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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,651 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,651
Reviews: 494
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 197
Gots: 122 | 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 Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ballast Point (Old Grove location) on 3/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a 3/4 finger of foamy off-white head. The retention has a rich and foamy look, leaving huge sticky swathes of lacing back. The aroma is just fantastic, with a blast of floral and spicy hops and THEE most tropical fruit laden smell that you are likely to find in a beer. Just awesome! Thick notes of bread and caramel sweetness really stand out as well and really makes those citrus accents just pop that much more.

The taste starts with a nice firm resinous (and slightly herbal) hop bite up front that is equally well balanced by that same monstrous tangy mix of caramel and tropical citrus flavors. This all just hangs lovingly on the palette with a mix of sticky sweetness and drying bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a more beefy feel to it but the carbonation is so creamy, it helps all of those bigger flavors go down a lot easier than you would think.

I've loved this beer in the bottle for a while not and to try it fresh on tap at the brewery was just sublime. The tropical fruits in this beer are just insane and luckily the rest of it's characteristics bring the same awesome level to the table as well. A classic San Diego DIPA!

Kegatron, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of taylorhamrick
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a 1-2cm white head. The bubbles are loose, and kind of collapse, leaving a little thin pillow of bubbles with minimal lacing. Looks about right. The smell is filled with pungent hops, resinous, grassy, piney notes backed up with citrus peel and rind. Smells very much like raw hops, backed up with some powdery malty sweetness. The smell is really good, powerful and pleasant. The taste hits first with resin, piney and like the tart, sour citrus rind, but the bitterness isn't too overwhelming. The malts are a bit bready, but it finishes rather dry. The hop flavor is kind of weak, there's a hint of tropical fruit in the background, but not strong enough for me. The alcohol is a bit peachy and warming, but doesn't seem to be too annoying. I really love the resinous feel of this, I love resiny tastes in general. There's also a very nice chewiness from the malts and there's almost a feeling of swallowing hop flowers. I really enjoyed making my way through this and it didn't really phase me all too much. Very pleasant and recommended. It really hits the spot in terms of the resinous hoppy flavors. The only thing I'd recommend is putting a bit more late hops in this one, that would put it up to the very highest level.

taylorhamrick, Mar 20, 2009
Photo of paytoplay
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pretty outstanding IIPA. A bit of the sweetness fruit that I got from a recent hopslam. Pine, big rich flavor and texture. Nice finish. Really enjoyed this brew. On tap today at the brew mart. avoids the corn flavor, complex and it warms you up a bit.

paytoplay, Mar 15, 2009
Photo of ffejherb
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Memphis Tap Room on 3/7/09 during Philly Beer Week.

A - Clear rusty orange body with a slight hazy and about a finger of creamy off-white head that transformed into thin webs of sticky, decorative lace. Virtually no carbonation present. Head flared up to its original stature with each swirl of the glass.

S - Get ready to bask in the glory that is the grapefruit. Dorado is all about the succulent, bittersweet citrus fruit. Paired with caramel malt sweetness and a subtle waft of alcohol, this is a simple, straightforward West Coast DIPA nose with plenty of grapefruit pungency.

T - Just a tad more malt as I remember, but still packs a huge grapefruit smack. Flavor is very citrus-forward, obviously, but there are also some subtle piney notes that I don't recall from my initial encounter. However, the hops aren't too abrasive or resiny.

M - Medium body with a syrupy texture and some oily hop residue. Carbonation is moderate, resulting in a bit of prickle on the tongue. Finishes with a lingering bitterness on the palate.

D - One of my favorite DIPAs, and I'm thankful to have had the opportunity to try this on tap... in Philly, PA no less! This stuff is pure, liquified grapefruit hop goodness!

ffejherb, Mar 10, 2009
Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

El Dorado? Pours a clear copper color with a shinny red hue throughout. A soft white head that was quit bubbly. Limited retention and lacing though.

The nose has a noticeable West coast IPA aroma. The hops, to start, have a mixed grassy and citrus aroma. Some herbal and distinct soapy (Dawn soap specifically). Odd since this wasn't me first beer with this glass. Some lighter malt aromas but limited compared to the hops. A muddled texture but some biscuit and light caramel notes. Some noticeable yeast character that is a bit of a distraction. Some fruity notes and a touch of cidery aromas as well.

The taste is a bit more on keel. The hops come out mostly but there is some support from the malt. Mostly a sweeter candy caramel flavor. A bit limited in taste but leaves a sweetness into the finish. The hops come out with more of a muddled flavor but balance well between bitterness and finishing. A good bite but quickly is balanced by a tangerine and citrus mix. This quickly is replaced by a stronger grassy and herbal. Noticeable chalky notes in the finish that are a bit of a deterrent. Some unique salty notes on the back end and finish as well. The yeast is not as bad as the nose indicated but still there. Overall a very nice hop oriented flavor with some minor flaws.

The body is moderate to full with some sweetness in the finish. Would have liked a bit lighter. The carbonation is really light and could have helped with the malt balance, although I did like the bitterness levels. To sum it up a good double ipa, but some salty and chalky notes distract. Also would have liked more complexity in the hops or at least back off on the grassy notes. Still very enjoyable to drink.

Oxymoron, Feb 19, 2009
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.

FtownThrowDown, Feb 13, 2009
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.

SPLITGRIN, Feb 01, 2009
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.

tmoneyba, Jan 26, 2009
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.

brdc, Jan 21, 2009
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.

htomsirveaux, Jan 07, 2009
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.

badbeer, Dec 28, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
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.

magictrokini, Dec 04, 2008
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

PatronWizard, Dec 02, 2008
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.

hopdog, Nov 23, 2008
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!

Boto, Nov 20, 2008
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.

bulletrain76, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of Ineedabeerhere
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.

Ineedabeerhere, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of Sammy
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.

Sammy, Sep 28, 2008
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.

torchednoodle, Sep 26, 2008
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.

Damian, Sep 21, 2008
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.

HalfFull, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of gford217
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!

gford217, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of beermebeerman
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!

beermebeerman, Jul 22, 2008
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.

DrDogbeer, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of oakbluff
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.

oakbluff, Jul 04, 2008
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.