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Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Reviews: 658 | Ratings: 2,784
Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, slight alcohol, hint of grass, floral hops, hint of citrus hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes strong citrus hops, hint of floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of pine, hint of yeast, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good appearance and feel, but the body and aroma have too much earthy malt for my tastes.

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Photo of Act25
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Try 24. I wish in cans.

Great brewer, up there with their best _ Sculpin.

A: Pours a clear amber with a two finger head; great retention and lace.

S: More balanced that Sculpin. Together bounty of floral and grapefruit hops balanced by the sweet malt base .

T: Great see saw of up front intense hops - floral, pith, citrus, pine - with sweet malt, a pleasant battle that finishes wonderfully. Hides alcohol well. Delicious.

F: Medium body with moderate, prickly, carbonation.

Awesome. Try 24.

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Photo of car2052
4.43/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.

A: Burnt orange, hazy from being in the freezer. Small head- white.
S: Orange peel, grapefruit, floral hop, sage.
T: Resin, bitter grapefruit, pine needle, lots of herbs. Very boozy, reminds me of the "zing" you get from higher proof spirits. Some caramel malts. A lot of dank pine flavor.
M: Medium, bordering medium-heavy. Slight aftertaste.
O: Interesting DIPA. Very strong piney flavors along with the high ABV give this beer a boozy feel. Still tasty.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Ballast Point taproom. Not too bad, but not amazing. Very bitter, nice grapefruit flavor coming through. Good aftertaste. Pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange, fluffy khaki head (~an inch), very light splotchy lacing
Smells of bright citrus and hops
Taste: caramel and citrus. Pineapple, nectarines, hops, lots of malt sweetness in the back, florals. As it warms and settles its more grassy and caramelly, less citrus
Feel: medium body, a little gritty carbonation
In sum, a great beer, but I sort of dread finishing a whole six pack--a little heavy in the mouth and stomach, but that's not surprising given it's 10%.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ballast Point in their Little Italy San Diego brew house. I read the reviews from the brothers and everyone else how they loved this beer, so I ordered. I can't say I loved this - I didn't find the citrus or the hops really kicked in for me. I was more taken by the alcohol - hot on the tongue. But....what do I know. If the masses love it, so do I. I will get one more and make myself like it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.21/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Dorado Double IPA last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this brewery for a while and I'm interested to see how their Double IPA is, so lets see how it goes. Fresh 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a golden amber color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly off white head that died down to a thing ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking DIPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops being the frst to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rinds, tropival fruit and green hops aromas with the fruitiness sticking out the most and it's followed by the sweet malts that give it candied fruit aroma. Towards the end comes a little bit of alcohol with some pale malts coming through in the background. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's a little too sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a good amount lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart just a little bit of the aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's mainly a generic hoppy taste sticking out the most. Up next comes some noticeable alcohol that's a little warming and it's followed by the malts which impart some pale malt, sweet malt and light grainy like flavors. On the finish t here's higher amount of medium bitterness with some alcohol and hoppy flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This beer was just Ok, it didn't have much complexity at all and the hop profile was a let down.

M- Not smooth, a little boozy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was smoother and not as boozy.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, it didn't have anything that made it standout for the style and when it came down to it almost every single aspect had some aspects that ended up holding this beer back from being as good as it could be. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, one is enough for me, I wouldn't want to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance aroma, those two things were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they both need a good amount of work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it, I just don't think it's a great DIPA. All in all I wasn't impressed with this one and it just wasn't what I want from a good DIPA, the hop profile in the taste could use a good amount of work. It didn't make for a good first impression for this brewery, but I'm still interested to see what else they have and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of HopHunter19
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - dark orange amber colored beer with a white head that dissipates down to a thin film and leaves a decent lacing.
S - 3.75 - earthy, piney hops, not much citrus other than grapefruit, maybe some lemon/orange peel, no dank notes
T - 3.75 - piney, grapefruit, citrus peel flavors. Little bit of earthiness. Not huge on the citrus or dank flavors.
M - 3.75 - medium mouthfeel, alc is somewhat present but ok @ 10%, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit.
O - 3.75 - pretty standard, clean double ipa, kind of an amped up Big Eye.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Nov. 5, 2015. Poured into a tulip glass.

