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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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Ratings: 1350
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:
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(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003)
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Photo of schoolboy


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had some good Ballast Points before, but this is a truly great one.

This one has a very pretty color with great clarity and a nice little head. The aroma is the best part - perfectly balanced without being a real challenge to the nose.

The taste is also well balanced (but still American, over the top). Loads of hops and malts but not syrupy. It is slightly harsh, probably a water characteristic.

The aftertaste is all hops, but nice. Not nasty. There is no boozy taste at all. This was a nice one to try in a growler from Saveon in Mentor.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2013 23:41:15 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Yagman3000

New York

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a growler into a Duvel Goblet.

Appears a pleasing dark orange with apricot tones underneath. Practically no head at all - just an oily middle and a little rim.

Smells sweet, citrusy, and malty too. The hops are in the front but it looks like there might be some nice body to this.

Tastes more bready than I was hoping. It pops out to me before the citrusy hops take over. It's a definite hop profile but more over-ripe and dullish than bright and bursting grapefruit.

It finished nicely, no real creaminess due to a lack of head, and it does a decent job of hiding its booziness - especially for a heavy-hitter at 9.6%.

I rarely like to give a beer a 4 rating across-the-board but this it hit it at all points. A little disappointing, similar to my Sculpin disappointment, but my real appreciation goes to their Big Eye IPA - their best beer by far to my knowledge.

Serving type: growler

11-06-2011 20:58:53 | More by Yagman3000
Photo of SkunkWorks

New York

2.2/5  rDev -47%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Growler from Stony Brook Beverage, Stony Brook, NY served in a pint glass.

Look: clear golden body with big carbonation bubbles floating to the top, nice head retention on the beige head with some lacing left behind. Good looking.

Smell: resin with a big, boozy aroma. Not particularly inviting. If I really stick my nose in it, I can pick up hints of floral, citrusy aromas too but they are hard to pick out.

Taste: follows the nose with a lot of alcohol and unpleasant resinous bitterness. Not very good.

Feel: medium to full in body, which is a good mouthfeel for a DIPA, but that booziness is a problem. Its not really sessionable and I decided to stop drinking halfway to the bottom of my glass. I will be leaving the rest of the growler for my girlfriend to finish, since she seemed to like it.

Overall: not impressed. I was expecting a bigger Sculpin and got this instead. The keg was fairly recently tapped so either the beer has sat in distributor hell for a long time or this beer is terrible. Given that the only Ballast Point I've had that I enjoyed was Sculpin, I might be inclined to believe it is the latter. Avoid. Cheers!

Serving type: growler

05-21-2011 12:26:17 | More by SkunkWorks
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at a Ballast Point event in NYC almost exactly 1 year ago and remember loving it...Picked up a growler yesterday at New Beer Distributors-NY.

A: Into a snifter, Dorado pours a lovely clear amber golden color under a sudsy head. Bright color that's about as rewarding to look at as the colors on the prized fish itself.

S: Lush and very attractively blended aroma of pine and floral hops. Cool and refreshing fruity nose.

M/T: A relatively smooth but salty pine hop bitterness flows over the tongue into a dry herbal noted finish. My guess is that Pine accented hops are king in this brew and perhaps that's where I'm getting that salty sensation from...

O: All in all, I'm a bit disappointed this time around with the taste in this brew. Perhaps it's just me...If this was the intended taste that the brewery was going for, then perhaps it's just not quite for me. Of course, there's always the possibility that somewhere along the distribution path, this beer changed...Regardless, I have to say that this isn't bad beer...It's simply not along the lines of my taste for Imperial IPA. I will continue to celebrate the brews of Ballast Point and suggest that YOU be the judge...

Serving type: growler

04-19-2011 20:36:52 | More by albertjr21
Photo of Dubber55

New York

2.58/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Into a Founders snifter pours a slightly hazy honey/gold with 1 finger head.

First thing I smell is very strong pine. Then I smell booze and some more grassy hops.

