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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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620 Reviews

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Reviews: 620
Hads: 2,578
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 263
Gots: 568 | 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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Reviews: 620 | Hads: 2,578
Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow-peach color with a nice, slightly yellow-tinted, bubbly head. Nice, sticky retention on the head and some decent lacing.

S: Light pale malts. Orange, citrus, and little bit of floral.

T: Starts with the twangy sweetness of tropical fruit. Citrus, mango, even pineapple. Light on the malts. However, there is an odd, somewhat acrid aftertaste of metal and rough wood.

M: Light-medium in body with medium carbs. Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

D: An okay DIPA. Personally, I found it a little light and the odd aftertaste was distracting. Otherwise, some interesting tropical flavors going on here.

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Photo of chicagobeerriot
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a true gold with a downy head that makes for some nice lacing.

The smell is citrus forward: some mango and bubblegum notes with just a bit of grass in the background. Seems like this will be right up my alley.

Mouthfeel is dead on: there's some weight on the tongue, but there's enough carbonation to keep the flavors dancing.

The taste is a fruit salad. Very little of the pine or earthy bitterness at first. It starts sweet (maybe too sweet for some, but I love a good balanced DIPA). Grapefruit and mango take an unmistakeable, smooth lead. The fruit flavors are allowed to linger for a while before they are gradually relieved by the bitter pine that slowly builds towards the finish. A truly well balanced beer that allows each flavor to shine at different points. If you like Dreadnaught, this will appeal.

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Photo of GoGulls
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving:on Tap at Naja's Redondo Beach Duing LA Beer Week.
A: a beautiful hazy golden colour with 2 fingers of white head that lingered through the pint.

S:You can smell the fresh hoppy goodness in this one. Pine, Grapefruit and other citrus.

T:I love this type of DIPA. Super Hoppy! not the overly malty doubles with subdued hops you get somtimes.

M:Just the right amount of carbonation for the style. Left my taste buds looking for more.

D:Very drinkable and aproachable for 10%...bring me more.

Another example of a great beer from a great brewery

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Photo of GbVDave
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bomber into two generic goblets. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special to LarryG for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a hazy, rich-golden hue. Topped by 1 1/2 fingers of pillowy and bubbly, off white head that does a nice job of hanging around and leaves some pretty lace behind to gawk at.

S: Pine, grapefruit, and caramel with hints of tangerine, orange, and clementine. One whiff runs the gamut from woodsy, to sweet, to citrus-y.

T: Pine, toasted malt, and bigtime grapefruit. Pineapple, clementine, caramel, brown sugar, and tangerine. A bit of warming alcohol comes on once it warms up a bit.

M: Big, sweet caramel with sticky pine, and juicy grapefruit. Finishes slightly dry with hints of hoppy astringency and spicy alcohol. Never too thick, chewy, or cloyingly sweet. Just about perfect!

D: Incredible! Heather and I were super impressed by the balance of this west coast DIPA. Another excellent Ballast Point beer!

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Photo of CHADMC3
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a foggy orange with a finger full of snow-white head that quickly disappears leaving just a hint of lacing on the glass and periodic carbonation rising to the surface.

Big, fresh floral & citrus hops highlight the nose. A second visit reveals a hidden sweetness, possibly citrus-like.

The palate consists of massive, chewy floral hop presence, pine, citrus, and a touch of sweet malt that is instantly wiped out by the return of the hop bitterness. As the beer warms, the sweetness and faint malt presence are slightly more perceptible.

This brew is big & chewy, with generous carbonation, and a pleasant burn that seems to be a result of the massive hop content and high abv.

