Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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Reviews: 583
Hads: 2,380
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 10.65%
Wants: 244
Gots: 462 | FT: 4
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Ballast Point Brewing Company visit their website
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 barleywinefiend
4.74/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light gold color with a small white head. Nose is wham. Hops and lots of it. Citrus, floral and pine notes. Taste is GREAT. Big citrus, lots of flavor, pine and everything. It was medium bodied and it was so tasty it went down to easy. This IIPA is so hop froward but not obnoxiously as it kept it taste well, well balanced. ABV is well hidden and this beer was a treat to drink for sure and perhaps one if the best IIPA I have ever had. (446 characters)

Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Dyan for sharing this beer with me the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This beer has a nice citrusy nose, with gobs of grapefruit, lime and pepper. The beer smells very much like what it is; that is a West Coast all the way IPA/DIPA. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, but with a wonderful, pronounced hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer finishes with some surprising crispness, considering the abv. Drinkability is remarkable in this 9.6% alcohol DIPA, something I attribute to this beers balance and relatively low malt bill. Everything dovetails with a long, orange, citrusy finish, and with alcohol that is barely noticeable. Simply stated, this beer is just delicious. (784 characters)

Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Dorado' is right - Fort Knox must be empty because here’s where all the gold’s at. This Double IPA brims with yellow and tarnished golden tones. It is clear but lightly freckled with little dots (not yeast sediment, the bottom of the bottle's clean; my guess is coagulated proteins). The head is moderate but its lacing makes the glass look like a foamy coral reef.

The beer smells like a fruit stand, more specifically one from the southern hemisphere. It brims with fresh-cut papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, and a tinge of guava. The nose is citric and tropical, a model example for the style. Of course, there's a good deal of bready maltiness too, but it's entirely saturated in those resinous hop oils.

The flavour balances citric hops and biscuity malts in such a way you'd think it was brewed by an arbitrator. There's gooseberries, clementines, grapefruit but also toffee brittle and honeyed-nuts - like someone set up a bakery in the jungle. Wholesome and hoppy.

The abundance of sweet, bready maltiness is evidence that this sample isn't the freshest (though it's still 2 months from the brewery's suggested 'best before'); still, the citrus oils are present on every sip. Their acidity is not only refreshing but also helps disguise the alcohol.

I'm hard-pressed to think of another brewery that offers a more impressive trio of hop bombs - Ballast Point's Sculpin, Big Eye, and Dorado are among the best IPAs you'll find in the country. This is a brewery that not only gets the need for character, but also the importance of balance. Everything this brewer touches turns to gold - Dorado (obviously) included. (1,633 characters)

Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with boolshot.

A: The DIPA is a brilliant amber orange color that showcases a thick billowy head that laces extensively in the glass.

S: The ale has a crisp hoppy aroma, thick with piney and citrusy oils. This is the type of beer that you could sit and sniff for several hours.

T: The body of the ale screams hops. The oily thick vine resonates through the ale, providing s a strong piney resin element that outshines all other varietals. As the pine subsides, some apricot and tangerine citrus elements emerge, sustaining an entirely different component of the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and juicy hops, flavorful without dulling the tastebuds.

D: This is an excellent, well-balanced DIPA, showcasing a strong hop body that never overwhelms the mouth. I really enjoy the piney finish, it nicely sums up the ale. (859 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to WestSideThreat for this one.

Pours a cloudy deep orange color, nice carbonation, nice small foamy off-white head, some islands and sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of sweet malts, hops, citrus, spices, and caramel. The taste is nicely bitter/hoppy, sweet kinda honey like, with a slightly dry finish. Medium body, well rounded brew. Very drinkable, my first Ballast Point, but not my last, I have a few of their other offerings. Highly recommended. (466 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.14/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best before date of 02/15/14. Poured in to tulip.

A - Translucent yellow/orange colour with a thin layer of cream coloured head.

S - Much lighter nose than expected. Citrus, pine and sweet caramel. Inviting but not seemingly a DIPA nose.

T - Makes up for the lack of pungency in the nose. An assertive bitterness hits the tongue right away with pine, grapefruit and orange rind flavours. Despite being very hop forward, the malt bill still contributes and sweet biscuity and somewhat buttery sweetness.

M - Medium body. Sticky and oily. Light to moderate carbonation. (572 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange when backlighted has a slow steady rise of medium carbonation bubbles. The head is frumpy like oatmeal, with a eggshell tint to it. Size was a finger, retention was good, while the lacing provided a spongey film lacing of generous coverage. Good start.

S: Citrus, pale grains, not much here strength wise. One good thing is the ease up of speciality grains, an aspect i feel overplayed, especially for a style that is intended to be pale. Still comes up short for me.

T: Spicy bite of flowery dry grapefruit hops, some brief flashes of grain sweetness sneaks in early as well a spicy character. Strong level of bitterness, enought to satisify by double standard. Some dry lemons and just a hint of dry lime mixes with a woodys pine finish. Complexity is moderate, just a wallop of ibus is all that is needed carrying much of the weight here.

M: Frothy creamy, medium body, dry and bitter grapefruit.

