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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:
672
Ratings:
2,856
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
20.19%
 
 
Wants:
289
Gots:
775
For Trade:
6
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Reviews: 672 | Ratings: 2,856
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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Photo of Jwaks
2.46/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Perhaps i got an old or bad batch. The palate is full of hot alcohol, the hop flavor is dirty, earthy and nasty with a good dose of pine and grapefruit with very irritating, rough and highly persistent bitterness all on a shitty light caramel malt base. Fermentation is clean, that's about the only bright spot. My expectations were high given my experience with sculpin and other ballast point brews, yet this has got to be one of the absolute worst dipas i've had in awhile. Hop flavor sucks, it's just a blast of dirty earthy piney bitterness. This brew may benefit from a fermentation with more fruity esters, lower alcohol and use of hops with a cleaner less astringent bitterness and less earthiness. There seems to be a love affair with big bold high alcohol brews despite the flavor profile or other qualities which this completely lacks. I will try another batch to reproduce my experience and make sure nothing is off and, for now, i do not recommend this.

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Photo of Nature777
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at the Ballast Point Brewery out in San Diego. This was my second trip to the brewery, and the first time I've had this beer. One word describes it; "flawless." This is the best DIPA that I have had to this point. Being from NY, I'm accustomed to East Coast styled IPAs. Despite that, I have a new found love for the West Coast style of IPAs.

This beer had a very distinct malty sweetness to it. The hop profile was strong but not overbearing. This beer was resoundingly balanced and highly enjoyable.

*As a note, this site has the ABV listed as 9.6%, the brewery had the ABV posted as 10.6%. I don't know if that batch was stronger than usual or if that was the norm.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Envy can be surmised as ones belief that they can achieve better than existing. Though this may be true most of the time, this is not the case with Dorado. I have envy because I will never do better, I can only strive. Read on.

Look: Almost Arabesque in color
Smell: Earthy malt, candied grapefruit peel
Taste: This beer defines that identifying a bitter taste is not lost in America. Grapefruit, fresh and full of wonderful bitterness
Feel: Heavier than most of its competition, connoisseur worthy
Overall: Up there with the best. San Diego living up to the world's finest

Though I have had slightly better experiences with this genre, Ballast Point is at the top of this category.

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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 TheIPAHunter
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

My palate was invaded by distinct notes of pine. I get ripe melon, hints of lemon, and orange peel as it warms. Initial sips mask the abv, which, at a whopping 10%, is nothing to take lightly. After two pours, I can tell that Ballast Point had no intent of messing around with Dorado. This a head knocker, and it should be treated as such. Nothing exquisite or pretty about this one; it's not Halle Berry in a glass. However, it drinks well and provides enough flavor to make you appreciate the lengths the brewer traveled to deliver a first-rate product. Semi-dry on the finish. Try it, and enjoy it. Just don't expect to walk away with your new favorite beer.

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of piney and light citrus hops, caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus, spicy and lightly floral; nice. Flavor follows aroma, with orange citrus, tropical fruit, piney and citrus hops with a hint of dankness; as the flavor starts to fade from the taste, intense resinous piney hops kick in to leave a quite pleasant citrus rind and grapefruit aftertaste with light supporting flavors from the malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A nicely balanced and flavorful imperial IPA. The hops are not as forward in the beginning of the taste, allowing the malt and herbal flavors to present themselves, then the hops kick in into a strong resinous finish. ABV well covered. Well done as expected from Ballast Point. I like their hop combinations a lot and this is no exception.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.55/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

At times overlooked, but quite possibly the quintessential San Diego DIPA. Hits all the traditional notes of grapefruit, orange, tangerine, and pine. Perfectly balanced, it has the drinkability of a much lesser ABV brew. No alcohol presence whatsoever. One of my favorite beers, period. It's so well put together, why wouldn't it be? Approachable, yet plenty hoppy for the most discerning hop head...

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Photo of WestCoastLibations
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Probably the most expensive beer in my catalogue so far, this was initially (attempted to be) sent from California to Ethiopia, only to be stopped by customs in New York. Returned unharmed, the shipping cost around $90USD, yet the beer remained unopened, set aside in a garage refrigerator for when I returned.

