Ok. Maybe I should have started with the original Ballast Point Dorado, one of my favorite Double IPA’s, but it’s not in my fridge right now. You know what is? The Watermelon version. Well. Here. We. Go.
Here is what Ballast Point had to say about it: Our Watermelon Dorado Double IPA is not one to back down from big flavors. Mash, kettle, and dry hopping blend to create a huge hop profile that is balanced with a blast of watermelon. The result is a refreshing brew that is all summer and no seeds.
Brew Facts: ABV = 10% IBUs = 90
Dustin’s Brewreview and Notes
Aroma: Lots of sweet Watermelon! Big tropical hop nose, starburst, and a little Strawberry/Cherry? No noticeable malt aroma; 10/12
Appearance: Transparent, copper color. White head with medium retention. Light soda like bubbles constant; 3/3
Flavor: Interesting… medium malt backbone backs up an intensely bitter profile from the hops. There is a lot of watermelon flavor, but it’s tart like a watermelon jolly rancher; not the most balance between the hop bitterness and the malt, but it’s a Double IPA, so that is fine; 15/20
Mouthfeel: medium thin-bodied; medium alcohol notes throughout; prickly carbonation and lingering bitterness that turns tart, like the watermelon jolly rancher; 3/5
Overall: This beer fits the style well, but the watermelon comes across as tart and bitter instead of refreshing. 7/10
Dustin gives Ballast Point Watermelon Dorado, a 38/50.