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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,722 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,722
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 204
Gots: 148 | 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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Travisnin
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of azdback
4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MikeConklin
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Crimsontider22
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of SHODriver
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of yas
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of nataku00
3.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of xxcarpxx
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of bootdown21
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of PicoPapa
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Buick222
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of scottfrie
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of raynmoon
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found this one, and at Bevmo of all places.

It smells very sweet and astringent. It almost has a metallic smell to it, you know, when it seems like you're just smelling an empty can or a bottle of something. Almost like sour candies; sweetness.

The taste is very big, sweet and alcoholic. The alcohol comes through a little more than I'd like. It has a big matliness and a nice hop bitterness and with a breadiness on the back end. It has a strange dry finish on the back of my throat.

The mouthfeel is very thick. People might describe it as "chewy" ?

A little disappointed. Maybe the bottle was old, or perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for this one, but it tasted much more like an American Barley Wine rather than a Double IPA. Still tasty though.

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shared by cmrillo during BRoss242’s send-off party before he moves! Will miss you man! Served from bottle into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, wheat, wood, fruit, sweet alcohol, and pine. The flavor was of sweet malt, wood, fruit, and pine hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was really surprised to find the pine aspect going on in this one like I experienced coming from a West Coast IPA. Isn’t that a joke for us East Coast guys? But all joking aside, this was brew was pretty nice and easy drinking. The fruit aspect was definitely the saving grace as the pine would have completely dominated otherwise. Definitely worth the try if you get the chance and I’m still surprised that I haven’t ticked it before.

Photo of havok1024
5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of juliusseizure
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of drjman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of ObiWanKushnobi
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of scottiethebody
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of TGS
4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of RyanGoodman
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of virinow
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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

22oz bottle from Bruisin Ales (Asheville, NC). 11.50. Best by 7/18/13. Served in a Sweetwater snifter. 

Pours a briliant orange tinged yellow with  a quarter finger near white head. Healthy strings of lacing left behind. 

Sweet bouquet of floral and citrus hops. Hints at grapefruit and pine. Quite nice. 

A tropical pine taste explosion- pineapple, grapefruit, orange, pine, grass, pepper spice, caramel, dough, and just a little booze nip towards the end. 

Medium bodied with a nice moderate carbonation. Slightly slick with hop oils. Long pleasant bittersweet tropical hop aftertaste. 

A smooth and delicious double IPA. A lighter feel than I typically prefer but great mix of flavors and well concealed alcohol. Despite the hefty price tag I'd certainly buy it again. Highly recommended. 

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,722 ratings.