Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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2,318 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,318
Reviews: 618
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 9.93%
Wants: 246
Gots: 430 | FT: 4
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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 Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light clear orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is one-dimensional but still very interesting. Taste is also dominated by grapefruit hops with loads of great floral notes and light bitter finish. Malt is present thought doesn't play a big role in the final taste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done for a West Coast IIPA.

Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper into a snifter. Held up to light, orange hues highlight the edges of the effervescent liquid as tiny bubbles racing upwards through the beer add to the already impressive and frothy inch and a half of head that sit coolly atop medium-thick body. The lacing is above-average, and provides a nice pattern as I imbibe.

The nose on this one is what one would expect from a big west coast DIPA. Oodles of grapefruit hops spring into my nostrils as I bury my nose deep below the rim of the glass. The use of big bittering hops is evident by the ample bite of hop bitterness. Lemon zest floats through the air to round out the aroma.

The taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit and citrus hops are the dominant flavor initially. However, as the beer moves over the tongue, more piney hops come to the forefront of the flavor, providing a characteristic flavor that was not hinted at in the nose. The bitterness is somewhat lower than I expected, especially after the biting aroma. Orange and lemon zest squeeze their way in, just to add to the citrus party. Not even a hint of the alcohol warmth that one might expect from a beer this big, but it would still be a nice one for a cold rainy day.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The malt backbone in this beer is barely evident and provides only a touch of caramel instead of the resinous malty stickiness that some DIPAs have (and this one might have if let sit...luckily this is perfectly fresh). As mentioned before, the lack of evidence of any alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable. The balance...or lack thereof...makes this a dream for a big hop head.

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

Chilled and poured into a Duvel glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: Lightly hazed golden bronze color with a ½" fluffy white or barely off-white head that clings to the side of the glass. Sipping leaves rings and scattered patches and speckles of lacing. Throughout most of the beer the ring around the glass leaves sticky foam and leggy lacing on the sides while patches of foam cling to other parts of the glass.

Smell: The aroma has plenty of grapefruit and other floral citrus zest character accented with a touch of pine and backed up by enough caramel to support and balance the hops without every taking over the show. The malt provides an almost honey like character to the aroma so that at first sniff there just seems to be sweet grapefruit in the aroma.

Taste: The flavor is complex with semi-sweet orange zest, grapefruit, and traces of pine resin. The honey-like sweetness of the caramel malt backbone supports the flavors of the hops, lets them play back and forth with each other, but tempers them just a bit and balances them just enough to keep them from getting boring in the sort of unrelenting harshness offered by some DIPAs.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium to full-bodied and is soft and creamy with moderate prickly carbonation. The finish contains hints of pine resin, but is long, mostly dry, and filled with grapefruit and with orange zest bitterness.

Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable in the sense that I keep wanting more and more, and that makes it very dangerously drinkable at this ABV. That means that more than two portions a night is simply not going to happen. However, this is also an interesting and complex DIPA that I'll revisit again in the future now that it is available in PA.

Photo of Jayli
4.03/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

consumed 10/15/09

A: This beer pours a hazy copper color with a two finger of thick, creamy off white head to it. Decent head retention that leaves some of the thickest lacing I've come across.

S: Nose is of sharp floral hops, hints of piney hops and an undertone of caramel malts.

T: Taste starts off with a nice citrusy hops that I didn't detect in the nose - grapefruit is the most prevelant taste here. Middle is filled out with light caramel malts, and the finish is a burst of piney and floral hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, creamy mouth feel with a bone dry finish.

D: This is a nicely balanced DIPA, one that I will pick up again.

Photo of grayburn
4.05/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If Dorado and Sculpin are any indicators to Ballast Points brewing skill (they are) then I would love to try the rest of their line-up (I would.)
A nice copper color with a head that fluffs and laces and lasts, very nice looking.
The smell and taste are similar to sculpin on some 'roids. Grapefruit and pine and some mint even play around in front of a hefty malt backbone, excessive hopping carried out in the best of ways hear.
The mouthfeel is quite nice, maybe slightly over carbed, but not bad at all. Drinkability is decent, more of a sipper than anything else, but well worth sipping on.

Photo of seand
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a short but thick white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S: Piny floral hops, a little bit of bite from the alcohol.

T: The same piny floral hops come through, balanced by the strong malt sweetness. Full flavored and complex.

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied. Sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Well balanced enough to drink pretty easily, but the ABV is high enough to make it a sipper.

Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on-tap at the Craft Ale House a while back. Poured into a 10oz Snifter.

Appearance: Very big, fluffy white head. Seems to last forever. Very good lacing down the side of the glass. Nice orange-ish color. Not as deep a color as Sculpin, but hazier.

Smell: Typical west coast DIPA fashion. Piney, resinous hops that are floral and citrus in nature. Again, not as strong as Sculpin's nose, had to work a little bit to get everything out of it.

Taste: Resinous. Oily. Piney. A combination of right hooks and left jabs of hops. There is a decent malt backbone but the hops power through it. The high ABV is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good, moderate level of carbonation. The hops flavor sticks to the tongue for a long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. You're not going to pound the bomber, but I finished it easily and would have had another had the alcohol not snuck up on me.

