Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

2,324 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,324
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 246
Gots: 434 | 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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Ratings: 2,324 | Reviews: 620
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.

Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #800
A-light amber with a fingers worth of white head that leaves lacing around the top and on the glass

S-grapefruit, tropical fruits, some citrus, and light caramel

T-lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits and light malts

M-medium body, moderate body

Overall lots of grapefruit and bitterness but still very drinkable

Photo of RyanK252
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy off light tan head that settles to a solid layer and leaves a thick wall of lacing behind.

S: Tropical fruit, mango and hints of pineapple, citrus, orange, light grapefruit, and a little lemon lime, backed with big caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, tangerine, lemon lime, a little grapefruit pith, pine, tropical and fruity, passion fruit, mango, peach, light melon, backed with a boatload of malt sweetness and some alcohol.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, and a little warmth.

O: The moment you take a sip you can tell it's strong with some boozy notes here and there and a little warmth, but before you know it the wave of hops and sweet malt have got you distracted. This is a true DIPA.

Photo of do_ob
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Very clear copper in color - one of those beers you could read a newspaper through. Initially had about 1 finger of white, bubbly foam, which dissolved down into a dense lacing after a couple minutes. Great carbonation. Smells like a big, boozy hop bomb - very sweet, almost cloyingly-so. Notes of ripe tropical fruit, malt, and alcohol dominate the aroma. Medium weight, and creamy in texture with only a little sharpness due to the alcohol. The taste follows the smell for the most part. Sweet booziness, tropical fruit, and lots of hoppy bitterness. Thankfully this one wasn't quite as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, but it's up there.

Overall, not bad, but overly-boozy IIPAs are always a let down for me. I love piney, hoppy beers just as much as I love tropical fruit. What I don't love, however, is a beer dominated by it's alcohol profile. A better balance would make this potentially great beer just that.

Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Very hop forward aroma with grapefruit, citrus, tangerine, mango hints. Hop bomb taste with malts and citrus. Overall a great DIPA. Cheers!

Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One gorgeous dipa, this one really glows. Scents of peach, mango, tropical fruits and a touch of fruity pebbles cereal. Taste mellows out and doesn't quite match up to the aromas. Still tasty, very drinkable for 10% and delicious. Alcohol comes through a bit more as it warms in the glass. Decent feel and finishes dry.

Photo of drpimento
4.02/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

Decent appearance but I think the hops were a bit oxidized. Very good body and the beer is quite drinkable. Don't notice the alcohol.

Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly transparent golden to copper in color. Nice white head. Small, fine sediment is noticed when held to the light. Leaping aromas of hops can be noticed from 2-3 feet away. Hoppy and maybe a touch on the citrusy/grapefruit side of things.

Taste is wonderful. Blazingly hoppy, very citrusy like a grapefruit rind, with just a touch of malt noticed near the finish. Boozy after-feel, the alcohol warmth lingers and continues long after your sip.

Very remarkable. This isn't beer in my opinion, its hop wine.

Photo of Salamanderking42
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A great example of what a high abv imperial IPA can be. Really enjoyed this boose bomb.

Photo of weiserr
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My palate was invaded by distinct notes of pine. I get ripe melon, hints of lemon, and orange peel as it warms. Initial sips mask the abv, which, at a whopping 10%, is nothing to take lightly. After two pours, I can tell that Ballast Point had no intent of messing around with Dorado. This a head knocker, and it should be treated as such. Nothing exquisite or pretty about this one; it's not Halle Berry in a glass. However, it drinks well and provides enough flavor to make you appreciate the lengths the brewer traveled to deliver a first-rate product. Semi-dry on the finish. Try it, and enjoy it. Just don't expect to walk away with your new favorite beer.

Photo of MMarkMelly
4.79/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This Has A Great Citrus Component W/ Underlying Hops

Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, another awesome party favour courtesy of venerable BA IronDjinn.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar chunky and world atlas-friendly lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, doughy caramel malt, a further crackery toffee sweetness, faint dark orchard fruit notes, and less than complex, but still rather agreeable piney, citrusy, and leafy bitter hops. The taste is pretty sweet caramel/toffee malt, warm citrus flesh, indistinct black orchard fruit, a soft stoney flintiness, and rather boozy herbal, piney, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its fairly sassy fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a mild creaminess. It finishes sweet, the tainted caramel malt still not willing to totally give it up to the still persuasive as all get out hops.

An excellent example of the style, not too hot (barely) and not too bland (by far). Worthy of challenging my somehow hop-weary palate of late, and something y'all should duly seek out, if you are blessed with the chance and/or availability.

Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely legible date on the label of 15 105. Still, better than no date.

Appearance: Deep golden caramel color with nice clarity. Poured a two-finger off-white head that has settled to a puffy froth leaving lacing.

Aroma: Sugary citrus and caramel. Touch of resin.