L- Medium-deep copper, great clarity, two finger slightly off-white head.

S- Sweet orange peel, some herbal notes, some pine notes, little bit of yeast, little bit of the alcohol.

T- Bitter orange citrus flavors, like when you over grind the juice from and orange, lingering bitter pine, not too dry, alcohol is not as noticeable as in the aroma, I'd say the bitterness helps cover it up.

F- Medium, pretty easy drinking for 10%.

O- A solid DIPA, nothing spectacular , typical west coast flavors, but a good price for a 6 pack of 10% beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course San Diego has a brewery with a year-round imperial IPA. While others struggle to muster up enough hops for a seasonal or rotating release, this everyday IPA extends the hop profile and balances the noticeable leftover malt in dominating fashion.

Dorado's bright copper color carries a mild and hoppy haze. A creamy white froth garnishes the rim as its citrus, grass and honey perfume billows onto the nose. Its early taste is sweet with caramelized malt that brings about light cashew, honey and toasted grain.

And as the sweetness relaxes, it only dries to mid-status, giving the growing hops an elegant support. Meanwhile, its tangy and citrusy pink grapefruit and tangerine character grows into a grassy, herbal and spicy flavor just as the bitterness begins to overshadow the lingering caramel malt.

Finishing medium-bodied and drying, the ale always retains a firmly sweet and creamy underpinning and buffers the tastebuds from the strong, spicy alcohol and hop-derived astringency. With a linger of muddled grass, herb and peppercorn the bitterness of the beer far outweighs its malty counterpart.

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Photo of K-Dog
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color look. Very tasty double ipa that went down dangerously smooth. Would never had guessed this was 10 percent. With ballast point being new to michigan I have yet to try scalpin but though this one was really good. Can't wait to try there other releases very soon.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: golden honey in color with a very light orange hue. The head is a light tan which lasts indefinitely. The head fades to a very thin layer, but remains throughout the "life" of the beer.

Aroma: malt is the dominant aroma. Hops are certainly present, but from the aroma, this is not likely to be an all-hop no-malt IPA. Citrus from the hops. No alcohol aroma despite being 10% abv.

Flavor: malt is present, much more so than other 2X IPAs. This beer tips toward a bit too much malt compared to other west-coast IPAs / 2X IPAs. The malt flavors are sweet and crusty-break like. Hops are citrus forward - Centennial? - and very light pine. No alcohol warmth whatsoever despite the double digit abv.

Mouthfeel: medium. Surprisingly light body given the original gravity of this beer. This beer is not a meal by itself but a few of these would be.

Overall: Good, a bit malt-forward for my taste, but worthwhile.

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Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Medium golden-orange, fairly clear, several fingers of light tan foam. Average amount of carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: A nice blend of pine, citrus, floral and resin hops.

T: Similar to the aroma. A complex blend of hop flavors including pine, citrus, floral and resin aspects. Also a medium maltiness. Medium-sweet.

F: Full-bodied. Very smooth. Light carbonation. Medium bitterness.

O: Overall a good DIPA.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.79/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big DIPA. Poured from a 12-oz bottle in a Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass, looks cloudy (from carbonation bubbles?) but generally a nice amber pour. Head dissipates quickly, lacing good.

Smell is citrusy hoppy, grapefruit maybe peach in there, not too overpowering and promising. I like IPAs with citrus present. The taste is pretty hoppy from the get-go, and bitter gets in there shortly thereafter. Other reviewers said it was only in the aftertaste, but I'm getting it up front. I get a lot of burnt malt pretty quick that takes over an initial sweet lemon. Taste is almost astringent by the finish, not sure I like it but it's growing on me. Ballast Point is usually a little better balanced in my experience. These west coast doubles seem to go off the rails sometimes to make a point and I am cautious of their ability to balance properly.

I had a 22-oz bomber of this before and don't remember it being this bitter and harsh. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty drinkable and fans of malty bitterness will love it. I also don't think the alcohol is hidden well - I can tell this is a 10% (unlike other reviewers who are saying they can't tell). The heat is there in the 2nd half and lingers in the aftertaste, even more so when it warms up a little. Almost a bourbon woody feel.

