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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,648 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,648
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 197
Gots: 123 | 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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Photo of TwelveOunces
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 Oz bottle poured into a tulip
Enjoy by 08/09/13 (3 months early)

A- A semi hazy orange glowing beer with a one finger off white head.

S- Citrus, peach, mango, a little grapefruit and plum as well. Kinda sweet and floral smelling.

T- A nice bitterness at first. A very sharp citrusy hop profile takes over this beer. A lot of mango and peach. Some darker fruit flavors in the hop profile as well. A bit of peppery spicyness believe it or not and a sticky feel. The malt backbone to this beer is Semisweet. A very well balanced IPA.

M- A very nice feel to this brew. Bitter, thick and sticky. Cant tatse the alcohol at all but the beer is slightly warming.

O- A solid DIPA, I would hope for a little better considering this is the brewey that makes Sculpin. But a good DIPA regardless.

TwelveOunces, May 21, 2013
Photo of gr0g
4.06/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber, high clarity save for a bit of haze. Good head retention and lacing. Pungently hoppy aroma -- strong pine and grapefruit notes, with some ripe pineapple thrown in for good measure. The aroma also strongly suggests of ripe, dried tropical fruit.

Sweet, malt-forward flavor profile, but still plenty of hop character. Sugary sweetness is apparent and becomes more noticeable as the beer comes up to temperature. Hop flavors and bitterness are formidable but don't quite overpower the malt sugars as they should in an IPA. A resiny note actually compliments the sweetness pretty well.

While a very good DIPA, the scales are tipped a bit too far towards the sweet end. Dorado is good, but Sculpin is a much better, much more balanced IPA.

gr0g, May 15, 2013
Photo of mully
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an oddly shaped pint glass I appropriated from the hotel bar.

Pours a dark straw/light copper color. Very clear, no haze or particales. Large head fades slowely to about a finger but the creamy looking head continues tug the edges of the glass.

Smelt this one as soon as I poped the bottle open. Big citrus, grapefuit, tropical fruits with a hint of pine resin. Nice malt sweetness, this is one of the most sublime smelling beers I have had recently.

Slides onto the palate with silky malt sweetness, fills up the finishes with a right cross of hop bitterness. Some citrus, but not as much in the nose, more piney and spicey. Greatr balance between huge malt and huge hops.

smoothness personified. rich and full, not syrupy - carbonation is very complimentary, does its work but does not stand out

Pretty drinkable pur a big beer.

Overall this is a great dipa but not elite. Not top 5 but probably top 10 for me

mully, May 05, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper with a 2-finger white head. Medium lacing.

The scent is strong of grapefruit & orange with a hint of floral hops. Taste is strong of the citrusy hops, but it doesn't overwhelm the palate. There's a bitter, grainy aftertaste--evidence of the dry-hopping. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable DIPA. Lots of citrus hops, but not quite on the level of PTE. Ballast Point makes a great beer, but this isn't as good as its IPA.

theghost3, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of WeisGuy
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this bottle.

a - pours a a deep copper color, big billowing ivory head with great retention and lacing, some sediment

s - big pine and citrus aroma, lots of tropical fruits, passionfruit, tangerine, slight hint of a malt backbone, slight biscuity aroma, some alcohol

t - sweetness right at the start but it quickly evolves into an aggressive hop bitterness, lots of pine, citrus, orange, the finish has notes of alcohol and a lingering bitterness, hints of tropical fruits on the tail of the long finish

m - medium bodied, moderate carbonation, very dry finish

d - super dry finish and intense bitterness limits drinkability somewhat, but a bomber is a great amount

Very nice DIPA for my tastes, pretty much a hop bomb, but not ridiculously unbalanced. Definitely worth seeking out a bomber or two.

WeisGuy, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of Kaiser81
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a half pint at the Old Grove location this past Thursday.

A - Clear golden color with about a finger width of head. Nice head retention as it soft and pillowy. Great lacing at first, but kind of loses its luster as the beer warms and opens.

S - Mild, piny hops with a sweet backbone. The sweetness continues to open up as the beer opens up, and it kind of becomes the dominant feature.

