Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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2,902 Ratings
Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
ballastpoint.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by drewbage on 06-14-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,902
Reviews:
689
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9.73%
 
 
Wants:
297
Gots:
803
For Trade:
6
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Ratings: 2,902 |  Reviews: 689
Photo of dannydetox
3.01/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

i remember enjoying this brew fresh from the taps at the Ballast Point home brew shop several years ago, so i jumped at the shot to grab a 22oz for $5. maybe the bottle had been sitting for awhile, because i believe the hops have fallen out significantly. the beer is completely opaque; my hand disappears behind the cloudy, amber liquid in the glass. lacing is significant all across the glass. nose honeyed stone fruit, and some caramel malts. on the palate i detect aromas of dried apricot, more malt sweetness, and something reminiscent of toasted nuts. there is some bitterness on the back end, but also lingering, syrupy alcohol sweetness, too. as it stands, this product is everything i dislike about imperial or double ipas: cloying sweetness as a result of raising the abv without the heady hop aromas i love so much about west coast ipa. if there was any brewed on/enjoy by date, it was covered up by the $5 handmade price tag. this will be a hard bottle to finish. will update the review when i can confirm i have a fresh bottle/draft in hand.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.01/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber in color with a nice frothy half inch head. Smell is somewhat past prime hops and lots of malt to help support the hops that were there. Taste is much the same. Don't know if this bottle didn't travel well or just got a old bottle. The hops are not what they should be. A little disappointing, I'll have to get another bottle and revisit.

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Photo of TooGood
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Looks good, smells good, but a very bitter aftertaste ruins it for me.

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Photo of funjack5150
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I really don't care for the taste of this beer.

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Photo of nerdboy19
3.08/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of mdaschaf
3.11/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden/copper color with a nice white head on top, pretty good retention, eventually reducing to a nice cap on top. Thin lacing all around.

S: Some citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit and some orange zest. There is a little bit of caramel and grainy malt as well. Not overly aromatic though.

T: Similarly muted, there is a bit of citrus fruits, similar to the aroma, but overall it was a bit boring. Not overly fruity or piney like most west coast IPAs are. A little bit of an off putting flavor as well that I can't quite put my finger on.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A little bit of the alcohol comes through.

O: Had high hopes due to Sculpin, but just wasn't really a fan of this one.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.12/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Slightly hazed dark goldish brown. Head is almost non-existent and leaves the tiniest bright-white collar. Spotty foam on the top. Minimal carbonation.

Smell: Floral, citrus, some nice pine needle. Malts are mildly sweet with some bready, biscuit dough, and caramel notes. Some light pale malts in the back. Some cooked malts. Citrus zest (mainly grapefruit), some fleshy fruit notes (orange here), and a nice floral backing.

Taste: Floral and slightly herbal. Vague spiciness in the back. Malts are lightly sweet pushing biscuit, touches of crackers and undercooked biscuits. Some pine needles and pithy bitterness. Earthy, but in that slightly dirty way that comes across as less than appealing. Orange marmalade. Not particularly sweet, but it's fruity. Some esters. Bigger malt body than expected. Grapefruit extravaganza.

Mouthfeel: Moderately light carbonation on a medium body. Some lingering pithy dryness.

Overall: Double disappointment.

Pithy grapefruit and that's the end of the story. Not the beast that is Sculpin. Maltier than it's half-brother and that makes even less sense. Maybe hyper fresh this is something else, but there was something missing overall.

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Photo of champ103
3.13/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at the Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign IL.

A: Pours an almost clear golden/yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention. Sticky lace is left behind.
S: Pine, grapefruit, and resiny syrupy. Light floral and grassy aroma. Not a lot of balance, but the hop aroma has some nuance which is enjoyable.
T: All the nuance that was in the nose is gone here. Just bitter grapefruit and resiny pine flavors. No balance at all.
M/D: A medium body that has a crisp and dry feeling. Though a little to syrupy and resiny. To much alcohol and bitterness to make this an easy drinker.

Overall, just a standard DIPA. Lots of bitterness and nothing else. Hop heads will love it. If you are looking for something else, keep on looking.

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Photo of bark
3.14/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The colour is gold (10 EBC), the liquid is clear. The three finger head sinks down to a thick lid leaving lots of lacing.

The smell is bitter, dry and hoppy. Some harsh green flavours, hints of alcohol. Sweet ripe fruits, honey and some cream cookies.

The taste is very bitter. Caramel/candy sweetness with some exotic fruits, not much of citric fruits. Sweet notes of puff pastry and bitter herbs. Medium body. The aftertaste is chemical and somewhat harsh with dried fruits and high alcohols. Lots of hops and sweet malt in the finish.

The carbonation is medium strong, the large bubbles are sharp. The liquid is semi-thick.

A bitter DIPA that with some chemical off-flavours and harsh hops. I have had better.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Damn flashbacks to crappy late-90s/early-00s animated films... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear sunset brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises pine needle, light menthol, mild sweet biscuit, and light spicy greens. The taste mirrors this mixture exactly. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, this is an average DIPA at best, one that is actually balanced (a plus), but one that just doesn't distinguish itself in any real way.

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Photo of ksedgwick
3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of neonbrown82
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a good DIPA and all, but there's something a bit odd about it. Too grassy, perhaps. Rough cohumulone and a syrupy mouthfeel don't help either. A perfect example of a good idea gone too far.

The beer pours to a peachy, golden amber color, quite clear. Nice carbonation and head. Lacing could be much better, but retention is good.

