Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

586 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 586
Hads: 2,391
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 247
Gots: 467 | FT: 4
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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 jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Millerbuffoon for this one.

A - Pours a hazy copper orangte color with very active carbonation and a thin but reasonably creamy head.

S - Aroma is light resin but still with a thick texture in the nose - mango, papaya, grapefruit, and light caramel malt. Average to slightly above.

T - Bready caramel malt, grapefruit, pine resin, spicy, light floral, herbally weed, and alcohol presence. Leaves a lingering finish of citrus and pine bitterness with some caramel malt and alcohol effervesence.

M - A full bodied D-IPA, a little sticky on the lips, moderate lingering bitterness, moderately dry finish.

O - Being a lover of Double/Imperial IPA's this one is "decent", but I prefer Sculpin. Compared to many other big IPA's from the West Coast this one is sitting in the middle of the pack. For the price that was paid, I wouldn't procure another bottle but glad I was able to finally try this. I apologize for this review because I really love the beers from Ballast Point, they are very talented at their craft. As a lover of DIPA/Imperial IPA's, this one is "meh" IMO. Today is July 24th and this bottle is dated "Enjoy by 6/22/13", just an FYI if anyone is reading this review. This is a beer I would love to try right around bottling time. (1,257 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, solid gold body. Great, fine white head with nice retention and lace.

S - Citrus, pine nuts, Marry Jane, touch of booze. Relatively light.

T - Huge, resiny pine hop character. Booze, grapefruit, biscuit. Nice lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium-light body. Nice carbonation.

O - Pine heavy, which is a nice change of pace from the classic citrus-forward west coast DIPA. Nice drinkability. (405 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 15028...so 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 jbredbeard
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is definitely not for the timid. Aroma is of decaying fruit which is not entirely unpleasant. You would think with the ABV(10.0) alcohol would prevail in the nose and flavor, but no, it does not show up til later. Very hoppy grapefruit right up front fades to a very strong sticky, bitter finish. Oh yeah, here comes the alcohol from out of nowhere that actually ads a whole other layer that is totally unexpected. Reminds me of gin. Powerful stuff! (460 characters)

Photo of jooler
3.59/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pretty alcoholic. Pretty bitter but a good bitter. This taste more like a double imperial ipa. The malts are pretty subtle but I just can't taste the hops that much. This beer confuses me. Not that great (203 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Big hop burn with a lot of spicy flavors. A lighter amber than some DIPAs. Attractive sudsy appearance in the Leffe chalice. Quite aromatic with pine and citrus.

Rather hot; the whole mouth heats up with the hop acidity. More like the heat of candied ginger, and that hint of sugar makes me think of candied grapefruit peel-- hot on the lips with a distinct malty sweetness. Not quite medicinal, but thoroughly bitter. What saves it is a really intriguing fruity richness, like some kind of atomic marmalade. Every kind of citrus peel flashes before your eyes.

From the 22 oz bottle bought at Liticker's in Ocean Beach. (621 characters)

Photo of SacoDeToro
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice golden copper with a small off-whtie head that turned into a minimal lace.

The aroma was predominantly citrusy and resiny hops with some alcohol and light fruit in the background.

The flavor of the beer was intensely hoppy and somewhat coarse. The maltiness was sweet and a tad syrupy.

The mouthfeel of the beer was a little too heavy for a DIPA in my opinion. Not nearly as crips and Pliny or any of the Pizza Port DIPAs, like Lou P. Lin. The carbonation was good.

This beer was a good attempt at a DIPA, but fell victim to being too sweet and syrupy, much like the Stone 10th did. (609 characters)

Photo of Sarlacc83
3.62/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Drink 09/09/13 dating.

A: Semi-translucent burnished orange with a steady white head. Plenty of bubbles rising through this one.

N: Pineapple, tangerine in syrup, some earth and pine. None of these elements is in heavy supply, unfortunately. Hops are more floral and herbaceous - there's some lavendar here and some black peppercorn.

T: Sharply bitter with a biscuity non-sweet malt to prop it up. Probably one of the more bitter DIPAs out there.

M: Very resinous and very, very dry. Lots of alcohol reaching throughout this one.

O: Definitely a beer for people who are searching for the biggest and the most bitter. It's a well done beer, but it's not really for me. (689 characters)

Photo of raynmoon
3.63/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Finally found this one, and at Bevmo of all places.

It smells very sweet and astringent. It almost has a metallic smell to it, you know, when it seems like you're just smelling an empty can or a bottle of something. Almost like sour candies; sweetness.