O: Overall strongly hopped though limited complexity wise. A weak nose is the only fall off here. Nice spicy bite, good try. (1,049 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
3.58/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep, solid gold body. Great, fine white head with nice retention and lace.

S - Citrus, pine nuts, Marry Jane, touch of booze. Relatively light.

T - Huge, resiny pine hop character. Booze, grapefruit, biscuit. Nice lingering bitter finish.

M - Medium-light body. Nice carbonation.

O - Pine heavy, which is a nice change of pace from the classic citrus-forward west coast DIPA. Nice drinkability. (405 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 9/16/13, so I'm getting in right under the wire!

Appearance: light orange hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with an orange cast to it. Attractive.

Smell: sweet and malty with a bright, fruity and citrusy hop character. Nicely appealing!

Taste: sweet at first with the grapefruity hops coming in first; this then morphs into a massive herbal, earthy and somewhat raspy bitterness. I like the juxtaposition of characteristics; this is what big beers should be about.

Mouthfeel: big body with a nicely-integrated carbonation. I like the creaminess here, especially for the style.

Overall: a tasty brew, though perhaps a bit strong for a really drinkable beer. I really do like the range of flavors and dynamic palate. (833 characters)

Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in as an extra in a recent trade with Solomon420. Thanks Damian!

Slightly hazy orange colour with a full beige cap of fine bubbles. Thick solid lacing and great head retention. Rich caramel and malt aroma with plenty of hops to back it up, citrus and pine - gotta love the west coast. Additional fruity notes too, tangerine and tropical, a little mango. Great balance of flavours - solid bitterness without going over the top, malty backbone with caramel notes that isn't overly sweet, and hop flavour (mostly citrus) that doesn't overpower. There's some additional fruit character and a bit of alcohol at the finish too. Great stuff. Bitterness and malt linger. Medium, nearly full, body with average carbonation that was integrated nicely into the texture. Highly drinkable for a DIPA, with very mild alcohol warmth. Highly recommended. (848 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The orange colored body is topped off with a thick crop of ivory white froth. The retention is very good and its lacing ability even better. Great aroma. Big on the pine oils. Sap oils. Hop oils. Etc... It's a sharp aroma with a perfumey aspect to it. On the buds this one has got that same oily character to it. And I love it. I love that aspect of hops. And it's resinous and very piney. The malts make their presence known in a good way. They provide a very sturdy caramel-like, toffeeish backbone. This DIPA tastes unlike any other that I've had. It's very distinctive and unique...and addictive. The mouthfeel is exceptional. Velvety and creamy. Just flows... Alcohol is not noticeable. Lingering bitterness is not intrusive or abrasive, just enjoyable in its simplicity. This is quite enjoyable. It's the kind of beer that really grows on my the more I drink it and I know I'll be craving more after this bomber is all gone.

Many thanks to the Bum of Long Beach for yet another great West Coast Hop Bomb. (1,013 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this botle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

I'm always looking for tasty DIPAs so here goes:

It pours from 22oz bottle a cloudy orange with a beautiful 2 finger head of foam and lots of sticky lacing.

The smell is nice. Caramel malt is the first thing I notice but there's a heaping helping of hops as well, both citrus and floral. I get some other fruit as well.

The taste initially has the hoppy goodness hit my taste buds but that's quickly overtaken by the malt's on the sweet side overall but not to the point of being sickenly sweet. A few more sips in and I'm starting to notice the abv a bit but it *only* shows up for me long after the swalllow which is my preference for higher alcohol content brews. The mouthfeel is pretty silky smooth and it finishes on a sweet malty note.

Bottom line: Hey, this is a very nice DIPA that definitely leans toward the malt(a Malt Monster?) and I'm down with that. If I feel like having a hoppier example, there are plenty around to be had.(not where I live, mind you. ;^)

I defintely give it a thumbs up when it comes to "would I drink this again". (1,120 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decent enough beer, although I like their Sculpin and Big Eye better.

Appearance was amber with hints of brown. Good aroma, citrus, not pine.

Darker, stronger, didn't find it to be as balanced as would have liked, thought there was a grainy earth feel to it that didn't allow the hops to shine like their other IPAs.

Had at the dipa fest. Suffers from great expectations because of their other ipas, otherwise, there is nothing wrong with this. (450 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by: 6.26.12. Opened on 7.15.12.

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a one inch cream-colored head, foamy.

S - Citrusy-lemons and oranges.

T - Lemons, pine, some oranges as well.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - A big IPA, but it's either past it's prime or just not that great. (306 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.31/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold with a huge white head into my glass. I didn't realize that Ballast Point had something stronger than Sculpin.

Piney hops followed by a strong alcohol bite. I can also detect some citrus. Seems like a "top-heavy" kind of DIPA. I can get down with that.

A slight citrus edge is also present upfront. It definitely has that unmistakable west coast style. to it.

Woo, that alcohol burn is something else. It overshadows the hops on the tongue.

Nah. I'll take the Sculpin over this anyday. (508 characters)

Photo of bark
3.14/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The colour is gold (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head sinks down to a thick lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is bitter, dry and hoppy. Some harsh green flavours, hints of alcohol. Sweet ripe fruits, honey and some cream cookies.

