Watermelon Dorado by Ballast Point is a 10% ABV Double India Pale Ale brewed with Watermelon.
A fresh twist on a heavy hitter
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.
Double Dorado is a beer I have not tried in a very long time. It took me a while to find it back then but with the recent purchase of the brewery, they have been able to experiment and release more beer in general than in the past. With this installment, they released their double dorado with watermelon. Watermelon beers have been awesome brews for me for a very long time but this is the first time I try a watermelon double IPA. This brew is sold in many places that sell Ballast Point brews now, in cans and bottles. Let’s have a look, cheers!
Citrus piney, grapefruit, grassy and dank hops, watermelon jolly rancher candy, tropical fruit kiwi, mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, honey dew melon, lemons, pineapple, ginger, strawberries, stone fruit apricot, peach, cherries, raspberries, lychees, honey, caramel, vanilla and oranges.
Watermelon gummies, citrus, piney, grapefruit, grassy and dank hops, biscuit bread, stone fruit apricot, peach, cherries, raspberries, honey dew melon, cantaloupe, orange, tangerine, tropical fruit kiwi, mango, dragon fruit, passion fruit, honey, caramel, lemons, pineapple, ginger, strawberries, vanilla and lychees.
Finishes dry with ginger hints, citrus, piney, grapefruit and grassy hops and hints of watermelon. Slight booziness but not detracting from the flavors. Clear golden light body, crisp, refreshing and slightly syrupy mouthfeel and a moderate drinkability.
Very delicious IPA. It may be better than when I first tried the original. The watermelon changes the flavor overall but enhances the original IPA. There is a slight booziness as this is a stronger IPA but because the flavors are complex it works out. Plus, for a 6 pack of bottles or cans at that ABV, it is a damn good deal. I say give this one a shot if you love watermelon and double IPAs.
Ryofu Housen and Kanu Unchou from Ikkitousen/Battle Vixens were used in this pairing as I used them in the original El Dorado beer. Since the green of Ryofu’s hair paired with the Mahi Mahi/Dorado fish as well as watermelon, this pairing seemed to work fine especially since they are by the ocean. Ryofu’s red jacket also pairs with the color of the watermelon and since we are looking Kanu and Ryofu, it fits with the theme of Double Fish and Double IPA. Double D’s lol