The taste is very big, sweet and alcoholic. The alcohol comes through a little more than I'd like. It has a big matliness and a nice hop bitterness and with a breadiness on the back end. It has a strange dry finish on the back of my throat.

The mouthfeel is very thick. People might describe it as "chewy" ?

A little disappointed. Maybe the bottle was old, or perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for this one, but it tasted much more like an American Barley Wine rather than a Double IPA. Still tasty though. (766 characters)

Photo of LonghornBrewer
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Two-fingered light tan head that dissipates quickly leaving behind a small amount of lacing. Beer is amber colored and somewhat transparent.

S: Really prevalent citrus-like hop character with a slight but of pine. Malt presence is faint.

T: Incredible unique. At first sip, your palate is overwhelmed with a citrus/ginger/salmon flavor (the beer is aptly named in that regard) that I have never encountered in a beer, followed by a bitter dry finish.

M: Average mouthfeel with slightly above average carbonation.

D: The overwhelming amount of flavor, while intriguing, serves to diminish drinkability to a small extent. The high alcohol content is actually masked quite well.

Good beer, but not my favorite. (715 characters)

Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow-peach color with a nice, slightly yellow-tinted, bubbly head. Nice, sticky retention on the head and some decent lacing.

S: Light pale malts. Orange, citrus, and little bit of floral.

T: Starts with the twangy sweetness of tropical fruit. Citrus, mango, even pineapple. Light on the malts. However, there is an odd, somewhat acrid aftertaste of metal and rough wood.

M: Light-medium in body with medium carbs. Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

D: An okay DIPA. Personally, I found it a little light and the odd aftertaste was distracting. Otherwise, some interesting tropical flavors going on here. (619 characters)

Photo of IntriqKen
3.66/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (628 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 Brew33
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first ever offering Ballast Point. Couldn't find Sculpin so I went with Dorado.

Initially I'm troubled because there is no head. A very thin white ring only around the edge of the glass, no foam covering the surface of the beer. The aroma is fine and good. Nothing out of the ordinary. Big American hops and a little bit of booze. The taste is good, I'll just say good. Big resinous hops, light malt and a fair amount of alcohol. This is a nice beer. Hits the style on the nose although it's a little bit boozier than I like. The mouthfeel was average for the style and the drinkability was better than I thought it was going to be after the first few sips. Nothing to write home about but a beer I'd certainly be inclined to try on tap. (741 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I finger and a ½ of foamy white head that fades fairly quickly. The beer is a bright copper color with a scant amount of carbonation. Excellent clarity and very bright. A good amount of foamy lacing remains.

Aroma was a blast of fresh hops. Seems to be a touch of pine at first, then quickly moves to a bright citrus/grapefruit aroma. You also get an initial hint of sweetness.
Very fresh and nice.

Pretty nice balance for such a hop bomb. My initial thought is it's a touch sweet. Initial citrus hops explosion quickly followed by a candy sweet middle. Some honey notes. As you drink it and acclimate yourself to the hops, then you can taste more of the malt notes. I wish they were a little more forward as they cut the sweetness a touch. You do get some heat from the ABV... (it's only 9%....not that high)

Syrupy thick mouth feel and fairly full bodied. Just seems a bit sticky.

It's a nice DPA but one to slowly enjoy. Seems to be a little less drinkable vs. Dreadnaught or Maharaja. ** as I continued to enjoy the beer is became more cloying and tougher to handle.

Good effort, just too sweet overall

I still need to try Sculpin... (1,145 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.67/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. On draft. Pours a light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of hops oils, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of citrus and grapefruit. It is rather heavy, as is expected with the 9.6% abv, but otherwise very nice. (264 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
3.7/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: A burnt orange color. Moderate carbonation. About a finger and a half of head. Thick lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Grapefruit and pine on the front of the aroma. Spicy booze bites hard after the front. The sweetness of the hops is in conflict with the alcohol. Interesting for sure.

Taste: Bright fruits, a lot of pine and green veggies, with a lot of hop tartness. Very interesting how the alcohol felt in the aroma is not a major player here. More of a bitter sweetness over an overall burn. Palette is effectively cleaned off with a lot of hops and medium bodied fruits.

Mouthfeel: Very drinkable compared to for the hops hit with this brew. Definitely on the dry side but overall pleasant for a DIPA.

