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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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638 Reviews

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Reviews: 638
Hads: 2,697
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 275
Gots: 645 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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: 638 | Hads: 2,697
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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Photo of Caput_H_lupulorum
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle

A: Copper/amber color in the glass. Large head that dissipated rapidly to a thin veneer. Little lacing.

S: Malty character comes through strongly, followed by citrus and piney resinous notes.

T: Immediate impression is of maltiness followed very rapidly by resinous and citrussy hop bitterness.

M: Medium carbonation with a slightly syrupy mouthfeel cut by the bitterness.

O. A surprising DIPA, at first somewhat barely wine-ish in style soon giving way to citrussy bitterness.

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Photo of Beerds
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Went in to get canned Sculpin for a beach weekend but had this so had to scoop it up! Nice rich color, not a lot of head on first half of the pour but then it popped up at the end: nice off white but not a huge layer. You can smell and taste the alcohol for sure. Lots of flavor up front and on the tongue but not finish. Gives a nice "smacking your mouth to get that flavor off your tongue" going on.

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Photo of RMD579
3.85/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Very similar to Sculpin. Looks and smells nearly identical. Has the same grapefruit/orange peel sort of taste going on with a some floral notes. The taste is similar but lighter than I'm used to for a DIPA. The alcohol burn is very present at 10%, it's a bit too much and I think this beer would be much better off around 8%. The alcohol is just not masked well and there's not much depth and complexity for a DIPA. Still not bad though, certainly drinkable and might be preferable if you're looking for a higher alcohol DIPA.

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Photo of Flanco
4.6/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This was the best double IPA I can remember ever drinking. I only had one and it came to me in a gifted mixed six pack. I wasn't expecting much and wasn't tuned in to looking at the color or savoring the aroma, but I remember a fairly deep orangey and decent head. The flavor was spectacular. I need a six pack soon for further study.

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Photo of brewohio1
2.06/5  rDev -50%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Easily one of the WORST DIPAs ive ever had. Nothing but extreme bitterness up front and a strong alcohol finish. If youre going to brew 10% abv beers at least do a good job covering it and balancing the flavor.

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Photo of Roguer
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reddish copper translucent brew, topped by a cream-colored head. Great head size, retention, and lacing.

Juicy, hoppy aroma, laced with pine, some tropical fruit, and earth. A touch of caramel malt sneaks through.

First kiss to the palate is a nice bit of grainy caramel malt, quickly demolished by a wave of hops: pine resin, grassy, earthy, and a touch of tropical fruit. Exceptionally bitter. Brown sugar and grainy caramel malt return in the back half to give balance and body.

Medium-full feel; puckeringly bitter; semi-dry finish with lingering hops; lively; flirts the edge of syrupy, but avoids the trap.

This is an excellent DIPA which reminds me of SN Hoptimum.

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Photo of CraftBeerMatt88
4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Citrus and stone fruit flavor & aroma. A little resiny hop flavor with slight grassiness. Not too much hop bitterness in the back for a big, double IPA. Very balanced overall masking the 10% ABV. Refreshing. Amazing.

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Photo of dd43
3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has been a while since ive had a traditional big west coast IPA. Big in terms of hop bitterness and alcohol. This beer harkens back to the bitterness fad of a decade ago. Caramel malts are present in the mouthfeel but less so in the flavor. It is dominated by a pine and grapefruit rind smash. Perhaps my palate has changed but I'm somewhat less enamored with this implementation of the style. As other reviews have stated the alcohol note is not attenuated in this beer. Worth a taste for sure but it doesn't sing any tunes you havent heard before.

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Photo of Jwaks
2.46/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps i got an old or bad batch. The palate is full of hot alcohol, the hop flavor is dirty, earthy and nasty with a good dose of pine and grapefruit with very irritating, rough and highly persistent bitterness all on a shitty light caramel malt base. Fermentation is clean, that's about the only bright spot. My expectations were high given my experience with sculpin and other ballast point brews, yet this has got to be one of the absolute worst dipas i've had in awhile. Hop flavor sucks, it's just a blast of dirty earthy piney bitterness. This brew may benefit from a fermentation with more fruity esters, lower alcohol and use of hops with a cleaner less astringent bitterness and less earthiness. There seems to be a love affair with big bold high alcohol brews despite the flavor profile or other qualities which this completely lacks. I will try another batch to reproduce my experience and make sure nothing is off and, for now, i do not recommend this.

