Dorado | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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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

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Added by DrewBeechum on 06-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,977
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
2,928
pDev:
9.71%
Bros Score:
4.2
 
 
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Photo of Martin194
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 -0.5%
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%
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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Photo of Andrewharemza
4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Anthony666
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of akopczyk
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of cliff1066
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kurzman
3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of R_i_P
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ballast Point has vastly improved this DIPA. This is a much better brewed DIPA than last year's iterations. I picked up a bomber from Albertson's on 01/31/2017. No bottled or best-by dates. 10% APV. Attractive label with hues of green and blue against an ecru background.

Dorado pours a clear, bright orange copper with moderate carbonation. 2 fingers of ecru foam (same ecru color as the label, ironically). Excellent lacing. Smell is tropical fruits, grapefruit, lemon, and dank hops. Excellent, big aroma. The taste starts with a big note of muddled grapefruit, followed by dank hops, tropical fruits (pineapple) and a moderate malt backbone. The strong hop flavors and malt linger nicely on the palate. The hops and malt mute the alcohol, although at 10% APV, Dorado gets you pleasantly buzzed.

Dorado is now a really good DIPA. Last year's iterations of this DIPA lacked the complexity, hop strength, and mouthfeel, IMHO. Nor am I a particular fan of Ballast Point Brewing. Nevertheless, this improved Dorado earns a place in my weekly rotation of daily DIPAs. It's definitely a keeper!

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Photo of MattXT
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Raime
3.59/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber with a two finger darker than your average head. Retains decently.

Smells is catty on the highest of aspects with a decent level of malt. Smells a touch fruity.

The catty hops are the first things to show up without a doubt. Becomes fruity, slick, and more alcoholic than you would expect. Almost oily.

Heavy feel with a low to moderate carbonation level. As I've stated the oil factor wins this beer out.

Overall, Not a huge fan of this hop profile to be quite honest but it is exceptionally hard to make an IPA above 10% and have it retain. Brew may be a touch old, bur for what it gave me hop wise it was the nicest of the " catty " brews that I've had. Wont buy it again at the price.

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Photo of Everydayoff
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Mildly hazed amber orange in color, the pour builds up thick creamy white head that withstands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal foamy layer covering atop and leaving some of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma is prominently led by zesty citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and lime from hop. It also imparts notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, pine, resin, some earthiness, floral, and orange spice. Malt is there too with its biscuit, orange candy, and subtle caramel.

The taste is so intense of rich hoppy goodness providing varieties of flavor ranging from strong piney resin, dank, rich zesty citrus and grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, lime, orange spice, and solid yet persistent bitterness. Malt lays there in the background with its slight sweet, biscuit, and faint caramel. The end is still wrapped up by strong bitterness from hop that is also well lasting in the aftertaste.

Medium body with some bold touch through the palate, smooth mouthfeel, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with lively carbonation to generate well-rounded palate. Finish is very dry and pleasant that quickly leads to the next sip.

This DIPA is big and bold. It is also very well hopped and tasty with no compromise in the quality in term of malt and hop profile. Alcohol is well hidden making it quite drinkable without doubt.

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Photo of MustangPauli
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BierRunner
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very solid beer but not my style. Floral notes on the nose and taste, like Bells Two Hearted. Well balanced and great mouth feel, but I'm more of a juice bonb IPA myself. If you are of the other leaning, you will love this beer.

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Photo of morrowd3
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dukies222001
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Easton70
2.69/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I was a little disapointed with this one having had it i the house for a couple of weeks since buying it at Trader Joes in Bellingham, WA. The idea was really appealling: a double IPA with water melon. The reality is a great looking beer but one with a funky fruity aroma and that funkiness follows through to thie taste. Perhaps a base IPA would be better for a delicate flavour like water melon.....or even a pilsner.

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Photo of neil2me
4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Overall, I was a little disappointed with this. Great color and smell, but the taste let me down a little. Very bitter and not as hoppy as I had hoped. Maybe if I tried it fresh on tap, it might have been a little different.

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Photo of AmeriCanadian
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of stadmo1
3.98/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of lichtman
3.99/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoryFitch22
4.13/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Chestertonian82
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dorado from Ballast Point Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.12 out of 5 with 2,928 ratings