T - Malt up front turns to pine, then some small grapefruit notes, then an alcohol bite. This one was marked at 10.6% on the board, I think, and it tasted every bit of it.

M - Med carb, medium body, just like it should be.

D - Yeah, I could drink this, but I'd like a little less sweetness on it, and a little less alcohol bite.

Kaiser81, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No head, but partially because it was full to the rim. Color was a slightly hazy medium-amber. Nose left no question that this was a DIPA. It was smokin' with hops and burned some nose hairs on its way up the pipe. Mouthfeel was medium with a crisp, citrusy bitterness on the tongue. Finish had a peppery after taste. Phew!

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of draheim
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's, Seattle. Pours a coppery orange /w a 1-finger white head.

Aroma is pungent and resinous. Lots of sticky tropical fruit and pine.

Taste is a blast of flavor. Peach, mango, dried apricots and pine. Tons of pale and caramel malt provide a more than adequate backbone, balanced by a huge helping of bitter hops. If anything, there's too much flavor. But it's almost mathematically balanced to never go either too malty or hoppy. Some boozy heat too. A little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, heavy. Good carbonation but this clearly is a big, high-gravity beer.

Overall, Dorado is a big bold beer. I ordered it because it was the first time I'd seen it (since BP started distributing in Washington a couple weeks ago), but you might need to be in the mood for such a monster of a DIPA. Generally I like my beers lighter and more refreshing. For what it is, though, it's good and well executed.

draheim, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped with crystal and horizon hops

A - Served with a cloudy, burnt orange body...the head was creamy white and slowly faded into a thin cap...nice sheets of lacing

S - Big citrus hop aroma on the nose...grapefruit and orange leading the way...there is also some piney notes...a surprising sweetness is coming out from the malt

T - This one is more balanced in the beginning than I expected it to be...a quick blast of citrus hops hits you first, but is quickly taken away by the sweet, caramel malt...there is also a doughy presence given off by the malts...this grows as the beer gets warmer...the piney hops end the beer and ruin the balance...a nice, strong bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth but could have used a little something...bitter...alcohol comes out as it warms

D - This IIPA wasn't bad...great nose from the dry hopping and pretty balanced until the finish...my only complaint is the alcohol started showing through as the beer got warmer

thain709, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of laituegonflable
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber colour, head is yellowish cream, dense and foamy and pleasant. Lace clings nicely to the glass. Looks great.

Smells lovely. Loads of zesty, almost acidic, hops - citrus, passionfruit and a big sweet cake-batter malt. Caramelly, tangy, delish.

Taste is sweet, malty, cakey with caramel toffee and almond meal. Hops are citric but very resinous, giving sticky bitter notes on the back. Touch of oak sweetness, bit of booze heat that's a bit rich, but not hot. Palate is smooth.

Full, bit of sizzle. Feels a little boozey without flavour.

Big hoppy, resinous beer. Rich, but smooth and pleasant.

laituegonflable, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of nomomentwasted
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on cask at O'Brien's tonight, had to go back today to try it out. Two nights in a row is fun, but three tomorrow will make it even better!

Appearance: Cask-pump left this beer with a very airy and two-finger white head that lasted pretty long; as with the traditionally slightly warmer nature of casks, it did a pretty good job at retention. Golden-orange hue, as a good IPA should look.

Smell: Hoppy, but not as much as I'd expected from such a big DIPA. Floral bouquet but also some pineapple and grapefruit. Definitely not Sculpin on those fronts, but still present. The almost caramelly malts creep in on cask too. Interesting, but not too aromatic either.

Taste: Bittering hops are definitely there, and the hoppiness is too, but it's all just a bit more scaled back, with the malt character coming through. Similar to the Ruination from Stone on cask, with similar bitterness and yet less hoppiness than its standard counterpart. A little piny, but mainly citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and bitter. I felt coated on the tongue with resinous hops that were just slightly fizzy, and it finishes smooth, not dry. Very impressed here.

