Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
681
Ratings:
2,880
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
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295
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786
For Trade:
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Photo of Martin194
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear, light orange with a good sized white head.

Smell: Lots of hoppy pine, a little citrus, very clean scent if that makes sense.

Taste: Lots of hops, some woody smokey tones.

Feel: Normal carbonation, very dry aftertaste.

Overall: A very strong but good IPA.

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

Amber color, bright and clear. Poured big white head, creamy and lingering.

Nice caramel malty sweetness.

Nice malt backbone. Quite smooth. Balanced. Not hugely hoppy, but a nice gentle hop finish.

Med body and carbonation. Gentle alcohol warming.

Hyper easy drinking DIPA. Maybe I drank too cold. Hops are very pleasant, just not hugely prominent.

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Photo of Warfarris
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Deep orange color with good carbonation and two finger head. A nice head remains throughout with lacing to match. Great mouthfeel, citrus, etc but you can really taste the centennial hops in this one.

This is my first review and I picked a great one. IPA's are my favorite and outside Pliney and HT I've tried them all. I only say that for this next point, at 10% abv this is the most drinkable beer I've ever had. I can't believe it's 10%. If you like hops, IPA's, etc. then this is a must try beer. I got one of these for a mix and match 6er but it will not be my last.

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Photo of R_i_P
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point has vastly improved this DIPA. This is a much better brewed DIPA than last year's iterations. I picked up a bomber from Albertson's on 01/31/2017. No bottled or best-by dates. 10% APV. Attractive label with hues of green and blue against an ecru background.

Dorado pours a clear, bright, orange copper with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam (same ecru color as the label, ironically). Excellent lacing. Smell is tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon, and dank hops. Excellent, big aroma. The taste also starts big with a strong note of muddled grapefruit, followed by dank hops, tropical fruits (pineapple) and a moderate malt backbone. The mixture of strong hop flavors and malt linger nicely on the palate. The alcohol warms the mixture, yet is muted behind the hops and malt. The 10% APV also gives you a nice brain buzz.

Dorado is now a really good DIPA. Last year's iterations of this DIPA lacked the complexity, hop strength, and mouthfeel, IMHO. Nor am I a particular fan of Ballast Point Brewing. Nevertheless, this improved Dorado earns a place in my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs. It's definitely a keeper!

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Photo of Raime
3.59/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a two finger darker than your average head. Retains decently.

Smells is catty on the highest of aspects with a decent level of malt. Smells a touch fruity.

The catty hops are the first things to show up without a doubt. Becomes fruity, slick, and more alcoholic than you would expect. Almost oily.

Heavy feel with a low to moderate carbonation level. As I've stated the oil factor wins this beer out.

Overall, Not a huge fan of this hop profile to be quite honest but it is exceptionally hard to make an IPA above 10% and have it retain. Brew may be a touch old, bur for what it gave me hop wise it was the nicest of the " catty " brews that I've had. Wont buy it again at the price.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Mildly hazed amber orange in color, the pour builds up thick creamy white head that withstands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal foamy layer covering atop and leaving some of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma is prominently led by zesty citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and lime from hop. It also imparts notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, pine, resin, some earthiness, floral, and orange spice. Malt is there too with its biscuit, orange candy, and subtle caramel.

The taste is so intense of rich hoppy goodness providing varieties of flavor ranging from strong piney resin, dank, rich zesty citrus and grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, lime, orange spice, and solid yet persistent bitterness. Malt lays there in the background with its slight sweet, biscuit, and faint caramel. The end is still wrapped up by strong bitterness from hop that is also well lasting in the aftertaste.

Medium body with some bold touch through the palate, smooth mouthfeel, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with lively carbonation to generate well-rounded palate. Finish is very dry and pleasant that quickly leads to the next sip.

This DIPA is big and bold. It is also very well hopped and tasty with no compromise in the quality in term of malt and hop profile. Alcohol is well hidden making it quite drinkable without doubt.

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Photo of BierRunner
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer but not my style. Floral notes on the nose and taste, like Bells Two Hearted. Well balanced and great mouth feel, but I'm more of a juice bonb IPA myself. If you are of the other leaning, you will love this beer.

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Photo of Easton70
2.69/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was a little disapointed with this one having had it i the house for a couple of weeks since buying it at Trader Joes in Bellingham, WA. The idea was really appealling: a double IPA with water melon. The reality is a great looking beer but one with a funky fruity aroma and that funkiness follows through to thie taste. Perhaps a base IPA would be better for a delicate flavour like water melon.....or even a pilsner.

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Photo of neil2me
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this. Great color and smell, but the taste let me down a little. Very bitter and not as hoppy as I had hoped. Maybe if I tried it fresh on tap, it might have been a little different.

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Photo of AnthonyJS
4.53/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd put this on par with Green Flash's West Coast IPA. This is one delicious beer. A strong, but not too bitter double IPA that is sure to please any fan of this style. It doesn't have too much in the way of fruitiness or other special flavors, yet succeeds in being an outstanding beer that I'll return to again and again.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, no date

clear dark orange rust colored. white head, some lacing. well rounded hop aroma - floral, pine, citrus. taste is a little boozy. fairly bitter. enough malt flavor to balance. mouthfeel is slightly sticky.

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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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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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