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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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Ratings: 1353
Reviews: 468
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%

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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4.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had on draft at Slaters 50/50 in tulip on 4/2/14

A-Pours a deep, clear copper, with small head. Decent lacing

S-Strong hop aroma, with some breadiness and citrus.

T-Flavor is slightly bitter, full pine hops, with a surprising sweetness and some distinct floral, citrus notes, strong grapefruit. Liked it a lot

M-mouthfeel is well balance and great carbonation

O-Overall another great beer by Ballast Point.

Serving type: on-tap

04-14-2014 02:24:49 | More by reebtaerG
Photo of elNopalero


4.26/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a golden amber in color with a thin layer of foaming on top. I get a piney aroma to it up front, followed by a touch of orange peel and a puff of caramel. The flavor is intensely piney with some orange peel citrus character and a resiny sweetness. I found it malty and somewhat bready, achieving a nice balance.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2014 20:02:14 | More by elNopalero
Photo of Wedgie28


3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper

Small head, disapated quickly. Bunch of white stuff from the rim to the bottom of the glass after all the beer was gone.

Faint smell of a pine needle when you snap it between your fingers.

Leaves a film on your lips like chapstick. That was cool.

Good beer!

Don't really want to write any more words. Just trying to make quota.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2014 22:50:45 | More by Wedgie28
Photo of 57md


3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear light copper color with a thin layer of head that dissipated almost immediately. The nose is certainly hoppy. The flavor is dominated by the hop profile except for a touch of citrus that pokes through the hops. This is certainly a fine offering, but it pales in comparison to Sculpin.

Serving type: on-tap

02-22-2014 18:48:49 | More by 57md
Photo of gatornation


4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Serving type: on-tap

02-08-2014 18:43:20 | More by gatornation
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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Tulip
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.00 (Wednesday deal)
Purchased: Aug. 7, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 7, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange color with two fingers of frothy off-white head when I got it. Very good amount of even layered lacing. Above average retention.

Smelled orange, caramel, resin hops, citrus hops, light floral hops, skunkiness and some grapefruit.

Tasted smoother than the smell. Got tangerine, orange rind and caramel malts.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

A good IIPA, but not quite terrific. Would definitely have it again though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 04:01:59 | More by BucannonXC5
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New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Ballast Point tasting room.

Appearance – perfect crystal clear golden to amber color.

Smell – Hoppy...citrus and pine.

Taste – Citrusy and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and moderate body...not too full.

Overall – One of my favorite DIPAs. Similar to other SD brewed DIPAs but enjoying it at the Ballast Point tasting room, made it even better. Not as good as Pliny The Elder.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 03:28:16 | More by Oliver_Twist
Photo of monts


3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The hops seem to get stomped out by the alcohol taste in this double ipa. It's not bad but just not very balanced. If you like big beers, this is for you. It almost tastes oak aged. It would be great if the hops cut through more yet the alcohol taste is dominant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 00:11:48 | More by monts
Photo of draheim


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 21:36:40 | More by draheim
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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head but it leaves a continual blanket of lace. Clear with amber color.

Smell: Smooth caramel base with a light floral hop touch.

A good malt start. This yields to some alcohol warmth. The swallow features some grapefruit rind tasting hop bitterness. Long bitter aftertaste, but this is not extreme. Creamy body with a subdued carbonation level. Deceptively easy to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2013 17:23:47 | More by smcolw
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3.3/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kinda thin for a DIPA. Blondish orange and lighter in color than other examples from this category. Hoppy, citrusy, but no heft. Not too bitter, a little sweet. Left me wondering if the server had poured the wrong selection. After being reassured, I tried to evaluate it fairly, but I couldn't help but feel a little cheated.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2013 02:34:48 | More by ThirstyHrothgar
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3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - A relatively clear golden orange, served up with a white, razor thin head in a 10 ounce snifter. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Juicy, fruity hop aroma hits first. Mango, grapefruit. Pine resin becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Slight spice.