Taste starts off with strong pine, followed by biscuity toasted malt, grass clippings and plenty of booze.The finish is pretty sweet.

Mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Coats the mouth. Medium carbonation.

Overall, I do not like this beer. It becomes syrupy and cloying from all the malt. Almost reminds me of a barleywine. Way too sweet for my tastes. The booze is also pretty strong which covers up whatever other flavors there might be.

Serving type: growler

04-16-2011 21:16:37 | More by Dubber55
Photo of largadeer


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from ArthurPendragon. Thanks, Art. New April 2011 batch, weighing in at 10.6% ABV.

Pours a brilliantly clear shade of golden amber. The head dissipates with surprising quickness, though there's plenty of carbonation.

Smells like tropical fruit salad, a real cornucopia of fruit aroma on display here. Curiously, honeydew melon is most prominent, not a scent I commonly pick up in hoppy beers, but it smells great. Sweet mango and ripe stonefruit also come to mind. Alcohol and malt are faintly noticed, lending a bit of depth.

Taste is where this beer really shines. Layers of ripe, sweet tropical fruit flavors wash the palate: honeydew, papaya, mango, a hint of peach. The texture is full, silky - this batch feels more full and sweet than previous batches, though it's neither cloying nor syrupy. A grainy malt base is noticeable if I dig for it, though it's buried. Bitterness is mild in the finish, and there's a brief kick of alcohol. Potent as it is, it's remarkably easy to drink, very rounded and smooth.

Overall, this seems quite different from older batches of Dorado, possibly for the better. The hop character has shifted more toward tropical fruit flavors, which are highlighted by greater sweetness and alcohol. I'm really liking this batch, though I seem to be in the minority.

Serving type: growler

04-14-2011 02:47:13 | More by largadeer
Photo of pmlondrigan

New York

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided this 2XIPA is a lovely honey gold, but not as opaque as honey, more translucent. Almost a full 2 finger head, and dense. Lacing, yup it's there. The hops On the nose are full of herbs and pine. It smells sticky and earthy. There is some balance here, but sadly sweet sticky hops wine in the end. A simple basic malt bill can't stand uP to the hop bill Ballast point uses. The beer is very piney, herbaceous, and slightly cloying. I'd say dorado is a bit syrupy in my mouth, but fairly regular for the style. A fine ale to be certain, but it's hard for a 2XIPA to stand tall when the likes of Pliny and ghandi-bot are around.

Serving type: growler

04-13-2011 02:01:44 | More by pmlondrigan
Photo of ehammond1

2.5/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2


Ballast Point Brewing Company
San Diego, CA

A glowing and clear amber with shades of red throughout. Thin white head perched atop with little lacing. Not a ton of carbonation or stick.

The nose is this beer's best characteristic. There's an array of citrus notes predominantly orange, grapefruit, and mango, along with a punch of melon, yet quite a bit of alcohol is very present in the nose as well.

The taste, however, falls away sharply and disappointingly from the vaulted ground the aroma sits atop. The hop bitterness and some citrus elements are here but this mainly consists of palette-wrecking, liquor-like alcohol burn. Unpleasant.

Thin, oily, and slick in the mouth. Goes down like liquor; harsh.

I'd been wanting to try this beer for a very, very long time. As a huge fan of Sculpin, I imagined this beer would find its way in to very similar heralded ground. I disappointingly missed it at Churchill's when it was on tap a few months ago.
When I got the e-mail yesterday about a new batch of Dorado, I rushed to the brewery asap and was the first to try the new batch. I even had to wait as they tapped the first keg and erased Tongue Buckler off their overhead board so they could add Dorado in its place.
I wanted to like this beer, and I didn't. Now I'm wondering what to do with the last half of an unwanted growler. Very disappointing.

(As strange as this sounds for a DIPA, this beer seems like a perfect candidate for aging. If I'd bought bombers instead of a growler, I'd cellar the remainder.)

