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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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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 barrelman
3.25/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

barrelman, Feb 03, 2010
Photo of deanhead
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

deanhead, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
4.97/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

cdizinno, Jan 23, 2010
Photo of MightyCow9
4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MightyCow9, Jan 05, 2010
Photo of ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

ThirstyBird, Jan 01, 2010
Photo of gatorbreath
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

gatorbreath, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
Photo of inspektor
4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5


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.

inspektor, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of augustgarage
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

augustgarage, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of cptierney
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

cptierney, Dec 11, 2009
Photo of theghost3
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

theghost3, Dec 07, 2009
Photo of Florida9
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Florida9, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

chicagobeerriot, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of GoGulls
4.83/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

GoGulls, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

GbVDave, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

CHADMC3, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Gyle41386
4.35/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Gyle41386, Nov 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 11, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

NittanyBeerFan, Oct 28, 2009
Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Lightly hazed golden bronze color with a ½" fluffy white or barely off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. Sipping leaves rings and scattered patches and speckles of lacing. Throughout most of the beer the ring around the glass leaves sticky foam and leggy lacing on the sides while patches of foam cling to other parts of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has plenty of grapefruit and other floral citrus zest character accented with a touch of pine and backed up by enough caramel to support and balance the hops without every taking over the show. The malt provides an almost honey like character to the aroma so that at first sniff there just seems to be sweet grapefruit in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is complex with semi-sweet orange zest, grapefruit, and traces of pine resin. The honey-like sweetness of the caramel malt backbone supports the flavors of the hops, lets them play back and forth with each other, but tempers them just a bit and balances them just enough to keep them from getting boring in the sort of unrelenting harshness offered by some DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and is soft and creamy with moderate prickly carbonation. The finish contains hints of pine resin, but is long, mostly dry, and filled with grapefruit and with orange zest bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable in the sense that I keep wanting more and more, and that makes it very dangerously drinkable at this ABV. That means that more than two portions a night is simply not going to happen. However, this is also an interesting and complex DIPA that I'll revisit again in the future now that it is available in PA.

drtth, Oct 17, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 10/15/09

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a two finger of thick, creamy off white head to it. Decent head retention that leaves some of the thickest lacing I've come across.

S: Nose is of sharp floral hops, hints of piney hops and an undertone of caramel malts.

T: Taste starts off with a nice citrusy hops that I didn't detect in the nose - grapefruit is the most prevelant taste here. Middle is filled out with light caramel malts, and the finish is a burst of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel with a bone dry finish.

D: This is a nicely balanced DIPA, one that I will pick up again.

Jayli, Oct 16, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If Dorado and Sculpin are any indicators to Ballast Points brewing skill (they are) then I would love to try the rest of their line-up (I would.)
A nice copper color with a head that fluffs and laces and lasts, very nice looking.
The smell and taste are similar to sculpin on some 'roids. Grapefruit and pine and some mint even play around in front of a hefty malt backbone, excessive hopping carried out in the best of ways hear.
The mouthfeel is quite nice, maybe slightly over carbed, but not bad at all. Drinkability is decent, more of a sipper than anything else, but well worth sipping on.

grayburn, Oct 08, 2009
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a short but thick white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S: Piny floral hops, a little bit of bite from the alcohol.

T: The same piny floral hops come through, balanced by the strong malt sweetness. Full flavored and complex.

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied. Sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Well balanced enough to drink pretty easily, but the ABV is high enough to make it a sipper.

seand, Oct 05, 2009
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on-tap at the Craft Ale House a while back. Poured into a 10oz Snifter.

Appearance: Very big, fluffy white head. Seems to last forever. Very good lacing down the side of the glass. Nice orange-ish color. Not as deep a color as Sculpin, but hazier.

Smell: Typical west coast DIPA fashion. Piney, resinous hops that are floral and citrus in nature. Again, not as strong as Sculpin's nose, had to work a little bit to get everything out of it.

Taste: Resinous. Oily. Piney. A combination of right hooks and left jabs of hops. There is a decent malt backbone but the hops power through it. The high ABV is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good, moderate level of carbonation. The hops flavor sticks to the tongue for a long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. You're not going to pound the bomber, but I finished it easily and would have had another had the alcohol not snuck up on me.

Good beer. Prefer Sculpin. Certainly wouldn't pass is it up though.

Ezekiel81923, Oct 01, 2009
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.