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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,530 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,530
Reviews: 483
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 185
Gots: 99 | 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 Blakaeris


4.45/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours cloudy golden with a massive creamy head with sheets of sticky lacing.

Aroma is rich in citrus and resinous piney hops. Underlying caramel malt backbones brings stability. Robust and tasty.

Taste is caramel malt and brown sugar up front. Hops are very citrusy with an amazing array of citrus notes - orange, grapefruit, apricot, melon, and pineapple to name a few. Finish holds a leafy green hop quality that lingers on the tongue. Alcohol offers a warming presence but is well concealed overall.

Mouthfeel is medium full. Chewy, with a resinous hop oil slickness.

This is definitely a tasty treat. Complex and interesting with a rich tapestry of caramel malt and fruit notes. A must try.

05-11-2009 23:04:29 | More by Blakaeris
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.22/5  rDev +1.7%

On tap. Hazy deep amber with golden highlights. Looks like orange marmalade. Creamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Pine and citrus greet you in the nose. Honeyish malt. Alcohol is evident in both the aroma and the flavor. Bold and brash but not overly bitter, balanced by the big, sweet malt. A massive beer. Drinkable in that despite the strength and massive flavor you'd be inclined to want to have another.

05-08-2009 10:57:55 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of FishGetter


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%

My boy jaxon53 came through on this one. Thanks pop!
Served in a tulip, carmel-orange color with slight haze. Thin head with sparce stream of carbination streaming up. Weblike lacing left on glass.
Sweetend orange citrus hops. Very fresh smelling. Slight floral fragrance.
Very clean citrus hop flavor. Quite possibly the freshest DIPA I've ever had. Some caramel malt and pale grain flavors. Drink is hoppy, but no real bitterness or biscuit remnant like other DIPA's. Very slight noticable alcohol at finish.
On the lighter side of a medium bodied beer. No oily resins left on tounge. Carbination spot on. Great ballance of acheiving maximum amounts of malt and hops without getting a syrupy mouthfeel.
Outstanding offering from Ballast Point! The freshness and clean taste cannot be overstated. ABV blends in nicely.

05-08-2009 00:50:00 | More by FishGetter
Photo of mully


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%

Poured into an oddly shaped pint glass I appropriated from the hotel bar.

Pours a dark straw/light copper color. Very clear, no haze or particales. Large head fades slowely to about a finger but the creamy looking head continues tug the edges of the glass.

Smelt this one as soon as I poped the bottle open. Big citrus, grapefuit, tropical fruits with a hint of pine resin. Nice malt sweetness, this is one of the most sublime smelling beers I have had recently.

Slides onto the palate with silky malt sweetness, fills up the finishes with a right cross of hop bitterness. Some citrus, but not as much in the nose, more piney and spicey. Greatr balance between huge malt and huge hops.

smoothness personified. rich and full, not syrupy - carbonation is very complimentary, does its work but does not stand out

Pretty drinkable pur a big beer.

Overall this is a great dipa but not elite. Not top 5 but probably top 10 for me

05-05-2009 04:37:20 | More by mully
Photo of John_M


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Many thanks to Dyan for sharing this beer with me the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This beer has a nice citrusy nose, with gobs of grapefruit, lime and pepper. The beer smells very much like what it is; that is a West Coast all the way IPA/DIPA. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, but with a wonderful, pronounced hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer finishes with some surprising crispness, considering the abv. Drinkability is remarkable in this 9.6% alcohol DIPA, something I attribute to this beers balance and relatively low malt bill. Everything dovetails with a long, orange, citrusy finish, and with alcohol that is barely noticeable. Simply stated, this beer is just delicious.

05-02-2009 18:25:29 | More by John_M
Photo of emerge077


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%

Finally arrived in central Illinois...woohoo!

Pours into a Duvel tulip a murky orange, deep and saturated color. The foam has small pockets of larger bubbles embedded in the smooth velvet surface. Lace is sticky and forms easily. Aroma of candied oranges and caramel toffee. A light sweetness is there, but it's not exactly the fresh hop blast I was hoping for.

Velvety smooth caramel malt, deeply bitter citrus, grapefruit pulp. Some pine and drying hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is felt, and keeps intake at a low frequency in small sips. Not boozy, but it's far from wimpy...thick and almost chewy. Not as exciting as Sculpin, but a solid DIPA that I would drink again.

