Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

586 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 586
Hads: 2,392
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 246
Gots: 472 | FT: 4
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:
Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, another awesome party favour courtesy of venerable BA IronDjinn.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar chunky and world atlas-friendly lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, doughy caramel malt, a further crackery toffee sweetness, faint dark orchard fruit notes, and less than complex, but still rather agreeable piney, citrusy, and leafy bitter hops. The taste is pretty sweet caramel/toffee malt, warm citrus flesh, indistinct black orchard fruit, a soft stoney flintiness, and rather boozy herbal, piney, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its fairly sassy fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a mild creaminess. It finishes sweet, the tainted caramel malt still not willing to totally give it up to the still persuasive as all get out hops.

An excellent example of the style, not too hot (barely) and not too bland (by far). Worthy of challenging my somehow hop-weary palate of late, and something y'all should duly seek out, if you are blessed with the chance and/or availability. (1,219 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely legible date on the label of 15 105. Still, better than no date.

Appearance: Deep golden caramel color with nice clarity. Poured a two-finger off-white head that has settled to a puffy froth leaving lacing.

Aroma: Sugary citrus and caramel. Touch of resin.

Taste: Starts with a smooth resinous bitter character paired with sweet caramel malts. Builds in bitterness resulting in a piney/resiny IBU attack in the finish. Aftertaste is semi-sweet malts, bitterness, and is quite dry. Not getting any alcohol but a slight warmth in the throat. Although the bitterness is up there, there is some semblance of balance. Bit of an off-flavor during the finish that is metallic, maybe oxidation. Quite sound otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and sticky with hops. Deceptively smooth carbonation with average drinkability for a beer of this magnitude.

Final Thoughts: Definitely enjoyable, especially as an evening sipper. The resinous hop character wasn't what I was expecting, given the citrus explosion that is Sculpin, however it was well done. Would I drink it again? If I'm ever fortunate enough to find myself at the brewery I wouldn't pass it up fresh on tap. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Zach136
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fairly hazy yellow, with an off white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Big notes of tropical passionfruit and guava, with a nice level of pine in the background.

Flavor: Medium+ pine hop bitterness and flavor up front. Solid hit of booze, most of any of the fruity hop character is lost in the shuffle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish bodied, boozy and astringent.

Overall: Started strong, ended a bit too assertively boozey and bitter for my tastes. (457 characters)

Photo of HopHeadBeerFed
1.79/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Metallic taste despite good coloration on the pour. Hips are hidden in the high ABV no malt backbone whatsoever Very disappointed for the the price point. After a prior review of Dogfish 90 and Stone enjoy by.. this beer fails in all regards of an imperial IPA. Good buzz that's about it... (291 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that had tons of tiny bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of biscuit, orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, coriander, pepper and other light spices, yeast, metallic notes and dry grass/tea leaf. Seems like dried flowers or potpourri and the more you inhale the more it went away from the nice hop aroma; it drifted off course and lost it's luster for me, seeming just average at the end.

Tastes like it smells, but with a lot more grains and what seems like wet cardboard or paper. Flavor is a mix of orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, biscuit, toasted grains, dry fruity candy like Razzles, dry grass, coriander, pepper and other light spices like cumin, yeast, metallic or penny notes and very dry tea leaf or flowers. It seems very hoppy at first but then turns sweet and malty with a high level of bitterness. The yeast/metallic/penny flavor is almost like too much yeast in the mix and to me takes away from the juicy citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a smooth feel across the tongue that has mild to average carbonation, a medium body and a slightly sweet, grainy aftertaste that is bitter and only has some dry floral/leafy hop aspects lingering.

Overall it was alright. After setting the bar so high with Sculpin, this seems average and like a bit of a let down. It's a good beer, nowhere near a great beer. This brew does hide the high ABV extremely well, I could not tell how strong it was so that was a nice touch. (1,618 characters)

Photo of JRListon
4.66/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle (undated)

Beautiful white, creamy head. Nice head retention. Great lacing. Slightly hazy, beautiful light copper color.

The nose is dominated by grapefruit, but there is a little malty, biscuity smell underlying.