I returned.

Opened and poured into an unassuming glass, it came out a Golden Amber with minimal head, allowing for, as they say, easy access. Smooth on the palate, it was not of the bitterness associated with other Double IPAs, an equal mixture of smell and taste as it traveled down to the Nethersphere of ma belly. Light and refreshing for a DIPA, it worked its magic, reminding me of the hardships of East Africa while remaining grateful that I was drinking this beer among the Purple Mountains Majesty of the greatest country on Earth.

I couldn't think of a better way to welcome myself home, surrounded by the positive percentiles (10%) of this beer, and the positive vibrations (Turn On Your Lovelight) associated with its mixture of quality look, smell, taste, and feel. I don't know if it would have been any different had it made it to Ethiopia to be enjoyed there, but right now, amongst the ocean breeze and blue skies of Southern California, mere miles from this particular beer's inception, I am just grateful that all roads lead home, and it is here where I can enjoy this Dorado Double IPA!

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Photo of Damian
4.92/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Drank from a 22 FL. OZ/1 PINT. 6 FLUID OUNCES./650ml bottle
Served in a snifter
Acquired in a trade with errantnight

The beer poured a super hazy, light orangey-amber color. The ultra creamy, frothy, one-finger head left sheets of thick, bubbly lacing all down the glass. Both the head retention and lacing were truly amazing, as they lasted long after the beer was finished.

The aroma was incredible. Intensely citrusy, bold and sweet with strong orange liquor and tropical fruit notes (mango, grapefruit and papaya). A yeasty quality was also detectable. As the beer warmed, the alcohol became a bit more noticeable.

Like the aroma, the taste was near perfect. Hoppy up front with a stiff malt backbone. Subtle hints of brown sugar came through. Strong, zesty, orange and tropical fruit notes (pineapple) dominated in the center. Lots of "c" hop notes going on here. Some spiciness came through as well. The semi-dry and pithy finish was grapefruit-like with a bit of pine and resin mixed in. A touch of alcohol warmth appeared as well and became somewhat more apparent as the beer warmed. Some bitterness lingered in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel was super creamy, smooth and slick with a medium/fuller body and a fine, subtle carbonation. Frothy and supple on the palate.

This 9% ABV double IPA was one of the most drinkable versions of the style I have ever tried. It was incredibly well balanced yet still came packed with enough citrusy hop goodness to satisfy even the most seasoned hop head.

Overall, this was an exceptional brew. Hopefully the folks at Ballast Point will consider making this a year-round offering.

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark amber color.

The beer is resinous and harsh drinking. Mountains of huge sweet malt and caramel sweetness. The finish goes on with sticky resin, pine, and bitterness.

It surprisingly does not drink as high as 10%, but it is still a messy, sweet, and dank brew.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: A slightly hazy medium amber body with a large, off-white head which leaves behind a plethora of spotty lace.

Smell: Pineapple and coconut lend a tropical twist to a mixture of juicy citrus fruit. Malt produces a complementary scent of buttery crackers.

Taste: Passionfruit and pomegranate mix with the usual hoppy citrus rind taste. The tropical aspect of the bouquet is not repeated in the flavor. Instead, It is replaced by a toasty malt taste, which makes the beer darker and more dull than a typical IPA. Medium-high bitterness is accentuated by white pepper and basil.

Mouthfeel: Overall the body is medium, with a bit of a creamy, buttery, comfort food texture combined with spritzy carbonation and a moderately dry finish. The alcohol warming is light, and settles peacefully in the belly.

Overall: It's a good IPA overall, but the maltiness and darker fruit flavors detract from the refreshing qualities expected from the style.

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Photo of HopHeadBeerFed
1.79/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Metallic taste despite good coloration on the pour. Hips are hidden in the high ABV no malt backbone whatsoever Very disappointed for the the price point. After a prior review of Dogfish 90 and Stone enjoy by.. this beer fails in all regards of an imperial IPA. Good buzz that's about it...

