Dorado Double IPA | Ballast Point Brewing Company

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Dorado Double IPADorado Double IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

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Reviews:
666
Ratings:
2,821
Avg:
4.12
pDev:
20.15%
 
 
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Photo of Halcyondays
3.88/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hollingshead's Delicatessen in Orange, CA,

A: Pours a medium amber, with a thick, off-white head, straight from the tap, a lot of foam.

S: Hoppy, nice-smelling, but nothing outstanding, a lot of tropical fruits and pine.

T: The first thing that hits you is the amount of pineapple in this brew, very different, but pleasant in a Double IPA. A bit of malt hits you at the end and as the beer warms up, but that unique pineapple flavour is what I remember.

M: Chewy and resiny, but quite refreshing for a big beer, no qualms about the quality in this one, the flavour stays on your tongue for a long time.

D: A good Double IPA, easy to drink off the tap, I enjoyed it, would order again.

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Photo of biegaman
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

'Dorado' is right - Fort Knox must be empty because here’s where all the gold’s at. This Double IPA brims with yellow and tarnished golden tones. It is clear but lightly freckled with little dots (not yeast sediment, the bottom of the bottle's clean; my guess is coagulated proteins). The head is moderate but its lacing makes the glass look like a foamy coral reef.

The beer smells like a fruit stand, more specifically one from the southern hemisphere. It brims with fresh-cut papaya, grapefruit, tangerine, and a tinge of guava. The nose is citric and tropical, a model example for the style. Of course, there's a good deal of bready maltiness too, but it's entirely saturated in those resinous hop oils.

The flavour balances citric hops and biscuity malts in such a way you'd think it was brewed by an arbitrator. There's gooseberries, clementines, grapefruit but also toffee brittle and honeyed-nuts - like someone set up a bakery in the jungle. Wholesome and hoppy.

The abundance of sweet, bready maltiness is evidence that this sample isn't the freshest (though it's still 2 months from the brewery's suggested 'best before'); still, the citrus oils are present on every sip. Their acidity is not only refreshing but also helps disguise the alcohol.

I'm hard-pressed to think of another brewery that offers a more impressive trio of hop bombs - Ballast Point's Sculpin, Big Eye, and Dorado are among the best IPAs you'll find in the country. This is a brewery that not only gets the need for character, but also the importance of balance. Everything this brewer touches turns to gold - Dorado (obviously) included.

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Photo of Zorro
4.87/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

There is a hell of a big wad of sediment in the bottom of this bottle so I pour this very carefully.

I am rewarded with a Dreadnaught clone; hazy peachy amber colored beer with a good white head.

Smell is as I hoped; in fact an enormous and complex bouquet of hop aromas. Scents of pine, pineapple, guava, menthol, eucalyptus, willow tree, citrus, peaches and 10 other things I can't name. The scent is among the top three Mega IPA beers.

Taste begins sweet and fruity with a giant taste of guava and melon in the first sip; there is a pleasant lingering slightly green banana aftertaste to this. Big tropical fruit flavors just jump out at you from this just like the two big Russian River Beers and the Three Floyds Dreadnaught. The traditional big hop tastes of pine and grapefruit are minimized in this beer and allow every other flavor that hops can be to really shine. A truly superior Super IPA class beer.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is get you in "big trouble easy" drinkable. TASTY is the only word that applies here and this is just about liquid hop sex in a bottle. This is in the same class as the top three Super IPAs in the world and might just be the best.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 9/16/13, so I'm getting in right under the wire!

Appearance: light orange hue with a moderate haze and a light effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam with an orange cast to it. Attractive.

Smell: sweet and malty with a bright, fruity and citrusy hop character. Nicely appealing!

Taste: sweet at first with the grapefruity hops coming in first; this then morphs into a massive herbal, earthy and somewhat raspy bitterness. I like the juxtaposition of characteristics; this is what big beers should be about.

Mouthfeel: big body with a nicely-integrated carbonation. I like the creaminess here, especially for the style.

Overall: a tasty brew, though perhaps a bit strong for a really drinkable beer. I really do like the range of flavors and dynamic palate.

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Photo of John_M
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Many thanks to Dyan for sharing this beer with me the other night.

