Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,315 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,315
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 246
Gots: 425 | FT: 4
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: 2,315 | Reviews: 618
Reviews by Ryan011235:
Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter 6/21/09

A - Deep amber color. Poured a 1/2 in. head that dissipates quickly. A bit of lace lingers, but not much.

S - Respectable hop character in the nose with a noticeable malt presence.

T - Piney, earthy hop flavor with a pleasant bitterness, which lingers slightly. A biscuity malt backbone takes a slightly more than supportive role, so to speak. This bottle being less-than-fresh, I'm not sure but what the hops & malt haven't washed together. Malts become more prevalent as the beer warms.

M - A bit of alcohol heat, with what I consider to be an interesting blend of slick & gritty mouthfeel.

D - I found this to be quite an enjoyable beer. Since the bottle was older (at least 6-8 months) I think the age put a damper on the hoppier qualities of the beer. Nonetheless, I still got a kick out of it. I would definitely like to try a fresh bottle sometime.

Notes : This is my 1st beer review, so it isn't the most comprehensive or well-informed. But that's why I'm here - to learn. I've been drinking craft beer fairly regularly for the past three years, but only recently decided to try my hand at reviews. I had this bottle sitting around for a special occasion & figured it would be as good a bottle as any with which to start.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Nature777
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Photo of weiserr
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of beerdedking
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
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...

Photo of Drel
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
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

Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
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!

Photo of mverity
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with a touch of orange. White head that faded rapidly into a thin collar and wisps. Aroma is faint citrus, grainy malt sweetness, slightly piney. Nice hop bitterness, medium-high carbonation, medium-low body. Taste is grainy malt, grassy/floral hop and grapefruit citrus, very faint spice.

Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber thanks to srandycarter. Pours a chill hazed orange amber body topped by a creamy medium sized, offwhite head. Good retention and plenty of clingy patch lacing.

Aroma is a melange of hops. Grassy, pine, and citrusy orange and tangerine. Subtle caramel notes underneath.

Medium body with lively carbonation.

Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone which supports a strong assault of citrusy and tropical fruits. Very well balanced with a subtle malt sweetness that doesn't intrude. Pink grapefruit and orange notes seem bathed in caramel. Assertive citrus rind bitterness envelopes the finish and aftertaste. Very nice!

Not as hopcentric as the other big California IPA's I've tried recently but typical of the style. Very nice balance in this one which enables it to stand as one of the finer DIPA's I've tried.

Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a tasty pint of this "S.D." style (What a great beer town!) DIPA @ O'Brians. It poured light clear amber, with a prety typical looking tan head. The lacing was fine and plentiful. The sniff was of light, guess what, hey we're in SD... .grapefruit. This is yet another SD hopalicious hop bomb of a DIPA. Waves of Grapefruit, continue to pass along the tongue, nostrils and all other senses. Recommended for all hop lovers.

Photo of badbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricot color, creamy white head with great retention and lacing. Apricot, mango, honeydew, cantoulope, tons of melon. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a touch of orange, and resin; a beautiful blend of citrus and melons. Somewhat high carbonation and medium bodied. When fresh, this is an outstanding beer.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some candy and resin hops, with some biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get some bitter pine and resin from the hop notes, as well as some brown sugar and orange citrus notes. There is a good amount of malty sweetness, which is mixed with some strong hop flavor and a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in SoCal at Holiday. Bargain price to boot. Pours rather orange for a DIPA. Big hop smell. Very nice WC hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable for a big DIPA. One of my favorite WC hop bombs. I had it on tap at Churchills which is even better than in a bottle. Highly recommended.

Cheers.

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 magictrokini
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at SD Brewing Co. One of the best Imperial IPA's out there. Dark gold with a thick head. Hops, pine, grapefruit, and resin fill the nose. The taste is exceptionally smooth and balanced. Huge hops and bitterness with a citrus and orange back. Kind of sticky feeling, but with a crisp finish.

Photo of ehammond1
2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Growler

Ballast Point Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

A glowing and clear amber with shades of red throughout. Thin white head perched atop with little lacing. Not a ton of carbonation or stick.

The nose is this beer's best characteristic. There's an array of citrus notes predominantly orange, grapefruit, and mango, along with a punch of melon, yet quite a bit of alcohol is very present in the nose as well.

The taste, however, falls away sharply and disappointingly from the vaulted ground the aroma sits atop. The hop bitterness and some citrus elements are here but this mainly consists of palette-wrecking, liquor-like alcohol burn. Unpleasant.

Thin, oily, and slick in the mouth. Goes down like liquor; harsh.

