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

L: Low head. Slightly cloudy.
S: Very strong hops on opening the bottle. It's almost putting my nose in the hop bag I use for home brewing.
T: Strong bitter foundation to balance the aromatic hops. Strength of alcohol content peeks through the bitterness at times.
F: The subtle fizz is almost like a light sherbet.

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Photo of MrMegaton
4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Have to say, what a surprise. Built a mix-a-6 pack with this inside today and wow. Easily one of the best Doubles I've ever had.

Great full copper hue with a finger and a half head, great lacing.

Smells straight off surprisingly of toffee, with spiciness working in.

Taste wise, just wow. I have to say I have not been impressed by Ballast Point until this beer. Definitely spiciness from the hops, working in some baking-spice, toffee-ish notes. Incredibly smooth and not overpowering. Hoppy finish.

Overall a fantastic beer. Very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of Wer34truh
2.75/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a medium-large bubbly head.

Smells of piney citrus-laden hops.

This is a powerful IPA, and it hides the alcohol quite well. However, I am not necessarily a fan of what is here. The piney is overly present, with a distasteful bitter and sour aftertaste. This is better than it's watermelon bastard brother, but it's not a good beer nontheless.

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Photo of CratesRus
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

L- Vibrant orange-yellow crystal clear. Slightly off white head think but dissipates quickly. Nice lacing.
S- Citrus and hops. Surprisingly subtle. I can smell a bit of the alcohol coming through, not appealing. That's the only reason I did not give it a 4.
T- Very good. Not really anything bad to say. Some pine (which I didn't expect from the nose) that I was very happy about. Doesn't have quite the hop punch I like out of a double. Also you can taste a bit of the alcohol coming through, but that is to be expected given the abv.
F- Just about the best mouth-feel I have ever had in and IPA let alone a double. Very very clean and crisp at the front end and a dry finish. It leaves you wanting to have another few, but that is a dangerous proposition given the 10% abv.
O- Just a stellar beer. The feel alone sold me. I will be returning... probably later tonight...

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Photo of Kiwano
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A -Golden yellow orange thick head
S - Citrus
T- Major pine - hit you in the face pine and hops - sharp bitterness hits upfront and stays all the way through but there is a slight sweetness - some citrus - maybe grapefruit pith -
M- fizzy carbonation
O - nice every once in a while but so in your face that it kind of blows away the tastebuds - it is bracing, which when you are in the mood for it could be good 90/100

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

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date. The local shop just got in a shipment of this so i'm confident it's fresh; acquired a single bottle.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A crisp golden pour; excellent clarity when held to the light. Finger of soapy white head with excellent staying power that leaves good sticky scattered lacing behind. Apt carbonation. Looks very nice for the style.

S - Aroma is fresh & floral, with notes of tropical fruit - pineapple, mango, subtle bready malt, some notes of alcohol fumes.

T - Taste follows the nose: very fresh, fruity, floral, & tropical. Notes of pineapple, mango, tangerine, grapefruit, alcohol fumes. Slight notes of grain / malt base poke through the floral alcohol heat. Definitely feels like a hot, fresh, young DIPA. Very nice stuff.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean. Dry & bitter hop finish. Definitely has a bit of alcohol heat from the 10.00% abv.

Overall, a nice IPA from Ballast Point, very drinkable stuff for the high abv.

Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA -----4/5.

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Photo of BWood
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Good IPA. Nice crisp smell and smooth mouth feel. Lately I have been diving into IPA more. This is one I would buy again. Nice head and lacing on the glass. I really enjoyed the mouth feel of this beer.

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Photo of T_Hass
3.69/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at mama Goldbergs. I often wonder how old these beers on tap are. At this point this is simply an average DIPA decent but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 FL.OZ. bottle into a snifter. Golden, clear color. Very thick 3-4 fingers, frothy head. Decent lacing. Average, medium carbonation. Nice fresh aroma of a resin and sweet aromas of a grapefruit and mango. Some alcohol, some caramel. Heavy bitter flavor, later light sweetness. Bitterness is not harsh, that I can tell. Medium body. Creamy, oily, sticky and little bit salty. Has a very long, dry finish. Tasty but not very special beer.

Expiration date: 22.01.2017
Review date: 18.05.2016

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Photo of youngs11
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Appears light, translucent copper with visible carbonation. Nice lacing. Looks malty.

Sweet fruit and floral hops combine with a mandarin citrus component. The malt is definitely apparent with hints of caramel and grain.

Taste starts with hoppy, slightly dry bitterness, moves to malty sweet, then finishes bitter and stays bitter on the palate for a long time through the finish. The bitterness is sort of one-dimensional in that it is there, but not particularly exciting or changing. The bitter note just sort of carries on for a while until it fades. Long but not particularly exciting.

This beer feels like it should. Not heavy but definitely beyond medium in terms of body. That is crucial for this beer coming in at such a high ABV.

Overall, this is a good but not great beer. I want it to be closer to 9 ABV and a little less malty. I want to be kept honest with such a high ABV, and this beer doesn't really slow me down. More importantly for the style, the hop profile is a little one-dimensional. Although the body isn't light by any means, the beer is too drinkable for the ABV. I want less malt and slightly less ABV. Not bad.

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Photo of BRLockwood
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I like this better than the Sculpin! Strong but not too much alcohol in the taste! A nice golden color with a little cloudiness. A classic double IPA!