The beer pours a peachy orange color with good head retention and lacing. This beer has a nice citrusy nose, with gobs of grapefruit, lime and pepper. The beer smells very much like what it is; that is a West Coast all the way IPA/DIPA. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely, but with a wonderful, pronounced hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and the beer finishes with some surprising crispness, considering the abv. Drinkability is remarkable in this 9.6% alcohol DIPA, something I attribute to this beers balance and relatively low malt bill. Everything dovetails with a long, orange, citrusy finish, and with alcohol that is barely noticeable. Simply stated, this beer is just delicious.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is exactly what I'm looking for when I want a nice, hoppy west coast dipa. A treat. Pours a hazy dark golden with an offwhite pancake head. Good lacing. The aroma is lightly fruity with some apricot and a very lightly bitter smells. The taste has deep layered hop flavors with a solid malt background. A hop attack of pine, grapefruit, and spice. Fantastic! The mouthfeel is slightly grainy, but substantial and a great platform for all the hops. The alcohol is well hidden. Great drinkability, would be perfect if it were slightly lighter in body.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4/7/2011

Fresh batch put on today at Old Grove in a pint glass.

A: Transparent yellow gold with a frothy white cap. Nice retention and lots of scattered lacing.

S: Blast of tropical character: mango, papaya, passion fruit. Notes of honeydew melon are evident, accompanied by grass and pine. I also detect big grapefruit notes, as well as orange and a little stone fruit. The hops are bright and really expressive. A little sugary caramel is buried beneath the hops.

T: Lightly sweet up front, with a moderate bitterness overshadowed by a massive hop cornucopia. Once again there are strong notes of mango and papaya. There's some candied sweetness midpalate with faint notes of caramel. Orange, grapefruit, peach, and pine are evident throughout. Alcohol is noticeable but not offensive.

M: Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel is dry, sticky, and smooth.

Overall: An exceptional batch of an exceptional beer. One of the best in the style.

*edit* I had another glass of this new batch on tap at Churchill's a couple weeks later and it was awful, like D+ awful: cloying, medicinal, and face melting booze. I'm not sure what's going on with this batch. I didn't take notes but I could hardly finish my glass. This review is from the keg I had the first day they tapped it at Old Grove which was awesome.

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Photo of weeare138
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from TJ's 7th Anniversary...
Appears a transparent light gold with a small white cap that quickly fades into a small cap and heavy collar. Lots of CO2 pumping up to the top of the rim. Scattered streaks of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of heavy citrus, sugary malt, herbs, and cut wood.
Taste is of the aromas with some pine sap and two-row malt keeping the hops in check.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, smooth, chewy, and warming.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22oz bomber purchased in California and brought back to Sydney, where I shared it with Rich and Sam.

Pours a rather clear orange colour, with a solid weight to the body. Head is somewhere between white and off-white, which is probably getting too specific, but full and foamy, leaving some sheeting, intricate lace as it goes down. Carbonation is very fine. Looks good.

Nose is spicy with orange pith dominant mellowed by a rounded barley sugar character. Slight peppery tones come through as well, creating a little crispness. It's not a particularly dynamic nose, but it's certainly very pleasant.

Light entry on the palate with some spicy citrus coming through, leading towards a greener, slightly more herbal bitterness through the centre. This is rounded off again by that sweet barley sugar maltiness towards the back, helping it stay balanced. It's rather clean all up, helped by a peppery bitterness which punctuates the ending. Everything is held in check nicely.

Feel is full, but with a pleasant lightness. It works well.

It's extremely balanced for a DIPA, and as a result it's a lot more drinkable. I certainly enjoyed this a great deal.

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Photo of corby112
4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly cloudy, golden amber/orange color with a two finger, frothy white head that slowly settles into a thick, lasting cap. Chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Dank, uber-fresh hop aroma with lots of earhy pine and sweet fruit notes along with subtle malt presence. The smell of hops fill up the room once I removed the cap. Pine needle and buds along with tropical/citrus notes and biscuity malt.

Chewy full body with a blast of dry, earthy bitterness that is excellently countered by sweet tropical and citrus fruit notes along with a pale malt backbone. Sticky, dry pine needle followed by hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruitand orange peel. Biscuity malt backbone provides subtle balance without taking away from the hops at all. The ABV is noticeable with subtle heat in the finish but it's really well masked considering the strength. Just an outstanding hop bomb of a beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.54/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on August 20, 2015

I love the way it looks with its deep copper-amber pour and modest cream-colored head that lingers an laces.

