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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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Reviews: 597
Hads: 2,449
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 250
Gots: 503 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Reviews: 597 | Hads: 2,449
Photo of kculrich
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grapefruit, tobacco and spice. Sweet malt upfront with a tasty lingering bitterness. Moderate carbonation and a nice thick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable at 10% abv! (167 characters)

Photo of ScaryEd
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy golden color with a 2-finger white head. Some minimal lacing around the top of the glass.

The smell is garlic-y and bitter, with some notes of grapefruit and pine. The bready malt is present as well.

The sweet malt character is very prevalent up front, with strong notes of grapefruit and spicy pepper on the back end. A fairly well-balanced DIPA if I say so myself.

The feel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The alcohol is present but surprisingly well-hidden given the ABV. The spicy flavors linger on the tongue after each sip.

Overall, a very good DIPA that has a surprisingly spicy kick to it. Would love to try this one on tap. (730 characters)

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You could've told me this was an abv of 6.5% and I would've believed you. The hops continuously hit you with an uppercut and the smell was so pleasant. Perhaps not on the Sculpin level, but a very good DIPA nonetheless. (219 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber hued with plenty of haziness, to the point that not much light gets through. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. Moderate lacing. I definitely get a hop aroma but it is subdued. I'm wondering about how fresh this bottle is, though. The taste is fairly piny in the hops realm, but again it seems subdued for the fact it is a double IPA and for the strength. The mouth is a bit chewy and sticky. (415 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle.

Limited bitterness for style but lots of hops in the nose and plenty in the flavor too, especially in the finish and aftertaste.

Relatively refreshing and easy to drink for style. (202 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 20, 2015

I love the way it looks with its deep copper-amber pour and modest cream-colored head that lingers an laces.

I expected hops on the nose and I got them. Brilliant citrus, grapefruit, pine, and tropical esters. Low malt profile. For a 10% ABV beer - no alcohol within smelling distance.

Medium but smooth mouthfeel.

The taste explodes with hop bitterness and a moderate to slight toasted malt character. If you like hops - you got hops. No booze. I see why this gets such high ratings but I still like to have a better malt profile with my hops than I got here. (623 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass, bottled on the 155th day of 2015, I assume. Pours a gorgeous amber color with a fluffy two finger head that leaves lacing. Deep malty aroma of fruits and raisins, some piney hops. Taste is somewhat malty and a bit hoppy. Lots of dark fruit and sweetness, pine hops, finishes bitter. Body is heavy, touch of booze recognizable. Overall a good DIPA, but too big and malty. Sculpin is a much better offering. (444 characters)

Photo of MUTINY
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear gold/amber with 1 1/4" fluffy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Retention is so-so, lacing isn't bad.

S: Muted notes of pine & resin with a hit of garlic/onion on the back. Some graham-cracker malt is present. I'm just not that blown away here.

T: Comes on off-sweet with maple & more crackery malt. Mid palate is dominated by heavy pine & hop-bitterness with maybe a skootch of grapefruit underneath. The finish is more citrus-peel followed by resinous bitterness. Not at all bad, but not moving, either.

M: Moderate carb married to a very nice midweight body. Only a little bit slick, not too dense, very drinkable. Somewhat crisp finish which impresses me.

O: Not my fave DIPA, but not at all a bad offering from BP. (797 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Decent sized head after a slightly aggressive pour. Head is light tan in color.

S - Spicy. Red pepper, earthy hops, sweet malts.

T - Spicy like the aroma. Red pepper, chick peas (really), a very spicy hop flavor. Solid malt backbone. Hint of booze.

F - 10% ABV, so it's sticky as expected. Not bad, though.

O - A solid DIPA. It's really not hoppy enough for me to say it's excellent. Definitely decent, at the very least. Much prefer Ballast Point's Sculpin over this. (485 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice semi-deep gold color with decent head and lacing. Aroma is medicinal, with some hops coming through. Taste is strong, with some bitter grspefruit coming through and lots of bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, lots of bitterness and some medicinal qualities. Ok, but was expecting a little more citrus, I guess (309 characters)

Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most expensive beer in my catalogue so far, this was initially (attempted to be) sent from California to Ethiopia, only to be stopped by customs in New York. Returned unharmed, the shipping cost around $90USD, yet the beer remained unopened, set aside in a garage refrigerator for when I returned.

I returned.

Opened and poured into an unassuming glass, it came out a Golden Amber with minimal head, allowing for, as they say, easy access. Smooth on the palate, it was not of the bitterness associated with other Double IPAs, an equal mixture of smell and taste as it traveled down to the Nethersphere of ma belly. Light and refreshing for a DIPA, it worked its magic, reminding me of the hardships of East Africa while remaining grateful that I was drinking this beer among the Purple Mountains Majesty of the greatest country on Earth.

