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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,544 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,544
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 187
Gots: 102 | FT: 3
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 ThirstyBird


4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

Appears lightly hazy orange/yellow. Nice light tan head.
Smell is nice with a great hop nose...grapefruit and a deep malt sweetness.
Taste is a wonderful mingling of hops and deep rich malt. Caramel. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel is super smooth. The carbonation is fine in structure. Medium bodied.
Nice DIPA I think my bottle had a touch of age on it and it drank wonderfully.

01-01-2010 17:13:13 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%

Best before date of 02/15/14. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent yellow/orange colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Much lighter nose than expected. Citrus, pine and sweet caramel. Inviting but not seemingly a DIPA nose.

T - Makes up for the lack of pungency in the nose. An assertive bitterness hits the tongue right away with pine, grapefruit and orange rind flavours. Despite being very hop forward, the malt bill still contributes and sweet biscuity and somewhat buttery sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light to moderate carbonation.

05-29-2013 02:13:44 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of Apellonious

North Carolina

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%

Bomber from CM poured in a tulip glass.

A - Cloudy, translucent orange with some amber highlights. One finger head dissipates into a thin creamy lace.

S - Upfront hops, citrus, and brown sugar.

T - In line with the nose. Big, almost barleywine-ish, intense hops and malts competing result in an end of swig mouth watering. Heat on the finish. Bitterness. Taste? Yes.

M - Mouthfeel is heavy, things get sticky, even with the dry finish

O - Settle in for a punch in the palate.

06-07-2014 22:36:07 | More by Apellonious
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.5%

'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.

01-10-2014 03:07:19 | More by biegaman
Photo of orbitalr0x


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Finally getting a chance to try this one. Pours into my glass a brilliant golden orange with great clarity and an inch of creamy white bubbling head on top of the brew. Good active carbonation. I can already smell the hops. Big explosion of pine and citrus oily hop resins wafting up from the glass. Sweet undertone with a kiss of cotton candy and caramel. Tropical fruit and earthy herbal accents.

First sip brings smooth sweet malts upfront that get bowled over by a wall of juicy hop goodness. Deep citrus and pine resins dance with an earthy, spicy undertone. Tropical tones and a bit of a medicinal touch. Bitter smack on the way down but there is enough malt to keep it all in line. Tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and full. Goes down easily with spot on carbonation. This is one easy drinking double IPA. Overall, I found this to be a tasty west coast hop bomb. Not earth shattering for me but damn good and one I would definitely drink again sometime!

08-07-2009 02:31:45 | More by orbitalr0x
Photo of prototypic


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Dorado pours a moderate gold color with a nice orange tint. It's very clear and transparent. Sitting atop is a chunky off-white head that also has a bit of an orange tint. It easily stands two and a half fingers tall and was slow to recede. Thick, sticky sheets of lace lined the glass as it descended. Good stuff.

The nose is classic Ballast Point. Those guys brew beer with serious citrus fruit aromatics and Dorado is no exception. It features a strong mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple that are attributable to a wealth of citric hops. Smells like there's a little pine to back it up, but they're primarily a citrus blast. Fortunately, there's not much malt here. There might be a bit of pale malt, but not much. Caramel is thankfully missing. A little alcohol comes through late, but it's blended well overall. I've been waiting for this moment.

Dorado is certainly good beer. That much is apparent from the first sip. It's sweet and very citrusy. Citric hops provide really nice orange, pineapple, and grapefruit flavors. There's more of a piney, bitter flavor than the nose suggested and it works really well. I like that bitter kick in the palate. It has a much more prolific malt backbone than I expected. There's obviously some pale and caramel is easily noted. The caramel variety is far from overwhelming and doesn't interfere too much. It's tough to tell how much it counters its bitter flavor. It remains aggressively bitter in any event. Perhaps even a little resiny. A bitter hop surge kicks in toward the end. Alcohol is more noticeable here and even has a very slight warming effect. This is tasty stuff and I'm waffling a little on the score. I like it a lot, but I'm not in love with it. It just seems to lack that little something extra that would make it special. It's a close call though. Very close.

It has a medium body (barely) and is smooth. Carbonation is relatively light and doesn't get in the way. I'll take a slightly thinner DIPA with a little less body any day of the week. Too much caramel malt might add some smoothness, but it has a detrimental impact on the flavor. I like the approach here. Drinkability is good. Dorado's a tasty beer. At 9.1% abv (as indicated on my bottle), it's strong and deserves some respect. But, I'm having no trouble with the bomber.

