Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

585 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 585
Hads: 2,384
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 246
Gots: 465 | 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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Reviews: 585 | Hads: 2,384
Photo of Dijeriduster
1.66/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure what the story is but Ballast Point has done it again - changing the recipe for one of their most popular beers...first Sculpin last year and now Dorado. Boo.

A - Light honey gold with just a hint of head that doesn't stick around

S - Sweet and slightly phenolic with just a hint of hops, this should be a hop monster but smells like off homebrew

T - Sweet and bitter, but not in a hoppy way. Tastes like it didn't ferment all the way out or ferm'd at too low a temperature. Pales in comparison to years past.

M - Thin and whispy, the sweetness clings to your tongue in a bad way.

O - Wouldn't even get a taster of this let alone a pint. This is a classic example of needing to dump a batch - if Dog Fish can handle it then BP should buck up too. A sad day. (772 characters)

Photo of HopHeadBeerFed
1.79/5  rDev -56.7%
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 brewohio1
2.06/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Easily one of the WORST DIPAs ive ever had. Nothing but extreme bitterness up front and a strong alcohol finish. If youre going to brew 10% abv beers at least do a good job covering it and balancing the flavor. (210 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
2.22/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Growler from Stony Brook Beverage, Stony Brook, NY served in a pint glass.

Look: clear golden body with big carbonation bubbles floating to the top, nice head retention on the beige head with some lacing left behind. Good looking.

Smell: resin with a big, boozy aroma. Not particularly inviting. If I really stick my nose in it, I can pick up hints of floral, citrusy aromas too but they are hard to pick out.

Taste: follows the nose with a lot of alcohol and unpleasant resinous bitterness. Not very good.

Feel: medium to full in body, which is a good mouthfeel for a DIPA, but that booziness is a problem. Its not really sessionable and I decided to stop drinking halfway to the bottom of my glass. I will be leaving the rest of the growler for my girlfriend to finish, since she seemed to like it.

Overall: not impressed. I was expecting a bigger Sculpin and got this instead. The keg was fairly recently tapped so either the beer has sat in distributor hell for a long time or this beer is terrible. Given that the only Ballast Point I've had that I enjoyed was Sculpin, I might be inclined to believe it is the latter. Avoid. Cheers! (1,144 characters)

Photo of thegerm87
2.45/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Likely past it's prime and may have to revisit. All sweet caramel, bready, spicy malt with faded citrus (grapefruit, orange) and bitter, soapy hops. Slightly grassy, and a bit of a plastic smell to it. Like a typically overhopped west coast ipa or poorly executed American barleywine. (284 characters)

Photo of Jwaks
2.46/5  rDev -40.4%
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 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.) (1,533 characters)

Photo of Sideswipe
2.55/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery. Into a pint glass.

Dark amber color with half a finger of foam. Head recedes rapidly leaving a small ring around the outside of my glass. No lacing at all portends that all is not right in Denmark. Smell is of sweet malt and dank hops. No floral or citrus qualities are discernible. I'm getting a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. The taste is... Well, first and foremost it's sweet. Overly sweet. This is followed by a wave of bitterness and a sweet juicy finish. The term "medicinal" is the first adjective that comes to mind. It reminds me of the cough syrup I never wanted to take when I was a kid. Speaking of syrup, the feel is thick and syrupy with a low level of carbonation. Overall this was a disappointment. I remember this being much better when I had it a year or so ago. Brighter and much less sweet. As is, this beer is not undrinkable, I finished my pint, but it was not very enjoyable. (935 characters)

Photo of Dubber55
2.61/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Into a Founders snifter pours a slightly hazy honey/gold with 1 finger head.

First thing I smell is very strong pine. Then I smell booze and some more grassy hops.

