Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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Reviews: 610
Hads: 2,506
Avg: 4.12
pDev: 20.15%
Wants: 252
Gots: 527 | FT: 5
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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 smcolw
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Modest head but it leaves a continual blanket of lace. Clear with amber color.

Smell: Smooth caramel base with a light floral hop touch.

A good malt start. This yields to some alcohol warmth. The swallow features some grapefruit rind tasting hop bitterness. Long bitter aftertaste, but this is not extreme. Creamy body with a subdued carbonation level. Deceptively easy to drink.

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

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/18/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing lings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, pine, honey, biscuit, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%, with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate bready malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From 03/29/13 notes. Big thanks to Nugganooch for sending this to me; thanks Dane! 22 oz. bottle poured into my Bell's tulip. Bottle had an enjoy by 02/26/14 on it.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent bright orange color with one finger of fluffy white head and light carbonation evident. Some light lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, tropical fruits, and come caramel malts. Nice mix of fruit and hops, pretty good nose.

t - Tastes of more caramel malts, fruity malts, bready malts, and light citrus hops. Nice but much more malty than the nose and a lot less hops; a slight step down for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink, no alcohol presence.

o - Overall a nice beer, though the taste is definitely on the malty side from a DIPA. Definitely doesn't taste like it is almost 10% ABV. Nose is nice and has some decent hops to it, but when I'm looking for a DIPA I want it hoppier and not as malty. A good beer but can't see myself going for it often when I can get Sculpin.

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Photo of chinchill
3.77/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle.

Limited bitterness for style but lots of hops in the nose and plenty in the flavor too, especially in the finish and aftertaste.

Relatively refreshing and easy to drink for style.

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Photo of orangesol
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint glass. This one is dry hopped with Crystal and Horizon Hops.

A - Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a thick two finger head with thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong pungent smell of hops with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango with a slightly sweet aroma from the malt. A faint smell of caramel comes out as it warms.

T - Fairly bitter thanks to all those hops. Not as much fruit as in the nose, the malt seems to be dulling down those flavors a bit. A bit sweet from the grains. Very well balanced. Not as good as the sculpin casks I have had but still a very good offering from ballast point.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with a good balance of flavors. It could use a little more carbonation is it appears a little dead in the glass.

D - Drinkability is fairly high on this one. I would like the hops to come thru a tiny bit more in the taste but still an excellent cask offering.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/copper color with a nice white head on top, pretty good retention, eventually reducing to a nice cap on top. Thin lacing all around.

S: Some citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a little bit of caramel and grainy malt as well. Not overly aromatic though.

T: Similarly muted, there is a bit of citrus fruits, similar to the aroma, but overall it was a bit boring. Not overly fruity or piney like most west coast IPAs are. A little bit of an off putting flavor as well that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.

O: Had high hopes due to Sculpin, but just wasn't really a fan of this one.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with a finger tall soapy off-white head. The head reduces by about 50% while drinking this beer but still a good amount is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots and lots of hop aromas in this beer - primarily citrus hops but also some pine hops. There is also a subtle hint of Christmas spices as well.

T: Big hop flavors - primarily citrus with some more subtle pine hints. There is some underlying subtle malt flavors that come out - bready and some caramel sweetness. Also, I get hints of Christmas/holiday spices.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very refreshing and I love all the hop flavors in this one. There is no hint of the alcohol present and it is real easy to drink (though I have a feeling this one could easily sneak up on you). I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is mildly hazy and appears a sunset orange color. Half inch of white head. The aroma offers citrus, hops, alcohol. Tropical fruits dominate the flavor with alcohol presence notable throughout. While I would consider this a hop forward beer, the malt body definitely plays a major role. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering notes of alcohol, tropical fruit. Overall, pretty good. It would be better if the alcohol was hidden more gracefully.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to jtd1969 for sharing this at our last brewing session.

A - dark orange with a thin white head that has decent retention

S - bread, citrus, fruity

T - citrusy, bready, a hint of lemon, grapefruit, pine, alcohol

M - warm, medium to full bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent, balanced beer with solid flavor. The alcohol is well masked and the hop character complements the bready malt character. This was a great share from Jim.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has some candy and resin hops, with some biscuit malt thrown in. The flavor is very similar. I get some bitter pine and resin from the hop notes, as well as some brown sugar and orange citrus notes. There is a good amount of malty sweetness, which is mixed with some strong hop flavor and a medium amount of bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

10/21/06- Purchased at Ledgers Liquors in Berkeley, CA.

Presentation- 22oz bomber with no freshness info. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Semi-clouded amber-orange pour. 1/2 inch and tight knit bubbled head. Light spotted and streak lace left behind.

Smell- Grapefruit laden hopfest. Nice strong bitter fumes. In addition there is a nice roasted malted backing.

Taste- Sweeter malty base with a light burnt flavor hoovering in the background. It interacts very well with the sugary grapefruit and light pine flavored hops.

