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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,495 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,495
Reviews: 482
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 178
Gots: 88 | 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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dismal

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a pint glass, pours a light orange/orange color and produces a pretty big white head. The head seems to want to stick around for quite some time. Leaves good lacing down the glass. The smell right away is hoppy and mainly grapefruity. Very sweet smell. There is a hint of pine but it's not to strong for me. Taste is rather sweet. A little bit of pine hops in the aftertaste but like the smell it isn't very strong and doesn't stick out much. Grapefruit is there as well. Mainly it's sweet taste that dominate this one, but still is pretty hoppy. For higher ABV it's not noticeable, and drinks rather easily which is how I like DIPAs. Going into this one I was kind of expecting a big brother to Sculpin but this one is entirely on it's own and shouldn't be compared to it as both are good in there own rights. Really good beer overall, I'm gonna pick it up again if possible.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 05:09:39 | More by dismal
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VaTechHopHead


4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium orange/light brown, cloudy with a thin white head and average lacing

S - Very faint but mostly sweet, not as hoppy as I would have thought. Hints of apple and lemon in the hops but not as fragrant as most DIPAs

T - Makes up for the lack of aroma, lots of hops obvioulsy with flavors of peach, apple, grapefruit, and honey. Finishes a little more earthy but not hardly bitter. Slight alcohol burn/flavor in aftertaste as well.

M/D - Medium to light body, not as much carbonation as the average DIPA but not nearly as dry a mouth-feel either. Very drinkable.

A great DIPA that isn't as harsh as your stereotypical super hopped up beers. Great sweet flavors mixed in with the typical hop bite.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 19:44:30 | More by VaTechHopHead
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treyrab

California

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

Big thanks to JoshCool for whipping this monster of a Double IPA out tonight on this cool summer evening. Ballast Point has not let me down yet, so I had high hopes for this one.

A: Cap pops with a slight hiss. Pours into the pint glass like a thick, sticky liquid yielding a very small white head that does not stick around for the festivities. Hazy, orange copper with minimal floaties.

S: Bitter grapefruit, bitter grass notes and bitter pine. Nice combo here of citrus and pine. If these two attributes were to sock it out in this beer though, the citrus would win. Just nice citrus notes overall followed by bitter pine.

T: Nice, just what I was looking for. Nice bitter grapefruit, mango and orange followed by grassy notes, pine bitterness, some residual sweetness, most likely due to the thickness and high residual sugars left over.

M/D: Thick. Very thick, yet surprisingly drinkable.

Overall, this is a great Double IPA. Another Southern California beer that makes me want to take a jetplane out west and live under a brewery. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:09:56 | More by treyrab
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CoolJosh

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Srandycarter in my recent BIF Haul. Thanks again Randy!

This beer pours a hazy pumpkin orange with almost no head from pour and spotty white lacing along the glass. The body is exactly what I expect, I wish there was a head, for the smell has deteriorated since pour.

This smells similar to the Sculpin, except the hops are more of full throttle blast. Straight citrus and pine. Tons of bitter grapefruit and lemon completely over shadow the malt back to this beer. Incredibly fresh mango in addition to some light peach creates a fruit-basket smell.

The taste is mirrors the smell perfectly, and adds some bitter orange. Very acidic and drying, and the malts add some substance to the body. Tastes like a bowl full of bitter citrus fruit. Some lemongrass shows as well. If the Abv wasn't so high, I could drink this every night.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 01:02:27 | More by CoolJosh
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sweetbrew82

California

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ reviewed when fresh

P: Glowing honey gold with a huge, healthy white head of thick, creamy, foam that showed good retention and left sticky lace all over the glass as it slowly deflated.

A: Ginormous waves of citrusy, piney hops smack me in the face and singe my nose hairs with aromas that smell like grapefruit, orange rinds, pineapple, and melons have been dipped in pine sap. This is one of the hoppiest noses out there, for sure!

T: Intense hop bitterness from the start with those same flavors of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit with some resinous pine right underneath. They're so bright, bold, vibrant, and powerful on the palate it's ridiculous! Lightly toasted caramel malt does a great job of holding everything up while only managing to peek through the wall of hops to provide a touch of sweetness. Like another Ballast Point brew, Tongue Buckler, the alcohol is a little hotter on the palate than I would prefer. Other than that complaint, it is superb!

M: The mouthfeel is just a notch below being truly full-bodied, with a good amount of creaminess even though it is quite sticky. The dry finish seems to scrub the tongue clean of any moisture.

