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

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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

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Photo of DCon
4.21/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received a 12 FLUID OUNCE Bottle of this in a trade from mdvatab & shared w/ hawksfan82 @ the iTap House in Chesterfield, MO (price unknown). Poured from the Blue Bottle w/ a Yellow BullDog w/ a Cowboy hat & cigarette in his mouth into a 16oz Stange Glass. Does not have a freshness date.

Aroma- An average aroma is here for an APA. Citrus hops are included in this but definitely a ton of other fruits. Wish they weren't all put together...

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that is frothy and stays for a great amount of time! Has a copper color body and leaves some of the thickest lace possible.

Flavor- Starts with strong hops but then can taste both pears and apples, as if they were mixed in this brew. Very awesome clean taste and the hop bitterness is medium in this one. Unusual but I'm a fan!

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a bit of apple in the finish while being very crisp.

Overall Impression- A very strange but pleasant APA! I feel like I would definitely go back and buy another one of these (or a 6-pack) to see if these apple/pear attributes come up again! I would promote this brew but it sure doesn't get distributed to MO... Bummer.

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

Cloudy straw colour with a small white head. Fair head retention and nice lacing.

Smooth light malt with a touch of citrusy hops. Light but very pleasant.

Very light malt with a moderate bitterness and a touch of floral citrusy hops.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. Good.

A solid APA. Nothing special but it’s still well executed.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
4.08/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ruth | 330 ml. | 4.5% ABV | 2011

Brewer: Hair of the Dog Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Glass: pint

Ruth pours a bubbly golden amber, and maintains a half-inch snow-white head throughout.

Citrus hops and summery fruits. Very nice.

My first thought here is honey. Although the hops are quite bitter (and a bit herbal), and the maintaste is certainly comprised of those light fruits (peaches, pears, apricots) and biscuit malts, honey somehow pervades the whole scene and drapes its sweet nectar over it all.

Crisp and sudsy, with a light body.

Sweet honey and bitter hops complement each other well in this brew. It is especially good with greasy food (which it cuts right into).

Would I get it again?:

Bottled: 2011
Served: October 2, 2011

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

pours hazy yellow...smells of dank hops and grass. taste grassy hops but with a funky belgian yeast ester on the background saison like. it is very drinkable but not a true pale ale. this is a must try. bought at whole foods devon for 2.49 cheers and enjoy

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Photo of seeswo
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle says ABV is 4.5% Pours a hazy dark straw yellow with some tan head. Smells is Belgian yeast with a bit of breadiness and a hint of apples. Caused me to recheck the bottle to confirm the APA designation. The taste is light bready Belgian yeasts, up front, slightly apple sweetness, with a lightly hoppy finishing dryness. Odd. Not bad. Tastes like no APA I've ever had. Mouthfeel is good carb, medium-light body. Overall, a strange beer that is hard to describe. The apple-like fruit flavor and finishing dryness is more saison-like than anything else.

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Photo of StaEva
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy pale orange/straw color, tons of head; great, rocky, firm meringue-looking head; it's beautiful. Four full fingers that retains the entire length of the beer. Amazing yeast component on this. (As a note, I've noticed a few reviews talking about the lack of head and I think those bottles were likely old.)

Smells slighty saison-like in the funk aspect, sweet yeasty malt aroma, floral/citrus hops. A tad soapy, but very fresh and inviting.

Tastes of mildly sweet pale malts, apricots, fresh bready Belgian yeast flavors. The essence of floral hops and mild citrus come through from the nose, and there is some surprisingly forward yeast-spice. Whatever yeast strain they use, it's memorable. Almost cider-like qualities in the flavors. Very interesting beer.

Mouthfeel is smooth, pretty wild carbonation, helps carry the flavors all over the mouth. Champagne-like carbonation. Medium body.

This is a phenomenal beer. Try this is you ever have the chance. It's one of a kind.

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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy yellow gold with minimal head that dissolves to a ring.

S - Mild, slight hops (fruity) but again very mild nose.

T - Slightly dry, balance of yeasty malt with a mild hop finish. Very light on flavor though, expected a little more. Potentially a good session beer for some.

M - Solid, little astringency

Poured to pint from bottle.

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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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Photo of woodychandler
4.44/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bottle of this in my cellar that got overlooked for too long and was undrinkable when I finally opened it. I was happy to find a replacement during my most recent visit to 'Nokes.

From the bottle: "Ruth is a light and refreshing Pale Ale. Made with Organic Pilsner malt and whole Northwest hop flowers. She was inspired by my mother's mother, granny Ruth, because of her love and support. Don't be ruthless, have one for granny. Alan Sprints: Brewmaster"; "Hair of the Dog is dedicated to providing the beer lover with new and unusual beers styles. To learn more about Hair of the Dog Brewing Company and our beer styles, please visit us at [website]"; "Unfiltered Made in USA"; "Brave, Mazel, Lovable, Vibrant". Hey, how clever - "Alcohol Content 4.5% by Weight". Who measures ABW for public consumption? Pheh!

