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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,496
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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Photo of FtownThrowDown


3/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber in color with a nice frothy half inch head. Smell is somewhat past prime hops and lots of malt to help support the hops that were there. Taste is much the same. Don't know if this bottle didn't travel well or just got a old bottle. The hops are not what they should be. A little disappointing, I'll have to get another bottle and revisit.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2009 17:48:54 | More by FtownThrowDown


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

A nearly three fingers of foamy light tan head rises to the top of my glass showing nice retention and incredible lace as it alowly fades. Body is a bright golden orange with almost amber tones. Nose is full of sticky sweet citrus and oily hops. Those same oily hops enter the mouth and create a creamy kind of feel. Very smooth with nice citrus sweetness. An even and well balanced bitter feel is soft on the back of the tongue. Hops do become more grassy and mineral based as the beer continues to warm. Mouthfeel is almost like a peach fuzz citrus hue but much more on the bitter side. Excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 21:07:39 | More by SPLITGRIN
Photo of tmoneyba


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

Draft at Downtown Johnny Browns.

Poured hazy dark amber color with an average frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing.

Heavy sour citrus hop aroma.

Medium body with a sticky texture.

Medium smooth balanced flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

This is a standout beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-26-2009 16:44:23 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of brdc


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

Thanks olibeer for this one, large bottle poured into my Allagash glass.

Bright orange, dense looking beer, hazy at the very end if you pour the sediment. Fluffy white head, good retention, decent lacing.
Very nice, strong aroma flows off the glass, tropical fruit hoppiness, earthiness, strong caramel notes.
Full bodied, the caramel here is not as strong as in the aroma, but the fruity hoppiness is; a nice bitter bite, less grapefruits than the average, more orange, pine, and still a significant amount of caramel.
Alcohol is not as hot as some have reported, suggesting that aging a little bit might be a good idea. Hops are still vivid, alcohol is not. I would even age it further, but take this with a grain of salt as I am not a hophead.
Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 02:51:48 | More by brdc
Photo of htomsirveaux


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

22 oz. bomber. Head is white, small, tiny bubbles. Well carbonated. Color is orange-tan, hazy. Strong aroma of fruits, candied orange, pineapple, very sweet and citrus. Starts sweet and resiny. Medium body and sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable and present but not overwhelming. Some butterscotch. Hops are very vibrant and lingingering throughout the aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 05:07:58 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of badbeer


4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricot color, creamy white head with great retention and lacing. Apricot, mango, honeydew, cantoulope, tons of melon. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a touch of orange, and resin; a beautiful blend of citrus and melons. Somewhat high carbonation and medium bodied. When fresh, this is an outstanding beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 01:35:16 | More by badbeer
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4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Draft at SD Brewing Co. One of the best Imperial IPA's out there. Dark gold with a thick head. Hops, pine, grapefruit, and resin fill the nose. The taste is exceptionally smooth and balanced. Huge hops and bitterness with a citrus and orange back. Kind of sticky feeling, but with a crisp finish.

Serving type: on-tap

12-04-2008 23:58:44 | More by magictrokini
Photo of PatronWizard


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

Received from a mystery beer location. Bomber, baby. Ballast Point makes absolutely beautiful labels. Decided to crack this Thanksgiving morning at about 10:30 a.m. (you bet your ass I know how to do it) before heading to the out-laws for dinner. Drank a Pliny directly after the Dorado. One good DIPA deserves another.

Pours a translucent semi-clear golden caramel under an abomination of a head. Do not attempt an aggressive pour or you will be sorry. Plus now I gotta wait 15 minutes before getting a taste.

Big hop whiff but the malts are clearly represented. Good scent.

You get a subtle malt characteristic before a bittingly bitter hop beat down bitch slaps your tongue. The "sensation" of bitter is more pronounced than the "taste" of bitter, if that makes any sense. Even if it doesn't, that's how it is. I can't help but think this was marvelous fresh and has lost a little something. Still tastes good.

Smooth to the point of creamy. Very nice. All the carbonation must've wound up in the massive head because there is little to none in the fluid.

Supremely drinkable but the taste is becoming less and less desirable as I go through the bottle. Sitll not bad - please brew this again! Would love to get some right after bottling.

Overall: yummy worthy better than you

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2008 01:49:59 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of hopdog


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

On tap.

Poured a medium amber/orange color with large sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (grapefruit) and floral. Sweet tasting with a light bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden.

22oz bottle. Orange peel. Citrus. Sugary sweet. Very sweet but not cloying.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 00:27:42 | More by hopdog
Photo of Boto


4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber: This one poured a clear, orange tinged golden color. There was a about a finger of off-white head on it. It left some lacing down the glass. Just what I like in the aroma: a big old blast of hops. Mainly grapefruit and piney notes. Perhaps some floral, caramel and fruity notes also hiding in there. The taste is very good. Bitter, but more balanced than your typical hop bomb. Some sweetness in the aftertaste, with some fruits popping up. There may even be a tinge of pineapple in there. Very Nice!

