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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,542 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,542
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 186
Gots: 102 | 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 Bubba83


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +4.6%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev -3.9%

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.

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

New York

3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

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.

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


4.3/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

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

South Carolina

4.97/5  rDev +20%

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.

01-23-2010 23:46:45 | More by cdizinno
Photo of MightyCow9


4.43/5  rDev +7%

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.

01-05-2010 18:44:15 | More by MightyCow9
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%

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.

01-01-2010 17:13:13 | More by ThirstyBird
Photo of gatorbreath


3.9/5  rDev -5.8%

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.

12-26-2009 22:23:51 | More by gatorbreath
Photo of woodychandler


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

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!

12-22-2009 22:29:34 | More by woodychandler
Photo of inspektor

North Carolina

4.93/5  rDev +19.1%


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.

12-20-2009 19:49:21 | More by inspektor
Photo of augustgarage


4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

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!

12-20-2009 06:38:29 | More by augustgarage
Photo of cptierney


4.05/5  rDev -2.2%

Poured from a Ballast Point 22oz bomber into a North Coast nonic pint.

This brew cuts a very pleasing figure. Clear, straw yellow liquid crowned with a solid two fingers of white sudsy foam. This guy looks like PTE to me and I'm excited to progress.

A really unique fruity bouquet hits my nose. Oblong hints of pineapple and citrus hints of orange and slight chunks of grapefruit round out the olfactory picture. A bit surprised about the lack of piney notes, perhaps the dry hopped citrus and fruity hops drown out the more subtle hop flavors.

Crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. There is a dryness that I am frankly surprised by. The hop oil is almost nonexistent. Decent carb bite mixed with a surprisingly light body make for an almost effervescent DIPA. Really intriguing.

The crispness of this brew is really impressive. The light malt characteristics is acceptable considering the unique hop profile. The fruit esters are insane, pina colada extreme met with smooth orange hits of citrus goodness, I get little pine notes, however. I could use a bit more body to remind me that I'm drinking a DIPA, and to protect from a curiously acidic aftertaste.

This DIPA, with its light body, high ABV and easy drinking properties makes for a dangerous drinking partner. The aftertaste is a little distracting, but ultimately a highly drinkable brew.

12-11-2009 03:28:32 | More by cptierney
Photo of theghost3


4.08/5  rDev -1.4%

Pours a light copper with a 2-finger white head. Medium lacing.

The scent is strong of grapefruit & orange with a hint of floral hops. Taste is strong of the citrusy hops, but it doesn't overwhelm the palate. There's a bitter, grainy aftertaste--evidence of the dry-hopping. Mouthfeel is crisp, clean, and medium-bodied.

This is a drinkable DIPA. Lots of citrus hops, but not quite on the level of PTE. Ballast Point makes a great beer, but this isn't as good as its IPA.

12-07-2009 03:43:44 | More by theghost3
Photo of Florida9


3.63/5  rDev -12.3%

A: Cloudy yellow-peach color with a nice, slightly yellow-tinted, bubbly head. Nice, sticky retention on the head and some decent lacing.

S: Light pale malts. Orange, citrus, and little bit of floral.

T: Starts with the twangy sweetness of tropical fruit. Citrus, mango, even pineapple. Light on the malts. However, there is an odd, somewhat acrid aftertaste of metal and rough wood.

M: Light-medium in body with medium carbs. Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

D: An okay DIPA. Personally, I found it a little light and the odd aftertaste was distracting. Otherwise, some interesting tropical flavors going on here.

12-04-2009 02:26:40 | More by Florida9
Photo of chicagobeerriot


4.38/5  rDev +5.8%

Pours a true gold with a downy head that makes for some nice lacing.

The smell is citrus forward: some mango and bubblegum notes with just a bit of grass in the background. Seems like this will be right up my alley.

Mouthfeel is dead on: there's some weight on the tongue, but there's enough carbonation to keep the flavors dancing.

The taste is a fruit salad. Very little of the pine or earthy bitterness at first. It starts sweet (maybe too sweet for some, but I love a good balanced DIPA). Grapefruit and mango take an unmistakeable, smooth lead. The fruit flavors are allowed to linger for a while before they are gradually relieved by the bitter pine that slowly builds towards the finish. A truly well balanced beer that allows each flavor to shine at different points. If you like Dreadnaught, this will appeal.

12-04-2009 01:25:18 | More by chicagobeerriot
Photo of GoGulls


4.83/5  rDev +16.7%

Serving:on Tap at Naja's Redondo Beach Duing LA Beer Week.
A: a beautiful hazy golden colour with 2 fingers of white head that lingered through the pint.

S:You can smell the fresh hoppy goodness in this one. Pine, Grapefruit and other citrus.

T:I love this type of DIPA. Super Hoppy! not the overly malty doubles with subdued hops you get somtimes.

M:Just the right amount of carbonation for the style. Left my taste buds looking for more.

D:Very drinkable and aproachable for 10%...bring me more.

Another example of a great beer from a great brewery

12-02-2009 03:24:02 | More by GoGulls
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4.47/5  rDev +8%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special to LarryG for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a hazy, rich-golden hue. Topped by 1 1/2 fingers of pillowy and bubbly, off white head that does a nice job of hanging around and leaves some pretty lace behind to gawk at.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and caramel with hints of tangerine, orange, and clementine. One whiff runs the gamut from woodsy, to sweet, to citrus-y.

