Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +7.5%
Pours a fairly clear, golden bronze color. Nice medium bubble action. Minimal head.
Smells of all the hoppy fruity goodness you can want in a DIPA. A bit of sweat and spice too.
The taste is whoa!! So bitter and hop- forward! Much tingly pine and some resin. Pepper is there. Great even though the alcohol is well detectable in this one. The spiciness of the hops was blended very well with the malt and there's an earthy dry, warming finish. Astringent yet it all works for me.
09-15-2012 03:10:45 | More by TBoneJones
4.43/5 rDev +7%
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Best before 6 August 2013.
A: Barely a finger of off-white head on this big beer. Clear honey amber.
S: Pleasantly fruity. I enjoy these hops. Similar to Citra, but more tropical. Looking at the brewer's notes for El Dorado hops ("El Dorado hops consistently elicit responses of fruity notes, specifically
tropical fruit flavors. Other fruit notes offered have been pear, watermelon candy, and stone fruit.") I suspect I know where this beer gets its name. Deep, with a nice malt backbone.
T: Sublime. Smackworthy and a quintessential double IPA. Of course it's resiny and bitter, but it's never aggressively so. Expertly balanced with some caramellish malt and hint of fruit. The watermelon candy is actually spot-on. The aftertaste, after the intense hoppiness fades, is Jolly Rancher.
M: This full-bodied beer is moderately thick on the tongue, which I appreciate, but with a playful spiciness.
O: If these are actually El Dorado hops, I want more! A great beer, highly recommended to all. Will have again. Drinkable and delicious.
09-14-2012 04:55:39 | More by AgentMunky
4.23/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured into my Ballast Point pint glass. Light yellow/orange color. Very clear in appearance. Head is a small two fingers and bright white and creamy in appearance. Lace is sticking well.
Smell is very citrus and pine. Pink grapefruit, orange pith, some sugar.
Taste is a great citrus bomb. Pink and yellow grapefruit. Some orange and maybe even some pineapple. There are some sweet malts here too and some alcohol burn at the end.
Mouth is crisp and rich but in a light way. Body is medium and the carbonation is fairly light. Finish is long and dry with some alcohol burn. Very nice.
Overall I really enjoyed this fairly limited release. I had one when it was just a couple of days old and I don't think this has changed much from then till now. It does have some candied malt characteristics but this is one of those West Coast hop bombs all the way. Get your hands on this if you can. A must try.
09-12-2012 03:17:25 | More by azdback
4.43/5 rDev +7%
A: poured into a duvel tulip to a hazy golden orange with a small white head with decent retention as it fades to a small mat
S: smells of resinous pine, some grapefruit and pineapple. small underlying sweetness creeps through but the nose is almost entirely hops
T: orange marmalade up front with a nice piney hop bite, a bit herbal and citrusy toward the end and on the swallow there is a nice citrusy grapefruit rind kick with a bit of residual sweetness.
M: medium in the mouth with soft but sufficient carbonation. a little slick and oily but not syrupy
O: a very solid and delicious DIPA. very nice flavors and west coast all the way. I can't say enough about this beer, if you find it and like hops you should buy it.
09-09-2012 01:22:25 | More by SHODriver
3.48/5 rDev -15.9%
Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Beer pours a hazy orange with two fingers of off white tight foam head. Head dissipates after a few minutes to a half a finger, leaving a bit of sticky lacing.
Nose is a bit weak. Some grapefruit and orange peel and pine needles, sweeter juicy orange fruit, and biscuit malt sweetness.
Taking a sip, dank herbal and pine hops, sweeter fruits like papaya, orange and grapefruit. Mid tongue, a bit of biscuit and caramel malt sweetness. Finishes dry, with light grapefruit peel lingering on.
Medium body and well carbonated. Easy to drink given its abv. An interesting beer, but not too memorable.
09-08-2012 03:26:35 | More by nataku00
4.15/5 rDev +0.2%
22oz bottle with a Best Before Date of 071313. Pours a golden orange with a half inch of head. Lots of sticky lacing. Tropical fruits and sweet citrus aroma. Some piney hops too. The taste is alot like the aroma. Tropical fruits and orange peel. Pine more towards the end. Actually, the nose had more fruit than pine but I'd say the taste has more pine than tropical fruits. Resinous wih an oily mouthfeel. Not too much alcohol taste. Took me a long time to get to try this one but it was worth the wait. Overall, worth seeking out.
09-07-2012 04:57:50 | More by PicoPapa
3.95/5 rDev -4.6%
22oz bottle into Duvel signature tulip.
A: Pours an even amber with a couple fingers of greasy off-white head that faded into a wispy film leaving sheets of sticky lace.
S: Lightly boozy, big citrus hop notes, with hints of melon and honey. Boozy, bitter citrus.
T: Follows the nose with big notes of sticky bitter citrus nectar and rind, hints of sweet honey, and a ton of viscous booze. The finish is bitter and boozy.
M: Viscous mouthfeel, thick body, greasy and oily, smooth carbonation.
O: Great flavor but a bit boozy in taste and feel. Glad I tried this one though.
09-05-2012 23:11:00 | More by scottfrie
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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