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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,972 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,972
Reviews: 551
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 223
Gots: 246 | 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 TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650mL bomber purchased at Friar Tucks in Peoria last week. I chose this mainly based on the reputation of Sculpin, figuring (if they can do one DIPA well, they can surely do another). Turned out to be a good choice.

The beer is clear, pale golden color, with 2 fingers of lacable foam. The aroma is strong with hops, floral and citrusy, lots of grapefruit and maybe a hint of honey. This beer is is almost sticky with resinous sap, the taste is bitter with citrus notes. The aftertaste is so bitter it's almost acrid. Still tasty enough that this isn't a negative attribute. Drinkability might be mitigiated by some slight alcohol flavor. This is a very good west coast style DIPA, recommended.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.95/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber. Head is white, small, tiny bubbles. Well carbonated. Color is orange-tan, hazy. Strong aroma of fruits, candied orange, pineapple, very sweet and citrus. Starts sweet and resiny. Medium body and sticky mouthfeel. Alcohol is noticeable and present but not overwhelming. Some butterscotch. Hops are very vibrant and lingingering throughout the aftertaste.

Photo of sunofneurot
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of bryanbrick
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From a 22 with no apparent dating.

I've had this in the fridge for probably a bit too long to tell you the honest truth, sometime in May to be exact. I just have too much good beer to drink lately since my head long leap into trading, a good problem to have.

Pours a slight 1/3 inch head, a bit on the lean side for a DIPA. That same head dissipates quickly and at best only leaves a thin film through out the life of the beer. Plus there is zero lacing here, how is that even possible for a DIPA.

I love the nose here. In fact I think it is easily the best part of the beer. It is super hops, hops under a magnifying glass, hops on PEDs. For a double there is surely not much of a malt presence here, in that sense it really stays true to its West Coast roots. Evergreen, alfalfa, artichokes, with a smattering of spice notes like cardamom or saffron. I wish I had this fresher now. Bummer.

The taste is what you'd expect from a DIPA and BP. Bold, in-your-face stuff with a hankering for complete dryness. Without the presence of any considerable malt flavors this is a hops lover's dream. Full of juniper, grapefruit, orange zest and the slightest feign of caramel. This one-sided story is the thing that keeps the score down for me. For my palate this amount of hops needs a counterbalance and it never shows.

This is like a desert, dry and gritty. This really goes for the gusto as far as completely throwing down the hops hammer. If you stop drinking it for more that a second it totally goes all cottonmouth on you

But if you quickly drink this you'll be on you ass. 1/3 of the way through the bottle and I can feel it coming on strong. A one beer beer for sure.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

orange and clear, head and lace ok, nothing special to look at.

Aroma has some funk on top of plenty of fruity hops, a little pine and some resin. The flavor has far more powerful hop taste, with searingly resinous hoppiness as the dominant form, with touches of funk and less fruit than expected from the aroma. There might be just enough malt to claim it's there but this isn't one of those "balanced" DIPAs (if there is such a thing).

Body is medium with pretty good carbonation and a bitter, resinous finish.

Overall Ballast Point's hoppy beers all seem to have a particular thread in common, but that's not a bad thing since they're all delicious.

Photo of fitweed
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of HoistinBrews
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Stone pint glass. Bottled on February 9, 2013.

A - Pours a light copper color with perfect clarity. The initial one finger head dies to a thin lacing pretty quickly. Speckled carbonation clings to the walls of the glass as I drink.

S - Huge tropical aromas burst from the bottle as soon as I start to pour. There is a diverse array of hops on showcase. I get citrus at first whiff, then pine, and even floral notes. Just a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Sweet caramel malts balance. With this and Sculpin, Ballast Point sure knows how to make an aromatic IPA.

T - Starts with a tangy tangerine bite. Bitter pine hops and smooth caramel hit midpalate. There is a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish with a boozey pine linger. I tend to drink high ABV pretty exclusively, but this has a distinct alcohol presence I haven't experienced in many other big IPAs. It is a shame because the other flavors are stellar.

M - Slick mouthfeel, suits the hoppy nature of the beer.

O - I was very surprised to see this on the shelf during a recent trip to my local Whole Foods. Ballast Point does hoppy beers very well, but this beer gets a mixed review from me. The aroma is world class, full of hoppy goodness. The hop flavors are prominent and excellent, with contributions of citrus, tropical, and pine varieties. The downfall of this beer is that there is an alcohol flavor beyond what I consider acceptable. Many big beers have an alcohol warmness about them, but this is more of a rubbing alcohol astringency. I don't want to overstate that aspect, because this is still a decent beer with phenomenal qualities. I will probably grab another bottle in the future to see if my palate was partly to blame tonight.

Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of neurobot01
3.96/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of rpstevens
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to overlord for the beer. Poured from a bomber into my smuttynose snifter.

The pour is a copper/orange with a healthy glow and a two finger frothy white head. As the head fades it leaves a thick oily lacing.

The smell is strong grapefruit with some subtle notes of pine hop. No malt in the scent what-so-ever (very welcome).

The taste is just like the smell, bitter, citrus (almost sweet) hops. The pine is there to balance out all the grapefruit but I don't really taste any malt. The hops are almost sticky and resinous.

The mouthfeel is lighter than expected based on the abv. The bitterness dries out the mouth and leaves behind a sweet, citrusy, juicy feel. The alcohol is barely present making the beer dangerously drinkable.

Photo of bmwats
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into Dogfish IPA glass.

A: Dark golden/very light amber hue. Pours 2+ finger, frothy, white head. Settles, very slowly. Uneven, pock marked, blanket remains along with a trail of dry sticky residue.

S: Pine cone, citrus, honey, and butterscotch. Very floral and liquory.

T: Really hoppy, with a pungent sourdough. Bitter pecan shell. A bit of lemon pith, tree bark.

M: Thick and hearty. Strong boozy feel. Pungent, dry finish.

D: Sip and enjoy.

Atmosphere is really strong. Dark hue, large frothy head, and plenty of persistent lacing. Nose is floral pine, with sweet and citrus. Really hoppy and pungent, with some bitter pecan and citrus. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased in California and brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam.

Pours a rather clear orange colour, with a solid weight to the body. Head is somewhere between white and off-white, which is probably getting too specific, but full and foamy, leaving some sheeting, intricate lace as it goes down. Carbonation is very fine. Looks good.

Nose is spicy with orange pith dominant mellowed by a rounded barley sugar character. Slight peppery tones come through as well, creating a little crispness. It's not a particularly dynamic nose, but it's certainly very pleasant.

Light entry on the palate with some spicy citrus coming through, leading towards a greener, slightly more herbal bitterness through the centre. This is rounded off again by that sweet barley sugar maltiness towards the back, helping it stay balanced. It's rather clean all up, helped by a peppery bitterness which punctuates the ending. Everything is held in check nicely.

Feel is full, but with a pleasant lightness. It works well.

It's extremely balanced for a DIPA, and as a result it's a lot more drinkable. I certainly enjoyed this a great deal.

Photo of kawilliams81
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a bright dark caramel with a 2" light beige head. Big wall and leopard spotting of lacing coat the glass.

S- honey, caramel, juicy citrus (pineapple, papaya, oranges), very light spice and pine.

T- sweet caramel, biscuit, sweet oranges and pineapple, some spice and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, slick and drinks very easy at 9.6%.

O- nice ipa with big sweet malt body, juicy citrus and a light bitterness.

Photo of oggg
3.97/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of dtmets84
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured into my hill farnstead tulip. Big thanks to airfoli. After having knee deep simtra last night (also thanks to airfoli) I dive in. The smell is eh, nothing to write home about but the taste is awesome. Much less hop bomb and malty versus the knee deep. I find this very sessionabl even at 10%

Drink by date is 7/12/13

Does ballast point have no care to when people drink these?

Will defintely seek this out again.

Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from a mystery beer location. Bomber, baby. Ballast Point makes absolutely beautiful labels. Decided to crack this Thanksgiving morning at about 10:30 a.m. (you bet your ass I know how to do it) before heading to the out-laws for dinner. Drank a Pliny directly after the Dorado. One good DIPA deserves another.

Pours a translucent semi-clear golden caramel under an abomination of a head. Do not attempt an aggressive pour or you will be sorry. Plus now I gotta wait 15 minutes before getting a taste.

Big hop whiff but the malts are clearly represented. Good scent.

You get a subtle malt characteristic before a bittingly bitter hop beat down bitch slaps your tongue. The "sensation" of bitter is more pronounced than the "taste" of bitter, if that makes any sense. Even if it doesn't, that's how it is. I can't help but think this was marvelous fresh and has lost a little something. Still tastes good.

Smooth to the point of creamy. Very nice. All the carbonation must've wound up in the massive head because there is little to none in the fluid.

Supremely drinkable but the taste is becoming less and less desirable as I go through the bottle. Sitll not bad - please brew this again! Would love to get some right after bottling.

Overall: yummy worthy better than you

Photo of mds1101
3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of craftaholic
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of cfalls
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thick head, good retention. Clear copper -- no haze.

Great mouthfeel.

A little heavy for me. (Maybe not a fairly complaint of a DIPA?)

Fairly bitter, balanced with a fair bit of malt sweetness. In fact, too much malt sweetness.

Photo of jrfehon33
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wafers
3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of warnerry
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Lazaro
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of Beerswag
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,972 ratings.