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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 192
Gots: 112 | 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 seaoflament
4.4/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with some shades of orange and a dense two inch head. Good head retention and great lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and citrus, very sweet citrus aroma, orange, bubblegum, pine, acidic pineapple, mango, and then there are the caramel malts and a few bready notes as well. This is a very appetizing DIPA.

The taste is bitterer than the aroma leads to believe. Bitter grapefruit and ripe orange upfront with some caramel, multi-grain bread, and lots of hop resins.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick but well carbonated, it feels like a big beer. Alcohol is not much of a factor in this one, very well hidden.

A graciously hopped beer, just the way we like em’ here in San Diego. I’m glad I finally got to try this one after sending so many of them in trades.

seaoflament, Dec 03, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, limited release, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, burnt orange color with a foamy tan head that fell to a thin layer, leaving spots of sticky lace on the glass.

S - sweet pine and citrus aromas.

T - a bit sweet at first sip, somewhat boozey as well, but as it warms the flavors become more complex and the alcohol is tasted and felt in a smooth warm swallow.

M - medium/full bodied with very light carbonation.

D - a bit too sweet for me, but better than your average Dub.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 25, 2007
Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy light orange amber color with a nice white head that resists fading and some lacing in its wake. The smell is aggressive, pineapple and grapefruit hops with a solid malty sweetness. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is first 'thick' with nice pine hop notes that kick up a level with the swallowing breadth. Full flavored, the taste mirrors the balanced sweet malty fresh hopped character. A real nice drinker; the 9.6% ABV is well hidden. Recommended. Thanks to BlindPig for the opportunity.

jjayjaye, Nov 10, 2007
Photo of srandycarter
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - A murky gold - much like unfiltered apple juice. Small head that ends quickly. Very light lacing in general.

S- Sweet bready base surrounded by hops and hops and hops. Lots of citrus.

T - Major explosion in the mouth! Big beer, and it isn't shy. Nice sticky sweet malt start and is obliterated by hops and carbonation. Intense, but very pleasant! Almost balanced. The finish leaves the dry bitter and a little sweet. Nice.

M - I like the party this one gives your mouth. It's delicious and the fullness of the mouth works great.

D - Good stuff, but would overwhelm eventually. Plus, high ABV would get to you, too.

srandycarter, Nov 02, 2007
Photo of franksnbeans
4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cystal clear golden orange with minimal head. Smells of big ol hops, piney and grapefruit. Taste starts with minimal malt then a burst of huge bittering hops and grapefruit. Medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant yet the hops arent overpowering and the malt is minimal and not heavy. A hophead's dream but drink this one fresh as I had an older bottle once and the age did not do it well.

franksnbeans, Oct 30, 2007
Photo of snpub540
4.28/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper hue that was pretty clear. Not alot of carbonation bubbles. Off white head that was about 2 fingers high in height. Very clingy.

Smell was very much all about citrus hops.

Taste was great! A plum-like sweetness up front, that gave way to a massive assault of hop goodness. Hops were very bitter. Alot of pine and grass in the taste, with a little grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the finish was pretty crisp. Drinkability is good, alcohol is pretty hidden but will catch up to you in the end.

snpub540, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of likestoswallow
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent deep orange-gold, with an off white head that had medium duration. Plenty of lacing observed. Aroma is all citrus, lemon, grapefruit, oranges and limes. Flavor is dominated by biter hops, this is a hops bomb, but its not nearly as biter as it could be. In addition to the biter the flavor has plenty of grapefruit and some biter walnuts. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying with a silky feel and plenty of carbonation. Finish is even more lingering hops, not a clean crisp finish. Overall this is a beer for people who like to push the envelope on hops, I like biter, but I prefer more complexity and a cleaner finish.

likestoswallow, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of Floydster
4.2/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles

Shared three different bombers with a friend tonight

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a cloudy orange color with a very big white head, a little over an inch, left lacing the entire time and did not disappear for close to ten minutes, impressive for an IPA

Smell was full of different hops and a little citrus, grapefruit and lemons to be exact