04-30-2009 00:54:53 | More by emerge077
Photo of glid02


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruit aromas, and lots of them. The aroma is on par with Sculpin, although the malt has a bit more presence.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts are overtaken almost immediately by loads of citrus and tropical fruit flavors that carry through until the solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly enough to grab another sample before the bottle was finished.

Overall this is another very good hop bomb from Ballast Point. It's close, but I think I prefer this over Sculpin. Definitely worth a shot.

04-27-2009 15:26:07 | More by glid02


4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

this bomber was purchaes at capones. it was poured into a pint glass and had a nice inch thick head with a very nice orange color to it.. the smell of grapefruit was amazing and the hops were great throughout. for being so hig in alcohol it was disguised very well with the hops used and went down even better. the finish was very nice and made me want another one.

04-25-2009 12:51:02 | More by SBALDWIN
Photo of seanbhudson


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a clear orange-amber color with a large white frothy head that dissipates relatively slowly. A large amount of sticky lacing.
Huge hoppy aroma. Mainly pine with hints of citrus. A bit of alcohol.
Starts with a malty caramel honey and then quickly moves on to big piney hops and spice. There are is also a hint of citrus.
Medium-full bodied beer with a creamy / syrupy texture. Soft carbonation. The hops are well balanced around the mouth without the harsh back of the tongue bitterness.
A delicious big flavored Imperial IPA. Hardly notice the alcohol. It is a bit to syrupy and bitter to make this a session beer.
NOTES: BBCSD-0903-Geoff

04-24-2009 02:28:54 | More by seanbhudson
Photo of aglose45


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

A: Light copper color with an off-white head. Left nice lacing on my DFH curved pint glass. There is a minimal amount of cloudiness to it as well.

S: This beer smells amazing. Grapefruit is very pungent in the smell, and there is a bit of floral smell from the hops as well. On the second smell there is a bit of orange in there as well.

T: The grapefruit up front is excellent. I love citrusy hops, especially grapefruit. Following them are some floral hops, which balance out the tartiness of the grapefruit.

M: Light to medium bodied, good stickiness/ syrupiness from the hops, and great carbonation.

D: This is a quality beer, which is hard for me to say when it regards my favorite style of beer. My only complaint is that as the beer warms the citrus hop flavor subsides and the floral hop flavor becomes more prominent. That being said, if I ever see this on tap it will be a must have.

I'm not sure how fresh this is, but I did notice that there was a raised 08 on the bottom of the bottle. From what I've noticed that pretty much holds true to the year it was bottled in. I would love to try a fresh bottle of this.

04-23-2009 04:59:09 | More by aglose45
Photo of mjd83goblue


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%

22 oz bomber, thanks to torchednoodle for the trade!

Pours a clear pale orange, nice inch of head, looks like a typical DIPA.

Smell is fantastic. Nothing like a fresh fruity hop bomb.

This is a solid, balanced, beer. Tons of pineapple and some grapefruit. Malts lend a caramel/brown sugar sweetness to balance it out. There are a load of hops in this beer, but the malt balances them until a warm bitter finish (in a good way).

Mouthfeel manages to be full and think without being excessively sticky. Drinkability is way up there.

Great example of a west coast DIPA. Just a touch too much pineapple for me, but I'd still seek it out. Thanks Rich!

04-22-2009 03:13:55 | More by mjd83goblue
Photo of Yetiman420


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

Thanks alexd3891 for trading this to me.

Unibroue tulip glass. 22 oz bottle to myself.

Pours a hazy golden copper color with nice bright golden acents around the edge in the light. 1.25 finger foamy white head.

Nice fruity citrus hop aroma.

First couple of sips come across with hop flavor from aroma and a nice amount of biterness. Not too syrupy as with some DIPA's. This one has the clean finish that I prefer.

For almost 10%, alcohol does not come through in a major way on this.

04-22-2009 00:49:09 | More by Yetiman420
Photo of jmalex


3.73/5  rDev -10.1%

In my haste to finish off most of my winter stouts and porters, it's been quite a while since I had anything nice and hoppy. But tonight I get to treat myself to this gem from Ballast Point.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Victory willibecker a crystal clear, bronze golden color. A massive, frothy, 4-finger high, bone white head forms on top and takes its good old time falling. It doesn't even get all the way there, settling out at a rocky, 1-finger cap with curtains of lacing showing how high the head had been. Picture perfect.