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Photo of ksimons
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer #800
A-light amber with a fingers worth of white head that leaves lacing around the top and on the glass

S-grapefruit, tropical fruits, some citrus, and light caramel

T-lots of grapefruit and tropical fruits and light malts

M-medium body, moderate body

Overall lots of grapefruit and bitterness but still very drinkable

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Photo of RyanK252
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep golden orange amber with a frothy off light tan head that settles to a solid layer and leaves a thick wall of lacing behind.

S: Tropical fruit, mango and hints of pineapple, citrus, orange, light grapefruit, and a little lemon lime, backed with big caramel malt sweetness.

T: Citrus, tangerine, lemon lime, a little grapefruit pith, pine, tropical and fruity, passion fruit, mango, peach, light melon, backed with a boatload of malt sweetness and some alcohol.

M: Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, and a little warmth.

O: The moment you take a sip you can tell it's strong with some boozy notes here and there and a little warmth, but before you know it the wave of hops and sweet malt have got you distracted. This is a true DIPA.

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Photo of do_ob
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Very clear copper in color - one of those beers you could read a newspaper through. Initially had about 1 finger of white, bubbly foam, which dissolved down into a dense lacing after a couple minutes. Great carbonation. Smells like a big, boozy hop bomb - very sweet, almost cloyingly-so. Notes of ripe tropical fruit, malt, and alcohol dominate the aroma. Medium weight, and creamy in texture with only a little sharpness due to the alcohol. The taste follows the smell for the most part. Sweet booziness, tropical fruit, and lots of hoppy bitterness. Thankfully this one wasn't quite as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, but it's up there.

Overall, not bad, but overly-boozy IIPAs are always a let down for me. I love piney, hoppy beers just as much as I love tropical fruit. What I don't love, however, is a beer dominated by it's alcohol profile. A better balance would make this potentially great beer just that.

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Photo of ihazabucket7
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass. Very hop forward aroma with grapefruit, citrus, tangerine, mango hints. Hop bomb taste with malts and citrus. Overall a great DIPA. Cheers!

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Photo of GOBLIN
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One gorgeous dipa, this one really glows. Scents of peach, mango, tropical fruits and a touch of fruity pebbles cereal. Taste mellows out and doesn't quite match up to the aromas. Still tasty, very drinkable for 10% and delicious. Alcohol comes through a bit more as it warms in the glass. Decent feel and finishes dry.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours mostly transparent golden to copper in color. Nice white head. Small, fine sediment is noticed when held to the light. Leaping aromas of hops can be noticed from 2-3 feet away. Hoppy and maybe a touch on the citrusy/grapefruit side of things.

Taste is wonderful. Blazingly hoppy, very citrusy like a grapefruit rind, with just a touch of malt noticed near the finish. Boozy after-feel, the alcohol warmth lingers and continues long after your sip.

Very remarkable. This isn't beer in my opinion, its hop wine.

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Photo of TheIPAHunter
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My palate was invaded by distinct notes of pine. I get ripe melon, hints of lemon, and orange peel as it warms. Initial sips mask the abv, which, at a whopping 10%, is nothing to take lightly. After two pours, I can tell that Ballast Point had no intent of messing around with Dorado. This a head knocker, and it should be treated as such. Nothing exquisite or pretty about this one; it's not Halle Berry in a glass. However, it drinks well and provides enough flavor to make you appreciate the lengths the brewer traveled to deliver a first-rate product. Semi-dry on the finish. Try it, and enjoy it. Just don't expect to walk away with your new favorite beer.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, another awesome party favour courtesy of venerable BA IronDjinn.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar chunky and world atlas-friendly lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, doughy caramel malt, a further crackery toffee sweetness, faint dark orchard fruit notes, and less than complex, but still rather agreeable piney, citrusy, and leafy bitter hops. The taste is pretty sweet caramel/toffee malt, warm citrus flesh, indistinct black orchard fruit, a soft stoney flintiness, and rather boozy herbal, piney, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its fairly sassy fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a mild creaminess. It finishes sweet, the tainted caramel malt still not willing to totally give it up to the still persuasive as all get out hops.