Taste - Considerably more pine on the tongue than on the nose. Lots of resin upfront and throughout. Hints of mango mid-taste, but are nearly drowned out between the strong pine presence and the grapefruit pith bitterness that peaks through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied. Sticky; near syrupy. Low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - I'm not a big fan of pine-forward IPAs, and this is one of the stronger "pInePAs" I've had. So much potential for a multi-layered flavor profile, stifled by the sheer dominance of the pine character. This is a well-crafted beer, but it's not my bag.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2013 20:01:36 | More by TheSixthRing
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4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some nice tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a light malt finish. There is a somewhat high hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is quite tasty as well.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 02:37:05 | More by UCLABrewN84
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with a finger tall soapy off-white head. The head reduces by about 50% while drinking this beer but still a good amount is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots and lots of hop aromas in this beer - primarily citrus hops but also some pine hops. There is also a subtle hint of Christmas spices as well.

T: Big hop flavors - primarily citrus with some more subtle pine hints. There is some underlying subtle malt flavors that come out - bready and some caramel sweetness. Also, I get hints of Christmas/holiday spices.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very refreshing and I love all the hop flavors in this one. There is no hint of the alcohol present and it is real easy to drink (though I have a feeling this one could easily sneak up on you). I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 15:04:09 | More by dbrauneis
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3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

860th Review on BA
Draft to Taster

@Bruery Provisions

App- A medium orange with a very clear appearance. A fading color down to light yellow. A good one finger head with a good dose of cling as well.

Smell- A very deep smell with a good blend of malts and citrus. A bit thick on the nose with a whispy booze note as well.

Taste- A good deal of thick citrus more orange/grapefruit with a good bit of booze behind it. A nice balance of citrus to malt without be too unbalanced.

Mouth- A medium bodied DIPA with a matched carbonation level. A good bit of spicy citrus.

Drink- A very tasty beer. I'm glad I finally was able to get this. Big, thick, deep citrus.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 03:15:13 | More by FosterJM
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3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from 09/22/11
On tap at the Homebrew Mart location

A: Double Dorado pours a hazy yellow peach color with a nice off-white foamy one finger head and awesome window dressing.

S: Real nice fruity apricot aromatics. Some sweet pale malts. Quite nice.

T: Great medium hop bitterness that is fruity with apricot and tangerine notes. Some resiny pine. Sweet caramel cookie malt base. A bit of harsh heat really hits you in the back of the throat. Alcohol is def present on this one.

M: Sticky-icky mouthfeel. Lighter body for a big DIPA with a creamy texture. Resinous. A touch hot and dry crisp on the finish.

D: This is a solid DIPA. Big hops with a malt grain bill to match.

A touch too much heat for my taste but still a great DIPA with some real nice use of hops. Would def recommend and can't wait for bottles to come out again.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2011 00:35:08 | More by Nugganooch
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4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Orange/yellow/ dusty.

S - Citrus is up front, followed by some hops.

T - Taste is rich citrus, some sweetness mixed with hops is there as well.

M - Great balanced carbonation, not too much but just right. Great citrusy aftertaste with some alcohol hints.

O - Overall I tend to drink this one whenever possible, great different tasting IPA. Citrus kinda IPA.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 00:39:59 | More by SDtastentune
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4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Fresh batch put on today at Old Grove in a pint glass.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a frothy white cap. Nice retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Blast of tropical character: mango, papaya, passion fruit. Notes of honeydew melon are evident, accompanied by grass and pine. I also detect big grapefruit notes, as well as orange and a little stone fruit. The hops are bright and really expressive. A little sugary caramel is buried beneath the hops.

T: Lightly sweet up front, with a moderate bitterness overshadowed by a massive hop cornucopia. Once again there are strong notes of mango and papaya. There's some candied sweetness midpalate with faint notes of caramel. Orange, grapefruit, peach, and pine are evident throughout. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: An exceptional batch of an exceptional beer. One of the best in the style.