This beer is frighteningly drinkable considering the intense flavor characteristics and bighearted abv. It's tasty to the point that you overlook such things that would slow you down in a beer with less to offer. Great Brew!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Our personal goal is to try every Double IPA out there. Thanks to Ballast Point for keeping our dream alive, and they also use one of our favorite hops, Centennial. Thick two fingers of head and rings of lace on the glass with nearly every sip. Sunset-orange color shows off the clarity. Heavy citric-toned aroma of grapefruit pulp, orange rind and a hint of lime leaves. Clean fruitiness and alcohol in the nose with hints of pineapple and mango. A little chewy with a medium body and lots of smoothness. Hop bitterness is sharp and cuts deep at nearly palate-ruining levels, though it never reaches a point of no return. Grapefruit rind, orange zest and lime weigh a heavy blanket on the taste buds. Shortbread maltiness in the middle comes through and then gets clobbered by the hops. Alcohol is very deceiving with only a slight warmth and faintness in the breath. Finishes dry with a long drawn-out bitterness that our taste buds just can't shake.

An exemplary example of the American Double IPA, hopheads should be aiming their sites on this beer.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a brilliant orange color with about two fingers of head. Foam retains pretty well, and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Steady streams of bubbles rise to the top.

Bitter citrus aroma. I can smell a bit of pine in there, but it mostly smells like assorted citrus peels.

The first word I can think of to describe Dorado's flavor is big. Each flavor component is huge in this beer. Bushels of citrus fruits up front transition to a piney bitter finish, all of this resting on top of a monstrous malt backbone. Dorado is a huge DIPA without being overly bitter, which is impressive.

Medium-full body. Somewhat prickly carbonation, but still a smooth drinker. Not quite as hefty as a lot of DIPA's I've had lately, but it's still got a soft, plush texture. Never noticed any alcohol, but, to be fair, the glass was drained fairly quickly. Drinkability is very high.

Having had Sculpin first, it was hard for me to keep myself from forming an opinion about Dorado before even opening it. On one hand, I was excited about having a DIPA from Ballast Point, and was also excited that my friends at Green's had some bottles at their store. On the other hand, I was already expecting to be let down, because I couldn't imagine many beers stacking up to Sculpin. In the end, I was quite pleased with Dorado. It may not be Sculpin, but it's still damn good.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light clear orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is one-dimensional but still very interesting. Taste is also dominated by grapefruit hops with loads of great floral notes and light bitter finish. Malt is present thought doesn't play a big role in the final taste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done for a West Coast IIPA.

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper into a snifter. Held up to light, orange hues highlight the edges of the effervescent liquid as tiny bubbles racing upwards through the beer add to the already impressive and frothy inch and a half of head that sit coolly atop medium-thick body. The lacing is above-average, and provides a nice pattern as I imbibe.

The nose on this one is what one would expect from a big west coast DIPA. Oodles of grapefruit hops spring into my nostrils as I bury my nose deep below the rim of the glass. The use of big bittering hops is evident by the ample bite of hop bitterness. Lemon zest floats through the air to round out the aroma.

The taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit and citrus hops are the dominant flavor initially. However, as the beer moves over the tongue, more piney hops come to the forefront of the flavor, providing a characteristic flavor that was not hinted at in the nose. The bitterness is somewhat lower than I expected, especially after the biting aroma. Orange and lemon zest squeeze their way in, just to add to the citrus party. Not even a hint of the alcohol warmth that one might expect from a beer this big, but it would still be a nice one for a cold rainy day.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The malt backbone in this beer is barely evident and provides only a touch of caramel instead of the resinous malty stickiness that some DIPAs have (and this one might have if let sit...luckily this is perfectly fresh). As mentioned before, the lack of evidence of any alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable. The balance...or lack thereof...makes this a dream for a big hop head.

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Photo of drtth
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Lightly hazed golden bronze color with a ½" fluffy white or barely off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. Sipping leaves rings and scattered patches and speckles of lacing. Throughout most of the beer the ring around the glass leaves sticky foam and leggy lacing on the sides while patches of foam cling to other parts of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has plenty of grapefruit and other floral citrus zest character accented with a touch of pine and backed up by enough caramel to support and balance the hops without every taking over the show. The malt provides an almost honey like character to the aroma so that at first sniff there just seems to be sweet grapefruit in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is complex with semi-sweet orange zest, grapefruit, and traces of pine resin. The honey-like sweetness of the caramel malt backbone supports the flavors of the hops, lets them play back and forth with each other, but tempers them just a bit and balances them just enough to keep them from getting boring in the sort of unrelenting harshness offered by some DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and is soft and creamy with moderate prickly carbonation. The finish contains hints of pine resin, but is long, mostly dry, and filled with grapefruit and with orange zest bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable in the sense that I keep wanting more and more, and that makes it very dangerously drinkable at this ABV. That means that more than two portions a night is simply not going to happen. However, this is also an interesting and complex DIPA that I'll revisit again in the future now that it is available in PA.