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 23:07:37 | More by Boto
Photo of bulletrain76


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

22oz bottle. Hazy orange with a fine white head. Instant burst of candied pineapple, strawberry, mint in the aroma. The flavor has an intense fruity, hoppy flavor, mostly of dried mango and mint. A firm malt sweetness enhances the hops, yet isn't cloying or sticky. A bit fatter than some other west coasters, but not too flabby. Just enough bitterness to cut the body and dry the finish, in tandem with just a hint of smooth alcohol. No harshness or astringency. This bomber is going down dangerously fast, but this is still a substantial sipper. Awesome DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2008 01:44:54 | More by bulletrain76
Photo of Ineedabeerhere

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in an awesome trade with MiScusi. (How did he know I would be craving a nice DIPA tonight?)

Initially, This reminded me a lot of DFH's 90 min IPA. Similar color, but if you did a side by side, this would come out a little darker and cloudier. I poured the 22oz into my dogfish snifter, ironically.

Its a great DIPA, the perfect hop profile as far as Im concerned, and close to as good drinkability as you find within the style. I had this with some buffalo chicken, and it was perfect to cut the spiciness. Im really enjoying it, and would suggest it to DIPA lovers. This was my first offering by Ballast Point, and Im anxious to try their other brews.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2008 00:02:15 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Cloudy grapefuit colour, white head and lace. Great hop aroma. Very good DIPA, high IBU but not a bomb of bitter. Full mouthfeel and good drinkability. Orange zest, Tangerine and sweetness in taste, good balance.This one has been a survivor, a keeper.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 01:48:33 | More by Sammy
Photo of torchednoodle


3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, orange color. A lot of malty nose, and a lot of malty taste as well. There is a caramel malty taste on first impression which quickly fades to a piney hoppy bittnerness. You can feel the 9.6% heat on this, but the flavors on this beer are not outstanding to me.

I haven't tasted the citrus notes that others claim, but I also drank this after a bomber of Sculpin, which may rape the citrus tastebuds.

Very much drinkable, but to my palate, there are other DIPA's that fit the bill (and the wallet) better.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 02:22:05 | More by torchednoodle
Photo of Damian


4.93/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 FL. OZ/1 PINT. 6 FLUID OUNCES./650ml bottle
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with errantnight

The beer poured a super hazy, light orangey-amber color. The ultra creamy, frothy, one-finger head left sheets of thick, bubbly lacing all down the glass. Both the head retention and lacing were truly amazing, as they lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was incredible. Intensely citrusy, bold and sweet with strong orange liquor and tropical fruit notes (mango, grapefruit and papaya). A yeasty quality was also detectable. As the beer warmed, the alcohol became a bit more noticeable.

Like the aroma, the taste was near perfect. Hoppy up front with a stiff malt backbone. Subtle hints of brown sugar came through. Strong, zesty, orange and tropical fruit notes (pineapple) dominated in the center. Lots of "c" hop notes going on here. Some spiciness came through as well. The semi-dry and pithy finish was grapefruit-like with a bit of pine and resin mixed in. A touch of alcohol warmth appeared as well and became somewhat more apparent as the beer warmed. Some bitterness lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was super creamy, smooth and slick with a medium/fuller body and a fine, subtle carbonation. Frothy and supple on the palate.

This 9% ABV double IPA was one of the most drinkable versions of the style I have ever tried. It was incredibly well balanced yet still came packed with enough citrusy hop goodness to satisfy even the most seasoned hop head.

Overall, this was an exceptional brew. Hopefully the folks at Ballast Point will consider making this a year-round offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2008 18:25:22 | More by Damian
Photo of HalfFull


3.8/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale orange with a nice rich head that is in no hurry.

Smell is quite enticing. Initial citrus(tangerine) hop scents turn to a sense of sweet fresh pinecone. Rather spicy with hints of cinnamon and herbs. Malts on the nose blend very well with the hops and result in a rather impressive smell.

Taste follows the nose to a tee. Citrus up front with a slightly chewy malt close and with the spices lingering on the finish. Malt presence seems to keep the ABV at bay rather well and yet doesn't complicate things. Feel and Drink are solid, particularly given the punch, and the carbonation fits the body well.

Notes: Beer is labeled as 9.1%(not 9.6%) and offers no date information. I believe this is a fresh release however(it is a recent purchase), as I know Ballast Point has made runs of Dorado (and Sculpin) over the last month or so. Word is that there are no growler fills however, and I haven't seen bottles of Sculpin of late.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 05:28:08 | More by HalfFull
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4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of WeeHeavySD over at RB poured into a snifter.

Pours a bright hazy golden orange with a fluffy white one-finger head that lingers for a while and leaves impressive lacing. The aroma is massive and very sweet. It has an array of citrus hop aromas, grapefruits, oranges, tangerines, as well as sweet honey and caramel overtones. There is also some pine hops as well on top of a bready malt aroma in the background. The taste mirrors the aroma with a huge grapefruit sweetness up front with a strong malt backbone. The finish has a good bit of floral pine hop bitterness and lingers between sips. The mouthfeel is sticky with good carbonation and slightly dry in the finish. This is a great West Coast DIPA and I look forward to having more of these in the future. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 00:39:09 | More by gford217
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4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Downtown Johhny Browns.

