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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,562 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 191
Gots: 105 | 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 ejyoung
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Ballast Point event at Hungry Monk.

Arrived in a chalice glass with no head, but nice golden color. I expect there was no head due to how it was poured.

Smelled strongly of pine, with some citrus, especially grapefruit. Nice.

The taste was also very piney/grapefruity, with the malt sweetness sort of in the background. Not nearly as sweet as some other DIPAs I've had lately.

The carbonation was good - I expected less based on how it looked. Left a sticky coating in my mouth.

I easily finished this glass, but that was enough for me. Nice double over all.

ejyoung, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of mymasterpiece75
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bought from Sun Singer in Champaign, IL.

Appearance: Pours beautiful hazy orange with a fair amount of head, which sticks around as pools of white bubbles leave minimal lacing.

Smell: Mostly honey malts with some hints of pineapple. The nose, to me, is more malt than hops. Not a bad thing, necessarily, but don't look for the fruity hops of near-perfect (smell) of Sculpin.

Taste: Delicious. The balance defines this beer. Honey malt flavor backbones DIPA-strong pineapple hops. Alcohol hidden. I seem to have grabbed a beer that might be a bit dated, but it has enormous virtues nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Quite good. Not too thick, not too thin.

Drinkability: One bomber should about do it for me. Nothing sneaky about this beer--just good.

mymasterpiece75, Mar 01, 2011
Photo of Nature777
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Ballast Point Brewery out in San Diego. This was my second trip to the brewery, and the first time I've had this beer. One word describes it; "flawless." This is the best DIPA that I have had to this point. Being from NY, I'm accustomed to East Coast styled IPAs. Despite that, I have a new found love for the West Coast style of IPAs.

This beer had a very distinct malty sweetness to it. The hop profile was strong but not overbearing. This beer was resoundingly balanced and highly enjoyable.

*As a note, this site has the ABV listed as 9.6%, the brewery had the ABV posted as 10.6%. I don't know if that batch was stronger than usual or if that was the norm.

Nature777, Jan 12, 2011
Photo of billshmeinke
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy dark golden color. About a finger of white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind with a nice cap of foam on tap.

S: hints of pineapple and apricot a bit of alcohol and a honey like malt sweetness

T: tastes of tropical fruits mostl pineapple which is quickly swept away with resinous bitterness that is over powered by sweet honey malts and finishing on an alcoholic and bitter resinous note.

M: full bodied yet light. Bitter slight spicy and a tad sweet.

D: Pretty easy drinker. A really solid dipa.

billshmeinke, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from TJ's 7th Anniversary...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a small cap and heavy collar. Lots of CO2 pumping up to the top of the rim. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus, sugary malt, herbs, and cut wood.
Taste is of the aromas with some pine sap and two-row malt keeping the hops in check.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, chewy, and warming.

weeare138, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of champ103
3.1/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign IL.

A: Pours an almost clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Pine, grapefruit, and resiny syrupy. Light floral and grassy aroma. Not a lot of balance, but the hop aroma has some nuance which is enjoyable.
T: All the nuance that was in the nose is gone here. Just bitter grapefruit and resiny pine flavors. No balance at all.
M/D: A medium body that has a crisp and dry feeling. Though a little to syrupy and resiny. To much alcohol and bitterness to make this an easy drinker.

Overall, just a standard DIPA. Lots of bitterness and nothing else. Hop heads will love it. If you are looking for something else, keep on looking.

champ103, Dec 24, 2010
Photo of CraftAleRookie
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at TJ's 7th Anniversary Bash

A- cloudy bronze, fluffy 1/2 inch head that went NICELY to lace.

S- pine, pine, pine, and a bit of pine. Some grapefruit too with a sweet note.

T- solid tart hop bite (but not too sharp), with a finish of that nice hop sweetness. Almost a subtle hint of candied fruit.

M- smooth, but a bit flatter- ok for this brew, as the flavors compensate for the feel.

D- Solid- absolutely an everyday DIPA.

CraftAleRookie, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of koopa
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler purchased at DeCicco's in Ardsley NY on Friday.

Appearance: golden orange translucent body with a 1 finger white crown that shows some retention and lacing. Attractive!

Smell: A good showing of grapefruit, a hint of resin, and a touch of lemon.

Taste: Candied grapefruit goodness with a hint of alcohol. I'd give it a 4.2 if I could.

Mouthfeel: Thick side of medium bodied and quite chewy.

Drinkability: The high abv is a set back in this department.

koopa, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.53/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of pineapple and citrus with some hints of orange and grapefruit.

The tastes are initially hop centric but are balanced slightly by the pale malt backbone. Really no malt profile however. There's a crisp lingering bitterness that I am not a fan of but many people are.

The crispness of this brew is really impressive, but is really the only redeeming quality in my opinion. No where close to Sculpin IMO, so why should I have this when I can have that.

claspada, Dec 03, 2010
Photo of thain709
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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

thain709, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of orangesol
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

orangesol, Oct 29, 2010
Photo of hophead247
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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...

hophead247, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of gregshead
3.4/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

gregshead, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Kaiser81, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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

mikereaser, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of Brew33
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Brew33, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of emmasdad
4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

emmasdad, May 30, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

metter98, Apr 23, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.81/5  rDev -8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of BarrytheBear
3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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

BarrytheBear, Apr 18, 2010
Photo of Bubba83
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Bubba83, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 17, 2010
Photo of kaseydad
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

kaseydad, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of strengthdoc
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

strengthdoc, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of HopHooligan
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

HopHooligan, Feb 03, 2010
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.