sbruno (6) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 28, 2009 does not count
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Not typically a fan of IPAís but this Double IPA is amazing. For itís high alcohol content the bitterness is not really present at all. Great aftertaste.
yemenmocha (659) - Glendale, Arizona, USA - JUL 27, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love Ballast Point, but this one was a slight letdown. Appearance is great - bright orange color, no haze, off-white head, and laces well. Nose is great with mixed citrus, but a focus towards grapefruit. Palate offers a whollop of both hops and malt, some biscuity caramel flavors in there, but mostly edgy sharp hop bite. Finish is sharp too with a subtle lingering sweetness.
shigadeyo (3350) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
7/23/2009: Ballast Point Dorado Double I.P.A. smells like a freshly peeled and juiced tangerine. It tastes mildly sweet with some underlying toasty malt and a cornucopia of citrus hops flavors dominating, including: tangerine, orange, and red grapefruit peel. The beer is orange in color with a beige head, medium body, and good mouthfeel. This is an excellent DIPA.
650 ml bottle (9.1% Alcohol by Volume) shared by alexsdad09. Thanks Brad! Rating #384 for this beer.
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Gently hazy, beautiful darkish golden pour topped by an off-white (yellow-leaning) foam which rapidly diminishes, but leaves an honest cover. Brutal citric nose where a fair dose of residual sugars come across in an honeyed, biscuity form. Coniferous, flowery nuances mostly avoid the resinous side. In mouth, more honey comes across, this is quite sweet, but the bitterness is sharp and slices through it with professionalism. Medium and tight body with soft, mostly big-bubbled carbonation. Citrusy enough to feel juicy, grapefruity, rindy, but also peach-like? litchi-like?. It develops a fair bit of citric acids which feel rough against the bitterness. Long finish which is preceded and followed by a considerable dose of alcohol, both warming and in the taste. Quite an archetypal example, though the excessive alcohol bothers me. My bottle indicates 9.1%, so Iím changing the ABV back from 9.6%.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - JUL 15, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2010 the last rating i did for this was when i was a little drunk and gave it a perfect rating, and im not sure it deserves that. a fantastc DIPA, exactly what you want in an imperial ipa, citrusy, floral, a little grapefruit but not overbearing, and a little hint of pine. a really nice beer that i enjoyed the second time just as much as the first time.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 13, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Source:Sample from a 22 oz bottle at a tasting in Nashville.
Appearance:Hazy gold pour with a huge white head.
Aroma:Pine and citrus dominate the nose, with a hint of caramel. Lots of fruit on the nose.
Flavor:Heavy citrus, caramel, mango and spice.
Palate:Medium/full body with mild carbonation.
Overall:Carbonation could have been a bit higher, but an excellent beer overall.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at ACBF. Aroma really nice with lemongrass, tangerine, flowers, pine. Flavor gets a bit dulled down by annoyingly chewy and sticky malt. Absurdly heavy. My nose liked it a lot...
fidelis83 (2212) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy pale gold with a light peach core. Thin creamy white head that has good retention and leaves some decent lacing. Aroma is big cirtus hops, some pine, a little grass, melon, pineapple, some light caramel, toasted biscuits and fruit blossoms. Flavor is juicy citrus up front, more pine than the aroma would suggest, peach, melon, sweet grain, biscuit, white bread and limeade. Finish is increasinigly piney hops, hanging on to some grapefruit and pineapple and picking up some peppery notes and passionfruit. Palate is medium bodied, juicy entry with a moderately dry (not very dry at all for an IIPA) finish, carbonation is maybe a touch on the light side but I wonít knock it for that, the "juicy" feel more than makes up for it. Really good stuff overall, a great example of a delicious west coast IIPA.
joeneugs (4453) - Livermore, California, USA - JUN 29, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I loved this beer. I picked it up on a whim, since I hadnít seen it before, and Iím really glad I did. It pours a nice orange amber color with an impressive creamy white head. The nose is full of citrus, pine, tropical fruit, (pineapple), and some caramel maltiness. Not too sweet though. The taste is awesome with tropical fruit, peach, florals, and big time pine in the end. Itís medium bodied and not syrupy at all, just the way I like it. A well balanced, beautiful example.
Brigadier (3290) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle
Someone sent this as a bonus and I really appreciate the exposure to an up and coming brewery. If Ballast Point beers ever cross to Ohio I will check them out based on the two that I have had so far. My only concern is that they seem much better fresh; age affects the experience dramatically.
Aroma / Appearance - The huge pillowy head contrasts nicely with the rose gold opaque body. Grass seed, hay, wet flower beds, and hops hit the senses all at once. Without being over the top this is as close as it gets to being in your face.
Flavor / Palate - Honey, melon, grapefruit, and tulips wash pleasantly across the tongue. The warm resiny aftertaste keeps the hop flavors around for a while; only after fifteen minutes did they begin to fade. An excellent example of the West Coast style of hopping a beer to the extreme this one strikes a nice balance between hops and malt that makes it easy to drink.