Ballast Point Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #630
Ranked #2,907
4.14 | pDev: 9.66%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Reviews: 701 | Ratings: 2,958 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Notes from 2015-16.
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
L: Pours a bright sparkling amber/orange, thick eggshell white head, some lacing. Fine looking good carbonation.
S: Mango, pine, light citrus, light alcohol.
T: Bold bitter pine, spruce, grassy, lime/orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple, sweet caramel, biscuit, apricot, mango. It is lightly tart. There is light alcohol in the taste as the beer warms.
F: Med-heavy mouthfeel with a lingering long and quite drying finish.
O: This is the best tasting American Double IPA that I've ever had. It is alluring and full bodied with rich smooth flavors. It drinks easily for it's higher ABV and it is outstanding in it's style.

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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reminded of this beer by the How many Beers of Fame have you reviewed? post. Reviewed from memory, as I have not had this in a while, but have had at least a six pack before. Was not a huge fan, tastes good, but too boozy.

Mar 20, 2021
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jjboesen from Maryland

3.73/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had an 8-oz pour at their tasting room in San Diego's Little Italy (See My Review). The body is a sparkling amber color crowned by a thick and splotchy head, which produces a gummy lacing around the glass rim. The nose consists of a whiff of mango. There is an initial blast of hoppy bitterness that is supplemented by a lingering malty fade with an unbalanced sweetness. At the finish, there is a dryness that will require some water. Still, not bad.

Mar 14, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.15/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Unknown vintage; drank 9/8/15 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque bright orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a big off-white head; frothy lace.

Fresh soap, mango & pine notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pine & fresh soap flavors up front; bitter grapefruit notes on the finish.

Not my DIPA profile & a bit tough on the finish; not one I'd seek out.

Mar 04, 2019
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BucBasil from Rwanda

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A:Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a clear orange with a yellowish-tan head that sticks in bug clumps.

S: More balanced than I expected. Bready malt behind a fruity hop veneer - citrus rinds being the dominant note. Honey sweetness is there also. Nice aroma.

T: A bit more hoppy than the aroma lets on but not in an overpowering way. Still some malt, but the hops note is less citrus and more piney/resiny. An OK amount of balance, even for a double IPA that probably isn't really aiming for it.

F: A bit sticky.

Overall: This is a surprisingly drinkable double IPA. I'm not usually a fan of these but this has some balance and is actually more than just a hop bomb.

Oct 20, 2017
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Jul 29, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jul 12, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.93/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Jun 07, 2017
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Stoutmaster9 from California

3.31/5  rDev -20%
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.

Jun 07, 2017
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andrewh995 from Arizona

4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

May 30, 2017
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mrfrancis from Kentucky

4.18/5  rDev +1%
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.

Apr 19, 2017
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CraftBeerApprentice from California

3.35/5  rDev -19.1%
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.

Apr 10, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.26/5  rDev +2.9%
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

Apr 05, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Mar 31, 2017
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Spikester from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Mar 29, 2017
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Beerdeathexperience from Virginia

3.36/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Mar 29, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.75/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Mar 28, 2017
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Martin194 from Iowa

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Feb 19, 2017
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mpyle from Maryland

4.1/5  rDev -1%
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.

Feb 17, 2017
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Warfarris from Kentucky

4.45/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Feb 15, 2017
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R_i_P from California

4.27/5  rDev +3.1%
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 starts with a big note of muddled grapefruit, followed by dank hops, tropical fruits (pineapple) and a moderate malt backbone. The strong hop flavors and malt linger nicely on the palate. The hops and malt mute the alcohol, although at 10% APV, Dorado gets you pleasantly buzzed.

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!

Feb 08, 2017
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Raime from Greenland

3.59/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

Feb 01, 2017
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Everydayoff from Thailand

4.15/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jan 27, 2017
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BierRunner from Ohio

3.99/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Jan 15, 2017
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Easton70 from Canada (ON)

2.69/5  rDev -35%
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.

Dec 23, 2016
Dorado from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 2958 ratings