Taste was nice and dry with a sweet aftertaste, a little grassier than most double IPAs I have had, but good at the same time, generous amount of hops overpower the small amount of malt, got sweeter as it warmed and the piney taste went away by the end

Could drink about two bombers of this, not too heavy, but the alcohol can bite and definitely catches up with you by the end

Recommended, and was even better on tap the first time at tasted it at Hollingshead's

Floydster, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of joe1510
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Recieved in trade from the most generous of traders, errantnight. Thanks! Dorado IIPA pours a hazy glowing orange (although I did just recieve in the mail today so it hasn't had a lot of time to settle). A two finger creamy yet craggy slightly off-white head formed on the pour and stays put. Leaves excellent sticky sheet lacing.

Aroma is first and foremost hops, big piney resinous hops. There's solid whiffs of citrus that comes through with each swirl of the glass. Unsweetened grapefruit and mango mostly. I also pick up a touch of aspirin like bitterness. There is a solid sweet caramel malt backbone keeping all those hops in check. Very nice.

Flavor starts with a very big slightly sweet caramel maltiness creating a perfect backdrop for the hoppiness that's surely to come. A great piney hoppiness overshadows the caramel and leads flawlessly into hop resins. Sweetened grapfruit shows itself on the finish and the caramel make its triumphant return. Not near as much bitterness as expected from the aroma and actually the caramel sweetness balances out the hop profile very nicely.

Body is on the medium side leaning slightly towards the heavy. Just enough carbonation to create a airy mouthfeel as this beer hits the palate. If I had to pick a flaw, and this is just me being overly critical, is the body gets a little sticky in the throat as the bottle disappears.

For such a big beer it's pretty easy to put away. The balance helps the drinkability quite a bit keeping both the malt and hops, and there's a lot of them both, in check.

Another great Left Coast IPA. My first sampling from Ballast Point. Surprisingly more balanced than I expected, especially aftertaking a few big whiffs.

joe1510, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of domtronzero
4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with a small, tightly packed white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aroma is strongly of hops. Piney and grassy and a little maltiness. Tast is big and bold. A blast of citrusey/piney hops and a lots of fruity esters. Alcohol is well masked for weighing in at over 9%. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking, with a little alcohol warming in my belly. Overall another excellent beer from the superb brewers at Ballast Point.

domtronzero, Oct 06, 2007
Photo of mbunje
4.3/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving: Bomber poured into a tall pilsner glass.

Rich copper color with about an inch or so of head. Very clean and clear. Good citrus & peach notes in the smell. Taste is obviously hoppy but not overly bitter. I taste oranges. Mouthfeel is "thick" with hop oil and a dry finish. Just bordering on alcohol burn. This is a heavy beer. First bomber is drinkable and goes down well. Fills you up a bit if you are hungry. Second bomber would probably be too much. But for an imperial IPA it is very drinkable and pretty smooth. Probably a top 10 of the American IPAs. If you like hops, you'll like this one.

mbunje, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this in Imperial Beach on the advice of a friend and brought it back to Colorado. The color was a clear orange hue with not much white head. Smell was fruity, hoppy juicy. Taste was like watermelon rind, cantaloupe, and green melon, a bitterness in the aftertaste. This was a good beer but I actually liked the Big Eye IPA more, which is also the case with Green Flash; I like the single IPA better than the double. This was also a little more expensive than all the other DIPA’s I brought back from San Diego at $7 a 22. Rock on.

ArrogantB, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of IPAcraig
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This reaffirms why Double IPAs are my favorite style.

I got this in a trade from Solomon420. He is one hell of a trader and a super nice guy. This was one of the bonus beers in the trade. Watching the Saints. Poured into my De Garre Snifter.

The label reminds me of a Guy Harvey T-Shirt ... big game fish.

A gorgeous beer. The first thing that struck me was the huge head. I dont usually expect a big head on a beer that is about 10%, but I am glad when it appears. Nice hazy copper hue on this beer as well. Good lacing. Well done!

Huge on the hops, not much nuance or balance here. Nevertheless the massive amount of hops smells great. This has a decent amount of a caramel malt aroma as well.