Notes: Wow! This is the epitome of what West Coast DIPA's are all about. Wall-to-wall hops with a tropical vibe and an intense bitterness that beats the palate into submission. The presence of ethanol, and the heat resulting from it, is the only thing keeping the flavor score from reaching greatness. This is top-shelf!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 06:11:18 | More by sweetbrew82
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nrbw23

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color with a fairly thin white head. Head has good retention, turning into a layer of bubbles and covering the glass in a nice lacing.

S- As soon as I smelled this one I was thicking I have a winner here....I was right. Smells hoppy, pungent aromas explode out of the glass on first sniff. Fairly complex brew...plenty of citrus, pine, and floral aromas along with some sweet caramel and pale malts.

T- Not quite as hoppy as I was expecting but very nice. Maybe some sweet honey flavours going on here. The taste is more sweet than hoppy, but the hops do balance out the orange/grapefruit/citrus taste nicely.

M- Feels right on here medium in both body and carbonation nothing out of the ordinary here.

D- A very awesome brew here. Recommended for sure. Easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2009 04:45:05 | More by nrbw23
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alleykatking

Indiana

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

Got this in a trade with mjl21...thanks for another amazing beer Mike!

A- Pours a clear darker golden yellow with tints of orange to it. Nice 1 1/2 finger off white head that leaves some lacing on the sides. This is a fantasic start to what should be a great beer.

S- This has a citrus hop overtone to this. BIg pineapple and grapefruit smells to this beer along with some orange right upfront. Seems to be a little piney hops hiding in the background. I can smell no malts in this at all. I mean I know they are there but the tropical fruitbasket smell is so overpowering. Alcohol is kept at bay as well.

T- Big tropical hoppy dropkick right off the get go. Huge flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. A piney hop balances it back to a little bitter in the middle of the beer along with some caramel malts that hid themselves well in the nose. Good sweeter hop finish to this beer. I like it a lot and this seems like a very well hop bomb that we all like from time to time.

M- Good medium mouthfeel to this. Carbonation lets the beer march in a fruit parade across the palate. Hoppy resin sits everywhere in your mouth and not just on your tounge and teeth. Hops of course linger making you want to drink more and more of it as quickly as possible.

D- This is a beer I have been waiting for. It picks up everything I like about IPA's and DIPA's and just let's it rip. Perfect beer for someone who needs a big hop bomb but doesn't want it too overly sweet or overly bitter. Perfect hop balance!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2009 04:49:06 | More by alleykatking
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imagineiii

Vermont

4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a trade with stawn, thanks chris.

Poured into my trusty DFH snifter. Brilliant golden amber, airy head with subpar retention.

Heavy on the caramel, some lighter citrus like lemon peel. Some butter???

caramel and honey dominate the malt profile. hops are spicy peppery and astringent. Pine sap and alcohol blend perfectly to create a very balanced ipa. alcohol shows as it warms

mouthfeel is pleasant. carbonation is spot on. no lingering sweetness, hops do their job but hang around only slightly longer than id like them to.

alcohol becomes more prominent in this beer as it warms, but its a very well done double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 01:09:44 | More by imagineiii
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AltBock

Ohio

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

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright and detailed drawing of two Dorados swimming in the open ocean. Above the fish is the words "Ballast Point" in bold blood red letters. Below the fish is the word "Dorado" in bold white letters and the words "Robust Series" and "Limited Release" in small black letters. Off to the far left is a green rectangle with the Government warning and barcode in it. Off to the right is yet another green rectangle, but this one has long description of the beer and Ballast Point's phone number. The only thing missing from the bottle is a bottled date or vintage year.

Appearance: It's probably not the correct style of glass, but I don't care. I wanted something special, so I poured this DIPA into my Maudite Snifter. I've seen DIPAs that are hazy as hell and some that are clear as bottles water. This one is between those 2 types. It was lightly hazy and not even close to being a full blown hazy color. As for the color of the beer, it was a golden amber with a few bright yellow streaks along the sides. Sitting on top of this golden amber brew was a big time 1 ½ fluffy peal white head of foam. This was one good looking head of foam! This pearl white head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind an everlasting silky white film and about 1 ton of sticky white spots and streaks of white lace around the glass. In other words, this was a good looking beer.

