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

Pours a clear copper into a snifter. Held up to light, orange hues highlight the edges of the effervescent liquid as tiny bubbles racing upwards through the beer add to the already impressive and frothy inch and a half of head that sit coolly atop medium-thick body. The lacing is above-average, and provides a nice pattern as I imbibe.

The nose on this one is what one would expect from a big west coast DIPA. Oodles of grapefruit hops spring into my nostrils as I bury my nose deep below the rim of the glass. The use of big bittering hops is evident by the ample bite of hop bitterness. Lemon zest floats through the air to round out the aroma.

The taste follows the smell nicely. Grapefruit and citrus hops are the dominant flavor initially. However, as the beer moves over the tongue, more piney hops come to the forefront of the flavor, providing a characteristic flavor that was not hinted at in the nose. The bitterness is somewhat lower than I expected, especially after the biting aroma. Orange and lemon zest squeeze their way in, just to add to the citrus party. Not even a hint of the alcohol warmth that one might expect from a beer this big, but it would still be a nice one for a cold rainy day.

The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. The malt backbone in this beer is barely evident and provides only a touch of caramel instead of the resinous malty stickiness that some DIPAs have (and this one might have if let sit...luckily this is perfectly fresh). As mentioned before, the lack of evidence of any alcohol makes this one dangerously drinkable. The balance...or lack thereof...makes this a dream for a big hop head.

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Photo of gr0g
4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale amber, high clarity save for a bit of haze. Good head retention and lacing. Pungently hoppy aroma -- strong pine and grapefruit notes, with some ripe pineapple thrown in for good measure. The aroma also strongly suggests of ripe, dried tropical fruit.

Sweet, malt-forward flavor profile, but still plenty of hop character. Sugary sweetness is apparent and becomes more noticeable as the beer comes up to temperature. Hop flavors and bitterness are formidable but don't quite overpower the malt sugars as they should in an IPA. A resiny note actually compliments the sweetness pretty well.

While a very good DIPA, the scales are tipped a bit too far towards the sweet end. Dorado is good, but Sculpin is a much better, much more balanced IPA.

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Photo of andrewjraab
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
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 JackieKu
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle.

A: Hazy amber. Poured 4 fingers high head with moderate retention.
S: Tropical fruits and honey.
T: Intense hops characters: citrus and high bitterness. Semi-sweet to sweet. Toasted malty. Somewhat peppery. Finished dry and bitter.
M: Full bodied.
O: Strong yet balanced.

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Photo of Ineedabeerhere
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as an extra in an awesome trade with MiScusi. (How did he know I would be craving a nice DIPA tonight?)

Initially, This reminded me a lot of DFH's 90 min IPA. Similar color, but if you did a side by side, this would come out a little darker and cloudier. I poured the 22oz into my dogfish snifter, ironically.

Its a great DIPA, the perfect hop profile as far as Im concerned, and close to as good drinkability as you find within the style. I had this with some buffalo chicken, and it was perfect to cut the spiciness. Im really enjoying it, and would suggest it to DIPA lovers. This was my first offering by Ballast Point, and Im anxious to try their other brews.

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Photo of pnelting
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 oz. bottle with a date of 15010. Clear Amber color with a full off white head and plenty of sticky lacing.
S: Lots of hops and citrus. Really fragrant beer.
T: Full of flavor. Grapefruit and pine bitterness and just enough malt to keep it from becoming too hoppy.
M: Medium to heavy feel with a little sting. Slight stickiness in the palate.
O: This is a big flavorful beer that did not disappoint.

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Photo of mjl21
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into a snifter. No bottling info is given but this was purchased the first day Ledger's had it in stock. Abv comes in at 9.1%.

A-A very clear orangish amber with minimal head. The head forms a bubbly ring on one side of the glass and forms a few bubbly islands in the middle. Nice lace is left in the glass.

S-Great WC nose with the usual aromas associated with the style. Lots of pine, pineapple, and grapefruit.

T-Pine and pineapple come fast. There is some caramel malt midway but it gives in to grapfruit bitterness. In between sips I pick up on some orange zest. I would not consider this one to be boozy, but the alcohol is definitely detected drying out my tongue.

