Hair of the Dog Ruth

Hair of the Dog Ruth

Rated 3.521 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Hair of the Dog Brewing Company, Inc.

Portland, OR, United States

Style:  Blonde Ale

5.6% Alcohol by Volume

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Ruth is a light and refreshing American Ale, made with pale malt and crystal hops. She was inspired by my Mother's Mother, Granny Ruth because of her love and support. Don't be Ruthless. Have one on Granny.

ID: 11600 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank2855
Overall Percentile94.7
Style Rank9 of 1464
Style Percentile99.4
Lowest Score2.1
Highest Score4.4
Average Score3.581
Weighted Score3.521
Standard Deviation0.537

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  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 4.1 9 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    Strong aroma is malty and yeasty with a pleasant fruity overtone. It pours a typical, but still attractive, clear amber with an OK white head that leaves a little lacing. Fortunately, appearance is this beer’s weakest point. Mouth-filling flavor has a firm malty core with fruity and grassy tones and hints of hops and - is that caramel? Yes, definitely caramel. Texture is smooth as silk, yet lively and fizzy, leaving a sweet, malty, fizzy and slightly tinny finish. Look for it, or trade for it!

  • BLUESANDBARBQ 2568 reviews
    rated 3.5 11 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    On tap @ Hair of the Dog. Golden pour, white head, some lacing. Nice small hops presence, lightly bitter, clean and tasty. Lightly sweet and decent linger. Easy to drink.

  • SLIM_JIM 80 reviews
    rated 3.7 12 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    This beef is surprisingly yeasty for an American Pale Ale. At first I wasn’t sure if I read the label wrong but the hops in the finish make up for it. Ample head, dry mouthfeel with a bitter finish that is light and refreshing.

  • HEYBEERMAN 1025 reviews
    rated 3.5 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    A very interesting beer as are all the HOTD beers. Not what you would expect, a great experience, and leaves you wanting to try the beer again to make sure you had it right. Great fruity, lively and wild belgiany aroma with none of those flavors, very dry and clean pale type flavors with nothing reminscent of the smell. Very strange how they make opposites come together to make great beer.

  • STOUTLOVER72 2327 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    12oz bottle - Herring Creek beer tasting

    This one is clearly made to be consumed in great amounts. It's quite light, loaded with flavor and...hey, it's made by HotD! Love these guys! Aroma is fruity, angling towards the citrus fruit but not quite...a little orange juice, crackers, some light pine needles there too. Flavor is just a smidge of hops, heavy showing up malts with honey and apple juice being predominate. Finishes a little grassy. Very nice.

  • PHISHPOND417 3045 reviews
    rated 3.2 14 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 7

    Trying to prove something against the elders. Nice beer from the buddy. Semi hazey golden, small white head. And something neutral. Was wishing for a big vuluptuous blonde ale but it was nothing more then a mediocre experience. semi hoppy in the aroma. but pleasent nonetheless. Nice beer, can't wait for the adam.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 3.6 14 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    a surprisingly mild but well balanced take on the style(apa on ratebeer). body is light and lively, although the volcano that erupted from my bottle turned me off a bit. the merangie like head was a bit much. although the aroma and flavor was a little understated the beer was exceptionally well balanced and a good session pale ale.

  • BROTHERBRANDO 186 reviews
    rated 4.4 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Well, the smell was kind of sharp and mellow, metallic and sweet. Color is of dull goldeness, you know, like partly cloudy, but not very cloudy at all. Just kind of dull, pale. It's gotta flavor of sweetness, but it's not to sweet, its just right, which makes it special.

  • PHILB 2479 reviews
    rated 4.4 15 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    Bottle: Poured a cloudy light yellow color ale with large pure white foamy head with perfect retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is a nice mix between some barley notes and well balanced citrus and grapefruit notes. Taste is very refreshing with loads of character without being too extreme. Body is full with limited filtration and perfect carbonation. I must admit to having been surprise by this one; I was expecting a easy drinking no character blond ale with found a well balance hops ale with a great malt backbone. I would definitely buy this more often it was available around town.

  • REDHAZE 340 reviews
    rated 3.3 17 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 6 | Mouthfeel: 6 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 7

    Pours a pale straw color with very little head, even with a fairly aggresive pour, that fade quickly to a thin ring that leaves behind minimal lacing. Smell; sweet malts are dominant, honey with a bit of oranges. There's almost no hop presence in the aroma. Taste; traces of honey and oranges, malts and touches of yeast. As with the smell there's very little in the way of hops. This isn't quite what I expected, although it's not bad, just different. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

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