Mouthfeel- Thick and chewy, maybe even sinewy. Mild lasting bitter aftertaste with the perfect level of carbonation.

Drinkability- Couldn't even detect the 9% abv. Very very drinkable. Definite two thumbs up and one of the better DIPA's from CA.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No head, but partially because it was full to the rim. Color was a slightly hazy medium-amber. Nose left no question that this was a DIPA. It was smokin' with hops and burned some nose hairs on its way up the pipe. Mouthfeel was medium with a crisp, citrusy bitterness on the tongue. Finish had a peppery after taste. Phew!

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Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 1/2" head that falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel, citrus, pine, and a hint of alcohol is detectable. Hop bitterness is quite noticeable.

Taste: caramel, pear, orange, pine, grapefruit, and a hearty floral bitterness. Alcohol is warming and noticeable in the taste.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp from start to finish. A bit of a syrupy tones arrives after swallowing.

Overall: this beer fresh is extremely enjoyable but it is slow drinking. This will make any hophead happy.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head ale glass. Best before Aug 29th 2013.

Real gorgeous crystal clear orange amber body. Head is off white and large nearly four fingers and very uniform, if a little soapy. Slow rising columns of carbonation coming from the middle. A real looker.

Super green fresh hops, grassy with a spruce piney like sense and tropical fruit. Slight bit of earth with a real juicy sensation to match which works great with the fruit angle. Limited malt presence but delivering a big IPA as promised.

Palate is full of green leafy goodness and chewy pine. Finishes with a big hop oily coating, and a wintergreen mint like finish. Mid palate has a little bit of citrus to tropical warmth with the pine and bitterness taking over slowly. Real good depth and mouthfeel for an IPA, extremely coating with a nice nearly oily but just slick feel. Moderate carbonation. After some time the malt sweetness comes in with a great wintergreen mint complimenting sweetness which really hits the spot.

Great beer, what can I say.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled February 2007
Pours easily with a three-finger thick, frothy, amber tinged tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich, light reddish copper color. Loud fruity hop notes seem as if I just cut into a fresh sweet tangelo with the peel releasing its vibrantly fresh essential oils. The pure citrus essence that the aroma captures is quite amazing, I don't think I have ever smelled such a distinctively citrus character in a beers aroma before. It makes the aroma a bit one dimensional, but the fruity citrus notes are so vibrant that I don' t mind at all.

The taste is fairly sweet up front and the citrus character is immediately noticeable. Again it is like this beer has had the essential oils from a mix of tangelos, sweet oranges, and ruby red grapefruit all put in a concentrated form into this beer. Even the bitterness seems to be infused with this over arching citrus character. The bitterness is actually fairly light for an IPA, instead Ballast Point seems to have focused much more on infusing the flavor and aromatics from the hops they used. This is a trend that I have certainly enjoyed, I do like bracing bitterness too, but don't always need it even in my Double IPA's, assuming of course that the beer is still stuffed full of hop character. This beer is certainly hop dominated, the malt that is here only plays a supporting role as it is very hard to detect specifics under the hop character. The hop character is so smooth and without any sort of astringency or hard / sharp edges. This beer hides its alcohol content pretty well. It has certain heft to the bottle, but I was expecting a bit more of a substantial body in a beer of this strength. I am glad that it is relatively light, as this is how I like a beer that has IPA somewhere on the label (if it is chewy it should be a barleywine).

Quite enjoyable, I wonder what other brews are going to be released under this robust limited release label. This is not the most complex beer, but it easily defines purely hop driven enjoyment in a glass and for that I am quite happy. Initially this beer was only lightly chilled, as it cooled more in my bucket of ice it picked up some sharp hop edges and a bit more hop bitterness. I think I prefer this only lightly chilled as it is much smoother, though a touch less complex.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA

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

On-Tap in a 9oz serving.

A- Dorado came to me with nothing more than a skim of off white foam on the top. This has a deep orange look to it with a very slight gold within. Looks kind of thick and rich in flavor just from the appearance.

S- Like a hop lovers dream. Deep scents of grapefruit and pine. There is a very strong malt backbone in this as well. A nice resiny smell. As with a lot of Ballast Point brews a good focus on fruits are here.

T- Now that's what i'm talking about. My 3rd IPA from BP and it does not dissapoint. Getting pine which were not present in the other BP IPA's. Big fruity taste such as grapefruit and other tropical/citrus flavors. The malt addition keeps this from being to bitter providing a nice bready offset from the hop array.

M- The feel is a winner with the malts and hops working well and not stepping on each others toes. Not overly bitter which is always a factor when trying new DIPA's. Very easy going down with a medium feel.

