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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

1,729 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,729
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 203
Gots: 152 | 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 CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very glad to have gotten this one in a recent trade w/ mikedashg - many thanks!! 22 oz. bottle, poured into a 40 cl cervoise (in stages, of course).

Appearance: Pours a brilliant orange amber, absolutely radiant in its clarity, full of streams of lackadaisical, average-sized effervescence, creeping upwards towards a foamy mass of head which seems to have better retention with itself (though still only about average, I'd say) than it does stick with respect to the sides of the glass. That is, it congeals into sort of a blob, creeping inwards towards itself (where it remains formidable) instead of the traditional collapse-in-the-middle-but-stay-stuck-to-the-walls sort of thing. That's not to say the lacing on the sides of the glass isn't nice - it is, with erratic though plentiful, foamy clouds littering the cervoise's walls.

Aroma: Ethereal and fruity, though also pleasantly spicy. The spiciness is only partly due to alcohol, which becomes detectable (though not prominent) as this one warms. The other downside is the slight vegetal aspect of this one, which isn't too bad, but then again, isn't too good. The spiciness is really actually pretty prominent, lending notes similar to cinnamon or allspice. Pine, light fruits, citrus, and a few tropical notes round it out.

Taste: A varied and balanced mouth, and much heavier than the nose. The malt on this one definitely comes through, a relatively heavily roasted though still honey-sweet, caramel-esque backbone, not quite saccharine but very doughy and prominent. Hop bitterness is the next most prominent note, unfortunate or otherwise, slightly coarse in places, though its roughness melds well with a heavy pine-esque note and a handful of slightly bitter, minty, and leafy hop notes. The hop profile on the whole is similar to a spicier, heavier Sculpin - that is, relatively fruity, with overtones of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Just, you know, heavier, and leafier, probably due to the dry hopping. It's a solid flavor profile, enjoyable, relatively balanced, though maybe a little too balanced - it'd be nice if the bitterness were a little less course, and the piney flavors (which always seem to dominate all other hop flavors whenever they're present in a beer) a little more subdued.

Mouthfeel: Pretty gosh darn thick, which keeps it from a high score, but it's still amazingly nice. Thick, pillowy, luscious even, with a smooth, subtly carbonated sort of feel that works well with the flavor profile and helps somewhat to cut what I described about as a perhaps overly harsh bitterness.

Drinkability: Hmmmm. A solid beer, and an enjoyable DIPA. As I've perhaps indicated before, I'm pretty tough on DIPAs, because they're my favorite style - I thus hold them to a higher standard. This one's definitely very good, but there were enough things slightly "off" about it that I think I'm gonna rate it a little below average. Some slight tweaking and this could be a world class brew, however.

Photo of garuda
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of BlakeAM
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of JesseLara
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of tdmccarthy
4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of scottoale
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the local pub today, served in a pint glass is an orange-gold ale with a thin, sticky, just off-white head that settles in time.

Sharp evergreen piney hops dominate the nose here. Some sweetness as well, that has grapefruit and orange squeezing through the dense pine forest, just barely.

The flavor is evergreen and pine sappy that puckers your cheeks with a sweet citrus mid-section and a dry, bitter hop finish.

Definitely suites it's style to a "T", as well as giving you your daily dose of hops in one glass, a full-bodied hop bomb that's aiming too please.

The hops hide the alcohol and dominate this brew for the most part. Don't want too miss this one if you love hops and a strong brew...a solid 2XIPA if there ever was one...

Photo of Mikus
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big fan of the couple of BP IPAs that I have tried. Perhaps then big expectations for this double. Finger of white head and amber body, good look overall. Very big aromas. Got lots of orange, citrus, pine, a random floral note. Bright and hoppy nose. This had a strong malt backbone and overall bright, clean palate. Nice amt of bitterness and definitely caught a nice pine taste as the glass warmed. Bit oily mouthfeel (DIPA anyone?), but good. As expected. I was not blown away by this beer, however it was really, really good. Sculpin may be a bit more balanced than it's bigger brother... but this is definitely one to try for the IPA crowd. Can't wait to go to my conference in San Diego next spring. Go Ballast Point!

Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear amber/copper with a big fluffy white head that sticks around forever leaving a sticky lace all over my glass. Smells of hops mostly, odd for a double IPA :) Pine citrus grapefruit, all the usually suspects. Hints of sweet malt 3 miles underneath the onslaught of Humulus lupulus. Taste is not quite as bitter as I expected, or my palette has been ruined from the IPA's of late. Citrus and resin dominate, but the sweet taste of caramel peeks in somewhere in the middle before losing the battle to a lingering grapefruit finish. Thick body, bitter resinous mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not a bad IPAx2

Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 10/15/09

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a two finger of thick, creamy off white head to it. Decent head retention that leaves some of the thickest lacing I've come across.

S: Nose is of sharp floral hops, hints of piney hops and an undertone of caramel malts.

T: Taste starts off with a nice citrusy hops that I didn't detect in the nose - grapefruit is the most prevelant taste here. Middle is filled out with light caramel malts, and the finish is a burst of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel with a bone dry finish.

D: This is a nicely balanced DIPA, one that I will pick up again.

Photo of grayburn
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If Dorado and Sculpin are any indicators to Ballast Points brewing skill (they are) then I would love to try the rest of their line-up (I would.)
A nice copper color with a head that fluffs and laces and lasts, very nice looking.
The smell and taste are similar to sculpin on some 'roids. Grapefruit and pine and some mint even play around in front of a hefty malt backbone, excessive hopping carried out in the best of ways hear.
The mouthfeel is quite nice, maybe slightly over carbed, but not bad at all. Drinkability is decent, more of a sipper than anything else, but well worth sipping on.

Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bradford for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, creamy white head. Moderate lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was hops and hops! Citrus hops, sweet malt and caramel.

Taste was surprisingly well balanced. Starts out sweet, then changes over to a long, bitter finish. Pine, citrus, caramel and vanilla are all present.

Very tasty beer. The high abv is noticeable, but the balance makes it very drinkable for a DIPA.

Photo of aewinte1
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Yellowish copper with large fluffy 2" head. Very transparent, no detectable haze.
S- Smells very strongly of citrus and pine hops. No detectable malt sweetness from the nose.
T- Whoa. Hop bomb coming through. No detectable malt sweetness on my palate. Balance is not exactly the name of the game, but the blend of hops is truly delicious. I don't know enough about hops to pick out each kind, but there are definitely some strong pine and citrus flavors coming through. Hard to write a good review because of the complexity of the hop profile. Just going to have to sit down and try one for yourself, but you won't be disappointed. Very little chance of detecting the alcohol through the hops. Finishes extremely crisp , but not overly bitter.
M- Oily from the hops, but good carbonation makes this one have a very smooth and balanced mouthfeel.
D- Drinkability is pretty good for a beer of this ABV. The Hops really hide the alcohol nicely. Only reason the drinkability isn't higher is because the hops will bombard your palate and more than a couple of these would probably not be recommended if you want to continue to enjoy your beers and actually taste them.
Overall, not very balanced, but a true treat for the hop heads. I'm not necessarily a hop head, but this beer is hard not to like. If you like DIPA, this one is a must have along with summer yulesmith.

Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY on Friday.

Appearance: golden orange translucent body with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing. Attractive!

Smell: A good showing of grapefruit, a hint of resin, and a touch of lemon.

Taste: Candied grapefruit goodness with a hint of alcohol. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied and quite chewy.

Drinkability: The high abv is a set back in this department.

Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into Ballast Point tulip
Poperglassware courtesy beachstrengh49
Enjoy by 8/18/13

Pour: Hazy light orange with a two finger bone white head that dissipated quickly. Left sticky soap like lacing. When held to the light this turns a nice light citrus like color. Lacing is huge, all over the glass with each sip and sticking.

Smell: Big on the citrus and tropical fruits end and getting tangerine orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Just very juicy tropical and citrus. There is a touch of pine/dank hops and a caramel sweetness. Actually the nose is mild for a DIPA and no alcohol detected.

Taste: The mouth is greeted by a fairly nice wallop of bitterness leading to grapefruit, and then the resinous hops take hold. It is much more pine and resin hop in the taste than the nose let on. It has a sweetness to it like a caramel maltiness but overall the pine and sticky resin hops dominate all the way through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full with a lot of creamy and sticky feel going on. Light to medium carbonation and mild alcohol detected.

