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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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Ratings: 1344
Reviews: 467
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.88%

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:
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Photo of Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a clear gold-amber with almost two fingers of thick, sticky looking white head.

Smell. Mango and pineapple, cedar and mixed citrus fruits with the rinds, a little caramel and sweet malt.

Taste. Citrus rinds, caramel and cedar, and mixed tropical fruits.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Good stuff. Pretty exemplary of a big west coast ipa.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2013 02:15:27 | More by Rutager
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber colour, head is yellowish cream, dense and foamy and pleasant. Lace clings nicely to the glass. Looks great.

Smells lovely. Loads of zesty, almost acidic, hops - citrus, passionfruit and a big sweet cake-batter malt. Caramelly, tangy, delish.

Taste is sweet, malty, cakey with caramel toffee and almond meal. Hops are citric but very resinous, giving sticky bitter notes on the back. Touch of oak sweetness, bit of booze heat that's a bit rich, but not hot. Palate is smooth.

Full, bit of sizzle. Feels a little boozey without flavour.

Big hoppy, resinous beer. Rich, but smooth and pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 01:28:46 | More by laituegonflable
Photo of flagmantho


4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 9/16/13, so I'm getting in right under the wire!

Appearance: light orange hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with an orange cast to it. Attractive.

Smell: sweet and malty with a bright, fruity and citrusy hop character. Nicely appealing!

Taste: sweet at first with the grapefruity hops coming in first; this then morphs into a massive herbal, earthy and somewhat raspy bitterness. I like the juxtaposition of characteristics; this is what big beers should be about.

Mouthfeel: big body with a nicely-integrated carbonation. I like the creaminess here, especially for the style.

Overall: a tasty brew, though perhaps a bit strong for a really drinkable beer. I really do like the range of flavors and dynamic palate.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 05:17:07 | More by flagmantho
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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a darker copper with a healthy white head.

S- Floral, perfumed hops with some tropical fruit.

T- Pineapple with some sweeter malts underpin the piney hop flavors.

M- Chewy, full bodied with some oily texture.

O- Solid DIPA. One that might get lost in a very crowded San Diego field, but certainly stands up.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 15:32:15 | More by Aml42000
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy by 08/29/20. Really? No idea as to the age, it's fairly fresh though, just hit the east coast in the last week or two.

A: Pours a clear amber. Big fizzy tan head. Head fades out slowly, leaving pretty decent chunky lacing. Good head retention with the nice island of foam left behind.

S: Spicy, resinous pine. A bit of bitter grapefruit too. Touch of spicy alcohol too. Pleasant but not as bold as I was expecting for a big west coast DIPA.

T: Hops much sharper here in the flavor. MUCH sharper. Bold and juicy grapefruit. Pine and resin. Brief hit of tropical fruits too, kinda a sweet pineapple flavor I think. Big big hop flavor. No real sign of malt, maybe some caramel sweetness? Just barely. Big, long-lasting astringent wave of bitterness in the finish. Lots of spicy pine and bitter grapefruit. Bitterness lasts forever, well into the lingering aftertaste of each sip. Barely fades till the next sip in fact.

M: Medium-heavy. Sticky and astringent on the back end. Mouth-coating hop oils that last forever.

O: A nice proper west coast DIPA. Sharp and complex hop flavors, tons of bitterness, tons of resinous mouthfeel and the malt is buried 6 feet under. Not very balanced but what do you expect? Honestly it's even better than I expected.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 04:08:03 | More by Dope
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4.11/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a tight white head that leaves of sheet of lacing.

Smells of bright citrus and a touch of sugary sweetness.

Tastes of the big hops with a good, supportive malt background. Hops lead off with citrus and pine along with a touch of tropical fruits. Plenty bitter, but a sugary sweetness comes through and cuts it. This makes a combination of orange and pineapple flavors stand out to me. More caramel malt comes through in the middle. Finishes fairly dry with some alcohol warmth, that i find pleasant, along with some bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a slightly crisp amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is quite tasty, and I am very happy it showed up at the store.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2013 03:23:27 | More by ocelot2500
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4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bomber poured into tulip glass.

A - Dark golden color, surprising clearness for its color. One finger of off white head, leaves some streaky lacing.