*edit* I had another glass of this new batch on tap at Churchill's a couple weeks later and it was awful, like D+ awful: cloying, medicinal, and face melting booze. I'm not sure what's going on with this batch. I didn't take notes but I could hardly finish my glass. This review is from the keg I had the first day they tapped it at Old Grove which was awesome.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 04:54:14 | More by HopHead84
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

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


1.6/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not sure what the story is but Ballast Point has done it again - changing the recipe for one of their most popular beers...first Sculpin last year and now Dorado. Boo.

A - Light honey gold with just a hint of head that doesn't stick around

S - Sweet and slightly phenolic with just a hint of hops, this should be a hop monster but smells like off homebrew

T - Sweet and bitter, but not in a hoppy way. Tastes like it didn't ferment all the way out or ferm'd at too low a temperature. Pales in comparison to years past.

M - Thin and whispy, the sweetness clings to your tongue in a bad way.

O - Wouldn't even get a taster of this let alone a pint. This is a classic example of needing to dump a batch - if Dog Fish can handle it then BP should buck up too. A sad day.

Serving type: on-tap

04-21-2011 20:56:11 | More by Dijeriduster
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2.53/5  rDev -39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at the brewery. Into a pint glass.

Dark amber color with half a finger of foam. Head recedes rapidly leaving a small ring around the outside of my glass. No lacing at all portends that all is not right in Denmark. Smell is of sweet malt and dank hops. No floral or citrus qualities are discernible. I'm getting a sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. The taste is... Well, first and foremost it's sweet. Overly sweet. This is followed by a wave of bitterness and a sweet juicy finish. The term "medicinal" is the first adjective that comes to mind. It reminds me of the cough syrup I never wanted to take when I was a kid. Speaking of syrup, the feel is thick and syrupy with a low level of carbonation. Overall this was a disappointment. I remember this being much better when I had it a year or so ago. Brighter and much less sweet. As is, this beer is not undrinkable, I finished my pint, but it was not very enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2011 22:07:01 | More by Sideswipe
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4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Lodge in Hilton Head, SC on 3/4/11.

A - Hazy orange-amber with a creamy white head. Great retention, leaves a ton of soapy lacing.
S - Pungent grapefruit and pine resin hops with a sweet caramel malt backbone. Very "West-Coast".
T - Huge tropical flavors of pineapple, papaya, peach and grapefruit with a strong caramel malt backbone. Tastes like a fruit cocktail cup in the best possible way!
M - Slightly creamy and sticky with a medium-full mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, the high ABV is well masked.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2011 22:25:18 | More by jsanford
Photo of ejyoung


4.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Ballast Point event at Hungry Monk.

Arrived in a chalice glass with no head, but nice golden color. I expect there was no head due to how it was poured.

Smelled strongly of pine, with some citrus, especially grapefruit. Nice.

The taste was also very piney/grapefruity, with the malt sweetness sort of in the background. Not nearly as sweet as some other DIPAs I've had lately.

The carbonation was good - I expected less based on how it looked. Left a sticky coating in my mouth.

I easily finished this glass, but that was enough for me. Nice double over all.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 20:55:10 | More by ejyoung
Photo of Nature777


4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Ballast Point Brewery out in San Diego. This was my second trip to the brewery, and the first time I've had this beer. One word describes it; "flawless." This is the best DIPA that I have had to this point. Being from NY, I'm accustomed to East Coast styled IPAs. Despite that, I have a new found love for the West Coast style of IPAs.

This beer had a very distinct malty sweetness to it. The hop profile was strong but not overbearing. This beer was resoundingly balanced and highly enjoyable.

*As a note, this site has the ABV listed as 9.6%, the brewery had the ABV posted as 10.6%. I don't know if that batch was stronger than usual or if that was the norm.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 14:53:23 | More by Nature777
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4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark golden color. About a finger of white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind with a nice cap of foam on tap.

S: hints of pineapple and apricot a bit of alcohol and a honey like malt sweetness

T: tastes of tropical fruits mostl pineapple which is quickly swept away with resinous bitterness that is over powered by sweet honey malts and finishing on an alcoholic and bitter resinous note.

M: full bodied yet light. Bitter slight spicy and a tad sweet.

D: Pretty easy drinker. A really solid dipa.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2011 02:26:12 | More by billshmeinke
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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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