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RATINGS: 866   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82/5   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Blue Dot is named after our planet: we are only a pale blue dot in this universe. A Double India Pale Ale made with Organic Pilsner, Rye malt and a combination of intense northwest hop varieties.
O.G. 1074, 80 IBUs.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bockyhorsey (2628) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Found the aroma of pine trees stood out along with some citrus. Cloudy copper colored body with big head on pour from 22 oz. bomber. Left some lacing also. Real good dose of citrus hops only on the finish left more of a dry citrus aftertaste. Refreshing breer thanks Craig.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madsberg (11612) - Sborg, DENMARK - JAN 9, 2007
Bottled. Light golden coloured. Unclear. Dense off white head. Pines, herbs and flowers in the nose. Very dense and intense, almost too much. Flavour is aggresively herbal. Is piney and citric. Seems a bit off balance. Could use a bit sweetness to counter the intense hoppyness. Medium to full bodied. Very dry. Citric very bitter end. This is a very special brew, that takes some time to come over. Good though IMO.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2007
Bomber from Liquid Solutions. The aroma is kind of sweet and fruity, not at all what I expected. It only has a light floral hop aroma which makes me think something might be wrong....because it has a massive white head that is a full three fingers thick and very Belgian looking, comprised mostly of very small fine bubbles. The body is the gold/yellow color of a Belgian Tripel. <P> The flavor is floral, herbal and bitter in the fore and segues into apple and pear fruit notes with just a hint of yeasty bannana. This really doesnt taste like any Double IPA I have had except that it is obviously heavily hopped. It does taste a lot like the CHouffe Tripel though. Is this standard? I actually enjoy this, but then Im not a mega hop head.....hop heads might be a little irked by calling this a DIPA.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JAN 7, 2007
Bottle from cbkschubert. Pours a hazy golden orange with foamy white head. Aroma and flavor dominated by piney hops. Flavor has some citrus orange and grapefruit notes but not enough to overcome the bitter pine. Has a very cool, dry finish that is slightly metallic and (oddly) kinda minty. Even tstes a little boozy at only 7%... surprisingly disappointed with HotD on this one.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2007
This is a good ale, but I think the only reason that its listed on the site as an Imperial IPA is because thats what HotD (a most reputable brewer) calls it. Hophead that I am, I have a real hard time believing the claim of 100 IBUs. Its body is a hazy straw color that starts out with a BIG fizzy head, but that diminishes to less than one finger, although that remains throughout the drinking. The aroma is dominated by a very sweet light malt with grapefruit and lemon trying to balance it out. Fairly light bodied for the style - IPA or DIPA. The first thing that hits you in the flavor is a light and sweet caramel. A citric bitterness pushes forward and takes over, but theres no way that its as bitter as HotD claims. The finish is a balance of sweet and bitter... not what Im looking for in an IIPA.

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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jzzbassman (1588) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2007
Carbonation was a lot when I popped the cap, and poured very pale yellow with a Duvel-esque sized head. Sweet aroma of malt with aromatic sour citris. Flavor sure doesnt see 100 IBUS and seemed to want a bigger malt profile, but overall very nice.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juancho (239) - Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2007
In Tokyo at the Imperial Hotel - bottles. Great hazy Oregon beer look to it. the aroma is floral almost frutal. The caramel laced head is just awesome. Now its a little sweet for my taste, but it seems to me that thats the style of the Hair of the Dog. Ill be in Portland in two weeks and will pick up some more !

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bottle via trades with kenb and stoutlover72. Pours a hazy, bright golden color with an ample, thick, white head, looks beautiful. Aroma is pine, floral hops, citrus, yeast. Flavor is spicy pine, floral hops, malt, yeast, almost belgian-like, very different. Palate is medium-full, highly carbonated, spicy, bitter finish. Definitely out side the box for a IIPA. Hops and bitterness became more pronounced as it warmed. Pretty nifty. I liked it but didnt fall in love.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jgd0608 (187) - Zeeland, Michigan, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Bomber courtesy of Walt! Thanks. Poured a cloud orange, with a HUGE head. I dont know if maybe i got a bad bottle, but this just tasted kind of thin, with a metallic taste. It get a little better as it warmed, but i suppose i could tell some potentional for this beer, id like to try another.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reid (2393) - Salem, Oregon, USA - JAN 2, 2007
22 oz bomber. Hazy golden beer ( almost looks like a trad. German hefe), large eggshell white head. Strong aromas of pine and spicey hop, some hints of valencia orange for some reason. Sweet and malty for a second then a torrent of piney/citric hopping cleanses, no scours almost the tongue, then it sort of balances out again in the end. Very drinkable and feels very nice and light on the palate, which i think is an advantage in a very hoppy beer. Nice beer but not quite a Double IPA, but more than just a plain old IPA. I think this fits rather neatly in the middle of the two categories.


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