Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA
2,919 Ratings
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:
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Added by DrewBeechum on 06-14-2003

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Photo of mhaverstick
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Justinprintz
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of VaTechPhilly
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of sweetbrew82
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle into a snifter/ reviewed when fresh

P: Glowing honey gold with a huge, healthy white head of thick, creamy, foam that showed good retention and left sticky lace all over the glass as it slowly deflated.

A: Ginormous waves of citrusy, piney hops smack me in the face and singe my nose hairs with aromas that smell like grapefruit, orange rinds, pineapple, and melons have been dipped in pine sap. This is one of the hoppiest noses out there, for sure!

T: Intense hop bitterness from the start with those same flavors of grapefruit, orange, and tropical fruit with some resinous pine right underneath. They're so bright, bold, vibrant, and powerful on the palate it's ridiculous! Lightly toasted caramel malt does a great job of holding everything up while only managing to peek through the wall of hops to provide a touch of sweetness. Like another Ballast Point brew, Tongue Buckler, the alcohol is a little hotter on the palate than I would prefer. Other than that complaint, it is superb!

M: The mouthfeel is just a notch below being truly full-bodied, with a good amount of creaminess even though it is quite sticky. The dry finish seems to scrub the tongue clean of any moisture.

Notes: Wow! This is the epitome of what West Coast DIPA's are all about. Wall-to-wall hops with a tropical vibe and an intense bitterness that beats the palate into submission. The presence of ethanol, and the heat resulting from it, is the only thing keeping the flavor score from reaching greatness. This is top-shelf!

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Photo of marley2112
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of deanhead
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale Golden Color, nice lace with bubbles all the way down the glass.
Dank Rich, and Viscous, very hoppy. clingy and piny with strong citrusy notes.
Intense hop aroma- bitter finish clingy then finishes very dry medium bodied-citrusy
hops begin...middle and at the end.. all the way through.
nice beer with a solid malt backbone. well balanced hop bomb if i can say that.
Sticky finish
drinkable and tasty beer i really enjoyed it. Highly quaff-able offering.

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Photo of Brian7027
4.34/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Very smooth going down beer. For 10% tastes really good. Definitely drink again

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Photo of oberon
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 Docer
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

AlexD my bro! (Trade) Don't see much of the likes up here in Portland.

- Ever so slightly cloudy Hefe-like lemon copper appearance... minimal to no head... lacing is there.. and ready..

- Seriously a light to very little scent.. some zest, citrus.. caramel... bit balanced.. good hidden strength... as if there is a blanket of caramel suppressing the alcohol and hopscentrix..

- Super smooth caramel... I mean... there is no way this puppy is 9%... they masked this badboy sowell with flavor and balance... a new liking for Ballast for sure.... bitterness is married to the malt... I mean married. Honey gold hop, lots of pine and floral... with a nice touch of honey. Bready yeast present slightly.

- Bit resin-like... slight oil... chewy yes.. but overall super good for a robust IIPA... really? Robust? I bet I'll feel it soon enough....

- Over-drinkable.. seriously... this tastes like a typical IPA... a really good one.... but hides the fact that it is a double for sure... the best sneaker/hidden/don't hold your breath IIPA I have had.

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Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
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 JackieTH
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Tawny golden beer topped by a creamy white foam that recedes gradually leaving sheets of lace. Not a big nose, but I'm getting earthy bread, faint lemons, marmelade. Taste pine and resin, honeydew melon, papaya, oranges, lemons. Moderate bitterness with ample malt makes for one of the rarer hop forward yet juicy, wet, refreshing type of balanced brews. Delicious. Firm carbonation, medium body, creamy mouthfeel. A very well crafted, delicious beer. Mild bitter, clean finish. Shocking easy to quaff being 10% ABV. Will buy again.

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Photo of bowzer4birdie
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dper
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FogDishHead
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of schoolboy
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've had some good Ballast Points before, but this is a truly great one.

This one has a very pretty color with great clarity and a nice little head. The aroma is the best part - perfectly balanced without being a real challenge to the nose.

The taste is also well balanced (but still American, over the top). Loads of hops and malts but not syrupy. It is slightly harsh, probably a water characteristic.

The aftertaste is all hops, but nice. Not nasty. There is no boozy taste at all. This was a nice one to try in a growler from Saveon in Mentor.

