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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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597 Reviews

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Reviews: 597
Hads: 2,448
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 249
Gots: 501 | FT: 5
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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Photo of pmlondrigan
3.83/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've decided this 2XIPA is a lovely honey gold, but not as opaque as honey, more translucent. Almost a full 2 finger head, and dense. Lacing, yup it's there. The hops On the nose are full of herbs and pine. It smells sticky and earthy. There is some balance here, but sadly sweet sticky hops wine in the end. A simple basic malt bill can't stand uP to the hop bill Ballast point uses. The beer is very piney, herbaceous, and slightly cloying. I'd say dorado is a bit syrupy in my mouth, but fairly regular for the style. A fine ale to be certain, but it's hard for a 2XIPA to stand tall when the likes of Pliny and ghandi-bot are around. (637 characters)

Photo of sleuthdog
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into Ballast Point tulip
Poperglassware courtesy beachstrengh49
Enjoy by 8/18/13

Pour: Hazy light orange with a two finger bone white head that dissipated quickly. Left sticky soap like lacing. When held to the light this turns a nice light citrus like color. Lacing is huge, all over the glass with each sip and sticking.

Smell: Big on the citrus and tropical fruits end and getting tangerine orange, pineapple, grapefruit. Just very juicy tropical and citrus. There is a touch of pine/dank hops and a caramel sweetness. Actually the nose is mild for a DIPA and no alcohol detected.

Taste: The mouth is greeted by a fairly nice wallop of bitterness leading to grapefruit, and then the resinous hops take hold. It is much more pine and resin hop in the taste than the nose let on. It has a sweetness to it like a caramel maltiness but overall the pine and sticky resin hops dominate all the way through to the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full with a lot of creamy and sticky feel going on. Light to medium carbonation and mild alcohol detected.

Overall: Was excited at the nose because I much prefer the tropical/citrus IPA's to the piney/resinous ones but actually much enjoyment to be had by this beer. (1,217 characters)

Photo of deanhead
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale Golden Color, nice lace with bubbles all the way down the glass.
Dank Rich, and Viscous, very hoppy. clingy and piny with strong citrusy notes.
Intense hop aroma- bitter finish clingy then finishes very dry medium bodied-citrusy
hops begin...middle and at the end.. all the way through.
nice beer with a solid malt backbone. well balanced hop bomb if i can say that.
Sticky finish
drinkable and tasty beer i really enjoyed it. Highly quaff-able offering. (459 characters)

Photo of vtfan77
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice copper orange color with just the right amount of head (enough to look nice but not so much that the beer turned lukewarm while I waited for it to go down). A nice sticky lace remains along the sides of the glass as the beer diminishes.

S- Big time tropical fruit aromas come out with mango and pineapple and grapefruit and... um... maybe, like, guava or something? I don't know, I always have trouble with this part. It just smells like a really good IPA. Oh, and there's just a hint of caramel in the background to show that this isn't 100% hops.

T- The caramel definitely comes through a little more in the taste and the tropical fruit gives way to pine sap. A buttery richness backs the hops up and a touch of sweetness balances things out just enough to keep the bitterness from dominating. It's still quite bitter, but far from overwhelming and actually quite pleasant. The lingering bitterness on the aftertaste takes me back to the first time I had Stone's Ruination and thought it was the best IPA on the planet.

M- Fantastic; on the full side of medium, with just enough carbonation to keep it from getting syrupy.

I was really stoked to see this on a recent trip to NC and it did not disappoint. It had been a while since I'd had a great IPA and the style was starting to slide down my list of favorites. This was just what I needed to restore my faith in the hop. Easily one of the best beers I've had in a while, and the best IPA I've had in probably a year or more. Highly recommended. (1,516 characters)

Photo of SkunkWorks
2.22/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Growler from Stony Brook Beverage, Stony Brook, NY served in a pint glass.

Look: clear golden body with big carbonation bubbles floating to the top, nice head retention on the beige head with some lacing left behind. Good looking.

Smell: resin with a big, boozy aroma. Not particularly inviting. If I really stick my nose in it, I can pick up hints of floral, citrusy aromas too but they are hard to pick out.

Taste: follows the nose with a lot of alcohol and unpleasant resinous bitterness. Not very good.

Feel: medium to full in body, which is a good mouthfeel for a DIPA, but that booziness is a problem. Its not really sessionable and I decided to stop drinking halfway to the bottom of my glass. I will be leaving the rest of the growler for my girlfriend to finish, since she seemed to like it.

