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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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Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- bronzed straw in color, a beauty of a head, taunt, 1 finger and white, attractive thin webbing lace

S- citric, spicy, hints of alcohol, malt aromas

T- spicy, grassy, alcohol heat at finish, toasted malts, butterscotch, citrus, hoppy, and then hoppier

M- medium body, heat ath finish through after, coarse buildup during and after

D- alcohol slightly noticeable, another great west coast 2IPA, tasty, recommended, nice experience

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a thick, off-white head, straight from the tap, a lot of foam.

S: Hoppy, nice-smelling, but nothing outstanding, a lot of tropical fruits and pine.

T: The first thing that hits you is the amount of pineapple in this brew, very different, but pleasant in a Double IPA. A bit of malt hits you at the end and as the beer warms up, but that unique pineapple flavour is what I remember.

M: Chewy and resiny, but quite refreshing for a big beer, no qualms about the quality in this one, the flavour stays on your tongue for a long time.

D: A good Double IPA, easy to drink off the tap, I enjoyed it, would order again.

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

Pours a beautiful amber that's a bit more on the light/orange side.

Smells wonderful, with floral and fruit flavors. The taste is more sweet than hoppy, but the hops do balance out the orange/grapefruit/citrus taste nicely. This is the rare example of an IPA or Double IPA in which the hops balance out the sweet flavor, rather than a sweet after-taste balancing out the hops.

Delicious, and quite choice. I hope they will continue to bottle this brew, as it's the best of the Ballast Point beers that I've sampled by a wide margin. I could (but, given it's high alcohol content probably shouldn't) drink this all night. I'd never believe this was close to 10% alcohol by volume.

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

A - Poured a rich dark orange amber with a huge, two inch plus head. Very slow fade, good retention. Left behind rings and rings of lace. Some nice visible carbonation was also evident throughout.

S - Aroma was very nice and deeply hopped. Lots of citrus aromas were always evident. Definatly some underlying malt back here as well. This was a good well balanced aroma, didnt really come off like it was going to kill the palate.

T - Rich, best word to decribe it. A large orange and pine resin flavor was assaulting you from the beginning. But it mellowed out to reveal a more balanced sweeter earthen type of bakbone. Very dry finish, long lingering as well. This was one of those that made your lips start to pucker.

M - Very smooth, silky almost with great carbonation. Really a good job on the feel here. Very lively, but yet had a nice thickness about it. Definatly a sipper here, and as it warmed, a little of the carbonation was lost and it got a little syrup like.

D - Awesome nightly sipper strong IPA. This is a goblet and a good movie were choice. Not something I would be putting down all the time though.

Overall I thought this was very good. I am a huge fan of IPA's and the west coast really knows their stuff when it comes to these big hop bombs, this was nice to though as it was really well balanced and put together.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this treat.

22 oz. bomber poured into a bomber.

Pours a foggy burnt orange with a nice one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin lacing that lasts throughout. Stickiness is pretty damn good. Wow west-coast DIPA. BIg grapefruit smell with a hint of peppery spices mixed in there: nothing more, nothing less. Simple, yet so complex at the same time, a smell like no other. With the taste there's a bit more pine on the tongue than there is in the nose which makes this such an amazing DIPA. Starts off with a fresh evergreen taste that becomes a bit bitter and dry from an earthy hop flavor. Aftertaste is almost orange/clementine-like. Such a complex tasting brew with so many flavors to offer. Sip and enjoy! Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation. Solid representation of a west-coast IPA. East-coast really has some catching up to do.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very Clear amber color with a slightly yellowish head. Thick head that lasted the entire beer with a good amount of lacing.

Smell - Very strong floral hop aroma that you could smell three feet from the beer. Very nice aroma.

Taste - All Hops, super strong hop taste with a thick bitter malt backbone. No super alcohol taste for the amount that is in it.

Mouthfeel - Very thick beer that you can chew on, lost of body and CO2 was perfect.

Another great beer from Ballast Point, and one of the best Double IPAs around.