Smell: Ballast Point dropped the bomb, the grapefruit bomb that is. As soon as you put your nose to this beer, up shoots a strong scent of bitter and tart grapefruit. Following the grapefruit bomb and almost as powerful was the strong scent of bitter citrus hops. These two strong aromas are good enough to satisfy and hop fiend's sense of smell, but there's more to the aroma than just those two strong scents. Rounding off this hoppy aroma was a hint of pine, a subtle whiff of lemon, and a touch of coriander. To me, the aroma was just as nice to smell as it was to lay my eyes on this beer.

Taste: I don't want to say that Dorado was aggressively hopped, but let's just say that the hops in this beer got their point across. What was the point that the hops wanted to get across? The point of the hops was to be super hoppy. This hoppy beer didn't lead my taste buds on. It was hoppy right off the bat. It was so hoppy that I got the taste of tea leaves in this beer. The hops in the taste were mostly of the citrus variety with a little piney hops mixed in. After the hops reached their full hoppy peakness, the taste gently rolled into a slight toasted malt finish. Stuck in the cracks of the hops was a strong taste of bitter and tart grapefruit, a hint of tart lemon, and a gentle touch of coriander. Hope you like the taste of hops because the hops will never let down their guard in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This DIPA wasn't going to mask anything! For a 9.1% ABV beer, this was a full bodied beer that had a good level of carbonation and a full flavored hoppy aftertaste. This hoppy aftertaste contained bitter citrus hops, bitter and tart grapefruit, pine, and lemon. Get use to the hoppy aftertaste because it will stick with you for a good 10 minutes.

Drinkability: Yet another hoppy winner from Ballast Point. I don't know how they do it, but they have to let up sometime. I've never had any problems with Ballast Point's bitter beers. Even though it's hopped up and little more expensive then their regular offerings, one bottle of this beer is not good enough. If you do choose to buy this beer, then I sure hope you like bitter hops because there's more than enough hops to go around.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 04:58:22 | More by AltBock
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prototypic

Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Dorado pours a moderate gold color with a nice orange tint. It's very clear and transparent. Sitting atop is a chunky off-white head that also has a bit of an orange tint. It easily stands two and a half fingers tall and was slow to recede. Thick, sticky sheets of lace lined the glass as it descended. Good stuff.

The nose is classic Ballast Point. Those guys brew beer with serious citrus fruit aromatics and Dorado is no exception. It features a strong mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple that are attributable to a wealth of citric hops. Smells like there's a little pine to back it up, but they're primarily a citrus blast. Fortunately, there's not much malt here. There might be a bit of pale malt, but not much. Caramel is thankfully missing. A little alcohol comes through late, but it's blended well overall. I've been waiting for this moment.

Dorado is certainly good beer. That much is apparent from the first sip. It's sweet and very citrusy. Citric hops provide really nice orange, pineapple, and grapefruit flavors. There's more of a piney, bitter flavor than the nose suggested and it works really well. I like that bitter kick in the palate. It has a much more prolific malt backbone than I expected. There's obviously some pale and caramel is easily noted. The caramel variety is far from overwhelming and doesn't interfere too much. It's tough to tell how much it counters its bitter flavor. It remains aggressively bitter in any event. Perhaps even a little resiny. A bitter hop surge kicks in toward the end. Alcohol is more noticeable here and even has a very slight warming effect. This is tasty stuff and I'm waffling a little on the score. I like it a lot, but I'm not in love with it. It just seems to lack that little something extra that would make it special. It's a close call though. Very close.

It has a medium body (barely) and is smooth. Carbonation is relatively light and doesn't get in the way. I'll take a slightly thinner DIPA with a little less body any day of the week. Too much caramel malt might add some smoothness, but it has a detrimental impact on the flavor. I like the approach here. Drinkability is good. Dorado's a tasty beer. At 9.1% abv (as indicated on my bottle), it's strong and deserves some respect. But, I'm having no trouble with the bomber.

Dorado is a very strong player in Ballast Point's lineup. It's not their best beer, but it's easily one their top 3. I was hoping that they'd capture the same magic that they did with Sculpin, but not quite. Almost. It just lacks a little something special that'd get it there. Why is that? Tough question. Well, personally, I think the alcohol's just a little too noticeable and warm. Small gripe, but there it is. Having said that, Dorado's excellent beer that's just falls a little shy of world class. It really is closer than you might believe. Seek a bottle out. You'll be glad you did.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 02:28:38 | More by prototypic
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LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.68/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. On draft. Pours a light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of hops oils, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of citrus and grapefruit. It is rather heavy, as is expected with the 9.6% abv, but otherwise very nice.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2009 18:24:25 | More by LilBeerDoctor
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bryanbrick

California

3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 with no apparent dating.

