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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

597 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 597
Hads: 2,448
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 249
Gots: 501 | 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

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 597 | Hads: 2,448
Reviews by asabreed:
Photo of asabreed
3.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic glass.

Apprearance: A pretty beautiful hazy copper-yellow color in the glass, with a bright and moderately sticky amount of lacing that's pretty steadfast on the glass.

Smell: This is one of those DIPAs that bugs me slightly because even as I've been sipping on it for a while now, and even as it warms, there's a one-note kind of overtaking husk / grainy note that seems to be shrouding everything a little too much, which is not what I was expecting. To me, this reads as 1) Way too much hops, and 2) Too unbalanced. It's happened with a lot of breweries that try their hand at a double-digit ABV DIPA, and I didn't expect it from BP. Yes: some citrus, some floral, but not a lot I can get that's making me keep going back. Balance isn't here, and it's hurting the beer.

Taste: Same with the mouthfeel. Why does it need to be hopped three separate times if it's at the expense of harmonious and balanced malt characteristics? One thing it's absolutely not is sweet in any way, so OK, I guess that's a plus. But it becomes too bitter, bone-dry, and only slightly lingering on the tongue with, again, that husk and grain, and too-bitter fruit rinds and hop oils that are WAY too in your face. I can take it, folks, but I just expected more here.

Mouthfeel: Nicely medium-bodied for the ABV, with moderate yet bright and crisp carbonation. When the mouthfeel and look of a beer are its shining points, that's good, but overall not the best thing in the end.

Drinkability: For the QPR (I forget how much it was, but in the end, I paid way too much for it), I'm pretty disappointed. Ballast Point seems to keep reminding me of Trent Richardson's current Fantasy Football season: I always start him hoping for a lot of good things, but I "paid" too much for something that can't get above what a similar 5th round pick could do for another team with a worse offensive line. I won't give up -- and on the whole this isn't a bad beer in any way really in the grand scheme of things -- but man, this didn't hit the mark at all for me when it comes to what I expected, and I won't be going back to it. (2,141 characters)

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. (966 characters)

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. (690 characters)

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. (661 characters)

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... (406 characters)

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! (1,426 characters)

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... (291 characters)

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 (173 characters)

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. (560 characters)

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. (1,104 characters)

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! (969 characters)

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 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

Photo of csmartin6
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev -2.9%

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.