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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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2,054 Ratings
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Ratings: 2,054
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 234
Gots: 289 | 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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Ratings: 2,054 | Reviews: 568
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy grapefuit colour, white head and lace. Great hop aroma. Very good DIPA, high IBU but not a bomb of bitter. Full mouthfeel and good drinkability. Orange zest, Tangerine and sweetness in taste, good balance.This one has been a survivor, a keeper.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of spycow
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a white head and looks nice and inviting.

Very light nose, almost nothing, even as it warms up. Nose finally had a very light pineapple, sage/basil spice to it, perhaps some light apple character.

Medium mouthfeel and medium body with some decent creamy character to it.

Simple grapefruit flavors and finish. The beer's entire character is pleasant, nice, and shows good hops but is simple and one dimensional. Would like more hops; would like more of everything.

This beer is certainly drinkable and pleasant; just nothing special. Has a medium/long pine resin finish. This is a good beer but a bit simple all around. Did not meet expectations of a "Robust Series - Limited Release." Candidly, perhaps this is just not the producer for me. I've found Ballast Point brews "acceptable" but I've never been really impressed. Just my opinion.

Photo of nmann08
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown with a white head and a little bit of lacing. Smell is a lot of citrus (mostly grapefruit) hops with a bit of a floral character coming in as well. Taste is very similar with a strong bitterness and only a slight backing of caramel malt. Moderate body with good carbonation. Very drinkable, especially for a double IPA. Intriguing hop presence that I thoroughly enjoyed, perhaps more so than Sculpin.

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It is hazy golden orange in appearance with a small white head. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: The aromas are dominated by hop bitterness and have some notes of citrus fruits and other spices.
T: There's a rather big hoppy flavor yet a good amount of balance from the underlying malts so the bitterness is not too overpowering.
M: It feels both medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: It's rather drinkable considering the high amount of alcohol content, although I can't see myself having more than one of these in a single sitting.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head; great retention and lace

Smell: While there is a ton of floral grapefruit aroma going on, the sweet malt base is also clearly evident

Taste: After a quick nod to the sugary malt, the grapefruity bitterness builds...and builds...and builds; just a ton of bitterness that settles down after the swallow as it blends back together with the malt that it had previously overwhelmed

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: Nice to have this old friend back around; this bottle was just released in the past few weeks so it doesn't get much fresher - you can sure tell the difference

Photo of jaydoc
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light clear orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is one-dimensional but still very interesting. Taste is also dominated by grapefruit hops with loads of great floral notes and light bitter finish. Malt is present thought doesn't play a big role in the final taste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done for a West Coast IIPA.

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a really nice copper color with a thick creamy looking head. The lacing was pretty thick on the glass too. The smell of the beer is really hopped up and had big aromas of citrus and pine. The taste of the beer was also intense just like the nose, really good hop flavors tingle the tongue on every sip. The mouthfeel is a little bitey but still remained drinkable. Overall it's a damn good brew.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with butterscotch edges. The largish cap is pastel orange-tinted ivory in color and is currently filling the top third of the pint glass with no sign of giving any quarter whatsoever. In time, it drops far enough to reveal a great deal of sticky lace in torn sheets. The light, bright color of the beer leads me to think that caramel malt will be in short supply. I certainly hope so; who needs yet another barleywine wannabe?

I've been enjoying the fantastic nose ever since the pour and it has taken all of my willpower to keep typing and not dive right it. I mean that figuratively rather than literally, but if the glass was bigger, I just might give it a go. This beer features an explosive aroma of all manner of citrus fruits, including pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple and passionfruit. One of the best DIPAs that I've smelled in quite some time.

The flavor profile follows suit, more or less. As expected, there isn't a whole lot of melted caramel present (there's still some though) on the palate. The malt backbone is appropriately huge, which is a good thing given all the hops. Even though I've had much hoppier versions, this one will scratch that alpha acid itch for damn sure.

The same citrus fruits that were present in the nose are present in the mouth, with orange shining especially brightly. In fact, given the less than perfectly masked alcohol (about which more below) comparisons to Grand Marnier would not be out of line. There's also a great deal of pungent pine sappiness present; an impressive amount in fact. The hoppiness isn't the high end hoppiness of an IPA, nor is it the bottom end thrum of a good American barleywine, but is something in the vast middle.

I have no idea how fresh this beer is, but I'm guessing that it hasn't been in the bomber long because of the still hot alcohol. While it isn't a deal breaker (it is a deal cracker), I prefer my DIPAs to hit me over the head with hops, not ethanol.

There's no letdown in the body/mouthfeel department. It's probably closer to medium than to full (for the style) with the alcohol acting as a solvent to cut the potential fullness down to size. It isn't a worry, though, since all that malt provides plenty of plushness and a light sticky sappiness on the finish.

Yet again, Ballast Point Brewing Company comes through with a solid, delicious version of a classically American style. These guys are often overshadowed by the AleSmiths and the Stones of the beer world, but cracking open a bottle of their beer is all it takes to prove that, in many cases, they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath with the San Diego County giants. Dorado Double IPA is all the proof that anyone should require.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the most interesting big ipas i can remember ever drinking. i wish i knew what hops were in this, because it has such a weird (and amazing) taste and mouthfeel, something totally foreign to my palate really. the beer looks like any other in its class, clear bright golden with a tall white head that leaves ring lacing as it drinks. the smell and taste have one of the more curious hop profiles out there. its fruity sure, but its neither oily or sweet, almost drying and sharp, but it isnt piney either. its almost tea-like, intense and bitter but also super flavorful. really hard to describe, but i get everything from lime to green tea to coriander seed to melon and meadow grass. its none of those things and all of them, like no other. its super bitter and strong, but the alcohol is well hidden, a dangerous bomber to tackle. something so strange with the hops though, its all in the middle. it rises up mid-palate, and dies back quickly, but that sensation and flavor in the middle is so cool and different. i would love to know what hops they use to create that. maybe better than sculpin in some ways, one of the best on the shelf india pales that exists.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich dark orange amber with a huge, two inch plus head. Very slow fade, good retention. Left behind rings and rings of lace. Some nice visible carbonation was also evident throughout.

S - Aroma was very nice and deeply hopped. Lots of citrus aromas were always evident. Definatly some underlying malt back here as well. This was a good well balanced aroma, didnt really come off like it was going to kill the palate.

T - Rich, best word to decribe it. A large orange and pine resin flavor was assaulting you from the beginning. But it mellowed out to reveal a more balanced sweeter earthen type of bakbone. Very dry finish, long lingering as well. This was one of those that made your lips start to pucker.

M - Very smooth, silky almost with great carbonation. Really a good job on the feel here. Very lively, but yet had a nice thickness about it. Definatly a sipper here, and as it warmed, a little of the carbonation was lost and it got a little syrup like.

D - Awesome nightly sipper strong IPA. This is a goblet and a good movie were choice. Not something I would be putting down all the time though.

Overall I thought this was very good. I am a huge fan of IPA's and the west coast really knows their stuff when it comes to these big hop bombs, this was nice to though as it was really well balanced and put together.

Photo of womencantsail
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A clear pale gold/yellow color with a nice fluffy head and amazing lacing.

S: Very piney, slight citrus presence, and essentially zero malt.

T: A lot more citrus on the tongue, grapefruit and lemon peel. A nice piney finish and a bitterness that sticks around and leaves you wanting more.

M: Slick mouthfeel, medium bodied.

D: An amazingly drinkable DIPA. Great offering by Ballast Point.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,054 ratings.