I've had this in the fridge for probably a bit too long to tell you the honest truth, sometime in May to be exact. I just have too much good beer to drink lately since my head long leap into trading, a good problem to have.

Pours a slight 1/3 inch head, a bit on the lean side for a DIPA. That same head dissipates quickly and at best only leaves a thin film through out the life of the beer. Plus there is zero lacing here, how is that even possible for a DIPA.

I love the nose here. In fact I think it is easily the best part of the beer. It is super hops, hops under a magnifying glass, hops on PEDs. For a double there is surely not much of a malt presence here, in that sense it really stays true to its West Coast roots. Evergreen, alfalfa, artichokes, with a smattering of spice notes like cardamom or saffron. I wish I had this fresher now. Bummer.

The taste is what you'd expect from a DIPA and BP. Bold, in-your-face stuff with a hankering for complete dryness. Without the presence of any considerable malt flavors this is a hops lover's dream. Full of juniper, grapefruit, orange zest and the slightest feign of caramel. This one-sided story is the thing that keeps the score down for me. For my palate this amount of hops needs a counterbalance and it never shows.

This is like a desert, dry and gritty. This really goes for the gusto as far as completely throwing down the hops hammer. If you stop drinking it for more that a second it totally goes all cottonmouth on you

But if you quickly drink this you'll be on you ass. 1/3 of the way through the bottle and I can feel it coming on strong. A one beer beer for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 04:09:50 | More by bryanbrick
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barnzy78

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

22oz, 9.1% ABV with no date. Poured a murky light orange color with a creme colored head with excellent retention and actually leaves a nice foamy film atop the ale for the remainder of the drink. Great lacing down the glass as well. Huge floral hops fill the nose along with sweet caramel, brown sugar and some faint citrus, which also smells sweet - maybe some pineapple. Huge initial malt character with the first sip - caramel and brown sugar again. Alcohol is very present at first, but is more concealed as the complex hops add character - piny bitterness, pineapple, and a hint of grapefruit, but the malts hold up very well - and more than expected. Finishes bitter, but not overly and actually finishes somewhat sweet. Mouth-feel is full bodied and the hop resins coat the palate very well. At first I wasn't crazy over this one, but it grew on me with each additional sip. Quality Double IPA - west coast style! Full of flavor and uniquely complex.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 23:57:13 | More by barnzy78
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

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

22oz bomber. no date. tasted in late april/early may 2009.

orangey amber. clear. large, fluffy off-white head, recedes to constant, thin layer. good lacing, especially 2nd half of glass.

aroma: very fresh citrus, orange and grapefruit, both flesh and zest. mild apple tones, fresh pine resin note, and underlying caramel maltiness. very faint diacetyl hint in back.

taste: sweet caramelized malt melds with fruity apple esters and the fruity citrus character of the hops. all very fresh, as with the pine note. moderate to bold resinous bitterness, getting slightly more bitter for the finish. interestingly, the sweetness is accentuated in bigger sips and gulps, but smaller sips are more just bitter resins.

medium body, quite smooth with nice transition to controlled resinous finish. moderate, tingly carbonation for slight body and plenty of flavor lift and refreshment.

this is a nice, "balanced" example of a west coast DIPA that leans towards the bitter and resinous side of the spectrum, as there is still a good malt backbone to counter it.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2009 12:03:29 | More by tai4ji2x
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HOPOLOGIST

California

4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Here we go! This is a great DIPA! I would definately go to the store to buy this again. Very crisp. Heavy grapefruity hops. Lots of pine and citrus notes in the aroma and the taste backs it up. Looks great in the glass. It has a good resin coating in your mouth with a pleasant punch. No lingering negative flavors left in your mouth after a swallow. I could easily do 2 of these in a session and enjoy the flavor throughout.

I like their choice of hops. Excelent aroma excellent taste. I recommend all DIPA drinkers give this one a shot. I think you will like it. Look for the two mahi mahis on the front of the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 18:28:36 | More by HOPOLOGIST
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rpstevens

New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to overlord for the beer. Poured from a bomber into my smuttynose snifter.

The pour is a copper/orange with a healthy glow and a two finger frothy white head. As the head fades it leaves a thick oily lacing.