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

The first thing that hit me about this one was the smell. I gotta say I didnt smell citrus or anything like that I smelled hops straight up. The color was nice had a nice orange tint in my opinion. The taste was comfortable not to bitter I would say bring on another any day. This is one I would try again and would recommend anyone else to experiment.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would be one of those sticky-sweet types of DIPA. Pours a tangerine orange color. Hops give off a juicy citrus taste, but no bitterness, the malt is sweet and dominates along with the hops. The mouthfeel was better than most sweet DIPA's, it had just enough of a light feel to it, even though it was a bit syrupy like most others. A tasty DIPA for sure.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in SoCal at Holiday. Bargain price to boot. Pours rather orange for a DIPA. Big hop smell. Very nice WC hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable for a big DIPA. One of my favorite WC hop bombs. I had it on tap at Churchills which is even better than in a bottle. Highly recommended.


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Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, courtesy of BlindPig.

Hazy, light orange in color. Large, rocky, ivory colored ehad. Lots of lacing as I drank. Some legs.

Aroma was pine, grass and grapefruit to get the bitter going. Some sweet peaches to balance it out. It was quite strong, I smelled it from a couple of feet away. Honey and caramel came out as it warmed. A little mint showed up towards the end.

Taste was great, big hops! It was a touch sweeter than I like (caramel and fruits), but excellent nonetheless! Alcohol was noticeable. Finish was pepper and grass, lingering well into the aftertaste.

Medium + body. Medium carbonation. Carbonation struck me as odd. It seemed to have too much zip in the mouth. This could be turned down, and it wouldn't hurt. Sweet more than dry.

An excellent beer. Nice balance. Alcohol pops through a bit much, but it is 9.6%....All my complaints are minor issues, this is a very good beer!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Russian River shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear golden copper color with about two fingers of off white head that leaves a nice lace on the edge of the glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells of sweet caramel malts, pine resin, citrus fruits such as lemon and orange as well as some grapefruit. Tastes of grapefruit juice, lemon, pineapple, and orange followed by herbal resinous piney hops and a great malt sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Smooth and medium to full in both body and carbonation. This is a wonderful DIPA that I hope to revisit on it's next release. If you like hops, you will love this beer.

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Photo of hero27
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
9.1% abv
Acquired via Zorro in trade, thanks again!

Pours a hazy amber..slightly sticky head clings to the glass in spots.
Perfect west coast hop-bomb aroma..Heavy citrus notes that hold my attention...i have a feeling i'm going to enjoy this beer.
The taste is more piney, but still keeps that lovely citrus character. Quite sweet off the bat, and then the bitterness runs it's course on your palate and stays with you for quite some time. Orange, grapefruit, and even apple flavors are noticed and really add a nice unique quality that makes it stand out from most other DIPAs.
Alcohol is fairly well hidden and it goes down very smooth.
Yeah, I could drink several more of these...delicious.

This beer ranks #2 so far on my list of beers that have a fish on the label (Two Hearted being #1.) Every hop lover needs to try this.

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

22 oz bottle sent to me by my sister who was on vacation in San Diego.
Pours a hazy golden/light yellowy orange color. Nice solid 1/4 inch of soapy white head with a good amount of spotty lacing around the glass.
Lots of fruity hops seem to rise right out of my glass and fill my nose with a array of potent citrus fruit rind along side a nice sweet almost candy like maltiness. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange round out the hoppy nose. The citrus character is certainly best described as rind because the character in the hop aroma isn't quite as sweet smelling as the meat of fruit but rather hints at more bitter maybe less ripened fruit character.
Nice big hop taste immediately upon my first sip, the bitter and fruity taste reminds me more of the grapefruity character found in the nose but as the the sweet malt starts to come into play a bit more closer to the dry finish a more pineapple like hoppy note becomes more apparent. The 9.2 abv is a fairly big but not as large a characteristic as I expected it to be. This beer has a nice smooth texture with a medium to low amount of carbonation. The complex long lasting array of fresh crisp fruity, oily, and slighty spiced hops that leads into a nice fairly pronounced (considering the big hoppiness) sweet malt does a pretty good job at subduing the 9.2abv. This is a very tasty and pretty easy to drink DIPA. It presents a nice bouquet of hop flavor and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of flexabull
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a decent looking head.

Aromas are of grapefruit and sweet hard candies. This beer smells great.

Beer has a really dry and crisp character. It's slightly sweet, a bit sour, and tart. The finish is bitter like grapefruit, crisp and with a touch of alcohol. This is a big beer! Lots of flavors.

Mouthfeel is quite good, this beer has a very bright and well rounded feel to it.