Overall: Was excited at the nose because I much prefer the tropical/citrus IPA's to the piney/resinous ones but actually much enjoyment to be had by this beer.

Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- bronzed straw in color, a beauty of a head, taunt, 1 finger and white, attractive thin webbing lace

S- citric, spicy, hints of alcohol, malt aromas

T- spicy, grassy, alcohol heat at finish, toasted malts, butterscotch, citrus, hoppy, and then hoppier

M- medium body, heat ath finish through after, coarse buildup during and after

D- alcohol slightly noticeable, another great west coast 2IPA, tasty, recommended, nice experience

Photo of Justin-m
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of WunderLlama
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass

Translucent golden orange with no visible carbonation. Thick, billowy white two finger foam cap. Good lacings

Aroma of tropical fruits, citrus and pine.

Smooth on the first sip, bitterness on the back of the tongue. Feel of alcohol, taste of the hops across the tongue. Slight bitter aftertaste but very smooth. No rush of carbonation and has a good balance on the tongue

Another great Ballast Point beer. Grab it if it's within range. Sculpin remains my favorite from this great brewery.

Photo of Chico1985
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try this one the other day, I've missed this a few times. Best by date is 1/31/14.

Pours translucent copper orange with a small white head, plenty of carbonation bubbles. Head reduces to a thin cap+ring with light lace.

The scent could use a little more strength I think but quite good. Citrus and earthy hops are most noticeable with some grassiness there too. Some caramel malt backing but quite hop forward.

Taste follows up on the hop bill - definitely on the piny/earthy side but plenty of grapefruit and citrus to be had as well. Caramel malt here is a bit more present but at a good place overall.

A full, kinda oily mouthfeel with highish carbonation. It feels big but not boozy for 10%.

Well done, maintaining an IPA feel for 10% is rare and this does it well. Plenty of hops, low sweetness and just the right amount of malt backbone. Glad I finally got to try this long-time want.

Photo of travolta
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: A great rocky and foamy head with spotted and sticky lacing. Very clear golden color.

Nose: Hoppy, dank, and fresh.

Taste: Crisp and hoppy up front. Clean, syrupy malt comes next. This is a very well balanced DIPA. There is some hoppy dryness at the end. Hides it's alcohol extremely well.

Notes: This is a sneaky DIPA that is well crafted.

Photo of ShadyRigglesbee
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%

Photo of McStagger
4.04/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Big brawny, hazy orange. Finger and a half off white head. Fairly rocky, creamy loooking head. Mix of small and large bubbles. Retention is minimal, leaving a sticky foam coap. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation is minimal. Tons of tiny little particulants in this one. Can't tell if it's all the hops dropping out of solution of bottle conditioned yeasties. Looks decent.

S: Big aromatic notes. Lots of seeded tropical fruit. Pineapple, some mango spiciness. Malts are equally expressed, with big honey graham and bready sweetness. Some alcohol. Smells like quite a large IPA.

T: Tastes the part, too. First thing noticed is that this one drinks fairly warm. It's hard to tell where the tropical spiciness ends and the alcohol begins, but there is a warm sensation going down. Big juicy hop sweetness jumps out of the gate. This is predominately pineapple juice. Splashes of other fruitiness in there as well. Takes a bitter edge, with grapefruit peel and some pine flexing through. However, the malt counters this and gives a hint of breadiness before being taken over by those soapy tropical flavors. Gotterdammerung and Fathom IPL had similar flavor profiles.

M: As said, this one does drink a bit warm. Carbonation is pretty subtle here. Maybe slightly slick, but only ever so slightly. Not nearly as slick as the high abv IPA's can be.

O: Good IPA. The spiciness threw me off a bit and I feel the alcohol could be more hidden, but the flavors are intense without being overly bitter.

Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would be one of those sticky-sweet types of DIPA. Pours a tangerine orange color. Hops give off a juicy citrus taste, but no bitterness, the malt is sweet and dominates along with the hops. The mouthfeel was better than most sweet DIPA's, it had just enough of a light feel to it, even though it was a bit syrupy like most others. A tasty DIPA for sure.

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