Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

2,912 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 drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Photo of andrewh995
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

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Photo of cuy50
3.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ladle69
3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mrfrancis
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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

Photo of CraftBeerApprentice
3.35/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
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

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Photo of EMV
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Beerdeathexperience
3.36/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of adamstuart
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of slhuggy
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jlemyre
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of yodeltoe
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of kybeerdrinker
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of stephenlee
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pixarnick
4.74/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Timc32
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JuiceMan818
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Martin194
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of mpyle
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of Warfarris
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,912 ratings.
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