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

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Added by drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Photo of PhxHorn
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I ordered some of this after hearing that Ballast Point is halting production of this beer due to the hop shortage. What a shame, this is good stuff. Pours a cloudy orange color with a quarter inch of white foam, smells moderately of grapefruit, orange and other citrus.

Tasted of a solid citrus flavor with a strong bitter aspirin aftertaste. Not as intense of some DIPAs, but a good dose of what I'm looking for. A moderate amount of carbonation. Was still able to kill the whole bomber pretty quickly, though. Criticisms are all minor; this is a very solid offering and it's a shame there won't be any more for awhile.

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

L: Very little head that is an off white color. The beer itself is a cloudy orange.
S: I am picking up some decent apircots. What i found oddly nice is some chocolate?
T:Those yummy candied apricots are right up front for me. With a solid party of hops all over. I am picking up some citrus hops on the back with a tad bit of floral hops as well.
M:Nothingto extreme. It is a buce full round feeling thoug. Just a slgiht tight fizz
D:Man I love DIPA's baby, this one is certinaly not an exception

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this botle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

I'm always looking for tasty DIPAs so here goes:

It pours from 22oz bottle a cloudy orange with a beautiful 2 finger head of foam and lots of sticky lacing.

The smell is nice. Caramel malt is the first thing I notice but there's a heaping helping of hops as well, both citrus and floral. I get some other fruit as well.

The taste initially has the hoppy goodness hit my taste buds but that's quickly overtaken by the malt's on the sweet side overall but not to the point of being sickenly sweet. A few more sips in and I'm starting to notice the abv a bit but it *only* shows up for me long after the swalllow which is my preference for higher alcohol content brews. The mouthfeel is pretty silky smooth and it finishes on a sweet malty note.

Bottom line: Hey, this is a very nice DIPA that definitely leans toward the malt(a Malt Monster?) and I'm down with that. If I feel like having a hoppier example, there are plenty around to be had.(not where I live, mind you. ;^)

I defintely give it a thumbs up when it comes to "would I drink this again".

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Photo of hoppymeal
3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark gold, light copper color with a small light cream head. Big hoppy aroma of juicy tangerines and grapefruit with a light malty sweetness and a hint of its alcohol strength. Taste is some tropical fruit and tangerines up front, a small bite of warming alcohol and a big grapefruit rind and pine tree puckery bitterness in the aftertaste and finish. Mouthfeel is medium and would probably be creamy save for a slightly spicy dance of hops on the tongue. A hopheads delight, great bitterness is in the drivers seat throughout, not lacking in the malts dept, just powered by hops.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.45/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear orange hue, head is huge, thick, and creamy bubbles that are mostly sustaining, big thick lacing on the glass
S- Nose is mostly pine resin and grapefruit, nothing too sweet here, backbone of caramel malts, some floral and pepper tones
T- Taste is dominated by a well-balanced mix of pine-forward hops and thick chewy caramel malts, touch of biscuit flavor, some grass and spice mixed in, finishes bitter and biting
M- Mediium-bodied, thick and chewy texture that layers the palate, mild carbonation
D- I've found this much better than the first time around, hence the re-review, the alcohol is well-masked at around 10% and this is one easy drinking DIPA with a very desirable mouthfeel/texture, I'm starting to come around to Ballast Point and look forward to going through more of their lineup

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

Love the label, reminds me of some happy fishing trips in Hawaii, yummy Mahi, but I digress

Pours an effervescent bronze with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Superior head retention & above average lacing

S: Tons of grassy, piney & citrussy hops

T: Citrussy & piney hops in your face & some breadyness & then the grapefruit takes over. Pineyness starts to dominate as this warms, a long with some lemon & grapefruit hops, honey notes, breadyness, & a touch of grainyness & boozey hotnesss. Finishes with a nice pineyness, lemons, more crispness than a beer this big should have & bit of honey & grain. Love the complexity of this. Despite the grapefruit, I love this

MF: Oily, chewy with low carbonation. Near perfect balance

Drinks great for the ABV. A damn good, not great, but almost there DIPA

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Photo of lifebeer
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

bought this from south bay drugs and liquor (thanks, Joey!). served at room temp (63 F).

