Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 25, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Duane shared a bomber of this with me, and Iím glad he did! Very good stuff and a tad underrated, IMO. Tons of citrus hops and plenty of sweetness to balance it all out. Velvety mouthfeel seals the deal. This is a gem of an IIPA.
joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 hasnít 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. Thereís 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 thatís 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 itís pretty easy to put away. The balance helps the drinkability quite a bit keeping both the malt and hops, and thereís 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.
Acknud (1081) - Morganfield, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber courtesy of miketd. Citrus hops aroma and taste. Could stand to be a tad more bitter or a little less sweet. Nice mouthfeel. Overall a nice drinking experience.
jsh12bama (681) - Alabama, USA - OCT 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of KingG. Spruce, herbal aroma. Nice mixture of hops and malt. Not as much hops as I like but still a solid IIPA.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from Saarlander, thanks Aaron. a delightful IIPA. full of citrus hops in both aroma and flavor profile. sweet without being cloying, crisp and clean without a trace of bitterness. really enjoyed this one!
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
to start i moved from the east coast 2 weks ago! amberish watery looking beer with lasting nice frothy head, realy sweet, juice tasting sweetness meets
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Hamiltonís. Bright orange-amber color; white head with great retention and lacing that coats the glass. Dense, earthy and citrus hoppiness in the aroma; dense, resiny. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: dense citrus hop character with an earthy malt backbone; well-developed hoppiness but slightly astringent, with a dry, dried dark fruit character at mid-palate. Lengthy, dried fruits and wet malt finish.
jsquire (3534) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 25, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Creamy white head with lots of sticky lace over a murky orange beer. Sharp pine and orange rind nose. Nice thick mouthfeel. Lots of orange peel and grapefruit juice with a caramel sweetness under it all. Well balanced IIPA.
GG (2319) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 14, 2007
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 23, 2007 I didnít expect this. I mean, I expected something good from Ballast Point but this just blew my mind. What a great friggin DIPA. My God! An aroma thatís just insane. Coconut, papaya, passion fruit, grapefruit, mango and pines. Itís like you took a trip to some tropical island and got all the best it has to offer in one sniff. Appearance is amber/orange in color with a nice eggshell white head. Mouthfeel is silky smooth..no harshness, no overcarbonation...for me...perfect. Flavor is more of this same with the aroma. Tons of tropical fruit, bitter citrus hops, sweet caramel malts....in a word...perfect. No noticeable alcohol levels, just a smooth, intense highly delightful beer to consume. Thankfully, I have another bottle!
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - SEP 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz, man is it delicious, not too sticky or syrupy, just fantastic, easy drinking lots of hops, not really on the edge of how hoppy a beer can be but rather spot on for what i want for a double IPA... so glad i got the chance to try it