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Dorado Double IPA - Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

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1,468 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,468
Reviews: 480
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 175
Gots: 84 | 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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Photo of akorsak


4.47/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2007 01:55:09 | More by akorsak
Photo of Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed a tasty pint of this "S.D." style (What a great beer town!) DIPA @ O'Brians. It poured light clear amber, with a prety typical looking tan head. The lacing was fine and plentiful. The sniff was of light, guess what, hey we're in SD... .grapefruit. This is yet another SD hopalicious hop bomb of a DIPA. Waves of Grapefruit, continue to pass along the tongue, nostrils and all other senses. Recommended for all hop lovers.

Serving type: on-tap

09-09-2006 03:22:34 | More by Billolick
Photo of XmnwildX12


4/5  rDev -3.6%

05-08-2014 01:00:06 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of Zorro


4.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a hell of a big wad of sediment in the bottom of this bottle so I pour this very carefully.

I am rewarded with a Dreadnaught clone; hazy peachy amber colored beer with a good white head.

Smell is as I hoped; in fact an enormous and complex bouquet of hop aromas. Scents of pine, pineapple, guava, menthol, eucalyptus, willow tree, citrus, peaches and 10 other things I can't name. The scent is among the top three Mega IPA beers.

Taste begins sweet and fruity with a giant taste of guava and melon in the first sip; there is a pleasant lingering slightly green banana aftertaste to this. Big tropical fruit flavors just jump out at you from this just like the two big Russian River Beers and the Three Floyds Dreadnaught. The traditional big hop tastes of pine and grapefruit are minimized in this beer and allow every other flavor that hops can be to really shine. A truly superior Super IPA class beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is get you in "big trouble easy" drinkable. TASTY is the only word that applies here and this is just about liquid hop sex in a bottle. This is in the same class as the top three Super IPAs in the world and might just be the best.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2007 05:46:26 | More by Zorro
Photo of InspectorBob

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -3.6%

11-29-2011 20:48:31 | More by InspectorBob
Photo of woodychandler


4.08/5  rDev -1.7%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2009 22:29:34 | More by woodychandler
Photo of orangesol


4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint glass. This one is dry hopped with Crystal and Horizon Hops.

A - Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a thick two finger head with thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong pungent smell of hops with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango with a slightly sweet aroma from the malt. A faint smell of caramel comes out as it warms.

T - Fairly bitter thanks to all those hops. Not as much fruit as in the nose, the malt seems to be dulling down those flavors a bit. A bit sweet from the grains. Very well balanced. Not as good as the sculpin casks I have had but still a very good offering from ballast point.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with a good balance of flavors. It could use a little more carbonation is it appears a little dead in the glass.

D - Drinkability is fairly high on this one. I would like the hops to come thru a tiny bit more in the taste but still an excellent cask offering.

Serving type: cask

10-29-2010 22:22:47 | More by orangesol
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with a finger tall soapy off-white head. The head reduces by about 50% while drinking this beer but still a good amount is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots and lots of hop aromas in this beer - primarily citrus hops but also some pine hops. There is also a subtle hint of Christmas spices as well.

T: Big hop flavors - primarily citrus with some more subtle pine hints. There is some underlying subtle malt flavors that come out - bready and some caramel sweetness. Also, I get hints of Christmas/holiday spices.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very refreshing and I love all the hop flavors in this one. There is no hint of the alcohol present and it is real easy to drink (though I have a feeling this one could easily sneak up on you). I would definitely get this one again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2012 15:04:09 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of DoubleJ


3.95/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to come across Dorado Double. 22 ounce bottle and listed at 9.1 ABV, on to the beer:

I can already smell the hops as I pour the beer into my chalice. Very heady, pale orange peach appearance. A lot of hops in the aroma....well duh! Fruity hops. Some bready malts play along. Into the mouth, it is big and hoppy, but not really bitter. Tropical bittersweet fruits and pinneapple are the flavors here, the maltiness is thinner than expected for a beer of this size....you don't really taste the malts. Smooth on the palate, but "thin".

