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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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2,055 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,055
Reviews: 568
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 234
Gots: 289 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Ratings: 2,055 | Reviews: 568
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4.24/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz / 1pt 6oz / 650ml bottle to an oversized wineglass (in the form of my Hill Farmstead stempiece); freshness date of February 15, 2014 printed in white ink near the bottom of the label (“DOR 35 ENJOY BY 02/15/14”). These are supposed to have one-year freshness periods, which would imply that this was bottled about six weeks ago. A little older than I’d like, but it’s been refrigerated the whole time as far as I’m aware, so let’s see.

Appearance (4.0): Pours one finger of light khaki foam that doesn’t show a ton of retention, dying down at a slightly faster than moderate rate; it caps a glowing orange-amber body with just a chill haze, but it sure is pretty. So far, pretty great lacing: nothing solid, but thick collars and legs on the far side of the glass, and scattered suds on the near side.

Smell (4.25): This has that nice combination of juicy citrus and dank weirdness that I (perhaps mistakenly?) associate with Simcoe—very resinous, and citrusy, but slightly weedy with that skunky cannibinoid odor. Lots of pineapple and tangerine, sweet, juicy citrus. Malt is pale, but sweet in that way that blurs the line with the citrus, like vanilla cake.

Taste (4.25): A healthy dose of bitterness leads the way, with a quick flash of lime and grapefruit zest before that very resinous, dank flavor and bitterness really dominates the palate; it melds with a lightly toasted, bready malt character with richer caramel undertones. Not a heavy malt presence, but much heftier than a lot of these West Coast DIPAs—but still very balanced, which is the key for me. It finishes out a strong, but not overly astringent mix of citrus peel and white grapefruit juice—the purely bitter kind, not the sweet kind you get with red grapefruit. There’s some alcohol showing its face, but that dank, resinous brand of hop character typically blurs the boundaries between hops and ABV, and this beer is no exception. Well-done, fellas.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The carbonation is fine but gives an active tingle all around and foams modestly but fully on the way down, which feels in line for the body—which is fuller than medium-weight and somewhat oily, which is nice for the style and size of the beer. Finishes nicely dry, not parchingly so but solid.

Overall (4.25): This is a really, really solid, kinda classic, American Double IPA. To me, this is what I think of when I think of the style—dank, citrusy, a healthy dose of bitterness but with good hop flavor, a solid but not heavy malt backbone, and a great feel and appearance. A lot of DIPAs have been doing all flavor and aroma with no bitterness lately, but this feels more like a classic example that does all three solidly, if none of them exceptionally. Very well-rounded, very well-put together.

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by 2/11/14

Pours a orange body(sick clarity) with a nice two finger white head. Looking good for an IPA.

Lots of hoppy goodness going on in the aroma. Sweet orange, grapefruit, pine, floral, and lime. There is a touch of malt peeking through with bread and caramel.

Big ol’ bitter grapefruit juice flavor. Lime, pine, caramel sweetness, and some alcohol that hides fairly well but takes its toll towards the end of the bomber.

The mouthfeel seems bigger than most big IPA’s. Drinks smooth with a medium-low amount of carbonation. This big beer is a surprisingly easy drinker.

There are good aromas and flavors but it just doesn't pop like such a huge beer should. It is still pretty awesome.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow. From a trade, as an item to bring up the $4$. Wonderful beer. States "Enjoy By 3/11/14." I am way on top of that...

A: Nice amber/orange pour, clear, with a scant head, and a nice coating/lacing as I go.

S: Hops! Pine, citrus, slightly sweet....

T: Follows the nose, but very hop forward, and resin-y. Sticky taste, with strong pine, but also floral citrus hops.

M: Nice, sticky, almost cloying, but also astringent. Makes you come back for more, and more, and more...

O: If this was available locally, I would be buying it regularly.

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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

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4/5  rDev -3.4%

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3.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a clear gold with a hint of orange. Ephemeral white head. No lace. A few bubbles.

S - weak intensity for the style. Grapefruit, floral, pine and soft malt. Unimpressive. The bottle is only 1 month old.

T - grapefruit rind pine bomb with a fairly dry malt note. Boozy, but not harsh.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Moderate-heavy grapefruit/pine bitterness with a long sustain. Not pleasant, but tolerable.

O - one of the most bitter DIPAs I've had in recent memory. Weak aroma. Uninteresting flavor. Not my thing. I enjoyed Sculpin quite a bit more. Won't drink this one again.

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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.31/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold with a huge white head into my glass. I didn't realize that Ballast Point had something stronger than Sculpin.

Piney hops followed by a strong alcohol bite. I can also detect some citrus. Seems like a "top-heavy" kind of DIPA. I can get down with that.

A slight citrus edge is also present upfront. It definitely has that unmistakable west coast style. to it.

Woo, that alcohol burn is something else. It overshadows the hops on the tongue.

Nah. I'll take the Sculpin over this anyday.

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3.42/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had on-tap at Final Gravity in Roseville, CA

Appearance - A relatively clear golden orange, served up with a white, razor thin head in a 10 ounce snifter. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Juicy, fruity hop aroma hits first. Mango, grapefruit. Pine resin becomes more noticeable as the beer warms. Slight spice.

Taste - Considerably more pine on the tongue than on the nose. Lots of resin upfront and throughout. Hints of mango mid-taste, but are nearly drowned out between the strong pine presence and the grapefruit pith bitterness that peaks through in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Full-bodied. Sticky; near syrupy. Low carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - I'm not a big fan of pine-forward IPAs, and this is one of the stronger "pInePAs" I've had. So much potential for a multi-layered flavor profile, stifled by the sheer dominance of the pine character. This is a well-crafted beer, but it's not my bag.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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