Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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Reviews by sweetbrew82:
4.33/5 rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ reviewed when fresh
P: Glowing honey gold with a huge, healthy white head of thick, creamy, foam that showed good retention and left sticky lace all over the glass as it slowly deflated.
A: Ginormous waves of citrusy, piney hops smack me in the face and singe my nose hairs with aromas that smell like grapefruit, orange rinds, pineapple, and melons have been dipped in pine sap. This is one of the hoppiest noses out there, for sure!
T: Intense hop bitterness from the start with those same flavors of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit with some resinous pine right underneath. They're so bright, bold, vibrant, and powerful on the palate it's ridiculous! Lightly toasted caramel malt does a great job of holding everything up while only managing to peek through the wall of hops to provide a touch of sweetness. Like another Ballast Point brew, Tongue Buckler, the alcohol is a little hotter on the palate than I would prefer. Other than that complaint, it is superb!
M: The mouthfeel is just a notch below being truly full-bodied, with a good amount of creaminess even though it is quite sticky. The dry finish seems to scrub the tongue clean of any moisture.
Notes: Wow! This is the epitome of what West Coast DIPA's are all about. Wall-to-wall hops with a tropical vibe and an intense bitterness that beats the palate into submission. The presence of ethanol, and the heat resulting from it, is the only thing keeping the flavor score from reaching greatness. This is top-shelf!
Serving type: bottle
07-20-2009 06:11:18 | More by sweetbrew82
More User Reviews:
4.36/5 rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Tawny golden beer topped by a creamy white foam that recedes gradually leaving sheets of lace. Not a big nose, but I'm getting earthy bread, faint lemons, marmelade. Taste pine and resin, honeydew melon, papaya, oranges, lemons. Moderate bitterness with ample malt makes for one of the rarer hop forward yet juicy, wet, refreshing type of balanced brews. Delicious. Firm carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. A very well crafted, delicious beer. Mild bitter, clean finish. Shocking easy to quaff being 10% ABV. Will buy again.
Serving type: bottle
04-17-2014 01:56:34 | More by JackieTH
4.24/5 rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Had on draft at Slaters 50/50 in tulip on 4/2/14
A-Pours a deep, clear copper, with small head. Decent lacing
S-Strong hop aroma, with some breadiness and citrus.
T-Flavor is slightly bitter, full pine hops, with a surprising sweetness and some distinct floral, citrus notes, strong grapefruit. Liked it a lot
M-mouthfeel is well balance and great carbonation
O-Overall another great beer by Ballast Point.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2014 02:24:49 | More by reebtaerG
4.4/5 rDev +6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
04-06-2014 06:47:37 | More by MattyG85
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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