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.