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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,353 Ratings

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Ratings: 1353
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003)
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Photo of JackieTH


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
Photo of reebtaerG


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
Photo of MattyG85


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
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a snifter glass.
Pours a medium clear amber with minimal head.
Smell was a bit lacking initially but increased as it warmed up, good hoppiness and alcohol.
Taste was a nice level of bitterness, alcohol forward, but not quite as hoppy citrus as Sculpin.
Mouthfeel was crisp, dry. I enjoyed it.
Overall, a nice double IPA from BP. It's 10% ABV and you can tell. Good bitterness level but could use more dry hopping for increased juiciness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 17:36:30 | More by BoldRulerVermont
Photo of elNopalero


4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a golden amber in color with a thin layer of foaming on top. I get a piney aroma to it up front, followed by a touch of orange peel and a puff of caramel. The flavor is intensely piney with some orange peel citrus character and a resiny sweetness. I found it malty and somewhat bready, achieving a nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 20:02:14 | More by elNopalero
Photo of hardy008


4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber/gold color, with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and melon.

Tastes much like it smells, with grapefruit, mango, pineapple, melon, and caramel malt. It is surprising how sweet this Double IPA tastes. There is plenty of hop bitterness too, so Ballast Point must have added plenty of malt to balance out the 90 IBUs.

Medium bodied with soft light carbonation. Very smoot hand easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10.00 % abv beer. An absolutely delicious Double IPA, which is well worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:01:43 | More by hardy008
Photo of Wedgie28


3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper

Small head, disapated quickly. Bunch of white stuff from the rim to the bottom of the glass after all the beer was gone.

Faint smell of a pine needle when you snap it between your fingers.

Leaves a film on your lips like chapstick. That was cool.

Good beer!

Don't really want to write any more words. Just trying to make quota.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2014 22:50:45 | More by Wedgie28
Photo of mverity


3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 04:46:38 | More by mverity
Photo of 57md


3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear light copper color with a thin layer of head that dissipated almost immediately. The nose is certainly hoppy. The flavor is dominated by the hop profile except for a touch of citrus that pokes through the hops. This is certainly a fine offering, but it pales in comparison to Sculpin.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 18:48:49 | More by 57md
Photo of gatornation


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

on tap @ Yardhouse

A- pour a beautiful mostly clear amber/orange color with a wispy fresh off-white head
S-tropical with mango and pineapple some caramel malt
T- delicious very tropical with fruit forward hops a kiss of caramel malts
M-non bitter 2IPA with ABV well hidden nice carbonation smooth and drinkable
O- nicely done if you like fruity tropical ipa's this one is for you

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 18:43:20 | More by gatornation
Photo of lacqueredmouse


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased in California and brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam.

Pours a rather clear orange colour, with a solid weight to the body. Head is somewhere between white and off-white, which is probably getting too specific, but full and foamy, leaving some sheeting, intricate lace as it goes down. Carbonation is very fine. Looks good.

Nose is spicy with orange pith dominant mellowed by a rounded barley sugar character. Slight peppery tones come through as well, creating a little crispness. It's not a particularly dynamic nose, but it's certainly very pleasant.

Light entry on the palate with some spicy citrus coming through, leading towards a greener, slightly more herbal bitterness through the centre. This is rounded off again by that sweet barley sugar maltiness towards the back, helping it stay balanced. It's rather clean all up, helped by a peppery bitterness which punctuates the ending. Everything is held in check nicely.

Feel is full, but with a pleasant lightness. It works well.

It's extremely balanced for a DIPA, and as a result it's a lot more drinkable. I certainly enjoyed this a great deal.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 03:37:26 | More by lacqueredmouse
Photo of BierJager89


4.58/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: Glowy amber orange with a foamy white head.

S: Blueberry, melon, mango, tangerine and fresh orange in the nose.

T: Sweet orange, tangerine, mango, melon and blueberry.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Definitely a nice change from you average IPA hop character. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 19:08:32 | More by BierJager89
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Dorado' is right - Fort Knox must be empty because here’s where all the gold’s at. This Double IPA brims with yellow and tarnished golden tones. It is clear but lightly freckled with little dots (not yeast sediment, the bottom of the bottle's clean; my guess is coagulated proteins). The head is moderate but its lacing makes the glass look like a foamy coral reef.

