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

Dorado pours a moderate gold color with a nice orange tint. It's very clear and transparent. Sitting atop is a chunky off-white head that also has a bit of an orange tint. It easily stands two and a half fingers tall and was slow to recede. Thick, sticky sheets of lace lined the glass as it descended. Good stuff.

The nose is classic Ballast Point. Those guys brew beer with serious citrus fruit aromatics and Dorado is no exception. It features a strong mix of grapefruit, orange, and pineapple that are attributable to a wealth of citric hops. Smells like there's a little pine to back it up, but they're primarily a citrus blast. Fortunately, there's not much malt here. There might be a bit of pale malt, but not much. Caramel is thankfully missing. A little alcohol comes through late, but it's blended well overall. I've been waiting for this moment.

Dorado is certainly good beer. That much is apparent from the first sip. It's sweet and very citrusy. Citric hops provide really nice orange, pineapple, and grapefruit flavors. There's more of a piney, bitter flavor than the nose suggested and it works really well. I like that bitter kick in the palate. It has a much more prolific malt backbone than I expected. There's obviously some pale and caramel is easily noted. The caramel variety is far from overwhelming and doesn't interfere too much. It's tough to tell how much it counters its bitter flavor. It remains aggressively bitter in any event. Perhaps even a little resiny. A bitter hop surge kicks in toward the end. Alcohol is more noticeable here and even has a very slight warming effect. This is tasty stuff and I'm waffling a little on the score. I like it a lot, but I'm not in love with it. It just seems to lack that little something extra that would make it special. It's a close call though. Very close.

It has a medium body (barely) and is smooth. Carbonation is relatively light and doesn't get in the way. I'll take a slightly thinner DIPA with a little less body any day of the week. Too much caramel malt might add some smoothness, but it has a detrimental impact on the flavor. I like the approach here. Drinkability is good. Dorado's a tasty beer. At 9.1% abv (as indicated on my bottle), it's strong and deserves some respect. But, I'm having no trouble with the bomber.

Dorado is a very strong player in Ballast Point's lineup. It's not their best beer, but it's easily one their top 3. I was hoping that they'd capture the same magic that they did with Sculpin, but not quite. Almost. It just lacks a little something special that'd get it there. Why is that? Tough question. Well, personally, I think the alcohol's just a little too noticeable and warm. Small gripe, but there it is. Having said that, Dorado's excellent beer that's just falls a little shy of world class. It really is closer than you might believe. Seek a bottle out. You'll be glad you did.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Ezekiel81923
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has this on-tap at the Craft Ale House a while back. Poured into a 10oz Snifter.

Appearance: Very big, fluffy white head. Seems to last forever. Very good lacing down the side of the glass. Nice orange-ish color. Not as deep a color as Sculpin, but hazier.

Smell: Typical west coast DIPA fashion. Piney, resinous hops that are floral and citrus in nature. Again, not as strong as Sculpin's nose, had to work a little bit to get everything out of it.

Taste: Resinous. Oily. Piney. A combination of right hooks and left jabs of hops. There is a decent malt backbone but the hops power through it. The high ABV is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good, moderate level of carbonation. The hops flavor sticks to the tongue for a long lasting aftertaste.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. You're not going to pound the bomber, but I finished it easily and would have had another had the alcohol not snuck up on me.

Good beer. Prefer Sculpin. Certainly wouldn't pass is it up though.

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

22oz bomber. Enjoy by 06/15/13. 10% ABV. Served in a tulip.

Pours a hazy orange-gold with less than half a finger of light tan foam. Settles to a thin ring. A bit or two of lacing.

Aroma of strong citrusy and floral hops. Orange and lemon citrus dominate with a touch of onion. Backed up by sweet caramel malt. Some champagne brightness. A touch of booze.

Flavor reveals similar notes with orange citrus hops and light-caramel malt dominating. Very nicely balanced. A touch of the onion emerges in the finish, but it's not as strong as the nose. Some alcohol emerges in the finish and dries things up, but it's quite well buried given the ABV. Long lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.

