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Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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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Reviews: 671 | Ratings: 2,847
Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Less than two months old this DIPA has a prominent malt back. Makes sense being 10%. The hops are bitter resin, lupilin laden, oily, lightly dank, with grapefruit rind and tangerine. Malt has a bit of honey sweetness, caramel and grain. This is a really big beer and though it's not my favorite hop profile I still can appreciate it.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, pine, and fruit pit. Taste follows with citrus, grapefruit, pine, fruit pit, and a big smack of bitterness and booze. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, but seems somewhat normal for a boozy dipa. Overall, this is a good dipa, not my favorite as I prefer a bit less booze in the taste and feel, but still very good.

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Photo of Chicowdy
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing exceptional about this beer. Too many other good imperial IPAs that go down much more easily. It's good but not great. Has a fairly boozy taste that masks the hop profile.

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Photo of SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 30th and poured March 27th ... so about four months. Not exactly the freshest DIPA I've had.

Bought one of these for $1.99. Poured it into a short shaker pint. Ugh.

Awesome in the glass: a slightly hazy golden orange color with a creamy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nectarine and pine are the biggest things I'm getting on the nose -- this has a pretty dank profile. The aroma is bittersweet as well. Nothing in the glass is jumping out at me/it's a bit mellowed out, but I really enjoy what's there. The taste is a decent bit like the aroma with a nectarine-y flavor layered with quite a lot of pine. There's also some mango and pineapple near the end of the sip, but the finish is a lot of sticky pine resin. There's a lingering piney hop flavor and bitterness, but it's not too intense. Overall, quite drinkable and balanced for the style.

Absolutely dig it. As with most beers, it's not ideal straight from the fridge. Give it a few minutes to open up, and you've got a very nice and mostly balanced DIPA. Ballast Point does it again -- this is a delicious, affordable DIPA that you'll be able to find pretty much anywhere.

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Photo of C2brewing
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with a thin, fine, lasting head. Nose is sweet, tropical, citrus. Medium body with initial citrus hop character giving way to earthier lasting hop finish. Malt flavor is subdued. Finish is slightly dry. Very enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Straw golden yellow with a surprising haze. One finger head that dissipates into a 1cm head of foam after a little bit of sitting. Tiny bubbles seen dancing to the top of the glass.

Melon and pineapple like sweetness on the nose at first. Followed by orange pulp, citrus rind, a bit of pine resin, and a little graham cracker. A pleasant aroma but it doesn't really jump out of the glass at you.

Opens up on the tongue with bitter dank pine, and a touch of citrus. Moves into a bit of melon flavors and more citrus zest. Tangerine and lime. A little bit of grass and faint generic cracker malt flavors.

Medium bodied, almost heavy. Slight tingle from the carbonation and sticky, however a bit of drying on the tongue.

Great citrus and sweet fruit aroma, followed by a balanced flavor with a lean towards the hops. A great example of a West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of ElevatorNYC
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a different take on this than others I have read. I get a lot of raisin and date taste out of the initial taste. Heavy pine and citrus come later.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazey orange color. About an inch of creamy head. Nose of pine, tangerine, citrus and earthy. Taste of hops, pine and notes of orange. Great mouth feel and lingering finish. One of the best IPA's I've had. Well done!

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Colour is amber/orange with a quickly dissipating off white head. Some nice lacing. Smells piney and citrus with a little biscuit. Taste similar to the aroma, big hops and pine along with citrus/lemon and enough malt to balance so it's not overly hoppy. Great taste and at 10% abv you can't go wrong with this one. Prost!

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Photo of Shanecon295
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Umdrunner
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured light orange, light head that didn't stick around long. Beer had excellent full mouthfeel, flavor was solid, but it was quite obvious at 10% ABV. I prefer a DIPA that hides the perception of high gravity.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is dark gold with a bit of burnt orange and sports 2 fingers of fine white head. Slightly hazy. Lots of bread, marmalade, and toast on the nose along with cedar, pine, and lemon.

Medium body with an oily feel and a big, hoppy flavor. It's bitter, but not punishingly so, as there is more than enough malt to sustain this beast. Toast and marmalade up front, then cedar, lemon zest, escarole. The bitterness is botanic and quinine-like, with mild fruit character. The mouthfeel on this beer is very sticky and oily. It could almost pass for an American Barleywine (almost).

I tried this beer at a tasting and decided to review it. The only reason I avoided it was because I am so enamored with Grapefruit Sculpin I never wanted to take a chance on this one. It kind of reminds me a little of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree in the flavor profile, although that beer is like this one on steroids.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange glow with off white head with nice spotty lace.

S - Layers of citrus fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, resin.

T - Big hop profile - citrus, orange zest, orange rind, dank, piney, grass, balanced by a semi sweet malt back bone.

O -Aggressive DIPA - well done.

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Photo of Hoppy_Time
4.14/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look: Clear copper with an inch and a half of tan frothy head. Head dissipates quickly and leaves some lacing.
Smell: Light aroma, earthy malts, citrus, and pine.
Taste: Sweet caramel malts at first, then juicy hops and a little earthy pine, long lasting light bitterness.
Feel: Medium body, some alcohol, light to moderate carbonation.
Overall: Strong malty backbone, earthy base to the hops, decent mouthfeel, decent DIPA. Like it better than Sculpin.

