Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

2,911 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

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Added by drewbage on 06-14-2003

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of crossovert
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BB 06/22/13.

It pours a semi-hazy goldish amber with a white head that leaves some good lacing.

The smell is awesome. There is a rich maltiness running through it that is the most up-front characteristic but underneath is just a tsunami of hoppiness. flowers, herbs, citrus, tropical, its all there.

Flavor is great too. Sharp bitterness. Again herbal, flowery, citrusy, tropical, a bit of pine. Malt doesn't overpower.


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Photo of gopens44
3.87/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Hop_God
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap yesterday at City Beer SF and then again today at Tornado.

I had this beer in a 22oz bomber last week and a few earlier this month and let me justice is done until you've tried this beer On Tap.

I had this beer at Tornado side by side with PtE and I'm writing this because this is the only DIPA I've had where I didn't immediatly wish or rather have Pliny.

I could go on and on about the orange / Grapefruit / Pine - bla bla bla but if your passion is Pliny on Tap - This is one to seek out as a beer where every sip till the end is savored.

Finally a worthy rival (On tap) whereas this was the smoothest Hoppy and drinkable 9.1% I've had.

A VERY well done West Coast Representation of the style.

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4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of utopiajane
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured a deep lemon yellow with an amber tint and a slight haze. A big head of soft creamy foam that dwindled like it had all day to a thick cap and collar. Sticky, beautiful lacing. Excellent retention. Looks so good. Nose is not as strong as you would expect to look at this beer but it smells great. Citrus, lemon, tangerine, lime, you can smell the hop resin, tropical, grassy and some good strong pale malt with a lot of caramel and sugar. Taste is awesome. It’s dry, crisp, refreshing, malt is deep and rich a little sugary, the hops are resiny and bitter with all the fruits washing over the palate. There was no alcohol on the nose but it is on the palate and it mingles well. Gentle carbonation and a good mouthfeel. This is a fantastic DIPA that comes right up to Stone for bitterness but stops before it becomes arrogant. Smooth and very well done.

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

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4.6/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"A huge, hoppy brew that will test your sea legs. Our Dorado Double IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle opting and dry hopping makes this beer a serious hop lover's prize catch. It's an amazingly drinkable, award-winning beer that's as beautifully balanced as it is big." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA. Released annually in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass. Served above 57º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a khaki white head of a creamy foam texture over an apricot amber body with fine sediment in tow and moderate haziness. Retention is very good, lacing is light and patchy. 4.5

(Smell) A hoppy nose of zesty citrus ream, tropical fruit and tart grapefruit. Bitterness is perceivably moderate. The malt body is a simple pale malt with a hint of biscuit and light toasted caramel syrup for a subtle body. Aroma is clean and moderately potent. The hops have a touch less lively presence than I had expected. 4

(Taste) The hop character and malt body are nearly in line with one another in this beer. Juicy orange and tangerine with a creeping grapefruit note, a little fresher and more flavorful than the aroma anticipated. Bitterness is strong yet in line with the sweetness of the body, they are well balanced at the conclusion of each sip. The malt body is a slick toasted caramel grain with a slightly boozy edge. The finish is mildly grainy with a resinous hop squeeze and a puff of alcohol. 4.25

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, resinous, drying. Carbonation generates a fuzzy frothiness for a softly crisp mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Balance is equally bitter to sweet. Alcohol presence is moderate, and aside from some perks of booze, off characters are minimal. 4

(Overall) A well balanced and flavorful Double IPA with a lot of west coast bright hop character and a bold bitterness to match. My biggest complaint was a slight booziness that stole away the drinkability slightly. Dorado has been around for a while as one of the earlier pioneers of the increasingly popular Double IPA style, and at the reasonable price point, it's a justified purchase. 4

Ballast Point Brewing Company's
Dorado Double IPA

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3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

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4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a snifter 6/21/09

A - Deep amber color. Poured a 1/2 in. head that dissipates quickly. A bit of lace lingers, but not much.

S - Respectable hop character in the nose with a noticeable malt presence.

T - Piney, earthy hop flavor with a pleasant bitterness, which lingers slightly. A biscuity malt backbone takes a slightly more than supportive role, so to speak. This bottle being less-than-fresh, I'm not sure but what the hops & malt haven't washed together. Malts become more prevalent as the beer warms.

M - A bit of alcohol heat, with what I consider to be an interesting blend of slick & gritty mouthfeel.

D - I found this to be quite an enjoyable beer. Since the bottle was older (at least 6-8 months) I think the age put a damper on the hoppier qualities of the beer. Nonetheless, I still got a kick out of it. I would definitely like to try a fresh bottle sometime.

Notes : This is my 1st beer review, so it isn't the most comprehensive or well-informed. But that's why I'm here - to learn. I've been drinking craft beer fairly regularly for the past three years, but only recently decided to try my hand at reviews. I had this bottle sitting around for a special occasion & figured it would be as good a bottle as any with which to start.

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

Finally getting a chance to try this one. Pours into my glass a brilliant golden orange with great clarity and an inch of creamy white bubbling head on top of the brew. Good active carbonation. I can already smell the hops. Big explosion of pine and citrus oily hop resins wafting up from the glass. Sweet undertone with a kiss of cotton candy and caramel. Tropical fruit and earthy herbal accents.

First sip brings smooth sweet malts upfront that get bowled over by a wall of juicy hop goodness. Deep citrus and pine resins dance with an earthy, spicy undertone. Tropical tones and a bit of a medicinal touch. Bitter smack on the way down but there is enough malt to keep it all in line. Tasty DIPA.

Mouthfeel is smooth, creamy and full. Goes down easily with spot on carbonation. This is one easy drinking double IPA. Overall, I found this to be a tasty west coast hop bomb. Not earth shattering for me but damn good and one I would definitely drink again sometime!

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4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Hazy gold, huge head.

Smell: Citrus, berries--reminds me of strawberries?

Taste: Solid malt body, then sweet fruitiness. Citrus mixed with pineapple, a little bit of booziness underneath.

Overall: I'm really impressed with this DIPA from Ballast Point. Hits all the marks--some sweetness, good hop flavor, some booziness. Glad to have another A plus DIPA option to choose from!

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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Got this in a trade with mjl21...thanks for another amazing beer Mike!

A- Pours a clear darker golden yellow with tints of orange to it. Nice 1 1/2 finger off white head that leaves some lacing on the sides. This is a fantasic start to what should be a great beer.

S- This has a citrus hop overtone to this. BIg pineapple and grapefruit smells to this beer along with some orange right upfront. Seems to be a little piney hops hiding in the background. I can smell no malts in this at all. I mean I know they are there but the tropical fruitbasket smell is so overpowering. Alcohol is kept at bay as well.

T- Big tropical hoppy dropkick right off the get go. Huge flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and orange. A piney hop balances it back to a little bitter in the middle of the beer along with some caramel malts that hid themselves well in the nose. Good sweeter hop finish to this beer. I like it a lot and this seems like a very well hop bomb that we all like from time to time.

M- Good medium mouthfeel to this. Carbonation lets the beer march in a fruit parade across the palate. Hoppy resin sits everywhere in your mouth and not just on your tounge and teeth. Hops of course linger making you want to drink more and more of it as quickly as possible.

D- This is a beer I have been waiting for. It picks up everything I like about IPA's and DIPA's and just let's it rip. Perfect beer for someone who needs a big hop bomb but doesn't want it too overly sweet or overly bitter. Perfect hop balance!!!

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

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,911 ratings.
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