Drinkability: It drinks its ABV, which I thought was 9.1, not 9.6, but it's almost splitting hairs at that point. Proud to be the first to review on cask, and I'd imagine tomorrow reviewing this beer out of the bottle I've had in the fridge to see how they compare.

nomomentwasted, Aug 14, 2009
Photo of zminor
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh bottle poured into my pint glass, left about a quarter inch of head thats sticking around.

Appearance is quite beautiful - it's a striking shade of gold, and much more translucent then I would have guessed.

The nose begins with a barrage of spicy hops and continues into pine, and some pineapple.

Taste isn't as dominated by the hops as I would have expected. They're certainly there, but it's incredibly well balanced with the malt.

One of the most drinkable DIPAs I've had. The 9.6% is very well hidden.

Crisp and light, I could definitely drink a few of these in a sitting, although the abv would hit me sooner or later.

zminor, May 21, 2009
Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Ballast Point, but this one was a slight letdown. Appearance is great - bright orange color, no haze, off-white head, and laces well. Nose is great with mixed citrus, but a focus towards grapefruit. Palate offers a whollop of both hops and malt, some biscuity caramel flavors in there, but mostly edgy sharp hop bite. Finish is sharp too with a subtle lingering sweetness.

yemenmocha, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of rudylaw
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours orange and cloudy with a huge head!

This isn't exceptionally hoppy for a DIPA. I get citrus and some apple notes in the nose.

Lots of citrus, peach and a touch of floral hops to boot. This tastes delicious. But, I'm not getting the hop explosion I was expecting. Almost too sweet.

I loved this beer but have a hard time classifying it as a DIPA. Either way, Ballast Point never disappoints.

rudylaw, Jul 26, 2009
Photo of lou91
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this after the Stone 10th ADIPA and this was not as good but still a solid product. Grapefruit lovers will love this beer as it is the dominant flavor in the early, mid and later stages. Bone dry, bitter and citrusy which is what you expect. This is worth a try for all hop lovers.

lou91, Aug 20, 2006
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper into a snifter. Held up to light, orange hues highlight the edges of the effervescent liquid as tiny bubbles racing upwards through the beer add to the already impressive and frothy inch and a half of head that sit coolly atop medium-thick body. The lacing is above-average, and provides a nice pattern as I imbibe.

The nose on this one is what one would expect from a big west coast DIPA. Oodles of grapefruit hops spring into my nostrils as I bury my nose deep below the rim of the glass. The use of big bittering hops is evident by the ample bite of hop bitterness. Lemon zest floats through the air to round out the aroma.

The taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit and citrus hops are the dominant flavor initially. However, as the beer moves over the tongue, more piney hops come to the forefront of the flavor, providing a characteristic flavor that was not hinted at in the nose. The bitterness is somewhat lower than I expected, especially after the biting aroma. Orange and lemon zest squeeze their way in, just to add to the citrus party. Not even a hint of the alcohol warmth that one might expect from a beer this big, but it would still be a nice one for a cold rainy day.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The malt backbone in this beer is barely evident and provides only a touch of caramel instead of the resinous malty stickiness that some DIPAs have (and this one might have if let sit...luckily this is perfectly fresh). As mentioned before, the lack of evidence of any alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable. The balance...or lack thereof...makes this a dream for a big hop head.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of Nick3
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden lager poured into a snifter at the Rose n Crown pub in Palo Alto. Citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, and lemon dominate the nose. Very well balanced brew has a mild bitterness that lingers. Caramel malts are present though throughout though but mostly detected mid-way through the taste. Beer is rather light bodied and easy to polish off despite the ABV. Recommended.

Nick3, Sep 02, 2009
Photo of hopdog
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a medium amber/orange color with large sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (grapefruit) and floral. Sweet tasting with a light bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden.

22oz bottle. Orange peel. Citrus. Sugary sweet. Very sweet but not cloying.

hopdog, Nov 23, 2008
Photo of aglose45
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper color with an off-white head. Left nice lacing on my DFH curved pint glass. There is a minimal amount of cloudiness to it as well.

S: This beer smells amazing. Grapefruit is very pungent in the smell, and there is a bit of floral smell from the hops as well. On the second smell there is a bit of orange in there as well.

