Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Blue Dot Double IPA, Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Portland Oregon
7%, 22oz bottle, Double IPA...I'm in!
Firstly, notice the glassware - it's from the Spring Beer and Wine Fest I attended last Friday here in Portland. I had some delicious beers here including two great ones from Walking Man Brewery and a white ale from Fort George which was excellent (plus I had a chance to talk with one of the brewers there - thanks for the hat!). More about these two brewery's when I continue to visit them throughout this blog...For now let's go back to our beer d'jour.
It pours an unfiltered straw color with a big foamy head.
The aroma is BIG BIG earthy and floral hop with a slight straw flavor. Yeast tones also permeate.
Big hop jumps up right away. The yeast tones develop in the full body. It starts nice and crisp, but turns creamy towards the finish. There is a slight citrus flavor and some honey tones, as well.
The aftertaste is straight up hop with a slight straw flavor, as well.
Okay, I know Double IPA's aren't necessarily the most dynamic beers, but they can be enjoyed for their robust character and I that's exactly why I like them!