Hair of the Dog still has the best bottle designs, in case you were wondering. Blue Dot is an imperial strength India pale ale dedicated to the earth, the only blue planet in the visible universe. Hair of the Dog brews up batches of Blue Dot on a rotating seasonal schedule. I picked up the freshest, Spring 2012, bottle.
This is a very fruity beer. Oranges, fresh squeezed and juicy, on the nose and tongue. Like Sunny Delight. Like Tropicana. These oranges are fresh and sweet. So fresh, you can smell the orchard. The orange melts into grapefruit and pine. The malts add a hint of subtle sweetness. Not quite caramel, it’s like a brioche bun or frosted flake. The finish is semi dry with a nice astringency. Blue Dot is a very balanced IPA, not too sweet and not too bitter.