The taste is very bitter. Caramel/candy sweetness with some exotic fruits, not much of citric fruits. Sweet notes of puff pastry and bitter herbs. Medium body. The aftertaste is chemical and somewhat harsh with dried fruits and high alcohols. Lots of hops and sweet malt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-thick.

A bitter DIPA that with some chemical off-flavours and harsh hops. I have had better. (718 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.95/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

650mL bomber purchased at Friar Tucks in Peoria last week. I chose this mainly based on the reputation of Sculpin, figuring (if they can do one DIPA well, they can surely do another). Turned out to be a good choice.

The beer is clear, pale golden color, with 2 fingers of lacable foam. The aroma is strong with hops, floral and citrusy, lots of grapefruit and maybe a hint of honey. This beer is is almost sticky with resinous sap, the taste is bitter with citrus notes. The aftertaste is so bitter it's almost acrid. Still tasty enough that this isn't a negative attribute. Drinkability might be mitigiated by some slight alcohol flavor. This is a very good west coast style DIPA, recommended. (695 characters)

Photo of glid02
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this courtesy of ChuggyMcBeer, mbudner, and TempsPerdu - thanks!

Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger, off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of citrus and tropical fruit aromas, and lots of them. The aroma is on par with Sculpin, although the malt has a bit more presence.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts are overtaken almost immediately by loads of citrus and tropical fruit flavors that carry through until the solidly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass quickly enough to grab another sample before the bottle was finished.

Overall this is another very good hop bomb from Ballast Point. It's close, but I think I prefer this over Sculpin. Definitely worth a shot. (877 characters)

Photo of Gusler
4.21/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours a translucent amber color with a moderate sized white and semi-creamy head with a fine coating of lace. The nose is hop floral, sweet malt backing, clean and fresh, citrus crisp with just a hint of earthiness from the malt, slightly sweet and nicely malted start, top is light to middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation, the hops powerful in their double spicy bite, and the aftertaste dry as a desert bone, a quite nice double IPA. (499 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.52/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of pineapple and citrus with some hints of orange and grapefruit.

The tastes are initially hop centric but are balanced slightly by the pale malt backbone. Really no malt profile however. There's a crisp lingering bitterness that I am not a fan of but many people are.

The crispness of this brew is really impressive, but is really the only redeeming quality in my opinion. No where close to Sculpin IMO, so why should I have this when I can have that. (462 characters)

Photo of avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish-orange color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A big citrusy, hoppy aroma.

T: This beer has a big, big flavor. Lots of citrus - pineapple, orange, pretty much all of them - as well as a giant floral hops presence. Very complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but pretty heavy. Not for novices. (477 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle, obtained courtesy of lou91

appearance: pours into a la chouffe tulip-esque glass, body is rather light and golden in colour...lovely beige foam cap with great retention. nice stuff

smell: this is california style for sure...a potent burst of hops hits the nose in an impressive fashion, grapefruit-citrus, dripping pine resin...the aroma strikes me more in the way a regular american IPA would (ala 2 hearted) which i found interesting

taste: again, if this is 8.8% the alcohol is masked wonderfully, it tastes like a great american IPA(in the long run this one does prove that the proclaimed abv is true)...bitterness level is pretty high, just an absolute hop bomb (which i love)...intense grapefruit-citrus, orange, passionfruit, butterscotch, bubblegum, potent pine. What a treat this beer is

mouthfeel: medium body, slick and oily, abv masked big time, strong bitterness

drinkability: good (922 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bomber poured into my Bier Stein snifter, Dorado is pale orange with an off-white head leaving spidery, foamy lace.

Smell is super hoppy, big pine resin, sweetness, probably more malt, but a little orange tinge. Nice graham cracker note. Robustly alcoholic.

Taste is big and brash, lots of citrus hops, a little hot. Bitter, aggressively so.

Mouthfeel is bracingly dry from the alcoholic character, and resinously oily.

Drinkability is solid, it's massive DIPA taking no apologies, but nor does it need too. Not my style though, too brash. (547 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.42/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, John!

A: Mildly hazy orange with a thin white head with good retention. Plenty of fine carbonation and some lacing

S: Pine hops right off the bat with fresh pine needles. Mildly herbal with some mint/ fresh leaf character and a spicy hop character. Mild malt sweetness with some caramel

T: Opens up seriously hoppy with plenty of pine bitterness with good flavor as well. Malt sweetness is noticeable, making this taste really like pine juice. Excellent citrus flavors appear mid palate with candied orange and some lemon before a bitter, drying finish takes over

M: Medium-light in body, soft carbonation and a great finish. Nice balance

D: Incredibly drinkable, I'd take this all day (698 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with two finger head and an aroma that is primarily citric but has touches of grapefruit sweetness. Smooth, crisp thanks to large citric hop bite and balance is present from a little bit of grapefruit (not tangerine) and possible caramel notes. Solid, typical hop heavy DIPA that is easy to drink and worth trying. (343 characters)

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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