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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
93
outstanding

1,670 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,670
Reviews: 497
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 201
Gots: 130 | 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 mjd83goblue
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

mjd83goblue, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of Yetiman420
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Yetiman420, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of jmalex
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

jmalex, Apr 22, 2009
Photo of gyoder
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

gyoder, Apr 20, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

CrellMoset, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

hooliganlife, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of bhalter8
3.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

bhalter8, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of Reagan1984
3.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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...

Reagan1984, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of djaeon
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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!

djaeon, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of johnnnniee
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

johnnnniee, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of gibby
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

gibby, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of dqderrick
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle from bevmo in Encinitas, CA.

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

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

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

DF
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.

dqderrick, Apr 05, 2009
Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

brentk56, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jwale73, Apr 04, 2009
Photo of jfunkk79
2.78/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

jfunkk79, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of bashiba
4.78/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a huge foamy off white head with a crystal clear dark amber color, nice retention and great lacing all the way to the bottom of the first glass. Good carbonation trickling throughout.

Has a big citrusy and fresh hop smell with a slightly sweet bready malt goodness.

The flavor is outstanding, a big blast of citrusy fresh green hops, slightly bitter with a big lemony zest. The Sweet malts with a bit of alcohol slowly catch up to the hop onslaught balancing it out suprisingly well, had a very nice sweet bready body.

The mouthfeel is creamy and very full leaving a big oily coating on your tongue that leaves you tasting this for hours.

An outstanding Double IPA, Ballast point continues to impress.

bashiba, Apr 02, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber purchased at Capone's 3/28, poured into my favorite tulip on 3/31, with the price tag still prominently displayed on the bottle, reminding me that I spent a minor beer fortune to imbibe this. But no matter, I have been searching out Dorado since I first caught wind of it more than a year ago. I never imagined I'd be able to buy it locally, and I jumped at the chance.

Aggressive pour yields a creamy, dense, two finger head that towers for many minutes and never entirely dissipates. Goddamn that is nice to stare at. Relaxing. Beneath that gorgeous top sits a deep ruddy colored beer with great clarity. Just to drive the point home I will reiterate that this beer embodies a full amber, caramel color. Darker than I expected, but brilliantly translucent. Plenty of bubbles form a rising column from the nucleation going down at the bottom. A layer of full lacing loiters on the glass, composed of billions and billions of miniscule hydrophobic soapy bubbles.

A sharp slant of metallic copper up front in the nose, with plenty of sweet hoppy grapefruit, wild pine and honey backing it up. Behind that we smell wet earth and some biscuit maltiness. Plenty of complexity, but not quite enough of that wallop of hopiness that drives me wild in the best smelling examples of the style.

Dorado walks softly and carries a big stick, doing a number on my tastebuds. Enters the mouth with plenty of silky & milky notes. A twinge of bitter pinecone resin hits the tongue, balanced instantly by the massive malt presence. Combined with the hop, this translates as an earthy muddy collection working its way across the tongue. A nice citrus stroke jumps out halfway through the show.. oh yeah baby... Then that distinctive biscuit jumps back in. Now some tart grapefruit, evened out by a pleasing wild spice. When you drink this beer, you are partaking in a civil war between hop and malt doing battle on your tongue. Mini victories by each colossal component allow both to show their strengths. It finishes juuust dry enough to bundle the beefy boozy package. Still, it suffers from a bit of malty "sloppiness". Oh jeez, OK, its all about the aftertaste with this puppy. After a whirlwind of sweet tastes, this beer settles around my tonsils and trachea with bitter pools that heat and burn in a good way, fueled by herbal hop and alcohol. This is definitely the piney highlight of the entire experience.

Silky smooth mouthfeel. The heavy, sticky body is chaperoned along by an abundance of carbonation, thank freaking lord. But after a bomber of this, my lips are thoroughly coated with a raw hop sap that makes it hard to open my mouth. I like it and expect it, even though I've thrown up a white flag. Even with all of this going on, its somehow entirely too drinkable. A savory experience.

Philabeerphia, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of surfer4life
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz Bomber!

A - Pours dark orange with a small head that quickly recedes to a small film. Minimal Lacing.

S - Strong scent of pine trees that only the freshest hops can provide. Sweet hints of citrus and candy.

T - Superbly hopped! Tastes like a unripe grapefruit so bitter and tarty, with pine cone mixed in. Sweet caramel notes are detected in the middle with a nice bitter finish.

M - medium to full body and very carbonated. Coats nicely.

D - Very drinkable and tasty beverage.

surfer4life, Apr 01, 2009
Photo of ckeegan04
4.7/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark golden color with a big foamy dirty white head. Exceptional lacing and retention. Beautiful IPA.

S - Sweet, juicy tropical aroma with lots of candied pineapple. Hints of grapefruit as well. Not noticing much in the way of malty sweetness in the smell.

T - A little light, biscuity sweetness initially. Big tastes of pineapple and grapefruit quickly come in with a nice, hot bitterness. Bitterness is good and strong without being overwhelming. Finishes with a clean bitterness with hints of sugary sweetness.

M/D - Medium to full bodied for the style. Very easy drinking. Excellent carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

ckeegan04, Mar 29, 2009
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
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,670 ratings.