SMELL: The smell of hops was evident even as I was pouring the beer. They're completely west coast in their aroma with big smells of citrus, pine, and floral. A bit of resiny stickiness stands out adding a sort of sweet component to the aroma. Not a whole lot of malt aroma at all comes through. Overall, it smells pretty much like a double IPA should.

TASTE: The malt really stands up in the taste, and dare I say outshines the hops. It's sweet with a decent caramel component and quite intense. The hops are certainly there though and exhibit the same citrusy and floral characteristics found in the aroma, as one would expect. The beer finishes with a moderate resiny stickiness and a mouth-puckering bitterness which counteract each other nicely. An assertive ale in all facets.

MOUTHFEEL: On the fuller side of the spectrum when it comes to body, for sure. The carbonation is medium-high and does well to attempt to brighten up the beer.

DRINKABILITY: The thick and sticky double IPAs just can't measure up on the drinkability scale as the well-attenuated ones. This one definitely falls into the first category, but it's so well made that I'm glad to have the bomber of this for the evening, even if it will take a while to get through it.

Pennsylvania's great selection strikes again, and I'm thrilled I have access to such great beers. This one isn't quite in the upper echelon of double IPAs, but it is worth seeking out.

04-21-2009 23:26:06 | More by jmalex
Photo of gyoder


4.4/5  rDev +6%

A friend showed up with the first case I've seen in PA. He was nice enough to pass me a few bottles. Thanks, Sean!

A-> Pours a beautiful orange amber. A finger and a half of head recedes quickly, leaving lace clinging to the side of the glass right from the start. CO2 bubbles meander to the surface at half speed.

A-> Fruit, mostly citrus. Pine and faint spice. A little alcohol detected.

T-> Malty sweet the second it hits the tongue. The caramel and honey quickly melt into a HUGE citrus and spice hop flavor. A lot more spice and citrus than the nose led me to believe. The hop flavor is intense and borders on too much before the bitterness teams up with the spice to clean it up. A wonderful high-wire act. At points it wants to cross to both too malty and too hoppy but never crosses the line. An expertly balanced DIPA and one that reinvigorates my love for the style.

Mouthfeel-> A viscous tongue coating double. The word decadent comes to mind.

Drinkability-> The abv and intensely strong flavors in this beer make it a sipper. But one I would love to sip more often.

A superbly balanced, delicious DIPA. Now if only I could find some Sculpin...

04-20-2009 00:09:41 | More by gyoder
Photo of CrellMoset


4/5  rDev -3.6%

Very glad to have gotten this one in a recent trade w/ mikedashg - many thanks!! 22 oz. bottle, poured into a 40 cl cervoise (in stages, of course).

Appearance: Pours a brilliant orange amber, absolutely radiant in its clarity, full of streams of lackadaisical, average-sized effervescence, creeping upwards towards a foamy mass of head which seems to have better retention with itself (though still only about average, I'd say) than it does stick with respect to the sides of the glass. That is, it congeals into sort of a blob, creeping inwards towards itself (where it remains formidable) instead of the traditional collapse-in-the-middle-but-stay-stuck-to-the-walls sort of thing. That's not to say the lacing on the sides of the glass isn't nice - it is, with erratic though plentiful, foamy clouds littering the cervoise's walls.

Aroma: Ethereal and fruity, though also pleasantly spicy. The spiciness is only partly due to alcohol, which becomes detectable (though not prominent) as this one warms. The other downside is the slight vegetal aspect of this one, which isn't too bad, but then again, isn't too good. The spiciness is really actually pretty prominent, lending notes similar to cinnamon or allspice. Pine, light fruits, citrus, and a few tropical notes round it out.

Taste: A varied and balanced mouth, and much heavier than the nose. The malt on this one definitely comes through, a relatively heavily roasted though still honey-sweet, caramel-esque backbone, not quite saccharine but very doughy and prominent. Hop bitterness is the next most prominent note, unfortunate or otherwise, slightly coarse in places, though its roughness melds well with a heavy pine-esque note and a handful of slightly bitter, minty, and leafy hop notes. The hop profile on the whole is similar to a spicier, heavier Sculpin - that is, relatively fruity, with overtones of mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and orange. Just, you know, heavier, and leafier, probably due to the dry hopping. It's a solid flavor profile, enjoyable, relatively balanced, though maybe a little too balanced - it'd be nice if the bitterness were a little less course, and the piney flavors (which always seem to dominate all other hop flavors whenever they're present in a beer) a little more subdued.