Serving type: growler

04-08-2011 02:20:45 | More by ehammond1
Photo of koopa

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: growler

12-12-2010 22:05:42 | More by koopa
Photo of MightyCow9


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very fine Double IPA. The fruitiness was amazing. The grapefruitiness wasnot alone, you could tastes hints of mango and tropical type sweet/sour fruits. The flavor was overall very balanced for such a high alcohol beer. If I see this again I will buy this again.

Serving type: growler

01-05-2010 18:44:15 | More by MightyCow9
Photo of gatorbreath


3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This is a strong, STRONG DIPA.

The color is copper/amber, dark, hardly any head with a not-overly-aggressive pour. Smell is unmistakably hoppy with high alcohol content. I was really looking forward to trying this brew. Taste was hoppy and burns something serious. The mouthfeel was medium to full bodied, slick and oily. Drinkability was poor on this on, in my opinion, in that the burn in the throat on the aftertaste is overbearing. I was a little disappointed on this in that aspect. Just not one of my favorites. Give her a whirl and see what you think by all means. It's worth a pint.

Serving type: growler

12-26-2009 22:23:51 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of inspektor

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


Pours a copper hued array of beauty with minimal head but excellent lacing throughout the glass. Definite traces of grapefruit and orange nicely complemented by the refreshing essence of hops. There's also a mild trace of pine with a slight lemon accent.

The taste. Oh the taste. Fruit tingles the olfactory senses as the copper froth tantalizes the pallet. Initially crisp, but relaxing to soothing as the Herculean river of hoppy goodness engulfs the pallet. Not too bitter, fruity throughout. The alcohol hides behind the guise of the fruity medley, and increases the overall drinkability of this double ipa.

The mouthfeel is far superior to any double ipa I've experienced thus far. Not brutal and purely high abv, more subtle and subdued. Slight touches of caramel followed by hint of the double digits abv.

This double ipa is quite drinkable indeed. It surpasses Mojo Risin' on the aspect of double ipa drinkability. Each glass will beckon for its successor. In my humble opinion, this surpasses my prior Double IPA Favorite (Great Divide Hercules) and is now at the top of my list.

Serving type: growler

12-20-2009 19:49:21 | More by inspektor
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish-orange color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A big citrusy, hoppy aroma.

T: This beer has a big, big flavor. Lots of citrus - pineapple, orange, pretty much all of them - as well as a giant floral hops presence. Very complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but pretty heavy. Not for novices.

Serving type: growler

08-11-2009 12:38:16 | More by avalon07
Photo of m1ked


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Doggnate for the West Coast love...today was a good day...had a double dorado today. Love the T Owens avatar. Looks like he is just about to shed a tear.

A- This reminds me of a see-through brand new penny. Nice pure white tight bubbled head. Leaving behind a white ring with obvious lacing. Good looking brew for sure.

S- HOP BOMB all up in your nostrils. Thick resiny piney coats your nostrils. No doubt that this is a DIPA.

T-Piney resins with grapefruit zest, but seems more complex than the nose, not just a punch in the mouth with hops. There is a thin thread of sweet malts that complements the hops. But please make no mistake, this is hop heavvvvy as opposed to "balanced". Love the west coast DIPA's .

M- Slickery. ( does anybody remember that cough drop commercial from like 10-15 years ago?) Coats the tongue with that piney resin. Good fine carb that doesn't interfere with the flavor.

D- I think BP makes great beers in general. They happen to make my favorite IPA (Sculpin). I think that they are in the running for my top 3 DIPA's (Expo Hoppiness, Yulesmith).You have to like hops and be in the mood for a DIPA. If you fulfill those prereq's you'll love this beer.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2009 21:59:08 | More by m1ked
Photo of bwd110


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I was very lucky to score a growler of this one as it was one of the feature beers at my favorite bar, and it happened to be slow last night.

Poured into DFH snifter.

