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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: 659 | Ratings: 2,788
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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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really a great beer. The beer starts off tasty and mellow, and finishes off in a hoppy swirl of tasty strength, and flavor.

The body of this beer is relatively medium or so, perhaps in keeping with the American Double IPA tradition per se, and is also quite strong.

Truly a great beer, either as a single, or as a 6.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finger wide head atop a clear amber ale. Head fades to a foamy line and leaves streaky soapy lacing. Smells like a pine forest after a rain storm, sort of like musty pine cones. Tastes like malt sweetened pine syrup with a twist of lemon. Rich deep hoppy pine flavors that don't let up dominate from start to finish with an overall bitter/sweet astringent feel with slickness from the hop oils. Moderate carbonation with a distinct alcohol burn that I don't mind too much.
Overall it's a piney punch in the mouth.

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

Pours Amber in color with 1/2 inch of head. Big lacing on the glass.

Aroma is big astringent pine, a bit of dankness, and some alcohol. Rather muted, but the major aroma is pine.

Taste is really disappointing for me (a lover of the more tropical fruit ipas). This beer really isn't all that well balanced. The dominant flavor is the pine resin and accompanying bitterness. It totally dominates the palate with only a bit of lemon citrus that lingers far beyond the sip. The harsh bitterness builds throughout the sip. It is a hop explosion, but with a more astringent effect than pleasant. I also get the flavor of what I would assume dishwasher soap tastes like.

For those of you expecting an amped up version of sculpin, this isn't it. I love ballast point beers but this didn't hit it for me. I would pair it with a bowl of spicy chicken tortilla soup. It gets a 81/100.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bad boy will keep you warm on a cold winters night. Bold, in your face, palate shredding hops, malty and boozy. Tons of sweet floral, pine, and hints of citrus on the nose and taste buds. Not bad, but nowhere near the best from Ballast Point.

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Photo of rjd722
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What do you know, another Ballast Point beer I would absolutely buy again! Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, a beautiful orange-amber color with a huge, solid head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some nice lacing. Mostly malt on the aroma, paired with some grassy and slight citrus notes. Resinous and piney, citrus hops all flow through upon the initial taste, along with sweet malts and the bitterness you'd expect from a DIPA. Medium body with lower carbonation and a bitter finish.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - beautiful orange-amber with 2 finger lace (pursed from bottle), great lacing

Aroma - Malty, subdued hop...doesn't explode to the nose.

Taste - Sweet malt and hop on the front with a hint of pepper on the back, but not a strong alcohol taste for a 10% ABV.

Feel - Medium body, good carbonation...good chew, and not alcoholly for a 10%.

Overall - Smooth beer for a 10% ABV...Perhaps it was allergies, but only non-strong thing about the beer was the aroma and $$$.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is resiny and citrusy, with substantial caramel malt sweetness. Notes of tropical fruit emerge late.

Flavor is more resiny and bitter than expected, with a finish that makes me think of what it'd be like to eat a fistful of grass. Citrus is muted. Really wish there were sharper fruit notes and more sweetness.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A slightly hazy medium amber body with a large, off-white head which leaves behind a plethora of spotty lace.

Smell: Pineapple and coconut lend a tropical twist to a mixture of juicy citrus fruit. Malt produces a complementary scent of buttery crackers.

Taste: Passionfruit and pomegranate mix with the usual hoppy citrus rind taste. The tropical aspect of the bouquet is not repeated in the flavor. Instead, It is replaced by a toasty malt taste, which makes the beer darker and more dull than a typical IPA. Medium-high bitterness is accentuated by white pepper and basil.

Mouthfeel: Overall the body is medium, with a bit of a creamy, buttery, comfort food texture combined with spritzy carbonation and a moderately dry finish. The alcohol warming is light, and settles peacefully in the belly.

Overall: It's a good IPA overall, but the maltiness and darker fruit flavors detract from the refreshing qualities expected from the style.

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Photo of kculrich
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Grapefruit, tobacco and spice. Sweet malt upfront with a tasty lingering bitterness. Moderate carbonation and a nice thick mouthfeel. Dangerously drinkable at 10% abv!

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy golden color with a 2-finger white head. Some minimal lacing around the top of the glass.

The smell is garlic-y and bitter, with some notes of grapefruit and pine. The bready malt is present as well.

The sweet malt character is very prevalent up front, with strong notes of grapefruit and spicy pepper on the back end. A fairly well-balanced DIPA if I say so myself.

The feel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The alcohol is present but surprisingly well-hidden given the ABV. The spicy flavors linger on the tongue after each sip.

Overall, a very good DIPA that has a surprisingly spicy kick to it. Would love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You could've told me this was an abv of 6.5% and I would've believed you. The hops continuously hit you with an uppercut and the smell was so pleasant. Perhaps not on the Sculpin level, but a very good DIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Amber hued with plenty of haziness, to the point that not much light gets through. There's a fingernail of beige resting on top. Moderate lacing. I definitely get a hop aroma but it is subdued. I'm wondering about how fresh this bottle is, though. The taste is fairly piny in the hops realm, but again it seems subdued for the fact it is a double IPA and for the strength. The mouth is a bit chewy and sticky.

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

From a 12 oz bottle.

Limited bitterness for style but lots of hops in the nose and plenty in the flavor too, especially in the finish and aftertaste.