Drinkability is good. I think that I just barely prefer the Big Eye IPA to this one, but this is still a very solid DIPA from Ballast Point. Yet another excellent San Diego beer.

I received a couple of bottles of this thanks to Intriqken and metallitone1 in the B'day 07 BIF.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber thanks to srandycarter. Pours a chill hazed orange amber body topped by a creamy medium sized, offwhite head. Good retention and plenty of clingy patch lacing.

Aroma is a melange of hops. Grassy, pine, and citrusy orange and tangerine. Subtle caramel notes underneath.

Medium body with lively carbonation.

Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone which supports a strong assault of citrusy and tropical fruits. Very well balanced with a subtle malt sweetness that doesn't intrude. Pink grapefruit and orange notes seem bathed in caramel. Assertive citrus rind bitterness envelopes the finish and aftertaste. Very nice!

Not as hopcentric as the other big California IPA's I've tried recently but typical of the style. Very nice balance in this one which enables it to stand as one of the finer DIPA's I've tried.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this bottle.

a - pours a a deep copper color, big billowing ivory head with great retention and lacing, some sediment

s - big pine and citrus aroma, lots of tropical fruits, passionfruit, tangerine, slight hint of a malt backbone, slight biscuity aroma, some alcohol

t - sweetness right at the start but it quickly evolves into an aggressive hop bitterness, lots of pine, citrus, orange, the finish has notes of alcohol and a lingering bitterness, hints of tropical fruits on the tail of the long finish

m - medium bodied, moderate carbonation, very dry finish

d - super dry finish and intense bitterness limits drinkability somewhat, but a bomber is a great amount

Very nice DIPA for my tastes, pretty much a hop bomb, but not ridiculously unbalanced. Definitely worth seeking out a bomber or two.

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

Sampled February 2007
Pours easily with a three-finger thick, frothy, amber tinged tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich, light reddish copper color. Loud fruity hop notes seem as if I just cut into a fresh sweet tangelo with the peel releasing its vibrantly fresh essential oils. The pure citrus essence that the aroma captures is quite amazing, I don't think I have ever smelled such a distinctively citrus character in a beers aroma before. It makes the aroma a bit one dimensional, but the fruity citrus notes are so vibrant that I don' t mind at all.

The taste is fairly sweet up front and the citrus character is immediately noticeable. Again it is like this beer has had the essential oils from a mix of tangelos, sweet oranges, and ruby red grapefruit all put in a concentrated form into this beer. Even the bitterness seems to be infused with this over arching citrus character. The bitterness is actually fairly light for an IPA, instead Ballast Point seems to have focused much more on infusing the flavor and aromatics from the hops they used. This is a trend that I have certainly enjoyed, I do like bracing bitterness too, but don't always need it even in my Double IPA's, assuming of course that the beer is still stuffed full of hop character. This beer is certainly hop dominated, the malt that is here only plays a supporting role as it is very hard to detect specifics under the hop character. The hop character is so smooth and without any sort of astringency or hard / sharp edges. This beer hides its alcohol content pretty well. It has certain heft to the bottle, but I was expecting a bit more of a substantial body in a beer of this strength. I am glad that it is relatively light, as this is how I like a beer that has IPA somewhere on the label (if it is chewy it should be a barleywine).

Quite enjoyable, I wonder what other brews are going to be released under this robust limited release label. This is not the most complex beer, but it easily defines purely hop driven enjoyment in a glass and for that I am quite happy. Initially this beer was only lightly chilled, as it cooled more in my bucket of ice it picked up some sharp hop edges and a bit more hop bitterness. I think I prefer this only lightly chilled as it is much smoother, though a touch less complex.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA

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Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to boolshot for the chance to try this hop bomb from the west.

Pours a hazy peachish color with a frothy one finger frizzy white head. Nice thick retention hugs the sides of the glass with a bit of foam skim on top. Fine cream colored lacing left on the glass. Nose full of pine and grapefruit hops. Thick and sticky. Biscuity and toasted grain malt profile rounds out the aromas. Alcoholic spiciness is also present and stings the sensitive parts of the nostrils a bit.

Grapefruit, melon, orange peel, and lemon rind fruit notes all give the taste buds a run for their money. Squeezed pine needs drip pine hop juice on the tongue. Orange peel and grapefruit flavors stay with you into the finish and the aftertaste. Malt profile lends itself well to this brew balancing out the malts. Biscuity, toasted grain, and sweet caramel malts are all detected. Nice long grapefruit laced dry bitterness runs into the finish. Medium to thick body on the palate.