a. a beautiful orange/amber color, carbonation mild (but perfect), contrary to other reveiwers, a nice white head that hung around for ~1 minute, sticky lace one the glass the whole time

b. most prominent grapefruit aroma replaced quickly with a fairly standard, but sweet, floral hop bouquet, followed by honey-wheat bread

t. amazingly, taste experience similar to aroma, except for timecourse: a flash of grapefruit (with peels), and quickly hop-bread, bread, bread... peels and some sea salt stick around until saliva cleared

mf. most people say oily, but i prefer creamy, creamy and chewy

d. recommend drinking this one a safe distance between meals, preferably hungry, would drink again (tomorrow if on the left coast)

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Photo of tpd975
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice honey orange color with an almost nonexistent head. There are bubbles rising to the top, but no matter how hard I try I can't muster any head of substance. There is oil like film left behind on the glass.

S: Nice hoppy aroma with dashes of caramel sweetness. Grapefruit and pine are both noted, but nothing over the top.

T: Very nice DIPA. This one starts off rather mild and the hops seem to build somewhere in the middle. Sappy piney tastes are complimented by bitter fresh squeezed Florida grapefruit juice. It never goes over the top on the bitterness scale, it just tingles the mouth enough to let you know it's a DIPA. It finishes with some caramel malt sweetness which cleans the palette leaving you waiting for another gulp.

M: Nice and thick. Full bodied DIPA.

D: No signs of ABV, and it really does not assault the senses. A bomber of this one is very drinkable, and leaves me quite fulfilled.

Overall: I had been wanting to try one of the Ballast Point brews for quite some time so I figured I would start with my favorite style the DIPA. After finishing this one I can state with pure confidence that you can add them to the list of GREAT west coast brewers. This one is not as aggressive as some that come from the west, but it is soo drinkable that the hophead in me will forgive them for this. I plan to seek out their entire line and you should do so as well.

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

Oh Yeah! Bought at ledgers and offered as a trade, noone bought, and i'm glad.

When youre pouring this beautiful, clear, semi carbonated, yellow orangey beer you can smell the floral hops waifing up to your nose. A sweet deep malty smell also hits you like every good double ipa should have.

This beer is more than meets the eye, much like the transformers. Creamy, low carbonated, sweet malts, alcohol taste, not overwhelming hops, but a piney resin aftertaste all good DIPA's should have is present. The hops start off small but end up big.

Great beer, definitely try it, worthy of it's DIPA brethren.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with some shades of orange and a dense two inch head. Good head retention and great lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and citrus, very sweet citrus aroma, orange, bubblegum, pine, acidic pineapple, mango, and then there are the caramel malts and a few bready notes as well. This is a very appetizing DIPA.

The taste is bitterer than the aroma leads to believe. Bitter grapefruit and ripe orange upfront with some caramel, multi-grain bread, and lots of hop resins.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick but well carbonated, it feels like a big beer. Alcohol is not much of a factor in this one, very well hidden.

A graciously hopped beer, just the way we like em’ here in San Diego. I’m glad I finally got to try this one after sending so many of them in trades.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, limited release, served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, burnt orange color with a foamy tan head that fell to a thin layer, leaving spots of sticky lace on the glass.

S - sweet pine and citrus aromas.

T - a bit sweet at first sip, somewhat boozey as well, but as it warms the flavors become more complex and the alcohol is tasted and felt in a smooth warm swallow.

M - medium/full bodied with very light carbonation.

D - a bit too sweet for me, but better than your average Dub.

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

Pours a hazy light orange amber color with a nice white head that resists fading and some lacing in its wake. The smell is aggressive, pineapple and grapefruit hops with a solid malty sweetness. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is first 'thick' with nice pine hop notes that kick up a level with the swallowing breadth. Full flavored, the taste mirrors the balanced sweet malty fresh hopped character. A real nice drinker; the 9.6% ABV is well hidden. Recommended. Thanks to BlindPig for the opportunity.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into the tulip

A - A murky gold - much like unfiltered apple juice. Small head that ends quickly. Very light lacing in general.

S- Sweet bready base surrounded by hops and hops and hops. Lots of citrus.

T - Major explosion in the mouth! Big beer, and it isn't shy. Nice sticky sweet malt start and is obliterated by hops and carbonation. Intense, but very pleasant! Almost balanced. The finish leaves the dry bitter and a little sweet. Nice.

M - I like the party this one gives your mouth. It's delicious and the fullness of the mouth works great.

