughout the glass

S - Strong grapefruit aroma with floral hints and a bit of malt

T - It had a grainy flavor with hints of citrus like orange and grapefruit

M/D - I found this one to be overcarbonated, too much for me
to really enjoy the beer

 418 characters

Photo of slayer3604
4.34/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A- Hazy pale gold color with a small head that disappears into a fine film on top of the beverage. Small ropes of co2 fly to the surface and there is zero lacing.

S- Small notes of piny effervescence along with some interesting tropical aromas such as pineapple, and cocoa nut!

T/M- Very light bodied, but has a bit of heft as far as character is concerned....very enjoyable and a slight bit of carapil chewiness that has a distinct cloying malt coating for your taste buds! Again we note some tropical pings here and there like pineapple, cocoa nut and now some mango as well. huzzah!

D- This damn bottle was only 2.49 at whole foods glendale and with my employee discount, it was like a buck 70 so im going to have to say this is my new favorite session beer! Not only a 'session beer' but a beer that will turn heads of those who are interested in expanding their beer horizons.

 884 characters

Photo of currysage1
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to Maudite for this brew, it's taken a while for me to actually review it.

Pours a massive three finger pillowy white head capping a light orange hazy brew. Couldn't pour the whole 12oz, had to do in two steps.

Smell is of tropical fruits, starfruit, guava, malt background, pepper, slightly resiny.

Taste is of light fruit, again the starfruit, heavier on the malt, not much in the way of hop presence (pepper), too little for a APA.

Feel is nice though, good and creamy still refreshing. Could enjoy another but I could see getting bored with this easily.

 575 characters

Photo of ballewblake
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle into Hoegaarden Grand Cru tulip.

Solid pale ale color with a 2.5 finger white head, great lacing on glass, head takes forever to drop. Floral perfume hoppy aroma, grapefruit, sweet yeasty fruits. Sweet on the tongue, fruity, carbonated and dry. Some flavor in the finish. Some Belgian characteristics. Might be better if called a Belgian IPA. Tasty, Complex, good.

 377 characters

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Floydster for this extra.

Pours a nice looking yellow/orange haze with a fluffy stark white head that leaves ok lacing.

Nose is basically weak hops, weak malt, some corn sugar.

Taste is slightly improved. Peachy sweetness with some nice subtle hop flavor. A little bit of pepperiness toward the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. Carbonation is maybe slightly weak.

Drinkability is good. Very slammable.

Overall this is an ok pale. Really nothing special going on here, but certainly not a burden to drink. Refreshing enough. Just a pale ale. simple.

 567 characters

Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 641 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.