S - Very complex aroma profile. I get loads of sweet citrus: pineapple, orange, grapefruit. As it warms, less of the pineapple and more of the grapefruit.

T - Amazing taste. Loads of the sweet citrus, mainly grapefruit, mango, and pineapple. It is rounded off with a caramel sweetness. Despite the sweet citrus, it is still pretty bitter, but not overly so. Complex and delicious.

M - Moderate-to-high carbonation, which makes the citrus flavors pop on the tongue. A bit of resiny mouthfeel on the end, with lingering bittersweetness. Neither thick nor thin.

O - This is my first Ballast Point. I have to say that it exceeded my expectations. I got a much more complex aroma and taste than I thought I would, with all sorts of sweet citrus fruits dominating the palate. Very good DIPA

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 00:52:28 | More by ExaltedNecrosis
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3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from their 22oz bomber - pours about a finger of dense eggshell foam, color of the body is a slightly hazed bright golden orange, leaves nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Huge citrus nose, oranges, tangerines, slight tropical, dried apricot, floral, candied orange peel.

Taste - Much like the nose, the flavors are huge citrus, but strictly in the "orange family" - oranges, tangerine, some tropical notes like mango and papaya, I get just a whisper of white grape mid-sip, and then on the back end floral hops take a front seat as the citrus transitions to bittering yellow grapefruit piths and zests. There is just enough sweetness to balance here, a natural sweetness that is like ripe fruits. Finish is ultimately bitter and dry, just short of puckering.

Mouthfeel - About medium, the citrus and floral flavors are balanced, complex and mouthcoating. Carb is a little bit on the lower side and silky smooth with very few edges, allowing bold, full flavors to develop and transition with no cleanse/scrub to interrupt.

Overall - This is an excellent DIPA, and one that is worth seeking out, but I have to say that I think I like the flavors of Sculpin (IPA by this same brewer) a little more. Hops are mostly orange/red citruses and lots of floral flavors. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but becomes more apparent halfway thru the bomber. Give this one a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:07:24 | More by blackcompg
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4.61/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber

A - Deep golden orange body with a straw blonde finger thick head

Smell - Spicy floral citrus with a nice thick chewy malt

T - Big chewy citrus hop bomb right out of the gates! Warming alcohol with a slight bite all held together by a really solid malt. Getting spicy orange zest, grapefruit rind, slight lime, floral notes, malty biscuit, and honey.

M - Resiny mouth feel that dries. Slight alcohol on this one but not overpowering. Just sits well on the tongue.

O - Really solid Double IPA! Super well balanced for a double IPA! Really well crafted and thought out beer and is definitely a must have from Ballast Point! I feel like this one gets put on the back burner by Sculpin but if you want a more balanced Double IPA you can't go wrong here! Great beer from Ballast Point!

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 02:00:18 | More by BergBeer
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3.76/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Tulip
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.00 (Wednesday deal)
Purchased: Aug. 7, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 7, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange color with two fingers of frothy off-white head when I got it. Very good amount of even layered lacing. Above average retention.

Smelled orange, caramel, resin hops, citrus hops, light floral hops, skunkiness and some grapefruit.

Tasted smoother than the smell. Got tangerine, orange rind and caramel malts.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

A good IIPA, but not quite terrific. Would definitely have it again though.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2013 04:01:59 | More by BucannonXC5
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4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into belgian tulip; slightly hazy bright orange with a lovely fluffy white head that leaves tons of lacing. Smell is pine, pine, pine; some hints of citrus rind and sweet fruit peek through but it's mostly pine. Taste is surprisingly complex compared to the smell; starts off with sweet malt but moves quickly into bitter/spicy hops with strong pine tastes. Finishes with drying bitter and spiciness, leaving some lingering sweetness and a hint of alcohol heat. Damn good west-coast IPA, this could hold its own against stuff like Ruination.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 18:34:39 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
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3.35/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

A - Beautiful golden color with a slight haze to it. A wonderful carbonation flows to the top of the glass. It displays a pretty, fluffy head that dissipates into an 1/8" inch alongside splotchy lacing.

S - On the nose there is a lot of pine, grapefruit, and tropical notes. There a loads of hops with a strong malt backbone. Subtle hints of lemon zest, oak, and alcohol reside in the background.

