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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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597 Reviews

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Reviews: 597
Hads: 2,453
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 250
Gots: 505 | FT: 5
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: 597 | Hads: 2,453
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with two finger head and an aroma that is primarily citric but has touches of grapefruit sweetness. Smooth, crisp thanks to large citric hop bite and balance is present from a little bit of grapefruit (not tangerine) and possible caramel notes. Solid, typical hop heavy DIPA that is easy to drink and worth trying. (343 characters)

Photo of CoffeePorter
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark copper in color with a white frothy head.
S: Smelled very malty with a tiny hint of citrus notes and some pine.
T: Very malty, some bitterness and very little hops.
M: Moderate carbonation, dry finish.
O: I wasn't too impressed with the amount of maltiness. Perhaps it wasn't a fresh batch. (306 characters)

Photo of spacecake9
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper color with a white frothy head
S - Aroma is not strong, mostly i smell citrus
T - Bitter with hints of grapefruit
M - Medium mouth feel, not as sticky as some
O - Very good, I'd rate this just below the great DIPA's. Well balanced and seems very drinkable but that ABV will get ya. (302 characters)

Photo of jancona
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I wish there was a bottled on date... IPAs should be fresh to fully enjoy. Certainly a malty nose with hints of orange candy and pineapple. Taste is very balanced with sweet malts and sticky resinous pine (also a hint of sweet juice). A bit of booze in the finish but the 10% is well hidden. Complex and quite enjoyable - let it warm a bit! (340 characters)

Photo of kevanb
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, dated 15075 or March 16 by my measure, poured into a Ballast Point Victory at Sea snifter.

The beer pours a clear copper color, hues of amber and bronze, minimal activity in the glass with a thick, soapy finger and a half of off white head, lovely retention and loads of sticky lace. The aroma is really pine forward, resiny, sticky, sappy, bitter. Solid grapefruit peel sits behind it earthy grassiness, strong amber malt asserts itself well, sticky and sweet. The flavors are great, pine is the name of the game, resinous and oily, grapefruit peel provides a bit of citrusy tanginess and bitterness, snappy tropical fruits find their way out with wildflower and some nice grassiness with just a soft kiss of amber malt, gentle and lightly sweet. The mouthfeel is nice, very coating, bone dry, moderate carbonation, not quite juicy, but nice full body, cotton mouth finish.

Verdict: A great DIPA from Ballast Point, lots of pine, which normally I take exception to, but this works so well, lots of backing notes of citrus, tropical fruit, wildflower and gentle malt. The balance is wonderful and despite the high ABV, this remains so drinkable and the alcohol is exceptionally hidden. (1,202 characters)

Photo of WVU
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was expecting a booze bomb on this one, but was glad to drink another great brew from Ballast Point! Dorado did not measure up to Sculpin, but a solid DIPA that will not disappoint. (186 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A brilliant light copper pour. Abundant off white head, fast diminishing. even lacing.

S: Abundant tropical sweetness: pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon. Light grass

M: Soft in feel, mellow and ripe. Med body and a med carb; samples thin considering sweetness.

T: Stone fruit, berries, various melon. Pine bitterness. Grassy, honey pollen undertones. (363 characters)

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

I drank this while on a ski vacation -- bought a bottle from a local store. This might have been a freshness issue, but it just didn't taste like what I expected -- I usually like Ballast Point IPA's. (201 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap

A- pours a clear golden color with a creamy white head that retains long after the pour, leaving some nice lacing behind

S- piney and resinous hop with some grass and floral notes, sugary sweet bready malt undertones

T- pine-dominant hops up front with some grassy and floral notes, sugary sweet malty finish

M- medium-viscous body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues to the finish

O- nice pine-forward hops that is matched by a sweet malty backbone (495 characters)

Photo of rwoodgeo
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a funky aroma, I'd say ripe pineapple. Bittery and alcoholy throughout with a bitter alcohol finish. I like how this beer stayed away from maltiness. Looks like a sculpin, but the taste is way different and completely unexpected. Really unique overall for the double double IPA style. (295 characters)

Photo of jbredbeard
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely not for the timid. Aroma is of decaying fruit which is not entirely unpleasant. You would think with the ABV(10.0) alcohol would prevail in the nose and flavor, but no, it does not show up til later. Very hoppy grapefruit right up front fades to a very strong sticky, bitter finish. Oh yeah, here comes the alcohol from out of nowhere that actually ads a whole other layer that is totally unexpected. Reminds me of gin. Powerful stuff! (460 characters)

Photo of milwaukee512
4.82/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First beer I tried from Ballast Point, as they recently expanded to WI. Truly drinkable double/IIPAs are few and far between, but this one nails it. At 10% ABV, it is not for the faint of heart; this is a beer for those who at least like hop-heavy regular IPA brews like Dogfish Head 90-Minute or Sierra Nevada Torpedo. With that in mind, it's surprisingly light for its ABV, with (relatively) balanced flavor and character reminiscent of other B.Point beers like Big Eye or Sculpin. (487 characters)

