Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by bryanbrick:
3.95/5 rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
From a 22 with no apparent dating.
I've had this in the fridge for probably a bit too long to tell you the honest truth, sometime in May to be exact. I just have too much good beer to drink lately since my head long leap into trading, a good problem to have.
Pours a slight 1/3 inch head, a bit on the lean side for a DIPA. That same head dissipates quickly and at best only leaves a thin film through out the life of the beer. Plus there is zero lacing here, how is that even possible for a DIPA.
I love the nose here. In fact I think it is easily the best part of the beer. It is super hops, hops under a magnifying glass, hops on PEDs. For a double there is surely not much of a malt presence here, in that sense it really stays true to its West Coast roots. Evergreen, alfalfa, artichokes, with a smattering of spice notes like cardamom or saffron. I wish I had this fresher now. Bummer.
The taste is what you'd expect from a DIPA and BP. Bold, in-your-face stuff with a hankering for complete dryness. Without the presence of any considerable malt flavors this is a hops lover's dream. Full of juniper, grapefruit, orange zest and the slightest feign of caramel. This one-sided story is the thing that keeps the score down for me. For my palate this amount of hops needs a counterbalance and it never shows.
This is like a desert, dry and gritty. This really goes for the gusto as far as completely throwing down the hops hammer. If you stop drinking it for more that a second it totally goes all cottonmouth on you
But if you quickly drink this you'll be on you ass. 1/3 of the way through the bottle and I can feel it coming on strong. A one beer beer for sure.
Serving type: bottle
07-11-2009 04:09:50 | More by bryanbrick
More User Reviews:
4.03/5 rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Big fan of the couple of BP IPAs that I have tried. Perhaps then big expectations for this double. Finger of white head and amber body, good look overall. Very big aromas. Got lots of orange, citrus, pine, a random floral note. Bright and hoppy nose. This had a strong malt backbone and overall bright, clean palate. Nice amt of bitterness and definitely caught a nice pine taste as the glass warmed. Bit oily mouthfeel (DIPA anyone?), but good. As expected. I was not blown away by this beer, however it was really, really good. Sculpin may be a bit more balanced than it's bigger brother... but this is definitely one to try for the IPA crowd. Can't wait to go to my conference in San Diego next spring. Go Ballast Point!
Serving type: on-tap
07-27-2014 15:16:59 | More by Mikus
4/5 rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A: Copper with a light haze and lots of tiny particles floating in it. Virtually no visible carbonation, and 5 fingers of of beige tinged foamy head. It fades fairly fast.
S: Pine, citrus, caramel, honey, candied orange, spicy red pepper heat. Light onion, garlic scent.
T: Caramel, orange, pine, a bitterness that starts of light then comes in slowly with a numbing tingling quality on the tongue. Sichuan spice lingers on the tongue.
M: Medium light body, fine light bubbly carbonation. Feels light on the tongue and hides the alcohol well.
O: Really well done brew which hides the alcohol, light feeling for a double IPA, well done well rounded beer. 9 from me. Drank in Tallahassee, FL July 22nd after a long drive from Tampa.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 02:30:27 | More by patre_tim
4.14/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
"A huge, hoppy brew that will test your sea legs. Our Dorado Double IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle opting and dry hopping makes this beer a serious hop lover's prize catch. It's an amazingly drinkable, award-winning beer that's as beautifully balanced as it is big." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Released annually in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.
Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a khaki white head of a creamy foam texture over an apricot amber body with fine sediment in tow and moderate haziness. Retention is very good, lacing is light and patchy. 4.5
(Smell) A hoppy nose of zesty citrus ream, tropical fruit and tart grapefruit. Bitterness is perceivably moderate. The malt body is a simple pale malt with a hint of biscuit and light toasted caramel syrup for a subtle body. Aroma is clean and moderately potent. The hops have a touch less lively presence than I had expected. 4
(Taste) The hop character and malt body are nearly in line with one another in this beer. Juicy orange and tangerine with a creeping grapefruit note, a little fresher and more flavorful than the aroma anticipated. Bitterness is strong yet in line with the sweetness of the body, they are well balanced at the conclusion of each sip. The malt body is a slick toasted caramel grain with a slightly boozy edge. The finish is mildly grainy with a resinous hop squeeze and a puff of alcohol. 4.25
(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, resinous, drying. Carbonation generates a fuzzy frothiness for a softly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is equally bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and aside from some perks of booze, off characters are minimal. 4
(Overall) A well balanced and flavorful Double IPA with a lot of west coast bright hop character and a bold bitterness to match. My biggest complaint was a slight booziness that stole away the drinkability slightly. Dorado has been around for a while as one of the earlier pioneers of the increasingly popular Double IPA style, and at the reasonable price point, it's a justified purchase. 4
Ballast Point Brewing Company's
Dorado Double IPA
Serving type: bottle
07-19-2014 01:19:47 | More by Jadjunk
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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