My mother's mother would NOT have been supportive of my drinking habits. My father's mother was less critical, however, and they are both gone now, so Kampai! to them. I could see a layer of lees at the bottom of the bottle, so I went with a gentle pour which yielded only wisps for head. Color was still an oh-so-slightly hazy orangish-yellow. Nose was filled with resinous citrus hops. It was like biting into an orange! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was of fresh-squeezed orange juice. Holy ...! What hops were used for this beer?!? This was an APA? It would satisfy my hops jones even on those days when my monkey was chattering at his loudest (and there have been plenty of those). Finish was dry, hoppy, citrusy and very tasty. I may have to reload on this beer on my next trip.

Second pour: Going with the lees this time in the interest of Waste Not, Want Not.

On a side note, if you are ever having digestive difficulties, drink some lees - they will act like RotoRooter in your pesky digestive tract and clear out anything that may be left from that red meat bonanza you ate last week. Jaime Lee Curtis and her yogurt have nothing on beer lees!

Now, I had just under a finger of soapy, off-white head with good retention. Color was that of fresh-squeezed apple cider and it was just as murky. The nose was still orange-citrus, but now it had a mustiness to go along with it. Mouthfeel was slightly fuller, but the taste of orange was not diminished and perhaps even a little stronger. Finish was stunning in its dry intensity. I felt like the air had sucked out of my lungs and out of the room for a moment. It was like Paul Hogan's assessment of a knife - Whatever APA you may have had, THIS was an APA! Phew.

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Photo of Kshock
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Very light straw yellow with almost no head at all. bright color but looks very thin. Not the best presentation.

S- Smells of mild yeast esters with some light malt sweetness. A little bit of hops come around towards the end.

T- Dry, mild hops, little bit of sweetness. Really thin on flavor, it has nice flavors, but its way too muted. Also it has this belgian yeasty sweetness that throws me off a bit. Kinda reminds me of Fred but much thinner and mild of a flavor.

M- Nice soft mouthfeel, one of the aspects of this beer that shines.

O- Alright, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.29/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Strong aroma is malty and yeasty with a pleasant fruity overtone. It pours a typical, but still attractive, clear amber with an OK white head that leaves a little lacing. Fortunately, appearance is this beer’s weakest point. Mouth-filling flavor has a firm malty core with fruity and grassy tones and hints of hops and - is that caramel? Yes, definitely caramel. Texture is smooth as silk, yet lively and fizzy, leaving a sweet, malty, fizzy and slightly tinny finish. Look for it, or trade for it!

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Photo of TheSupremeAJ
4.42/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle from Abe's of Bethlehem poured into a pint glass... WAAAAY over carbonated and very difficult to pour. Enunciated "pffft" sound upon cracking the bottle. Aroma is vibrant, citrus, and clean. Taste is very balanced, refreshing, and possesses all the positive attributes of hop flavoring with very little bittering. Mouthfeel is very bubbly and crisp. Overall I think I got a super carbonated bottle... very refreshing!

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid APA with firm hopping notes echoing faintly of wet hops, a bit herbacious with a touch of raw hops oil toward the very finish. Sufficient malt presence to carry the hops, but not much malt influence on this beer, other than a bit of caramel malt. Overall a worthwhile beer, and one that would go very well with a cheese and sausage plate.

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Photo of sommersb
3.2/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted On: 07-21-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received in a trade

A: Dark golden color, mostly clear with some hazing. The head is barely one finger of white foam, with almost no lacing. A fair amount of carbonation is seen in the glass.

S: The only aromas I get are of piney hops.

T: The taste is pretty bitter, with grapefruit notes of tartness and bitterness. A little in the way of background malts are there. Some warming from the alcohol.

M: Crisp, on a medium body. Finish is a bit biting with the hops.

O: Seemed a bit one-dimensional and not too enjoyable for me.

Thanks to Cyberkedi for this one

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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 distantmantra
3.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered yellow color. Very little head and lacing.

S: Very nice floral aroma with a dash of yeast, citrus and honey.

T: Starts with an initial yeasty Belgian hit, but transitions into a perfume-like flavor with notes of honey.

M: Lightly carbonated and smooth. Not what I was expecting from a Pale Ale.

O: Definitely a solid beer and a nice change of pace from most pales. This would be a good session beer if not for the $5/bottle price tag.

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

From 12oz bottle to nonic pint glass on 6/9/11
*From notes

A BIG thanks goes out to tchaos for hookin' me up with this one as an extra in our recent trade. Cheers, Troy!

A: It looks like a Pale Wheat. Cloudy as hell and a brash pour yields a massive 3.5 finger head and thick lacing.

S: Good fruity esters and with a touch of freshly baled hay.

T: Very hearty. It's extremely rustic, with a mere trace of floral hop oil. Pale malt and bittering hops dominate from beginning to end, and it drinks more like an English Pale.

M: Bubbly and rich without being too cloying.

O: HotD's Ruth is a pretty well put together APA. I've had better, and I've certainly had worse. I feel that with a slightly lower ABV, this could be a really pleasant session pale. As it stands now, it's simply above average.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.05/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy pale apricot color. Thin white head has little retention.

Smell: Very mild aroma of apricot and orange.