Taste is a bit subdued in terms of the hops. There is some really nice hop bitterness, but not overly fruity, or citrusy. The taste is a wonderful balance of the alcohol, hops and malt.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. Medium mouthfeel, slightly chalky, but really well done. (506 characters)

Photo of Totalpackage411
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Incredible hops with a hint of fruitiness. The grapefruit sculpin is still probably my favorite, but if you like sculpin IPA this packs a bigger punch. This beer is very refreshing and highly drinkable. I highly recommend this beer. (234 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.81/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a tall pint glass: color is copper, transparent, head is off white, presents about 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a top and ring.

Smell is very pleasant, huge grapefruit and pine hop aroma, citrus is first followed by the strong earthy, pine notes; on the finish there is pleasant biscuit and toast malt flavor.

Taste is dry forward, then heads towards some lighter malt flavor, then the huge hop flavor over powers in the finish. Toast and biscuit malt are noted, hops are drying more earthy, piney. I can taste the strength of this beer but not the flavor of the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is where this beer does not connect with me, very drying and maybe overbittered, just the balance of the hop bitterness leaves an extreme dryness on my tongue.

Overall, a nice looking, great smelling, good tasting DIPA. (824 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.93/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying to rate this without keeping the price in time. IMO, this beer is way, way too expensive for what you get in return. While it was still good, I'd take a Sculpin over this any day of the week. With that said, here goes:

A: Very nice. Clear orange with a great head that lingers. Also leaves sufficient lacing. Carbonation could be improved, however.

S: Lots of grapefruit, pine and caramel malt. Big emphasis on the grapefruit, however.

T: Initial taste of pine followed by heaps of grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. The grapefruit is probably the most prevalent of the flavors, as it lingers on the palate long after consumption.

F: Thick and sticky. Good.

O: A good beer, but I don't think it justified the price tag. (749 characters)

Photo of DrStiffington
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks pretty light. Smells nice, nothing crazy, some faint hops. Tastes very light for a DIPA. Not getting that 10% in the taste. Nice overall. I think I need to taste it again as the first beer of the night to form a better opinion. (238 characters)

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

look: Mostly clear amber. off white head with full lacing.
smell: Pungent with grapefruit. Some sweet citrus notes.
taste: Mostly bitter grapefruit up front, with some sweet citrus.
overall: Nice Dipa. (203 characters)

Photo of HoppedChef84
3.78/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Here's one of those beers... Questionable on the 92-94 rating. I thought this his was a good drinking beer, piney smell, nice color, nice carbonation. About zero head retention, perhaps due to the hot booze in the glass, because it tastes plenty malty. Pine and deep hop resin flavor, paired with sweet malt, what I like to describe as that cream of wheat flavor. Although good, won't be seeking this out soon, 10% abv is good and all, but I find it to be overkill sometimes. Give me an ice cold can of grapefruit sculpin. (522 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dated 15075=75th day of 2015. It's been years since I last had this. Last time it was a bomber and 9.1%. Now it's a 12oz bottle and 10%
A - frothy ivory head coats the glass with thick lacing as it fades on top of a tangerine colored ale
S - tropical nose with fresh pineapple and mandarin, juicy fruit gum, caramel, faint pine
T - juicy and fruity with pineapple, mango, mandarin orange, caramel, bready malt, pine. Alcohol is very hot and takes away from the great juicy flavors
M - full bodied, again - alcohol is very prominent, finishes quite bitter, as expected, with pine lingering
O - still very good for Sculpin's big brother so to speak, but the harsh booziness needs to be tamed down somehow. (704 characters)

Photo of drmeto
4.91/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

L:
-pours a clear amber with a medium frothy white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
Big citrus fruits like grapefruit,orange,mandarine,also peach,mango,pineapple and resinous
T:
-follows the nose with a very dry finish
F:
-medium carbonation,medium-full body
-alcohol really well hidden
O:
My fave DIPA so far,even beats out the lauded Firestone Walker Double Jack for me. (375 characters)

Photo of FFreak
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Dunkin Donuts in Milton and poured into Teku (after just having Grapefruit Sculpin). A beautiful clear dark-apricot color with a finger of quickly dissipating off-white head that leaves heavy lace. Smells really nice, with Sculpin-like citrus and floral notes. Tastes great, with caramel malt mixed with orange, lemon and pineapple, followed by a nicely balanced bitterness. Mouth is also great for the size of this beer, very approachable and refreshing for a 10% IIPA. Overall, another great beer from Ballast Point. (533 characters)