T: Pine, toasted malt, and bigtime grapefruit. Pineapple, clementine, caramel, brown sugar, and tangerine. A bit of warming alcohol comes on once it warms up a bit.

M: Big, sweet caramel with sticky pine, and juicy grapefruit. Finishes slightly dry with hints of hoppy astringency and spicy alcohol. Never too thick, chewy, or cloyingly sweet. Just about perfect!

D: Incredible! Heather and I were super impressed by the balance of this west coast DIPA. Another excellent Ballast Point beer!

11-29-2009 13:46:14 | More by GbVDave
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4.47/5  rDev +8%

Pours a foggy orange with a finger full of snow-white head that quickly disappears leaving just a hint of lacing on the glass and periodic carbonation rising to the surface.

Big, fresh floral & citrus hops highlight the nose. A second visit reveals a hidden sweetness, possibly citrus-like.

The palate consists of massive, chewy floral hop presence, pine, citrus, and a touch of sweet malt that is instantly wiped out by the return of the hop bitterness. As the beer warms, the sweetness and faint malt presence are slightly more perceptible.

This brew is big & chewy, with generous carbonation, and a pleasant burn that seems to be a result of the massive hop content and high abv.

This beer is frighteningly drinkable considering the intense flavor characteristics and bighearted abv. It's tasty to the point that you overlook such things that would slow you down in a beer with less to offer. Great Brew!

11-26-2009 02:39:10 | More by CHADMC3
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Our personal goal is to try every Double IPA out there. Thanks to Ballast Point for keeping our dream alive, and they also use one of our favorite hops, Centennial. Thick two fingers of head and rings of lace on the glass with nearly every sip. Sunset-orange color shows off the clarity. Heavy citric-toned aroma of grapefruit pulp, orange rind and a hint of lime leaves. Clean fruitiness and alcohol in the nose with hints of pineapple and mango. A little chewy with a medium body and lots of smoothness. Hop bitterness is sharp and cuts deep at nearly palate-ruining levels, though it never reaches a point of no return. Grapefruit rind, orange zest and lime weigh a heavy blanket on the taste buds. Shortbread maltiness in the middle comes through and then gets clobbered by the hops. Alcohol is very deceiving with only a slight warmth and faintness in the breath. Finishes dry with a long drawn-out bitterness that our taste buds just can't shake.

An exemplary example of the American Double IPA, hopheads should be aiming their sites on this beer.

11-24-2009 02:24:04 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a brilliant orange color with about two fingers of head. Foam retains pretty well, and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Steady streams of bubbles rise to the top.

Bitter citrus aroma. I can smell a bit of pine in there, but it mostly smells like assorted citrus peels.

The first word I can think of to describe Dorado's flavor is big. Each flavor component is huge in this beer. Bushels of citrus fruits up front transition to a piney bitter finish, all of this resting on top of a monstrous malt backbone. Dorado is a huge DIPA without being overly bitter, which is impressive.

Medium-full body. Somewhat prickly carbonation, but still a smooth drinker. Not quite as hefty as a lot of DIPA's I've had lately, but it's still got a soft, plush texture. Never noticed any alcohol, but, to be fair, the glass was drained fairly quickly. Drinkability is very high.

Having had Sculpin first, it was hard for me to keep myself from forming an opinion about Dorado before even opening it. On one hand, I was excited about having a DIPA from Ballast Point, and was also excited that my friends at Green's had some bottles at their store. On the other hand, I was already expecting to be let down, because I couldn't imagine many beers stacking up to Sculpin. In the end, I was quite pleased with Dorado. It may not be Sculpin, but it's still damn good.

11-13-2009 02:19:11 | More by Gyle41386
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev -3.4%

Bottle: Poured a light clear orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is one-dimensional but still very interesting. Taste is also dominated by grapefruit hops with loads of great floral notes and light bitter finish. Malt is present thought doesn't play a big role in the final taste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done for a West Coast IIPA.

11-11-2009 03:26:21 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of NittanyBeerFan


4.1/5  rDev -1%

Pours a clear copper into a snifter. Held up to light, orange hues highlight the edges of the effervescent liquid as tiny bubbles racing upwards through the beer add to the already impressive and frothy inch and a half of head that sit coolly atop medium-thick body. The lacing is above-average, and provides a nice pattern as I imbibe.

The nose on this one is what one would expect from a big west coast DIPA. Oodles of grapefruit hops spring into my nostrils as I bury my nose deep below the rim of the glass. The use of big bittering hops is evident by the ample bite of hop bitterness. Lemon zest floats through the air to round out the aroma.

The taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit and citrus hops are the dominant flavor initially. However, as the beer moves over the tongue, more piney hops come to the forefront of the flavor, providing a characteristic flavor that was not hinted at in the nose. The bitterness is somewhat lower than I expected, especially after the biting aroma. Orange and lemon zest squeeze their way in, just to add to the citrus party. Not even a hint of the alcohol warmth that one might expect from a beer this big, but it would still be a nice one for a cold rainy day.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The malt backbone in this beer is barely evident and provides only a touch of caramel instead of the resinous malty stickiness that some DIPAs have (and this one might have if let sit...luckily this is perfectly fresh). As mentioned before, the lack of evidence of any alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable. The balance...or lack thereof...makes this a dream for a big hop head.

10-28-2009 03:30:57 | More by NittanyBeerFan
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,542 ratings.