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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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610 Reviews

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Reviews: 610
Hads: 2,507
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 252
Gots: 528 | FT: 5
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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Reviews by PicoPapa:
Photo of PicoPapa
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with a Best Before Date of 071313. Pours a golden orange with a half inch of head. Lots of sticky lacing. Tropical fruits and sweet citrus aroma. Some piney hops too. The taste is alot like the aroma. Tropical fruits and orange peel. Pine more towards the end. Actually, the nose had more fruit than pine but I'd say the taste has more pine than tropical fruits. Resinous wih an oily mouthfeel. Not too much alcohol taste. Took me a long time to get to try this one but it was worth the wait. Overall, worth seeking out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jwaks
2.46/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps i got an old or bad batch. The palate is full of hot alcohol, the hop flavor is dirty, earthy and nasty with a good dose of pine and grapefruit with very irritating, rough and highly persistent bitterness all on a shitty light caramel malt base. Fermentation is clean, that's about the only bright spot. My expectations were high given my experience with sculpin and other ballast point brews, yet this has got to be one of the absolute worst dipas i've had in awhile. Hop flavor sucks, it's just a blast of dirty earthy piney bitterness. This brew may benefit from a fermentation with more fruity esters, lower alcohol and use of hops with a cleaner less astringent bitterness and less earthiness. There seems to be a love affair with big bold high alcohol brews despite the flavor profile or other qualities which this completely lacks. I will try another batch to reproduce my experience and make sure nothing is off and, for now, i do not recommend this.

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Photo of Nature777
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Ballast Point Brewery out in San Diego. This was my second trip to the brewery, and the first time I've had this beer. One word describes it; "flawless." This is the best DIPA that I have had to this point. Being from NY, I'm accustomed to East Coast styled IPAs. Despite that, I have a new found love for the West Coast style of IPAs.

This beer had a very distinct malty sweetness to it. The hop profile was strong but not overbearing. This beer was resoundingly balanced and highly enjoyable.

*As a note, this site has the ABV listed as 9.6%, the brewery had the ABV posted as 10.6%. I don't know if that batch was stronger than usual or if that was the norm.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My palate was invaded by distinct notes of pine. I get ripe melon, hints of lemon, and orange peel as it warms. Initial sips mask the abv, which, at a whopping 10%, is nothing to take lightly. After two pours, I can tell that Ballast Point had no intent of messing around with Dorado. This a head knocker, and it should be treated as such. Nothing exquisite or pretty about this one; it's not Halle Berry in a glass. However, it drinks well and provides enough flavor to make you appreciate the lengths the brewer traveled to deliver a first-rate product. Semi-dry on the finish. Try it, and enjoy it. Just don't expect to walk away with your new favorite beer.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At times overlooked, but quite possibly the quintessential San Diego DIPA. Hits all the traditional notes of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and pine. Perfectly balanced, it has the drinkability of a much lesser ABV brew. No alcohol presence whatsoever. One of my favorite beers, period. It's so well put together, why wouldn't it be? Approachable, yet plenty hoppy for the most discerning hop head...

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most expensive beer in my catalogue so far, this was initially (attempted to be) sent from California to Ethiopia, only to be stopped by customs in New York. Returned unharmed, the shipping cost around $90USD, yet the beer remained unopened, set aside in a garage refrigerator for when I returned.

I returned.

Opened and poured into an unassuming glass, it came out a Golden Amber with minimal head, allowing for, as they say, easy access. Smooth on the palate, it was not of the bitterness associated with other Double IPAs, an equal mixture of smell and taste as it traveled down to the Nethersphere of ma belly. Light and refreshing for a DIPA, it worked its magic, reminding me of the hardships of East Africa while remaining grateful that I was drinking this beer among the Purple Mountains Majesty of the greatest country on Earth.

I couldn't think of a better way to welcome myself home, surrounded by the positive percentiles (10%) of this beer, and the positive vibrations (Turn On Your Lovelight) associated with its mixture of quality look, smell, taste, and feel. I don't know if it would have been any different had it made it to Ethiopia to be enjoyed there, but right now, amongst the ocean breeze and blue skies of Southern California, mere miles from this particular beer's inception, I am just grateful that all roads lead home, and it is here where I can enjoy this Dorado Double IPA!

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A slightly hazy medium amber body with a large, off-white head which leaves behind a plethora of spotty lace.

Smell: Pineapple and coconut lend a tropical twist to a mixture of juicy citrus fruit. Malt produces a complementary scent of buttery crackers.

Taste: Passionfruit and pomegranate mix with the usual hoppy citrus rind taste. The tropical aspect of the bouquet is not repeated in the flavor. Instead, It is replaced by a toasty malt taste, which makes the beer darker and more dull than a typical IPA. Medium high bitterness is accentuated by white pepper and basil.

Mouthfeel: Overall the body is medium, with a bit of a creamy, buttery, comfort food texture combined with spritzy carbonation and a moderately dry finish. The alcohol warming is light, and settles peacefully in the belly.

Overall: It's a good IPA overall, but the maltiness and darker fruit flavors detract from the refreshing qualities expected from the style.