An excellent example of the style, not too hot (barely) and not too bland (by far). Worthy of challenging my somehow hop-weary palate of late, and something y'all should duly seek out, if you are blessed with the chance and/or availability.

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Photo of JamesMN
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Barely legible date on the label of 15 105. Still, better than no date.

Appearance: Deep golden caramel color with nice clarity. Poured a two-finger off-white head that has settled to a puffy froth leaving lacing.

Aroma: Sugary citrus and caramel. Touch of resin.

Taste: Starts with a smooth resinous bitter character paired with sweet caramel malts. Builds in bitterness resulting in a piney/resiny IBU attack in the finish. Aftertaste is semi-sweet malts, bitterness, and is quite dry. Not getting any alcohol but a slight warmth in the throat. Although the bitterness is up there, there is some semblance of balance. Bit of an off-flavor during the finish that is metallic, maybe oxidation. Quite sound otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Full in body and sticky with hops. Deceptively smooth carbonation with average drinkability for a beer of this magnitude.

Final Thoughts: Definitely enjoyable, especially as an evening sipper. The resinous hop character wasn't what I was expecting, given the citrus explosion that is Sculpin, however it was well done. Would I drink it again? If I'm ever fortunate enough to find myself at the brewery I wouldn't pass it up fresh on tap.

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Photo of Zach136
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours fairly hazy yellow, with an off white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Big notes of tropical passionfruit and guava, with a nice level of pine in the background.

Flavor: Medium+ pine hop bitterness and flavor up front. Solid hit of booze, most of any of the fruity hop character is lost in the shuffle.

Mouthfeel: Medium-ish bodied, boozy and astringent.

Overall: Started strong, ended a bit too assertively boozey and bitter for my tastes.

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Photo of HopHeadBeerFed
1.79/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Metallic taste despite good coloration on the pour. Hips are hidden in the high ABV no malt backbone whatsoever Very disappointed for the the price point. After a prior review of Dogfish 90 and Stone enjoy by.. this beer fails in all regards of an imperial IPA. Good buzz that's about it...

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Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy orange amber color with a 2 finger foamy light tan head that had tons of tiny bubbles in it and faded slowly, leaving good foamy lacing coating the sides and rings as it went down.

Smells of biscuit, orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, coriander, pepper and other light spices, yeast, metallic notes and dry grass/tea leaf. Seems like dried flowers or potpourri and the more you inhale the more it went away from the nice hop aroma; it drifted off course and lost it's luster for me, seeming just average at the end.

Tastes like it smells, but with a lot more grains and what seems like wet cardboard or paper. Flavor is a mix of orange peel, grapefruit, citrus hops, lemon zest, biscuit, toasted grains, dry fruity candy like Razzles, dry grass, coriander, pepper and other light spices like cumin, yeast, metallic or penny notes and very dry tea leaf or flowers. It seems very hoppy at first but then turns sweet and malty with a high level of bitterness. The yeast/metallic/penny flavor is almost like too much yeast in the mix and to me takes away from the juicy citrus hops.

Mouthfeel is creamy and slick, with a smooth feel across the tongue that has mild to average carbonation, a medium body and a slightly sweet, grainy aftertaste that is bitter and only has some dry floral/leafy hop aspects lingering.

Overall it was alright. After setting the bar so high with Sculpin, this seems average and like a bit of a let down. It's a good beer, nowhere near a great beer. This brew does hide the high ABV extremely well, I could not tell how strong it was so that was a nice touch.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 638 ratings.