Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company
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3.98/5 rDev -3.9%
Poured from a 650 ml bottle into Dogfish IPA glass.
A: Dark golden/very light amber hue. Pours 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Settles, very slowly. Uneven, pock marked, blanket remains along with a trail of dry sticky residue.
S: Pine cone, citrus, honey, and butterscotch. Very floral and liquory.
T: Really hoppy, with a pungent sourdough. Bitter pecan shell. A bit of lemon pith, tree bark.
M: Thick and hearty. Strong boozy feel. Pungent, dry finish.
D: Sip and enjoy.
Atmosphere is really strong. Dark hue, large frothy head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is floral pine, with sweet and citrus. Really hoppy and pungent, with some bitter pecan and citrus. Overall, this is a really good quaff.
11-27-2013 02:28:35 | More by bmwats
3.46/5 rDev -16.4%
Reviewed from notes. Poured from bomber into a Russian River pint glass.
A: Pours a very hazy orangish-gold. A thin white head forms but fades quickly. Low visible carbonation.
S: Hmmm…this smells a bit oxidized. Mostly bready and caramel malt sweetness, some citrus rind and resin hops.
T: Orange citrus up front, then caramel sweetness, bready malts with toffee flavors, resin and floral bitterness, with a touch of cardboard oxidation through the whole drink. Mildly bitter in the hang.
M: Medium body, alcohol noticeable but not overdone, and carbonation on the low side.
O: This isn't particularly good, but not terrible objectionable. It does taste kind of old. I'll re-review with a fresher bottle if there are significant changes.
11-17-2013 20:09:04 | More by macrosmatic
3.39/5 rDev -18.1%
Bomber into Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic glass.
Apprearance: A pretty beautiful hazy copper-yellow color in the glass, with a bright and moderately sticky amount of lacing that's pretty steadfast on the glass.
Smell: This is one of those DIPAs that bugs me slightly because even as I've been sipping on it for a while now, and even as it warms, there's a one-note kind of overtaking husk / grainy note that seems to be shrouding everything a little too much, which is not what I was expecting. To me, this reads as 1) Way too much hops, and 2) Too unbalanced. It's happened with a lot of breweries that try their hand at a double-digit ABV DIPA, and I didn't expect it from BP. Yes: some citrus, some floral, but not a lot I can get that's making me keep going back. Balance isn't here, and it's hurting the beer.
Taste: Same with the mouthfeel. Why does it need to be hopped three separate times if it's at the expense of harmonious and balanced malt characteristics? One thing it's absolutely not is sweet in any way, so OK, I guess that's a plus. But it becomes too bitter, bone-dry, and only slightly lingering on the tongue with, again, that husk and grain, and too-bitter fruit rinds and hop oils that are WAY too in your face. I can take it, folks, but I just expected more here.
Mouthfeel: Nicely medium-bodied for the ABV, with moderate yet bright and crisp carbonation. When the mouthfeel and look of a beer are its shining points, that's good, but overall not the best thing in the end.
Drinkability: For the QPR (I forget how much it was, but in the end, I paid way too much for it), I'm pretty disappointed. Ballast Point seems to keep reminding me of Trent Richardson's current Fantasy Football season: I always start him hoping for a lot of good things, but I "paid" too much for something that can't get above what a similar 5th round pick could do for another team with a worse offensive line. I won't give up -- and on the whole this isn't a bad beer in any way really in the grand scheme of things -- but man, this didn't hit the mark at all for me when it comes to what I expected, and I won't be going back to it.
11-15-2013 20:18:24 | More by asabreed
4.13/5 rDev -0.2%
22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Caramel, grapefruit, candied oranges, a little booze, and pine.
Taste: Candied orange, grapefruit, and tangerine up front followed by caramel maltiness, pine, alcohol, and tingling bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Smooth, some tingling bitterness, medium bodied, a little booze, and medium carbonation.
Overall: Pretty solid double IPA that is traditional with west coast offerings. I don't have much left of distributed beers from these in Boston. One more style and I might have to make a road trip after that.
11-13-2013 05:51:33 | More by Flounder57
4.56/5 rDev +10.1%
Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottle a little past it's "best by" date of 09/09/13.
A - Pours a hazy, brilliant gold the color of precious metal, with a one-finger white head. Wispy patches of lacing.
S - Strong aroma of pine, tropical fruit, and grass with a hint of butterscotch.
T - Starts off with a blast of grapefruit, mango, and lime sweetness, followed by spruce and grass in the mid-palate. The whole sip is supported by a sticky sweet malt underbody that really brings a nice balance. Complex. Flavors as a whole are assertive. ABV more noticeable on the tongue than in the flavor.
M - Medium bodied and carbonated, with a sticky resinous feel. Some drying in spite of the stickiness, which I found to be pretty pleasurable.
O - A big, brash, powerhouse of a beer. Reminds me of a less alcoholic 120 Minute. I have had this before, and being two months past the best by date seemingly did nothing to weaken the impact of the hops. Definitely a must for anyone who enjoys their DIPA's on the sweeter side. A serious repeat buy for me, and I found myself wishing I had another as soon as I finished.
11-12-2013 06:33:19 | More by TempeBeerMan
3.11/5 rDev -24.9%
The colour is gold (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head sinks down to a thick lid leaving lots of lacing.
The smell is bitter, dry and hoppy. Some harsh green flavours, hints of alcohol. Sweet ripe fruits, honey and some cream cookies.
The taste is very bitter. Caramel/candy sweetness with some exotic fruits, not much of citric fruits. Sweet notes of puff pastry and bitter herbs. Medium body. The aftertaste is chemical and somewhat harsh with dried fruits and high alcohols. Lots of hops and sweet malt in the finish.
The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-thick.
A bitter DIPA that with some chemical off-flavours and harsh hops. I have had better.
11-11-2013 19:42:07 | More by bark
2.99/5 rDev -27.8%
i remember enjoying this brew fresh from the taps at the Ballast Point home brew shop several years ago, so i jumped at the shot to grab a 22oz for $5. maybe the bottle had been sitting for awhile, because i believe the hops have fallen out significantly. the beer is completely opaque; my hand disappears behind the cloudy, amber liquid in the glass. lacing is significant all across the glass. nose honeyed stone fruit, and some caramel malts. on the palate i detect aromas of dried apricot, more malt sweetness, and something reminiscent of toasted nuts. there is some bitterness on the back end, but also lingering, syrupy alcohol sweetness, too. as it stands, this product is everything i dislike about imperial or double ipas: cloying sweetness as a result of raising the abv without the heady hop aromas i love so much about west coast ipa. if there was any brewed on/enjoy by date, it was covered up by the $5 handmade price tag. this will be a hard bottle to finish. will update the review when i can confirm i have a fresh bottle/draft in hand.
11-07-2013 02:36:01 | More by dannydetox
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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