Taste starts off with strong pine, followed by biscuity toasted malt, grass clippings and plenty of booze.The finish is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, I do not like this beer. It becomes syrupy and cloying from all the malt. Almost reminds me of a barleywine. Way too sweet for my tastes. The booze is also pretty strong which covers up whatever other flavors there might be. (603 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.77/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear and pale with an orange tint. A half finger dense head depeltes to a thin layer around the edge and a mound in the middle from the etching in my FW nonic. Lots of grapefruit and lemon with some piney bite in the aroma. Malt is biscuity but light, taking a seat behind the hops. Speaking of hops, they start and end the taste of this beer. Starting off tart and citrusy, moving to utterly bitter, and ending with a weedy, grainy bitterness that lasts on the back of your throat. Body is balanced with a dry aftertaste.

This one ain't kidding around with the bitterness. There is not much sweetness in the malt to balance this one out and it's bitter from start to finish. It does mellow out with time and as it warms, but there really isn't much complexity to this. Lots of great DIPA's in CA. This is not one of them, unfortunitately. (841 characters)

Photo of jfunkk79
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a very clear light amber. Nice fluffy head that clings all the way down. Aroma is very nice full of pine and citrus. The smell was the best part of this beer IMHO. The taste was overpowered by a strong alcohol flavor that hangs in the back of the mouth losing a lot of the hop in the process. Was not impressed. (317 characters)

Photo of jrnyc
2.9/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love Ballast Point, Sculpin is one of my favorite beers. I had high hopes for this one, but it was a big disappointment. It was very bitter, bitter not in a good way. My friiend had some and he had same feelings as me. We drank as much as we could, but ultimately this was a drain pour. (288 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
2.97/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I can't say I enjoyed this one nearly as much as many others did. Nothing terrible here, but it just fell flat for me basically across the board. My main complaint was with the mouth feel. It simply seems flat and watery, not enjoyable at all. There are much better examples of the site of the style on the shelf in my opinion. (333 characters)

Photo of dannydetox
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
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. (1,054 characters)

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.01/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber in color with a nice frothy half inch head. Smell is somewhat past prime hops and lots of malt to help support the hops that were there. Taste is much the same. Don't know if this bottle didn't travel well or just got a old bottle. The hops are not what they should be. A little disappointing, I'll have to get another bottle and revisit. (357 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/copper color with a nice white head on top, pretty good retention, eventually reducing to a nice cap on top. Thin lacing all around.

S: Some citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a little bit of caramel and grainy malt as well. Not overly aromatic though.

T: Similarly muted, there is a bit of citrus fruits, similar to the aroma, but overall it was a bit boring. Not overly fruity or piney like most west coast IPAs are. A little bit of an off putting flavor as well that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.

O: Had high hopes due to Sculpin, but just wasn't really a fan of this one. (745 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.12/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed dark goldish brown. Head is almost non-existent and leaves the tiniest bright-white collar. Spotty foam on the top. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Floral, citrus, some nice pine needle. Malts are mildly sweet with some bready, biscuit dough, and caramel notes. Some light pale malts in the back. Some cooked malts. Citrus zest (mainly grapefruit), some fleshy fruit notes (orange here), and a nice floral backing.

Taste: Floral and slightly herbal. Vague spiciness in the back. Malts are lightly sweet pushing biscuit, touches of crackers and undercooked biscuits. Some pine needles and pithy bitterness. Earthy, but in that slightly dirty way that comes across as less than appealing. Orange marmalade. Not particularly sweet, but it's fruity. Some esters. Bigger malt body than expected. Grapefruit extravaganza.

Mouthfeel: Moderately light carbonation on a medium body. Some lingering pithy dryness.

Overall: Double disappointment.

Pithy grapefruit and that's the end of the story. Not the beast that is Sculpin. Maltier than it's half-brother and that makes even less sense. Maybe hyper fresh this is something else, but there was something missing overall. (1,240 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign IL.

