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Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Reviews: 671 | Ratings: 2,846
Photo of Libeertarian
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 08/04/16:

Golden amber, darker than scotch, lighter than brandy. Mostly clear with fine haze. Fluffy, foamy lemon-white head of higher moderate retention. Heavy caramel scent, with some stonefruit (close to apricot), raisins, booze, lightest perfume. Touch of resin, rind, leaf matter, leather from head. Caramel, perfume, and apricot forward palate, throughout, accentuated by sweet but spicy alcohol and balanced with rindy, soapy bitterness from about the middle. Finishes rindy, soapy, spicy, peppery. Flavor-wise, my least favorite variant of the style. Too perfumey. Sweetness not balanced enough. Not enough citrus or mango or peppercorn. Still a quality beer. Lighter full-bodied IIPA, mellow but fine and abundant carbonation, smooth at first, tingly toward the finish. Mouth-coating. Unsurprisingly quite warm, at 10% ABV.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a clear amber color with little carbonation. Had a nice fluffy head that lasted. The beer gives of a strong hop smell of citrus and pine. I get a great hop taste of pine and a hint of citrus. I also get a nice little hint of sweetness from the malts. The beer is smooth and easy to drink and then hits you with a drying after bite.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An appearance SRM in between amber and light brown. Mild 1/3" off white head. Aroma leans more citrus grapefruit than pine.

Taste is a big, double ipa brimming with alcohol, malt and hops. Plenty earthy, not as hoppy as several other offerings from Ballast Point (sculpin, grunion). Still lots of bitterness all over this, some crystal malt. Like many double ipa offerings, I tend to prefer the lighter single ipas and pale ales aforementioned more than this one. Its good, its decently priced, still in the 6 pack format, so that definitely counts for something.

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Photo of Brewxer
4.77/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice colour, didn't get much head though, maybe not a great pour or that's normal. Whatever... this beer is exceptional in every other way. The massive hops are balanced by the massive malts are balanced by the smooth, silky, pleasantly thick feel. This is sooooo drinkable. Oddly, the bottle says 10% ABV on it, but that must be a misprint so I'm going to have another.

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Photo of ChristianAlexander
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

It's fitting in multiple ways for this double IPA's name to bear some similarity to a line of chips not generally considered to be 'food'. By this I refer to Doritos of course. Doritos named as some sort of spanish-seeming word for food-seeming chips symbolizing a craft-seeming brewery serving IPA-seeming American IPA. Now, I won't delve into the ongoing furious debate on the legitimacy of American Indian Pale Ale, no, I won't propose something so extreme as an APA classification (American Pale Ale) nor will I even argue labeling a beer as American IPA as unreasonable (further, I must resist the urge to attack descriptions such as Double or Triple IPA or the IBU standard or beer marketing as a whole (let's face it, it's all designed to get kids to drink, I know that's how it worked on me when I was five)). But you go to Ballast Point Brewery say in Long Beach, I know I have, and the walls just scream and echo from the ghosts of past-crafts after the 2 billion buyout from Corona, at least I know I hear them. Sure, I still have a good time, sure the scenery outside with the ocean and ports and expensive yachts are amazing, but the echos can still be heard. Nonetheless, the Dorado Double, after all is said and done, is a very good beer. It's very good IPA. It's super drinkable and stands as a testament against corporate evisceration. I sit on the top balcony at Ballast Point Brewery, fill growler after growler (their 64oz black stainless steel growlers are very attractive by the way), crying harder and harder in the midst of a massacre aftermath. My weeps are carried out to sea.

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Photo of MMOSNN
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look - a clear golden orange with a creamy two-finger head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles. There's a good amount of lacing sticking on the glass from the original pour and some spotty lacing with each sip.
Smell - citrus fruit and pine are meshed pretty well in the nose, but grapefruit is strongest. The hop presence is very strong but in a pleasant, and not overwhelming, way... after a few sips I'm noticing some boozy notes and sweet malts in the nose.
Taste - follows the aromas in that grapefruit and piney dankness are most prominent along with strong hop bitterness, but there is also a solid malty foundation. I'm picking up some caramel notes and bready characteristics too.
Feel - good carbonation, medium body, slightly chewy and sticky.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. no freshness dating could be found.