D - Good stuff, but would overwhelm eventually. Plus, high ABV would get to you, too.

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Photo of franksnbeans
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cystal clear golden orange with minimal head. Smells of big ol hops, piney and grapefruit. Taste starts with minimal malt then a burst of huge bittering hops and grapefruit. Medium in the mouth with great carbonation. ABV is non existant yet the hops arent overpowering and the malt is minimal and not heavy. A hophead's dream but drink this one fresh as I had an older bottle once and the age did not do it well.

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Photo of snpub540
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a copper hue that was pretty clear. Not alot of carbonation bubbles. Off white head that was about 2 fingers high in height. Very clingy.

Smell was very much all about citrus hops.

Taste was great! A plum-like sweetness up front, that gave way to a massive assault of hop goodness. Hops were very bitter. Alot of pine and grass in the taste, with a little grapefruit.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and the finish was pretty crisp. Drinkability is good, alcohol is pretty hidden but will catch up to you in the end.

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Photo of likestoswallow
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

650 ml bottle. Pours a translucent deep orange-gold, with an off white head that had medium duration. Plenty of lacing observed. Aroma is all citrus, lemon, grapefruit, oranges and limes. Flavor is dominated by biter hops, this is a hops bomb, but its not nearly as biter as it could be. In addition to the biter the flavor has plenty of grapefruit and some biter walnuts. Mouthfeel is full and satisfying with a silky feel and plenty of carbonation. Finish is even more lingering hops, not a clean crisp finish. Overall this is a beer for people who like to push the envelope on hops, I like biter, but I prefer more complexity and a cleaner finish.

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Photo of Floydster
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle from Beverage Warehouse in Los Angeles

Shared three different bombers with a friend tonight

Poured into my Dogfish Head snifter with a cloudy orange color with a very big white head, a little over an inch, left lacing the entire time and did not disappear for close to ten minutes, impressive for an IPA

Smell was full of different hops and a little citrus, grapefruit and lemons to be exact

Taste was nice and dry with a sweet aftertaste, a little grassier than most double IPAs I have had, but good at the same time, generous amount of hops overpower the small amount of malt, got sweeter as it warmed and the piney taste went away by the end

Could drink about two bombers of this, not too heavy, but the alcohol can bite and definitely catches up with you by the end

Recommended, and was even better on tap the first time at tasted it at Hollingshead's

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Photo of joe1510
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz Bomber

Recieved in trade from the most generous of traders, errantnight. Thanks! Dorado IIPA pours a hazy glowing orange (although I did just recieve in the mail today so it hasn't had a lot of time to settle). A two finger creamy yet craggy slightly off-white head formed on the pour and stays put. Leaves excellent sticky sheet lacing.

Aroma is first and foremost hops, big piney resinous hops. There's solid whiffs of citrus that comes through with each swirl of the glass. Unsweetened grapefruit and mango mostly. I also pick up a touch of aspirin like bitterness. There is a solid sweet caramel malt backbone keeping all those hops in check. Very nice.

Flavor starts with a very big slightly sweet caramel maltiness creating a perfect backdrop for the hoppiness that's surely to come. A great piney hoppiness overshadows the caramel and leads flawlessly into hop resins. Sweetened grapfruit shows itself on the finish and the caramel make its triumphant return. Not near as much bitterness as expected from the aroma and actually the caramel sweetness balances out the hop profile very nicely.

Body is on the medium side leaning slightly towards the heavy. Just enough carbonation to create a airy mouthfeel as this beer hits the palate. If I had to pick a flaw, and this is just me being overly critical, is the body gets a little sticky in the throat as the bottle disappears.

For such a big beer it's pretty easy to put away. The balance helps the drinkability quite a bit keeping both the malt and hops, and there's a lot of them both, in check.

Another great Left Coast IPA. My first sampling from Ballast Point. Surprisingly more balanced than I expected, especially aftertaking a few big whiffs.

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Photo of domtronzero
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an orange copper color with a small, tightly packed white head. Lacing left on the glass. Aroma is strongly of hops. Piney and grassy and a little maltiness. Tast is big and bold. A blast of citrusey/piney hops and a lots of fruity esters. Alcohol is well masked for weighing in at over 9%. Mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking, with a little alcohol warming in my belly. Overall another excellent beer from the superb brewers at Ballast Point.