M-Medium bodied with a comfortable level of carbonation. Lots of pine resin coats the mouth.

D-Great for a 9.1% beer. Not overly filling.

Glad to see BP has brought this back up to Northern California. It is still as good as it was when I tried it well over a year ago. I still prefer its lighter brother Sculpin, but the other bottle in my fridge won't last long.

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Photo of mothmanscott
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an almost clear deep gold producing 2+ fingers of slightly of eggshell white, moderately lasting, frothy head that leaves a sticky coating of streaky, webby lace. Aroma is a balance of grapefruit & tropical fruit hops mixed with sweet caramel malt in background hints of honey & resinous pine. Taste is fronted by sweet caramel malt, orange, grapefruit & pineapple backed pine needles & resin. Very bitter finish, gravitating to sweet & becoming a balanced bitter/sweet aftertaste which becomes mostly bitter with time. Very balanced for such a hop heavy brew. Mouthfeel is moderate-heavy bodied with moderate carbonation, rich, smooth & a little chewy with a light spicy prickle in the finish & astringency in the aftertaste.

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Photo of seand
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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 treyrab
4/5  rDev -2.7%
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 BradMacMullin
3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
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 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 Everydayoff
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

Mildly hazed amber orange in color, the pour builds up thick creamy white head that withstands with great retention before slowly subsiding to an eternal foamy layer covering atop and leaving some of lacing patch and spot on the glass-side.

The aroma is prominently led by zesty citrus, grapefruit, orange peel, and lime from hop. It also imparts notes of pineapple, tropical fruit, pine, resin, some earthiness, floral, and orange spice. Malt is there too with its biscuit, orange candy, and subtle caramel.

The taste is so intense of rich hoppy goodness providing varieties of flavor ranging from strong piney resin, dank, rich zesty citrus and grapefruit, tropical fruit, pineapple, lime, orange spice, and solid yet persistent bitterness. Malt lays there in the background with its slight sweet, biscuit, and faint caramel. The end is still wrapped up by strong bitterness from hop that is also well lasting in the aftertaste.

Medium body with some bold touch through the palate, smooth mouthfeel, the feeling is crisp and refreshing with lively carbonation to generate well-rounded palate. Finish is very dry and pleasant that quickly leads to the next sip.

This DIPA is big and bold. It is also very well hopped and tasty with no compromise in the quality in term of malt and hop profile. Alcohol is well hidden making it quite drinkable without doubt.

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Photo of TBoneJones
4.44/5  rDev +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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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bomber into a snifter glass.
Pours a medium clear amber with minimal head.
Smell was a bit lacking initially but increased as it warmed up, good hoppiness and alcohol.
Taste was a nice level of bitterness, alcohol forward, but not quite as hoppy citrus as Sculpin.
Mouthfeel was crisp, dry. I enjoyed it.
Overall, a nice double IPA from BP. It's 10% ABV and you can tell. Good bitterness level but could use more dry hopping for increased juiciness.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.48/5  rDev -15.3%
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 mooseo
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
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 theopholis
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
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 +2.9%
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 -1.9%
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 do_ob
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Very clear copper in color - one of those beers you could read a newspaper through. Initially had about 1 finger of white, bubbly foam, which dissolved down into a dense lacing after a couple minutes. Great carbonation. Smells like a big, boozy hop bomb - very sweet, almost cloyingly-so. Notes of ripe tropical fruit, malt, and alcohol dominate the aroma. Medium weight, and creamy in texture with only a little sharpness due to the alcohol. The taste follows the smell for the most part. Sweet booziness, tropical fruit, and lots of hoppy bitterness. Thankfully this one wasn't quite as sweet as the aroma would lead you to believe, but it's up there.

Overall, not bad, but overly-boozy IIPAs are always a let down for me. I love piney, hoppy beers just as much as I love tropical fruit. What I don't love, however, is a beer dominated by it's alcohol profile. A better balance would make this potentially great beer just that.

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Photo of washburnkid
4.48/5  rDev +9%
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 McStagger
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
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 leantom
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
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 ThirstyBird
4.15/5  rDev +1%
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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Dorado Double IPA from Ballast Point Brewing Company
4.11 out of 5 based on 2,880 ratings.
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