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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,503 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,503
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 180
Gots: 89 | FT: 2
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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Photo of thain709


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dry hopped with crystal and horizon hops

A - Served with a cloudy, burnt orange body...the head was creamy white and slowly faded into a thin cap...nice sheets of lacing

S - Big citrus hop aroma on the nose...grapefruit and orange leading the way...there is also some piney notes...a surprising sweetness is coming out from the malt

T - This one is more balanced in the beginning than I expected it to be...a quick blast of citrus hops hits you first, but is quickly taken away by the sweet, caramel malt...there is also a doughy presence given off by the malts...this grows as the beer gets warmer...the piney hops end the beer and ruin the balance...a nice, strong bitterness

M - Medium bodied...smooth but could have used a little something...bitter...alcohol comes out as it warms

D - This IIPA wasn't bad...great nose from the dry hopping and pretty balanced until the finish...my only complaint is the alcohol started showing through as the beer got warmer

Serving type: cask

11-01-2010 11:07:43 | More by thain709
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint glass. This one is dry hopped with Crystal and Horizon Hops.

A - Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a thick two finger head with thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong pungent smell of hops with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango with a slightly sweet aroma from the malt. A faint smell of caramel comes out as it warms.

T - Fairly bitter thanks to all those hops. Not as much fruit as in the nose, the malt seems to be dulling down those flavors a bit. A bit sweet from the grains. Very well balanced. Not as good as the sculpin casks I have had but still a very good offering from ballast point.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with a good balance of flavors. It could use a little more carbonation is it appears a little dead in the glass.

D - Drinkability is fairly high on this one. I would like the hops to come thru a tiny bit more in the taste but still an excellent cask offering.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2010 22:22:47 | More by orangesol
Photo of hophead247


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color. Aroma was heavy notes of floral, perfume, grapefruit, caramel, grain, mild fruit and a hint of grassy notes. Over the palate came oily and citrus liken feel combined with notes of perfume, grapefruit and good counter toasted malt and caramel. Full bodied with an average carbonation and dry oily texture. Heavy bitter and good counter sweet flavor. Lingering bitter dry perfume like floral finish. One of my favorite BP brews...

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2010 06:08:35 | More by hophead247
Photo of gregshead


3.4/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden color, mostly clear look. Head dissapates quickly and al that remains is a outside ring of foam around the edge.

S: Smells of strong citrus/grapefruit and most of all, pine

T: Taste floral/grapefruit hops with a little bit of bready malt to balance. Then comes the strong pine pine taste that is over the top for me. Finishes with a burning pine after taste. Dry finish.

M: Crisp carbonated taste mouthfeel. If there is a standard DIPA mouthfeel this would be it.

D: If you like hop bombs, this is your drinkable DIPA. Makes me think of the DIPA version of Blind Pig, even though this is two different brewers. If you enjoy the more balanced DIPA such as PtE like myself, this probably won't make your favorite list.

Serving type: on-tap

09-26-2010 02:28:13 | More by gregshead
Photo of Kaiser81


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had a half pint at the Old Grove location this past Thursday.

A - Clear golden color with about a finger width of head. Nice head retention as it soft and pillowy. Great lacing at first, but kind of loses its luster as the beer warms and opens.

S - Mild, piny hops with a sweet backbone. The sweetness continues to open up as the beer opens up, and it kind of becomes the dominant feature.

T - Malt up front turns to pine, then some small grapefruit notes, then an alcohol bite. This one was marked at 10.6% on the board, I think, and it tasted every bit of it.

M - Med carb, medium body, just like it should be.

D - Yeah, I could drink this, but I'd like a little less sweetness on it, and a little less alcohol bite.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2010 05:03:27 | More by Kaiser81
Photo of mikereaser


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep dark rust color with a half inch of foam that left plenty of sticky lacing

S - citrus, orange and grapefruit, hops dominate the incredible aroma

T - slight citrus flavor, but malts dominate with an alcohol burn and a nice hop bite

M/D - medium bodied, a bit thicker than i expected. The hops aren't the most dominant while the malt and pepper come through equally

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 18:27:55 | More by mikereaser
Photo of Brew33


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever offering Ballast Point. Couldn't find Sculpin so I went with Dorado.

