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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,489 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,489
Reviews: 481
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 177
Gots: 86 | FT: 2
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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4/5  rDev -3.6%

04-17-2014 13:13:32 | More by DarthGuitarHero
Photo of SmellsofMahagony


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

07-30-2013 12:22:54 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of ckeegan04


4.7/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Dark golden color with a big foamy dirty white head. Exceptional lacing and retention. Beautiful IPA.

S - Sweet, juicy tropical aroma with lots of candied pineapple. Hints of grapefruit as well. Not noticing much in the way of malty sweetness in the smell.

T - A little light, biscuity sweetness initially. Big tastes of pineapple and grapefruit quickly come in with a nice, hot bitterness. Bitterness is good and strong without being overwhelming. Finishes with a clean bitterness with hints of sugary sweetness.

M/D - Medium to full bodied for the style. Very easy drinking. Excellent carbonation, very crisp and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 22:41:36 | More by ckeegan04
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-23-2012 18:14:25 | More by dvmin98
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3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-hazy golden orange with a nice thick cream colored head

S-very citrusy and creamy. smells almost too aged, though the bottle says it'll be good for many more months yet. smells quite potent for sure.

T-comes in with a super bitter and citrusy taste. wow the citrus is strong but definitely with a good mesh of hops as well. it's a strong flavor that lasts for a long time. Still has the aged aspect to it though. i'm guessing this will mute my taste buds for the rest of the night

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-definitely a kick in the mouth, strong IPA. I'd suggest you go out and try this, but make sure to share this bottle. If you don't share it, you'll be enjoying this for awhile. it's a slow drinker. the flavors are good, but maybe just a bit too extreme to be a really enjoyable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2013 23:26:44 | More by AdamBear
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-16-2012 06:44:30 | More by GeoffreyM
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-29-2013 01:00:39 | More by 2GOOFY
Photo of schoolboy


4.31/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had some good Ballast Points before, but this is a truly great one.

This one has a very pretty color with great clarity and a nice little head. The aroma is the best part - perfectly balanced without being a real challenge to the nose.

The taste is also well balanced (but still American, over the top). Loads of hops and malts but not syrupy. It is slightly harsh, probably a water characteristic.

The aftertaste is all hops, but nice. Not nasty. There is no boozy taste at all. This was a nice one to try in a growler from Saveon in Mentor.

Serving type: growler

06-13-2013 23:41:15 | More by schoolboy
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear orange with gold tones. Lofty 1.5 finger head, rather pillowy. Decent retention and nice back sheets of lace.

Nose is a bit milder than expected, but nice. Grapefruit comes out more than anything else, but good malt balance here.

Biscuit malt, grapefruit, orange zest, and a faint suggestion of the abv round out the flavor. Very strong, aggressive, and well done.

Feel is very thick and heavy. Rich cream and lots of hop resin.

Overall, not a hop bomb but a well balanced dipa.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 00:58:35 | More by beer2day
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

01-25-2014 16:31:04 | More by AnitaBrewski
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4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass the liquid is dark amber with ok carbonation. The head is smallish not quite 2 fingers, off white and leaves some lace.

The smell is big bold piney hops in your face. A tad bit of caramely malt as well.

The taste is Bold very bold. The piney hops are quite the slam in the face, not very complex but thats not what this is about. It's about the hops baby, The Hops. Glad it is as fresh as it is. The brew is sweet also, a nice caramel malt is a nice atempt to bring balance to the force, but really just an atempt. The finish is just more tar like resiny pine gum.

The mouthfeel is good to very good nice carbonation and a very good thick and sticky body.

The drinkability is pretty good, if you need a piney hop bome well you came to the right place.

Prosit und Zum Wohl. MK

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2008 04:36:21 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy amber with one finger thick dense white head, settling to a thin ring with spotty lacing. Smell: grapefruit blast, rindy, slightly sweet and alcoholic. Taste: grapefruit, sugary pale malt, apricot, alcohol, herbal finish. Sugary, drying finish. Good, will be picking up more of this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 05:23:30 | More by babaracas
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4.04/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finally got to try this one the other day, I've missed this a few times. Best by date is 1/31/14.

Pours translucent copper orange with a small white head, plenty of carbonation bubbles. Head reduces to a thin cap+ring with light lace.

The scent could use a little more strength I think but quite good. Citrus and earthy hops are most noticeable with some grassiness there too. Some caramel malt backing but quite hop forward.

Taste follows up on the hop bill - definitely on the piny/earthy side but plenty of grapefruit and citrus to be had as well. Caramel malt here is a bit more present but at a good place overall.

A full, kinda oily mouthfeel with highish carbonation. It feels big but not boozy for 10%.

Well done, maintaining an IPA feel for 10% is rare and this does it well. Plenty of hops, low sweetness and just the right amount of malt backbone. Glad I finally got to try this long-time want.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2013 15:54:34 | More by Chico1985
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4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap into a mason jar @ Chuck's, Seattle. Pours a coppery orange /w a 1-finger white head.

Aroma is pungent and resinous. Lots of sticky tropical fruit and pine.

Taste is a blast of flavor. Peach, mango, dried apricots and pine. Tons of pale and caramel malt provide a more than adequate backbone, balanced by a huge helping of bitter hops. If anything, there's too much flavor. But it's almost mathematically balanced to never go either too malty or hoppy. Some boozy heat too. A little overwhelming.

Mouthfeel is sticky, chewy, heavy. Good carbonation but this clearly is a big, high-gravity beer.