The beer smells like a fruit stand, more specifically one from the southern hemisphere. It brims with fresh-cut papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, and a tinge of guava. The nose is citric and tropical, a model example for the style. Of course, there's a good deal of bready maltiness too, but it's entirely saturated in those resinous hop oils.

The flavour balances citric hops and biscuity malts in such a way you'd think it was brewed by an arbitrator. There's gooseberries, clementines, grapefruit but also toffee brittle and honeyed-nuts - like someone set up a bakery in the jungle. Wholesome and hoppy.

The abundance of sweet, bready maltiness is evidence that this sample isn't the freshest (though it's still 2 months from the brewery's suggested 'best before'); still, the citrus oils are present on every sip. Their acidity is not only refreshing but also helps disguise the alcohol.

I'm hard-pressed to think of another brewery that offers a more impressive trio of hop bombs - Ballast Point's Sculpin, Big Eye, and Dorado are among the best IPAs you'll find in the country. This is a brewery that not only gets the need for character, but also the importance of balance. Everything this brewer touches turns to gold - Dorado (obviously) included.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:07:19 | More by biegaman
Photo of BB1313


3.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

DOB on label. 22oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a clear burnt golden; fluffy eggshell white head that fades slowly and leaves great retention and nice lacing. The aromas have a decent amount of grapefruit shining. Lots of bready malts. Some caramel. Some lime zest too. Some soap. Some alcohol notes. Sweet aromas. The flavors have a solid bitterness to it. Tons of pine needles. Lots of sweet grapefruit. Slightly syrupy. Some resin in the mix. Lots of lime juice. It's juicy, but dry at the same time. The alcohol is there in the finish, but it's not hot or boozy. Mouthfeel is nice. It's full-bodied and creamy with active carbonation. Very smooth. Nice beer to relax with.

This is a solid DIPA. It's relatively fresh so it's enjoyable, but nothing too spectacular. It's well crafted for sure, but I'd still take a Sculpin over this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2014 19:55:11 | More by BB1313
Photo of cjgiant

District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours amber-golden, with a little head and good amount of lacing. The nose is citrusy, and some mild undertones of grass.

The taste starts out like a classic malt-forward IPA. The orangey citrus hops are also up front, with a honey sweetness. There is a little tickle of carbonation on the tongue playing up front, but also a spicy hops bite. The spice bite is peppery, overcoming the malt, leading to a mildly dry resin-y pull on the tongue. The finish has a fade through mango to a pine wood dryness that lingers a bit.

Overall, it's a solid imperial IPA. It runs the gambit from sweetness to dryness playing on the tongue the whole way.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2013 05:40:06 | More by cjgiant
Photo of snaotheus


3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. Bottle code is DOR 44 ENJOY By 09/16/2013, so apparently I ought to pay a little more attention to the dates when I buy at Total Wine. But, I've already learned that I'm not very sensitive to the deterioration of hoppy beers over time.

Pours cloudy golden with a respectable pale head, long retention, lots of active carbonation. Smell is mild, grassy, bitter; fine, but not flashy.

Taste is strongly bitter, lots of pine, a little hint of honeysuckle.

Mouthfeel is dry, thick but not sticky. Overall, this is pretty good, but I'm not overwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 00:45:46 | More by snaotheus
Photo of DPJ3322


4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I poured this into a snifter since that is my favorite glass for IPAs, I know it isn't quite right but oh well.

Appearance - It is golden/amber, really beautiful hue typical Imperial look to it. I gave it a pretty aggressive pour that led to a head that lingered for a bit. Eventually it went away though.

Smell - I kind of get a fruity/sugary smell initially but maltiness really takes over pretty fast. I like the bready smell though.

Taste - The balance is pretty much perfect, the malty sweetness versus the hop bitter, it is nice. The immediate aftertaste is a little pungent for me though, only really detract able I can say about it.

Mouthfeel - Very smooth, that's all I can say.

Overall - It's not Pliny the Elder which I really like but it is in the same ballpark. That being said I am more partial to American Barleywines than Imperial IPAs so that kind of influences my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 04:32:05 | More by DPJ3322
Photo of bmwats


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into Dogfish IPA glass.

A: Dark golden/very light amber hue. Pours 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Settles, very slowly. Uneven, pock marked, blanket remains along with a trail of dry sticky residue.

S: Pine cone, citrus, honey, and butterscotch. Very floral and liquory.

T: Really hoppy, with a pungent sourdough. Bitter pecan shell. A bit of lemon pith, tree bark.

