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 | website

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 Floydster
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
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 +2.7%
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 +4.9%
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 +3.9%
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 -2.9%
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 +9.2%
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 -1.2%
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 -2.2%
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 -5.8%
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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Photo of Overlord
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful amber that's a bit more on the light/orange side.

Smells wonderful, with floral and fruit flavors. The taste is more sweet than hoppy, but the hops do balance out the orange/grapefruit/citrus taste nicely. This is the rare example of an IPA or Double IPA in which the hops balance out the sweet flavor, rather than a sweet after-taste balancing out the hops.

Delicious, and quite choice. I hope they will continue to bottle this brew, as it's the best of the Ballast Point beers that I've sampled by a wide margin. I could (but, given it's high alcohol content probably shouldn't) drink this all night. I'd never believe this was close to 10% alcohol by volume.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a rich dark orange amber with a huge, two inch plus head. Very slow fade, good retention. Left behind rings and rings of lace. Some nice visible carbonation was also evident throughout.

S - Aroma was very nice and deeply hopped. Lots of citrus aromas were always evident. Definatly some underlying malt back here as well. This was a good well balanced aroma, didnt really come off like it was going to kill the palate.

T - Rich, best word to decribe it. A large orange and pine resin flavor was assaulting you from the beginning. But it mellowed out to reveal a more balanced sweeter earthen type of bakbone. Very dry finish, long lingering as well. This was one of those that made your lips start to pucker.

M - Very smooth, silky almost with great carbonation. Really a good job on the feel here. Very lively, but yet had a nice thickness about it. Definatly a sipper here, and as it warmed, a little of the carbonation was lost and it got a little syrup like.

D - Awesome nightly sipper strong IPA. This is a goblet and a good movie were choice. Not something I would be putting down all the time though.

Overall I thought this was very good. I am a huge fan of IPA's and the west coast really knows their stuff when it comes to these big hop bombs, this was nice to though as it was really well balanced and put together.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to metallitone1 for this treat.

22 oz. bomber poured into a bomber.

Pours a foggy burnt orange with a nice one finger white head that quickly dies down to a thin lacing that lasts throughout. Stickiness is pretty damn good. Wow west-coast DIPA. BIg grapefruit smell with a hint of peppery spices mixed in there: nothing more, nothing less. Simple, yet so complex at the same time, a smell like no other. With the taste there's a bit more pine on the tongue than there is in the nose which makes this such an amazing DIPA. Starts off with a fresh evergreen taste that becomes a bit bitter and dry from an earthy hop flavor. Aftertaste is almost orange/clementine-like. Such a complex tasting brew with so many flavors to offer. Sip and enjoy! Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation. Solid representation of a west-coast IPA. East-coast really has some catching up to do.

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Photo of BradBLR
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Very Clear amber color with a slightly yellowish head. Thick head that lasted the entire beer with a good amount of lacing.

Smell - Very strong floral hop aroma that you could smell three feet from the beer. Very nice aroma.

Taste - All Hops, super strong hop taste with a thick bitter malt backbone. No super alcohol taste for the amount that is in it.

Mouthfeel - Very thick beer that you can chew on, lost of body and CO2 was perfect.

Another great beer from Ballast Point, and one of the best Double IPAs around.

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

The first thing that hit me about this one was the smell. I gotta say I didnt smell citrus or anything like that I smelled hops straight up. The color was nice had a nice orange tint in my opinion. The taste was comfortable not to bitter I would say bring on another any day. This is one I would try again and would recommend anyone else to experiment.

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Photo of MiScusi
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This would be one of those sticky-sweet types of DIPA. Pours a tangerine orange color. Hops give off a juicy citrus taste, but no bitterness, the malt is sweet and dominates along with the hops. The mouthfeel was better than most sweet DIPA's, it had just enough of a light feel to it, even though it was a bit syrupy like most others. A tasty DIPA for sure.

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
4.57/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Purchased in SoCal at Holiday. Bargain price to boot. Pours rather orange for a DIPA. Big hop smell. Very nice WC hop flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with appropriate carbonation. Very drinkable for a big DIPA. One of my favorite WC hop bombs. I had it on tap at Churchills which is even better than in a bottle. Highly recommended.


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Photo of
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle, courtesy of BlindPig.

Hazy, light orange in color. Large, rocky, ivory colored ehad. Lots of lacing as I drank. Some legs.