Overall: not impressed. I was expecting a bigger Sculpin and got this instead. The keg was fairly recently tapped so either the beer has sat in distributor hell for a long time or this beer is terrible. Given that the only Ballast Point I've had that I enjoyed was Sculpin, I might be inclined to believe it is the latter. Avoid. Cheers! (1,144 characters)

Photo of NoLeafClover44
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22 oz. bottle poured into a Stone pint glass. Bottled on February 9, 2013.

A - Pours a light copper color with perfect clarity. The initial one finger head dies to a thin lacing pretty quickly. Speckled carbonation clings to the walls of the glass as I drink.

S - Huge tropical aromas burst from the bottle as soon as I start to pour. There is a diverse array of hops on showcase. I get citrus at first whiff, then pine, and even floral notes. Just a touch of alcohol in the aroma. Sweet caramel malts balance. With this and Sculpin, Ballast Point sure knows how to make an aromatic IPA.

T - Starts with a tangy tangerine bite. Bitter pine hops and smooth caramel hit midpalate. There is a noticeable alcohol presence in the finish with a boozey pine linger. I tend to drink high ABV pretty exclusively, but this has a distinct alcohol presence I haven't experienced in many other big IPAs. It is a shame because the other flavors are stellar.

M - Slick mouthfeel, suits the hoppy nature of the beer.

O - I was very surprised to see this on the shelf during a recent trip to my local Whole Foods. Ballast Point does hoppy beers very well, but this beer gets a mixed review from me. The aroma is world class, full of hoppy goodness. The hop flavors are prominent and excellent, with contributions of citrus, tropical, and pine varieties. The downfall of this beer is that there is an alcohol flavor beyond what I consider acceptable. Many big beers have an alcohol warmness about them, but this is more of a rubbing alcohol astringency. I don't want to overstate that aspect, because this is still a decent beer with phenomenal qualities. I will probably grab another bottle in the future to see if my palate was partly to blame tonight. (1,744 characters)

Photo of ibbjamin
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
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! (1,336 characters)

Photo of PatronWizard
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received from a mystery beer location. Bomber, baby. Ballast Point makes absolutely beautiful labels. Decided to crack this Thanksgiving morning at about 10:30 a.m. (you bet your ass I know how to do it) before heading to the out-laws for dinner. Drank a Pliny directly after the Dorado. One good DIPA deserves another.

Pours a translucent semi-clear golden caramel under an abomination of a head. Do not attempt an aggressive pour or you will be sorry. Plus now I gotta wait 15 minutes before getting a taste.

Big hop whiff but the malts are clearly represented. Good scent.

You get a subtle malt characteristic before a bittingly bitter hop beat down bitch slaps your tongue. The "sensation" of bitter is more pronounced than the "taste" of bitter, if that makes any sense. Even if it doesn't, that's how it is. I can't help but think this was marvelous fresh and has lost a little something. Still tastes good.

Smooth to the point of creamy. Very nice. All the carbonation must've wound up in the massive head because there is little to none in the fluid.

Supremely drinkable but the taste is becoming less and less desirable as I go through the bottle. Sitll not bad - please brew this again! Would love to get some right after bottling.

Overall: yummy worthy better than you (1,285 characters)

Photo of whatthehull
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted April 23rd 2011 (from notes)

Poured into an IPA fest glass (Najs's Place, Redondo Beach, CA)

A - Golden honey and copper, barely any head, white in color and some lacing

S - Alcohol, tons of sweet malt and yeast, a citrus floral garden. Lots of fruit

T - Alcohol and more alcohol. Very fruity, citrus hops, floral hops, and very sweet

M - Chewy, almost to chewy. Low acidity and a long finish

D - Drinks nicely for a 10%+. Well balanced minus the alcohol in nose and palate

Final thought - Ballast point makes good IPA (532 characters)

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

Pours orange and cloudy with a huge head!

This isn't exceptionally hoppy for a DIPA. I get citrus and some apple notes in the nose.

Lots of citrus, peach and a touch of floral hops to boot. This tastes delicious. But, I'm not getting the hop explosion I was expecting. Almost too sweet.

I loved this beer but have a hard time classifying it as a DIPA. Either way, Ballast Point never disappoints. (399 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A brilliant light copper pour. Abundant off white head, fast diminishing. even lacing.

S: Abundant tropical sweetness: pineapple, grapefruit, mango, melon. Light grass

M: Soft in feel, mellow and ripe. Med body and a med carb; samples thin considering sweetness.

