Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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2,328 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,328
Reviews: 620
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 247
Gots: 434 | 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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Photo of jbredbeard
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
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!

Photo of milwaukee512
4.82/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of chefhatt
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very tasty, good hop bitter flavor, a tasty dipa

Photo of ElJacobian
3.98/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of TheElectricOne
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of Dynobolt
4.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yes! Another great BP BEER!!!!

Photo of johnpalisi
4.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great malt hop balance xx

Photo of founddrama
3.24/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Photo of Mike-Harms
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dorado is Sculpin's big brother at 10%.

Photo of YeahRightt
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of broadway848
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really good DIPA. 10% abv hidden well. Ballast Point rarely disappoints.

Photo of Vogey77
3.86/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Prefer Sculpin to this, fairly dissapointed.

Photo of Drel
3.26/5  rDev -21.1%
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

Photo of ProstMasterson
3.84/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good, but like sculpin better

Photo of Homers_Beer_Odyssey
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of mjpolzin
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Photo of JBraz
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of mterv
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Surprisingly dynamic taste despite 10% abv

Photo of delta490
3.94/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of ViSCiD
3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good and strong IPA— generously hoppy, with a dry and slightly bitter finish. Good stuff.

Photo of rjs246
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Right, so this is delicious. Sculpin is basically perfect in my eyes and this isn't far behind.

Photo of JeffBlue
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
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)

Photo of galwayjoyce
4.72/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Photo of Austin32
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of AndrewMichael
4.06/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter, great bitterness, a bit boozy, but great as expected as a West Coast double.

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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