I expected hops on the nose and I got them. Brilliant citrus, grapefruit, pine, and tropical esters. Low malt profile. For a 10% ABV beer - no alcohol within smelling distance.

Medium but smooth mouthfeel.

The taste explodes with hop bitterness and a moderate to slight toasted malt character. If you like hops - you got hops. No booze. I see why this gets such high ratings but I still like to have a better malt profile with my hops than I got here.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.74/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a light gold color with a small white head. Nose is wham. Hops and lots of it. Citrus, floral and pine notes. Taste is GREAT. Big citrus, lots of flavor, pine and everything. It was medium bodied and it was so tasty it went down to easy. This IIPA is so hop froward but not obnoxiously as it kept it taste well, well balanced. ABV is well hidden and this beer was a treat to drink for sure and perhaps one if the best IIPA I have ever had.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.76/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Bright orange when backlighted has a slow steady rise of medium carbonation bubbles. The head is frumpy like oatmeal, with a eggshell tint to it. Size was a finger, retention was good, while the lacing provided a spongey film lacing of generous coverage. Good start.

S: Citrus, pale grains, not much here strength wise. One good thing is the ease up of speciality grains, an aspect i feel overplayed, especially for a style that is intended to be pale. Still comes up short for me.

T: Spicy bite of flowery dry grapefruit hops, some brief flashes of grain sweetness sneaks in early as well a spicy character. Strong level of bitterness, enought to satisify by double standard. Some dry lemons and just a hint of dry lime mixes with a woodys pine finish. Complexity is moderate, just a wallop of ibus is all that is needed carrying much of the weight here.

M: Frothy creamy, medium body, dry and bitter grapefruit.

O: Overall strongly hopped though limited complexity wise. A weak nose is the only fall off here. Nice spicy bite, good try.

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Photo of akorsak
4.47/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber from a trade with boolshot.

A: The DIPA is a brilliant amber orange color that showcases a thick billowy head that laces extensively in the glass.

S: The ale has a crisp hoppy aroma, thick with piney and citrusy oils. This is the type of beer that you could sit and sniff for several hours.

T: The body of the ale screams hops. The oily thick vine resonates through the ale, providing s a strong piney resin element that outshines all other varietals. As the pine subsides, some apricot and tangerine citrus elements emerge, sustaining an entirely different component of the ale.

M: The mouthfeel is thick and juicy hops, flavorful without dulling the tastebuds.

D: This is an excellent, well-balanced DIPA, showcasing a strong hop body that never overwhelms the mouth. I really enjoy the piney finish, it nicely sums up the ale.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with two finger head and an aroma that is primarily citric but has touches of grapefruit sweetness. Smooth, crisp thanks to large citric hop bite and balance is present from a little bit of grapefruit (not tangerine) and possible caramel notes. Solid, typical hop heavy DIPA that is easy to drink and worth trying.

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Photo of dar482
3.68/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a hazy dark amber color.

The beer is resinous and harsh drinking. Mountains of huge sweet malt and caramel sweetness. The finish goes on with sticky resin, pine, and bitterness.

It surprisingly does not drink as high as 10%, but it is still a messy, sweet, and dank brew.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.38/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got this botle in a trade with Wasatch. Thanks John!

I'm always looking for tasty DIPAs so here goes:

It pours from 22oz bottle a cloudy orange with a beautiful 2 finger head of foam and lots of sticky lacing.

The smell is nice. Caramel malt is the first thing I notice but there's a heaping helping of hops as well, both citrus and floral. I get some other fruit as well.

The taste initially has the hoppy goodness hit my taste buds but that's quickly overtaken by the malt and..it's on the sweet side overall but not to the point of being sickenly sweet. A few more sips in and I'm starting to notice the abv a bit but it *only* shows up for me long after the swalllow which is my preference for higher alcohol content brews. The mouthfeel is pretty silky smooth and it finishes on a sweet malty note.

Bottom line: Hey, this is a very nice DIPA that definitely leans toward the malt(a Malt Monster?) and I'm down with that. If I feel like having a hoppier example, there are plenty around to be had.(not where I live, mind you. ;^)

I defintely give it a thumbs up when it comes to "would I drink this again".

