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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Photo of SLewis
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nice golden appearance, with a one finger alpine white head.
Smells hoppy and sweet
Taste is fruit and honey sweetness up front, with pine resin bringing up the rear. Bitterness doesn't hit until the end, and when it hits it lingers, and lingers...and lingers. This lingering bitterness slightly takes away from the beer's overall flavor for me but it's still pretty nice.

Overall it's a nice double IPA and I would try again if given the option. Will not search it out though.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours an ever-so-slightly hazy golden color with a 2-finger white head. Some minimal lacing around the top of the glass.

The smell is garlic-y and bitter, with some notes of grapefruit and pine. The bready malt is present as well.

The sweet malt character is very prevalent up front, with strong notes of grapefruit and spicy pepper on the back end. A fairly well-balanced DIPA if I say so myself.

The feel is medium-bodied with medium carbonation. The alcohol is present but surprisingly well-hidden given the ABV. The spicy flavors linger on the tongue after each sip.

Overall, a very good DIPA that has a surprisingly spicy kick to it. Would love to try this one on tap.

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Photo of Gusler
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled @ Strong Ale Fest San Diego

The beer pours a translucent amber color with a moderate sized white and semi-creamy head with a fine coating of lace. The nose is hop floral, sweet malt backing, clean and fresh, citrus crisp with just a hint of earthiness from the malt, slightly sweet and nicely malted start, top is light to middling in feel. Finish is brisk in its carbonation, the hops powerful in their double spicy bite, and the aftertaste dry as a desert bone, a quite nice double IPA.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle

A- pours a burnt orange / ruby red with a 1/4 inch white head visible carbonation and visible alcohol legs

S- orange juice, tangerines, mango, Papaya, sugary tang, grapefruit on the end, big citrus all over, with a decent sweet maltiness backing it up.

T- citrus again on front of the tongue sugary syrup big alcohol middle of the mouth, opens up taste buds for a huge grapefruit skin bitterness on the finish

M- full bodied, medium carbonation, bitter, juicy yet finishes dry

O- huge beer, huge hops very good, booze is definitely present, it's a very good dipa

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Ksmoove27
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
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 macd144
4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Excellent double IPA. Great color and a perfect balance of hop aroma. Just the right amount of malt to give it a well-balanced taste and a great mouthfeel. Mediuim to dark copper appearance. Ballast Point hit all the right points with this. This could easily makes its way to my top 10 list of double IPA's.

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

Look - a clear golden orange with a creamy two-finger head that dissipates to a ring of bubbles. There's a good amount of lacing sticking on the glass from the original pour and some spotty lacing with each sip.
Smell - citrus fruit and pine are meshed pretty well in the nose, but grapefruit is strongest. The hop presence is very strong but in a pleasant, and not overwhelming, way... after a few sips I'm noticing some boozy notes and sweet malts in the nose.
Taste - follows the aromas in that grapefruit and piney dankness are most prominent along with strong hop bitterness, but there is also a solid malty foundation. I'm picking up some caramel notes and bready characteristics too.
Feel - good carbonation, medium body, slightly chewy and sticky.

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

Pours reddish tangerine color with off-white head.

Smell is citrusy hops. Lots of pungent grapefruit and some breadiness. Hints of pine. A little musty.

Taste is musty grapefruit with lots of bitterness throughout. Bitterness lingers well in the aftertaste too. Not too sweet. Hints of bready malt come through, but hops predominate for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Lots of carbonation.

Overall this was an excellent DIPA.

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

Served on cask at Al's of Hampden into a nonic pint glass. This one is dry hopped with Crystal and Horizon Hops.

A - Pours a hazy light orange/yellow with a thick two finger head with thick, sticky, lacing down the entire glass.

S - Strong pungent smell of hops with hints of grapefruit, tangerine, and mango with a slightly sweet aroma from the malt. A faint smell of caramel comes out as it warms.

T - Fairly bitter thanks to all those hops. Not as much fruit as in the nose, the malt seems to be dulling down those flavors a bit. A bit sweet from the grains. Very well balanced. Not as good as the sculpin casks I have had but still a very good offering from ballast point.

M - Medium-Heavy body and flavor with a good balance of flavors. It could use a little more carbonation is it appears a little dead in the glass.

D - Drinkability is fairly high on this one. I would like the hops to come thru a tiny bit more in the taste but still an excellent cask offering.

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

On tap at Downtown Johhny Browns.