Dorado is a very strong player in Ballast Point's lineup. It's not their best beer, but it's easily one their top 3. I was hoping that they'd capture the same magic that they did with Sculpin, but not quite. Almost. It just lacks a little something special that'd get it there. Why is that? Tough question. Well, personally, I think the alcohol's just a little too noticeable and warm. Small gripe, but there it is. Having said that, Dorado's excellent beer that's just falls a little shy of world class. It really is closer than you might believe. Seek a bottle out. You'll be glad you did.

07-13-2009 02:28:38 | More by prototypic
Photo of franksnbeans


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Pours a cystal clear golden orange with minimal head. Smells of big ol hops, piney and grapefruit. Taste starts with minimal malt then a burst of huge bittering hops and grapefruit. Medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant yet the hops arent overpowering and the malt is minimal and not heavy. A hophead's dream but drink this one fresh as I had an older bottle once and the age did not do it well.

10-30-2007 04:37:16 | More by franksnbeans
Photo of gatornation


4.18/5  rDev +1%

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

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


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Poured into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance: Pours with a half-finger head, settling into a quarter-finger or so hugging to the rim of the glass. Lacing is fizzy, with some spots - a little above average. Body color is like a slightly less luminous Dreadnaught, which is to say that it is a very pretty sap-like amber with some hints of gold. Not a very "loud" beer in the sense that it doesn't produce much noise upon pouring.

Smell: Sweet honey-like grapefruit, orange, with a pine backbone. Some cantaloupe-like aroma coming from the hops. A little sweeter of an aroma than I'm used to with San Diego DIPA's, like very fresh fruit. Sweet corn-like malt presence. Overall, a somewhat archetypal SDDIPA.

Taste: Mm. Big melon, grapefruit, and pine aromas are much more prevalent in the taste than the aroma, it seems. Again, there's that sweetness coming through. The swallow leaves this sticky candied-sugar like sweet sensation on the edge of the tongue. Some ever-so-faint woodiness, earthiness marrying with the alcohol quite nicely. That being said, I gllance at the bottle and notice it says 9.1% ABV. Really? Practically nowhere to be found. Absolutely excellent. Watch out, though, that monster ABV will (and does) sneak up on you.

Mouthfeel: A little undercarbonated, quite frankly. I will have to try another bottle to see if that will rectify the problem, because when I glanced at mine before opening, it looked like it might be slightly flat. Otherwise, your typical oily DIPA affair. Not much alcohol presence, as I've said.

Drinkability: This is an excellent DIPA. Huge and yet completely quaffable. I think this is, perhaps, the best alcohol-masking done in any DIPA I've ever tasted, if that's any testament to this beer's excellent craftsmanship. Well done, and way better than the bleh Yellowtail Pale Ale I didn't even bother to review. ; )

01-11-2007 01:26:30 | More by RidiculedDisplay
Photo of Dope


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Enjoy by 08/29/20. Really? No idea as to the age, it's fairly fresh though, just hit the east coast in the last week or two.

A: Pours a clear amber. Big fizzy tan head. Head fades out slowly, leaving pretty decent chunky lacing. Good head retention with the nice island of foam left behind.

S: Spicy, resinous pine. A bit of bitter grapefruit too. Touch of spicy alcohol too. Pleasant but not as bold as I was expecting for a big west coast DIPA.

T: Hops much sharper here in the flavor. MUCH sharper. Bold and juicy grapefruit. Pine and resin. Brief hit of tropical fruits too, kinda a sweet pineapple flavor I think. Big big hop flavor. No real sign of malt, maybe some caramel sweetness? Just barely. Big, long-lasting astringent wave of bitterness in the finish. Lots of spicy pine and bitter grapefruit. Bitterness lasts forever, well into the lingering aftertaste of each sip. Barely fades till the next sip in fact.

M: Medium-heavy. Sticky and astringent on the back end. Mouth-coating hop oils that last forever.

O: A nice proper west coast DIPA. Sharp and complex hop flavors, tons of bitterness, tons of resinous mouthfeel and the malt is buried 6 feet under. Not very balanced but what do you expect? Honestly it's even better than I expected.

08-29-2013 04:08:03 | More by Dope
Photo of farrago

New Jersey

4.18/5  rDev +1%

Pours a steady one finger head, the large to medium-sized bubbles outnumber the general froth, cream white in color with average lacing. You can smell the nose before you get six inches from the glass, boisterous pink grapefruit zest and pine sap rush out to greet you, not herbaceous nor overly sharp, there's no lack of indistinct soft maltiness to be had, with it comes a hint of lactose milkiness too, coriander and Indian spices present, add punch to the pineapple, nectarine, peach, passion fruit scents, ends with a saline burst. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is huge and fluffy and has it filling the mouth steadily, if without weight per se. Pink grapefruit, tangelo, lime citrus remans the focal point. Pine sap and floral dew up next, very sticky in the mouth, clogs your pores. The creamy texture defangs a lot of the hoppy bitterness, leaves room for coffee beans, mocha powder and cocoa. As it warms more alcohol noticeable, as well as an elevation in sugars in the apricot, peach, nectarine, pineapple, guava fruit. It's big, bold and brassy and by a whisker pulls it off. Drink as cold as possible.