Relatively refreshing and easy to drink for style.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 20, 2015

I love the way it looks with its deep copper-amber pour and modest cream-colored head that lingers an laces.

I expected hops on the nose and I got them. Brilliant citrus, grapefruit, pine, and tropical esters. Low malt profile. For a 10% ABV beer - no alcohol within smelling distance.

Medium but smooth mouthfeel.

The taste explodes with hop bitterness and a moderate to slight toasted malt character. If you like hops - you got hops. No booze. I see why this gets such high ratings but I still like to have a better malt profile with my hops than I got here.

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Photo of Emersonio
4.63/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pour: On draft at the Black Squirrel in D.C. Poured into a tulip glass. Appearance: Golden amber and clear with a thin white head. Aroma: Big hoppy and citrus note. Pine is present as well. Taste: Dank hops with earthy tones. Citrus notes as well. Aftertaste: Heavy grapefruit and hops on the back end. Dank and resinous. Overall: Really like this one. Another strong offering from Ballast Point. Very good: 4 out of 5.

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a shaker pint glass, bottled on the 155th day of 2015, I assume. Pours a gorgeous amber color with a fluffy two finger head that leaves lacing. Deep malty aroma of fruits and raisins, some piney hops. Taste is somewhat malty and a bit hoppy. Lots of dark fruit and sweetness, pine hops, finishes bitter. Body is heavy, touch of booze recognizable. Overall a good DIPA, but too big and malty. Sculpin is a much better offering.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.72/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a clear gold/amber with 1 1/4" fluffy white head that dissipates somewhat quickly. Retention is so-so, lacing isn't bad.

S: Muted notes of pine & resin with a hit of garlic/onion on the back. Some graham-cracker malt is present. I'm just not that blown away here.

T: Comes on off-sweet with maple & more crackery malt. Mid palate is dominated by heavy pine & hop-bitterness with maybe a skootch of grapefruit underneath. The finish is more citrus-peel followed by resinous bitterness. Not at all bad, but not moving, either.

M: Moderate carb married to a very nice midweight body. Only a little bit slick, not too dense, very drinkable. Somewhat crisp finish which impresses me.

O: Not my fave DIPA, but not at all a bad offering from BP.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Decent sized head after a slightly aggressive pour. Head is light tan in color.

S - Spicy. Red pepper, earthy hops, sweet malts.

T - Spicy like the aroma. Red pepper, chick peas (really), a very spicy hop flavor. Solid malt backbone. Hint of booze.

F - 10% ABV, so it's sticky as expected. Not bad, though.

O - A solid DIPA. It's really not hoppy enough for me to say it's excellent. Definitely decent, at the very least. Much prefer Ballast Point's Sculpin over this.

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

Nice semi-deep gold color with decent head and lacing. Aroma is medicinal, with some hops coming through. Taste is strong, with some bitter grspefruit coming through and lots of bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, lots of bitterness and some medicinal qualities. Ok, but was expecting a little more citrus, I guess

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most expensive beer in my catalogue so far, this was initially (attempted to be) sent from California to Ethiopia, only to be stopped by customs in New York. Returned unharmed, the shipping cost around $90USD, yet the beer remained unopened, set aside in a garage refrigerator for when I returned.

I returned.

Opened and poured into an unassuming glass, it came out a Golden Amber with minimal head, allowing for, as they say, easy access. Smooth on the palate, it was not of the bitterness associated with other Double IPAs, an equal mixture of smell and taste as it traveled down to the Nethersphere of ma belly. Light and refreshing for a DIPA, it worked its magic, reminding me of the hardships of East Africa while remaining grateful that I was drinking this beer among the Purple Mountains Majesty of the greatest country on Earth.

I couldn't think of a better way to welcome myself home, surrounded by the positive percentiles (10%) of this beer, and the positive vibrations (Turn On Your Lovelight) associated with its mixture of quality look, smell, taste, and feel. I don't know if it would have been any different had it made it to Ethiopia to be enjoyed there, but right now, amongst the ocean breeze and blue skies of Southern California, mere miles from this particular beer's inception, I am just grateful that all roads lead home, and it is here where I can enjoy this Dorado Double IPA!

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Photo of Trooper92292
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A bitter sweet after taste. I've been wanting to try this for a while and I'm very impressed with the result. I really like this, represents a true Double IPA from Cali.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Evaluating from last night so I'll try my best.
Good lacing with a typical appearance of copper amber with a two finger head. A wonderful DIPA hoppy citrus taste with the right amount of funk for you to be feeling right on after a hard day at work. Alcohol blends in well with the bitter funk. 10% alcohol! oh my trouble! BBbBbppPp!!!

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Light amber, off-white head. Medium carbonation. Citrus, a little malt, and a fairly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly evident. Not a bad effort, but not spectacular - I've had better DIPAs.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

355ml Bottle from BottleDog, London (£4.50):
Outstanding stuff from Ballast Point, it's a shame their beers are so hard to find here. This one tasted exactly like a DIPA should with lots of tropical fruits, resinous pine & bitterness plus plenty sweetness. The beer had a great balance & as such I didn't really notice the 10% save for some touches of alcohol here & there. Surprisingly easy to drink with a real juicy feel to it; definitely be on the look out to try again soon.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 659 ratings.