Copper colored with a modereate, cream colored head.

Smell is hops, then malt. I don't know but it definately smells dry-hopped, the bartenter told me it was wet hopped so I guess thats basically the same thing... Either way very fresh hop smell, slightly sweet.

Taste was very good, possibly a little too sweet for me but this is acceptable for the style. Big hop punch in front with a malty smooth middle and balanced aftertaste that lingers on the palatte for a good while before dropping off. One of my more favorite beers I tried in San Diego.

Mouthfeel... what do I say other than it has the body to back-up the DIPA name is does proffess. I still can't beleive it's 9.6%, there was an ever so slight alcohol warmth but I couldn't taste it.

Dangerously drinkable. I smartly only allowed myself one of these, but what a beer. Only tried two Ballast Point beers, but we really need some of this in Oregon!

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Photo of BEERMILER12
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoy By 08/09/13

A: Pours a copper color with slightly less than a fingers worth of head that levels out at a very thin cap

S: Nice and hoppy, with citrus and pine mostly coming through. Get a nice level of malts as well, which provides a sweet aroma. Light alcohol as well

T: Starts off with a blast of pine and citrus hops, although the pine is mostly in the driver's seat. The hops are quickly met with a solid caramel malt backbone and some alcohol. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and more pine

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very nice, well-balanced DIPA. Neither the hops or malts overwhelm, and the alcohol doesn't overpower either, which is nice for a nearly 10% beer. A nice little sipper because of the 10%, but it is enjoyable throughout multiple temperature ranges. A bit pricey at $10.99 for a bomber, but nice to have every once in a while

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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 98green
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
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 kaseydad
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this for a steal at less than $5 a bomber. Very excited for this beer. Snifter pour and an apricot colored ale is produced and a bright white small head is present. Awesome huge grapefruit aroma with some orange and lemon also in the mix. Whoa. Bitter (almost mouth puckering) taste. A big blast of grapefruit rushes in after the swallow and leaves a great bitter aftertaste. For being so bitter, the mouthfeel is surprisingly full and smooth. Easy drinking beer but I could see this flavor getting tiresome after multiples.

Overall I have wanted to try this beer for some time and I was not disappointed. Now if only I can get this to Mexico and try it with some Dorado sashimi caught fresh from the sea.

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Photo of bobhits
4.22/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bright, clearly, with a slight orange hue and a thin white cap. You can tell this is goign to have some heat based on the lack of a creamy head.

Wonderful aromas, passion fruit, grape fruit, orange, and slight sweet sugary goodness. This is one of the more tropical and sharp aromas I've seen. I expect a dry beer.

I'm not sure I'm tasting. It isn't nearly as tropical has the note, there' sa unique element giving this beer a certain bitter twist that's pretty good.

Dry but a bit more heat than should be here.

Ballast Point has made some great IPAs and this is certainly up there. A unique taste and a very citrus forward west coast like IPA. I'm pleased but could use a bit less alcohol.

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Photo of Tbub18
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

A--Nice golden yellow, honey. 2 finger head
S--Grapefruit, dank, some toffee/honey
T--Solid amount of hops, as expected hit you immediately. Bitterness lingers, not getting the tropical fruit taste like others. Malt finish is sweet, caramel.
M--My favorite part of this beer. Nice and smooth, medium body with a medium carbonation.
O--I wanted to like this one more. Just didn't have the hop forwardness I was looking for. Its pretty well balanced, I could definitely see why people enjoy this beer. I lean towards the tropical flavors and while I could smell them I just didn't taste them enough.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
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 dismal
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bomber to a pint glass, pours a light orange/orange color and produces a pretty big white head. The head seems to want to stick around for quite some time. Leaves good lacing down the glass. The smell right away is hoppy and mainly grapefruity. Very sweet smell. There is a hint of pine but it's not to strong for me. Taste is rather sweet. A little bit of pine hops in the aftertaste but like the smell it isn't very strong and doesn't stick out much. Grapefruit is there as well. Mainly it's sweet taste that dominate this one, but still is pretty hoppy. For higher ABV it's not noticeable, and drinks rather easily which is how I like DIPAs. Going into this one I was kind of expecting a big brother to Sculpin but this one is entirely on it's own and shouldn't be compared to it as both are good in there own rights. Really good beer overall, I'm gonna pick it up again if possible.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Alehouse in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a cloudy golden orange in color with a finger tall soapy off-white head. The head reduces by about 50% while drinking this beer but still a good amount is retained. Significant lacing is observed.

