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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,618 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,618
Reviews: 493
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 190
Gots: 116 | FT: 3
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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

BeerBucks, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of crossovert
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 06/22/13.

It pours a semi-hazy goldish amber with a white head that leaves some good lacing.

The smell is awesome. There is a rich maltiness running through it that is the most up-front characteristic but underneath is just a tsunami of hoppiness. flowers, herbs, citrus, tropical, its all there.

Flavor is great too. Sharp bitterness. Again herbal, flowery, citrusy, tropical, a bit of pine. Malt doesn't overpower.


crossovert, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Millerbuffoon for this one.

A - Pours a hazy copper orangte color with very active carbonation and a thin but reasonably creamy head.

S - Aroma is light resin but still with a thick texture in the nose - mango, papaya, grapefruit, and light caramel malt. Average to slightly above.

T - Bready caramel malt, grapefruit, pine resin, spicy, light floral, herbally weed, and alcohol presence. Leaves a lingering finish of citrus and pine bitterness with some caramel malt and alcohol effervesence.

M - A full bodied D-IPA, a little sticky on the lips, moderate lingering bitterness, moderately dry finish.

O - Being a lover of Double/Imperial IPA's this one is "decent", but I prefer Sculpin. Compared to many other big IPA's from the West Coast this one is sitting in the middle of the pack. For the price that was paid, I wouldn't procure another bottle but glad I was able to finally try this. I apologize for this review because I really love the beers from Ballast Point, they are very talented at their craft. As a lover of DIPA/Imperial IPA's, this one is "meh" IMO. Today is July 24th and this bottle is dated "Enjoy by 6/22/13", just an FYI if anyone is reading this review. This is a beer I would love to try right around bottling time.

jzeilinger, Jul 25, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Jaldama, Jul 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Eriktheipaman, Jul 24, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

jwat, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 22, 2012
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

sdpaul, Jul 20, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 06/22/13

A- pours an orange amber color with a finger and a half of off white head. Solid head retention with some globs of lacing.

S- pungent resiny hop oils with a big grapefruit characteristic on the front end. Tropical fruit notes of papaya, mango and a touch of lemon zest in the middle. Some malt balance on the finish with a leafy resiny hop on the finish.

T- rich complex hop flavor with a resiny stickiness and pungent grapefruit. Tropical fruit papaya and mango in the middle. Some malt balance but hop forward and dank. Leafy and piney on the finish with a hint of sweetness.

MF- full oily hop sticky mouthfeel with a medium body. Smooth small bubbled carbonation.

D- amazing drinkability.

Overall a superb DIPA!

Viciousknishs, Jul 19, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

skunk242, Jul 17, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear and pale with an orange tint. A half finger dense head depeltes to a thin layer around the edge and a mound in the middle from the etching in my FW nonic. Lots of grapefruit and lemon with some piney bite in the aroma. Malt is biscuity but light, taking a seat behind the hops. Speaking of hops, they start and end the taste of this beer. Starting off tart and citrusy, moving to utterly bitter, and ending with a weedy, grainy bitterness that lasts on the back of your throat. Body is balanced with a dry aftertaste.

This one ain't kidding around with the bitterness. There is not much sweetness in the malt to balance this one out and it's bitter from start to finish. It does mellow out with time and as it warms, but there really isn't much complexity to this. Lots of great DIPA's in CA. This is not one of them, unfortunitately.

Philousa, Jul 17, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

drewone, Jul 17, 2012
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4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a tulip.

Pour: Hazy, but not cloudy, orange with two fingers very sticky egg shell head. Leaves very nice lacing.

Smell: Holy grapefruit/pinecone bomb. Literally double the firepower in the nose as Sculpin.

Taste: Flavor profile follows the nose with grapefruit up front that turns resinous and piney. Very bitter. Weed flare into the nose. Not double Sculpin in this aspect, but certainly more potent. Little bit of caramel and breadyness, and certainly a hefty malt bill is included here, but this is a West Coast hop bomb to the max. In a lot of ways, this reminds me of a double Two-Hearted Ale.

Mouthfeel: Bitter. Very bitter. This beer lets you know you're drinking a DIPA. Medium bodied and sufficient carbonation.

Overall: Was hesitant about the price tag in PA, but went for it and I'm glad I did. I might honestly call this my favorite offering from Ballast yet, and I love Sculpin. Not for the introductory DIPA drinker because this will knock you down with its potency. A better (IMO) version of Devil Dancer. Seek out if you dare!

cfrances33, Jul 16, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Chilled bottle into a glass, best by 6/25/13.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden-orange color capped with three fingers of off-white head. It billows to fill the tulip, then recedes into a thin collar around the edges of the beer.

S: Standard West Coast DIPA notes: citrus (grapefruit, orange) with a touch of pine, some malt sweetness.

T: Citrus and pine up front, but there is substantial residual bitterness and a spicy accent to it. A small heat in the finish with the spice gives me the impression of onions, and I'm suddenly afraid this was brewed with Summit.

M: Medium-bodied with appropriate carbonation. Medium+ bitterness; this isn't a total tongue-bruiser, but it makes you stand up and take notice. Light booziness that is accentuated by what appears to be some sort of spicy hop (Summit?).

O: Getting bored of Ballast Point beers at $9. They don't stand out enough to justify the price now that so many others have stepped up their own offerings. This would have been more exciting and justifiable at the price point 3 years ago.

Arbitrator, Jul 16, 2012
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3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by: 6.26.12. Opened on 7.15.12.

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a one inch cream-colored head, foamy.

S - Citrusy-lemons and oranges.

T - Lemons, pine, some oranges as well.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - A big IPA, but it's either past it's prime or just not that great.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 16, 2012
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4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a perfect pint glass.

A. Golden/orange/yellow coloring. Crisp, if that an be discerned from appearance. I got a thin, off-white head, with not much cling involved.

S. Citrus rind hops, smells very fresh and sweet. Light floral scents as well.

T. Follows nose, with a bit of pine sweetness.

M. Crisp and fresh, with a bit of bite. Yum.

O. This is a great DIPA. There are others I prefer, but this is very good.

rodlavers, Jul 15, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

yankeefan287, Jul 14, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Omer4176, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

jburchett, Jul 12, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Souleman, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

MickeyHops, Jul 09, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

ChulaVistaBarista, Jul 08, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

JeffTheJuice, Jul 07, 2012
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4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally snagged a few bombers at my local WF. Pours a beautiful sunset orange with a nice inch thick white cap that leaves nice curtains of lace as I drink down. The nose is very fresh hops and citrus fruits, red grapefruit pulp to be exact. The Flavors follow through on the palate, gobs of juicy citrus flavors from the obvious red grapefruits to orange peel and lemons, definitely a citrus lovers DIPA. The finish is very nice, leaving tell tale notes of bitter citrus and resiny pine from the massive hopping. Overall a very well made DIPA that I will drink gladly again.

OTB, Jul 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is mildly hazy and appears a sunset orange color. Half inch of white head. The aroma offers citrus, hops, alcohol. Tropical fruits dominate the flavor with alcohol presence notable throughout. While I would consider this a hop forward beer, the malt body definitely plays a major role. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering notes of alcohol, tropical fruit. Overall, pretty good. It would be better if the alcohol was hidden more gracefully.

Huhzubendah, Jul 06, 2012
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 1,618 ratings.