I couldn't think of a better way to welcome myself home, surrounded by the positive percentiles (10%) of this beer, and the positive vibrations (Turn On Your Lovelight) associated with its mixture of quality look, smell, taste, and feel. I don't know if it would have been any different had it made it to Ethiopia to be enjoyed there, but right now, amongst the ocean breeze and blue skies of Southern California, mere miles from this particular beer's inception, I am just grateful that all roads lead home, and it is here where I can enjoy this Dorado Double IPA! (1,426 characters)

Photo of Trooper92292
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bitter sweet after taste. I've been wanting to try this for a while and I'm very impressed with the result. I really like this, represents a true Double IPA from Cali. (169 characters)

Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Evaluating from last night so I'll try my best.
Good lacing with a typical appearance of copper amber with a two finger head. A wonderful DIPA hoppy citrus taste with the right amount of funk for you to be feeling right on after a hard day at work. Alcohol blends in well with the bitter funk. 10% alcohol! oh my trouble! BBbBbppPp!!! (340 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Light amber, off-white head. Medium carbonation. Citrus, a little malt, and a fairly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly evident. Not a bad effort, but not spectacular - I've had better DIPAs. (245 characters)

Photo of flyingpig
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from BottleDog, London (£4.50):
Outstanding stuff from Ballast Point, it's a shame their beers are so hard to find here. This one tasted exactly like a DIPA should with lots of tropical fruits, resinous pine & bitterness plus plenty sweetness. The beer had a great balance & as such I didn't really notice the 10% save for some touches of alcohol here & there. Surprisingly easy to drink with a real juicy feel to it; definitely be on the look out to try again soon. (480 characters)

Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle

A: Copper/amber color in the glass. Large head that dissipated rapidly to a thin veneer. Little lacing.

S: Malty character comes through strongly, followed by citrus and piney resinous notes.

T: Immediate impression is of maltiness followed very rapidly by resinous and citrussy hop bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel cut by the bitterness.

O. A surprising DIPA, at first somewhat barely wine-ish in style soon giving way to citrussy bitterness. (505 characters)

Photo of Beerds
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went in to get canned Sculpin for a beach weekend but had this so had to scoop it up! Nice rich color, not a lot of head on first half of the pour but then it popped up at the end: nice off white but not a huge layer. You can smell and taste the alcohol for sure. Lots of flavor up front and on the tongue but not finish. Gives a nice "smacking your mouth to get that flavor off your tongue" going on. (401 characters)

Photo of RMD579
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very similar to Sculpin. Looks and smells nearly identical. Has the same grapefruit/orange peel sort of taste going on with a some floral notes. The taste is similar but lighter than I'm used to for a DIPA. The alcohol burn is very present at 10%, it's a bit too much and I think this beer would be much better off around 8%. The alcohol is just not masked well and there's not much depth and complexity for a DIPA. Still not bad though, certainly drinkable and might be preferable if you're looking for a higher alcohol DIPA. (526 characters)

Photo of Flanco
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was the best double IPA I can remember ever drinking. I only had one and it came to me in a gifted mixed six pack. I wasn't expecting much and wasn't tuned in to looking at the color or savoring the aroma, but I remember a fairly deep orangey and decent head. The flavor was spectacular. I need a six pack soon for further study. (334 characters)

Photo of brewohio1
2.06/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Easily one of the WORST DIPAs ive ever had. Nothing but extreme bitterness up front and a strong alcohol finish. If youre going to brew 10% abv beers at least do a good job covering it and balancing the flavor. (210 characters)

Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish copper translucent brew, topped by a cream-colored head. Great head size, retention, and lacing.

Juicy, hoppy aroma, laced with pine, some tropical fruit, and earth. A touch of caramel malt sneaks through.

First kiss to the palate is a nice bit of grainy caramel malt, quickly demolished by a wave of hops: pine resin, grassy, earthy, and a touch of tropical fruit. Exceptionally bitter. Brown sugar and grainy caramel malt return in the back half to give balance and body.

Medium-full feel; puckeringly bitter; semi-dry finish with lingering hops; lively; flirts the edge of syrupy, but avoids the trap.

This is an excellent DIPA which reminds me of SN Hoptimum. (675 characters)

Photo of CraftBeerMatt88
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus and stone fruit flavor & aroma. A little resiny hop flavor with slight grassiness. Not too much hop bitterness in the back for a big, double IPA. Very balanced overall masking the 10% ABV. Refreshing. Amazing. (216 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since ive had a traditional big west coast IPA. Big in terms of hop bitterness and alcohol. This beer harkens back to the bitterness fad of a decade ago. Caramel malts are present in the mouthfeel but less so in the flavor. It is dominated by a pine and grapefruit rind smash. Perhaps my palate has changed but I'm somewhat less enamored with this implementation of the style. As other reviews have stated the alcohol note is not attenuated in this beer. Worth a taste for sure but it doesn't sing any tunes you havent heard before. (552 characters)

Photo of Jwaks
2.46/5  rDev -40.3%
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. (966 characters)

Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +1%
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 (329 characters)

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.