The smell is very grassy. Smells like Chinook and some cascade-like strain with an intense grapefruit pith. The malt profile doesn't shine through in the least, aside from a straight sweetness.

The flavors don't mesh. Intensely sweet,syrupy caramel malt with an equally rough cohumulone bitterness. I would say it's well-balanced, but it seems to lack balance altogether. Has a bit of a medicinal flavor to it, along with a strong fusel alcohol taste. Not very pleasent. WTF is the deal with brewers who think they can make a good IPA by simply throwing a shit-ton of malt and hops together? I hope it's only a fad.

Just as a note... I still think it is an alright DIPA, but it would be much better with a little bit of cohesion. Thanks to dogfooddog for the bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle best by: 6.26.12. Opened on 7.15.12.

A - Pours a cloudy light orange with a one inch cream-colored head, foamy.

S - Citrusy-lemons and oranges.

T - Lemons, pine, some oranges as well.

D - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O - A big IPA, but it's either past it's prime or just not that great.

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Photo of GuzzLah
3.18/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - pours a clear gold with a hint of orange. Ephemeral white head. No lace. A few bubbles.

S - weak intensity for the style. Grapefruit, floral, pine and soft malt. Unimpressive. The bottle is only 1 month old.

T - grapefruit rind pine bomb with a fairly dry malt note. Boozy, but not harsh.

M - medium body with low-medium carbonation. Moderate-heavy grapefruit/pine bitterness with a long sustain. Not pleasant, but tolerable.

O - one of the most bitter DIPAs I've had in recent memory. Weak aroma. Uninteresting flavor. Not my thing. I enjoyed Sculpin quite a bit more. Won't drink this one again.

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Photo of Chicowdy
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Nothing exceptional about this beer. Too many other good imperial IPAs that go down much more easily. It's good but not great. Has a fairly boozy taste that masks the hop profile.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Ballast Point's Dorado Double IPA last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I've been wanting to try this brewery for a while and I'm interested to see how their Double IPA is, so lets see how it goes. Fresh 2015 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a snifter.

A- The label looks good, it goes great with the name and it's eye catching. It poured a golden amber color that took on more of an amber orange color when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy and bubbly off white head that died down to a thing ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a good looking DIPA, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops being the frst to show up and they impart a mixture of citrus rinds, tropival fruit and green hops aromas with the fruitiness sticking out the most and it's followed by the sweet malts that give it candied fruit aroma. Towards the end comes a little bit of alcohol with some pale malts coming through in the background. This beer has a nice aroma, but it's a little too sweet.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but a good amount lighter and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness with the hops still being the first to show up and they impart just a little bit of the aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time it's mainly a generic hoppy taste sticking out the most. Up next comes some noticeable alcohol that's a little warming and it's followed by the malts which impart some pale malt, sweet malt and light grainy like flavors. On the finish t here's higher amount of medium bitterness with some alcohol and hoppy flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This beer was just Ok, it didn't have much complexity at all and the hop profile was a let down.

M- Not smooth, a little boozy, a little crisp, on the thicker side of being medium bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was decent, but I wish it was smoother and not as boozy.

Overall I thought this beer was just ok and I thought it was an average at best example of the style, it didn't have anything that made it standout for the style and when it came down to it almost every single aspect had some aspects that ended up holding this beer back from being as good as it could be. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, one is enough for me, I wouldn't want to drink another one in a row. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance aroma, those two things were the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer was the taste and drinkability, they both need a good amount of work. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I wouldn't recommend it, I just don't think it's a great DIPA. All in all I wasn't impressed with this one and it just wasn't what I want from a good DIPA, the hop profile in the taste could use a good amount of work. It didn't make for a good first impression for this brewery, but I'm still interested to see what else they have and it's average at best for the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of Mikexw
3.21/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I drank this while on a ski vacation -- bought a bottle from a local store. This might have been a freshness issue, but it just didn't taste like what I expected -- I usually like Ballast Point IPA's.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.22/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

22oz bottle poured into a New Belgium globe.

A: Clear red-orange. Bone white head originally stands about an inch high, but dies quickly. Minimal lacing, just a thin, whispy ring.

S: A burst of tropical hop flavors atop a biscuity malt base with hints of caramel. Honeydew melon, kiwi, tangerine, passion fruit, peach, pineapple juice. Subtle hints of broken pine needles. Tame tropical esters in the background. A very good nose, just a bit understated.

T: Playful tropical notes of tangerine, pineapple, peach, and honeydew melon flit about on the tongue for a brief moment. Resin and hemp seed provide more of a bitter bite than the nose implied. The bitterness builds and becomes quite sharp and acute. Oily and peppery. Intensely bitter ruby red grapefruit. The biscuity malt base is all but snuffed out. Alcohol strays and becomes a bit hot and solventy. Gripping oily bitterness never releases its choke hold on the palate, even into the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a creamy firmness. Low carbonation. Alcohol lends warmth in the swallow.

O: Dorado rubs my taste buds the wrong way. It's mainly the alcohol. This is coming in far too hot for my liking.

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Photo of IpaBeerDrinkers
3.23/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Came off as overly boozy. Wasnt a huge fan of hop profile, tasted unorganic

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Photo of founddrama
3.24/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Is there something a bit heavy and... syrupy in the flavor here? Hops profile isn't what I'd expected. There's just... bitterness and more bitterness. None of the resiny aromatics that I'd expect.

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Photo of MarkItZero
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Sergeh
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Treb0R
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of Bluescooter
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of masterofsparks
3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,902 ratings.
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