Winter 2010 vintage. Pours into my glass a hazy orange yellow with a quarter inch of white head on top and some bubbles rising up. Aromas start off with resinous hops upfront with notes of citrus and herbaceous floral notes. Some pine as well along with a fruity undertone. Crisp malts and a touch of spiciness. Pretty nice, pungent aroma.
First sip brings big resinous dank hops upfront with citrus and some herbal floral notes. A touch of pine as it flows down with some fruitiness and a good crisp malt body. Touch of caramel and some spiciness. Bitterness hits on the way down but overall it's well balanced.
Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a good solid body, well balanced I thought and easy to drink. I enjoy that it is brewed with organic pilsner malt. Overall a tasty brew and the lower ABV is nice as it makes it easy to enjoy an entire bomber. Would have this again.
Served In: Tulip
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.
Price: $6.33 Served In: Pint Glass
I would think if you have a blue dot on your body, then maybe you should see a doctor. Pours a hazy light orange color with golden hue. A soft white head but did quickly die to the edge of the glass. Eventually dissipated completely. Not much lacing as well.
The nose is light overall with some notes of hops but really light for a IIPA. To start the malt is actually the more dominate flavor. Some grainy and husky notes mostly Some earthy hop notes with more of an English feel. The hops are really muttled. There are some off yeasty notes that don't help as well. Some drainage and autolysis notes.
The taste is better than the nose indicates but still missing the IIPA appeal. The hops are more in balance with the malt. There is a earthy and citrus orange flavor that has a weird blend. Some almost herbal notes as well. The malt has a sweeter taste with a more base malt flavor. Some light bready and kettle caramel notes. Some definite off yeast notes. Some butyric/drainage flavors and a bit of esters but not over the top.
The body is moderate to full. A bit sweet for style. Overall a disappointment. Limited hop nose and flavor, some off brewing notes.
Served In: Bottle
Rating from January 2007
Disturbingly over carbonated, this beer ends up with an easily five-finger thick, light tan colored head that leaves a layered pattern of lace on the sides of my glass as it subsides. The beer itself is a lightly hazy, definingly copper color. The aroma is certainly quite hop driven; with fruity citrus notes and tropical fruit notes abounding. There is also a fair amount of malt noticeable in the aroma, with both a light sweetness and a biscuit-like malt note noticeable in the background. What else is in the aroma, dare I say it, there is perhaps a touch of Brett signature (though I could be wrong). If it is here it is quite light, leaving only a touch of mustiness and something that I would describe as meatball (maybe it is just a touch cheesy).
Despite having spent a good 5 minutes exploring the aroma, the beer is still quite carbonated as it froths up quite a bit as it first hits my tongue. A quick swirl of the glass releases some of the excess gas and makes the beer smoother and more palatable. There is definitely still a funky note in the flavor here, though the dominant note is one of excessive hops. Bitingly bitter from the get go, this beer is sharp and definingly hoppy from start to finish. It has quite a light body, which is perfectly in line with a West Coast Double IPA; keep the beer excessively hoppy but eminently quaffable. Citrus & fruit notes of tangerine, bergamot, peach, and pineapple all shine at times, though the fact that this beer is relatively dry seems to downplay these notes. This beer does have a malt sweetness to it, just not as much as one might usually find even in an West Coast version. Menthol-driven pine notes are also found in abundance, and perhaps even a bit of grassy herbal character, no make that a definite.
Back to the funk, it is definitely here, nothing too big, but enough little things to add up to something that significantly effects the flavor profile. The beer tastes a touch metallic, lightly cheesy (almost like old hops, but not really), definitely musty, a bit of cobweb character, and a leather / sweat / goat-like note that could quite possibly be Brett influenced.
From a stylistic standpoint, or even a point of view having to do with the brewers intent, I would flunk this beer outright. Though the infection is light, it is here enough that I can recognize it. Still it seems to add a bit of Funk or even Belgian character to this beer, which is not wholly unpleasant. From an enjoyment standpoint I did, and I will happily consume my other bottles of this. In fact take this review with a grain of salt, I like a little (ok even a lot) of funk in my brews, and this one has it, so I am intrigued. Still I would enjoy this much more if it were not infected, or intentionally brewed to be so.
Purchased from: Liquid Solutions
Served In: Pint Glass
Fall 2008 Release; Sampled December 2008
A reasonable pour into my 25cl tulip glass gets me a three-finger thick head that overflows the rim of my glass just a bit. The head has quite a bit of staying power, is quite fluffy, leaves a nice layering of lace on the sides of my glass and forms some interesting structures as it slowly recedes. The beer is a honey / light amber color that shows a clear, bright copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is nicely hoppy, though it has me noticing that my nose is not quite working as well as usual). Aromas of pine, a touch of menthol, as well as a light herbal note are noticeable up front, but there is a solid, citrus-like backdrop of grapefruit, bergamot, lychee and lemon zest.
The beer is nicely hoppy tasting, much more so than my nose was able to tell. Notably, the beer is also not infected (like my last bottle of this), which is really quite nice. The hop character is fresh and punchy with ample flavors of grapefruit, bergamot oil, and lychee up front; it finishes with a sharper, more herbal focus of tongue clinging pine and hemp oil, with a touch of menthol there as well. There is a nice, solid, and up front, clean bitterness throughout the flavor profile, it gets a little dirty (in a good way) towards the finish as the more herbal hop components kick in. The beer is nice and light bodied for a beer of this strength, which is perfect for the way I like my Double IPAs; it does have some body to it though and is able to carry the ample hop character quite well. There is a touch of alcohol noticeable in the finish, it provides a touch of warming as well as a peppery bite.
This is quite nice when it is not infected, I am quite glad I was able to get another batch of this.
Purchased: Liquid Solutions
Served In: Tulip
Review from 09/29/06
Poured from bomber into pint glass.
A - Pours a golden straw color. Lots of tiny bubbles moving slowly up the glass. Big white two finger head is soapy looking.
S - Bready and grassy. Wheat. Sweet hops. Very strong odors.
T - Citrusy bitter bit right up front. That's something you don't see every day. Most of the time, the citrus flavor doesn't really bite and you get that hop bit towards the end. Works into wheat grass. Finishes with sweet malt and a slight reappearance of hops.
M - Medium bodied. Might be a little overcarbonated. Slightly acidic.
D - Goes down pretty easy, but the acidic taste at the end and the carbonation get in the way of enjoying a great deal of this.
Served In: Pint Glass
Pours a very light amber color that is very murky. Head forms nicely and lasted quite a while. Smells almost like a belgian? Fruits are there for sure. Taste is a bit weak for a DIPA, but not bad at all. Very drinkable, thanks DB.
Served In: Pint Glass
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