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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

1,562 Ratings
THE BROS
94
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Ratings: 1,562
Reviews: 486
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 191
Gots: 105 | FT: 3
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: drewbage on 06-14-2003)
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Photo of largadeer
4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from ArthurPendragon. Thanks, Art. New April 2011 batch, weighing in at 10.6% ABV.

Pours a brilliantly clear shade of golden amber. The head dissipates with surprising quickness, though there's plenty of carbonation.

Smells like tropical fruit salad, a real cornucopia of fruit aroma on display here. Curiously, honeydew melon is most prominent, not a scent I commonly pick up in hoppy beers, but it smells great. Sweet mango and ripe stonefruit also come to mind. Alcohol and malt are faintly noticed, lending a bit of depth.

Taste is where this beer really shines. Layers of ripe, sweet tropical fruit flavors wash the palate: honeydew, papaya, mango, a hint of peach. The texture is full, silky - this batch feels more full and sweet than previous batches, though it's neither cloying nor syrupy. A grainy malt base is noticeable if I dig for it, though it's buried. Bitterness is mild in the finish, and there's a brief kick of alcohol. Potent as it is, it's remarkably easy to drink, very rounded and smooth.

Overall, this seems quite different from older batches of Dorado, possibly for the better. The hop character has shifted more toward tropical fruit flavors, which are highlighted by greater sweetness and alcohol. I'm really liking this batch, though I seem to be in the minority.

largadeer, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of JAHMUR
4/5  rDev -3.4%

JAHMUR, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.22/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap. Hazy deep amber with golden highlights. Looks like orange marmalade. Creamy white head. Good retention and lacing. Pine and citrus greet you in the nose. Honeyish malt. Alcohol is evident in both the aroma and the flavor. Bold and brash but not overly bitter, balanced by the big, sweet malt. A massive beer. Drinkable in that despite the strength and massive flavor you'd be inclined to want to have another.

NeroFiddled, May 08, 2009
Photo of SocalKicks
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SocalKicks, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Acquired from via trade from Wasatch, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma has a strong burst of floral hops and fruity citrus along with some caramelized malt in the background.

T: The taste starts with a big hops bite up front along with some sweet flavors of caramel, vanilla and citrus. There's a decently hearty malt character. The hops bitterness remains dominant, which is exactly what you want out of a Double IPA. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, it might not be my first choice for a Double IPA but it's still a very good beer that I could drink for a while.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of Kegatron
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ballast Point (Old Grove location) on 3/16/09. Served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear coppery amber with a 3/4 finger of foamy off-white head. The retention has a rich and foamy look, leaving huge sticky swathes of lacing back. The aroma is just fantastic, with a blast of floral and spicy hops and THEE most tropical fruit laden smell that you are likely to find in a beer. Just awesome! Thick notes of bread and caramel sweetness really stand out as well and really makes those citrus accents just pop that much more.

The taste starts with a nice firm resinous (and slightly herbal) hop bite up front that is equally well balanced by that same monstrous tangy mix of caramel and tropical citrus flavors. This all just hangs lovingly on the palette with a mix of sticky sweetness and drying bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium-fuller bodied with a more beefy feel to it but the carbonation is so creamy, it helps all of those bigger flavors go down a lot easier than you would think.

I've loved this beer in the bottle for a while not and to try it fresh on tap at the brewery was just sublime. The tropical fruits in this beer are just insane and luckily the rest of it's characteristics bring the same awesome level to the table as well. A classic San Diego DIPA!

Kegatron, Mar 26, 2009
Photo of russpowell
4.47/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Love the label, reminds me of some happy fishing trips in Hawaii, yummy Mahi, but I digress

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Tons of grassy, piney & citrussy hops

T: Citrussy & piney hops in your face & some breadyness & then the grapefruit takes over. Pineyness starts to dominate as this warms, a long with some lemon & grapefruit hops, honey notes, breadyness, & a touch of grainyness & boozey hotnesss. Finishes with a nice pineyness, lemons, more crispness than a beer this big should have & bit of honey & grain. Love the complexity of this. Despite the grapefruit, I love this

MF: Oily, chewy with low carbonation. Near perfect balance

Drinks great for the ABV. A damn good, not great, but almost there DIPA

russpowell, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev -3.4%

Slatetank, May 25, 2013
Photo of drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

drabmuh, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy by 7/31/13 so I'm guessing it's only a month and a half or so old.

Pours a light fizzy head covering that at least sticks around a little bit, with a line of the heavy water mark of lacing, slight hazy nectar orange color.

Nose starts with big hops, earthy citrus hops, candy as well with a light candied orange, there's an herbal grassy almost celery like aroma, juicy fruit hops, little tangerine, guava/papaya like although not much tropical fruit. bright aromatic and juicy hops, and there is a sweet malty base, with a light amber malt.

Taste is what I expected for a DIPA, a big sweet malty base, some light amber reddish malts, hint of caramel and toffee, rich mouth, etc. Then hops galore, a big bitter kick that would be overwhelming without the big malty sweet base, with a bit of a warming booze following through the base. The hops bring more citrus, a bit of orange rind, candied orange peel as well, a decent pine kick as well, and some fruit again, more tangerine and nectarine than anything. A bitter orange rind effect comes through as it starts to finish. The finish stays fairly sweet and gets a bit hotter as the booze starts to kick in a bit more, a decent bitterness balanced well by the sweetness of the finish, some lingering orange rind, fruity citrus, and a bit of pine.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bodied, decent carb, some warming booze that gets slightly tingly on the finish.

Overall pretty good. Pretty much expected for a big DIPA from west coast, tasty, nice booze kick but drinkable, a nice malty balance that really comes into play and keeps the bitterness from exploding, and a nice hop bill that brings nice flavors and aromas but is missing that nice tropical fruit and subtleties of a great IPA or APA.

jlindros, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

mactrail, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of mendvicdog
4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mendvicdog, May 15, 2013
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Mora2000, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of mdfb79
3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

mdfb79, Apr 01, 2013
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5/5  rDev +20.8%

Rochefort10nh, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of smcolw
4.31/5  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.

smcolw, May 27, 2013
Photo of Gueuzedude
4/5  rDev -3.4%
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

Gueuzedude, Mar 13, 2007
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

XmnwildX12, May 08, 2014
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3.9/5  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.

Halcyondays, Sep 01, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Gavage, Aug 10, 2012
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4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

GClarkage, Mar 08, 2007
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3.58/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by 06/22/2013." 650 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I loved Sculpin.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention considering the 10% ABV. Colour is a semitransparent pale copper.

Sm: Piney, oily hops. Cream and clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite piney, with aggressive unchecked hop bitterness. The result is an imbalanced brew. Some orange and lime round it out nicely. Clean malts provide the background. Tropical fruit notes (undoubtedly from the hops) emerge after the climax and are a highlight of the beer. I like it. Full flavoured and tasty. Heavy on the grapefruit throughout the body. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, thick, and coarse on the climax. Nicely crisp on the open. Not quite creamy enough.

Dr: The untamed sharp hop bitterness prevents it from greatness. A good IPA demands balance. Sculpin this is not. It's a good IPA, but I expect better from Ballast Point. Well-priced. Hides its ABV incredibly well. Very drinkable.

Low B

Actually gets better as it warms. Would pair well with spicy food.

kojevergas, Jul 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

InspectorBob, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev -1.4%
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!

woodychandler, Dec 22, 2009
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,562 ratings.