Pretty damn drinkable considering the high abv of almost ten percent. Juicy and resiny lends to the thickness and masks the hotness this brew could potentially deliver. A very nice tasting and quite easy drinking dpa from the west coast. Glad I had the chance to try it--Cheers Jason!

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Photo of OStrungT
4.35/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a golden brownish color with a light tan head. The thick creamy head fades very slowly, leaving many laces.

This beer has a strong grassy hop aroma. It also smells piney. It has a citrus hop aroma as well. It smells quite sweet, with a nice malty balance. Grapefruit is noticable also.

This beer tastes much like it smells. Quite hoppy. Piney up front, with some grass and citrus hop flavor. This beer is also very sweet. It is well balanced.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a piney hop aftertaste. Carbonation is great. This beer is quite full bodied.

I am not sure if this beer would be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, and it has an aggressive flavor. It might be a bit much.

Overall: I liked this beer, but I dont like spending $7.00 for a 22 oz at the brewery. That seems a bit excessive.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/21/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Semi-clouded amber-orange pour. 1/2 inch and tight knit bubbled head. Light spotted and streak lace left behind.

Smell- Grapefruit laden hopfest. Nice strong bitter fumes. In addition there is a nice roasted malted backing.

Taste- Sweeter malty base with a light burnt flavor hoovering in the background. It interacts very well with the sugary grapefruit and light pine flavored hops.

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy, maybe even sinewy. Mild lasting bitter aftertaste with the perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability- Couldn't even detect the 9% abv. Very very drinkable. Definite two thumbs up and one of the better DIPA's from CA.

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Photo of sleazo
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap porters pub after class.

Medium golden yellow. Small head disapears quickly. Smell is intense hops grassy pine cones. Taste is right up front with the pine cones. Resiny aftertaste. Some sweetness from the alcohol comes through. I would like a little more malt. This is a hop bomb though. D is good. I could drink a few of these. Typical west coast 2xipa. Not much depth but a hop bomb which I like. there are much better 2xipas in my opinion.

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Photo of ChazMania
4.7/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


A- very amber/orange hue. slightly cloudy, decent 1 finger head.

S- Floral with great notes of juniper and grapefruit.

T- fantastic. Has all that great double IPA kick and flare that offers big hoppy juiceness with some mandarin orange and grapefruit flavors.

M- creamy and thick. Big texture.

D- Great DIPA offering. I have had nearly 10 of these the past few months and it is very consistent.

Me Likey.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with boolshot.

A: The DIPA is a brilliant amber orange color that showcases a thick billowy head that laces extensively in the glass.

S: The ale has a crisp hoppy aroma, thick with piney and citrusy oils. This is the type of beer that you could sit and sniff for several hours.

T: The body of the ale screams hops. The oily thick vine resonates through the ale, providing s a strong piney resin element that outshines all other varietals. As the pine subsides, some apricot and tangerine citrus elements emerge, sustaining an entirely different component of the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and juicy hops, flavorful without dulling the tastebuds.

D: This is an excellent, well-balanced DIPA, showcasing a strong hop body that never overwhelms the mouth. I really enjoy the piney finish, it nicely sums up the ale.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice glowing crystal clear amber with a massive sticky white head that melts to very heavy lacing.
Aromas are only lightly sweet malt if you look for it. Most of it is all about the hops...very fresh, piney, citrus hops. A little of pink grapefruit in the nose.
Flavor is again, all about the hops. A little sweet amber malts and candy sugar, then massive amounts of very fresh citrus hops.
Mouth is left dry but with sugars still struggling with the grapefruit hops.
For me there are better DIPA's, but that is just my tastes. This one tastes unbalanced and raw...as if fresh hops are used on top of mediocre, malt extract.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a nice, hoppy west coast dipa. A treat. Pours a hazy dark golden with an offwhite pancake head. Good lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity with some apricot and a very lightly bitter smells. The taste has deep layered hop flavors with a solid malt background. A hop attack of pine, grapefruit, and spice. Fantastic! The mouthfeel is slightly grainy, but substantial and a great platform for all the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Great drinkability, would be perfect if it were slightly lighter in body.

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