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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 Skrumpy
3.73/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 22 oz bottle into standard pint glass. Amber/orange in color, slightly cloudy. Average head, foamy and left moderate lacing. The aroma isn't strong, light citrus, pine, and grain. The flavor is malt forward, with some fruit sweetness, caramel, and some citrus hops in the finish. Crisp mothfeel with a hint of that alcohol based heat at the end. A good beer overall, but not my favorite DIPA.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Less than two months old this DIPA has a prominent malt back. Makes sense being 10%. The hops are bitter resin, lupilin laden, oily, lightly dank, with grapefruit rind and tangerine. Malt has a bit of honey sweetness, caramel and grain. This is a really big beer and though it's not my favorite hop profile I still can appreciate it.

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

Pours a light orange with a two finger fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus, grapefruit, pine, and fruit pit. Taste follows with citrus, grapefruit, pine, fruit pit, and a big smack of bitterness and booze. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit oily, but seems somewhat normal for a boozy dipa. Overall, this is a good dipa, not my favorite as I prefer a bit less booze in the taste and feel, but still very good.

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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 SerialTicker
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled November 30th and poured March 27th ... so about four months. Not exactly the freshest DIPA I've had.

Bought one of these for $1.99. Poured it into a short shaker pint. Ugh.

Awesome in the glass: a slightly hazy golden orange color with a creamy off-white head that leaves a lot of lacing. Nectarine and pine are the biggest things I'm getting on the nose -- this has a pretty dank profile. The aroma is bittersweet as well. Nothing in the glass is jumping out at me/it's a bit mellowed out, but I really enjoy what's there. The taste is a decent bit like the aroma with a nectarine-y flavor layered with quite a lot of pine. There's also some mango and pineapple near the end of the sip, but the finish is a lot of sticky pine resin. There's a lingering piney hop flavor and bitterness, but it's not too intense. Overall, quite drinkable and balanced for the style.

Absolutely dig it. As with most beers, it's not ideal straight from the fridge. Give it a few minutes to open up, and you've got a very nice and mostly balanced DIPA. Ballast Point does it again -- this is a delicious, affordable DIPA that you'll be able to find pretty much anywhere.

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Photo of C2brewing
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden orange color with a thin, fine, lasting head. Nose is sweet, tropical, citrus. Medium body with initial citrus hop character giving way to earthier lasting hop finish. Malt flavor is subdued. Finish is slightly dry. Very enjoyable sipper.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle into a standard pint glass

Straw golden yellow with a surprising haze. One finger head that dissipates into a 1cm head of foam after a little bit of sitting. Tiny bubbles seen dancing to the top of the glass.

Melon and pineapple like sweetness on the nose at first. Followed by orange pulp, citrus rind, a bit of pine resin, and a little graham cracker. A pleasant aroma but it doesn't really jump out of the glass at you.

Opens up on the tongue with bitter dank pine, and a touch of citrus. Moves into a bit of melon flavors and more citrus zest. Tangerine and lime. A little bit of grass and faint generic cracker malt flavors.

Medium bodied, almost heavy. Slight tingle from the carbonation and sticky, however a bit of drying on the tongue.

Great citrus and sweet fruit aroma, followed by a balanced flavor with a lean towards the hops. A great example of a West Coast DIPA.

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Photo of ElevatorNYC
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have a different take on this than others I have read. I get a lot of raisin and date taste out of the initial taste. Heavy pine and citrus come later.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.85/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful hazey orange color. About an inch of creamy head. Nose of pine, tangerine, citrus and earthy. Taste of hops, pine and notes of orange. Great mouth feel and lingering finish. One of the best IPA's I've had. Well done!

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Photo of vikinggary28
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22 oz bottle into my trusty glass mug. Colour is amber/orange with a quickly dissipating off white head. Some nice lacing. Smells piney and citrus with a little biscuit. Taste similar to the aroma, big hops and pine along with citrus/lemon and enough malt to balance so it's not overly hoppy. Great taste and at 10% abv you can't go wrong with this one. Prost!

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Photo of Shanecon295
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured light, hazey orange. The lacing stuck around pretty long, head retention not as much. Smells fruity and green. Tastes of citrus and pine. hits your pallet with a punch, yet delivers a clean refreshing hoppy finish. Great beer.

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Photo of Umdrunner
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured light orange, light head that didn't stick around long. Beer had excellent full mouthfeel, flavor was solid, but it was quite obvious at 10% ABV. I prefer a DIPA that hides the perception of high gravity.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is dark gold with a bit of burnt orange and sports 2 fingers of fine white head. Slightly hazy. Lots of bread, marmalade, and toast on the nose along with cedar, pine, and lemon.

Medium body with an oily feel and a big, hoppy flavor. It's bitter, but not punishingly so, as there is more than enough malt to sustain this beast. Toast and marmalade up front, then cedar, lemon zest, escarole. The bitterness is botanic and quinine-like, with mild fruit character. The mouthfeel on this beer is very sticky and oily. It could almost pass for an American Barleywine (almost).

I tried this beer at a tasting and decided to review it. The only reason I avoided it was because I am so enamored with Grapefruit Sculpin I never wanted to take a chance on this one. It kind of reminds me a little of Dark Horse Double Crooked Tree in the flavor profile, although that beer is like this one on steroids.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,899 ratings.
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