Good beer. Prefer Sculpin. Certainly wouldn't pass is it up though.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ballast Point- Double Dorado

A- Golden orange with a huge billowy thick head. Thick chunky lacing down half the glass.
S- Big oily pine hops with citrus rind and cane sugar.
T- Big fruity sweet malt, caramel/ toffee with a slight touch of molasses. Big citrus rind and oily sticky pine resin hops dominate. Warming Alcohol pokes through with a sweet dried fruit touch.
M- Thick malt, fruity sweet with warming alc. and big oily resiny bitter pine hops on the tongue.

Overall- Slightly boozy but it goes down smooth and is an easy DIPA to polish off.

Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a clear orange with a one finger white head that really didn't last long. Minimal lacing. The scent isn't very strong for this style. But what is there is a fresh floral scent. The hop taste isn't very strong either. But the balance with a rather strong sweet malt back end of the palatte. It also leaves a nice sweet layer on the lips

Photo of NorCalYeti
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

appearance- poured a nice white head, fair amount of residual lace, active carbonation

taste- sweet bread, yeasty, soft, complex hops

color- gold amber

smell- mandarin oranges, marshmellows, grapefruit, peach

clarity- clear with some suspended sediment

body- medium-weight, medium-long finish, hop bitterness present, soft, smooth

notes/overall impression- great nose, sweet flavor, very drinkable, nice balance with a bitter hop component, great example, top shelf beer, super smooth example and an easy drinking double

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
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 rye726
4.77/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another impressive IPA from Southern California. Pours a golden tan with a thick beige head. Nice lacing and retention.

Nose has a bouquet of fresh hops over sweet candy malts. I could smell this all day long if it weren't so tasty.

Taste is an explosion of pine and citrus hops up front balanced by rich candy malts.

Medium body with a crisp carbonation. Great bitter finish leaves a coat of resiny hop oils on the palate. Impressive stuff.

Photo of ibbjamin
4.57/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Paid $9.99 for a bomber from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, CA. Poured into a snifter to review.

Leaves a nice pillowey white head that is very dense and light. Supreme lacing and retention. Light glowing orange in color.

Very nice hop bouquet on this beer; dank, resin, pine and grapefruit. All the usual suspects brought together very well in typical west coast hop forward fashion.

Great flavor profile. I'd imagine that a decent amount of Simcoe Hops went into this brew as it has a sticky mouthfeel of piney resinous hoppy dankness. There's a moderate malt backing that is easily forgotten about due to the hop punch this one delivers. The high ABV is kept completely at bay.

The mouth is superb as well. Not too thick and dangerously drinkable. Medium body with decent carbonation. Lasting hop aftertaste that keeps you wanting more. Watchout for that ABV though, you certainly will notice it as you near the bottom of the bomber.

This is a great DIPA and I'd put in in the top 3 I've had in its class. Somewhat limited, this one has been on my radar for some time now and I was very pleased to pick up a bottle from my beer guy in the city this past weekend. Unfortunately he did not win the lottery for Sculpin which is also hard to come by and very good apparently. Oh well until next time hopefully. Get it if you can!

Photo of GetMeAnIPA
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I was looking for a solid double IPA when someone recommended this to me and I couldn't have been any happier. My only comment is AWESOME!!!

Well, maybe awesome isn't my only comment. It pours a hazy golden yellow and has that unique blend and balance of intense hops, strong alcohol while remaining smooth and drinkable. I am getting giddy just thinking about it. I could session this beer or just relax with a bomber. The only problem it doesn't come in a 12pk.

Photo of mirish72
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was expecting great things from this one after trying it at the ACBF and getting soaked on buying a bomber for $11.

It poured an orange amber with a one finger head. It smelled like...a hop bomb, lots of piney grapefruit goodness. I am really psyched at this point.

Tastes like it smells. It has an amazing and overpowering lip puckering hoppiness. Really good stuff.

Although this was way overpriced, it was a great beer. I wish Ballast Point was more readily available on the East Coast.

Photo of GJ40
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on tap at The Flying Saucer in Raleigh.

This beer is inviting from the start with a pale golden color, incredible clarity and a thick white head. The aroma leaps out at you with floral and fruity hops. The flavor is a rich blend of hop oils, citrusy bitterness and alcohol. The malt plays a very small but perceptible role. It's a bit dry and the bitterness lingers nicely. It's got an oily consistency with a slightly high carbonation (though I think that's simply due to the tap settings). And it leaves behind a think lacing.

Dorado is strong and flavorful but very drinkable. This is one of my favorites San Diego beers.

Photo of atsprings
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a tulip glass a crisp pale orange with a nice off-white head. Aroma is a nice amount of citrus hops and sweet malts with just a hint of pine. The taste a wonderful complex blend of citrus and pine hops with nice sticky caramel malts and a very nice lingering dry bitter finish. The beer is a bit on the heavy side, but it still very easy-drinking. This is a very enjoyable DIPA, much better on-tap than when I had it from the bottle.