T - Wooo! I didn't expect this to be an alcohol bomb. The hops are nice, but the booze is overpowering! Pine and malt are very dominant, but again, it's hard to get past the alcohol. It ends with a bitter and malty finish.

M - Exceptional mouthfeel with a prickly carbonated feel against the cheeks. Love the feel!

O - Very dissapponting. Extremely disjointed and nthey need to add more of something to balance out flavor and alcohol. It tastes like an very boozy Hoptimum. I hope I had a bad bottle. Still love BP! May need a Sculpin to satisfy my palate.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2013 01:03:35 | More by Cubatobaco
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New Jersey

3.89/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at the Ballast Point tasting room.

Appearance – perfect crystal clear golden to amber color.

Smell – Hoppy...citrus and pine.

Taste – Citrusy and smooth. Alcohol is well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation and moderate body...not too full.

Overall – One of my favorite DIPAs. Similar to other SD brewed DIPAs but enjoying it at the Ballast Point tasting room, made it even better. Not as good as Pliny The Elder.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 03:28:16 | More by Oliver_Twist
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Ontario (Canada)

3.94/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy by Feb 26, 2014. Not sure when it was bottled.

Toffee-coloured with a large off-white head. Good retention and lots of lace.

Nose is hoppy but with a substantial malt component as well. Citrus, mainly orange, and pine are prominent. Caramel malt.

Taste is like the nose. Pine, orange, caramel malt and a fair bit of alcohol heat. Too much booze. Fairly bitter, but the malt cuts it somewhat.

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit heavy, quite oily.

Overall. pretty good, but not great. A bit disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2013 17:32:59 | More by jrenihan
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3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into my Bier Stein snifter, Dorado is pale orange with an off-white head leaving spidery, foamy lace.

Smell is super hoppy, big pine resin, sweetness, probably more malt, but a little orange tinge. Nice graham cracker note. Robustly alcoholic.

Taste is big and brash, lots of citrus hops, a little hot. Bitter, aggressively so.

Mouthfeel is bracingly dry from the alcoholic character, and resinously oily.

Drinkability is solid, it's massive DIPA taking no apologies, but nor does it need too. Not my style though, too brash.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2013 04:46:39 | More by ccrida
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/18/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing lings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, pine, honey, biscuit, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%, with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate bready malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:35:57 | More by superspak
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3.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The hops seem to get stomped out by the alcohol taste in this double ipa. It's not bad but just not very balanced. If you like big beers, this is for you. It almost tastes oak aged. It would be great if the hops cut through more yet the alcohol taste is dominant.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 00:11:48 | More by monts
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3.6/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Drink 09/09/13 dating.

A: Semi-translucent burnished orange with a steady white head. Plenty of bubbles rising through this one.

N: Pineapple, tangerine in syrup, some earth and pine. None of these elements is in heavy supply, unfortunately. Hops are more floral and herbaceous - there's some lavendar here and some black peppercorn.

T: Sharply bitter with a biscuity non-sweet malt to prop it up. Probably one of the more bitter DIPAs out there.

M: Very resinous and very, very dry. Lots of alcohol reaching throughout this one.

O: Definitely a beer for people who are searching for the biggest and the most bitter. It's a well done beer, but it's not really for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 22:14:13 | More by writerLJBerg
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New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A very light golden with about a finger of a head.

Aroma: Piney hops up front followed by some fruity notes that I couldn't put my finger on what fruit it was.

Taste: Hoppy up front. This beer drinks somewhat bitter and does not have a lot of smooth citrus qualities to it. The aftertaste tasted a bit nutty to me, almost like a nut brown ale would.

Overall, this is a standard IPA that would be great for beginner drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 22:05:12 | More by SeanDonahue
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head ale glass. Best before Aug 29th 2013.

Real gorgeous crystal clear orange amber body. Head is off white and large nearly four fingers and very uniform, if a little soapy. Slow rising columns of carbonation coming from the middle. A real looker.

Super green fresh hops, grassy with a spruce piney like sense and tropical fruit. Slight bit of earth with a real juicy sensation to match which works great with the fruit angle. Limited malt presence but delivering a big IPA as promised.