A little above medium bodied with a bit below medium carbonation. Quite drinkable.

Overall a well crafted, nicely balanced, *big* DIPA.

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Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle label data: none noted.

Deep, honey-colored body with a thick, frothy, sticky white head. Melon and citrus hop aromas greet the nose. Warm, malt grain flavors with an eye-widening hop bitterness. Medium body with a gently biting hop bitterness on the tongue; mostly dry finish.

A well-balanced, nicely complex double IPA. Crisp hop bitterness and bready malt flavors blend well together with the high ABV keeping in the background yet contributing somewhat to the relative dryness of the beer. Very approachable and very tasty...

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

From notes: From the bottle:

hazy glowing orange with a small cap of slightly off white foam that dies quickly and leaves minimal lacing. Aroma is all up front hop, a little piney, mucho citrusy, with some nice fresh baked bread malt dance in the background. Taste is great. Somewhat of a hop smack with the pine and resin, but yet also very well balanced by the malts. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, not too thick or too thin. Drinkability is VERY good for a DIPA. I really liked this one and actually I really like Ballast Point in general.

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

A: Hazy dark golden color. About a finger of white head that leaves plenty of lacing behind with a nice cap of foam on tap.

S: hints of pineapple and apricot a bit of alcohol and a honey like malt sweetness

T: tastes of tropical fruits mostl pineapple which is quickly swept away with resinous bitterness that is over powered by sweet honey malts and finishing on an alcoholic and bitter resinous note.

M: full bodied yet light. Bitter slight spicy and a tad sweet.

D: Pretty easy drinker. A really solid dipa.

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

22oz. bottle poured into a goblet.

A: Golden copper with a finger of white head. Slightly sticky lacing with bubbles dancing up the side.

S: Sweet and piney lemons, grapefruit, generic citrus car air freshener.

T: Huge burst of lemons and grapefruit balanced by slightly sweet malts.

M: Medium carbonation with a pleasantly bitter finish.

O: I enjoy this more than I enjoy sculpin (which I really enjoy), so this is a win in my books. I would love to see this in six packs, but of course that will never happen.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You could've told me this was an abv of 6.5% and I would've believed you. The hops continuously hit you with an uppercut and the smell was so pleasant. Perhaps not on the Sculpin level, but a very good DIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of thecheapies
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

True amber without the glow. Regal look with a fluffy head that laces well. Awesome.

Citrusy brightness, tropical fruit, grapefruit, and tangerine. Lots of fresh hops. Only the palest of caramel malts that wants to fade away. Excellent.

Zesty tropical citrus, spicy hop leaf, hop oils, pressed grapefruit flesh, papaya, mango, and booze. My kind of Imperial IPA. All hops, no time wasted discerning the malt, which is thin enough to be kicked in the head by a serious alpha acid blitz. Dry as hell, with all kinds of implied fruit.

Drinkably lighter, but the booze will kick you in the ass. Carbonated with fervor. Still love it.

Amazing beer. Recommended.

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

Poured into my Ballast Point pint glass. Light yellow/orange color. Very clear in appearance. Head is a small two fingers and bright white and creamy in appearance. Lace is sticking well.

Smell is very citrus and pine. Pink grapefruit, orange pith, some sugar.

Taste is a great citrus bomb. Pink and yellow grapefruit. Some orange and maybe even some pineapple. There are some sweet malts here too and some alcohol burn at the end.

Mouth is crisp and rich but in a light way. Body is medium and the carbonation is fairly light. Finish is long and dry with some alcohol burn. Very nice.

Overall I really enjoyed this fairly limited release. I had one when it was just a couple of days old and I don't think this has changed much from then till now. It does have some candied malt characteristics but this is one of those West Coast hop bombs all the way. Get your hands on this if you can. A must try.

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Photo of SLewis
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 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 macd144
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +2.4%
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 +2.7%
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 TrappistJohnMD
4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.7%
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 +2.7%
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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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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