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 seand
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy orange amber with a short but thick white head. Retention and lacing are both good.

S: Piny floral hops, a little bit of bite from the alcohol.

T: The same piny floral hops come through, balanced by the strong malt sweetness. Full flavored and complex.

M: Medium carbonation, full bodied. Sticky bitter aftertaste.

D: Well balanced enough to drink pretty easily, but the ABV is high enough to make it a sipper.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.06/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orange glow with off white head with nice spotty lace.

S - Layers of citrus fruit, grapefruit, orange peel, resin.

T - Big hop profile - citrus, orange zest, orange rind, dank, piney, grass, balanced by a semi sweet malt back bone.

O -Aggressive DIPA - well done.

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Photo of rjd722
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What do you know, another Ballast Point beer I would absolutely buy again! Poured into my spiegelau IPA glass, a beautiful orange-amber color with a huge, solid head that hangs around for a bit and leaves some nice lacing. Mostly malt on the aroma, paired with some grassy and slight citrus notes. Resinous and piney, citrus hops all flow through upon the initial taste, along with sweet malts and the bitterness you'd expect from a DIPA. Medium body with lower carbonation and a bitter finish.

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

Big thanks to JoshCool for whipping this monster of a Double IPA out tonight on this cool summer evening. Ballast Point has not let me down yet, so I had high hopes for this one.

A: Cap pops with a slight hiss. Pours into the pint glass like a thick, sticky liquid yielding a very small white head that does not stick around for the festivities. Hazy, orange copper with minimal floaties.

S: Bitter grapefruit, bitter grass notes and bitter pine. Nice combo here of citrus and pine. If these two attributes were to sock it out in this beer though, the citrus would win. Just nice citrus notes overall followed by bitter pine.

T: Nice, just what I was looking for. Nice bitter grapefruit, mango and orange followed by grassy notes, pine bitterness, some residual sweetness, most likely due to the thickness and high residual sugars left over.

M/D: Thick. Very thick, yet surprisingly drinkable.

Overall, this is a great Double IPA. Another Southern California beer that makes me want to take a jetplane out west and live under a brewery. Very nice.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Decent sized head after a slightly aggressive pour. Head is light tan in color.

S - Spicy. Red pepper, earthy hops, sweet malts.

T - Spicy like the aroma. Red pepper, chick peas (really), a very spicy hop flavor. Solid malt backbone. Hint of booze.

F - 10% ABV, so it's sticky as expected. Not bad, though.

O - A solid DIPA. It's really not hoppy enough for me to say it's excellent. Definitely decent, at the very least. Much prefer Ballast Point's Sculpin over this.

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Photo of auroracrisis
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
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 BradMacMullin
3.95/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Ballast Point in their Little Italy San Diego brew house. I read the reviews from the brothers and everyone else how they loved this beer, so I ordered. I can't say I loved this - I didn't find the citrus or the hops really kicked in for me. I was more taken by the alcohol - hot on the tongue. But....what do I know. If the masses love it, so do I. I will get one more and make myself like it.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass a clear orange with a one finger white head that really didn't last long. Minimal lacing. The scent isn't very strong for this style. But what is there is a fresh floral scent. The hop taste isn't very strong either. But the balance with a rather strong sweet malt back end of the palatte. It also leaves a nice sweet layer on the lips

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Photo of theopholis
4.84/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Fairly clear, orange/amber body with decent sized, off white head. Head appears to have a lot of staying power and good lacing.

Aroma- Wow. Glorious melange of malt sweetness and aroma hops. Hints of citrus (mostly orange and tangerine) and spruce. Smells spectacular. (Yeah...I'm a hop-head).

Taste-Wow. Beautiful mix of malt, malt sweetness and flavoring hops. not cloying at all. Mere words don't descibe the flavor. A nice subtle citrus in there to. Sweet oranges and tangerines. Yum.

Mouthfeel- A tad oily, which is fine. Good, solid body. Perfect level of carbonation to push those hops up front.

Drinkability- Okay....this one is a sipper, even for a hop-head. I'm glad I only bought one of these things, because I would be very tempted to drink 2 or 3 bombers.

