Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

675 Reviews
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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Photo of HopHunter19
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - 4 - dark orange amber colored beer with a white head that dissipates down to a thin film and leaves a decent lacing.
S - 3.75 - earthy, piney hops, not much citrus other than grapefruit, maybe some lemon/orange peel, no dank notes
T - 3.75 - piney, grapefruit, citrus peel flavors. Little bit of earthiness. Not huge on the citrus or dank flavors.
M - 3.75 - medium mouthfeel, alc is somewhat present but ok @ 10%, aftertaste is bitter grapefruit.
O - 3.75 - pretty standard, clean double ipa, kind of an amped up Big Eye.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Nov. 5, 2015. Poured into a tulip glass.

L- Medium-deep copper, great clarity, two finger slightly off-white head.

S- Sweet orange peel, some herbal notes, some pine notes, little bit of yeast, little bit of the alcohol.

T- Bitter orange citrus flavors, like when you over grind the juice from and orange, lingering bitter pine, not too dry, alcohol is not as noticeable as in the aroma, I'd say the bitterness helps cover it up.

F- Medium, pretty easy drinking for 10%.

O- A solid DIPA, nothing spectacular , typical west coast flavors, but a good price for a 6 pack of 10% beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 K-Dog
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden color look. Very tasty double ipa that went down dangerously smooth. Would never had guessed this was 10 percent. With ballast point being new to michigan I have yet to try scalpin but though this one was really good. Can't wait to try there other releases very soon.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

Appearance: golden honey in color with a very light orange hue. The head is a light tan which lasts indefinitely. The head fades to a very thin layer, but remains throughout the "life" of the beer.

Aroma: malt is the dominant aroma. Hops are certainly present, but from the aroma, this is not likely to be an all-hop no-malt IPA. Citrus from the hops. No alcohol aroma despite being 10% abv.

Flavor: malt is present, much more so than other 2X IPAs. This beer tips toward a bit too much malt compared to other west-coast IPAs / 2X IPAs. The malt flavors are sweet and crusty-break like. Hops are citrus forward - Centennial? - and very light pine. No alcohol warmth whatsoever despite the double digit abv.

Mouthfeel: medium. Surprisingly light body given the original gravity of this beer. This beer is not a meal by itself but a few of these would be.

Overall: Good, a bit malt-forward for my taste, but worthwhile.

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Photo of mchegash
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

L: Medium golden-orange, fairly clear, several fingers of light tan foam. Average amount of carbonation visible rising up the beer.

S: A nice blend of pine, citrus, floral and resin hops.

T: Similar to the aroma. A complex blend of hop flavors including pine, citrus, floral and resin aspects. Also a medium maltiness. Medium-sweet.

F: Full-bodied. Very smooth. Light carbonation. Medium bitterness.

O: Overall a good DIPA.

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big DIPA. Poured from a 12-oz bottle in a Stone Arrogant Bastard pint glass, looks cloudy (from carbonation bubbles) but generally a nice amber pour. Head dissipates quickly, lacing good.

Smell is citrusy hoppy, grapefruit maybe peach in there, a little leather. Not too overpowering. The taste is pretty hoppy from the get-go, and bitter gets in there shortly thereafter. Other reviewers said it was only in the aftertaste, but I'm getting it up front. I get a lot of burnt malt pretty quick that takes over an initial sweet lemon. Taste is almost astringent by the finish, not sure I like it but it's growing on me. Burnt rind. Ballast Point is usually a little better balanced in my experience. These west coast doubles seem to go off the rails sometimes to make a point and I am cautious of their ability to balance properly.

I had a 22-oz bomber of this before and for some reason don't remember it being this bitter and harsh. Don't get me wrong, it's pretty drinkable and fans of malty bitterness will like it. The alcohol isn't hidden well - I can tell this is a 10% (unlike other reviewers who are saying they can't tell). The heat is there in the 2nd half and lingers in the aftertaste, even more so when it warms up. Almost a bourbon woody feel.