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Photo of raiderob
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bomber into das boot...amber color with creamy foamy head that lingers awhile then gives way to very nice lingering lacing..smells of citrus fruits...taste of tangerines and grapefruit...Very nice❗...Prost

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Photo of Reema
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours a clear orange amber color with soapy white suds. Smells of pleasant grapefruit bitterness, a small alcohol scent, pineapple, with a slight piney hoppy scent. Taste reflects the smell. Heavy grapefruit, more prominent piney hoppiness, small alcohol burn, along with a pleasant bitterness. Feel is pleasantly thick and oily feeling which compliments the heavier pine and grapefruit oil flavors. Moderately carbonated. Overall, this is a nice beer with great characteristics that make this a pleasant drink.

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Photo of BeerDocT
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance 4.25: Really gorgeous, deep gold color to this brew. Head just OK; a little weak, actually. Lacing is the same: weak.

Smell 3.75: Subdued bouquet on this brew. What is there is nice: bright, clean pineapple with citrus and some light piney hop aroma.

Taste 4.5: Front is somewhat dry with a pleasant, mid-palate bitterness. Middle is also dry, but this is where an amazingly light wave of hops comes in: blends of pine, citrus and just plain (but pleasant) bitterness. Finish is a revelation: candied citrus mingled with pine and mild malty sweetness. This carries over into the Aftertaste, which lasts a good ten seconds and also has a very nice alcohol warmth to it.

Mouthfeel 4.25: Great balance and everything is restrained right into the mid-palate level. Impressive display of brewing acuity.

Overall 4.5: Excellent beer. Big, meaty, but sessionable. really no hint of the massive 10% ABV. Lots of hops and that lovely "pineapple" taste so common with great Double IPAs. The only drawback is the slightly subdued Smell, which is certainly not off-putting, just a little noticeable. I would highly recommend this beer to all fans of IPAs and DIPAs.

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Photo of 98green
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From bottle to snifter. Around 30 days old from the label date. Look is a deep orange. Smell is resinous hops and some what I can best describe as alcohol phenols. Taste is nicely bitter up front that lingers very well. Don't get a ton of hops on the flavor side maybe some piney. Malt is nicely balanced, so feel is quite dry. Some alcohol burn that I like. Overall a solid double, but not in my top tier

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Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, copper color. 3/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of slight earthy malt, slight alcohol, hint of grass, floral hops, hint of citrus hops, and sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Double / Imperial IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes strong citrus hops, hint of floral hops, sweet malt, alcohol, hint of pine, hint of yeast, and slight earthy malt. Overall, good appearance and feel, but the body and aroma have too much earthy malt for my tastes.

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Photo of Act25
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Try 24. I wish in cans.

Great brewer, up there with their best _ Sculpin.

A: Pours a clear amber with a two finger head; great retention and lace.

S: More balanced that Sculpin. Together bounty of floral and grapefruit hops balanced by the sweet malt base .

T: Great see saw of up front intense hops - floral, pith, citrus, pine - with sweet malt, a pleasant battle that finishes wonderfully. Hides alcohol well. Delicious.

F: Medium body with moderate, prickly, carbonation.

Awesome. Try 24.

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Photo of car2052
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to snifter.

A: Burnt orange, hazy from being in the freezer. Small head- white.
S: Orange peel, grapefruit, floral hop, sage.
T: Resin, bitter grapefruit, pine needle, lots of herbs. Very boozy, reminds me of the "zing" you get from higher proof spirits. Some caramel malts. A lot of dank pine flavor.
M: Medium, bordering medium-heavy. Slight aftertaste.
O: Interesting DIPA. Very strong piney flavors along with the high ABV give this beer a boozy feel. Still tasty.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Ballast Point taproom. Not too bad, but not amazing. Very bitter, nice grapefruit flavor coming through. Good aftertaste. Pretty drinkable beer.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden orange, fluffy khaki head (~an inch), very light splotchy lacing
Smells of bright citrus and hops
Taste: caramel and citrus. Pineapple, nectarines, hops, lots of malt sweetness in the back, florals. As it warms and settles its more grassy and caramelly, less citrus
Feel: medium body, a little gritty carbonation
In sum, a great beer, but I sort of dread finishing a whole six pack--a little heavy in the mouth and stomach, but that's not surprising given it's 10%.

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Photo of BradMacMullin
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ballast Point in their Little Italy San Diego brew house. I read the reviews from the brothers and everyone else how they loved this beer, so I ordered. I can't say I loved this - I didn't find the citrus or the hops really kicked in for me. I was more taken by the alcohol - hot on the tongue. But....what do I know. If the masses love it, so do I. I will get one more and make myself like it.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Dorado Double IPA last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this brewery for a while and I'm interested to see how their Double IPA is, so lets see how it goes. Fresh 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a golden amber color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly off white head that died down to a thing ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking DIPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops being the frst to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rinds, tropival fruit and green hops aromas with the fruitiness sticking out the most and it's followed by the sweet malts that give it candied fruit aroma. Towards the end comes a little bit of alcohol with some pale malts coming through in the background. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's a little too sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a good amount lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart just a little bit of the aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's mainly a generic hoppy taste sticking out the most. Up next comes some noticeable alcohol that's a little warming and it's followed by the malts which impart some pale malt, sweet malt and light grainy like flavors. On the finish t here's higher amount of medium bitterness with some alcohol and hoppy flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This beer was just Ok, it didn't have much complexity at all and the hop profile was a let down.

M- Not smooth, a little boozy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was smoother and not as boozy.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, it didn't have anything that made it standout for the style and when it came down to it almost every single aspect had some aspects that ended up holding this beer back from being as good as it could be. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, one is enough for me, I wouldn't want to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance aroma, those two things were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they both need a good amount of work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it, I just don't think it's a great DIPA. All in all I wasn't impressed with this one and it just wasn't what I want from a good DIPA, the hop profile in the taste could use a good amount of work. It didn't make for a good first impression for this brewery, but I'm still interested to see what else they have and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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