T: Stone fruit, berries, various melon. Pine bitterness. Grassy, honey pollen undertones. (363 characters)

Photo of Lerxst
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was highly recommended by a friend out west who was kind enough to send some my way.

A-Pours beautiful golden hue with a nice two finger white head that left some great lacing.

S-Hops, hops, hops! Citrus and pinewith no malt backbone. Smells great.

T-Citrus and piney hops bombard the palate with Just a hint of malt sweetness. A true west coast representation of the style. Pleasingly bitter.

M-Medium body, Crisp, refreshing and dry with a nice bitter finish. Very nice.

D-I could drink this all day long. This is an outstanding, delicious beer. (557 characters)

Photo of callmescraps
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, thought it was great. Was stoked to find a bottle.

Appearance - Very light copper color. Pretty clear. A big soap bubble head that hangs around for awhile. It's lacing nicely.

Smell - Immediate upon opening the bottle. Lots of apricot and citrus. Some definite pineapple. Some mango as well. Hiding behind it is some caramel malt. Also, some sticky pine. Very nice.

Taste - Big fucking hops. Lots of that apricot mango, but the bitter pine really comes through as well. It's got some sweet malt behind it all, but it's pretty well covered. Just enough to balance the bitter hops.

Mouthfeel - Very nice. It's big, but not sticky.

Drinkability - Pretty solid. The high abv is hidden almost totally. But that sweet sort of lingers. I could have another, but that'd be it.

This beer is often over shadowed by Sculpin, but it's an excellent brew in its' own right. It doesn't have the same nose, but does have a better mouthfeel. This is damn good beer. (974 characters)

Photo of Stoneman78
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear orange hue, head is huge, thick, and creamy bubbles that are mostly sustaining, big thick lacing on the glass
S- Nose is mostly pine resin and grapefruit, nothing too sweet here, backbone of caramel malts, some floral and pepper tones
T- Taste is dominated by a well-balanced mix of pine-forward hops and thick chewy caramel malts, touch of biscuit flavor, some grass and spice mixed in, finishes bitter and biting
M- Mediium-bodied, thick and chewy texture that layers the palate, mild carbonation
D- I've found this much better than the first time around, hence the re-review, the alcohol is well-masked at around 10% and this is one easy drinking DIPA with a very desirable mouthfeel/texture, I'm starting to come around to Ballast Point and look forward to going through more of their lineup (812 characters)

Photo of JG-90
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz poured into glass gives a moderate white/tiny bit beige creamy head. Beer is a clear, bright orange with a bit of copper. Has heavy lacing. Smells of juicy citrus hops, floral, and sweet malts.

Taste is dominated by sweet caramel malts and floral hops. Taste starts with floral hops, then caramel and toffee malts, then mango, lemon, and orange hops. Has a malty, floral,slightly boozy finish that is a touch resinous. Not as hop forward as what is ideal for me, but still a great flavor. Has a medium body with low carbonation. A very good beer, not exactly my preference for a DIPA (A little too malty and sweet/floral). (628 characters)

Photo of dbl_delta
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated bottle into pint glass. Light amber, off-white head. Medium carbonation. Citrus, a little malt, and a fairly bitter finish. Medium mouthfeel. Alcohol is fairly evident. Not a bad effort, but not spectacular - I've had better DIPAs. (245 characters)

Photo of grayburn
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (595 characters)

Photo of bulletrain76
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle. Hazy orange with a fine white head. Instant burst of candied pineapple, strawberry, mint in the aroma. The flavor has an intense fruity, hoppy flavor, mostly of dried mango and mint. A firm malt sweetness enhances the hops, yet isn't cloying or sticky. A bit fatter than some other west coasters, but not too flabby. Just enough bitterness to cut the body and dry the finish, in tandem with just a hint of smooth alcohol. No harshness or astringency. This bomber is going down dangerously fast, but this is still a substantial sipper. Awesome DIPA. (561 characters)

Photo of PacNWDad
4/5  rDev -2.9%

10/18/2014. On draft at Chuck’s 85th as part of a 4-Ballast Point beer sampler. Golden hue, pretty clear, thick head and lots of lace on the sides. Strong hops notes, with lots of citrus - grapefruit in particular, and tropical fruits like passionfruit. Caramel and brown sugar from the malt. Strong bitter flavor, then sweetness from the malt, overall a good balance. Body is heavy and oily, a little alcohol pepperiness, not highly carbonated. Overall another great beer from a great brewery. (497 characters)

Photo of drumrboy22
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bradford for this one. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a DFH snifter. Beer was a hazy, orange color with a one-finger, creamy white head. Moderate lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was hops and hops! Citrus hops, sweet malt and caramel.