It's a good DIPA, though it doesn't really stand out by San Diego standards. Glad to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 05:22:04 | More by DoubleJ
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.63/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a nice, hoppy west coast dipa. A treat. Pours a hazy dark golden with an offwhite pancake head. Good lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity with some apricot and a very lightly bitter smells. The taste has deep layered hop flavors with a solid malt background. A hop attack of pine, grapefruit, and spice. Fantastic! The mouthfeel is slightly grainy, but substantial and a great platform for all the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Great drinkability, would be perfect if it were slightly lighter in body.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2007 21:03:48 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of Wasatch


4.38/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2006 21:52:11 | More by Wasatch
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -27.7%

07-05-2013 22:54:21 | More by ejimhof
Photo of BARFLYB


4.28/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-Tap in a 9oz serving.

A- Dorado came to me with nothing more than a skim of off white foam on the top. This has a deep orange look to it with a very slight gold within. Looks kind of thick and rich in flavor just from the appearance.

S- Like a hop lovers dream. Deep scents of grapefruit and pine. There is a very strong malt backbone in this as well. A nice resiny smell. As with a lot of Ballast Point brews a good focus on fruits are here.

T- Now that's what i'm talking about. My 3rd IPA from BP and it does not dissapoint. Getting pine which were not present in the other BP IPA's. Big fruity taste such as grapefruit and other tropical/citrus flavors. The malt addition keeps this from being to bitter providing a nice bready offset from the hop array.

M- The feel is a winner with the malts and hops working well and not stepping on each others toes. Not overly bitter which is always a factor when trying new DIPA's. Very easy going down with a medium feel.

D- Well this was easy to drink, perhaps to easy considering the ABV one should be careful. Either way I need to track down some bottles because I can see myself easily going through 22oz's.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2009 07:45:28 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of BillRoth


4/5  rDev -3.6%

09-26-2013 01:11:03 | More by BillRoth
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 03:07:19 | More by biegaman
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared by Darrell. Thanks man.

The beer is mildly hazy and appears a sunset orange color. Half inch of white head. The aroma offers citrus, hops, alcohol. Tropical fruits dominate the flavor with alcohol presence notable throughout. While I would consider this a hop forward beer, the malt body definitely plays a major role. Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation. Lingering notes of alcohol, tropical fruit. Overall, pretty good. It would be better if the alcohol was hidden more gracefully.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:25:30 | More by Huhzubendah
Photo of John_M


4.43/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 18:25:29 | More by John_M
Photo of brandoman63


4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

11-27-2011 03:18:11 | More by brandoman63
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3.75/5  rDev -9.6%

07-17-2012 01:02:06 | More by drewone
Photo of superspak


4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 8/18/2013. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense cream colored head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing lings on the glass. Aromas of lemon zest, orange zest, tangerine, orange rind, grapefruit, pineapple, floral, pine, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate malt balance; and good strength. Taste of lemon zest, orange zest, grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, orange rind, pine, floral, grass, honey, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Fair amount of floral/pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, pineapple, floral, pine, honey, biscuit, grass, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of bright hop notes with moderate bready malt balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a slick, sticky, and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden for 10%, with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent DIPA. All around nice balance and complexity of hop flavors with a moderate bready malt balance; and very smooth to sip on for 10%. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:35:57 | More by superspak
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4.25/5  rDev +2.4%

08-27-2012 03:50:47 | More by rab53
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 23:10:09 | More by beerthulhu
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3.1/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/copper color with a nice white head on top, pretty good retention, eventually reducing to a nice cap on top. Thin lacing all around.

S: Some citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a little bit of caramel and grainy malt as well. Not overly aromatic though.

T: Similarly muted, there is a bit of citrus fruits, similar to the aroma, but overall it was a bit boring. Not overly fruity or piney like most west coast IPAs are. A little bit of an off putting flavor as well that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.

O: Had high hopes due to Sculpin, but just wasn't really a fan of this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 20:27:32 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of Bighuge


4.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 04:51:18 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2010 02:08:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
93 out of 100 based on 1,468 ratings.