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 DrewBeechum on 06-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,913
Reviews:
693
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
Wants:
299
Gots:
811
For Trade:
6
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Photo of tone77
3.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of tropical fruits, some pine. Taste is bitter, pine, light citrus, did I mention bitter? Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is decent, but for me it was to little flavor and to much bitterness.

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

Photo of Blackop555
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orangeish gold. Thick, short, white head that fades after a little while.

Smells citrus, caramel malt, pine and light tropical.

Tastes Caramel malt, grapefruit, citrus peel. Followed by pine and touch herbal. Finish is dry with pine ave citrus Linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of daem3384
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JDoHo
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of AnotherDisease
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kevclarkhd
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Especially for 10%

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Photo of Happyyb
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a snifter. The appearance was a nice looking bronzed amber color with a slight transparency about it. Soft carbonation rises in the center to fill a one finger white foamy head that dissipates in a soft gentle manner. Clingy soft foamy white lacing rings around in a messy contour. The smell starts off with some sweet onion, light grassy to sweet and bitter pine. Light caramel malts display a nice background as it warms. The taste takes the sweet onion and grassiness to combine and be a nice display of bittersweet hops blending with a sly caramel backbone. A dry bittersweet aftertaste of sweet onion runs into the same sort of finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium in body. It had a slightly sessionable smooth feel to it. Bitterness is there, but isn’t overly bearing. Overall, for a DIPA, that mouthfeel/palate just feels different than a lot of other DIPA’s I’ve had, not sure if its the dorado hops, but this was quite enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of Stoutmaster9
3.31/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

On the golden side of Ochre Yellow, thin head, vanishing quick. Nice lacing.

Smells of malty, sour-citrus.

Taste follows the nose.
There is more than a fair amount of citrus, malt & hops which linger feeble, in the burning booze tempest's shadow.

The gulp burn is throat piercing.
I would suggest having this after a few pints, just to get ready, though only on a full belly, off the road.

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Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly orange and golden color with a very small white head. Smells of hops and some sweetness. Tastes of lots of hops, mild bitterness, some sweet citrus, and a touch of alcohol. Medium and somewhat syrupy body. Over all it's a good DIPA, just a little one dimensional.

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Photo of cuy50
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ladle69
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a beautiful hazy gold with a thick, creamy white head that lasts for a considerable amount of time.

S: Aromas of tart citrus, caramel, biscuits, crackers, herbs, and lemongrass fill the nose.

T: In the mouth, the ale is immediately bold and bitter, offering tons of pine, spruce, lemongrass, lime, bitter orange, and grapefruit notes balanced by impressions of caramel, crackers, biscuits, apricot, pineapple, and mango. The finish is long and puckering. I noted a mixture of pine, tropical fruit, and caramel on the palate after the swallow.

M: Medium-in-body, yet somehow thicker in feel than it actually is. The ale starts off slick, but grows progressively stickier from the entry to the swallow. Carbonation is active without being overly firm. Alcohol presence is noticeable (one would expect that of a 10% ale), but not all that dominating. More drinkable than anticipated. If someone were to just give me this beer and tell me nothing about it, I would not guess that it had an abv of 10%.

O: This is a very nice DIPA. I really have few serious complaints about this beer. Definitely worth a try.

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

Photo of CraftBeerApprentice
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On draft. Poured into an 8 oz. goblet.
Look: Brilliant copper hue. Excellent lacing.
Smell: Perhaps the best feature of this beer. Pungent grapefruit and pine aromas. Hopheads rejoice.
Taste: Unfortunately, the taste is not as pleasing as the aroma. There is a harsh resinous character in the taste that is punishingly bitter.
Feel: Big mouthfeel, mild CO2.
Overall: I've had double, even triple IPAs that tasted much better than Dorado. The aroma is beautiful, but the bitterness is obnoxious. I'm not sure if it's because of the use of mash hops, but something about the bitterness here is punishing instead of satisfying or refreshing.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Classic west coast double ipa. A good balance between the grapefruit and other citrusy and piney hops and the caramel malts. Nice bitterness and good carbonation which enhanced the taste

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Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish tulip

L: Semi-transparent medium golden orange pour. 1.5 fingers of white head.. falls quickly and leaves solid lacing.

S: Tropical fruits... grapefruit and citrus. Mango. Very juicy.

T/F: Rich malts with a delicious fruity hop profile. Lots of grapefruit, citrus, and mango. Pineapple and pine.... very lush and complex. Medium in body. Finish is sticky with more tropical fruits lingering on the tongue.

O: A delicious DIPA... not surprising given that it's from Ballast Point. This could be an everyday beer.

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Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Clear golden orange with two fingers white dense head.
The smell is light pineapple and hop oil pine.
The taste is pine and light pineapple with a good amount of bready malt.
The mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation level. Finish is bitter but not too dry.
Overall a tasty hop bomb. The alcohol is pretty well hidden. Proceed with caution.

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Photo of Beerdeathexperience
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Subtlety defines Dorado -- at first. I'm writing this review after drinking a six pack of this beer, yet still i'm unable to completely classify the taste. At first, I thought this DIPA was exceptionally light and delicately neutral -- neutrally IPA, with hints of pine and probably fruit. The second beer, however, began with a strong, sweet bite of honey. I never tasted the honey again, for four remaining beers, but I'm certain I tasted it. This beer is plenty strong, making me tipsy after no. 2, but it also seems cloying. I enjoyed the first and the second of the six pack, but the four sequels not so much. Perhaps a mystery becomes dull after a while of not solving it.

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

Clear orange color with off-white head. Aroma is really malty with some biscuits and candied orange notes. Taste starts bitter upfront with some sweet malt in the background. The hops are mostly orange and pine forward. Medium to light body, medium carbonation. Overall it's a decent west coast, really classic DIPA.

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Photo of adamstuart
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerAndFilm
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of slhuggy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,913 ratings.
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