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Review by joe1510 on 11/17/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 0
22oz Bomber

Recieved in trade from the most generous of traders, errantnight. Thanks! Dorado IIPA pours a hazy glowing orange (although I did just recieve in the mail today so it hasn't had a lot of time to settle). A two finger creamy yet craggy slightly off-white head formed on the pour and stays put. Leaves excellent sticky sheet lacing.

Aroma is first and foremost hops, big piney resinous hops. There's solid whiffs of citrus that comes through with each swirl of the glass. Unsweetened grapefruit and mango mostly. I also pick up a touch of aspirin like bitterness. There is a solid sweet caramel malt backbone keeping all those hops in check. Very nice.

Flavor starts with a very big slightly sweet caramel maltiness creating a perfect backdrop for the hoppiness that's surely to come. A great piney hoppiness overshadows the caramel and leads flawlessly into hop resins. Sweetened grapfruit shows itself on the finish and the caramel make its triumphant return. Not near as much bitterness as expected from the aroma and actually the caramel sweetness balances out the hop profile very nicely.

Body is on the medium side leaning slightly towards the heavy. Just enough carbonation to create a airy mouthfeel as this beer hits the palate. If I had to pick a flaw, and this is just me being overly critical, is the body gets a little sticky in the throat as the bottle disappears.

For such a big beer it's pretty easy to put away. The balance helps the drinkability quite a bit keeping both the malt and hops, and there's a lot of them both, in check.

Another great Left Coast IPA. My first sampling from Ballast Point. Surprisingly more balanced than I expected, especially aftertaking a few big whiffs.

Reviewed: 10/13/07

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 08/26/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 7 16 3 7 2009
El Dorado? Pours a clear copper color with a shinny red hue throughout. A soft white head that was quit bubbly. Limited retention and lacing though.

The nose has a noticeable West coast IPA aroma. The hops, to start, have a mixed grassy and citrus aroma. Some herbal and distinct soapy (Dawn soap specifically). Some lighter malt aromas but limited compared to the hops. A muddled texture but some biscuit and light caramel notes. Some noticeable yeast character that is a bit of a distraction. Some fruity notes and a touch of cidery aromas as well.

The taste is a bit more on keel. The hops come out mostly but there is some support from the malt. Mostly a sweeter candy caramel flavor. A bit limited in taste but leaves a sweetness into the finish. The hops come out with more of a muddled flavor but balance well between bitterness and finishing. A good bite but quickly is balanced by a tangerine and citrus mix. This quickly is replaced by a stronger grassy and herbal. Noticeable chalky notes in the finish that are a bit of a deterrent. Some unique salty notes on the back end and finish as well. The yeast is not as bad as the nose indicated but still there. Overall a very nice hop oriented flavor with some minor flaws.

The body is moderate to full with some sweetness in the finish. Would have liked a bit lighter. The carbonation is really light and could have helped with the malt balance, although I did like the bitterness levels. To sum it up a good double ipa, but some salty and chalky notes distract. Also would have liked more complexity in the hops or at least back off on the grassy notes. Still very enjoyable to drink.

Served In: Bottle

Review by Surly Duff on 08/19/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 2009
Thanks Dill for the bottle.

Pours an opaque golden yellow with a finger or so of white head atop. The foam quickly settles and leaves the walls of the glass coated in a nice layer of sticky lacing and a small layer of white covering the top of the brew.

Big fruity hops up front. Lots of beautiful grapefruit and lemon. Touches of orange and nice sticky pine. Good bit of malty sweetness comes through with just a hint of caramel. Touch of toasty grain and biscuit at the end.

Nice malty body with toasty caramel and a nice sweetness. Touch of honey in the mix with the sweetness too. Fruity hops make their appearance next. Grapefruit and then plenty of lemon and a touch of orange peel. Pine comes in at the end and sticks it out through the aftertaste. Just a hint of the alcohol if you really search for it at the end. Touch of bubblegum in the aftertaste also.

Not sure if this bottle was a little old or what but it didn't quite live up to the hype many here give it. Wish we'd start getting it here through a legit channel.

Served In: Snifter

Review by braconid on 07/16/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 9 17 5 9 2009
The beer pours a solid golden color with a one-eighth inch head of large bubbles over top that fades to a full coating over the liquid. The brew is fairly hazy with a few stray bubbles percolating up. This is a good looking brew.

