Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA

After the other half figured out that she didn’t like her beer, I gave her mine. She drank about a third of it and actually liked it. Let’s see what I thought of it.


ABV: 10%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A huge, hoppy brew that will test your sea legs. Our Dorado Double IPA immediately hooks you with massive hops that never stop. Mash hopping, kettle hopping and dry hopping makes this beer a serious hop lover’s prize catch. It’s an amazingly drinkable, aware-winning beer that’s as beautifully balanced as it is big.”

Random: My legs still hurt from mowing the lawn. At least it should take less time this week.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, white head. It dissipated very slowly and left some pretty lacing on the glass. It had a hazy, orange body with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had some sweet malt to it and then tropical fruit came through with citrus notes, specifically grapefruit. The taste started hoppy with tropical fruit (I specifically picked up mango), and then citrus. Ruby red grapefruit stood out to me. It quickly followed up with a nice dose of sweet malt to balance out the hoppiness. This was a pleasantly bitter beer for the style, but not overwhelmingly so. It also hid the 10% ABV insanely well. The body was thick and chewy body with moderate carbonation, which was perfect for this beer. The finish was long with sweet malt and grapefruit bitterness. This was an outstanding example of the style and I’m kicking myself for not having tried it sooner. I will be having this one again, that’s for sure.

Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0

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