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RATINGS: 874   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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3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry, his bottle. Hazy medium yellow, foamy murky orange/yellowish head, chunks of sediment - looks great. Really nice aroma - tons of citrus orange, zest, fresh hops, slightly soapy. Taste - oh yeah, so many citrus hops. Tangy hop finish. Some malt as well. Foamy mouthfeel. Lively. A nice beer!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerandBlues2 (12835) - Escondido, California, USA - OCT 24, 2006
Pours hazy yellow straw with a foamy white head, lasting and lined lacing. Aroma is huge hops (citrus, floral, pine), doughy yeast, straw and hay, meal and cereal malt, grassy finish. Moderately bitter and acidic piney and floral hops, malt and yeasty cardboard flavor, alcohol notes at the end. Medium bodied and fizzy, dry and chalky palate.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2006 22 oz. bottle via trade with hopdog - Opened with a big hiss. Pours a hazy light golden color with a good size white head. Lively carbonation. Has a very nice floral, citrus hop aroma with a slight medicine smell. Flavor is citrus hops and slight esters with a touch of yeast (lots in the bottom of the bottle). The carbonation is noticeable on the palate. Light to medium body. A good beer, but lacks the 2IPA punch. Reminds me of a Belgium ale. Thanks Steve.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (7593) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 4, 2014 Draft. Head is initially small, mostly lasting. Body is medium yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain/bread, cookie), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly alcoholic. A one-dimensional resinous hop bomb. Oh, how the mighty fall.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Beer is hazy light gold with a trace, frothy, white, mostly and rapidly diminishing head.<P> The aroma is malty with a light note of toasted grain, light-to-moderate caramel and cookie; Hoppy with heavy notes of resin/pine, grapefruit peel, light lemon zest, trace chewable Vitamin C tablet; Yeasty with a trace of wet basement.<P> The flavor is heavily bitter (grippy), moderately sweet with a long, moderately grippy bitter, lightly sweet finish. Grip doesnt let up...ever. I dont like that so much, there has to be an end somewhere!<P> The body is medium, the texture is velvety and the carbonation is lively.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2006
Pours a cloudy golden, medium head with a little lacing. Hop aroma is floral, lots of honey and a little pine. Taste is full bitter hops, fruitiness doesnt come through as much until the finish. Mild sweetness, light spiciness and mineral taste. Finish is long and hoppy. Body on this one is great, moderatly malty and pretty frothy

3.7
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bitterpeanut (15) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2006
Poured from a 22-oz bomber. A local well-respected brewery here in Portland, HoTD has put together this bitter brew that hop lovers are sure to add to their list of beers to taste. The aroma leaves a little to be desired, Im not sure of the mix of aroma or dry-hops added to this one, but the aroma is a little too complex with a mostly citrus smell. A hazy unfiltered orange-gold color that you might expect with an IIPA make this beer feel inviting. The head is a thick white blanket that doesnt go away quickly. The flavor has a light sour taste followed by a moderate-to-heavy bitterness. A sweet light aftertaste pulls you into the next drink. The body is just right on this one, not like many imperial IPAs where the body is thick and the bitterness sticks. With a 100 IBU rating, this beer is balanced in a way that many other IIPA makers should note.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
LennyH (60) - Delaware, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Bomber. Now, dont get me wrong. I loves me some hops. But this is just a citrusy, lemony, extremely bitter concoction with no malt backbone whatsoever. Just not very interesting to me.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebaldwizard (1206) - Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2006
Shared by Nolankowal at the last Columbus tasting. Blue Dot poured a light golden color with a nice white head. The aroma was very floral, and hoppy. The taste was interesting--plenty of spicey hops, good bitterness, but no real malt presence to speak of.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6563) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with tupalev, my bottle. Poured cloudy orange with visible bits in the bottom, huge fluffy off-white lasting head. A truly huge hop aroma, resin/citrus/spruce-pine, with herbal, tea and oddly enough soap character, sweet fruity malt in the background - very balanced/bitter and compelling, Id go 9/10 without the odd hint of soap/coriander. Taste - bitter, oh my yes its bitter, grapefruit pith, resin, less spruce and more herbal character, enough OJ-sweet malt to balance it, but the finish is very long, moderately complex and weirdly alcohol-burny for a 7% - felt more like 10%. Interesting mouthfeel - very thick for an IPA, and while it doesnt look or seem all that carbonated, we could only take small sips as it was very very lively, you had to beware gulping (not that I would) ... plent of astringency, alcohol and even acidic character, nice long linger on the tongue. I found the overactive mouthfeel took away from my overall enjoyment a wee bit, but still an amazing and very alive beer.


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