Photo of mothmanscott
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing 2+ fingers of slightly of eggshell white, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a sticky coating of streaky, webby lace. Aroma is a balance of grapefruit & tropical fruit hops mixed with sweet caramel malt in background hints of honey & resinous pine. Taste is fronted by sweet caramel malt, orange, grapefruit & pineapple backed pine needles & resin. Very bitter finish, gravitating to sweet & becoming a balanced bitter/sweet aftertaste which becomes mostly bitter with time. Very balanced for such a hop heavy brew. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, rich, smooth & a little chewy with a light spicy prickle in the finish & astringency in the aftertaste. (732 characters)

Photo of dpgoblejr
4.75/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amber color with a nice off white head and some pretty good lacing too. Aroma of hops, grass, and pine. Taste was well balanced with the hops, grass, and pine working together. There was a bite to the palate and a decent bitterness when finishing. Great imperial ipa by Ballast Point here! (293 characters)

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Appearance: Honey gold with pretty good head and lacing.

Smell: Hop oils, citrus and booze.

Taste: Dominated by a simple hop oil taste; not hop flavors, just the oil. However, there is some citrus and pine. Decent level of bitterness.

Feel: Heavy body, moderate carbonation. Somewhat dry finish but the heaviness and booziness undermines it a little.

Overall: Good DIPA but the booze, heavy body and oily taste distract from the great flavors. (503 characters)

Photo of Jetlag767
4.9/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Rarely do I give out 5's, but as I sit here at Ballast Point in India St, the fresh flavor is incredible and even passes up my favorite Sculpin. Way to go Ballast Point! (169 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with two finger head and an aroma that is primarily citric but has touches of grapefruit sweetness. Smooth, crisp thanks to large citric hop bite and balance is present from a little bit of grapefruit (not tangerine) and possible caramel notes. Solid, typical hop heavy DIPA that is easy to drink and worth trying. (343 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.9/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark copper in color with a white frothy head.
S: Smelled very malty with a tiny hint of citrus notes and some pine.
T: Very malty, some bitterness and very little hops.
M: Moderate carbonation, dry finish.
O: I wasn't too impressed with the amount of maltiness. Perhaps it wasn't a fresh batch. (306 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper color with a white frothy head
S - Aroma is not strong, mostly i smell citrus
T - Bitter with hints of grapefruit
M - Medium mouth feel, not as sticky as some
O - Very good, I'd rate this just below the great DIPA's. Well balanced and seems very drinkable but that ABV will get ya. (302 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I wish there was a bottled on date... IPAs should be fresh to fully enjoy. Certainly a malty nose with hints of orange candy and pineapple. Taste is very balanced with sweet malts and sticky resinous pine (also a hint of sweet juice). A bit of booze in the finish but the 10% is well hidden. Complex and quite enjoyable - let it warm a bit! (340 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 15075 or March 16 by my measure, poured into a Ballast Point Victory at Sea snifter.

The beer pours a clear copper color, hues of amber and bronze, minimal activity in the glass with a thick, soapy finger and a half of off white head, lovely retention and loads of sticky lace. The aroma is really pine forward, resiny, sticky, sappy, bitter. Solid grapefruit peel sits behind it earthy grassiness, strong amber malt asserts itself well, sticky and sweet. The flavors are great, pine is the name of the game, resinous and oily, grapefruit peel provides a bit of citrusy tanginess and bitterness, snappy tropical fruits find their way out with wildflower and some nice grassiness with just a soft kiss of amber malt, gentle and lightly sweet. The mouthfeel is nice, very coating, bone dry, moderate carbonation, not quite juicy, but nice full body, cotton mouth finish.


Verdict: A great DIPA from Ballast Point, lots of pine, which normally I take exception to, but this works so well, lots of backing notes of citrus, tropical fruit, wildflower and gentle malt. The balance is wonderful and despite the high ABV, this remains so drinkable and the alcohol is exceptionally hidden. (1,202 characters)

Photo of WVU
3.82/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a booze bomb on this one, but was glad to drink another great brew from Ballast Point! Dorado did not measure up to Sculpin, but a solid DIPA that will not disappoint. (186 characters)

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.