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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,598 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 490
rAvg: 4.14
pDev: 9.66%
Wants: 192
Gots: 112 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

JISurfer, Apr 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

DarthGuitarHero, Apr 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

MikeCactusGordon, Apr 08, 2013
Photo of Oxymoron
4.05/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

El Dorado? Pours a clear copper color with a shinny red hue throughout. A soft white head that was quit bubbly. Limited retention and lacing though.

The nose has a noticeable West coast IPA aroma. The hops, to start, have a mixed grassy and citrus aroma. Some herbal and distinct soapy (Dawn soap specifically). Odd since this wasn't me first beer with this glass. Some lighter malt aromas but limited compared to the hops. A muddled texture but some biscuit and light caramel notes. Some noticeable yeast character that is a bit of a distraction. Some fruity notes and a touch of cidery aromas as well.

The taste is a bit more on keel. The hops come out mostly but there is some support from the malt. Mostly a sweeter candy caramel flavor. A bit limited in taste but leaves a sweetness into the finish. The hops come out with more of a muddled flavor but balance well between bitterness and finishing. A good bite but quickly is balanced by a tangerine and citrus mix. This quickly is replaced by a stronger grassy and herbal. Noticeable chalky notes in the finish that are a bit of a deterrent. Some unique salty notes on the back end and finish as well. The yeast is not as bad as the nose indicated but still there. Overall a very nice hop oriented flavor with some minor flaws.

The body is moderate to full with some sweetness in the finish. Would have liked a bit lighter. The carbonation is really light and could have helped with the malt balance, although I did like the bitterness levels. To sum it up a good double ipa, but some salty and chalky notes distract. Also would have liked more complexity in the hops or at least back off on the grassy notes. Still very enjoyable to drink.

Oxymoron, Feb 19, 2009
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

random846, Jun 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

savagepm, Jun 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

neckbracesub, Aug 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

kristougher, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of brdc
4.38/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks olibeer for this one, large bottle poured into my Allagash glass.

Bright orange, dense looking beer, hazy at the very end if you pour the sediment. Fluffy white head, good retention, decent lacing.
Very nice, strong aroma flows off the glass, tropical fruit hoppiness, earthiness, strong caramel notes.
Full bodied, the caramel here is not as strong as in the aroma, but the fruity hoppiness is; a nice bitter bite, less grapefruits than the average, more orange, pine, and still a significant amount of caramel.
Alcohol is not as hot as some have reported, suggesting that aging a little bit might be a good idea. Hops are still vivid, alcohol is not. I would even age it further, but take this with a grain of salt as I am not a hophead.
Very nice.

brdc, Jan 21, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

garuda, Nov 14, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

SmellsofMahagony, Jul 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

funkel81, Feb 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%

nrs207, May 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

pixieskid, Sep 27, 2012
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

2GOOFY, May 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -21.5%

Beerlover, Apr 10, 2014
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3.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a Half Acre tulip.

A- pours a bright dark caramel with a 2" light beige head. Big wall and leopard spotting of lacing coat the glass.

S- honey, caramel, juicy citrus (pineapple, papaya, oranges), very light spice and pine.

T- sweet caramel, biscuit, sweet oranges and pineapple, some spice and pine bitterness.

M- medium body and carbonation. Creamy, slick and drinks very easy at 9.6%.

O- nice ipa with big sweet malt body, juicy citrus and a light bitterness.

kawilliams81, May 12, 2013
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4.1/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber purchased from the brewery.

Pours hazy light amber with a compact ivory head that leaves plenty of lace patches behind. The aroma is citrusy with pinneapple and white pepper notes and a very nice biscuity sweetness. The taste is intense pineapple and grapefruite with a nice backing of piney bitterness. Tangerine and papaya notes mingle in the background. Bready malts are evident in the background. Alcohol spiceyness is also present, reminding me of the potency of the brew. The mouthfeel is full bodied and briskly carbonated. Long bitterness and alcohol heat in the finish.

A great DIPA - great balance of complex hop and malt flavors, but perhaps the ABV could be kept in check more. It veers on the distracting at times.

