Beer Type: Double IPA ABV: 10% IBUs: 90 Tried from bottle.
Their Description: “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, award-winning beer that’s as beautifully balanced as it is big.”
The Reality: The two most important statements that they make about their beer is “amazingly drinkable” and “beautifully balanced”, because I found both of those things to be true. It definitely has a bright hoppy aroma and a deep color. The initial taste is actually a mild floral honey sweetness that quickly shifts to bold hop flavor with hints of grapefruit pith. The bitter hop aftertaste stays on your tongue for a bit, but is not unpleasant. They spend a ton of time in their description talking about hops, hops, hops, but there is so much more to this beer than hops and that’s a good thing.
Final Verdict: There is a trend in the U.S. for brewers to push “massively hopped” IPAs, double IPAs and even Triple/Imperial IPAs. A lot of those beers just end up tasting like a pine cone that was soaked in cheap gin. The race to put the most hops in a beer doesn’t always result in a quality product, so I wish Ballast Point didn’t market this beer that way, because it is really good and one of the best double IPAs I’ve had in recent memory. It’s not great because someone injected it with Hoproids, it’s great because of the balance and drinkability that it has considering the huge amount of hops and the 10% ABV. Not long ago I reviewed Ballast Point’s Grapefruit Sculpin, which is a decent beer, but this is a superior beer, worthy of a spot in your fridge. The Spanish word Dorado translates to “golden”, and this beer could end up being the golden child of Ballast Point’s lineup.