Photo of ElJacobian
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I was a little disappointed by this, mainly because I love the Sculpin so much. I found it a little boozy and bitter- the fruity aftertaste didn't have a strong enough punch. It's still a solid beer, but just didn't quite live up to the Sculpin or Big Eye in my opinion. (270 characters)

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass:

I really wanted to like this beer, because I loved Sculpin and GF Sculpin and thought this might be a juicier, more resinous version of the aforementioned. At 10%, this one is heavy, but the alcohol wasn't really detectable, which was nice. Appeared much like Sculpin; a copper-orange, totally translucent brew with a nice thick head. Smelled pretty nice, but not as dank and fruity as either of the other IPAs. The taste was what really threw me off. I got bitterness, bitterness, and a lingering bitter finish. I can appreciate a nice dry bitter finish, but this was bitter and just bitter all the way through. I'll skip and go for something a little more balanced next time. (719 characters)

Photo of founddrama
3.24/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is there something a bit heavy and... syrupy in the flavor here? Hops profile isn't what I'd expected. There's just... bitterness and more bitterness. None of the resiny aromatics that I'd expect. (196 characters)

Photo of YeahRightt
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Copper with a quickly dissipating head. Pretty standard, but appetizing.

Smell- Piney hops up front sweet malts with a gingerbread-esque alcohol mixture in the background. Actual reminded me of bourbon a in a very very faint sense.

Taste- Hops hit right away with a tinge of sweetness cascading with the carbonation. Very piney in a pleasant way, but leaves a pretty dry finish that is partially forgotten by the thicker mouthfeel. Very good 2x IPA, but a bit too hoppy in my taste (and i have no issue with hops). The hop finish is skating dangerously close to palette-wrecking levels while maintaining a tolerable level. The booze is well disguised.

Feel- Pretty chewy, reminiscent of Hopslam in mouthfeel.

Overall- Picked up a single 12 Oz bottle when I found some Grapefruit Sculpin at a local bottle shop and had heard some good things about it. Glad I got to try it and glad that I decided to with food. I love double IPAs, but this one skated too close to all the things that can ruin the style for me (mouth drying hops, hop finish, a bit too piney, etc.). Recommend it, easily above average. (1,113 characters)

Photo of Drel
3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had an off smell after pouring. I can only describe it as funky. Very boozy tasting with an initial sweetness that wasn't expected. I can see the appeal but it wasn't for me (173 characters)

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.77/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

APPEARANCE - 1FH, cloudy, light, red, amber.

AROMA/SCENT - Hops, pine.

TASTE - Hops, pine.


VALUE - $8.00 for a 13-oz. draft. Good price.

OVERALL/DRINKABILITY - ABV well-hidden, quaffable. (239 characters)

Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was almost nine months old. To be fair to this beer, I will try to pick up a fresh one and taste it again. It had a nice bitter, crisp hop taste but I could tell something had probably faded with age. (212 characters)

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

A: Orange-yellow hues with good lacing and a foam head that vanishes quickly. I'm digging the bottle artwork. With so many fish in the sea, these guys are unlikely to be guilty label infringement in the future.

S: Bubble gum, fruit, fresh squeezed hops. After a few more sniffs i'm getting lemon rind.

T: Clean, crisp bittering hops, I am loving this beer.

M: The alcohol is very well hidden behind the well maintained balance of forward hops with slightly malty backbone.

O: Ballast Point where have you been all my life? I just discovered these guys this past year after hearing a lot of chatter about Sculpin IPA. These guys don't make bad beers. Definitely would recommend anything these guys brew. (722 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lighter amber with a short-lived creamy white head leaving small soapy lacing. The aroma is mild, grapefruit citrus and floral. The taste is similar with a little bit of pine added to the mix and just a hint of malt. The body is thinner, easy drinking, with a just a slightly bitter bite on the finish. (310 characters)

Photo of JeffBlue
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

(bottle, 12oz) Amber/Orange color; nose more fruity than hoppy; hops become more present throughout tasting and the alcohol reveals itself towards the end (2/23/15) (164 characters)

Photo of galwayjoyce
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Finally! A Ballast Point product that has LIVED UP to the hype.
EPITOME of what it means to be a west coast IPA, done better than most any other WC IPA I have tried. (165 characters)

Photo of Austin32
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Might have had a bottle slightly past its prime, smell and look were great but taste was quite bitter and not in a crisp hoppy way. I will try it again and revise this if necessary. (181 characters)

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

Appearance: Hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Citrus, berries--reminds me of strawberries?

Taste: Solid malt body, then sweet fruitiness. Citrus mixed with pineapple, a little bit of booziness underneath.

Overall: I'm really impressed with this DIPA from Ballast Point. Hits all the marks--some sweetness, good hop flavor, some booziness. Glad to have another A plus DIPA option to choose from! (399 characters)

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.