Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

2,908 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by drewbage on 06-14-2003

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Poured into a snifter. Sunset orange with a thick off-white head. Lots of lacing on the glass. Beautiful clarity.

S: Citrus aroma dominated by grapefruit and a hint of sweet alcohol hiding back there.

T: Juicy like its little brother Sculpin, but less of that beers tropical fruits and more grapefruit rind, orange pith, with a hint of mint and pine. The malts come through on the tongue as a candied orange. The 10% ABV is mostly hidden, but there's a slight sweetness and warmth to the alcohol presence that makes this a nice DIPA for a brisk evening. Hop bitterness lingers on the tongue forever, but it's thankfully not a total palate wrecking experience.

F: Medium-thick body, chewy and sticky.

O: At $13.99 for a six-pack, this is a pretty great bargain for a DIPA. It may not be in my rotation as much as Sculpin or Victory at Sea, but it'll be a beer I seek out when craving a DIPA. Ballast Point simply does not disappoint.

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Photo of newbeeraday
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sgttibbs
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. On draft. Pours a light orange with a thick white head. Aroma of hops oils, citrus, and grapefruit. Flavor is sweet and malty with lots of citrus and grapefruit. It is rather heavy, as is expected with the 9.6% abv, but otherwise very nice.

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Photo of baklo
4.75/5  rDev +15.6%

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

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

The beer pours a decent white and creamy head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a clear medium amber.

The beer smell has a nice hoppy note with a bit of a tropical theme to it. The beer smell also has a strong sweet almost bubble gum note to counteract the hop smell. The hop note consists of a strong grapefruit smell with a little bit of pine. The malt smell is sweet and prevents the hops from becoming too dominate.

The beer taste is fairly simple, yet complex. The taste starts off with a bitter grapefruit taste and a sweet malt taste. The beer taste changes to a more citrus and pine resin flavor with less of a malt sweetness. Generally, the taste is fairly hop strong and forward with a malt backbone to keep it from becoming too hoppy but no enough to make it balanced. Occasionally, the taste also has a mango (or at least a tropical fruit) aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is heavy bodied with biting carbonation. The texture is fairly smooth. A pretty good feel. Not too think and smooth enough to drink,

Overall, a very good DIPA and worth shanking the guy in front of you for. The hoppiness is strong enough for a DIPA and there is enough of a sweet malt backbone to keep it from being too hoppy.

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Photo of strongaf
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Kmlund
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of SonictheBeerhog
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

A: Copper with a light haze and lots of tiny particles floating in it. Virtually no visible carbonation, and 5 fingers of of beige tinged foamy head. It fades fairly fast.

S: Pine, citrus, caramel, honey, candied orange, spicy red pepper heat. Light onion, garlic scent.

T: Caramel, orange, pine, a bitterness that starts of light then comes in slowly with a numbing tingling quality on the tongue. Sichuan spice lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium light body, fine light bubbly carbonation. Feels light on the tongue and hides the alcohol well.

O: Really well done brew which hides the alcohol, light feeling for a double IPA, well done well rounded beer. 9 from me. Drank in Tallahassee, FL July 22nd after a long drive from Tampa.

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Photo of hopdog
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap.

Poured a medium amber/orange color with large sized tan head. Aromas and tastes of citrus (grapefruit) and floral. Sweet tasting with a light bitter finish. Alcohol well hidden.

22oz bottle. Orange peel. Citrus. Sugary sweet. Very sweet but not cloying.

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Photo of Falcone
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of MattXT
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.76/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Type: 12-oz. draft
Glass: Tulip
From: KnB Wine Cellars in Del Cerro (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $5.00 (Wednesday deal)
Purchased: Aug. 7, 2013
Consumed: Aug. 7, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured an orange color with two fingers of frothy off-white head when I got it. Very good amount of even layered lacing. Above average retention.

Smelled orange, caramel, resin hops, citrus hops, light floral hops, skunkiness and some grapefruit.

Tasted smoother than the smell. Got tangerine, orange rind and caramel malts.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Long, smooth, warming finish.

A good IIPA, but not quite terrific. Would definitely have it again though.

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

Photo of 57md
3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a clear light copper color with a thin layer of head that dissipated almost immediately. The nose is certainly hoppy. The flavor is dominated by the hop profile except for a touch of citrus that pokes through the hops. This is certainly a fine offering, but it pales in comparison to Sculpin.

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Photo of jak
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of cbcrunch
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ummswimmin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I used to live down the street from the Ballast Point home brewer store. I would appreciate the amazing beer I could get in a growler there. I was happy to see their beers distributed to New Jersey.

I poured the Dorado into a stemmed chalice glass. There wasn't as much foam as I would have expected. The coloring and haziness were as I would expect from a DIPA.

It shouldn't be a shock that an IPA out of San Diego will have a very good nose, or a great flavor to it. There is a lot of citrus here. You get the expected bitterness on the end, but it is worth it for the hop bomb presence.

This is a really good DIPA. Much props to Ballast Point.

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

Photo of jpuetz
3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

This pours a golden amber in color with a thin layer of foaming on top. I get a piney aroma to it up front, followed by a touch of orange peel and a puff of caramel. The flavor is intensely piney with some orange peel citrus character and a resiny sweetness. I found it malty and somewhat bready, achieving a nice balance.

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Photo of brpendergast85
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of Flounder57
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle was poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Spotty lacing on the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Caramel, grapefruit, candied oranges, a little booze, and pine.

Taste: Candied orange, grapefruit, and tangerine up front followed by caramel maltiness, pine, alcohol, and tingling bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, some tingling bitterness, medium bodied, a little booze, and medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid double IPA that is traditional with west coast offerings. I don't have much left of distributed beers from these in Boston. One more style and I might have to make a road trip after that.

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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,908 ratings.
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