S: Lots and lots of hop aromas in this beer - primarily citrus hops but also some pine hops. There is also a subtle hint of Christmas spices as well.

T: Big hop flavors - primarily citrus with some more subtle pine hints. There is some underlying subtle malt flavors that come out - bready and some caramel sweetness. Also, I get hints of Christmas/holiday spices.

M: Medium to full bodied with moderate to high amounts of carbonation. Slightly chewy.

O: Very refreshing and I love all the hop flavors in this one. There is no hint of the alcohol present and it is real easy to drink (though I have a feeling this one could easily sneak up on you). I would definitely get this one again.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Medium orange/light brown, cloudy with a thin white head and average lacing

S - Very faint but mostly sweet, not as hoppy as I would have thought. Hints of apple and lemon in the hops but not as fragrant as most DIPAs

T - Makes up for the lack of aroma, lots of hops obvioulsy with flavors of peach, apple, grapefruit, and honey. Finishes a little more earthy but not hardly bitter. Slight alcohol burn/flavor in aftertaste as well.

M/D - Medium to light body, not as much carbonation as the average DIPA but not nearly as dry a mouth-feel either. Very drinkable.

A great DIPA that isn't as harsh as your stereotypical super hopped up beers. Great sweet flavors mixed in with the typical hop bite.

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Photo of saintwarrick
4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light burnt-orange or peach pour with a thick, foamy white head. Lots of tiny bubbles replenish the head, giving this brew an almost pilsner-like appearance, very active. Hop oils dominate the nose, very thick and citrusy, lots of sugar and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is thick but not tongue-numbing, lots of citrusy hops dominate as a good West Coast-DIPA should. Starts of sort of sweet before the hops take over, turning it bitter but drinkable. Yet, it still manages to not be cloying or too hoppy to the point of barely-drinkable.

A top-of-the-line DIPA from California, one of the better ones I have had.

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

Straight pour from a pry-off 22oz / 1pt 6oz / 650ml bottle to an oversized wineglass (in the form of my Hill Farmstead stempiece); freshness date of February 15, 2014 printed in white ink near the bottom of the label (“DOR 35 ENJOY BY 02/15/14”). These are supposed to have one-year freshness periods, which would imply that this was bottled about six weeks ago. A little older than I’d like, but it’s been refrigerated the whole time as far as I’m aware, so let’s see.

Appearance (4.0): Pours one finger of light khaki foam that doesn’t show a ton of retention, dying down at a slightly faster than moderate rate; it caps a glowing orange-amber body with just a chill haze, but it sure is pretty. So far, pretty great lacing: nothing solid, but thick collars and legs on the far side of the glass, and scattered suds on the near side.

Smell (4.25): This has that nice combination of juicy citrus and dank weirdness that I (perhaps mistakenly?) associate with Simcoe—very resinous, and citrusy, but slightly weedy with that skunky cannibinoid odor. Lots of pineapple and tangerine, sweet, juicy citrus. Malt is pale, but sweet in that way that blurs the line with the citrus, like vanilla cake.

Taste (4.25): A healthy dose of bitterness leads the way, with a quick flash of lime and grapefruit zest before that very resinous, dank flavor and bitterness really dominates the palate; it melds with a lightly toasted, bready malt character with richer caramel undertones. Not a heavy malt presence, but much heftier than a lot of these West Coast DIPAs—but still very balanced, which is the key for me. It finishes out a strong, but not overly astringent mix of citrus peel and white grapefruit juice—the purely bitter kind, not the sweet kind you get with red grapefruit. There’s some alcohol showing its face, but that dank, resinous brand of hop character typically blurs the boundaries between hops and ABV, and this beer is no exception. Well-done, fellas.

Mouthfeel (4.25): The carbonation is fine but gives an active tingle all around and foams modestly but fully on the way down, which feels in line for the body—which is fuller than medium-weight and somewhat oily, which is nice for the style and size of the beer. Finishes nicely dry, not parchingly so but solid.

Overall (4.25): This is a really, really solid, kinda classic, American Double IPA. To me, this is what I think of when I think of the style—dank, citrusy, a healthy dose of bitterness but with good hop flavor, a solid but not heavy malt backbone, and a great feel and appearance. A lot of DIPAs have been doing all flavor and aroma with no bitterness lately, but this feels more like a classic example that does all three solidly, if none of them exceptionally. Very well-rounded, very well-put together.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
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