Aroma was pine, grass and grapefruit to get the bitter going. Some sweet peaches to balance it out. It was quite strong, I smelled it from a couple of feet away. Honey and caramel came out as it warmed. A little mint showed up towards the end.

Taste was great, big hops! It was a touch sweeter than I like (caramel and fruits), but excellent nonetheless! Alcohol was noticeable. Finish was pepper and grass, lingering well into the aftertaste.

Medium + body. Medium carbonation. Carbonation struck me as odd. It seemed to have too much zip in the mouth. This could be turned down, and it wouldn't hurt. Sweet more than dry.

An excellent beer. Nice balance. Alcohol pops through a bit much, but it is 9.6%....All my complaints are minor issues, this is a very good beer!

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz. bomber bottle into my Russian River shaker "pint" glass. Appears a clear golden copper color with about two fingers of off white head that leaves a nice lace on the edge of the glass as I make my way to the bottom. Smells of sweet caramel malts, pine resin, citrus fruits such as lemon and orange as well as some grapefruit. Tastes of grapefruit juice, lemon, pineapple, and orange followed by herbal resinous piney hops and a great malt sweetness to balance it out. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish. Smooth and medium to full in both body and carbonation. This is a wonderful DIPA that I hope to revisit on it's next release. If you like hops, you will love this beer.

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Photo of hero27
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
9.1% abv
Acquired via Zorro in trade, thanks again!

Pours a hazy amber..slightly sticky head clings to the glass in spots.
Perfect west coast hop-bomb aroma..Heavy citrus notes that hold my attention...i have a feeling i'm going to enjoy this beer.
The taste is more piney, but still keeps that lovely citrus character. Quite sweet off the bat, and then the bitterness runs it's course on your palate and stays with you for quite some time. Orange, grapefruit, and even apple flavors are noticed and really add a nice unique quality that makes it stand out from most other DIPAs.
Alcohol is fairly well hidden and it goes down very smooth.
Yeah, I could drink several more of these...delicious.

This beer ranks #2 so far on my list of beers that have a fish on the label (Two Hearted being #1.) Every hop lover needs to try this.

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Photo of Matthew
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle sent to me by my sister who was on vacation in San Diego.
Pours a hazy golden/light yellowy orange color. Nice solid 1/4 inch of soapy white head with a good amount of spotty lacing around the glass.
Lots of fruity hops seem to rise right out of my glass and fill my nose with a array of potent citrus fruit rind along side a nice sweet almost candy like maltiness. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange round out the hoppy nose. The citrus character is certainly best described as rind because the character in the hop aroma isn't quite as sweet smelling as the meat of fruit but rather hints at more bitter maybe less ripened fruit character.
Nice big hop taste immediately upon my first sip, the bitter and fruity taste reminds me more of the grapefruity character found in the nose but as the the sweet malt starts to come into play a bit more closer to the dry finish a more pineapple like hoppy note becomes more apparent. The 9.2 abv is a fairly big but not as large a characteristic as I expected it to be. This beer has a nice smooth texture with a medium to low amount of carbonation. The complex long lasting array of fresh crisp fruity, oily, and slighty spiced hops that leads into a nice fairly pronounced (considering the big hoppiness) sweet malt does a pretty good job at subduing the 9.2abv. This is a very tasty and pretty easy to drink DIPA. It presents a nice bouquet of hop flavor and leaves you wanting more.

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Photo of flexabull
4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark orange color with a decent looking head.

Aromas are of grapefruit and sweet hard candies. This beer smells great.

Beer has a really dry and crisp character. It's slightly sweet, a bit sour, and tart. The finish is bitter like grapefruit, crisp and with a touch of alcohol. This is a big beer! Lots of flavors.

Mouthfeel is quite good, this beer has a very bright and well rounded feel to it.

Drinkability is good. I think that I just barely prefer the Big Eye IPA to this one, but this is still a very solid DIPA from Ballast Point. Yet another excellent San Diego beer.

I received a couple of bottles of this thanks to Intriqken and metallitone1 in the B'day 07 BIF.

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Photo of merlin48
4.45/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber thanks to srandycarter. Pours a chill hazed orange amber body topped by a creamy medium sized, offwhite head. Good retention and plenty of clingy patch lacing.

Aroma is a melange of hops. Grassy, pine, and citrusy orange and tangerine. Subtle caramel notes underneath.

Medium body with lively carbonation.