05-17-2009 23:13:23 | More by farrago
Photo of seand


4.18/5  rDev +1%

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a short but thick white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S: Piny floral hops, a little bit of bite from the alcohol.

T: The same piny floral hops come through, balanced by the strong malt sweetness. Full flavored and complex.

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied. Sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Well balanced enough to drink pretty easily, but the ABV is high enough to make it a sipper.

10-05-2009 00:27:11 | More by seand
Photo of 0110x011


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Bomber. pours a mild orange/amber with a 2-finger head that dissipates quickly. Smell is all hops (pine, grapefruit, orange). The flavor is sweet & citrusy at the tip, with an expected, but not overwhelming, bitterness in the finish. the beauty of this stuff is the drinkability. The mouthfeel is (comparatively) bright and crisp. It lacks the surupyness that a lot of big DIPAs have. It's so easy to drink it might be dangerous. Definitely recommended.

03-15-2008 06:09:45 | More by 0110x011
Photo of mxchap


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Amber and transparent. Creamy head with dense lacing. A beaut.
Aroma: Pine big time. Orange and finishes with tropical fruit. Peach and mango stand out. Also grape, and only a hint of fusel.
Taste: Caramel and oak as far as malt flavors go. Bitterness is strong. Peach and mango taste stand out, and also some herbal flavor.
Feel: Resiny, fairly carbonated. Bit creamy.
Overall: This is better than Sculpin (better feel, maybe not quite as good flavor/aroma, but a better balanced beer). Worth a try.

06-23-2013 23:44:01 | More by mxchap
Photo of whatthehull


4.18/5  rDev +1%

Tasted April 23rd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an IPA fest glass (Najs's Place, Redondo Beach, CA)

A - Golden honey and copper, barely any head, white in color and some lacing

S - Alcohol, tons of sweet malt and yeast, a citrus floral garden. Lots of fruit

T - Alcohol and more alcohol. Very fruity, citrus hops, floral hops, and very sweet

M - Chewy, almost to chewy. Low acidity and a long finish

D - Drinks nicely for a 10%+. Well balanced minus the alcohol in nose and palate

Final thought - Ballast point makes good IPA

05-03-2011 04:38:37 | More by whatthehull
Photo of mooseo


4.19/5  rDev +1.2%

22oz bomber into tulip.

A - Orange-amber with a small bubbly white head.

S - Lots of tropical fruit, fresh grapefruit, mango, caramel, and a hint of pine. Overall aroma strength is light, but pleasant.

T - Fresh juicy tropical fruit and piney hops dominate throughout. Delicious. A mild earthy hop bitterness hits immediately and slowly tapers off. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone keeps things in check. Grainy, bready malts and citrus hops linger on the tongue. Alcohol is hard to detect here.

M - Smooth, creamy, slick. Medium-full bodied, crisp, mildly carbonated. Slight warming alcohol.

O - A double IPA done right. I'm amazed at how well the alcohol is masked, it drinks way too easy for a ten percent beer. A real treat for any hop head.

05-16-2013 01:29:30 | More by mooseo
Photo of kirok1999


4.19/5  rDev +1.2%

Pours a nice gold with a rising head and sticky lacing. Smells floral and fruity. Some bitter hops come through . The taste is like the smell on steroids, very floral, almost perfumey. As the beer warms the floral notes become more pronounced. Feels rich and smooth and has a lingering hoppy finish. Nice IPA hat I hope they make a lot of.

04-02-2013 23:06:34 | More by kirok1999
Photo of Jimmys


4.19/5  rDev +1.2%

bomber into snifter. enjoy by 08/09/13.

A: body is more of a light copper, a little different than most DIPA which are a bit paler. head is frothy, slightly off-white. retention is average. spotted retention.

S: floral. definitely a sweet orange peel, but also some bitter orange peel. a good bit of sticky grapefruit. malty caramel aroma comes in as the drink continues.

T: starts sweet and hoppy. similar to the nose there is a solid orange juice flavor to go along with the heavy orange peel nose. a soft vanilla flavor sneaks its way in there. maybe more malt derived. finish has boatloads of cereal. lingers into the finish more than any hop bitterness.