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Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 10/15/09

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a two finger of thick, creamy off white head to it. Decent head retention that leaves some of the thickest lacing I've come across.

S: Nose is of sharp floral hops, hints of piney hops and an undertone of caramel malts.

T: Taste starts off with a nice citrusy hops that I didn't detect in the nose - grapefruit is the most prevelant taste here. Middle is filled out with light caramel malts, and the finish is a burst of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel with a bone dry finish.

D: This is a nicely balanced DIPA, one that I will pick up again.

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Photo of grayburn
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If Dorado and Sculpin are any indicators to Ballast Points brewing skill (they are) then I would love to try the rest of their line-up (I would.)
A nice copper color with a head that fluffs and laces and lasts, very nice looking.
The smell and taste are similar to sculpin on some 'roids. Grapefruit and pine and some mint even play around in front of a hefty malt backbone, excessive hopping carried out in the best of ways hear.
The mouthfeel is quite nice, maybe slightly over carbed, but not bad at all. Drinkability is decent, more of a sipper than anything else, but well worth sipping on.

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Photo of seand
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a short but thick white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S: Piny floral hops, a little bit of bite from the alcohol.

T: The same piny floral hops come through, balanced by the strong malt sweetness. Full flavored and complex.

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied. Sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Well balanced enough to drink pretty easily, but the ABV is high enough to make it a sipper.

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on-tap at the Craft Ale House a while back. Poured into a 10oz Snifter.

Appearance: Very big, fluffy white head. Seems to last forever. Very good lacing down the side of the glass. Nice orange-ish color. Not as deep a color as Sculpin, but hazier.

Smell: Typical west coast DIPA fashion. Piney, resinous hops that are floral and citrus in nature. Again, not as strong as Sculpin's nose, had to work a little bit to get everything out of it.

Taste: Resinous. Oily. Piney. A combination of right hooks and left jabs of hops. There is a decent malt backbone but the hops power through it. The high ABV is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good, moderate level of carbonation. The hops flavor sticks to the tongue for a long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. You're not going to pound the bomber, but I finished it easily and would have had another had the alcohol not snuck up on me.

Good beer. Prefer Sculpin. Certainly wouldn't pass is it up though.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point- Double Dorado

A- Golden orange with a huge billowy thick head. Thick chunky lacing down half the glass.
S- Big oily pine hops with citrus rind and cane sugar.
T- Big fruity sweet malt, caramel/ toffee with a slight touch of molasses. Big citrus rind and oily sticky pine resin hops dominate. Warming Alcohol pokes through with a sweet dried fruit touch.
M- Thick malt, fruity sweet with warming alc. and big oily resiny bitter pine hops on the tongue.

Overall- Slightly boozy but it goes down smooth and is an easy DIPA to polish off.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a clear orange with a one finger white head that really didn't last long. Minimal lacing. The scent isn't very strong for this style. But what is there is a fresh floral scent. The hop taste isn't very strong either. But the balance with a rather strong sweet malt back end of the palatte. It also leaves a nice sweet layer on the lips

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Photo of NorCalYeti
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance- poured a nice white head, fair amount of residual lace, active carbonation

taste- sweet bread, yeasty, soft, complex hops

color- gold amber

smell- mandarin oranges, marshmellows, grapefruit, peach

clarity- clear with some suspended sediment

body- medium-weight, medium-long finish, hop bitterness present, soft, smooth

notes/overall impression- great nose, sweet flavor, very drinkable, nice balance with a bitter hop component, great example, top shelf beer, super smooth example and an easy drinking double

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650mL bomber purchased at Friar Tucks in Peoria last week. I chose this mainly based on the reputation of Sculpin, figuring (if they can do one DIPA well, they can surely do another). Turned out to be a good choice.

