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RATINGS: 761   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.88   EST. CALORIES: 288   ABV: 9.6%
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On a quest to make delicious beers, our brewers have continually sought creative new ways to accentuate the delightfully aromatic and flavorful qualities of hops. Hopheads rejoice! Dorado Double IPA takes hops to a new level. Mash Hopping, First Wort Hopping, Kettle Hopping, and Dry Hopping create an award winning beer that embodies San Diego’s reputation for making world class IPAs. Our bottle Robust Series gives all beer lovers an opportunity to try our most rare beers, previously available only on draft at select tap houses. Enjoy! Get the Point! World Beer Cup 2006 Bronze Award Winner

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
SpringsLicker (3046) - Tennessee, USA - MAY 1, 2007
Pours with a big creamy off white head that puts out a flowery fruity hop aroma. The flavor is sweet, bordering on sticky, with a good supportive bitterness from the hops that lingers long into the finish. I really like this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2007
On tap at Stuffed Sandwich. Transparent, clover honey colored pour with a thin layer of fizzy white head. Big fruity, floral, sticky citrus hop bouquet with some pleasant notes of juicy canteloupe, ruby red grapefruit, and freshly squeezed naval oranges. Medium bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Some nice, softly sweet caramel malts create a nice flavor balance for a boatload of orange citrus hops. Lots of cleanly herbal hop flavors with a satisfyingly bitter spruce and white grapefruit finish. Dry, but could be even drier. Very enjoyable overall.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spector (906) - Lancaster, Ohio, USA - APR 27, 2007
Big hops in the aroma.Pours a medium copper with a medium off white head.Big hops and some light malt make up the flavor.Medium mouthfeel with a big hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4533) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 25, 2007
Quiet but growing aroma. Half inch lasting creamy head. A few floaties. Orange amber. Big aggressive hop taste. Stays stong but not as shocking as the first sip. Very meaty hoppy beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - APR 19, 2007
Clear pale body with medium sized white head. The aroma is almost all hops, floral, citrus and pine with just a touch of bread. The flavor is a touch sweet, some bread and honey malt, and lots of juicy, fruity hops, apricots, peach, grapefruit with just a touch of caramel at the end. Medium body is softly carbonated and just a tad bit flabby with a slightly bitter and dry finish. It’s not Pliney the Elder, but still very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - APR 17, 2007
Poured an effervescent amber with a fizzy frothy off-white head. Refreshing aroma of bitter grapefruit, pine needles, and fresh-cut grass. Flavor is refreshingly bitter with some earthy pine needles and pine cones, with also perhaps a bit of citrus. Big malty body on this one, where I can taste the sweet toffee through the earthy bitter hops. I typically enjoy a good malt body on my double IPA’s, but this almost borders on too sweet. Almost, but not quite. It still has enough bitterness to stay to style for me and not drift into a barley wine or generic strong. Finish is a bit of sweet toffee and bitter pine needles. Not quite a head-turner for me, as I would like it to be a bit more refreshing and citrusy. But this is a good double IPA that does the important things right.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 15, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 18, 2009 Sampled at the brewery on 11/30/06: Pours a clear copper amber with a nicely-lacing frothy white head. Huge, fresh grapefruity hoppy aroma has a lot of sweet caramel malty balance. Body starts sweet, fresh and hoppy with big bittering grapefruit and sticky caramel and hop resiny finish. Crisp, enjoyable and slightly warming. A nice double IPA.

Fresh bottle sampled on 6/18/09: Has lots of fresh resiny grapefruity hops throghout the aroma and body. Great resiny bittersweetness balances the rich sweet light crystal maltiness. This is dangerously drinkable and refreshing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ratman197 (9034) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - APR 15, 2007
Bomber poured a clear gold with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of pine, light citrus and hints of carmel and earthiness. Palate was medium bodied and slightly dry. Flavors of carmel, pine and a hint of earthiness with a smooth lightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bitbucket (2158) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - APR 14, 2007
Bomber. Thanks dirty_martini! Pours a hazy amber with a lacy off-white head. Nice big grapefruit aroma with mango and pine. Medium body and carbonation. A little caramel and fruit in the taste, but you have to dig through a wave of hops to find it. Resinous finish. Tasty. but not my favorite DIPA.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hapjydeuce (922) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 13, 2007
UPDATED: MAY 25, 2008 Definitely a strong double. As an updated rating, I’m sad to see this limited release ale off the shelves now. However, its replacement with Sculpin IPA is justified. Strong green aroma with hops and grapefruit citrus. I didn’t think this one was balanced all that well. Overly sweet malt base with a finish of fresh cut hay and strong warming alcohol. Very tasty, but just too syrupy of a palate. More carbonation and less caramelization could make for a crisper finish. Good, but I don’t think it compares with the likes of other great west coast IPAs, such as Pliny the Elder.

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