Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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Reviews: 586
Hads: 2,394
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 246
Gots: 472 | 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

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Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003

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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. (487 characters)

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. (270 characters)

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. (719 characters)

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. (196 characters)

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. (1,113 characters)

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 (173 characters)

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. (239 characters)

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. (212 characters)

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. (722 characters)

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. (310 characters)

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) (164 characters)

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. (165 characters)

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. (181 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.5/5  rDev +9%
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)

Photo of rajendra82
4.53/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Classic DIPA amber color, clear body, and one finger thick head greeted me upon pouring. The aroma was a lot more subdued than expected. It took a really deep whiff to get a sense of the hop presence in the beer, and even then it felt a faint. I could detect grapefruit, orange peel, a some apricot. The taste was much bolder than the smell. There was a lot of grapefruit pith, lime, bitter orange, and other citrus flavors, as well as some pine resin. The malt was secondary, but noticeable. The body of the beer was dense, sticky, and filling. The alcohol was very well hidden, and without reading the label, it would never have been guessed to be a double digit ABV beer. This was a very enjoyable take on a strong DIPA without being almost a barleywine. Delicious to the last sip. (794 characters)

Photo of thegerm87
2.45/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Likely past it's prime and may have to revisit. All sweet caramel, bready, spicy malt with faded citrus (grapefruit, orange) and bitter, soapy hops. Slightly grassy, and a bit of a plastic smell to it. Like a typically overhopped west coast ipa or poorly executed American barleywine. (284 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle: there is no clear freshness date on the bottle...there is something that says maybe that's 2015 28th day of the year? Jan 28th? So it's less than 30 days old.

Appearance: Bright copper color with a white head. Brilliant transparency...truly a lovely looking beer.

Aroma: A catty hop aroma with a light hint of alcohol.

Taste: A strong woody cedar-like flavor with some pine resin. There is a rustic bread crust flavor around the edge. I don't pick up any alcohol flavor which is great for a 10% beer.

Mouthfeel: Robust bitterness that really lingers on the back of the tongue.

Overall: A very good Double IPA focusing mostly on woody pine flavor. It's worth drinking again but it wasn't anything special. (733 characters)

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

Poured from a growler into a tulip
A: Pours a deep, bold orange color with a one-finger head that lingers
S: Strong aromatics with a malt backbone, earthy, a nice blend of pine and citrus
T: Bold but balanced with flavors that match the nose. Also a bit floral. Great
M: Medium to full bodied, balanced and a long finish
O: I really enjoyed this, especially the earthy note throughout. Based on some of the comments below if you can, find it fresh & on tap (458 characters)

Photo of ZebraCakez
2.97/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I can't say I enjoyed this one nearly as much as many others did. Nothing terrible here, but it just fell flat for me basically across the board. My main complaint was with the mouth feel. It simply seems flat and watery, not enjoyable at all. There are much better examples of the site of the style on the shelf in my opinion. (333 characters)

Photo of Beer_Stalin
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

While beer hunting in Lake Placid I found this interesting looking high octane IPA. I started it as a follow up to a Brasseur du Monde 90 minute L'Interdite and it announced it's arrival with a flourish. At 650 ml. it carried over to my salad and was a great compliment. This is no session beverage but one to savour over many courses it seems. Next, I reached for some cheese, slice of cheddar, then a wedge of garlic and herb goat cheese. I'm finishing the last 2 oz. with purple grapes and a molasses cookie.
Dorado is right up there with Heady Topper as an IPA comparable (and I indulged in one yesterday), but I can report with confidence that it is a beverage that you can count on from aperetif to dessert! Outstanding! (734 characters)

Photo of santomark
3.47/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Murky, murky, orange. Little to no head.
S: Malty up front, mild hops, but mostly malt
T: Mild orange, biscuit, pine.
M: Heavy body, Nice carbonation.
O: This is a malt bomb. I seriously do not understand what people see in Ballast Point, especially considering the craft game now. It seems outdated with their beers. Malt bomb, mild citrus notes. Refreshing yes, but nothing to brag about. C in my book (406 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a La Fin Du Monde tulip glass.

The color is a hazy orange/gold with two and half fingers of thick foamy white head and some nice lacing left on the glass.

The smell is earthy hops, some flowery aroma with hints of a rose and touches of slight pine. There is some malt aroma here that is sweet but subtle and expresses itself with just a hint of citrus fruits.

The taste is bitterness at the point of contact with a green, earthy hop flavor. There is a danky flavor that is a bit resiny and pushes of that initial flavor and lets a workable citrus flavor come in that is a touch of grapefruit with some pineapple and pear coming in to wash off the palette. Bitterness is there at the end as expected but a flash of sweetness gets out just as the bitterness builds toward the end.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied with but does seem to be a bit bigger here and there. It has a nice smooth feel but there is an aggressive aftertaste that takes a brief moment to settle down. One the bitterness in the aftertaste dies down there is plenty of pleasant fruity after tones. (1,108 characters)

Photo of pnelting
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle with a date of 15010. Clear Amber color with a full off white head and plenty of sticky lacing.
S: Lots of hops and citrus. Really fragrant beer.
T: Full of flavor. Grapefruit and pine bitterness and just enough malt to keep it from becoming too hoppy.
M: Medium to heavy feel with a little sting. Slight stickiness in the palate.
O: This is a big flavorful beer that did not disappoint. (449 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a decent white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear medium amber.

The beer smell has a nice hoppy note with a bit of a tropical theme to it. The beer smell also has a strong sweet almost bubble gum note to counteract the hop smell. The hop note consists of a strong grapefruit smell with a little bit of pine. The malt smell is sweet and prevents the hops from becoming too dominate.

The beer taste is fairly simple, yet complex. The taste starts off with a bitter grapefruit taste and a sweet malt taste. The beer taste changes to a more citrus and pine resin flavor with less of a malt sweetness. Generally, the taste is fairly hop strong and forward with a malt backbone to keep it from becoming too hoppy but no enough to make it balanced. Occasionally, the taste also has a mango (or at least a tropical fruit) aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The texture is fairly smooth. A pretty good feel. Not too think and smooth enough to drink,

Overall, a very good DIPA and worth shanking the guy in front of you for. The hoppiness is strong enough for a DIPA and there is enough of a sweet malt backbone to keep it from being too hoppy. (1,218 characters)

Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.33/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. 1 1/2 fingers and great lacing as you sip it. Smells of resin and definitely tea, green. Loads of citrus and dry hops flavors coming through on the palate. Leaves a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Green flavors (tannins?) weird. Finishes full, a bit hot! (271 characters)

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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