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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,724 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,724
Reviews: 501
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 203
Gots: 151 | 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 rand
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to my Mikasa pint glass

A: The beer produces an inviting, 1-inch head on the pour. The beer displays a rich, opaque, copper-tan color and yields a fair amount of suspended yeast.

S: Fruity bouquet with grapefruit and apricots prominent. Ample hops yield an earthy, rind-y essence that matches well with a cracker-like yeasty undertone. Alcohol is noted, but this is far from boozy.

T: The palate is first met with grapefruit and orange rind. Hops yield a slightly astringent aspect that keeps any malt-sweetness at bay. Some spicy nuances - lemon pepper, nutmeg - give the brew some dimension but the hop bite dominates. Alcohol pokes through and works with the hop snap to dry the sip throughout.

M: Medium-bodied but surprisingly light given the characteristics. Not as oily as I'd expect for a 10% double IPA.

A tasty, hoppy DIPA that will satisfy a need for a hop fix, but not the most layered of Ballast Point's offerings. I would never pass this one up, but it's strange that their more easily-attainable and lighter Sculpin is clearly better.

Photo of pmarlowe
3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Labeled "Enjoy by 07/12/13". How ambitious. Tulip glass.

A: Pours a medium gold with a half finger off white head, not particularly dense or pretty, with some thin lacing. The head recedes to a fine ring pretty quickly.

S: Decent citrus, some piney floral, caramel and crystal malts, sugar, and I think a little alcohol. A wisp of cherry/blueberry Kool Aid powder. Wow, for the win.

T: Caramelly with some faint hops, moderate bitterness on the finish that's partly cut by sweetness.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation. For some reason I like the mouthfeel a lot , 4.5 a lot.

O: Pretty good but not up to the level of other BP IPAs, and certainly not up to the level of the former incarnation of this beer's sterling reputation. On the plus side, I had no idea this was 10% while drinking it; on the minus side, I probably didn't need a 10% DIPA.

Photo of noyellowfizzbeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a duvel glass

A: pours a very nice redish amber golden with about a finger of slightly off white head that seems to be leaving some nice spots of lacing. The other thing I noticed is that the body has a very nice clarity to it,

S: nice tropical citrusness of hops with a nive bit of pine, more notes of caramel and sweet citrus. I smell mango and pinneapple mostly.

T; much like the nose, sweet citrus up front, mango and pinneapple hop flavors with a nice balance of piney, resinous hop notes over a sweet caramel malt backbone... Just enough malts to handle the bitterness on the finish, where the bitterness really starts to step in with the resinous piney flavors building on your palate as you drink through it almost becoming chewy.

M: slick and oily medium body with a nice creamy medium carbonation that keeps it from being too viscous or resinous.... The finish is dry and bitter.... With the hop bitterness building on your palate the more you drink... Leaving you with the aftertaste of a mouth full of hops and a mouth coating of resinous pine.... The bitterness has a chewy like quality.

O: this is a pretty good double ipa, I would deffinatly take this over a sculpin... There is a serious amount of hops going in here and the balance is done quite nicley IMO. Nicley rounded while still maintaining an agreesive hoppyness or becoming on overly sweet malt bomb.

Photo of dmorgan310
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of rkcrozier
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of ezperkins2
3.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Photo of colforbin73
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

this is a great bitter double ipa. these days, double jack is my bench mark for a dipa. so if i inadvertently rated this higher, it's not better than double jack, but it's damn good.

pours a perfect rich orange with a good white head and decent lacing. the malt is right there, giving this beer fine body.... good and rich and oily and resiny... pine and citrus all in one. sometimes they mix sometimes they don't. this is good. excellent fresh hop aroma, a little spicy.

the palate attack is pronounced.... you get hop slapped right on the roof of your mouth and that spikey hop burn penetrates your sinuses. THIS IS a hop bomb. but so very well balanced -- like a Kung Pao Chicken! you get hit with the heat but then melt in the sweet sauce... sweet and sour, hot and sweet.

love to get this on tap somewhere in NorCal -- 8.99 for the bomber? but double jack is only 7.99....