The beer is clear, pale golden color, with 2 fingers of lacable foam. The aroma is strong with hops, floral and citrusy, lots of grapefruit and maybe a hint of honey. This beer is is almost sticky with resinous sap, the taste is bitter with citrus notes. The aftertaste is so bitter it's almost acrid. Still tasty enough that this isn't a negative attribute. Drinkability might be mitigiated by some slight alcohol flavor. This is a very good west coast style DIPA, recommended.

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Photo of rye726
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another impressive IPA from Southern California. Pours a golden tan with a thick beige head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has a bouquet of fresh hops over sweet candy malts. I could smell this all day long if it weren't so tasty.

Taste is an explosion of pine and citrus hops up front balanced by rich candy malts.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation. Great bitter finish leaves a coat of resiny hop oils on the palate. Impressive stuff.

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Photo of ibbjamin
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $9.99 for a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Leaves a nice pillowey white head that is very dense and light. Supreme lacing and retention. Light glowing orange in color.

Very nice hop bouquet on this beer; dank, resin, pine and grapefruit. All the usual suspects brought together very well in typical west coast hop forward fashion.

Great flavor profile. I'd imagine that a decent amount of Simcoe Hops went into this brew as it has a sticky mouthfeel of piney resinous hoppy dankness. There's a moderate malt backing that is easily forgotten about due to the hop punch this one delivers. The high ABV is kept completely at bay.

The mouth is superb as well. Not too thick and dangerously drinkable. Medium body with decent carbonation. Lasting hop aftertaste that keeps you wanting more. Watchout for that ABV though, you certainly will notice it as you near the bottom of the bomber.

This is a great DIPA and I'd put in in the top 3 I've had in its class. Somewhat limited, this one has been on my radar for some time now and I was very pleased to pick up a bottle from my beer guy in the city this past weekend. Unfortunately he did not win the lottery for Sculpin which is also hard to come by and very good apparently. Oh well until next time hopefully. Get it if you can!

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Photo of GetMeAnIPA
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was looking for a solid double IPA when someone recommended this to me and I couldn't have been any happier. My only comment is AWESOME!!!

Well, maybe awesome isn't my only comment. It pours a hazy golden yellow and has that unique blend and balance of intense hops, strong alcohol while remaining smooth and drinkable. I am getting giddy just thinking about it. I could session this beer or just relax with a bomber. The only problem it doesn't come in a 12pk.

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Photo of mirish72
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting great things from this one after trying it at the ACBF and getting soaked on buying a bomber for $11.

It poured an orange amber with a one finger head. It smelled like...a hop bomb, lots of piney grapefruit goodness. I am really psyched at this point.

Tastes like it smells. It has an amazing and overpowering lip puckering hoppiness. Really good stuff.

Although this was way overpriced, it was a great beer. I wish Ballast Point was more readily available on the East Coast.

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Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at The Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

This beer is inviting from the start with a pale golden color, incredible clarity and a thick white head. The aroma leaps out at you with floral and fruity hops. The flavor is a rich blend of hop oils, citrusy bitterness and alcohol. The malt plays a very small but perceptible role. It's a bit dry and the bitterness lingers nicely. It's got an oily consistency with a slightly high carbonation (though I think that's simply due to the tap settings). And it leaves behind a think lacing.

Dorado is strong and flavorful but very drinkable. This is one of my favorites San Diego beers.

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Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp pale orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops and sweet malts with just a hint of pine. The taste a wonderful complex blend of citrus and pine hops with nice sticky caramel malts and a very nice lingering dry bitter finish. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but it still very easy-drinking. This is a very enjoyable DIPA, much better on-tap than when I had it from the bottle.

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Photo of Nick3
4.12/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden lager poured into a snifter at the Rose n Crown pub in Palo Alto. Citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, and lemon dominate the nose. Very well balanced brew has a mild bitterness that lingers. Caramel malts are present though throughout though but mostly detected mid-way through the taste. Beer is rather light bodied and easy to polish off despite the ABV. Recommended.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 620 ratings.