Sunday, July 12, 2015

Ballast Point Dorado

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1396) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 12, 2015
I have a feeling many beer drinkers will find Ballast Point Dorado to be reminiscent of other San Diego DIPAs they’ve had over the years, I know I did. Not that that’s necessarily a criticism (or a compliment) – just an observation. Big citrus and tropical fruit aroma and flavor with an equally hefty body and mouthfeel. It’s very good even if it’s been done before.

I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 2/11/15 and cost $3.85 ($0.32 per ounce).

Appearance: Bright, pumpkin skin orange hue. Body is translucent, though there’s no individual particulates visible. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains beautifully.

Smell: Surprisingly sweet with a scent akin to candy or sugary cereal. Citrus juice concentrate and flowers are prominent as well (as is some alcohol).

Taste: This is full-bodied beer in all aspects. There’s a constant combination of rich malty sweetness and dank hop flavor and bitterness. The malt base is reminiscent of a very strong amber ale but without any toasted malt character or perhaps a really strong English ale as there’s a slight orange marmalade component. The brewery’s website indicates a bitterness rating of 90 IBUs, but it is not especially bitter because it is so well balanced. These hops are more for flavor and aroma, though there is a strong bitter sensation right on the finish. The alcohol is noticeable, but not distracting and seems to accentuate the sweet side of the palette by creating for a light vanilla flavor.

Drinkability: Weighing in at 10% ABV, Ballast Point Dorado is a big beer by any measurement. Thankfully, it doesn’t have the intimidation factor a beer of that magnitude usually incurs. The mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and a little cloying in the aftertaste as these hops linger and dry out the tongue. It is comfortable in the mouth and down the gullet despite a warming sensation from the alcohol. One serving is plenty satisfying.

Score: 8/10

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