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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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619 Reviews

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Reviews: 619
Hads: 2,577
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.39%
Wants: 263
Gots: 568 | 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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Reviews: 619 | Hads: 2,577
Photo of RaulMondesi
3.55/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It looked aite, it smelled aite, it came wrapped up in a pretty bottle... but like Raulsky's prom date, what a let down! I mean, it smelled like Britney Spears 2001, but tasted like Britney 2013. Deceiving, deceiving, deceiving! Don't get Raul wrong; if Britney gave Raul a lil something something today, he wouldn't complain - but it still wouldn't be like the "Hit Me Baby One More Time" edition.

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Photo of Wedgie28
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden copper

Small head, disapated quickly. Bunch of white stuff from the rim to the bottom of the glass after all the beer was gone.

Faint smell of a pine needle when you snap it between your fingers.

Leaves a film on your lips like chapstick. That was cool.

Good beer!

Don't really want to write any more words. Just trying to make quota.

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Photo of albertjr21
3.57/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this at a Ballast Point event in NYC almost exactly 1 year ago and remember loving it...Picked up a growler yesterday at New Beer Distributors-NY.

A: Into a snifter, Dorado pours a lovely clear amber golden color under a sudsy head. Bright color that's about as rewarding to look at as the colors on the prized fish itself.

S: Lush and very attractively blended aroma of pine and floral hops. Cool and refreshing fruity nose.

M/T: A relatively smooth but salty pine hop bitterness flows over the tongue into a dry herbal noted finish. My guess is that Pine accented hops are king in this brew and perhaps that's where I'm getting that salty sensation from...

O: All in all, I'm a bit disappointed this time around with the taste in this brew. Perhaps it's just me...If this was the intended taste that the brewery was going for, then perhaps it's just not quite for me. Of course, there's always the possibility that somewhere along the distribution path, this beer changed...Regardless, I have to say that this isn't bad beer...It's simply not along the lines of my taste for Imperial IPA. I will continue to celebrate the brews of Ballast Point and suggest that YOU be the judge...

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit, sweet malt, a little alcohol;

T: pine with a bit of alcohol up front; ripe tropical fruit comes and goes quickly; malt sweetness is in the background all the way through; at the finish, there is mild bitterness with a little alcohol note;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: it's good, but I was hoping for more; a bit of a let down;

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sugary apricot with a little citrus zest.
T: It tasted like candied apricots and sugary resin, with some citrus zest. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent double IPA in the old style of more sweet than hoppy. The body was good, and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Not great in the current market, but not bad.

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Photo of teromous
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of jbredbeard
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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!

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Photo of jooler
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
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

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Photo of mactrail
3.6/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of SacoDeToro
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of raynmoon
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of LonghornBrewer
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of Florida9
3.65/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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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 TheElectricOne
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Brew33
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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...

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.67/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

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Photo of hophugger
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice semi-deep gold color with decent head and lacing. Aroma is medicinal, with some hops coming through. Taste is strong, with some bitter grspefruit coming through and lots of bitterness. Mouthfeel is good, lots of bitterness and some medicinal qualities. Ok, but was expecting a little more citrus, I guess

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark amber color.

The beer is resinous and harsh drinking. Mountains of huge sweet malt and caramel sweetness. The finish goes on with sticky resin, pine, and bitterness.

It surprisingly does not drink as high as 10%, but it is still a messy, sweet, and dank brew.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bad boy will keep you warm on a cold winters night. Bold, in your face, palate shredding hops, malty and boozy. Tons of sweet floral, pine, and hints of citrus on the nose and taste buds. Not bad, but nowhere near the best from Ballast Point.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.7/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 619 ratings.