Overall: Can definitely feel the Ballast Point IPA roots here. Not an elite DIPA but certainly worth a shot. (833 characters)

Photo of CHickman
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
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. (1,618 characters)

Photo of Sludgeman
3.71/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Added a review and updated my rating on 15-05-27
On tap at Rustico - Arlington. Served in a smaller snifter. A well balanced easy drinking imperial, with a well hidden ABV - 3.75

A - Pours a pale gold topped with a contrasting white fluffy head, great lacing - 4
S - Odd aroma, combination of herbal hoppiness and earthiness with even soapiness (but I watched the glass get rinsed before the pour) - 3
T - Malty, herbal hoppiness - 4
MF - Smooth, creamy, medium light body with a bone dry finish - 4 (501 characters)

Photo of bhalter8
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Reagan1984, who traded me a bottle of this to sample. Poured from the bomber to my Goose Island stemmed IPA glass, it has a solid two finger, off white head. This head slowly recedes leaving solid lacing. The color of the beer is a beautiful orange/copper blend. It definitely looks like an amazing DIPA. A sweet aroma upfront, finishes with a crisp citrus nose. The taste holds onto the sweetness in the aroma. A very sweet DIPA, there is a ton a bitterness that follows, but the upfront sweetness is rather strong. Maybe all the malt it took to get to this ABV made this intense sweetness. The sweetness is gone in the aftertaste, a far more bitter/dryness there. A dense beer, it rests heavy in your mouth, but is helped by some considerable carbonization. I have been working this bomber a little more slowly than a number of recent DIPA tastings, so I have to knock the drinkability, again that dense sweetness hurts it here. An good take on a slightly different approach to a DIPA, maybe just not what I expected from the look. (1,043 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a mostly clear dull amber/orange. Head is white and frothy. Head is smaller. It leaves a bunch of lacing however. Passes the checklist for a DIPA.

S-Loaded with candied-citrus fruit aromas. Candied oranges and apricots. A solid dosage of pine. Plenty of caramel malt backing. This specific hop aroma and flavor has never been my favorite. I prefer the ripe tropicals of their Sculpin over this.

T-This beer is very balanced with a strange medicinal or herbal hop finish. Almost a eucalyptus finish via the hops. Menthol-esque hop flavor. Candied fruit hops for days. Malt is robust. Caramel and liqueur-dipped bread.

M-Full bodied. Booze is noticeable. Bitterness and dryness are intense. Creamy from the malts and resinous from the hops. Sip by sip, not gulp by gulp.

O/D-Not what I was expecting, and it is by no means in the same category as Sculpin, but it's definitely pretty unique. 'Menthol hops' have been added to my reviewing acumen after tasting this beer. Not my style of DIPA; too malty and I don't love the hop profile. I respect the brew for what it is. It isn't my style, but I can see why it is so highly regarded. Still, I am so happy to have tried Dorado. (1,187 characters)

Photo of torchednoodle
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque, orange color. A lot of malty nose, and a lot of malty taste as well. There is a caramel malty taste on first impression which quickly fades to a piney hoppy bittnerness. You can feel the 9.6% heat on this, but the flavors on this beer are not outstanding to me.

I haven't tasted the citrus notes that others claim, but I also drank this after a bomber of Sculpin, which may rape the citrus tastebuds.

Very much drinkable, but to my palate, there are other DIPA's that fit the bill (and the wallet) better. (524 characters)

Photo of MacQ32
3.73/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an appetizing mostly orange (slightly amber) into my Charleston Beer Exchange globe glass with a nice finger of light caramel colored head with absolutely fantastic lacing. Retention is OK, after about 3 minutes coverage is spotty at the top however a thick outer ring hangs onto the side of the glass.

S - Bitter hops mostly resinous pine but also some citrusy peel and pepper aroma. Mildly sweet from the caramel, but the hops definitely steal the show here.

T - Resinous bitterness and lots of spice transforms into a citrusy flavor. Aftertaste is dry and bitter, doesnt linger too long. No depth to the flavor imo. The alcohol astringency is not shy in this one

M - Chewy/medium body, strong wet (opposed to dry) bitterness really hits the back of the jaw.

O - Pretty decent, looks fantastic, a little too peppery/astringent. Definitely good, but not as good as the appearance and aroma led me to hope for. (924 characters)

Photo of utfiero
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Color- hazy dark gold.

Aroma- sweet with a sharp citrus zest.

Taste- A strong double IPA. Starts sweet and zesty with fully hops throughout, finishing unusually dry for such a strong sweet start.

Poured from 650 ml bomber into a Liefmans Goudenband glass (my preferred all purpose beer tasting glass). Tasted May 24, 2013. (326 characters)

Photo of do_ob
3.75/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (961 characters)

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.