Photo of Nick3
4.12/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden lager poured into a snifter at the Rose n Crown pub in Palo Alto. Citrus hops, pine, grapefruit, and lemon dominate the nose. Very well balanced brew has a mild bitterness that lingers. Caramel malts are present though throughout though but mostly detected mid-way through the taste. Beer is rather light bodied and easy to polish off despite the ABV. Recommended.

Photo of JayQue
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really good West Coast DIPA. Unusual color. A slightly hazy, almost hefeweizen yellow color with a good white head. Lacing is hugely thick.

Smell is dramatic and good, an explosion of citrus hops - tangerine, orange and grapefruit with a little pine hops for balance.

Taste is the same with very initial bitterness "bite". The beer then turns "Blind Pig"-style soft and pillowy. The hops are still pronounced, but there is some degree of balance ( a malty presence that is not intrusive?).

Mouthfeel goes from crisp to soft. Initial reaction was that the mouthfeel was a bit light, but became more rich with each assault of hoppy goodness on the palate. Drinkability is good. You could enjoy this until the high abv kicks in.

Photo of okra
4.45/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was suggested to me as part of my lunch - wow!

Lots of citrus in the nose, but not a scrap-your-tongue-with-a-putty-kinfe kind of hoppy. Very nice nose, with a sweet mouthfeel. Deceptive and sneaky in it's alcohol content. One of those beers that you could keep on drinking and drinking until you notice that the floor is gyrating.

I would absolutely search this one out again!

Photo of cbutova
4.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden amber color into my DFH pint glass, has a one finger head that is full, and just between creamy and fizzy. Leaves medium lacing down my glass, nice carbonation bubbles rise throughout the beer, a nice looking ale. Smells and tastes of great hops, a perfect blend of citrus and piney hops, has a pretty much perfect balance of hops in the nose and taste. There is also some other fruity/sweet tastes that I cannot really identify but are definitely something I have never picked up in a double IPA before. Mouthfeel is medium, a bit creamy with great carbonation and a good coating of hoppy flavor for the mouth to enjoy after each sip. Drinkability is good, great taste, none of the 9% alcohol is picked up in the taste. All in all a really good double IPA hop bomb that I wish was not a limited release.

Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thunder, lightning, hail, and tornado heading my way, trying to submit this before the power goes.

Slightly hazed and apricot colored with a thick and foamy head of orangey-beige meringue that lingers long.

Fresh and inviting aroma of tangerine and sticky pine sap, some subtle malt.

Big and flavorful hop flavor upfront, just a little warm from the ABV, but not overpowering. Great mix of sweet citrus, subtle pine, and ruby red grapefruit. A midly tannic grapefruit rind pith rises from the finish. Some honey malt rides beneath to offer some balance, but the hops are way in front on this one and the bitterness keeps the malt from rising too high.

Rich and full mouthfeel, chewy upfront, finishes with a tingly flourish and a warming up the cheeks.

Very tasty and drinkable, many thanks to barleywinefiend for sending this gem coast to coast.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.15/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale golden slight copper colored hue with a nice sized white head, billows up the rim of my Sam Adams Boston Lager crazy balloon shaped glass. Forms fine even lacing and definitely settles rather quickly. Aroma for the most part is upfront hoppiness with pine cone, citrus as in grapefruit in this case. A touch of herbal kind bud pungency as well this is one hoppy creation out of So Cal, god I miss living out there and drinking beers like this on the daily. Flavor hits up front with sugary sweet and puckering bitter notes, much like a Green Flash DIPA it bites you with hop burp and sugary bitterness it's referred to as man candy in some podcasts from the Pittsburgh area. Even a bit onion or garlic with the type of bitterness going on that's a bit of a turn off, overall massively bitter and carbonation is even body is moderate nothing to offend here but then again nothing that thrills me completely. Drinkability overall is quality a beer I will quaff when graced with it's presence, scarcity is good but I would be better off with a six pack of 12 oz sculpin IPAs.

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap yesterday at City Beer SF and then again today at Tornado.

I had this beer in a 22oz bomber last week and a few earlier this month and let me justice is done until you've tried this beer On Tap.

I had this beer at Tornado side by side with PtE and I'm writing this because this is the only DIPA I've had where I didn't immediatly wish or rather have Pliny.

I could go on and on about the orange / Grapefruit / Pine - bla bla bla but if your passion is Pliny on Tap - This is one to seek out as a beer where every sip till the end is savored.

Finally a worthy rival (On tap) whereas this was the smoothest Hoppy and drinkable 9.1% I've had.

A VERY well done West Coast Representation of the style.

Photo of saintwarrick
4.23/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light burnt-orange or peach pour with a thick, foamy white head. Lots of tiny bubbles replenish the head, giving this brew an almost pilsner-like appearance, very active. Hop oils dominate the nose, very thick and citrusy, lots of sugar and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is thick but not tongue-numbing, lots of citrusy hops dominate as a good West Coast-DIPA should. Starts of sort of sweet before the hops take over, turning it bitter but drinkable. Yet, it still manages to not be cloying or too hoppy to the point of barely-drinkable.

A top-of-the-line DIPA from California, one of the better ones I have had.

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 2,318 ratings.