Clear orange-yellow body. small white head diminishing to a ring and faint covering. no lacing.

not getting much on the nose.

sweet malt, a little hops, and a bit of an alcohol burn.

Mouth a solid medium.

Overall, it tastes okay, but i get the feeling this is a bit past it's prime. freshness dating would help, Ballast Point. More hops and a lower abv would be more pleasing to this particular man's palate

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Photo of SammyBoy
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Low head. Slightly cloudy.
S: Very strong hops on opening the bottle. It's almost putting my nose in the hop bag I use for home brewing.
T: Strong bitter foundation to balance the aromatic hops. Strength of alcohol content peeks through the bitterness at times.
F: The subtle fizz is almost like a light sherbet.

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Photo of MrMegaton
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have to say, what a surprise. Built a mix-a-6 pack with this inside today and wow. Easily one of the best Doubles I've ever had.

Great full copper hue with a finger and a half head, great lacing.

Smells straight off surprisingly of toffee, with spiciness working in.

Taste wise, just wow. I have to say I have not been impressed by Ballast Point until this beer. Definitely spiciness from the hops, working in some baking-spice, toffee-ish notes. Incredibly smooth and not overpowering. Hoppy finish.

Overall a fantastic beer. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium-large bubbly head.

Smells of piney citrus-laden hops.

This is a powerful IPA, and it hides the alcohol quite well. However, I am not necessarily a fan of what is here. The piney is overly present, with a distasteful bitter and sour aftertaste. This is better than it's watermelon bastard brother, but it's not a good beer nontheless.

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Photo of CratesRus
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Vibrant orange-yellow crystal clear. Slightly off white head think but dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.
S- Citrus and hops. Surprisingly subtle. I can smell a bit of the alcohol coming through, not appealing. That's the only reason I did not give it a 4.
T- Very good. Not really anything bad to say. Some pine (which I didn't expect from the nose) that I was very happy about. Doesn't have quite the hop punch I like out of a double. Also you can taste a bit of the alcohol coming through, but that is to be expected given the abv.
F- Just about the best mouth-feel I have ever had in and IPA let alone a double. Very very clean and crisp at the front end and a dry finish. It leaves you wanting to have another few, but that is a dangerous proposition given the 10% abv.
O- Just a stellar beer. The feel alone sold me. I will be returning... probably later tonight...

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Photo of Kiwano
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A -Golden yellow orange thick head
S - Citrus
T- Major pine - hit you in the face pine and hops - sharp bitterness hits upfront and stays all the way through but there is a slight sweetness - some citrus - maybe grapefruit pith -
M- fizzy carbonation
O - nice every once in a while but so in your face that it kind of blows away the tastebuds - it is bracing, which when you are in the mood for it could be good 90/100

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Photo of mfnmbvp
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date. The local shop just got in a shipment of this so i'm confident it's fresh; acquired a single bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A crisp golden pour; excellent clarity when held to the light. Finger of soapy white head with excellent staying power that leaves good sticky scattered lacing behind. Apt carbonation. Looks very nice for the style.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral, with notes of tropical fruit - pineapple, mango, subtle bready malt, some notes of alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose: very fresh, fruity, floral, & tropical. Notes of pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, alcohol fumes. Slight notes of grain / malt base poke through the floral alcohol heat. Definitely feels like a hot, fresh, young DIPA. Very nice stuff.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean. Dry & bitter hop finish. Definitely has a bit of alcohol heat from the 10.00% abv.

Overall, a nice IPA from Ballast Point, very drinkable stuff for the high abv.

Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of BWood
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Nice crisp smell and smooth mouth feel. Lately I have been diving into IPA more. This is one I would buy again. Nice head and lacing on the glass. I really enjoyed the mouth feel of this beer.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at mama Goldbergs. I often wonder how old these beers on tap are. At this point this is simply an average DIPA decent but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL.OZ. bottle into a snifter. Golden, clear color. Very thick 3-4 fingers, frothy head. Decent lacing. Average, medium carbonation. Nice fresh aroma of a resin and sweet aromas of a grapefruit and mango. Some alcohol, some caramel. Heavy bitter flavor, later light sweetness. Bitterness is not harsh, that I can tell. Medium body. Creamy, oily, sticky and little bit salty. Has a very long, dry finish. Tasty but not very special beer.

