Ballast Point Dorado 9.6% ABV
Fewer things are as exciting as getting beer (aka yeast samples) mail. Often times for me it starts with the surprise of getting a package when you weren’t expecting one. Wondering who it could be from, I quickly cut the tape to find that someone has taken a fair amount of time padding and packaging it’s contents. Upon removing the layers and layers of bubble wrap, it revealed itself…garnering a response from me along the lines of “Yes!” or “Holy Crap”. I know…I’m a linguistic genius. But one thing is for sure, opening my recent beer mail to see I was sent a Ballast Point Dorado Double IPA was beyond exciting.
Now, to the beer drinking. I saved this one for a few weeks. I was waiting for the perfect time to dedicate to drinking this one. On a fine sunny Sunday afternoon, I decided it was go time.
I cracked the bomber of Dorado and poured it into my globe glass. Upon the pour I quickly noticed the beautiful color of a hazy orange color. A good amount of white head topped the pour.
On the nose, a great bouquet of citrus. Picked up tons of grapefruit and citrus peel. A slight pine note with some malt sweetness. I wasn’t sure what to expect in regards to taste as this DIPA was hitting a lot of marks on the nose.
First sip…boom! Grapefruit with a nice residual sweetness attributed to the malt. I picked up tons of citrus with a hint of melon and caramel sweetness (crystal 40?). Medium body mouth feel was consistent through the end with a perfect carbonation percentage. The booze/alcohol taste was evident and a constant reminder that you were drinking a 9.60% ABV beer that is not for the faint of heart.
It wasn’t overpowering in the hop category but instead a balanced DIPA that I could tell was intentionally crafted to be different than other DIPAs on the market.
Overall…I’m glad Ballast Point Dorado showed up on my doorstep. I hope someday to try more brews from Ballast Point. The Dorado did not disappoint so do your friend a favor and send some beer mail.