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Photo of Shanecon295
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light, hazey orange. The lacing stuck around pretty long, head retention not as much. Smells fruity and green. Tastes of citrus and pine. hits your pallet with a punch, yet delivers a clean refreshing hoppy finish. Great beer.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing 2+ fingers of slightly of eggshell white, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a sticky coating of streaky, webby lace. Aroma is a balance of grapefruit & tropical fruit hops mixed with sweet caramel malt in background hints of honey & resinous pine. Taste is fronted by sweet caramel malt, orange, grapefruit & pineapple backed pine needles & resin. Very bitter finish, gravitating to sweet & becoming a balanced bitter/sweet aftertaste which becomes mostly bitter with time. Very balanced for such a hop heavy brew. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, rich, smooth & a little chewy with a light spicy prickle in the finish & astringency in the aftertaste.

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Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Wow, Solomon420 sent me this fine brew, thanks Damian!

Hazy amber orange pour, nice and big ol' frosty white head - even looks tasty!

And it is! Classic west coast DIPA just loaded with orange, citrus and pine in the aroma and quaff. Sweet and tangy, even a pop of pineapple jumps in the frow. Sharp and cutting like it should be, it finishes with just a hint of oil in the mouth.

Damn fine brew!

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a brilliant orange color with about two fingers of head. Foam retains pretty well, and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Steady streams of bubbles rise to the top.

Bitter citrus aroma. I can smell a bit of pine in there, but it mostly smells like assorted citrus peels.

The first word I can think of to describe Dorado's flavor is big. Each flavor component is huge in this beer. Bushels of citrus fruits up front transition to a piney bitter finish, all of this resting on top of a monstrous malt backbone. Dorado is a huge DIPA without being overly bitter, which is impressive.

Medium-full body. Somewhat prickly carbonation, but still a smooth drinker. Not quite as hefty as a lot of DIPA's I've had lately, but it's still got a soft, plush texture. Never noticed any alcohol, but, to be fair, the glass was drained fairly quickly. Drinkability is very high.

Having had Sculpin first, it was hard for me to keep myself from forming an opinion about Dorado before even opening it. On one hand, I was excited about having a DIPA from Ballast Point, and was also excited that my friends at Green's had some bottles at their store. On the other hand, I was already expecting to be let down, because I couldn't imagine many beers stacking up to Sculpin. In the end, I was quite pleased with Dorado. It may not be Sculpin, but it's still damn good.

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Photo of AshburnWineShop
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. 1 1/2 fingers and great lacing as you sip it. Smells of resin and definitely tea, green. Loads of citrus and dry hops flavors coming through on the palate. Leaves a crisp and dry mouthfeel. Green flavors (tannins?) weird. Finishes full, a bit hot!

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Photo of LeeEvolved
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mullstang
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Surprisingly balanced. Okay, a bit on the hop side but with 10% abv....I say balanced for an IPA, I love it.

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Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thunder, lightning, hail, and tornado heading my way, trying to submit this before the power goes.

Slightly hazed and apricot colored with a thick and foamy head of orangey-beige meringue that lingers long.

Fresh and inviting aroma of tangerine and sticky pine sap, some subtle malt.

Big and flavorful hop flavor upfront, just a little warm from the ABV, but not overpowering. Great mix of sweet citrus, subtle pine, and ruby red grapefruit. A midly tannic grapefruit rind pith rises from the finish. Some honey malt rides beneath to offer some balance, but the hops are way in front on this one and the bitterness keeps the malt from rising too high.

Rich and full mouthfeel, chewy upfront, finishes with a tingly flourish and a warming up the cheeks.

Very tasty and drinkable, many thanks to barleywinefiend for sending this gem coast to coast.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange body with a slight white head. There's a copious amount of lacing left behind.

I can tell this is going to be a hop beast by the scent. The citrus hops can't be ignored and are a nice fruit basket of pineapple, mango, and grapefruit. There's a nice pine bite. No malts that I can tell.

Yep, it's what I expected. This beer is all hops and I love it. It's the same citrus and pine in the scent and also has a nice floral perfume aftertaste. Oh yeah, it's bitter.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Perfect carbonation and dryness to the finish.

Very drinkable. The abv is undetectable and it's one tastey brew.

Top notch DIPA.

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Photo of Flip_Smash
4.32/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,919 ratings
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