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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,141 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,141
Reviews: 592
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 239
Gots: 342 | FT: 6
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Ratings: 2,141 | Reviews: 592
Photo of garyloveman
2.16/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Honestly poured nice gold, Smells of pine. Tasted like penicillin. That ruined the mouthfeel for me.

Photo of Maxbier
3.8/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yellow white head. Tropical aroma. Bitterness and grapefruit citrus boozy bitter finish.

Photo of Uconnelmo
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

not sure if this was old being east coast but very malty smell and taste

Photo of FFreak
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Dunkin Donuts in Milton and poured into Teku (after just having Grapefruit Sculpin). A beautiful clear dark-apricot color with a finger of quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves heavy lace. Smells really nice, with Sculpin-like citrus and floral notes. Tastes great, with caramel malt mixed with orange, lemon and pineapple, followed by a nicely balanced bitterness. Mouth is also great for the size of this beer, very approachable and refreshing for a 10% IIPA. Overall, another great beer from Ballast Point.

Photo of mothmanscott
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing 2+ fingers of slightly of eggshell white, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a sticky coating of streaky, webby lace. Aroma is a balance of grapefruit & tropical fruit hops mixed with sweet caramel malt in background hints of honey & resinous pine. Taste is fronted by sweet caramel malt, orange, grapefruit & pineapple backed pine needles & resin. Very bitter finish, gravitating to sweet & becoming a balanced bitter/sweet aftertaste which becomes mostly bitter with time. Very balanced for such a hop heavy brew. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, rich, smooth & a little chewy with a light spicy prickle in the finish & astringency in the aftertaste.

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber color with a nice off white head and some pretty good lacing too. Aroma of hops, grass, and pine. Taste was well balanced with the hops, grass, and pine working together. There was a bite to the palate and a decent bitterness when finishing. Great imperial ipa by Ballast Point here!

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Honey gold with pretty good head and lacing.

Smell: Hop oils, citrus and booze.

Taste: Dominated by a simple hop oil taste; not hop flavors, just the oil. However, there is some citrus and pine. Decent level of bitterness.

Feel: Heavy body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish but the heaviness and booziness undermines it a little.

Overall: Good DIPA but the booze, heavy body and oily taste distract from the great flavors.

Photo of Jetlag767
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Rarely do I give out 5's, but as I sit here at Ballast Point in India St, the fresh flavor is incredible and even passes up my favorite Sculpin. Way to go Ballast Point!

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with two finger head and an aroma that is primarily citric but has touches of grapefruit sweetness. Smooth, crisp thanks to large citric hop bite and balance is present from a little bit of grapefruit (not tangerine) and possible caramel notes. Solid, typical hop heavy DIPA that is easy to drink and worth trying.

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark copper in color with a white frothy head.
S: Smelled very malty with a tiny hint of citrus notes and some pine.
T: Very malty, some bitterness and very little hops.
M: Moderate carbonation, dry finish.
O: I wasn't too impressed with the amount of maltiness. Perhaps it wasn't a fresh batch.

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper color with a white frothy head
S - Aroma is not strong, mostly i smell citrus
T - Bitter with hints of grapefruit
M - Medium mouth feel, not as sticky as some
O - Very good, I'd rate this just below the great DIPA's. Well balanced and seems very drinkable but that ABV will get ya.

Photo of Jeff_whitman
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decent smell but i would like more. Tastes good but very dry. I wosh it had a bit more juicy hops to it. Comparable to hopslam but drier.

Photo of jancona
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I wish there was a bottled on date... IPAs should be fresh to fully enjoy. Certainly a malty nose with hints of orange candy and pineapple. Taste is very balanced with sweet malts and sticky resinous pine (also a hint of sweet juice). A bit of booze in the finish but the 10% is well hidden. Complex and quite enjoyable - let it warm a bit!

Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 15075 or March 16 by my measure, poured into a Ballast Point Victory at Sea snifter.

The beer pours a clear copper color, hues of amber and bronze, minimal activity in the glass with a thick, soapy finger and a half of off white head, lovely retention and loads of sticky lace. The aroma is really pine forward, resiny, sticky, sappy, bitter. Solid grapefruit peel sits behind it earthy grassiness, strong amber malt asserts itself well, sticky and sweet. The flavors are great, pine is the name of the game, resinous and oily, grapefruit peel provides a bit of citrusy tanginess and bitterness, snappy tropical fruits find their way out with wildflower and some nice grassiness with just a soft kiss of amber malt, gentle and lightly sweet. The mouthfeel is nice, very coating, bone dry, moderate carbonation, not quite juicy, but nice full body, cotton mouth finish.


Verdict: A great DIPA from Ballast Point, lots of pine, which normally I take exception to, but this works so well, lots of backing notes of citrus, tropical fruit, wildflower and gentle malt. The balance is wonderful and despite the high ABV, this remains so drinkable and the alcohol is exceptionally hidden.

Photo of tlema1
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Big juicy hop nose, tons of pine bitterness, boozy...great sipping DIPA...gets better as you get closer to room temp

Photo of WVU
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a booze bomb on this one, but was glad to drink another great brew from Ballast Point! Dorado did not measure up to Sculpin, but a solid DIPA that will not disappoint.

Photo of funjack5150
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I really don't care for the taste of this beer.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.13/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A brilliant light copper pour. Abundant off white head, fast diminishing. even lacing.

S: Abundant tropical sweetness: pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon. Light grass

M: Soft in feel, mellow and ripe. Med body and a med carb; samples thin considering sweetness.

T: Stone fruit, berries, various melon. Pine bitterness. Grassy, honey pollen undertones.

Photo of Mikexw
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I drank this while on a ski vacation -- bought a bottle from a local store. This might have been a freshness issue, but it just didn't taste like what I expected -- I usually like Ballast Point IPA's.

Photo of bluehende
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

In my opinion the best IPA BP makes.

Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap

A- pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- piney and resinous hop with some grass and floral notes, sugary sweet bready malt undertones

T- pine-dominant hops up front with some grassy and floral notes, sugary sweet malty finish

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- nice pine-forward hops that is matched by a sweet malty backbone

Photo of rwoodgeo
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a funky aroma, I'd say ripe pineapple. Bittery and alcoholy throughout with a bitter alcohol finish. I like how this beer stayed away from maltiness. Looks like a sculpin, but the taste is way different and completely unexpected. Really unique overall for the double double IPA style.

Photo of jbredbeard
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely not for the timid. Aroma is of decaying fruit which is not entirely unpleasant. You would think with the ABV(10.0) alcohol would prevail in the nose and flavor, but no, it does not show up til later. Very hoppy grapefruit right up front fades to a very strong sticky, bitter finish. Oh yeah, here comes the alcohol from out of nowhere that actually ads a whole other layer that is totally unexpected. Reminds me of gin. Powerful stuff!

Photo of milwaukee512
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First beer I tried from Ballast Point, as they recently expanded to WI. Truly drinkable double/IIPAs are few and far between, but this one nails it. At 10% ABV, it is not for the faint of heart; this is a beer for those who at least like hop-heavy regular IPA brews like Dogfish Head 90-Minute or Sierra Nevada Torpedo. With that in mind, it's surprisingly light for its ABV, with (relatively) balanced flavor and character reminiscent of other B.Point beers like Big Eye or Sculpin.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty, good hop bitter flavor, a tasty dipa

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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