CAMRAhardliner, Oct 19, 2012
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4.18/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a steady one finger head, the large to medium-sized bubbles outnumber the general froth, cream white in color with average lacing. You can smell the nose before you get six inches from the glass, boisterous pink grapefruit zest and pine sap rush out to greet you, not herbaceous nor overly sharp, there's no lack of indistinct soft maltiness to be had, with it comes a hint of lactose milkiness too, coriander and Indian spices present, add punch to the pineapple, nectarine, peach, passion fruit scents, ends with a saline burst. Medium-bodied, the carbonation is huge and fluffy and has it filling the mouth steadily, if without weight per se. Pink grapefruit, tangelo, lime citrus remans the focal point. Pine sap and floral dew up next, very sticky in the mouth, clogs your pores. The creamy texture defangs a lot of the hoppy bitterness, leaves room for coffee beans, mocha powder and cocoa. As it warms more alcohol noticeable, as well as an elevation in sugars in the apricot, peach, nectarine, pineapple, guava fruit. It's big, bold and brassy and by a whisker pulls it off. Drink as cold as possible.

farrago, May 18, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

SoCalBeerIdiot, May 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

mportnoy, Apr 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -9.4%

FUwolfpacker, Sep 12, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber bottle with a bright and detailed drawing of two Dorados swimming in the open ocean. Above the fish is the words "Ballast Point" in bold blood red letters. Below the fish is the word "Dorado" in bold white letters and the words "Robust Series" and "Limited Release" in small black letters. Off to the far left is a green rectangle with the Government warning and barcode in it. Off to the right is yet another green rectangle, but this one has long description of the beer and Ballast Point's phone number. The only thing missing from the bottle is a bottled date or vintage year.

Appearance: It's probably not the correct style of glass, but I don't care. I wanted something special, so I poured this DIPA into my Maudite Snifter. I've seen DIPAs that are hazy as hell and some that are clear as bottles water. This one is between those 2 types. It was lightly hazy and not even close to being a full blown hazy color. As for the color of the beer, it was a golden amber with a few bright yellow streaks along the sides. Sitting on top of this golden amber brew was a big time 1 ½ fluffy peal white head of foam. This was one good looking head of foam! This pearl white head of foam had excellent slow retention that left behind an everlasting silky white film and about 1 ton of sticky white spots and streaks of white lace around the glass. In other words, this was a good looking beer.

Smell: Ballast Point dropped the bomb, the grapefruit bomb that is. As soon as you put your nose to this beer, up shoots a strong scent of bitter and tart grapefruit. Following the grapefruit bomb and almost as powerful was the strong scent of bitter citrus hops. These two strong aromas are good enough to satisfy and hop fiend's sense of smell, but there's more to the aroma than just those two strong scents. Rounding off this hoppy aroma was a hint of pine, a subtle whiff of lemon, and a touch of coriander. To me, the aroma was just as nice to smell as it was to lay my eyes on this beer.

Taste: I don't want to say that Dorado was aggressively hopped, but let's just say that the hops in this beer got their point across. What was the point that the hops wanted to get across? The point of the hops was to be super hoppy. This hoppy beer didn't lead my taste buds on. It was hoppy right off the bat. It was so hoppy that I got the taste of tea leaves in this beer. The hops in the taste were mostly of the citrus variety with a little piney hops mixed in. After the hops reached their full hoppy peakness, the taste gently rolled into a slight toasted malt finish. Stuck in the cracks of the hops was a strong taste of bitter and tart grapefruit, a hint of tart lemon, and a gentle touch of coriander. Hope you like the taste of hops because the hops will never let down their guard in this beer.

Mouthfeel: This DIPA wasn't going to mask anything! For a 9.1% ABV beer, this was a full bodied beer that had a good level of carbonation and a full flavored hoppy aftertaste. This hoppy aftertaste contained bitter citrus hops, bitter and tart grapefruit, pine, and lemon. Get use to the hoppy aftertaste because it will stick with you for a good 10 minutes.

Drinkability: Yet another hoppy winner from Ballast Point. I don't know how they do it, but they have to let up sometime. I've never had any problems with Ballast Point's bitter beers. Even though it's hopped up and little more expensive then their regular offerings, one bottle of this beer is not good enough. If you do choose to buy this beer, then I sure hope you like bitter hops because there's more than enough hops to go around.

AltBock, Jul 13, 2009
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4/5  rDev -3.4%

GeoffreyM, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +2.7%

bump8628, Dec 28, 2013
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.