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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
93
outstanding

1,655 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,655
Reviews: 495
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 198
Gots: 126 | FT: 2
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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1/5  rDev -75.8%

Chrisbrooks, Aug 21, 2014
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1/5  rDev -75.8%

KatFleming333, Oct 27, 2014
Photo of Dijeriduster
1.6/5  rDev -61.4%
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.

Dijeriduster, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of beernut
2/5  rDev -51.7%

beernut, Mar 29, 2013
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2/5  rDev -51.7%

jryanj927, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of Rosanne
2/5  rDev -51.7%

Rosanne, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of SkunkWorks
2.2/5  rDev -46.9%
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!

SkunkWorks, May 21, 2011
Photo of ehammond1
2.5/5  rDev -39.6%
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.)

ehammond1, Apr 08, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

ambiguousfigures, Jul 20, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

Obsidian, Mar 13, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

TheBigBoy, Aug 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -39.6%

chcfan, Jan 08, 2012
Photo of Sideswipe
2.53/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

Sideswipe, Apr 08, 2011
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2.58/5  rDev -37.7%
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.

Dubber55, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of Philousa
2.68/5  rDev -35.3%
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.

Philousa, Jul 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -33.6%

DustinSWB, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of jfunkk79
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
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.

jfunkk79, Apr 03, 2009
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2.9/5  rDev -30%
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.

jrnyc, Aug 14, 2012
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2.99/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

dannydetox, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3/5  rDev -27.5%
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.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 13, 2009
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

TommyLiam, Jul 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

frankthetank86, Jul 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

ejimhof, Jul 05, 2013
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

cjohns73, Jul 09, 2014
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3/5  rDev -27.5%

ACY73, Dec 09, 2012
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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,655 ratings.