Yeah, not for the casual beer drinker. Feel is thick, resiny, oil, I like the bitterness throughout. Another reviewer DaverCS called the aftertaste "dish-soapy" and I can agree with that. Still, all in all drinkable but I'd pick up a Big Eye or Sculpin from BP first if I was having company over.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Envy can be surmised as ones belief that they can achieve better than existing. Though this may be true most of the time, this is not the case with Dorado. I have envy because I will never do better, I can only strive. Read on.

Look: Almost Arabesque in color
Smell: Earthy malt, candied grapefruit peel
Taste: This beer defines that identifying a bitter taste is not lost in America. Grapefruit, fresh and full of wonderful bitterness
Feel: Heavier than most of its competition, connoisseur worthy
Overall: Up there with the best. San Diego living up to the world's finest

Though I have had slightly better experiences with this genre, Ballast Point is at the top of this category.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- copper and orange. Nice moderate sized foam head and sticky lacing that retains well.
Smell- citric hops forward nose, tropical fruits and some biscuity malt. Pleasant smell, nothing overpowering.
Taste- the hops forward flavor is certainly there. However, what I really like about this one is the sweet malt balance it provides. It is quite delicious.
Feel- medium bodied and dangerously drinkable. I can't believe it's 10% ABV.
I really like this one. It is so flavorful. Another great ipa from Ballast Point!

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Photo of JackieKu
4.19/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

A: Hazy amber. Poured 4 fingers high head with moderate retention.
S: Tropical fruits and honey.
T: Intense hops characters: citrus and high bitterness. Semi-sweet to sweet. Toasted malty. Somewhat peppery. Finished dry and bitter.
M: Full bodied.
O: Strong yet balanced.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy,yellow, almoust orange beer with a two finger high head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

A big nose! Orange, mandarin, pine, citrus, tropical fruit and caramel malt.
Taste: Pine, resin, sweet malt, hops, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, and bitter orange.
Body: Medium to full body. Soft, creamy texture. Low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy dark gold with a thick white head. Dissapates and leaves a nice healthy white ring.
S: Grapefruit, Pine and candied orange peel
T: Malt, Alcohol and mild citrus up front. Quite a bit of bitter, piney, resiny hop on the back.
M: Thick, almost syrupy
O: Compated to other 10% IIPA's I'd say its decent but certainly not great.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
3.37/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how this is rated an "outstanding" beer. Just your run of the mill west coast malt bomb to me. Done with ballast point. Too many better beers out there to focus on.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sugary apricot with a little citrus zest.
T: It tasted like candied apricots and sugary resin, with some citrus zest. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent double IPA in the old style of more sweet than hoppy. The body was good, and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Not great in the current market, but not bad.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color. Tiny off-white head.
Primarily citrus aroma. Some tropical fruit, a little bit of pine.
Mostly grapefruit taste, with some tangerine. A little bit of papaya, an even smaller hint of pine.
Nicely hopped. Would never know it was 10% ABV.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit, sweet malt, a little alcohol;

T: pine with a bit of alcohol up front; ripe tropical fruit comes and goes quickly; malt sweetness is in the background all the way through; at the finish, there is mild bitterness with a little alcohol note;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: it's good, but I was hoping for more; a bit of a let down;

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of piney and light citrus hops, caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus, spicy and lightly floral; nice. Flavor follows aroma, with orange citrus, tropical fruit, piney and citrus hops with a hint of dankness; as the flavor starts to fade from the taste, intense resinous piney hops kick in to leave a quite pleasant citrus rind and grapefruit aftertaste with light supporting flavors from the malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A nicely balanced and flavorful imperial IPA. The hops are not as forward in the beginning of the taste, allowing the malt and herbal flavors to present themselves, then the hops kick in into a strong resinous finish. ABV well covered. Well done as expected from Ballast Point. I like their hop combinations a lot and this is no exception.

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark amber color.

The beer is resinous and harsh drinking. Mountains of huge sweet malt and caramel sweetness. The finish goes on with sticky resin, pine, and bitterness.

It surprisingly does not drink as high as 10%, but it is still a messy, sweet, and dank brew.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.