The smell is strong grapefruit with some subtle notes of pine hop. No malt in the scent what-so-ever (very welcome).

The taste is just like the smell, bitter, citrus (almost sweet) hops. The pine is there to balance out all the grapefruit but I don't really taste any malt. The hops are almost sticky and resinous.

The mouthfeel is lighter than expected based on the abv. The bitterness dries out the mouth and leaves behind a sweet, citrusy, juicy feel. The alcohol is barely present making the beer dangerously drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 03:06:03 | More by rpstevens
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JohnQVegas

Tennessee

4.53/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle into red wine glass, courtesy of Scott (calinalu). Thanks, Scott!

Pours a gorgeous, vivid orangey copper, just the right amount of clarity, with a healthy off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly into some soapy suds. Bonus points for the gorgeous color, negative marks for the lack of head retention. Beautiful stickage and solid walls of lacing from the surviving ring of bubbles.

Nose is all pungent grapefruit, nice dose of pine, some floral honeysuckle notes a bit later melding with just a bit of biscuity malt. Very enticing.

Taste starts off with a wash of prickly rind-like citrus hops, a bit pungent and amazingly dry, with a caramel malt backbone underneath that does a good job in a supporting role, but never really makes it out from underneath that big, heavy hop blanket. This is, of course, a good thing. This one is on the razor's edge of balanced, but still pull sit off - mainly because this one is much drier than it is actually bitter, which is moderate and perfectly reasonable. Finish is long, dry, with a lingering, moderate bitterness that's light enough to never overwhelm the palate.

Caramel malt tends to assert itself a bit more prominently as the beer warms, without the hops ever really fading.

Mouthfeel is just short of sticky, with a spot on prickly carbonation that meshes with the bite from the hops dead to rights. Did I mention how dry this one is?

Drinkability is phenomenal. Drinks lighter than it feels or tastes, bitterness doesn't overwhelm, dry but not harsh, very flavorful. Classic left coast approach done right.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 22:27:57 | More by JohnQVegas
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

4.63/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clean, dark honey color. Scant slow moving bubbles drifting up front the glass bottom, good lordy this looks thick. Frothy white head leaves a lace squal in its wake.

Smells like a New Orleans hand grenade from Tropical Isle. Wake up the dead pineapple and tropical fruit.

Tastes like resiny tropical pineapple hop sap. Hop oil coats my mouth and sticks there forever. Thick, sugary Juicy Fruit malt provides hop support but never reveals a 9.6% abv. About as drinkable as a DIPA gets.

One of my new favs.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 14:01:37 | More by donkeyrunner
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

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

Poured from the bottle a clear bright copper-gold color with a rich, large-bubbled white head. Generous lacing all around.

Big aroma of juicy grapefruit hits you immediately. Behind that you'll find pineapple and a lighter caramel maltiness.

As expected, the taste packs a big hit of grapefruit and pine hops. Very nice. The caramel malts slowly reveal themselves before it finishes with a bitter hoppy note.

Medium bodied, smooth and creamy, and moderately carbonated.

I found this to be a very enjoyable DIPA from the folks at Ballast Point. Perfect when you're in the mood for a hoppy monster of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 20:37:35 | More by Monkeyknife
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Trappissed

California

3.88/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A powerful nose on this one. Citrus and fruitiness dominates. Looks very nice in the glass. However the head dissipated very quickly. The taste is very citrussy as expected, with some bitterness. A nice malt backbone gives some balance. Almost too much malt actually. Alcohol is hidden very well considering the alcohol percentage.

This tastes much better cold, right out of the fridge in my opinion. The overall taste just is not doing it for me, although it is indeed good...as it warms the taste becomes more intolerable. The fruits that I'm getting are orange and mango, with a lot of caramel. Not too much grapefruit. Perhaps my bottle is not that fresh.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2009 05:39:05 | More by Trappissed
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Phillyduke

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 22oz. bomber served into a tulip glass. Beer is copper orange in color with a slight chill haze/cloudiness. A gorgeous 2-finger head of off-white foam caps the glass and shows great retention, leaving gobs of sticky lacing as it ever so slowly recedes.

S: Huge citrus nose. While the bottled Sculpin seemed more piney up front, this is really all about citrus and sweet tropical fruits (mango). This is right up my alley. A nice bready malt base is noticeable, which leads me to wonder how old this bottle might be, as this is a characteristic I associate with slightly aged IPAs.