Yeah, not for the casual IPA drinker. Feel is thick, resiny, oil; bitter throughout, astringent finish. Another reviewer DaverCS called the aftertaste "dish-soapy" and I see that. Still, how am I liking it? All in all drinkable but I'd pick up a Big Eye or Sculpin from BP first if I was having company over.

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Photo of NickandToni
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Envy can be surmised as ones belief that they can achieve better than existing. Though this may be true most of the time, this is not the case with Dorado. I have envy because I will never do better, I can only strive. Read on.

Look: Almost Arabesque in color
Smell: Earthy malt, candied grapefruit peel
Taste: This beer defines that identifying a bitter taste is not lost in America. Grapefruit, fresh and full of wonderful bitterness
Feel: Heavier than most of its competition, connoisseur worthy
Overall: Up there with the best. San Diego living up to the world's finest

Though I have had slightly better experiences with this genre, Ballast Point is at the top of this category.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look- copper and orange. Nice moderate sized foam head and sticky lacing that retains well.
Smell- citric hops forward nose, tropical fruits and some biscuity malt. Pleasant smell, nothing overpowering.
Taste- the hops forward flavor is certainly there. However, what I really like about this one is the sweet malt balance it provides. It is quite delicious.
Feel- medium bodied and dangerously drinkable. I can't believe it's 10% ABV.
I really like this one. It is so flavorful. Another great ipa from Ballast Point!

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Photo of JackieKu
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

A: Hazy amber. Poured 4 fingers high head with moderate retention.
S: Tropical fruits and honey.
T: Intense hops characters: citrus and high bitterness. Semi-sweet to sweet. Toasted malty. Somewhat peppery. Finished dry and bitter.
M: Full bodied.
O: Strong yet balanced.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy,yellow, almoust orange beer with a two finger high head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

A big nose! Orange, mandarin, pine, citrus, tropical fruit and caramel malt.
Taste: Pine, resin, sweet malt, hops, tropical fruit, citrus, grapefruit, and bitter orange.
Body: Medium to full body. Soft, creamy texture. Low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of vitALEity
3.41/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy dark gold with a thick white head. Dissapates and leaves a nice healthy white ring.
S: Grapefruit, Pine and candied orange peel
T: Malt, Alcohol and mild citrus up front. Quite a bit of bitter, piney, resiny hop on the back.
M: Thick, almost syrupy
O: Compated to other 10% IIPA's I'd say its decent but certainly not great.

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Photo of brewmeister1984
3.37/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not sure how this is rated an "outstanding" beer. Just your run of the mill west coast malt bomb to me. Done with ballast point. Too many better beers out there to focus on.

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Photo of Pencible
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

A: This poured a clear gold with a little white head.
S: It smelled like sugary apricot with a little citrus zest.
T: It tasted like candied apricots and sugary resin, with some citrus zest. It had a clean bittersweet aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Nice full body.
D: This was a decent double IPA in the old style of more sweet than hoppy. The body was good, and the finish was smooth, so it was really easy to drink. Not great in the current market, but not bad.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy apricot color. Tiny off-white head.
Primarily citrus aroma. Some tropical fruit, a little bit of pine.
Mostly grapefruit taste, with some tangerine. A little bit of papaya, an even smaller hint of pine.
Nicely hopped. Would never know it was 10% ABV.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.58/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: slight haze; burnt orange in color; 1 finger off white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: tropical fruit, sweet malt, a little alcohol;

T: pine with a bit of alcohol up front; ripe tropical fruit comes and goes quickly; malt sweetness is in the background all the way through; at the finish, there is mild bitterness with a little alcohol note;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: it's good, but I was hoping for more; a bit of a let down;

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

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a fine two finger white head with great retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of piney and light citrus hops, caramel malt, tropical fruit, orange citrus, spicy and lightly floral; nice. Flavor follows aroma, with orange citrus, tropical fruit, piney and citrus hops with a hint of dankness; as the flavor starts to fade from the taste, intense resinous piney hops kick in to leave a quite pleasant citrus rind and grapefruit aftertaste with light supporting flavors from the malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good carbonation. A nicely balanced and flavorful imperial IPA. The hops are not as forward in the beginning of the taste, allowing the malt and herbal flavors to present themselves, then the hops kick in into a strong resinous finish. ABV well covered. Well done as expected from Ballast Point. I like their hop combinations a lot and this is no exception.