Expiration date: 22.01.2017
Review date: 18.05.2016

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Photo of youngs11
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appears light, translucent copper with visible carbonation. Nice lacing. Looks malty.

Sweet fruit and floral hops combine with a mandarin citrus component. The malt is definitely apparent with hints of caramel and grain.

Taste starts with hoppy, slightly dry bitterness, moves to malty sweet, then finishes bitter and stays bitter on the palate for a long time through the finish. The bitterness is sort of one-dimensional in that it is there, but not particularly exciting or changing. The bitter note just sort of carries on for a while until it fades. Long but not particularly exciting.

This beer feels like it should. Not heavy but definitely beyond medium in terms of body. That is crucial for this beer coming in at such a high ABV.

Overall, this is a good but not great beer. I want it to be closer to 9 ABV and a little less malty. I want to be kept honest with such a high ABV, and this beer doesn't really slow me down. More importantly for the style, the hop profile is a little one-dimensional. Although the body isn't light by any means, the beer is too drinkable for the ABV. I want less malt and slightly less ABV. Not bad.

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Photo of BRLockwood
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I like this better than the Sculpin! Strong but not too much alcohol in the taste! A nice golden color with a little cloudiness. A classic double IPA!

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Photo of SLewis
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden appearance, with a one finger alpine white head.
Smells hoppy and sweet
Taste is fruit and honey sweetness up front, with pine resin bringing up the rear. Bitterness doesn't hit until the end, and when it hits it lingers, and lingers...and lingers. This lingering bitterness slightly takes away from the beer's overall flavor for me but it's still pretty nice.

Overall it's a nice double IPA and I would try again if given the option. Will not search it out though.

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Photo of Skrumpy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Amber/orange in color, slightly cloudy. Average head, foamy and left moderate lacing. The aroma isn't strong, light citrus, pine, and grain. The flavor is malt forward, with some fruit sweetness, caramel, and some citrus hops in the finish. Crisp mothfeel with a hint of that alcohol based heat at the end. A good beer overall, but not my favorite DIPA.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Less than two months old this DIPA has a prominent malt back. Makes sense being 10%. The hops are bitter resin, lupilin laden, oily, lightly dank, with grapefruit rind and tangerine. Malt has a bit of honey sweetness, caramel and grain. This is a really big beer and though it's not my favorite hop profile I still can appreciate it.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, pine, and fruit pit. Taste follows with citrus, grapefruit, pine, fruit pit, and a big smack of bitterness and booze. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, but seems somewhat normal for a boozy dipa. Overall, this is a good dipa, not my favorite as I prefer a bit less booze in the taste and feel, but still very good.

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Photo of Chicowdy
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing exceptional about this beer. Too many other good imperial IPAs that go down much more easily. It's good but not great. Has a fairly boozy taste that masks the hop profile.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 30th and poured March 27th ... so about four months. Not exactly the freshest DIPA I've had.

Bought one of these for $1.99. Poured it into a short shaker pint. Ugh.

Awesome in the glass: a slightly hazy golden orange color with a creamy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nectarine and pine are the biggest things I'm getting on the nose -- this has a pretty dank profile. The aroma is bittersweet as well. Nothing in the glass is jumping out at me/it's a bit mellowed out, but I really enjoy what's there. The taste is a decent bit like the aroma with a nectarine-y flavor layered with quite a lot of pine. There's also some mango and pineapple near the end of the sip, but the finish is a lot of sticky pine resin. There's a lingering piney hop flavor and bitterness, but it's not too intense. Overall, quite drinkable and balanced for the style.

Absolutely dig it. As with most beers, it's not ideal straight from the fridge. Give it a few minutes to open up, and you've got a very nice and mostly balanced DIPA. Ballast Point does it again -- this is a delicious, affordable DIPA that you'll be able to find pretty much anywhere.

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Photo of C2brewing
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with a thin, fine, lasting head. Nose is sweet, tropical, citrus. Medium body with initial citrus hop character giving way to earthier lasting hop finish. Malt flavor is subdued. Finish is slightly dry. Very enjoyable sipper.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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