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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: 1,729
Reviews: 502
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 203
Gots: 153 | 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 orbitalr0x
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally getting a chance to try this one. Pours into my glass a brilliant golden orange with great clarity and an inch of creamy white bubbling head on top of the brew. Good active carbonation. I can already smell the hops. Big explosion of pine and citrus oily hop resins wafting up from the glass. Sweet undertone with a kiss of cotton candy and caramel. Tropical fruit and earthy herbal accents.

First sip brings smooth sweet malts upfront that get bowled over by a wall of juicy hop goodness. Deep citrus and pine resins dance with an earthy, spicy undertone. Tropical tones and a bit of a medicinal touch. Bitter smack on the way down but there is enough malt to keep it all in line. Tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and full. Goes down easily with spot on carbonation. This is one easy drinking double IPA. Overall, I found this to be a tasty west coast hop bomb. Not earth shattering for me but damn good and one I would definitely drink again sometime!

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

Glad to come across Dorado Double. 22 ounce bottle and listed at 9.1 ABV, on to the beer:

I can already smell the hops as I pour the beer into my chalice. Very heady, pale orange peach appearance. A lot of hops in the aroma....well duh! Fruity hops. Some bready malts play along. Into the mouth, it is big and hoppy, but not really bitter. Tropical bittersweet fruits and pinneapple are the flavors here, the maltiness is thinner than expected for a beer of this size....you don't really taste the malts. Smooth on the palate, but "thin".

It's a good DIPA, though it doesn't really stand out by San Diego standards. Glad to try it though.

Photo of callmescraps
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, thought it was great. Was stoked to find a bottle.

Appearance - Very light copper color. Pretty clear. A big soap bubble head that hangs around for awhile. It's lacing nicely.

Smell - Immediate upon opening the bottle. Lots of apricot and citrus. Some definite pineapple. Some mango as well. Hiding behind it is some caramel malt. Also, some sticky pine. Very nice.

Taste - Big fucking hops. Lots of that apricot mango, but the bitter pine really comes through as well. It's got some sweet malt behind it all, but it's pretty well covered. Just enough to balance the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel - Very nice. It's big, but not sticky.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. The high abv is hidden almost totally. But that sweet sort of lingers. I could have another, but that'd be it.

This beer is often over shadowed by Sculpin, but it's an excellent brew in its' own right. It doesn't have the same nose, but does have a better mouthfeel. This is damn good beer.

Photo of Docer
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AlexD my bro! (Trade) Don't see much of the likes up here in Portland.

- Ever so slightly cloudy Hefe-like lemon copper appearance... minimal to no head... lacing is there.. and ready..

- Seriously a light to very little scent.. some zest, citrus.. caramel... bit balanced.. good hidden strength... as if there is a blanket of caramel suppressing the alcohol and hopscentrix..

- Super smooth caramel... I mean... there is no way this puppy is 9%... they masked this badboy sowell with flavor and balance... a new liking for Ballast for sure.... bitterness is married to the malt... I mean married. Honey gold hop, lots of pine and floral... with a nice touch of honey. Bready yeast present slightly.

- Bit resin-like... slight oil... chewy yes.. but overall super good for a robust IIPA... really? Robust? I bet I'll feel it soon enough....

- Over-drinkable.. seriously... this tastes like a typical IPA... a really good one.... but hides the fact that it is a double for sure... the best sneaker/hidden/don't hold your breath IIPA I have had.

Photo of yemenmocha
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I love Ballast Point, but this one was a slight letdown. Appearance is great - bright orange color, no haze, off-white head, and laces well. Nose is great with mixed citrus, but a focus towards grapefruit. Palate offers a whollop of both hops and malt, some biscuity caramel flavors in there, but mostly edgy sharp hop bite. Finish is sharp too with a subtle lingering sweetness.

Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a white head and looks nice and inviting.

Very light nose, almost nothing, even as it warms up. Nose finally had a very light pineapple, sage/basil spice to it, perhaps some light apple character.

Medium mouthfeel and medium body with some decent creamy character to it.

Simple grapefruit flavors and finish. The beer's entire character is pleasant, nice, and shows good hops but is simple and one dimensional. Would like more hops; would like more of everything.

This beer is certainly drinkable and pleasant; just nothing special. Has a medium/long pine resin finish. This is a good beer but a bit simple all around. Did not meet expectations of a "Robust Series - Limited Release." Candidly, perhaps this is just not the producer for me. I've found Ballast Point brews "acceptable" but I've never been really impressed. Just my opinion.

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

Pours orange and cloudy with a huge head!

This isn't exceptionally hoppy for a DIPA. I get citrus and some apple notes in the nose.

Lots of citrus, peach and a touch of floral hops to boot. This tastes delicious. But, I'm not getting the hop explosion I was expecting. Almost too sweet.

I loved this beer but have a hard time classifying it as a DIPA. Either way, Ballast Point never disappoints.

Photo of paco1029384756
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to OlieIPA for the bottle.

Pours a cloudy golden orange color with one finger of sticky white head.

Scent of caramel, sugars, dank hops, and a hint of alcohol.

Taste of bitter, dank, soapy hops, caramel, earth, and a bit of alcohol. A very balanced Double IPA, but I would like a stronger hop profile.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation.

Photo of Ryan011235
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter 6/21/09

A - Deep amber color. Poured a 1/2 in. head that dissipates quickly. A bit of lace lingers, but not much.

S - Respectable hop character in the nose with a noticeable malt presence.

T - Piney, earthy hop flavor with a pleasant bitterness, which lingers slightly. A biscuity malt backbone takes a slightly more than supportive role, so to speak. This bottle being less-than-fresh, I'm not sure but what the hops & malt haven't washed together. Malts become more prevalent as the beer warms.

M - A bit of alcohol heat, with what I consider to be an interesting blend of slick & gritty mouthfeel.

D - I found this to be quite an enjoyable beer. Since the bottle was older (at least 6-8 months) I think the age put a damper on the hoppier qualities of the beer. Nonetheless, I still got a kick out of it. I would definitely like to try a fresh bottle sometime.

Notes : This is my 1st beer review, so it isn't the most comprehensive or well-informed. But that's why I'm here - to learn. I've been drinking craft beer fairly regularly for the past three years, but only recently decided to try my hand at reviews. I had this bottle sitting around for a special occasion & figured it would be as good a bottle as any with which to start.

Photo of dismal
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.

Photo of 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.

Photo of treyrab
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.

Photo of CoolJosh
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.

Photo of sweetbrew82
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!

Photo of nrbw23
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.

Photo of alleykatking
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!!!

Photo of imagineiii
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.

Photo of AltBock
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.

Photo of prototypic
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.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
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.

Photo of bryanbrick
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.

Photo of barnzy78
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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
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.

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.

Photo of rpstevens
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.

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,729 ratings.