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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 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 washburnkid
4.48/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A gorgeous golden color with a foamy white head. Great bubbly retention and good, sticky lacing.
S: Tons of citrus, mostly grapefruit and ripe mandarins. Hints of floral hops. Slightly sweet malt backbone.
T: More bready malt sweetness on the tongue at first than I expected. Rounds out with flavors of ripe fruit and some pine. Bitter hops pull through with some warmth. This is a very well-balanced DIPA!
M: Medium body and carbonation. Good lingering bitterness.
D: Dangerously drinkable. I can't wait to get my hands on another bottle!

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Photo of rpstevens
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to overlord for the beer. Poured from a bomber into my smuttynose snifter.

The pour is a copper/orange with a healthy glow and a two finger frothy white head. As the head fades it leaves a thick oily lacing.

The smell is strong grapefruit with some subtle notes of pine hop. No malt in the scent what-so-ever (very welcome).

The taste is just like the smell, bitter, citrus (almost sweet) hops. The pine is there to balance out all the grapefruit but I don't really taste any malt. The hops are almost sticky and resinous.

The mouthfeel is lighter than expected based on the abv. The bitterness dries out the mouth and leaves behind a sweet, citrusy, juicy feel. The alcohol is barely present making the beer dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of thedoubler55
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice golden orange color that is transparent, a nice finger of off white head at the top and some good sticky lacing to accompany this nice looking beer.

S : The nose on this one is very sweet, grapefruit, pineapple, oranges some honey and biscuit notes as well.

T:From start to finish this brew tastes great, lots of fruit up front pineapple, mango, lemon, and finishes off with some nice grapefruit and biscuit malts.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A smooth and dry finish.

D: A great tasting beer, lots of freshness. I enjoyed this brew very much, smooth and easy to drink.

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

Appears lightly hazy orange/yellow. Nice light tan head.
Smell is nice with a great hop nose...grapefruit and a deep malt sweetness.
Taste is a wonderful mingling of hops and deep rich malt. Caramel. Nice balance.
Mouthfeel is super smooth. The carbonation is fine in structure. Medium bodied.
Nice DIPA I think my bottle had a touch of age on it and it drank wonderfully.

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Photo of Gyle41386
4.33/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip.

Pours a brilliant orange color with about two fingers of head. Foam retains pretty well, and leaves behind sheets of lacing. Steady streams of bubbles rise to the top.

Bitter citrus aroma. I can smell a bit of pine in there, but it mostly smells like assorted citrus peels.

The first word I can think of to describe Dorado's flavor is big. Each flavor component is huge in this beer. Bushels of citrus fruits up front transition to a piney bitter finish, all of this resting on top of a monstrous malt backbone. Dorado is a huge DIPA without being overly bitter, which is impressive.

Medium-full body. Somewhat prickly carbonation, but still a smooth drinker. Not quite as hefty as a lot of DIPA's I've had lately, but it's still got a soft, plush texture. Never noticed any alcohol, but, to be fair, the glass was drained fairly quickly. Drinkability is very high.

Having had Sculpin first, it was hard for me to keep myself from forming an opinion about Dorado before even opening it. On one hand, I was excited about having a DIPA from Ballast Point, and was also excited that my friends at Green's had some bottles at their store. On the other hand, I was already expecting to be let down, because I couldn't imagine many beers stacking up to Sculpin. In the end, I was quite pleased with Dorado. It may not be Sculpin, but it's still damn good.

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Photo of mooseo
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22oz bomber into tulip.

A - Orange-amber with a small bubbly white head.

S - Lots of tropical fruit, fresh grapefruit, mango, caramel, and a hint of pine. Overall aroma strength is light, but pleasant.

T - Fresh juicy tropical fruit and piney hops dominate throughout. Delicious. A mild earthy hop bitterness hits immediately and slowly tapers off. A slightly sweet caramel malt backbone keeps things in check. Grainy, bready malts and citrus hops linger on the tongue. Alcohol is hard to detect here.

M - Smooth, creamy, slick. Medium-full bodied, crisp, mildly carbonated. Slight warming alcohol.

O - A double IPA done right. I'm amazed at how well the alcohol is masked, it drinks way too easy for a ten percent beer. A real treat for any hop head.

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Photo of leantom
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm trying to rate this without keeping the price in time. IMO, this beer is way, way too expensive for what you get in return. While it was still good, I'd take a Sculpin over this any day of the week. With that said, here goes:

A: Very nice. Clear orange with a great head that lingers. Also leaves sufficient lacing. Carbonation could be improved, however.

S: Lots of grapefruit, pine and caramel malt. Big emphasis on the grapefruit, however.