D- Well this was easy to drink, perhaps to easy considering the ABV one should be careful. Either way I need to track down some bottles because I can see myself easily going through 22oz's.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to come across Dorado Double. 22 ounce bottle and listed at 9.1 ABV, on to the beer:

I can already smell the hops as I pour the beer into my chalice. Very heady, pale orange peach appearance. A lot of hops in the aroma....well duh! Fruity hops. Some bready malts play along. Into the mouth, it is big and hoppy, but not really bitter. Tropical bittersweet fruits and pinneapple are the flavors here, the maltiness is thinner than expected for a beer of this don't really taste the malts. Smooth on the palate, but "thin".

It's a good DIPA, though it doesn't really stand out by San Diego standards. Glad to try it though.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a thick, off-white head, straight from the tap, a lot of foam.

S: Hoppy, nice-smelling, but nothing outstanding, a lot of tropical fruits and pine.

T: The first thing that hits you is the amount of pineapple in this brew, very different, but pleasant in a Double IPA. A bit of malt hits you at the end and as the beer warms up, but that unique pineapple flavour is what I remember.

M: Chewy and resiny, but quite refreshing for a big beer, no qualms about the quality in this one, the flavour stays on your tongue for a long time.

D: A good Double IPA, easy to drink off the tap, I enjoyed it, would order again.

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

Pours a crystal clear amber/copper with a big fluffy white head that sticks around forever leaving a sticky lace all over my glass. Smells of hops mostly, odd for a double IPA :) Pine citrus grapefruit, all the usually suspects. Hints of sweet malt 3 miles underneath the onslaught of Humulus lupulus. Taste is not quite as bitter as I expected, or my palette has been ruined from the IPA's of late. Citrus and resin dominate, but the sweet taste of caramel peeks in somewhere in the middle before losing the battle to a lingering grapefruit finish. Thick body, bitter resinous mouthfeel, medium carbonation. Not a bad IPAx2

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a nice, hoppy west coast dipa. A treat. Pours a hazy dark golden with an offwhite pancake head. Good lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity with some apricot and a very lightly bitter smells. The taste has deep layered hop flavors with a solid malt background. A hop attack of pine, grapefruit, and spice. Fantastic! The mouthfeel is slightly grainy, but substantial and a great platform for all the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Great drinkability, would be perfect if it were slightly lighter in body.

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Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden amber/orange color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, uber-fresh hop aroma with lots of earhy pine and sweet fruit notes along with subtle malt presence. The smell of hops fill up the room once I removed the cap. Pine needle and buds along with tropical/citrus notes and biscuity malt.

Chewy full body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that is excellently countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes along with a pale malt backbone. Sticky, dry pine needle followed by hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruitand orange peel. Biscuity malt backbone provides subtle balance without taking away from the hops at all. The ABV is noticeable with subtle heat in the finish but it's really well masked considering the strength. Just an outstanding hop bomb of a beer.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from TJ's 7th Anniversary...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a small cap and heavy collar. Lots of CO2 pumping up to the top of the rim. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus, sugary malt, herbs, and cut wood.
Taste is of the aromas with some pine sap and two-row malt keeping the hops in check.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, chewy, and warming.

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Photo of Zorro
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a hell of a big wad of sediment in the bottom of this bottle so I pour this very carefully.

I am rewarded with a Dreadnaught clone; hazy peachy amber colored beer with a good white head.

Smell is as I hoped; in fact an enormous and complex bouquet of hop aromas. Scents of pine, pineapple, guava, menthol, eucalyptus, willow tree, citrus, peaches and 10 other things I can't name. The scent is among the top three Mega IPA beers.

Taste begins sweet and fruity with a giant taste of guava and melon in the first sip; there is a pleasant lingering slightly green banana aftertaste to this. Big tropical fruit flavors just jump out at you from this just like the two big Russian River Beers and the Three Floyds Dreadnaught. The traditional big hop tastes of pine and grapefruit are minimized in this beer and allow every other flavor that hops can be to really shine. A truly superior Super IPA class beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is get you in "big trouble easy" drinkable. TASTY is the only word that applies here and this is just about liquid hop sex in a bottle. This is in the same class as the top three Super IPAs in the world and might just be the best.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5


Fresh batch put on today at Old Grove in a pint glass.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a frothy white cap. Nice retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Blast of tropical character: mango, papaya, passion fruit. Notes of honeydew melon are evident, accompanied by grass and pine. I also detect big grapefruit notes, as well as orange and a little stone fruit. The hops are bright and really expressive. A little sugary caramel is buried beneath the hops.

T: Lightly sweet up front, with a moderate bitterness overshadowed by a massive hop cornucopia. Once again there are strong notes of mango and papaya. There's some candied sweetness midpalate with faint notes of caramel. Orange, grapefruit, peach, and pine are evident throughout. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: An exceptional batch of an exceptional beer. One of the best in the style.

*edit* I had another glass of this new batch on tap at Churchill's a couple weeks later and it was awful, like D+ awful: cloying, medicinal, and face melting booze. I'm not sure what's going on with this batch. I didn't take notes but I could hardly finish my glass. This review is from the keg I had the first day they tapped it at Old Grove which was awesome.

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