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Photo of HopHeadBeerFed
1.79/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Metallic taste despite good coloration on the pour. Hips are hidden in the high ABV no malt backbone whatsoever Very disappointed for the the price point. After a prior review of Dogfish 90 and Stone enjoy by.. this beer fails in all regards of an imperial IPA. Good buzz that's about it...

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with butterscotch edges. The largish cap is pastel orange-tinted ivory in color and is currently filling the top third of the pint glass with no sign of giving any quarter whatsoever. In time, it drops far enough to reveal a great deal of sticky lace in torn sheets. The light, bright color of the beer leads me to think that caramel malt will be in short supply. I certainly hope so; who needs yet another barleywine wannabe?

I've been enjoying the fantastic nose ever since the pour and it has taken all of my willpower to keep typing and not dive right it. I mean that figuratively rather than literally, but if the glass was bigger, I just might give it a go. This beer features an explosive aroma of all manner of citrus fruits, including pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple and passionfruit. One of the best DIPAs that I've smelled in quite some time.

The flavor profile follows suit, more or less. As expected, there isn't a whole lot of melted caramel present (there's still some though) on the palate. The malt backbone is appropriately huge, which is a good thing given all the hops. Even though I've had much hoppier versions, this one will scratch that alpha acid itch for damn sure.

The same citrus fruits that were present in the nose are present in the mouth, with orange shining especially brightly. In fact, given the less than perfectly masked alcohol (about which more below) comparisons to Grand Marnier would not be out of line. There's also a great deal of pungent pine sappiness present; an impressive amount in fact. The hoppiness isn't the high end hoppiness of an IPA, nor is it the bottom end thrum of a good American barleywine, but is something in the vast middle.

I have no idea how fresh this beer is, but I'm guessing that it hasn't been in the bomber long because of the still hot alcohol. While it isn't a deal breaker (it is a deal cracker), I prefer my DIPAs to hit me over the head with hops, not ethanol.

There's no letdown in the body/mouthfeel department. It's probably closer to medium than to full (for the style) with the alcohol acting as a solvent to cut the potential fullness down to size. It isn't a worry, though, since all that malt provides plenty of plushness and a light sticky sappiness on the finish.

Yet again, Ballast Point Brewing Company comes through with a solid, delicious version of a classically American style. These guys are often overshadowed by the AleSmiths and the Stones of the beer world, but cracking open a bottle of their beer is all it takes to prove that, in many cases, they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath with the San Diego County giants. Dorado Double IPA is all the proof that anyone should require.

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Photo of Drel
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had an off smell after pouring. I can only describe it as funky. Very boozy tasting with an initial sweetness that wasn't expected. I can see the appeal but it wasn't for me

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 18th.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear medium to full golden with a great looking sticky two finger white head atop.Tropical fruit and grassy hop aromas dominate,mild alcohol sweetness as well.Minty-leafy and overripe fruit-like hop flavors with a big shot of sweet alcohol on the palate,the hops win out barely over the brash alcohol in the finish.As I drink more a real sharp grapefruit rind flavor comes into play.This is big and brash but the hops win out over the sweet alcohol wich can't be said for to many of the style,a great DIPA.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -9%

Photo of Andnkuhn
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Our personal goal is to try every Double IPA out there. Thanks to Ballast Point for keeping our dream alive, and they also use one of our favorite hops, Centennial. Thick two fingers of head and rings of lace on the glass with nearly every sip. Sunset-orange color shows off the clarity. Heavy citric-toned aroma of grapefruit pulp, orange rind and a hint of lime leaves. Clean fruitiness and alcohol in the nose with hints of pineapple and mango. A little chewy with a medium body and lots of smoothness. Hop bitterness is sharp and cuts deep at nearly palate-ruining levels, though it never reaches a point of no return. Grapefruit rind, orange zest and lime weigh a heavy blanket on the taste buds. Shortbread maltiness in the middle comes through and then gets clobbered by the hops. Alcohol is very deceiving with only a slight warmth and faintness in the breath. Finishes dry with a long drawn-out bitterness that our taste buds just can't shake.

An exemplary example of the American Double IPA, hopheads should be aiming their sites on this beer.

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Photo of DahWag
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting a chance to try this one. Pours into my glass a brilliant golden orange with great clarity and an inch of creamy white bubbling head on top of the brew. Good active carbonation. I can already smell the hops. Big explosion of pine and citrus oily hop resins wafting up from the glass. Sweet undertone with a kiss of cotton candy and caramel. Tropical fruit and earthy herbal accents.

First sip brings smooth sweet malts upfront that get bowled over by a wall of juicy hop goodness. Deep citrus and pine resins dance with an earthy, spicy undertone. Tropical tones and a bit of a medicinal touch. Bitter smack on the way down but there is enough malt to keep it all in line. Tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and full. Goes down easily with spot on carbonation. This is one easy drinking double IPA. Overall, I found this to be a tasty west coast hop bomb. Not earth shattering for me but damn good and one I would definitely drink again sometime!

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Photo of supa0525
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.86/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color. Tiny off-white head.
Primarily citrus aroma. Some tropical fruit, a little bit of pine.
Mostly grapefruit taste, with some tangerine. A little bit of papaya, an even smaller hint of pine.
Nicely hopped. Would never know it was 10% ABV.

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Photo of gregmoscetti
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of coxxx616
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of freshflesh
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of DaftPatrick
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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