T: Initial taste of pine followed by heaps of grapefruit and sweet caramel malt. The grapefruit is probably the most prevalent of the flavors, as it lingers on the palate long after consumption.

F: Thick and sticky. Good.

O: A good beer, but I don't think it justified the price tag.

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Photo of badbeer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apricot color, creamy white head with great retention and lacing. Apricot, mango, honeydew, cantoulope, tons of melon. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, a touch of orange, and resin; a beautiful blend of citrus and melons. Somewhat high carbonation and medium bodied. When fresh, this is an outstanding beer.

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Photo of Sarlacc83
3.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Drink 09/09/13 dating.

A: Semi-translucent burnished orange with a steady white head. Plenty of bubbles rising through this one.

N: Pineapple, tangerine in syrup, some earth and pine. None of these elements is in heavy supply, unfortunately. Hops are more floral and herbaceous - there's some lavendar here and some black peppercorn.

T: Sharply bitter with a biscuity non-sweet malt to prop it up. Probably one of the more bitter DIPAs out there.

M: Very resinous and very, very dry. Lots of alcohol reaching throughout this one.

O: Definitely a beer for people who are searching for the biggest and the most bitter. It's a well done beer, but it's not really for me.

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Photo of McStagger
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Big brawny, hazy orange. Finger and a half off white head. Fairly rocky, creamy loooking head. Mix of small and large bubbles. Retention is minimal, leaving a sticky foam coap. Lacing is moderate. Carbonation is minimal. Tons of tiny little particulants in this one. Can't tell if it's all the hops dropping out of solution of bottle conditioned yeasties. Looks decent.

S: Big aromatic notes. Lots of seeded tropical fruit. Pineapple, some mango spiciness. Malts are equally expressed, with big honey graham and bready sweetness. Some alcohol. Smells like quite a large IPA.

T: Tastes the part, too. First thing noticed is that this one drinks fairly warm. It's hard to tell where the tropical spiciness ends and the alcohol begins, but there is a warm sensation going down. Big juicy hop sweetness jumps out of the gate. This is predominately pineapple juice. Splashes of other fruitiness in there as well. Takes a bitter edge, with grapefruit peel and some pine flexing through. However, the malt counters this and gives a hint of breadiness before being taken over by those soapy tropical flavors. Gotterdammerung and Fathom IPL had similar flavor profiles.

M: As said, this one does drink a bit warm. Carbonation is pretty subtle here. Maybe slightly slick, but only ever so slightly. Not nearly as slick as the high abv IPA's can be.

O: Good IPA. The spiciness threw me off a bit and I feel the alcohol could be more hidden, but the flavors are intense without being overly bitter.

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Photo of chanokokoro
4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into an unbranded short stemmed tulip/snifter

Pours golden amber with a one and half finger fluffy white head; great retention with fairly evident splotchy lacing. Balanced citrus aroma. Mandarin orange, lemon peel, and lime on the nose. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, lime, hints of sweet caramel malt. Finishes dry with lime and lime peel bitterness. Full bodied slick, smooth with moderate carbonation. A very balanced and enjoyable DIPA. There is plenty here to satisfy any hophead, yet the drinkability of this brew will be appreciated by a wider variety of beer drinkers.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bad boy will keep you warm on a cold winters night. Bold, in your face, palate shredding hops, malty and boozy. Tons of sweet floral, pine, and hints of citrus on the nose and taste buds. Not bad, but nowhere near the best from Ballast Point.

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Photo of MadCat
4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Nice orangey yellow color with a fluffy white head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, lime, and tropical fruits in the nose

Taste: Sharp hop bitterness, nice grapefruit, orange, and lime flavors, with a little shortbread in the background, bitter dry finish

Mouthfeel: Smooth medium body, good carbonation

Overall: An excellent DIPA, if you love Big Eye and Sculpin you'll love this. Ballast Point makes some fantastic brews.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a fairly clear, golden bronze color. Nice medium bubble action. Minimal head.
Smells of all the hoppy fruity goodness you can want in a DIPA. A bit of sweat and spice too.
The taste is whoa!! So bitter and hop- forward! Much tingly pine and some resin. Pepper is there. Great even though the alcohol is well detectable in this one. The spiciness of the hops was blended very well with the malt and there's an earthy dry, warming finish. Astringent yet it all works for me.  

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