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Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA
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4.12/5
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2,922 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#1,780
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
2,922
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
Wants:
298
Gots:
820
Trade:
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Ratings: 2,922 |  Reviews: 694
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy grapefuit colour, white head and lace. Great hop aroma. Very good DIPA, high IBU but not a bomb of bitter. Full mouthfeel and good drinkability. Orange zest, Tangerine and sweetness in taste, good balance.This one has been a survivor, a keeper.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of acurtis
3.34/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of jaydoc
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Tony's Darts Away in Burbank, CA.

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a small cap on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, citrus fruit, and some nice tropical fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with a light malt finish. There is a somewhat high hop bitterness on the palate that lingers after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with a great smell that is quite tasty as well.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber color with a white head and looks nice and inviting.

Very light nose, almost nothing, even as it warms up. Nose finally had a very light pineapple, sage/basil spice to it, perhaps some light apple character.

Medium mouthfeel and medium body with some decent creamy character to it.

Simple grapefruit flavors and finish. The beer's entire character is pleasant, nice, and shows good hops but is simple and one dimensional. Would like more hops; would like more of everything.

This beer is certainly drinkable and pleasant; just nothing special. Has a medium/long pine resin finish. This is a good beer but a bit simple all around. Did not meet expectations of a "Robust Series - Limited Release." Candidly, perhaps this is just not the producer for me. I've found Ballast Point brews "acceptable" but I've never been really impressed. Just my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

one of the most interesting big ipas i can remember ever drinking. i wish i knew what hops were in this, because it has such a weird (and amazing) taste and mouthfeel, something totally foreign to my palate really. the beer looks like any other in its class, clear bright golden with a tall white head that leaves ring lacing as it drinks. the smell and taste have one of the more curious hop profiles out there. its fruity sure, but its neither oily or sweet, almost drying and sharp, but it isnt piney either. its almost tea-like, intense and bitter but also super flavorful. really hard to describe, but i get everything from lime to green tea to coriander seed to melon and meadow grass. its none of those things and all of them, like no other. its super bitter and strong, but the alcohol is well hidden, a dangerous bomber to tackle. something so strange with the hops though, its all in the middle. it rises up mid-palate, and dies back quickly, but that sensation and flavor in the middle is so cool and different. i would love to know what hops they use to create that. maybe better than sculpin in some ways, one of the best on the shelf india pales that exists.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of Knapp85
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours out as a really nice copper color with a thick creamy looking head. The lacing was pretty thick on the glass too. The smell of the beer is really hopped up and had big aromas of citrus and pine. The taste of the beer was also intense just like the nose, really good hop flavors tingle the tongue on every sip. The mouthfeel is a little bitey but still remained drinkable. Overall it's a damn good brew.

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Photo of nmann08
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of metter98
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: It is hazy golden orange in appearance with a small white head. There is a moderate level of carbonation.
S: The aromas are dominated by hop bitterness and have some notes of citrus fruits and other spices.
T: There's a rather big hoppy flavor yet a good amount of balance from the underlying malts so the bitterness is not too overpowering.
M: It feels both medium-bodied and crisp on the palate.
D: It's rather drinkable considering the high amount of alcohol content, although I can't see myself having more than one of these in a single sitting.

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4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Of course San Diego has a brewery with a year-round imperial IPA. While others struggle to muster up enough hops for a seasonal or rotating release, this everyday IPA extends the hop profile and balances the noticeable leftover malt in dominating fashion.

Dorado's bright copper color carries a mild and hoppy haze. A creamy white froth garnishes the rim as its citrus, grass and honey perfume billows onto the nose. Its early taste is sweet with caramelized malt that brings about light cashew, honey and toasted grain.

And as the sweetness relaxes, it only dries to mid-status, giving the growing hops an elegant support. Meanwhile, its tangy and citrusy pink grapefruit and tangerine character grows into a grassy, herbal and spicy flavor just as the bitterness begins to overshadow the lingering caramel malt.