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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 BuckeyeNation
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Radiant tangerine with butterscotch edges. The largish cap is pastel orange-tinted ivory in color and is currently filling the top third of the pint glass with no sign of giving any quarter whatsoever. In time, it drops far enough to reveal a great deal of sticky lace in torn sheets. The light, bright color of the beer leads me to think that caramel malt will be in short supply. I certainly hope so; who needs yet another barleywine wannabe?

I've been enjoying the fantastic nose ever since the pour and it has taken all of my willpower to keep typing and not dive right it. I mean that figuratively rather than literally, but if the glass was bigger, I just might give it a go. This beer features an explosive aroma of all manner of citrus fruits, including pink grapefruit, orange, pineapple and passionfruit. One of the best DIPAs that I've smelled in quite some time.

The flavor profile follows suit, more or less. As expected, there isn't a whole lot of melted caramel present (there's still some though) on the palate. The malt backbone is appropriately huge, which is a good thing given all the hops. Even though I've had much hoppier versions, this one will scratch that alpha acid itch for damn sure.

The same citrus fruits that were present in the nose are present in the mouth, with orange shining especially brightly. In fact, given the less than perfectly masked alcohol (about which more below) comparisons to Grand Marnier would not be out of line. There's also a great deal of pungent pine sappiness present; an impressive amount in fact. The hoppiness isn't the high end hoppiness of an IPA, nor is it the bottom end thrum of a good American barleywine, but is something in the vast middle.

I have no idea how fresh this beer is, but I'm guessing that it hasn't been in the bomber long because of the still hot alcohol. While it isn't a deal breaker (it is a deal cracker), I prefer my DIPAs to hit me over the head with hops, not ethanol.

There's no letdown in the body/mouthfeel department. It's probably closer to medium than to full (for the style) with the alcohol acting as a solvent to cut the potential fullness down to size. It isn't a worry, though, since all that malt provides plenty of plushness and a light sticky sappiness on the finish.

Yet again, Ballast Point Brewing Company comes through with a solid, delicious version of a classically American style. These guys are often overshadowed by the AleSmiths and the Stones of the beer world, but cracking open a bottle of their beer is all it takes to prove that, in many cases, they deserve to be mentioned in the same breath with the San Diego County giants. Dorado Double IPA is all the proof that anyone should require.

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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 Drel
3.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had an off smell after pouring. I can only describe it as funky. Very boozy tasting with an initial sweetness that wasn't expected. I can see the appeal but it wasn't for me

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on July 18th.Poured into an imperial nonic a clear medium to full golden with a great looking sticky two finger white head atop.Tropical fruit and grassy hop aromas dominate,mild alcohol sweetness as well.Minty-leafy and overripe fruit-like hop flavors with a big shot of sweet alcohol on the palate,the hops win out barely over the brash alcohol in the finish.As I drink more a real sharp grapefruit rind flavor comes into play.This is big and brash but the hops win out over the sweet alcohol wich can't be said for to many of the style,a great DIPA.

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Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tiernan
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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

Photo of SanFranJake
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue III:

Our personal goal is to try every Double IPA out there. Thanks to Ballast Point for keeping our dream alive, and they also use one of our favorite hops, Centennial. Thick two fingers of head and rings of lace on the glass with nearly every sip. Sunset-orange color shows off the clarity. Heavy citric-toned aroma of grapefruit pulp, orange rind and a hint of lime leaves. Clean fruitiness and alcohol in the nose with hints of pineapple and mango. A little chewy with a medium body and lots of smoothness. Hop bitterness is sharp and cuts deep at nearly palate-ruining levels, though it never reaches a point of no return. Grapefruit rind, orange zest and lime weigh a heavy blanket on the taste buds. Shortbread maltiness in the middle comes through and then gets clobbered by the hops. Alcohol is very deceiving with only a slight warmth and faintness in the breath. Finishes dry with a long drawn-out bitterness that our taste buds just can't shake.

An exemplary example of the American Double IPA, hopheads should be aiming their sites on this beer.

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Photo of DahWag
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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