Taste: Starts with a smooth resinous bitter character paired with sweet caramel malts. Builds in bitterness resulting in a piney/resiny IBU attack in the finish. Aftertaste is semi-sweet malts, bitterness, and is quite dry. Not getting any alcohol but a slight warmth in the throat. Although the bitterness is up there, there is some semblance of balance. Bit of an off-flavor during the finish that is metallic, maybe oxidation. Quite sound otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and sticky with hops. Deceptively smooth carbonation with average drinkability for a beer of this magnitude.

Final Thoughts: Definitely enjoyable, especially as an evening sipper. The resinous hop character wasn't what I was expecting, given the citrus explosion that is Sculpin, however it was well done. Would I drink it again? If I'm ever fortunate enough to find myself at the brewery I wouldn't pass it up fresh on tap.

Photo of Zach136
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fairly hazy yellow, with an off white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Big notes of tropical passionfruit and guava, with a nice level of pine in the background.

Flavor: Medium+ pine hop bitterness and flavor up front. Solid hit of booze, most of any of the fruity hop character is lost in the shuffle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish bodied, boozy and astringent.

Overall: Started strong, ended a bit too assertively boozey and bitter for my tastes.

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...

Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that had tons of tiny bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of biscuit, orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, coriander, pepper and other light spices, yeast, metallic notes and dry grass/tea leaf. Seems like dried flowers or potpourri and the more you inhale the more it went away from the nice hop aroma; it drifted off course and lost it's luster for me, seeming just average at the end.

Tastes like it smells, but with a lot more grains and what seems like wet cardboard or paper. Flavor is a mix of orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, biscuit, toasted grains, dry fruity candy like Razzles, dry grass, coriander, pepper and other light spices like cumin, yeast, metallic or penny notes and very dry tea leaf or flowers. It seems very hoppy at first but then turns sweet and malty with a high level of bitterness. The yeast/metallic/penny flavor is almost like too much yeast in the mix and to me takes away from the juicy citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a smooth feel across the tongue that has mild to average carbonation, a medium body and a slightly sweet, grainy aftertaste that is bitter and only has some dry floral/leafy hop aspects lingering.

Overall it was alright. After setting the bar so high with Sculpin, this seems average and like a bit of a let down. It's a good beer, nowhere near a great beer. This brew does hide the high ABV extremely well, I could not tell how strong it was so that was a nice touch.

Photo of Hopmeplease
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Maybe my favorite double IPA of all.

Photo of JRListon
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (undated)

Beautiful white, creamy head. Nice head retention. Great lacing. Slightly hazy, beautiful light copper color.

The nose is dominated by grapefruit, but there is a little malty, biscuity smell underlying.

Taste is a bit subdued in terms of the hops. There is some really nice hop bitterness, but not overly fruity, or citrusy. The taste is a wonderful balance of the alcohol, hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Medium mouthfeel, slightly chalky, but really well done.

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible hops with a hint of fruitiness. The grapefruit sculpin is still probably my favorite, but if you like sculpin IPA this packs a bigger punch. This beer is very refreshing and highly drinkable. I highly recommend this beer.

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is copper, transparent, head is off white, presents about 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a top and ring.

Smell is very pleasant, huge grapefruit and pine hop aroma, citrus is first followed by the strong earthy, pine notes; on the finish there is pleasant biscuit and toast malt flavor.

Taste is dry forward, then heads towards some lighter malt flavor, then the huge hop flavor over powers in the finish. Toast and biscuit malt are noted, hops are drying more earthy, piney. I can taste the strength of this beer but not the flavor of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is where this beer does not connect with me, very drying and maybe overbittered, just the balance of the hop bitterness leaves an extreme dryness on my tongue.

Overall, a nice looking, great smelling, good tasting DIPA.

Photo of leantom
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying to rate this without keeping the price in time. IMO, this beer is way, way too expensive for what you get in return. While it was still good, I'd take a Sculpin over this any day of the week. With that said, here goes:

A: Very nice. Clear orange with a great head that lingers. Also leaves sufficient lacing. Carbonation could be improved, however.

S: Lots of grapefruit, pine and caramel malt. Big emphasis on the grapefruit, however.

T: Initial taste of pine followed by heaps of grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. The grapefruit is probably the most prevalent of the flavors, as it lingers on the palate long after consumption.

F: Thick and sticky. Good.

O: A good beer, but I don't think it justified the price tag.

Photo of DrStiffington
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty light. Smells nice, nothing crazy, some faint hops. Tastes very light for a DIPA. Not getting that 10% in the taste. Nice overall. I think I need to taste it again as the first beer of the night to form a better opinion.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Mostly clear amber. off white head with full lacing.
smell: Pungent with grapefruit. Some sweet citrus notes.
taste: Mostly bitter grapefruit up front, with some sweet citrus.
overall: Nice Dipa.

Photo of MrMeerbill
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very good imperial does a nice job of covering the high abv with a good dose of hops

Photo of TooGood
3.02/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks good, smells good, but a very bitter aftertaste ruins it for me.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,324 ratings.