An awesome beer. The hops are somewhat earthy and piney. A big malt presence but not too sweet like DFH 90. Possibly a bit of biscuit and fruit flavors. However every other flavor is overpowered by the hops and I like it.

Thick, big bodied beer. Medium amount of carbonation helps deal with the heavy brew and brings out the hops.

This is part of their "Robust Series" and it lives up to its name. Excellent drinkability, though. I want to try some more Ballast Point!

IPAcraig, Sep 25, 2007
Photo of ncvbc
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a murky orange and has great carbonation. A thin head and some lacing. Quite potent looking.

Smell was pretty nice. Big, juicy hops with oranges, mango, grapefruit, peach, and lots of good stuff going on. Some pine as well with a sweet caramel background and a slight biscuity scent.

Taste was big and hoppy as well. An oily and at times bitter piney taste....at first. Big and sweet caramel malts come through more with each sip but in the end bitter and drying. Less of a citrus showcase than the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous. Bitter to the point the it tingles the tongue. More full bodied than I'm used to but I like it. The slightest alcohol burn can be noticed toward the end.

I would have this one and enjoy but not on a frequent basis. A bomber was surely enough.

Tasted this before at West meets East in Asheville and this time seemed completely different, my first impression being a little better than this (maybe for good reason...it was towards the bottom of the tasting list). To me, this is a step above Hopsickle and one below HopSlam in regard to beers that it compares to and the DIPA chain of command. I like it a lot but I think there is better out there.

Thanks goes to Zorro for this in a great trade!

ncvbc, Sep 06, 2007
Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- bronzed straw in color, a beauty of a head, taunt, 1 finger and white, attractive thin webbing lace

S- citric, spicy, hints of alcohol, malt aromas

T- spicy, grassy, alcohol heat at finish, toasted malts, butterscotch, citrus, hoppy, and then hoppier

M- medium body, heat ath finish through after, coarse buildup during and after

D- alcohol slightly noticeable, another great west coast 2IPA, tasty, recommended, nice experience

tonistruth, Sep 05, 2007
Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a thick, off-white head, straight from the tap, a lot of foam.

S: Hoppy, nice-smelling, but nothing outstanding, a lot of tropical fruits and pine.

T: The first thing that hits you is the amount of pineapple in this brew, very different, but pleasant in a Double IPA. A bit of malt hits you at the end and as the beer warms up, but that unique pineapple flavour is what I remember.

M: Chewy and resiny, but quite refreshing for a big beer, no qualms about the quality in this one, the flavour stays on your tongue for a long time.

D: A good Double IPA, easy to drink off the tap, I enjoyed it, would order again.

Halcyondays, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber that's a bit more on the light/orange side.

Smells wonderful, with floral and fruit flavors. The taste is more sweet than hoppy, but the hops do balance out the orange/grapefruit/citrus taste nicely. This is the rare example of an IPA or Double IPA in which the hops balance out the sweet flavor, rather than a sweet after-taste balancing out the hops.

Delicious, and quite choice. I hope they will continue to bottle this brew, as it's the best of the Ballast Point beers that I've sampled by a wide margin. I could (but, given it's high alcohol content probably shouldn't) drink this all night. I'd never believe this was close to 10% alcohol by volume.

Overlord, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich dark orange amber with a huge, two inch plus head. Very slow fade, good retention. Left behind rings and rings of lace. Some nice visible carbonation was also evident throughout.

S - Aroma was very nice and deeply hopped. Lots of citrus aromas were always evident. Definatly some underlying malt back here as well. This was a good well balanced aroma, didnt really come off like it was going to kill the palate.

T - Rich, best word to decribe it. A large orange and pine resin flavor was assaulting you from the beginning. But it mellowed out to reveal a more balanced sweeter earthen type of bakbone. Very dry finish, long lingering as well. This was one of those that made your lips start to pucker.

M - Very smooth, silky almost with great carbonation. Really a good job on the feel here. Very lively, but yet had a nice thickness about it. Definatly a sipper here, and as it warmed, a little of the carbonation was lost and it got a little syrup like.