Mouthfeel: Pretty gosh darn thick, which keeps it from a high score, but it's still amazingly nice. Thick, pillowy, luscious even, with a smooth, subtly carbonated sort of feel that works well with the flavor profile and helps somewhat to cut what I described about as a perhaps overly harsh bitterness.

Drinkability: Hmmmm. A solid beer, and an enjoyable DIPA. As I've perhaps indicated before, I'm pretty tough on DIPAs, because they're my favorite style - I thus hold them to a higher standard. This one's definitely very good, but there were enough things slightly "off" about it that I think I'm gonna rate it a little below average. Some slight tweaking and this could be a world class brew, however.

04-16-2009 23:43:24 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of hooliganlife


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%

thanks Javi !

pours deep bright orange with thick white head, excellent retention and great lacing. almost perfect.

scents are mainly floral, light tangerine and orange

taste is highly bitter with light pine. mostly citrus like tangerine, blood orange. mild grass flavor. malts are hidden well but they seem to be slightly sweet.

carbonation is very smooth but too carbonated so there are constant bubbles throughout the drink.

a great DIPA that is not too overpowering. alcohol is not that noticeable. very easy to drink. good drinkability.

04-15-2009 23:36:50 | More by hooliganlife
Photo of bhalter8


3.7/5  rDev -10.8%

Thanks to Reagan1984, who traded me a bottle of this to sample. Poured from the bomber to my Goose Island stemmed IPA glass, it has a solid two finger, off white head. This head slowly recedes leaving solid lacing. The color of the beer is a beautiful orange/copper blend. It definitely looks like an amazing DIPA. A sweet aroma upfront, finishes with a crisp citrus nose. The taste holds onto the sweetness in the aroma. A very sweet DIPA, there is a ton a bitterness that follows, but the upfront sweetness is rather strong. Maybe all the malt it took to get to this ABV made this intense sweetness. The sweetness is gone in the aftertaste, a far more bitter/dryness there. A dense beer, it rests heavy in your mouth, but is helped by some considerable carbonization. I have been working this bomber a little more slowly than a number of recent DIPA tastings, so I have to knock the drinkability, again that dense sweetness hurts it here. An good take on a slightly different approach to a DIPA, maybe just not what I expected from the look.

04-11-2009 22:13:56 | More by bhalter8
Photo of Reagan1984


3.63/5  rDev -12.5%

I finger and a ½ of foamy white head that fades fairly quickly. The beer is a bright copper color with a scant amount of carbonation. Excellent clarity and very bright. A good amount of foamy lacing remains.

Aroma was a blast of fresh hops. Seems to be a touch of pine at first, then quickly moves to a bright citrus/grapefruit aroma. You also get an initial hint of sweetness.
Very fresh and nice.

Pretty nice balance for such a hop bomb. My initial thought is it's a touch sweet. Initial citrus hops explosion quickly followed by a candy sweet middle. Some honey notes. As you drink it and acclimate yourself to the hops, then you can taste more of the malt notes. I wish they were a little more forward as they cut the sweetness a touch. You do get some heat from the ABV... (it's only 9%....not that high)

Syrupy thick mouth feel and fairly full bodied. Just seems a bit sticky.

It's a nice DPA but one to slowly enjoy. Seems to be a little less drinkable vs. Dreadnaught or Maharaja. ** as I continued to enjoy the beer is became more cloying and tougher to handle.

Good effort, just too sweet overall

I still need to try Sculpin...

04-10-2009 23:40:27 | More by Reagan1984
Photo of djaeon


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%

A - Pours a bright amber color with a thinnish, moderately carbonated head. Little retention and no lacing.

S - The typical hops, citrus and slight piney aromas of a strong IPA.

T - The first thing to hit my taste-buds is a burst of bitterness. After that initial burst though, it mellows out. Or maybe it just overloads the bitter receptors so that the don't work anymore, allowing more flavors to come through;) Has a big sticky hops flavor. Accompanied by the olfactory hints of citrus and little pine. There's also a little maltiness that seems to smooth out the mouthfeel for me.

