Sunday, March 8, 2015

Ballast Point Dorado Review

Name: Ballast Point Dorado
Style: Imperial IPA
ABV: 10%

Well look at this, another beer from Ballast Point. This time I have their Dorado, which is their Imperial IPA. According to the internet, Dorado is Spanish for The Golden One. Maybe it's in referral to the beer color? I can't say for certain but it's definitely not talking about the two green fish on the front of the label.

Appearance - Mildly hazy bright orange color with a light constant stream of carbonation. The head takes on a pretty thin light-khaki appearance and the lacing is pretty good. Looks almost like......a Dorado!

Aroma - Strong grapefruit notes on the front of the nose and some moderate citrus hoppiness here as well. I'm also picking up on some mild toffee sweetness backed up by some caramel maltiness.

Taste - It is grapefruit and piney hop notes upfront, with some citrus hoppiness accenting afterwards. The caramel maltiness encompasses the flavor as a whole and compliments everything quite nicely. The aftertaste is mainly grapefruit notes with a strong bitter resiny flavor.

I have to say this is quite flavorful & it has a powerful hop profile that will satisfy hop heads everywhere. I'm not quite sure of what the retail price is on a full 6 pack of this, but if I had to pay a couple extra bucks for one, I would happily do so!

Ballast Point Dorado - 9.5/10

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