Taste was surprisingly well balanced. Starts out sweet, then changes over to a long, bitter finish. Pine, citrus, caramel and vanilla are all present.

Very tasty beer. The high abv is noticeable, but the balance makes it very drinkable for a DIPA. (504 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying to rate this without keeping the price in time. IMO, this beer is way, way too expensive for what you get in return. While it was still good, I'd take a Sculpin over this any day of the week. With that said, here goes:

A: Very nice. Clear orange with a great head that lingers. Also leaves sufficient lacing. Carbonation could be improved, however.

S: Lots of grapefruit, pine and caramel malt. Big emphasis on the grapefruit, however.

T: Initial taste of pine followed by heaps of grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. The grapefruit is probably the most prevalent of the flavors, as it lingers on the palate long after consumption.

F: Thick and sticky. Good.

O: A good beer, but I don't think it justified the price tag. (749 characters)

Photo of bbothen
4.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a clear clear golden amber like color with a small leass than 2 finger deep white bubbly head.

Pine & citrus aroma bonanza! Sweet honey like maltiness. Oh, I'm ready.

Sugary sweet malt followed by the requisite grapefruit, tropical, mango, pine, earthy, flowery, oily, sticky hoppiness. Awesome. It's not just the hops here either. There is a nice honey sweet like maltiness that plays nicely off the bitterness. Perfectly balanced & delicious.

Medium bodied, nicely carbonated, oily, sticky, lingering bitterness.

Highly drinkable. Almost %10? Who cares. Tastes awesome. No alcohol booziness here. Giddy up.

So yeah, I like this beer. Wish I bought more of it. Perfect example of a west cost DIPA. Seek it out. (726 characters)

Photo of whoneeds8
3.81/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. Thanks to Andrew K for the bottle. (397 characters)

Photo of TempeBeerMan
4.41/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a snifter. Bottle a little past it's "best by" date of 09/09/13.

A - Pours a hazy, brilliant gold the color of precious metal, with a one-finger white head. Wispy patches of lacing.

S - Strong aroma of pine, tropical fruit, and grass with a hint of butterscotch.

T - Starts off with a blast of grapefruit, mango, and lime sweetness, followed by spruce and grass in the mid-palate. The whole sip is supported by a sticky sweet malt underbody that really brings a nice balance. Complex. Flavors as a whole are assertive. ABV more noticeable on the tongue than in the flavor.

M - Medium bodied and carbonated, with a sticky resinous feel. Some drying in spite of the stickiness, which I found to be pretty pleasurable.

O - A big, brash, powerhouse of a beer. Reminds me of a less alcoholic 120 Minute. I have had this before, and being two months past the best by date seemingly did nothing to weaken the impact of the hops. Definitely a must for anyone who enjoys their DIPA's on the sweeter side. A serious repeat buy for me, and I found myself wishing I had another as soon as I finished. (1,121 characters)

Photo of blackcompg
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured from their 22oz bomber - pours about a finger of dense eggshell foam, color of the body is a slightly hazed bright golden orange, leaves nice lacing after each quaff.

Smell - Huge citrus nose, oranges, tangerines, slight tropical, dried apricot, floral, candied orange peel.

Taste - Much like the nose, the flavors are huge citrus, but strictly in the "orange family" - oranges, tangerine, some tropical notes like mango and papaya, I get just a whisper of white grape mid-sip, and then on the back end floral hops take a front seat as the citrus transitions to bittering yellow grapefruit piths and zests. There is just enough sweetness to balance here, a natural sweetness that is like ripe fruits. Finish is ultimately bitter and dry, just short of puckering.

Mouthfeel - About medium, the citrus and floral flavors are balanced, complex and mouthcoating. Carb is a little bit on the lower side and silky smooth with very few edges, allowing bold, full flavors to develop and transition with no cleanse/scrub to interrupt.

Overall - This is an excellent DIPA, and one that is worth seeking out, but I have to say that I think I like the flavors of Sculpin (IPA by this same brewer) a little more. Hops are mostly orange/red citruses and lots of floral flavors. Alcohol is pretty well hidden, but becomes more apparent halfway thru the bomber. Give this one a try. (1,390 characters)

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.