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
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
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