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark amber color.

The beer is resinous and harsh drinking. Mountains of huge sweet malt and caramel sweetness. The finish goes on with sticky resin, pine, and bitterness.

It surprisingly does not drink as high as 10%, but it is still a messy, sweet, and dank brew.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is really a great beer. The beer starts off tasty and mellow, and finishes off in a hoppy swirl of tasty strength, and flavor.

The body of this beer is relatively medium or so, perhaps in keeping with the American Double IPA tradition per se, and is also quite strong.

Truly a great beer, either as a single, or as a 6.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Finger wide head atop a clear amber ale. Head fades to a foamy line and leaves streaky soapy lacing. Smells like a pine forest after a rain storm, sort of like musty pine cones. Tastes like malt sweetened pine syrup with a twist of lemon. Rich deep hoppy pine flavors that don't let up dominate from start to finish with an overall bitter/sweet astringent feel with slickness from the hop oils. Moderate carbonation with a distinct alcohol burn that I don't mind too much.
Overall it's a piney punch in the mouth.

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Photo of DaverCS
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours Amber in color with 1/2 inch of head. Big lacing on the glass.

Aroma is big astringent pine, a bit of dankness, and some alcohol. Rather muted, but the major aroma is pine.

Taste is really disappointing for me (a lover of the more tropical fruit ipas). This beer really isn't all that well balanced. The dominant flavor is the pine resin and accompanying bitterness. It totally dominates the palate with only a bit of lemon citrus that lingers far beyond the sip. The harsh bitterness builds throughout the sip. It is a hop explosion, but with a more astringent effect than pleasant. I also get the flavor of what I would assume dishwasher soap tastes like.

For those of you expecting an amped up version of sculpin, this isn't it. I love ballast point beers but this didn't hit it for me. I would pair it with a bowl of spicy chicken tortilla soup. It gets a 81/100.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bad boy will keep you warm on a cold winters night. Bold, in your face, palate shredding hops, malty and boozy. Tons of sweet floral, pine, and hints of citrus on the nose and taste buds. Not bad, but nowhere near the best from Ballast Point.

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Photo of rjd722
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What do you know, another Ballast Point beer I would absolutely buy again! Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, a beautiful orange-amber color with a huge, solid head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some nice lacing. Mostly malt on the aroma, paired with some grassy and slight citrus notes. Resinous and piney, citrus hops all flow through upon the initial taste, along with sweet malts and the bitterness you'd expect from a DIPA. Medium body with lower carbonation and a bitter finish.

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Photo of Ksmoove27
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - beautiful orange-amber with 2 finger lace (pursed from bottle), great lacing

Aroma - Malty, subdued hop...doesn't explode to the nose.

Taste - Sweet malt and hop on the front with a hint of pepper on the back, but not a strong alcohol taste for a 10% ABV.

Feel - Medium body, good carbonation...good chew, and not alcoholly for a 10%.

Overall - Smooth beer for a 10% ABV...Perhaps it was allergies, but only non-strong thing about the beer was the aroma and $$$.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is resiny and citrusy, with substantial caramel malt sweetness. Notes of tropical fruit emerge late.

Flavor is more resiny and bitter than expected, with a finish that makes me think of what it'd be like to eat a fistful of grass. Citrus is muted. Really wish there were sharper fruit notes and more sweetness.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,866 ratings.
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