T/M: Taste initially is quite bitter (which bodes well for the age question), followed by the sweetness of the malt and citrus flavor. Finish lingers bitter on the tongue for awhile, leaving a bit of cloying sweetness behind. Quite balanced, but probably leans a little more to the malt side than I would have hoped. A very slightly alcohol burn is noticeable, but it doesn't really detract from the rest of the taste. The ABV is well-masked. Mouthfeel is smooth, medium-bodied, and slightly sticky with a nice amount of carbonation for the style.

D/O: I could easily drink this all the time if it were available. That being said, I don't know if it's hands and fists better than many of the other DIPAs we have access to in SEPA. I think it stacks up quite well even with some of our local offerings (Double Simcoe comes to mind). I missed this on tap at TJs, but I'd like to give it another try with a keg or bottle I knew was absolutely fresh. Regardless of how jaded we've become in this area, this is a truly excellent beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 22:14:58 | More by Phillyduke
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sholland119

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at TJs Everyday.

A-Pours a crystal clear pale gold with a generous white head.

S-Loads of pineapple with grapefruit hops and sweet malt.

T-Excellent. Grapefruit and pine hops in abundance with a nice malty sweetness for balance.

M-Medium bodied and lightly resinous.

D-Excellent. I would gladly drink this all night.

HV

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2009 15:59:29 | More by sholland119
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m1ked

California

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

Thanks to Doggnate for the West Coast love...today was a good day...had a double dorado today. Love the T Owens avatar. Looks like he is just about to shed a tear.

A- This reminds me of a see-through brand new penny. Nice pure white tight bubbled head. Leaving behind a white ring with obvious lacing. Good looking brew for sure.

S- HOP BOMB all up in your nostrils. Thick resiny piney coats your nostrils. No doubt that this is a DIPA.

T-Piney resins with grapefruit zest, but seems more complex than the nose, not just a punch in the mouth with hops. There is a thin thread of sweet malts that complements the hops. But please make no mistake, this is hop heavvvvy as opposed to "balanced". Love the west coast DIPA's .

M- Slickery. ( does anybody remember that cough drop commercial from like 10-15 years ago?) Coats the tongue with that piney resin. Good fine carb that doesn't interfere with the flavor.

D- I think BP makes great beers in general. They happen to make my favorite IPA (Sculpin). I think that they are in the running for my top 3 DIPA's (Expo Hoppiness, Yulesmith).You have to like hops and be in the mood for a DIPA. If you fulfill those prereq's you'll love this beer.

Serving type: growler

06-07-2009 21:59:08 | More by m1ked
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Kadonny

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at Capones in Norristown PA into a sampler glass.

A: A deep amber orange color with a slight off white head. Uber lacing in the glass.

S: Citrus and pine hops with caramel sweetness. Touch of alcohol.

T: West coast? Yes! Ballast Point? Yes! Awesome? Yes! Massive and full hops with flavors of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple and pine couples with a hefty malt caramel sweetness to keep the hops square in check. Very nicely balanced. Hops stick around and finish off with a bitter ending. One hoppy brew. A twinge of alcohol on the finish.

M: Full, coating, thick, bitter, wonderful.

D: For a 10% DIPA? Great, but still you know it's a high ABV so be aware. This is not as drinkable as Sculpin.

Overall a top, top notch DIPA that just compliments Sculpin in every way. This is the big brother that will back down from no fight. Great beer, wish I could have it on hand all the time.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2009 20:34:05 | More by Kadonny
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popery

California

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

I don't doubt the freshness of my bottle, but I do wish that all brewers would print "bottled on" dates on theirl DIPAs (at the very least) because I'm always suspicious with hops. I'll definitely revisit this review one day, hopefully that day will be a visit to Ballast Point.

This beer pours clear and bright. It's a light to middling shade for a DIPA with good lacing. The nose is strongly hoppy with a West coast DIPA profile, lots of citrus, some pine and a bit floral. The flavor is actually smoother than expected. I was thinking that this beer would have a strong hop bite, and the hops are definitely there, but the malt is strong, too. The beer does tend to get a tad boozy with malt sweetness, but the tangerine rind hops pull it back from the brink. The feel is smooth with a bit of alcohol, as previously mentioned. If not for the boozy note, it would be an extremely drinkable DIPA. Anyway, Dorado is another strong effort from Ballast Point.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2009 05:10:18 | More by popery
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,495 ratings.