A: Pours an almost clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Pine, grapefruit, and resiny syrupy. Light floral and grassy aroma. Not a lot of balance, but the hop aroma has some nuance which is enjoyable.
T: All the nuance that was in the nose is gone here. Just bitter grapefruit and resiny pine flavors. No balance at all.
M/D: A medium body that has a crisp and dry feeling. Though a little to syrupy and resiny. To much alcohol and bitterness to make this an easy drinker.

Overall, just a standard DIPA. Lots of bitterness and nothing else. Hop heads will love it. If you are looking for something else, keep on looking. (742 characters)

Photo of bark
3.14/5  rDev -24%
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. (718 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn flashbacks to crappy late-90s/early-00s animated films... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine needle, light menthol, mild sweet biscuit, and light spicy greens. The taste mirrors this mixture exactly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is an average DIPA at best, one that is actually balanced (a plus), but one that just doesn't distinguish itself in any real way. (554 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good DIPA and all, but there's something a bit odd about it. Too grassy, perhaps. Rough cohumulone and a syrupy mouthfeel don't help either. A perfect example of a good idea gone too far.

The beer pours to a peachy, golden amber color, quite clear. Nice carbonation and head. Lacing could be much better, but retention is good.

The smell is very grassy. Smells like Chinook and some cascade-like strain with an intense grapefruit pith. The malt profile doesn't shine through in the least, aside from a straight sweetness.

The flavors don't mesh. Intensely sweet,syrupy caramel malt with an equally rough cohumulone bitterness. I would say it's well-balanced, but it seems to lack balance altogether. Has a bit of a medicinal flavor to it, along with a strong fusel alcohol taste. Not very pleasent. WTF is the deal with brewers who think they can make a good IPA by simply throwing a shit-ton of malt and hops together? I hope it's only a fad.

Just as a note... I still think it is an alright DIPA, but it would be much better with a little bit of cohesion. Thanks to dogfooddog for the bottle. (1,116 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by: 6.26.12. Opened on 7.15.12.

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a one inch cream-colored head, foamy.

S - Citrusy-lemons and oranges.

T - Lemons, pine, some oranges as well.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - A big IPA, but it's either past it's prime or just not that great. (306 characters)

Photo of GuzzLah
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a clear gold with a hint of orange. Ephemeral white head. No lace. A few bubbles.

S - weak intensity for the style. Grapefruit, floral, pine and soft malt. Unimpressive. The bottle is only 1 month old.

T - grapefruit rind pine bomb with a fairly dry malt note. Boozy, but not harsh.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Moderate-heavy grapefruit/pine bitterness with a long sustain. Not pleasant, but tolerable.

O - one of the most bitter DIPAs I've had in recent memory. Weak aroma. Uninteresting flavor. Not my thing. I enjoyed Sculpin quite a bit more. Won't drink this one again. (605 characters)

Photo of Mikexw
3.21/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I drank this while on a ski vacation -- bought a bottle from a local store. This might have been a freshness issue, but it just didn't taste like what I expected -- I usually like Ballast Point IPA's. (201 characters)

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.22/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear red-orange. Bone white head originally stands about an inch high, but dies quickly. Minimal lacing, just a thin, whispy ring.

S: A burst of tropical hop flavors atop a biscuity malt base with hints of caramel. Honeydew melon, kiwi, tangerine, passion fruit, peach, pineapple juice. Subtle hints of broken pine needles. Tame tropical esters in the background. A very good nose, just a bit understated.

T: Playful tropical notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, and honeydew melon flit about on the tongue for a brief moment. Resin and hemp seed provide more of a bitter bite than the nose implied. The bitterness builds and becomes quite sharp and acute. Oily and peppery. Intensely bitter ruby red grapefruit. The biscuity malt base is all but snuffed out. Alcohol strays and becomes a bit hot and solventy. Gripping oily bitterness never releases its choke hold on the palate, even into the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy firmness. Low carbonation. Alcohol lends warmth in the swallow.

O: Dorado rubs my taste buds the wrong way. It's mainly the alcohol. This is coming in far too hot for my liking. (1,167 characters)

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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