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

Serving: Bomber poured into a tall pilsner glass.

Rich copper color with about an inch or so of head. Very clean and clear. Good citrus & peach notes in the smell. Taste is obviously hoppy but not overly bitter. I taste oranges. Mouthfeel is "thick" with hop oil and a dry finish. Just bordering on alcohol burn. This is a heavy beer. First bomber is drinkable and goes down well. Fills you up a bit if you are hungry. Second bomber would probably be too much. But for an imperial IPA it is very drinkable and pretty smooth. Probably a top 10 of the American IPAs. If you like hops, you'll like this one.

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

I bought this in Imperial Beach on the advice of a friend and brought it back to Colorado. The color was a clear orange hue with not much white head. Smell was fruity, hoppy juicy. Taste was like watermelon rind, cantaloupe, and green melon, a bitterness in the aftertaste. This was a good beer but I actually liked the Big Eye IPA more, which is also the case with Green Flash; I like the single IPA better than the double. This was also a little more expensive than all the other DIPA’s I brought back from San Diego at $7 a 22. Rock on.

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

This reaffirms why Double IPAs are my favorite style.

I got this in a trade from Solomon420. He is one hell of a trader and a super nice guy. This was one of the bonus beers in the trade. Watching the Saints. Poured into my De Garre Snifter.

The label reminds me of a Guy Harvey T-Shirt ... big game fish.

A gorgeous beer. The first thing that struck me was the huge head. I dont usually expect a big head on a beer that is about 10%, but I am glad when it appears. Nice hazy copper hue on this beer as well. Good lacing. Well done!

Huge on the hops, not much nuance or balance here. Nevertheless the massive amount of hops smells great. This has a decent amount of a caramel malt aroma as well.

An awesome beer. The hops are somewhat earthy and piney. A big malt presence but not too sweet like DFH 90. Possibly a bit of biscuit and fruit flavors. However every other flavor is overpowered by the hops and I like it.

Thick, big bodied beer. Medium amount of carbonation helps deal with the heavy brew and brings out the hops.

This is part of their "Robust Series" and it lives up to its name. Excellent drinkability, though. I want to try some more Ballast Point!

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Photo of ncvbc
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It pours a murky orange and has great carbonation. A thin head and some lacing. Quite potent looking.

Smell was pretty nice. Big, juicy hops with oranges, mango, grapefruit, peach, and lots of good stuff going on. Some pine as well with a sweet caramel background and a slight biscuity scent.

Taste was big and hoppy as well. An oily and at times bitter piney first. Big and sweet caramel malts come through more with each sip but in the end bitter and drying. Less of a citrus showcase than the nose suggested.

Mouthfeel is sticky and resinous. Bitter to the point the it tingles the tongue. More full bodied than I'm used to but I like it. The slightest alcohol burn can be noticed toward the end.

I would have this one and enjoy but not on a frequent basis. A bomber was surely enough.

Tasted this before at West meets East in Asheville and this time seemed completely different, my first impression being a little better than this (maybe for good was towards the bottom of the tasting list). To me, this is a step above Hopsickle and one below HopSlam in regard to beers that it compares to and the DIPA chain of command. I like it a lot but I think there is better out there.

Thanks goes to Zorro for this in a great trade!

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Photo of tonistruth
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap @ Churchill's in San Marcos, CA

A- bronzed straw in color, a beauty of a head, taunt, 1 finger and white, attractive thin webbing lace

S- citric, spicy, hints of alcohol, malt aromas

T- spicy, grassy, alcohol heat at finish, toasted malts, butterscotch, citrus, hoppy, and then hoppier

M- medium body, heat ath finish through after, coarse buildup during and after

D- alcohol slightly noticeable, another great west coast 2IPA, tasty, recommended, nice experience

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a thick, off-white head, straight from the tap, a lot of foam.

S: Hoppy, nice-smelling, but nothing outstanding, a lot of tropical fruits and pine.

T: The first thing that hits you is the amount of pineapple in this brew, very different, but pleasant in a Double IPA. A bit of malt hits you at the end and as the beer warms up, but that unique pineapple flavour is what I remember.

M: Chewy and resiny, but quite refreshing for a big beer, no qualms about the quality in this one, the flavour stays on your tongue for a long time.

D: A good Double IPA, easy to drink off the tap, I enjoyed it, would order again.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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