T: The grapefruit up front is excellent. I love citrusy hops, especially grapefruit. Following them are some floral hops, which balance out the tartiness of the grapefruit.

M: Light to medium bodied, good stickiness/ syrupiness from the hops, and great carbonation.

D: This is a quality beer, which is hard for me to say when it regards my favorite style of beer. My only complaint is that as the beer warms the citrus hop flavor subsides and the floral hop flavor becomes more prominent. That being said, if I ever see this on tap it will be a must have.

I'm not sure how fresh this is, but I did notice that there was a raised 08 on the bottom of the bottle. From what I've noticed that pretty much holds true to the year it was bottled in. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this.

aglose45, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/18/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing lings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, pine, honey, biscuit, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%, with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate bready malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.

superspak, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color, with a good finger or so of cloud-like white foam. Nice hoppy aromas going on here, pine, grapefruit, maybe a little tangerine. More good hoppiness on the palate, pine and citrus mostly, balanced nicely by the sweet toffee/caramel malt flavors. Another good example of the west coast IPA style.

emmasdad, May 30, 2010
Photo of gwood
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle reads "Robust Series * Limited Release" no freshness date that I can see.

Cloudy orange, very nice color, different. Not quite copper or amber. Highlights are bright but still block out a degree of light. A medium pour revealed an off white head of about two fingers, maybe a tad more. The head mingled with what looks to be a good deal of carbonation for quite some time; tight bubbles still cling to the walls of my pint glass, while even smaller ones push their way up through the head at the sides of the glass. Good head retention and some nice laced snail tracks running circles down the glass.

The nose shows some grainy alcohol upon being swirled, mixing in with both citrus and floral hops. Right off the bat I'm expecting a big "C" hop rush but it didn't go down quite like that. A nice round malt profile pushes up to the front and is quickly followed by a strong hop bite that isn't the a typical citrus bomb. There are herbal and spice notes here, black pepper mingles with grapefruit and a slight hint of darker fruits and mint. The finish is long and slightly dominating at times, completly replacing the malt middle with hops and more hops finishing out with more black pepper. This beer won't go down without being heard one last time.

Mouthfeel is coating and rosin like at times and the finish is just slightly warming. Really a nice drinking DIPA the rounds out at 9.1%, it's there but doesn't come through. As it warms up a bit it rounds even more, quite nice.

Another great beer from Ballast Point.

gwood, May 24, 2008
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from the brewery.

Pours hazy light amber with a compact ivory head that leaves plenty of lace patches behind. The aroma is citrusy with pinneapple and white pepper notes and a very nice biscuity sweetness. The taste is intense pineapple and grapefruite with a nice backing of piney bitterness. Tangerine and papaya notes mingle in the background. Bready malts are evident in the background. Alcohol spiceyness is also present, reminding me of the potency of the brew. The mouthfeel is full bodied and briskly carbonated. Long bitterness and alcohol heat in the finish.

A great DIPA - great balance of complex hop and malt flavors, but perhaps the ABV could be kept in check more. It veers on the distracting at times.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 19, 2012
Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OlieIPA for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with one finger of sticky white head.

Scent of caramel, sugars, dank hops, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste of bitter, dank, soapy hops, caramel, earth, and a bit of alcohol. A very balanced Double IPA, but I would like a stronger hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation.

paco1029384756, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in an awesome trade with MiScusi. (How did he know I would be craving a nice DIPA tonight?)

Initially, This reminded me a lot of DFH's 90 min IPA. Similar color, but if you did a side by side, this would come out a little darker and cloudier. I poured the 22oz into my dogfish snifter, ironically.

Its a great DIPA, the perfect hop profile as far as Im concerned, and close to as good drinkability as you find within the style. I had this with some buffalo chicken, and it was perfect to cut the spiciness. Im really enjoying it, and would suggest it to DIPA lovers. This was my first offering by Ballast Point, and Im anxious to try their other brews.

Ineedabeerhere, Oct 04, 2008
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,648 ratings.