Taste: Very mild up front with some wheat flavor, but then some bitter orange rushes in and lasts through the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Slightly grainy.

Drinkability: Moderate ABV, but tiring flavor.

Not really enjoying this one - looks more like a wit, and there's not much dimension to the flavor. A bit too much bitterness (in one direction) for this style.

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

12oz bottle with no bottled on or freshness date poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 6/8/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with off-white head that leaves some lacing around glass.

S: Aroma consists of herbal hops and pale malt with some citrus notes and hints of alcohol in there as well.

T: Starts off really bitter for a pale ale, this is IPA level bitterness for sure. Some herbal hops come through after the bitterness with some sweet malt as well, but not nearly enough malt to balance out all the bitterness. The bitterness fades a bit as it warms up and lets the hops and malts come through a bit more.

M: Moderate carbonation and medium, resinous body.

O: Not bad by any means but not really what I am looking for in a pale ale. Overly bitter without enough malt character to handle the bitterness, moderate drinkability. I definitely recommend letting this warm up a bit before drinking as the bitterness fades significantly and really lets the malt and hop flavors come through.

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Photo of dk83022
3.42/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice bright orange and yellow color. Cloudy and very little head.

S- Malty and a little hoppy. Nice floral aroma and a little scent of citrus.

T- Citrus, some fruits such as pineapple and cherry. I even get a little hint of chocolate.

M-Surprisingly smooth for a pale ale. A little carbonation, but not too overwhelming.

O- Solid beer. Since it is Hair of the Dog, I hold it to a higher standard. I still like it, but fell short of my expectation.

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Photo of inthebeeraisle
3.82/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has changed a lot since the last time I tried it. The bottle used to read All American Ale and currently reads American Pale Ale. 12oz. short neck bottle into a regular pint glass.

A: Definately a lighter color then most American Pale Ales. Unfiltered golden color with low bubbles and fairly heavy lacing. Not a crazy amount of head but acceptable.

S: Smells of tropical fruits, with some grassy hop notes to boot.

T: A bit more bitter then some other pale ales. Strong pineapple flavor that is in balance with the hops.

M: The unfiltered nature of the beer makes for a slightly astringent mouthfeel.

O: Not a typical beer for the style. Hair of the Dog makes some great brews, and I think that could be said about all of them.

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Photo of beagle75
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, dark strawberry blond color with a diminishing white residue of foam whose bubbles retreat to the periphery of the glass. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Beautiful and nuanced, with decadent fermented grain, varietal flowers, and juicy peach that is totally dishonest in its authenticity, belying the fact that no fruit was used in the brewing of this beer. Unfortunately the most interesting volatile smells fade too quickly, gone long before the liquid that harbored them.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright and surprisingly spirituous toasted malt as well as floral and delicate citrus hop aromatics. Acidity lends a faint tartness that pairs pleasantly with the fresh stone fruit flavors of the middle. Fruity elements are remarkably clean, tasting more like a beer fermented with real fruit--rather than one rich in ale yeast esters. Sweetness also peaks in the middle, again matching the other flavors appropriately. Dryness becomes resurgent in the finish, with moderate bitterness, and fruit turning more vinous. Pilsner malt lingers on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet and slightly sticky on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This unique and special pale ale is one of those beers that seems like more than the sum of its parts--it seems fantastically complex and interesting for the style. It is so focused in its fruity, yeasty qualities that it could masquerade as a fruit beer of Belgian origin in a blind tasting. While it could be considered experimental for the style, it doesn't quite cross the line into extreme--except for its high price tag.

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Photo of Rutager
3.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a slightly hazy gold with over a finger of bubbly white head. Decent lacing.

Smell. Pineapple, oranges and apricots. Some grassy hops and a little toasted light grain. Smells pretty good.

Taste. Peaches, bitter grapefruit, brown sugar. Some grassy, citrus hops in the end.

Mouthfeel. Medium-light body with smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. Just a little too sweet. Interesting mix of sweet fruit and bitter hops. Works pretty well and makes this a distinct tasting pale.

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

Pale pineapple yellow and very cloudy with sediment floating throughout.

Smells very yeasty and grainy. A slight touch of floral prefumes.

The hops are light and floral. The yeast overpowers the hops and gives it a funk. There's also some buttery malt.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.

Overall, a pretty average pale ale. It's easy to drink, but nothing impressive.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on one of my pilgrimages to the Northwest.

Pours with little to know head, even with a lot of coaxing. The beer is a hazy light amber color. Some rings of lacing remain. (bottle says unfiltered)

Aroma is very fruity and bright. Almost like a soda. Some lemon/line citrus notes at first that become more orange/tangerine focused.

You can tell this is a session beer as you swallow the first time. Easy drinking. Hop profile is more pronounced vs. what the aroma leads on. It’s nice. Citrus again. There is a sweetness here that is extremely fruity.

Very light bodied. Again, reminds me a touch of soda.

I think this is a decent little beer for what it’s supposed to be. Cleary a session ale with it’s diminutive 4.5% Abv.

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Ruth from Hair of the Dog Brewing Company / Brewery and Tasting Room
3.55 out of 5 based on 637 ratings.
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