Initially I'm troubled because there is no head. A very thin white ring only around the edge of the glass, no foam covering the surface of the beer. The aroma is fine and good. Nothing out of the ordinary. Big American hops and a little bit of booze. The taste is good, I'll just say good. Big resinous hops, light malt and a fair amount of alcohol. This is a nice beer. Hits the style on the nose although it's a little bit boozier than I like. The mouthfeel was average for the style and the drinkability was better than I thought it was going to be after the first few sips. Nothing to write home about but a beer I'd certainly be inclined to try on tap.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 12:49:38 | More by Brew33
Photo of emmasdad


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden amber color, with a good finger or so of cloud-like white foam. Nice hoppy aromas going on here, pine, grapefruit, maybe a little tangerine. More good hoppiness on the palate, pine and citrus mostly, balanced nicely by the sweet toffee/caramel malt flavors. Another good example of the west coast IPA style.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 03:52:34 | More by emmasdad
Photo of metter98

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 00:16:08 | More by metter98
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent enough beer, although I like their Sculpin and Big Eye better.

Appearance was amber with hints of brown. Good aroma, citrus, not pine.

Darker, stronger, didn't find it to be as balanced as would have liked, thought there was a grainy earth feel to it that didn't allow the hops to shine like their other IPAs.

Had at the dipa fest. Suffers from great expectations because of their other ipas, otherwise, there is nothing wrong with this.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 02:08:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of BarrytheBear


3.75/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of rmjavanut, thanks Ryan!

Thickish murky orange pour into my tulip....quickly receding head a testament to the heft to come

Hmmm... loads of tropical fruit and doughy sweetness. Familiar...

Sluggish mix of tropical fruits - peach and guava...papaya, coconut? Eerily similar to how I would describe Dreadnaught. Would like to drink these beers side by side, as I feel some sort of joke is being played on my senses. Sweetness more prevalent as beers warms, bringing out the doughy malt profile.

Thick mouthfeel with low carbonation, appropriate for the style

Booziness prevalent upon warming...somewhat of a chore to make it through as the beer becomes increasingly chewy

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 02:03:01 | More by BarrytheBear
Photo of Bubba83


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap off the fermenter at Homebrew Mart Ballast Point location during SD Beer Week. Nice of them to let us randoms back into their brew area to try this as fresh as possible.

Appearance is nice, dark orange, nright white foamy head, fairly sinister looking. Pretty much no head retention and minimal lacing.

Incredibly resiny aroma with tons of pine with some caramel tones and citrus with some heavt bread underneath.

Initial taste is a lot of caramel and butterscotch backed up with some pine and citrus. Red malts dominate the mid-range before a bunch of mint and evergreen finish up.

Super thick, oily, and resiny. Chewy. BIG!

Hard to imagine this is the 11% they told us. Mouthfeel wise it seems like it is 11%, but it's quite drinkable despite the thick and oily mouthfeel. An absolutely please to drink.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2010 09:21:48 | More by Bubba83
Photo of Thorpe429


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-17-2010 15:28:46 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of kaseydad


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this for a steal at less than $5 a bomber. Very excited for this beer. Snifter pour and an apricot colored ale is produced and a bright white small head is present. Awesome huge grapefruit aroma with some orange and lemon also in the mix. Whoa. Bitter (almost mouth puckering) taste. A big blast of grapefruit rushes in after the swallow and leaves a great bitter aftertaste. For being so bitter, the mouthfeel is surprisingly full and smooth. Easy drinking beer but I could see this flavor getting tiresome after multiples.

Overall I have wanted to try this beer for some time and I was not disappointed. Now if only I can get this to Mexico and try it with some Dorado sashimi caught fresh from the sea.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2010 17:14:41 | More by kaseydad
Photo of strengthdoc


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured from the bottle to reveal a light golden color with a fair amount of bubbles from the carbonation. There was a thick foamy head with a lot of lacing. The aroma was strong and earthy pine. The mouthfeel was very nice and buttery. The first taste is smooth, but becomes progressively hoppy in the mid tastes and it finishes with a moderately strong, but not overpowering floral hoppiness. This is a good beer, but a little pricey compared to others in the category.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2010 05:53:07 | More by strengthdoc
Photo of HopHooligan


3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A - Not to much foam, not to much lacing. A cloudy orange/bronze color

S - I get a great lemon/grapefruit citrus smell from the brew with perhaps a pine/flower mix. And of course a crap load of hops.