D - Awesome nightly sipper strong IPA. This is a goblet and a good movie were choice. Not something I would be putting down all the time though.

Overall I thought this was very good. I am a huge fan of IPA's and the west coast really knows their stuff when it comes to these big hop bombs, this was nice to though as it was really well balanced and put together.

mikesgroove, Aug 27, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this treat.

22 oz. bomber poured into a bomber.

Pours a foggy burnt orange with a nice one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin lacing that lasts throughout. Stickiness is pretty damn good. Wow west-coast DIPA. BIg grapefruit smell with a hint of peppery spices mixed in there: nothing more, nothing less. Simple, yet so complex at the same time, a smell like no other. With the taste there's a bit more pine on the tongue than there is in the nose which makes this such an amazing DIPA. Starts off with a fresh evergreen taste that becomes a bit bitter and dry from an earthy hop flavor. Aftertaste is almost orange/clementine-like. Such a complex tasting brew with so many flavors to offer. Sip and enjoy! Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation. Solid representation of a west-coast IPA. East-coast really has some catching up to do.

BeerTruth, Aug 01, 2007
Photo of BradBLR
4.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very Clear amber color with a slightly yellowish head. Thick head that lasted the entire beer with a good amount of lacing.

Smell - Very strong floral hop aroma that you could smell three feet from the beer. Very nice aroma.

Taste - All Hops, super strong hop taste with a thick bitter malt backbone. No super alcohol taste for the amount that is in it.

Mouthfeel - Very thick beer that you can chew on, lost of body and CO2 was perfect.

Another great beer from Ballast Point, and one of the best Double IPAs around.

BradBLR, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of choyhosoi
4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first thing that hit me about this one was the smell. I gotta say I didnt smell citrus or anything like that I smelled hops straight up. The color was nice had a nice orange tint in my opinion. The taste was comfortable not to bitter I would say bring on another any day. This is one I would try again and would recommend anyone else to experiment.

choyhosoi, Jul 02, 2007
Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would be one of those sticky-sweet types of DIPA. Pours a tangerine orange color. Hops give off a juicy citrus taste, but no bitterness, the malt is sweet and dominates along with the hops. The mouthfeel was better than most sweet DIPA's, it had just enough of a light feel to it, even though it was a bit syrupy like most others. A tasty DIPA for sure.

MiScusi, Jun 24, 2007
Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.58/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in SoCal at Holiday. Bargain price to boot. Pours rather orange for a DIPA. Big hop smell. Very nice WC hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable for a big DIPA. One of my favorite WC hop bombs. I had it on tap at Churchills which is even better than in a bottle. Highly recommended.


SkinnyElvis, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, courtesy of BlindPig.

Hazy, light orange in color. Large, rocky, ivory colored ehad. Lots of lacing as I drank. Some legs.

Aroma was pine, grass and grapefruit to get the bitter going. Some sweet peaches to balance it out. It was quite strong, I smelled it from a couple of feet away. Honey and caramel came out as it warmed. A little mint showed up towards the end.

Taste was great, big hops! It was a touch sweeter than I like (caramel and fruits), but excellent nonetheless! Alcohol was noticeable. Finish was pepper and grass, lingering well into the aftertaste.

Medium + body. Medium carbonation. Carbonation struck me as odd. It seemed to have too much zip in the mouth. This could be turned down, and it wouldn't hurt. Sweet more than dry.

An excellent beer. Nice balance. Alcohol pops through a bit much, but it is 9.6%....All my complaints are minor issues, this is a very good beer!

, Jun 22, 2007
Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Russian River shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear golden copper color with about two fingers of off white head that leaves a nice lace on the edge of the glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells of sweet caramel malts, pine resin, citrus fruits such as lemon and orange as well as some grapefruit. Tastes of grapefruit juice, lemon, pineapple, and orange followed by herbal resinous piney hops and a great malt sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Smooth and medium to full in both body and carbonation. This is a wonderful DIPA that I hope to revisit on it's next release. If you like hops, you will love this beer.

ClockworkOrange, Jun 07, 2007
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.