I'd been wanting to try this beer for a very, very long time. As a huge fan of Sculpin, I imagined this beer would find its way in to very similar heralded ground. I disappointingly missed it at Churchill's when it was on tap a few months ago.
When I got the e-mail yesterday about a new batch of Dorado, I rushed to the brewery asap and was the first to try the new batch. I even had to wait as they tapped the first keg and erased Tongue Buckler off their overhead board so they could add Dorado in its place.
I wanted to like this beer, and I didn't. Now I'm wondering what to do with the last half of an unwanted growler. Very disappointing.

(As strange as this sounds for a DIPA, this beer seems like a perfect candidate for aging. If I'd bought bombers instead of a growler, I'd cellar the remainder.)

Photo of MattyG85
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, lemon, tangerine, apricot, and melon. Big dank hints of pine resin as well as hints of grassy hops. Background hints of malt with hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. Very hop forward and ripe smelling. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose suggests, a juicy and oily hop driven taste with big notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with upfront notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, melon, and apricot. Big dank and spicy taste of pine resin. Also some grassy and floral hop notes. Backing malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good and nicely bitter hop forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: Another very good West Coast Imperial IPA. Good mix of juicy and piney hop flavors with a solid malt backing.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One gorgeous dipa, this one really glows. Scents of peach, mango, tropical fruits and a touch of fruity pebbles cereal. Taste mellows out and doesn't quite match up to the aromas. Still tasty, very drinkable for 10% and delicious. Alcohol comes through a bit more as it warms in the glass. Decent feel and finishes dry.

Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thunder, lightning, hail, and tornado heading my way, trying to submit this before the power goes.

Slightly hazed and apricot colored with a thick and foamy head of orangey-beige meringue that lingers long.

Fresh and inviting aroma of tangerine and sticky pine sap, some subtle malt.

Big and flavorful hop flavor upfront, just a little warm from the ABV, but not overpowering. Great mix of sweet citrus, subtle pine, and ruby red grapefruit. A midly tannic grapefruit rind pith rises from the finish. Some honey malt rides beneath to offer some balance, but the hops are way in front on this one and the bitterness keeps the malt from rising too high.

Rich and full mouthfeel, chewy upfront, finishes with a tingly flourish and a warming up the cheeks.

Very tasty and drinkable, many thanks to barleywinefiend for sending this gem coast to coast.

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into belgian tulip; slightly hazy bright orange with a lovely fluffy white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smell is pine, pine, pine; some hints of citrus rind and sweet fruit peek through but it's mostly pine. Taste is surprisingly complex compared to the smell; starts off with sweet malt but moves quickly into bitter/spicy hops with strong pine tastes. Finishes with drying bitter and spiciness, leaving some lingering sweetness and a hint of alcohol heat. Damn good west-coast IPA, this could hold its own against stuff like Ruination.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent enough beer, although I like their Sculpin and Big Eye better.

Appearance was amber with hints of brown. Good aroma, citrus, not pine.

Darker, stronger, didn't find it to be as balanced as would have liked, thought there was a grainy earth feel to it that didn't allow the hops to shine like their other IPAs.

Had at the dipa fest. Suffers from great expectations because of their other ipas, otherwise, there is nothing wrong with this.

Photo of whoneeds8
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass a clear orange with a one finger white head that really didn't last long. Minimal lacing. The scent isn't very strong for this style. But what is there is a fresh floral scent. The hop taste isn't very strong either. But the balance with a rather strong sweet malt back end of the palatte. It also leaves a nice sweet layer on the lips. Thanks to Andrew K for the bottle.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden slight copper colored hue with a nice sized white head, billows up the rim of my Sam Adams Boston Lager crazy balloon shaped glass. Forms fine even lacing and definitely settles rather quickly. Aroma for the most part is upfront hoppiness with pine cone, citrus as in grapefruit in this case. A touch of herbal kind bud pungency as well this is one hoppy creation out of So Cal, god I miss living out there and drinking beers like this on the daily. Flavor hits up front with sugary sweet and puckering bitter notes, much like a Green Flash DIPA it bites you with hop burp and sugary bitterness it's referred to as man candy in some podcasts from the Pittsburgh area. Even a bit onion or garlic with the type of bitterness going on that's a bit of a turn off, overall massively bitter and carbonation is even body is moderate nothing to offend here but then again nothing that thrills me completely. Drinkability overall is quality a beer I will quaff when graced with it's presence, scarcity is good but I would be better off with a six pack of 12 oz sculpin IPAs.

Photo of rudylaw
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange and cloudy with a huge head!

This isn't exceptionally hoppy for a DIPA. I get citrus and some apple notes in the nose.

Lots of citrus, peach and a touch of floral hops to boot. This tastes delicious. But, I'm not getting the hop explosion I was expecting. Almost too sweet.

I loved this beer but have a hard time classifying it as a DIPA. Either way, Ballast Point never disappoints.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,315 ratings.