Taste has a solid caramel malt backbone which supports a strong assault of citrusy and tropical fruits. Very well balanced with a subtle malt sweetness that doesn't intrude. Pink grapefruit and orange notes seem bathed in caramel. Assertive citrus rind bitterness envelopes the finish and aftertaste. Very nice!

Not as hopcentric as the other big California IPA's I've tried recently but typical of the style. Very nice balance in this one which enables it to stand as one of the finer DIPA's I've tried.

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to metallitone1 for this bottle.

a - pours a a deep copper color, big billowing ivory head with great retention and lacing, some sediment

s - big pine and citrus aroma, lots of tropical fruits, passionfruit, tangerine, slight hint of a malt backbone, slight biscuity aroma, some alcohol

t - sweetness right at the start but it quickly evolves into an aggressive hop bitterness, lots of pine, citrus, orange, the finish has notes of alcohol and a lingering bitterness, hints of tropical fruits on the tail of the long finish

m - medium bodied, moderate carbonation, very dry finish

d - super dry finish and intense bitterness limits drinkability somewhat, but a bomber is a great amount

Very nice DIPA for my tastes, pretty much a hop bomb, but not ridiculously unbalanced. Definitely worth seeking out a bomber or two.

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

Sampled February 2007
Pours easily with a three-finger thick, frothy, amber tinged tan colored head. The beer is a brilliantly clear, rich, light reddish copper color. Loud fruity hop notes seem as if I just cut into a fresh sweet tangelo with the peel releasing its vibrantly fresh essential oils. The pure citrus essence that the aroma captures is quite amazing, I don't think I have ever smelled such a distinctively citrus character in a beers aroma before. It makes the aroma a bit one dimensional, but the fruity citrus notes are so vibrant that I don' t mind at all.

The taste is fairly sweet up front and the citrus character is immediately noticeable. Again it is like this beer has had the essential oils from a mix of tangelos, sweet oranges, and ruby red grapefruit all put in a concentrated form into this beer. Even the bitterness seems to be infused with this over arching citrus character. The bitterness is actually fairly light for an IPA, instead Ballast Point seems to have focused much more on infusing the flavor and aromatics from the hops they used. This is a trend that I have certainly enjoyed, I do like bracing bitterness too, but don't always need it even in my Double IPA's, assuming of course that the beer is still stuffed full of hop character. This beer is certainly hop dominated, the malt that is here only plays a supporting role as it is very hard to detect specifics under the hop character. The hop character is so smooth and without any sort of astringency or hard / sharp edges. This beer hides its alcohol content pretty well. It has certain heft to the bottle, but I was expecting a bit more of a substantial body in a beer of this strength. I am glad that it is relatively light, as this is how I like a beer that has IPA somewhere on the label (if it is chewy it should be a barleywine).

Quite enjoyable, I wonder what other brews are going to be released under this robust limited release label. This is not the most complex beer, but it easily defines purely hop driven enjoyment in a glass and for that I am quite happy. Initially this beer was only lightly chilled, as it cooled more in my bucket of ice it picked up some sharp hop edges and a bit more hop bitterness. I think I prefer this only lightly chilled as it is much smoother, though a touch less complex.

Purchased: Park Lane Liquor, Lancaster CA

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Photo of bjohnson
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to boolshot for the chance to try this hop bomb from the west.

Pours a hazy peachish color with a frothy one finger frizzy white head. Nice thick retention hugs the sides of the glass with a bit of foam skim on top. Fine cream colored lacing left on the glass. Nose full of pine and grapefruit hops. Thick and sticky. Biscuity and toasted grain malt profile rounds out the aromas. Alcoholic spiciness is also present and stings the sensitive parts of the nostrils a bit.

Grapefruit, melon, orange peel, and lemon rind fruit notes all give the taste buds a run for their money. Squeezed pine needs drip pine hop juice on the tongue. Orange peel and grapefruit flavors stay with you into the finish and the aftertaste. Malt profile lends itself well to this brew balancing out the malts. Biscuity, toasted grain, and sweet caramel malts are all detected. Nice long grapefruit laced dry bitterness runs into the finish. Medium to thick body on the palate.

Pretty damn drinkable considering the high abv of almost ten percent. Juicy and resiny lends to the thickness and masks the hotness this brew could potentially deliver. A very nice tasting and quite easy drinking dpa from the west coast. Glad I had the chance to try it--Cheers Jason!

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
92 out of 100 based on 666 ratings.
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