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some candy and resin hops, with some biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get some bitter pine and resin from the hop notes, as well as some brown sugar and orange citrus notes. There is a good amount of malty sweetness, which is mixed with some strong hop flavor and a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of DovaliHops
3.78/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, golden orange color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is immediately tropical..pineapple and fresh honeydew. Hints of citrus, but mostly tropical fruit. The hops are quite subdued for a DIPA from San Diego. More malty aroma than I expected. I guess we'll leave the west-coast style for the Russian Rivers, the Alpines, and the Green Flashes. Taste is just as it smells...sweet tropical fruits with a hop profile that is blended strongly with sweet malt and hops. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied and smooth. Drinkability is high, as there is not much boozy flavor/aroma to this beer. Overall, very different from some of their other hoppy offerings. Solid beer though.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Photo of jrnyc
2.9/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love Ballast Point, Sculpin is one of my favorite beers. I had high hopes for this one, but it was a big disappointment. It was very bitter, bitter not in a good way. My friiend had some and he had same feelings as me. We drank as much as we could, but ultimately this was a drain pour.

Photo of vtfan77
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice copper orange color with just the right amount of head (enough to look nice but not so much that the beer turned lukewarm while I waited for it to go down). A nice sticky lace remains along the sides of the glass as the beer diminishes.

S- Big time tropical fruit aromas come out with mango and pineapple and grapefruit and... um... maybe, like, guava or something? I don't know, I always have trouble with this part. It just smells like a really good IPA. Oh, and there's just a hint of caramel in the background to show that this isn't 100% hops.

T- The caramel definitely comes through a little more in the taste and the tropical fruit gives way to pine sap. A buttery richness backs the hops up and a touch of sweetness balances things out just enough to keep the bitterness from dominating. It's still quite bitter, but far from overwhelming and actually quite pleasant. The lingering bitterness on the aftertaste takes me back to the first time I had Stone's Ruination and thought it was the best IPA on the planet.

M- Fantastic; on the full side of medium, with just enough carbonation to keep it from getting syrupy.

I was really stoked to see this on a recent trip to NC and it did not disappoint. It had been a while since I'd had a great IPA and the style was starting to slide down my list of favorites. This was just what I needed to restore my faith in the hop. Easily one of the best beers I've had in a while, and the best IPA I've had in probably a year or more. Highly recommended.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.48/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$10.50 bomber from Abe's.

A very hazy orange body, topped by four fingers of dense white micro-bubbles. Nice drippy lace.

Intense aggressive assertive aroma of citrus fruits, heavy with orange, mango, and apricot.

Big sweet beginning, a caramel foundation which is quickly covered by huge heapings of juicy citrus. Orange, mango, apricot is everywhere. Sense of bigness, but alcohol is hidden.

Solid medium mouthfeel, which is pushed in all directions.

A terrific DIPA.

Photo of beer2day
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with gold tones. Lofty 1.5 finger head, rather pillowy. Decent retention and nice back sheets of lace.

Nose is a bit milder than expected, but nice. Grapefruit comes out more than anything else, but good malt balance here.

Biscuit malt, grapefruit, orange zest, and a faint suggestion of the abv round out the flavor. Very strong, aggressive, and well done.

Feel is very thick and heavy. Rich cream and lots of hop resin.

Overall, not a hop bomb but a well balanced dipa.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel, citrus, pine, and a hint of alcohol is detectable. Hop bitterness is quite noticeable.

Taste: caramel, pear, orange, pine, grapefruit, and a hearty floral bitterness. Alcohol is warming and noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. A bit of a syrupy tones arrives after swallowing.

Overall: this beer fresh is extremely enjoyable but it is slow drinking. This will make any hophead happy.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this at our last brewing session.

A - dark orange with a thin white head that has decent retention

S - bread, citrus, fruity

T - citrusy, bready, a hint of lemon, grapefruit, pine, alcohol

M - warm, medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent, balanced beer with solid flavor. The alcohol is well masked and the hop character complements the bready malt character. This was a great share from Jim.

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4.75/5  rDev +14.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,724 ratings.