Palate is full of green leafy goodness and chewy pine. Finishes with a big hop oily coating, and a wintergreen mint like finish. Mid palate has a little bit of citrus to tropical warmth with the pine and bitterness taking over slowly. Real good depth and mouthfeel for an IPA, extremely coating with a nice nearly oily but just slick feel. Moderate carbonation. After some time the malt sweetness comes in with a great wintergreen mint complimenting sweetness which really hits the spot.

Great beer, what can I say.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 19:07:26 | More by smakawhat
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4.18/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Amber and transparent. Creamy head with dense lacing. A beaut.
Aroma: Pine big time. Orange and finishes with tropical fruit. Peach and mango stand out. Also grape, and only a hint of fusel.
Taste: Caramel and oak as far as malt flavors go. Bitterness is strong. Peach and mango taste stand out, and also some herbal flavor.
Feel: Resiny, fairly carbonated. Bit creamy.
Overall: This is better than Sculpin (better feel, maybe not quite as good flavor/aroma, but a better balanced beer). Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 23:44:01 | More by mxchap
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's, Seattle. Pours a coppery orange /w a 1-finger white head.

Aroma is pungent and resinous. Lots of sticky tropical fruit and pine.

Taste is a blast of flavor. Peach, mango, dried apricots and pine. Tons of pale and caramel malt provide a more than adequate backbone, balanced by a huge helping of bitter hops. If anything, there's too much flavor. But it's almost mathematically balanced to never go either too malty or hoppy. Some boozy heat too. A little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, heavy. Good carbonation but this clearly is a big, high-gravity beer.

Overall, Dorado is a big bold beer. I ordered it because it was the first time I'd seen it (since BP started distributing in Washington a couple weeks ago), but you might need to be in the mood for such a monster of a DIPA. Generally I like my beers lighter and more refreshing. For what it is, though, it's good and well executed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 21:36:40 | More by draheim
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New York

3.91/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - crispy golden body with a nice thick head and great lacing. a tad bit unfiltered almost.

smell- standard IIPA ; well excecuted clear cut fragrance with hits of pine

taste - a little on the sweet side with some malty tones, a little bit of a bite, maybe a little short onthe hops for my taste

feel - great light crisp body. just what you want from a heavy hitting ipa like this; carbonation on the creamier side

very solid IIPA, would drink again, and at 9.99 worth at LEAST 1 try. would recommend/try again

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2013 01:06:00 | More by BorisFromRussia
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4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to my dinner guest and tasting bud, Dorado arrived in a 22 oz bomber with a rather confident enjoy by date of 2/11/14.

Transparent apricot color with a soapy one finger head that exits quickly, no real "cap" to speak of once it reduces, respectable lacing.

Aroma evenly balanced with piney hops and sweetish malts.Impossible not to compare the nose to BPBC Sculpin IPA, which has a much more hop forward grapefruit infusion, yet keeping in mind this is a bigger,beefier IIPA overall.

Taste is a carbon copy of the nose: ultra fine balancing act of hop boldness and malt sweetness but with an extra kick of booze that starts to warm in the chest. Despite the large malt bill to tame the aggressive hop bitterness, it never degenerates into that dreaded malt bomb category, yet never gives the impression that it is hop forward either. Malt sweetness washes over the palate followed by a solid piney/resinous bitterness that reminds you that the
hops are very much present and accounted for.

Mouthfeel is medium, quite drinkable,nicely carbonated,slightly hot on the delivery as it warms particularly.

Balance is the watchword here: aggressive hopping and big malts to balance the scales make this an impressive and "big" beer. Perhaps the maltiest of IIPAs that I found flavorful and drinkable, Dorado is a solid effort from Ballast Point. Although a pricey number at $10, it is worth a try at least once to experience such a well balanced Southern Cali IIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 04:07:39 | More by Hendry
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4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had some good Ballast Points before, but this is a truly great one.

This one has a very pretty color with great clarity and a nice little head. The aroma is the best part - perfectly balanced without being a real challenge to the nose.

The taste is also well balanced (but still American, over the top). Loads of hops and malts but not syrupy. It is slightly harsh, probably a water characteristic.

The aftertaste is all hops, but nice. Not nasty. There is no boozy taste at all. This was a nice one to try in a growler from Saveon in Mentor.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2013 23:41:15 | More by schoolboy
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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