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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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610 Reviews

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Reviews: 610
Hads: 2,507
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 252
Gots: 528 | 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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Photo of spazaru
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited to see this in bottles as I've drank it on tap a few times in the last few years and it was always exceptional. If anything, the bottled version is even better.

The smell is of grapefruit and intense hops, and the flavor backs this up nicely. TONS of hops, but very flavorful. Almost goes down too easy, since the 9.1 abv (according to the bottle) kicked my butt. I wouldn't drink more than one bomber of this.

Overall, a great addition to Ballast Point's bottled line-up. One problem though: the cost. It cost $6.95 for a 22 oz bomber. That's the other reason I won't be drinking more than one of these. It's as good, if not better, than Ruination, but $2.50-$3.00 better? No way.

Weird too, since Ballast Point's other offerings are priced very competitively. Even Stone's 10th anniversary IPA was around $5, and it had more alcohol, and was every bit as good.

I don't mean to harp on price, but I'm not rich and many people who want to try new styles and beers will not pay $7 for 22 oz of beer.

Still, Ballast Point continues to impress with their beers and their new brewing and bottling capacity is obviously being put to good use in bringing more of their products to the package market.

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Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a tasty pint of this "S.D." style (What a great beer town!) DIPA @ O'Brians. It poured light clear amber, with a prety typical looking tan head. The lacing was fine and plentiful. The sniff was of light, guess what, hey we're in SD... .grapefruit. This is yet another SD hopalicious hop bomb of a DIPA. Waves of Grapefruit, continue to pass along the tongue, nostrils and all other senses. Recommended for all hop lovers.

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Photo of lou91
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this after the Stone 10th ADIPA and this was not as good but still a solid product. Grapefruit lovers will love this beer as it is the dominant flavor in the early, mid and later stages. Bone dry, bitter and citrusy which is what you expect. This is worth a try for all hop lovers.

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

On-tap at the local pub today, served in a pint glass is an orange-gold ale with a thin, sticky, just off-white head that settles in time.

Sharp evergreen piney hops dominate the nose here. Some sweetness as well, that has grapefruit and orange squeezing through the dense pine forest, just barely.

The flavor is evergreen and pine sappy that puckers your cheeks with a sweet citrus mid-section and a dry, bitter hop finish.

Definitely suites it's style to a "T", as well as giving you your daily dose of hops in one glass, a full-bodied hop bomb that's aiming too please.

The hops hide the alcohol and dominate this brew for the most part. Don't want too miss this one if you love hops and a strong brew...a solid 2XIPA if there ever was one...

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Photo of germaniac
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first in Ballast Point's Robust Series, purchased from the Scripps Ranch brewhouse. Labeled as 9.1% abv.

Lots of sticky, bubbly offwhite head atop this copper sheened brew.
Grapefruit-like hop scents abound, with an underlying grassiness accompanied by just a hint of sweet malt.

Taste is hop centered, like any respectable DIPA should be. Citric bite that slides into a dry, rock-solid bitterness. Finishes dry and sweet.

A great one from BP, and I'm stoked to finally see this one in bottled form. Don't know what the availability is going to be outside of the Linda Vista and Scripps Ranch outlets, but it is totally worth seeking out.

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Photo of oggg
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I guess I forgot to write a review based on the growler I got a few months back. Well, this one I had at O'Briens on tap in a regular pint glass. It's a dark orange, bordering on red, color. Just barely hazy. Aroma is strongly of grapefruit and grass. It is decently bitter, with a huge blast of hop flavor. It's got a lot of grapefruit rind, but also a resiny, pine cone character that I noticed in Dreadnought. There is a huge, sweet caramel and alcohol surge that comes on quite quickly. The alcohol is a bit offputting.

Overall: double IPAs seem to walk the road of juicy (Pliny, Racer X) or the road of caramel (Hop 15). This one is caramelly, a bit much for my taste.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold color. Large white foamy head. Aroma is hoppy and fruity. A medium bodied double bodied IPA. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are spicy, piney and juicy. The hops really dominate in this beer, yet there is still a residual sweetness that balances all those hops. Nicely balanced. Very smooth. No alcohol bite, despite an 8.6% alcohol content. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

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Photo of Gusler
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours a translucent amber color with a moderate sized white and semi-creamy head with a fine coating of lace. The nose is hop floral, sweet malt backing, clean and fresh, citrus crisp with just a hint of earthiness from the malt, slightly sweet and nicely malted start, top is light to middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation, the hops powerful in their double spicy bite, and the aftertaste dry as a desert bone, a quite nice double IPA.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the 7th Annual San Diego Strong Ale Festival at the Carlsbad Pizza Port. Had a clear orangish color and a bubbly off-white head that quickly fizzled down to a skim. The smell was a powerful rush of citrus, mainly grapefruit, with a bit of pine lurking around in the background. The taste was a bonanza of citrus flavors - lemon zest, grapefruit, some tangerine - all prominent on the palate. Some light malt notes added a welcome contrast. A solid pine-like bitter bite was this beer’s parting shot in the finish. The feel was smooth and full.
Dorado Double IPA is a very well-crafted beer that is almost too easy to drink, given its %ABV. While I’m not a big IPA fan, I can honestly say this brew is one I’d order up again in a heartbeat when looking for a hops infusion.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another really great IPA to add to my list. This brew was very impressive and refreshing even though it came after the super Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic. The body is a slightly hazy amber with a very nice off-white head with good lacing.

The nose is very good with plenty of citrus and aromatic hops in evidence. The flavor is very much of citrus with a strong grapefruit taste predominating. Plenty of complexity here, but the malt is rather subdued because of the hop content. The feel is full but less creamy than expected. A very snappy finish makes it a winner.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 610 ratings.