Overall, Dorado is a big bold beer. I ordered it because it was the first time I'd seen it (since BP started distributing in Washington a couple weeks ago), but you might need to be in the mood for such a monster of a DIPA. Generally I like my beers lighter and more refreshing. For what it is, though, it's good and well executed.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2013 21:36:40 | More by draheim
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3.73/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a deep dark rust color with a half inch of foam that left plenty of sticky lacing

S - citrus, orange and grapefruit, hops dominate the incredible aroma

T - slight citrus flavor, but malts dominate with an alcohol burn and a nice hop bite

M/D - medium bodied, a bit thicker than i expected. The hops aren't the most dominant while the malt and pepper come through equally

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 18:27:55 | More by mikereaser
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

02-10-2013 17:29:58 | More by funkel81
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4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-27-2013 00:50:21 | More by jschott75
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

10-07-2012 23:36:23 | More by BigTrubble
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4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another really great IPA to add to my list. This brew was very impressive and refreshing even though it came after the super Racer X Double IPA from Bear Republic. The body is a slightly hazy amber with a very nice off-white head with good lacing.

The nose is very good with plenty of citrus and aromatic hops in evidence. The flavor is very much of citrus with a strong grapefruit taste predominating. Plenty of complexity here, but the malt is rather subdued because of the hop content. The feel is full but less creamy than expected. A very snappy finish makes it a winner.

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2003 15:46:12 | More by AtLagerHeads
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev -3.6%

07-03-2013 00:34:49 | More by kristougher
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3.16/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear red-orange. Bone white head originally stands about an inch high, but dies quickly. Minimal lacing, just a thin, whispy ring.

S: A burst of tropical hop flavors atop a biscuity malt base with hints of caramel. Honeydew melon, kiwi, tangerine, passion fruit, peach, pineapple juice. Subtle hints of broken pine needles. Tame tropical esters in the background. A very good nose, just a bit understated.

T: Playful tropical notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, and honeydew melon flit about on the tongue for a brief moment. Resin and hemp seed provide more of a bitter bite than the nose implied. The bitterness builds and becomes quite sharp and acute. Oily and peppery. Intensely bitter ruby red grapefruit. The biscuity malt base is all but snuffed out. Alcohol strays and becomes a bit hot and solventy. Gripping oily bitterness never releases its choke hold on the palate, even into the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy firmness. Low carbonation. Alcohol lends warmth in the swallow.

O: Dorado rubs my taste buds the wrong way. It's mainly the alcohol. This is coming in far too hot for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 04:13:05 | More by ryan1788a5
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New York

3.39/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bomber into Samuel Smith 12 oz. nonic glass.

Apprearance: A pretty beautiful hazy copper-yellow color in the glass, with a bright and moderately sticky amount of lacing that's pretty steadfast on the glass.

Smell: This is one of those DIPAs that bugs me slightly because even as I've been sipping on it for a while now, and even as it warms, there's a one-note kind of overtaking husk / grainy note that seems to be shrouding everything a little too much, which is not what I was expecting. To me, this reads as 1) Way too much hops, and 2) Too unbalanced. It's happened with a lot of breweries that try their hand at a double-digit ABV DIPA, and I didn't expect it from BP. Yes: some citrus, some floral, but not a lot I can get that's making me keep going back. Balance isn't here, and it's hurting the beer.

Taste: Same with the mouthfeel. Why does it need to be hopped three separate times if it's at the expense of harmonious and balanced malt characteristics? One thing it's absolutely not is sweet in any way, so OK, I guess that's a plus. But it becomes too bitter, bone-dry, and only slightly lingering on the tongue with, again, that husk and grain, and too-bitter fruit rinds and hop oils that are WAY too in your face. I can take it, folks, but I just expected more here.

Mouthfeel: Nicely medium-bodied for the ABV, with moderate yet bright and crisp carbonation. When the mouthfeel and look of a beer are its shining points, that's good, but overall not the best thing in the end.

Drinkability: For the QPR (I forget how much it was, but in the end, I paid way too much for it), I'm pretty disappointed. Ballast Point seems to keep reminding me of Trent Richardson's current Fantasy Football season: I always start him hoping for a lot of good things, but I "paid" too much for something that can't get above what a similar 5th round pick could do for another team with a worse offensive line. I won't give up -- and on the whole this isn't a bad beer in any way really in the grand scheme of things -- but man, this didn't hit the mark at all for me when it comes to what I expected, and I won't be going back to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 20:18:24 | More by asabreed
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4.68/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pumpkin orange with just a touch of haze. Head is made up of tight bubbles with a few medium sized ones sporadically spread out...sort of a vanilla frosting color.

S: So much orange this could pass for Tang. Add some white peach, minute amount of pine and you've got yourself a beer.

T: Begins sappy with an earthy sort of pinecone bitterness...but this is just the beginning. As soon as I think this beer is going to be boring, it switches gears on you. A concentrated buttery orange sensation begins on the front sides of the tongue then sneaks up on the back roof of the mouth leaving a wash of juicy tangelo. This specific flavor lingers LONG after the last sip of beer. The bitterness then moves in, attacking the back center of the palate like someone rubbed grapefruit rind right up against the tongue. The bitterness then simply squats down and camps out there through the remainder of the process.

M: Full bodied and juicy yet lacking a touch of chewyness.

D: Alcohol is well hidden in this brew. Dynamic enough to seperate itself from the rest of the IPA/DIPA crowd which seems to be increasingly difficult to do.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2006 01:32:18 | More by Westsidethreat
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

04-19-2013 01:41:28 | More by ryanpj
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

06-12-2014 01:30:47 | More by mc4z
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,489 ratings.