Copper colored with a modereate, cream colored head.

Smell is hops, then malt. I don't know but it definately smells dry-hopped, the bartenter told me it was wet hopped so I guess thats basically the same thing... Either way very fresh hop smell, slightly sweet.

Taste was very good, possibly a little too sweet for me but this is acceptable for the style. Big hop punch in front with a malty smooth middle and balanced aftertaste that lingers on the palatte for a good while before dropping off. One of my more favorite beers I tried in San Diego.

Mouthfeel... what do I say other than it has the body to back-up the DIPA name is does proffess. I still can't beleive it's 9.6%, there was an ever so slight alcohol warmth but I couldn't taste it.

Dangerously drinkable. I smartly only allowed myself one of these, but what a beer. Only tried two Ballast Point beers, but we really need some of this in Oregon!

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 20:48:51 | More by beermebeerman
Photo of DrDogbeer


3.85/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Randy!!
Poured out of the bottle into shaker pint. Pours a funky orange opaque with a really fluffy white head. Lots of hops in the aroma- some citrus, orange. Some hemp also. Tastes similar. Lots of hops and very oily hops. Decent malt backbone to follow up. Ends pretty sweetly from the malts. Mouthfeel is very chewy. I feel like I have to e this beer. It even looks chewy. Pretty decent drinkablity, but I am glad I shared this one. It destroyed my taste buds for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 12:11:16 | More by DrDogbeer
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Manitoba (Canada)

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

Bomber - pours a hazy navel orange colour. Fluffy white head. Nose- sweet hop fruits and pale malt. Taste- citrus fruits- not quite a blast of hops as age has taken its toll. Malt flavour is cookie dry. Carbonation is good and goes down smooth. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2008 02:37:25 | More by oakbluff
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3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Overlord. Thanks!
Pours a gorgeous bright glowing orange color with a lasting offwhite head. Smell is grapefruit, and orange hoppiness and sweet malt. Balanced smell. Taste is hoppy but not as much as expected. Balanced well, and smooth, sweet citrusy malt. A touch too much alcohol is coming into the flavor making it less enjoyable though. Quick finish. Somewhat easy drinking, but the alcohol presence hindered it significantly for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 19:14:33 | More by JDV
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4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one poured a bright orange with a lasting off white head with some lacing after a while.

Wow, tons of citrus, pine and plenty of sweet caramel malt. Actually its really sweet smelling.

It first hits with sweet caramel and citrus then fades to a piney bitterness that lingers for a while on the palate. Pretty well balanced for a DIPA.

Medium mouthfeel with a very resinous feel that leaves a slight oily feeling on the palate.

A very hoppy yet actually quite balanced DIPA. This type of sweetness sort of gets to me after a while and becomes a little cloying by the end of the glass. I still prefer the Sculpin from Ballast Point but this is a great offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2008 17:57:16 | More by thickerfreakness
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


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

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark amber with ok carbonation. The head is smallish not quite 2 fingers, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big bold piney hops in your face. A tad bit of caramely malt as well.

The taste is Bold very bold. The piney hops are quite the slam in the face, not very complex but thats not what this is about. It's about the hops baby, The Hops. Glad it is as fresh as it is. The brew is sweet also, a nice caramel malt is a nice atempt to bring balance to the force, but really just an atempt. The finish is just more tar like resiny pine gum.

The mouthfeel is good to very good nice carbonation and a very good thick and sticky body.

The drinkability is pretty good, if you need a piney hop bome well you came to the right place.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 04:36:21 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Photo of drumrboy22


4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bradford for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, creamy white head. Moderate lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was hops and hops! Citrus hops, sweet malt and caramel.

Taste was surprisingly well balanced. Starts out sweet, then changes over to a long, bitter finish. Pine, citrus, caramel and vanilla are all present.

Very tasty beer. The high abv is noticeable, but the balance makes it very drinkable for a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 02:00:52 | More by drumrboy22
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4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: The pour is a cloudy peach color with bright orange highlights and a wispy beige head.

Smell: The nose is boozy up front with copious amounts of floral hops along with rich sweet caramel malts, grapefruit, and a hint of eucalyptus.

Taste: The flavor profile starts out innocent enough with a smoov dose of caramel malts. Grapefruit and piny hops quietly take over, lingering in the mid-palate. The finish is where this IPA comes into its own. Bitter grapefruit, zesty orange, lemon, and pine explodes followed by a shot of warming alcohol.

Mouthfeel: It's medium-bodied, oily, and lively with loads of carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a taxing beer. The ABV is quite apparent and it's aggressive all-round, yet it's just so delicious, it deserves a high score.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 07:18:11 | More by goschool
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92 out of 100 based on 1,496 ratings.