Finishing medium-bodied and drying, the ale always retains a firmly sweet and creamy underpinning and buffers the tastebuds from the strong, spicy alcohol and hop-derived astringency. With a linger of muddled grass, herb and peppercorn the bitterness of the beer far outweighs its malty counterpart.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.9/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, another awesome party favour courtesy of venerable BA IronDjinn.

This beer pours a glassy, medium golden amber colour, with two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and frothy eggshell white head, which leaves some stellar chunky and world atlas-friendly lace around the glass as it slowly ebbs away.

It smells of grainy, doughy caramel malt, a further crackery toffee sweetness, faint dark orchard fruit notes, and less than complex, but still rather agreeable piney, citrusy, and leafy bitter hops. The taste is pretty sweet caramel/toffee malt, warm citrus flesh, indistinct black orchard fruit, a soft stoney flintiness, and rather boozy herbal, piney, and leafy hops.

The carbonation is a bit peppy in its fairly sassy fizzy and frothy alternations, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, with a mild creaminess. It finishes sweet, the tainted caramel malt still not willing to totally give it up to the still persuasive as all get out hops.

An excellent example of the style, not too hot (barely) and not too bland (by far). Worthy of challenging my somehow hop-weary palate of late, and something y'all should duly seek out, if you are blessed with the chance and/or availability.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.53/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"Enjoy by 06/22/2013." 650 ml brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are high; I loved Sculpin.

Served refrigerator cold and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Not paired with food.

A: Pours a 2.5 finger beige colour head of fair cream, good thickness, and great retention considering the 10% ABV. Colour is a semitransparent pale copper.

Sm: Piney, oily hops. Cream and clean malts. A mild strength aroma.

T: Quite piney, with aggressive unchecked hop bitterness. The result is an imbalanced brew. Some orange and lime round it out nicely. Clean malts provide the background. Tropical fruit notes (undoubtedly from the hops) emerge after the climax and are a highlight of the beer. I like it. Full flavoured and tasty. Heavy on the grapefruit throughout the body. No yeast or alcohol comes through.

Mf: Smooth, thick, and coarse on the climax. Nicely crisp on the open. Not quite creamy enough.

Dr: The untamed sharp hop bitterness prevents it from greatness. A good IPA demands balance. Sculpin this is not. It's a good IPA, but I expect better from Ballast Point. Well-priced. Hides its ABV incredibly well. Very drinkable.

Low B

Actually gets better as it warms. Would pair well with spicy food.

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Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Photo of emerge077
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Finally arrived in central Illinois...woohoo!

Pours into a Duvel tulip a murky orange, deep and saturated color. The foam has small pockets of larger bubbles embedded in the smooth velvet surface. Lace is sticky and forms easily. Aroma of candied oranges and caramel toffee. A light sweetness is there, but it's not exactly the fresh hop blast I was hoping for.

Velvety smooth caramel malt, deeply bitter citrus, grapefruit pulp. Some pine and drying hop bitterness in the finish. Alcohol is felt, and keeps intake at a low frequency in small sips. Not boozy, but it's far from wimpy...thick and almost chewy. Not as exciting as Sculpin, but a solid DIPA that I would drink again.

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Photo of brentk56
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a three finger head; great retention and lace

Smell: While there is a ton of floral grapefruit aroma going on, the sweet malt base is also clearly evident

Taste: After a quick nod to the sugary malt, the grapefruity bitterness builds...and builds...and builds; just a ton of bitterness that settles down after the swallow as it blends back together with the malt that it had previously overwhelmed

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but prickly, carbonation

Drinkability: Nice to have this old friend back around; this bottle was just released in the past few weeks so it doesn't get much fresher - you can sure tell the difference

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a light clear orangey color ale with a rather large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and grapefruit hops is one-dimensional but still very interesting. Taste is also dominated by grapefruit hops with loads of great floral notes and light bitter finish. Malt is present thought doesn't play a big role in the final taste. Body is about average with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. Well done for a West Coast IIPA.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,922 ratings
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