M: Thick and hearty. Strong boozy feel. Pungent, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really strong. Dark hue, large frothy head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is floral pine, with sweet and citrus. Really hoppy and pungent, with some bitter pecan and citrus. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2013 02:28:35 | More by bmwats
Photo of macrosmatic


3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy orangish-gold. A thin white head forms but fades quickly. Low visible carbonation.

S: Hmmm…this smells a bit oxidized. Mostly bready and caramel malt sweetness, some citrus rind and resin hops.

T: Orange citrus up front, then caramel sweetness, bready malts with toffee flavors, resin and floral bitterness, with a touch of cardboard oxidation through the whole drink. Mildly bitter in the hang.

M: Medium body, alcohol noticeable but not overdone, and carbonation on the low side.

O: This isn't particularly good, but not terrible objectionable. It does taste kind of old. I'll re-review with a fresher bottle if there are significant changes.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:09:04 | More by macrosmatic
Photo of asabreed

New York

3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 20:18:24 | More by asabreed
Photo of Flounder57


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, grapefruit, candied oranges, a little booze, and pine.

Taste: Candied orange, grapefruit, and tangerine up front followed by caramel maltiness, pine, alcohol, and tingling bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, some tingling bitterness, medium bodied, a little booze, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid double IPA that is traditional with west coast offerings. I don't have much left of distributed beers from these in Boston. One more style and I might have to make a road trip after that.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 05:51:33 | More by Flounder57
Photo of TempeBeerMan


4.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottle a little past it's "best by" date of 09/09/13.

A - Pours a hazy, brilliant gold the color of precious metal, with a one-finger white head. Wispy patches of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of pine, tropical fruit, and grass with a hint of butterscotch.

T - Starts off with a blast of grapefruit, mango, and lime sweetness, followed by spruce and grass in the mid-palate. The whole sip is supported by a sticky sweet malt underbody that really brings a nice balance. Complex. Flavors as a whole are assertive. ABV more noticeable on the tongue than in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied and carbonated, with a sticky resinous feel. Some drying in spite of the stickiness, which I found to be pretty pleasurable.

O - A big, brash, powerhouse of a beer. Reminds me of a less alcoholic 120 Minute. I have had this before, and being two months past the best by date seemingly did nothing to weaken the impact of the hops. Definitely a must for anyone who enjoys their DIPA's on the sweeter side. A serious repeat buy for me, and I found myself wishing I had another as soon as I finished.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 06:33:19 | More by TempeBeerMan
Photo of bark


3.11/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The colour is gold (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head sinks down to a thick lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is bitter, dry and hoppy. Some harsh green flavours, hints of alcohol. Sweet ripe fruits, honey and some cream cookies.

The taste is very bitter. Caramel/candy sweetness with some exotic fruits, not much of citric fruits. Sweet notes of puff pastry and bitter herbs. Medium body. The aftertaste is chemical and somewhat harsh with dried fruits and high alcohols. Lots of hops and sweet malt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-thick.

A bitter DIPA that with some chemical off-flavours and harsh hops. I have had better.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2013 19:42:07 | More by bark
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2.99/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i remember enjoying this brew fresh from the taps at the Ballast Point home brew shop several years ago, so i jumped at the shot to grab a 22oz for $5. maybe the bottle had been sitting for awhile, because i believe the hops have fallen out significantly. the beer is completely opaque; my hand disappears behind the cloudy, amber liquid in the glass. lacing is significant all across the glass. nose honeyed stone fruit, and some caramel malts. on the palate i detect aromas of dried apricot, more malt sweetness, and something reminiscent of toasted nuts. there is some bitterness on the back end, but also lingering, syrupy alcohol sweetness, too. as it stands, this product is everything i dislike about imperial or double ipas: cloying sweetness as a result of raising the abv without the heady hop aromas i love so much about west coast ipa. if there was any brewed on/enjoy by date, it was covered up by the $5 handmade price tag. this will be a hard bottle to finish. will update the review when i can confirm i have a fresh bottle/draft in hand.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 02:36:01 | More by dannydetox
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New York

4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent double IPA. Great color and a perfect balance of hop aroma. Just the right amount of malt to give it a well-balanced taste and a great mouthfeel. Mediuim to dark copper appearance. Ballast Point hit all the right points with this. This could easily makes its way to my top 10 list of double IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:49:53 | More by macd144
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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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