A: Pours a deep copper brown, very good clarity. One inch sudsy head, dissipates quickly. Real good lacing and notches in the glass all the way to the end.

S: Much like it's sister brew Sculpin, the Dorado explodes with citrus and tropical hops. Grapefruit, peach, mango dominate, slight presence of malt biscuit, and some nice piney bitter hues. Great nose.

T: Wow. Great blend of insanely tropical fruit hops, with an ultra creamy, big and beefy malt backbone. One of the most balanced left coast DIPAs I've encountered. Finish is strongly bitter pine. Really nice progression of flavor on the palate.

M: Insanely creamy and smooth. On the medium body side for the style, not thick and resinous like a lot of hop bombs. Perfect carbonation, very pleasing bitter finish.

D: Could be tempted to go on a bender tonight with this growler. ABV makes it presence known however, two big 22oz snifters and I'll be feeling no pain.

Superb beer. Ballast Point has jumped way up on the radar for me. 4 for 4 so far.

Serving type: growler

05-25-2009 00:18:57 | More by bwd110
Photo of JackieTH


4.36/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tawny golden beer topped by a creamy white foam that recedes gradually leaving sheets of lace. Not a big nose, but I'm getting earthy bread, faint lemons, marmelade. Taste pine and resin, honeydew melon, papaya, oranges, lemons. Moderate bitterness with ample malt makes for one of the rarer hop forward yet juicy, wet, refreshing type of balanced brews. Delicious. Firm carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. A very well crafted, delicious beer. Mild bitter, clean finish. Shocking easy to quaff being 10% ABV. Will buy again.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:56:34 | More by JackieTH
Photo of reebtaerG


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 MattyG85


4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a Surly Darkness chalice.

Appearance: Pours a clear amber orange with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger off white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A juicy and earthy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and pine. Upfront citrus hop hints of grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, lemon, tangerine, apricot, and melon. Big dank hints of pine resin as well as hints of grassy hops. Background hints of malt with hints of caramel, grains, and yeast. Very hop forward and ripe smelling. A very good aroma.

Taste: Like the nose suggests, a juicy and oily hop driven taste with big notes of citrus and pine. Citrus hops with upfront notes of grapefruit, orange peel, mango, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, melon, and apricot. Big dank and spicy taste of pine resin. Also some grassy and floral hop notes. Backing malt presence with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A very good and nicely bitter hop forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very juicy and oily with a drying finish. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: Another very good West Coast Imperial IPA. Good mix of juicy and piney hop flavors with a solid malt backing.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 06:47:37 | More by MattyG85
Photo of BoldRulerVermont


4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a snifter glass.
Pours a medium clear amber with minimal head.
Smell was a bit lacking initially but increased as it warmed up, good hoppiness and alcohol.
Taste was a nice level of bitterness, alcohol forward, but not quite as hoppy citrus as Sculpin.
Mouthfeel was crisp, dry. I enjoyed it.
Overall, a nice double IPA from BP. It's 10% ABV and you can tell. Good bitterness level but could use more dry hopping for increased juiciness.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 17:36:30 | More by BoldRulerVermont
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 hardy008


4.41/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a clear amber/gold color, with a one finger white head, with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and melon.

Tastes much like it smells, with grapefruit, mango, pineapple, melon, and caramel malt. It is surprising how sweet this Double IPA tastes. There is plenty of hop bitterness too, so Ballast Point must have added plenty of malt to balance out the 90 IBUs.

Medium bodied with soft light carbonation. Very smoot hand easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden for a 10.00 % abv beer. An absolutely delicious Double IPA, which is well worth buying again.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 04:01:43 | More by hardy008
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 mverity


3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with a touch of orange. White head that faded rapidly into a thin collar and wisps. Aroma is faint citrus, grainy malt sweetness, slightly piney. Nice hop bitterness, medium-high carbonation, medium-low body. Taste is grainy malt, grassy/floral hop and grapefruit citrus, very faint spice.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 04:46:38 | More by mverity
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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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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