M - After the initial bitterness shock, Dorado feel surprisingly smooth in the mouth, with moderate carbonation.

D - Again, after the initial bitterness shock, this beer is very drinkable. I find myself taking bigger swigs of this one. I think I may be developing a taste for IPA's!

04-09-2009 00:10:06 | More by djaeon
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev -2.9%

Pours a crystal clear amber/copper with a big fluffy white head that sticks around forever leaving a sticky lace all over my glass. Smells of hops mostly, odd for a double IPA :) Pine citrus grapefruit, all the usually suspects. Hints of sweet malt 3 miles underneath the onslaught of Humulus lupulus. Taste is not quite as bitter as I expected, or my palette has been ruined from the IPA's of late. Citrus and resin dominate, but the sweet taste of caramel peeks in somewhere in the middle before losing the battle to a lingering grapefruit finish. Thick body, bitter resinous mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not a bad IPAx2

04-06-2009 23:12:41 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of gibby


4.33/5  rDev +4.3%

22oz bomber

1st time trying this beer..it has been on my "wants" list since joining BA. Poured a nice deep amber with big pillowy head, crystal clear in the glass. Smells very sweet, cotton candy-ish, pine, grapefruit, very nice indeed. One of the best smelling dipa's that I can remember, reminded me of dreadnaught. Taste is similar, has a nice sweetness to it. I could taste the alcohol on the 1st sip but it mellowed out as the beer warmed up. It was very smooth with good carbonation so it didnt seem like a 9.1% abv until I would get that heat from the alcohol on random tastes. I sipped on this bomber for about 90 mins during the villanova game and I enjoyed every minute of it. One per sitting is probably par for the course due the abv on this one. Glad I picked up 2 bombers when I came across this. Looking fwd to cracking the other one open in the very near future. Highly recommended. Another great offering from ballast oint.

04-05-2009 17:09:07 | More by gibby
Photo of dqderrick


4.4/5  rDev +6%

22oz bottle from bevmo in Encinitas, CA.

1/4" head sticks around for 5+ minutes. Wow. I was swirling a little to bring out the nose. Orange, yellow... almost lagerish.

Pine, hops, very little if any grapefruit. Smells a little acidic. Some sweet hop smell. OK, a little more grapefruit now.

Grapefruit. Check. Hop/Malt profile seems very balanced with a relatively strong Malt backbone. A little pine, but hard to detect.

Not overly bitter. Very smooth. One solo 22oz? Yes. Two... well, no, too much ABV. However, I'd buy it again. Reminds me a little of Maharaja. Wow. I'm guessing this will be an A review.

04-05-2009 03:45:53 | More by dqderrick
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head; great retention and lace

Smell: While there is a ton of floral grapefruit aroma going on, the sweet malt base is also clearly evident

Taste: After a quick nod to the sugary malt, the grapefruity bitterness builds...and builds...and builds; just a ton of bitterness that settles down after the swallow as it blends back together with the malt that it had previously overwhelmed

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: Nice to have this old friend back around; this bottle was just released in the past few weeks so it doesn't get much fresher - you can sure tell the difference

04-04-2009 21:24:27 | More by brentk56
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.1/5  rDev -1.2%

22oz. bottle served in my New Belgium Globe Glass. Served at 53 degrees. Poured a translucent copper with a half inch, loose, bright white head that quickly dissipated into a thin slick with a concentrated dollop of white in the middle and a thick frothy band around the perimeter. Thick sheets of lacing adhered to the glass during the tasting. Incredible nose - sweet grapefruit and a little bit of earthiness. Taste follows nose. Sweet grapefruit and malt up front, followed by a nice hops bite at the back with a lingering residual bitterness between quaffs. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and slightly viscous. Some carbonation burn across the tongue and back of the throat. Excellent DIPA - balance tips slightly towards the bitter side of the style, but exceptional nontheless.

04-04-2009 00:06:05 | More by Jwale73
Photo of jfunkk79


2.78/5  rDev -33%

Pours a very clear light amber. Nice fluffy head that clings all the way down. Aroma is very nice full of pine and citrus. The smell was the best part of this beer IMHO. The taste was overpowered by a strong alcohol flavor that hangs in the back of the mouth losing a lot of the hop in the process. Was not impressed.

04-03-2009 04:05:43 | More by jfunkk79
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,530 ratings.