T - Fantastic taste, at first your hit with incredible hops taste and then its smoothed with a caramel malt to finish off the sip.

M - Felt like it has a lot of body for a IPA, that would be the one thing I didn't like about it. Carbonation was good just enough to compliment the hops.

D - This is a full bodied beer, with rich mix of hops and caramel, it would go great with chicken or a light fish.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 20:34:36 | More by HopHooligan
Photo of barrelman

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is amber with a non-sticky white head. Aroma is buttered popcorn with a slight backing of herbs.

Flavor comes is ultra perfumey, with a butter aftertaste. Tastes almost like German Tetts (or maybe fuggles?). Pretty bizarre.

Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is alright. This beer is not the immediate lovefest you might expect after tasting the Sculpin, a beer where they used more accessible flavor and aroma hops. This beer is not my thing but definitely sets itself apart from other DIPAs. By the way, every time I burp I taste buttered popcorn.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2010 04:23:09 | More by barrelman
Photo of deanhead


4.3/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale Golden Color, nice lace with bubbles all the way down the glass.
Dank Rich, and Viscous, very hoppy. clingy and piny with strong citrusy notes.
Intense hop aroma- bitter finish clingy then finishes very dry medium bodied-citrusy
hops begin...middle and at the end.. all the way through.
nice beer with a solid malt backbone. well balanced hop bomb if i can say that.
Sticky finish
drinkable and tasty beer i really enjoyed it. Highly quaff-able offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2010 20:39:47 | More by deanhead
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Amber orange with a nice thick head. Heavy lacing.

S: Heavy citrus and hop aroma

T&M: Crisp, smooth fruity taste. Mild hop pine taste with a medium body. Finishes with a nice mellow hop bitterness.

This stuff is awesome. I had it on tap and hope that the bottle version is as good if I can find it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2010 23:46:45 | More by cdizinno
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 ThirstyBird


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

Appears lightly hazy orange/yellow. Nice light tan head.
Smell is nice with a great hop nose...grapefruit and a deep malt sweetness.
Taste is a wonderful mingling of hops and deep rich malt. Caramel. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel is super smooth. The carbonation is fine in structure. Medium bodied.
Nice DIPA I think my bottle had a touch of age on it and it drank wonderfully.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 17:13:13 | More by ThirstyBird
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 woodychandler


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No head, but partially because it was full to the rim. Color was a slightly hazy medium-amber. Nose left no question that this was a DIPA. It was smokin' with hops and burned some nose hairs on its way up the pipe. Mouthfeel was medium with a crisp, citrusy bitterness on the tongue. Finish had a peppery after taste. Phew!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 22:29:34 | More by woodychandler
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 augustgarage


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Blue Palms Brewhouse in Hollywood. Fresh keg of the latest batch of Dorado - this one clocks in at 10.7%! Served in a generic wide-mouthed tulip.

Surprising color, reminding me of a rosé wine in some ways. Clear with dark pink and alizarin highlights. Seashell foam head melts slowly away like a fog lifting over a frozen lake. A meandering path of bubbles of varying sizes connects the sides of the glass - themselves bound by a creamy soft collar. Uniform lacing clings tenaciously to the legs.

Arancello, pomello, lemongrass, and floral/perfume notes form the subtle mixture of aromatics. The overall effect is of citrus-laden ambrosia.

Passion fruit, light pine, and a touch of grapefruit lead into faint forest and caramel notes. Malt is well integrated into this fruit-forward beast, with hints of sherried single malt. Bitterness is always there, lingering on into the finish, but not so punishing as many hop-heavy San Diego offerings.

Soft, rich, medium-bodied mouthfeel. Some oiliness (to style). ABV contributes feel and flavor, then gets out of the way. Decent carbonation helps distribute the flavors over the palate.

All in all this is almost a hybrid between Pliny the Elder and 90 minute IPA - really impressive!

Serving type: on-tap

12-20-2009 06:38:29 | More by augustgarage
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,503 ratings.