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Photo of pat61
4.75/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Popping the cap releases a burst of citrusy, grassy hops over a rich malt backbone. Pours brilliant copper tinted amber under a 2" finely bubbled wedding gown white foam cap. On the tongue the malt backbone provides a pallete for the rich expression of hops with citrus, herbal (mint, pine) flavor notes punctuated by an intense lingering grapefruit ring hop bitterness. Malt, alcohol and yeast notes mellow the hops. A medium very fine soft carbonation supports an exceptionally creamy mouthfeel and gives the body some heft. Its warming and a touch of alcohol heat helps balance the hops.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.73/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a mostly clear dull amber/orange. Head is white and frothy. Head is smaller. It leaves a bunch of lacing however. Passes the checklist for a DIPA.

S-Loaded with candied-citrus fruit aromas. Candied oranges and apricots. A solid dosage of pine. Plenty of caramel malt backing. This specific hop aroma and flavor has never been my favorite. I prefer the ripe tropicals of their Sculpin over this.

T-This beer is very balanced with a strange medicinal or herbal hop finish. Almost a eucalyptus finish via the hops. Menthol-esque hop flavor. Candied fruit hops for days. Malt is robust. Caramel and liqueur-dipped bread.

M-Full bodied. Booze is noticeable. Bitterness and dryness are intense. Creamy from the malts and resinous from the hops. Sip by sip, not gulp by gulp.

O/D-Not what I was expecting, and it is by no means in the same category as Sculpin, but it's definitely pretty unique. 'Menthol hops' have been added to my reviewing acumen after tasting this beer. Not my style of DIPA; too malty and I don't love the hop profile. I respect the brew for what it is. It isn't my style, but I can see why it is so highly regarded. Still, I am so happy to have tried Dorado.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is resiny and citrusy, with substantial caramel malt sweetness. Notes of tropical fruit emerge late.

Flavor is more resiny and bitter than expected, with a finish that makes me think of what it'd be like to eat a fistful of grass. Citrus is muted. Really wish there were sharper fruit notes and more sweetness.

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Photo of DrJay
4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in as an extra in a recent trade with Solomon420. Thanks Damian!

Slightly hazy orange colour with a full beige cap of fine bubbles. Thick solid lacing and great head retention. Rich caramel and malt aroma with plenty of hops to back it up, citrus and pine - gotta love the west coast. Additional fruity notes too, tangerine and tropical, a little mango. Great balance of flavours - solid bitterness without going over the top, malty backbone with caramel notes that isn't overly sweet, and hop flavour (mostly citrus) that doesn't overpower. There's some additional fruit character and a bit of alcohol at the finish too. Great stuff. Bitterness and malt linger. Medium, nearly full, body with average carbonation that was integrated nicely into the texture. Highly drinkable for a DIPA, with very mild alcohol warmth. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Label says Enjoy By 08/18/13

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before slowly retreating to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Hoppy aroma with a strong malt backbone and lots of sweetness. Notes of caramel, pine and some alcohol fume.

T- Flavor is more citrusy with the hop attack. Zesty and vibrant but very smooth as the alcohol is quite subdued. Notes of wet grass, lemon and grapefruit zest.

M- Has a lot of zing and prickle with medium carbonation and a moderate body. Oily afterfeel.

O- For the ABV, this is one hell of an IPA. Equally as good as Sculpin IMO.

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Photo of bark
3.14/5  rDev -23.8%
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 avalon07
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a growler to a tulip glass. Had a yellowish-orange color and a clear consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, long-lasting head and very good lacing.

S: A big citrusy, hoppy aroma.

T: This beer has a big, big flavor. Lots of citrus - pineapple, orange, pretty much all of them - as well as a giant floral hops presence. Very complex and tasty.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Drinkable, but pretty heavy. Not for novices.

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Photo of Brad007
3.31/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold with a huge white head into my glass. I didn't realize that Ballast Point had something stronger than Sculpin.

Piney hops followed by a strong alcohol bite. I can also detect some citrus. Seems like a "top-heavy" kind of DIPA. I can get down with that.

A slight citrus edge is also present upfront. It definitely has that unmistakable west coast style. to it.

Woo, that alcohol burn is something else. It overshadows the hops on the tongue.

Nah. I'll take the Sculpin over this anyday.

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