M: carb is spot on, natural and fizzy but not overbearing. medium/full body.

D: pretty solid DIPA here. drinkability is good as the bitterness has been kept in check and there is balance between grist and hops. nothing earth-shattering here, but certainly worth checking out for all you hop heads out there.

05-17-2013 03:49:37 | More by Jimmys
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +1.2%

Bottle into tulip glass, poured a light clear golden colour with good retention and lacing.

S- rich dank grapefruit, pine needles, some juicy sweetness as well.

T- a big dipa profile, get lots of intense hops that are quite bracing and crisp, a grapefruit and floral profile. Some pear and lots of florals then gets a lot more peppery and spicy toward the finish.

M- big and quite satisfying, spicy and quite bitter, good carbonation and balance. Alcohol is present for sure but really balanced. Quite a hoppy and resiny feel, dries out the finish which lingers and has strong spicy notes.

Completely delicious, a full on hoppy dipa also quite strong at 10%, it is full bodied and spicy but not alcoholic. Lots of citrus and floral with black pepper. Super hoppy and satisfying and also quite complex and interesting. Well worth trying.

06-08-2014 02:28:10 | More by mick303
Photo of hooliganlife


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

thanks Javi !

pours deep bright orange with thick white head, excellent retention and great lacing. almost perfect.

scents are mainly floral, light tangerine and orange

taste is highly bitter with light pine. mostly citrus like tangerine, blood orange. mild grass flavor. malts are hidden well but they seem to be slightly sweet.

carbonation is very smooth but too carbonated so there are constant bubbles throughout the drink.

a great DIPA that is not too overpowering. alcohol is not that noticeable. very easy to drink. good drinkability.

04-15-2009 23:36:50 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of Murchmac


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Oh Yeah! Bought at ledgers and offered as a trade, noone bought, and i'm glad.

When youre pouring this beautiful, clear, semi carbonated, yellow orangey beer you can smell the floral hops waifing up to your nose. A sweet deep malty smell also hits you like every good double ipa should have.

This beer is more than meets the eye, much like the transformers. Creamy, low carbonated, sweet malts, alcohol taste, not overwhelming hops, but a piney resin aftertaste all good DIPA's should have is present. The hops start off small but end up big.

Great beer, definitely try it, worthy of it's DIPA brethren.

12-06-2007 04:36:31 | More by Murchmac
Photo of TrappistJohnMD


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Pours reddish tangerine color with off-white head.

Smell is citrusy hops. Lots of pungent grapefruit and some breadiness. Hints of pine. A little musty.

Taste is musty grapefruit with lots of bitterness throughout. Bitterness lingers well in the aftertaste too. Not too sweet. Hints of bready malt come through, but hops predominate for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall this was an excellent DIPA.

10-17-2012 23:44:34 | More by TrappistJohnMD
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint glass. This one is dry hopped with Crystal and Horizon Hops.

A - Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a thick two finger head with thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong pungent smell of hops with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango with a slightly sweet aroma from the malt. A faint smell of caramel comes out as it warms.

T - Fairly bitter thanks to all those hops. Not as much fruit as in the nose, the malt seems to be dulling down those flavors a bit. A bit sweet from the grains. Very well balanced. Not as good as the sculpin casks I have had but still a very good offering from ballast point.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with a good balance of flavors. It could use a little more carbonation is it appears a little dead in the glass.

D - Drinkability is fairly high on this one. I would like the hops to come thru a tiny bit more in the taste but still an excellent cask offering.

10-29-2010 22:22:47 | More by orangesol
Photo of MarkDeming


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

08-14-2014 17:20:32 | More by MarkDeming
Photo of beermebeerman


4.2/5  rDev +1.4%

On tap at Downtown Johhny Browns.

Copper colored with a modereate, cream colored head.

Smell is hops, then malt. I don't know but it definately smells dry-hopped, the bartenter told me it was wet hopped so I guess thats basically the same thing... Either way very fresh hop smell, slightly sweet.

Taste was very good, possibly a little too sweet for me but this is acceptable for the style. Big hop punch in front with a malty smooth middle and balanced aftertaste that lingers on the palatte for a good while before dropping off. One of my more favorite beers I tried in San Diego.

Mouthfeel... what do I say other than it has the body to back-up the DIPA name is does proffess. I still can't beleive it's 9.6%, there was an ever so slight alcohol warmth but I couldn't taste it.

Dangerously drinkable. I smartly only allowed myself one of these, but what a beer. Only tried two Ballast Point beers, but we really need some of this in Oregon!

07-22-2008 20:48:51 | More by beermebeerman
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,544 ratings.