The aroma is deep with a ton of thick caramel malt sweetness with a touch of toasted breadyness. The hop profile is mildly grapefruit citrus, but most of the hop is approaching an earthy quality of a nice aged barelywine. I bet furley would like this one. As it sits and opens up a bit, the grapefruit comes out a little more.

Taking a sip, I find a very strong mirror of the aroma. There is a shadow of a brilliant citrus hop sitting over a thick caramel malt with a ton of sweetness (not cloying). As I swallow the brew, the flavor moves the earthy hop/aged hop flavor, picking a touch of grapefruit on the finish. There is a nice bitterness that lingers on the end, not harsh at all, but very prevalent.

Mouthfeel is very thick with a mild carbonation. It is not slick, but does come across a touch syrupy. It fits the brew very well.

Overall, I think this one is just a tad older than I would want to have consumed it if given the choice. I just purchased it 5 days ago, so I didn't age it on purpose, but I did want to give it a shot even knowing it might have been on the shelves longer than optimal.
That all said, this is still an enjoyable brew. It has no hint of the alcohol and it is highly drinkable. I bet this one shines when fresh, and it is still pretty darn good right now even though it is not at its prime.

Price: $8.50 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by seaoflament on 03/15/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 3 11 18 4 9 2009
*Uploading my old reviews, this one has a review date of: 12-03-07. If I can acquire the beer again I will re-review it*

Pours a golden color with some shades of orange and a dense two inch head. Good head retention and great lacing on the edges of the glass.

Aroma is full of grapefruit and citrus, very sweet citrus aroma, orange, bubblegum, pine, acidic pineapple, mango, and then there are the caramel malts and a few bready notes as well. This is a very appetizing DIPA.

The taste is bitterer than the aroma leads to believe. Bitter grapefruit and ripe orange upfront with some caramel, multi-grain bread, and lots of hop resins.

Mouthfeel is a bit thick but well carbonated, it feels like a big beer. Alcohol is not much of a factor in this one, very well hidden.

A graciously hopped beer, just the way we like em’ here in San Diego. I’m glad I finally got to try this one after sending so many of them in trades.

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lordofthepale on 02/14/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2008
An awesome pour. Thick creamy head that just clung to the glass and sticks better than glue. Great golden body. The smell wasn't as strong as I thought it would be. Still has a good smell. For 9.1%, it has the perfect balance of alc. Its not strong, but enjoyable. Its a great beer, doesn't seem double IPA to me.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by James Kitchens on 01/28/08  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
94 3 12 19 4 9 2008
Color is orange/amber, much less hazy than a couple other DIPAs I've had recently. Smell is all hops. All oily, resin, citrus, pine, grass goodness. It jumps into your nose. Taste is hops bitterness, pine oil, and some citrus. Much less citrus and pine than the smell hinted. Hop bitterness is front and center. Feel is oily, and stays with you for a while after each drink.

Overall, this one is great. It's all about the hops and doesn't pretend anything else. Thanks to King G for the bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 12/27/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
96 3 11 20 5 9 0
Review from 11/30/06

A - Clean apricot body with tons of microscopic bubbles racing around. Bright white, one finger head that is thick and creamy looking.

S - Pungent grapefruity hops. Huge, floral citrus notes.

T - Sticky sappy citrus hops. Huge grapefruit and lemony flavors. Citrus envelopes the tongue but somehow finishes very clean.

M - Sticky hops with medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is smooth and easy going.

D - I love this beer. Upper eschelon DIPA. Thanks to BA Westsidethreat for the bottle.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by KingG on 12/01/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
90 2 10 19 4 10 0
Appearance is good. Bright orange with some murkiness. Nice amount of lacing coating the side of my glass. Head is above-average.

Smell is very good. Tangarine and mango flavored hops and tangy malt.

Taste is very good. Tangarine and mango again in the flavor. Malt background is nicely done making this DIPA incredibly balanced. Juicy citrus hop oils round out the finish. Very well done.

Mouthfeel is very good. Carbonation is close to perfect. Smooth yet powerful in the mouth.

Drinkability is very good. Very easy to put down a whole 22oz.

Overall: One of the top DIPA's in America and one of the best overall beers on the West Coast.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Kegergator on 11/21/07  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
92 3 11 18 5 9 2008
Wow, the aroma is great in this one. Got a good whiff before I was done filling my glass. Tons of floralie(?) hops. Taste is the same, all hops. Very smooth finish, not as harsh as some IIPA’s. Extremely drinkable.

Served In: Pint Glass

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