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Karl Strauss Blackball Belgian IPA

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RATINGS: 69   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
When checkered blackball flags dot the California coastline, experienced surfers migrate to advanced breaks where strangers to the sport dare not. Blackball is a Belgian-inspired India Pale Ale with a robust West Coast hop profile. Belgian ale yeast, coriander, and Curacao lend a fruity and spicy character for an ale bolder than your average IPA. A blend of New Zealand and Cascade hops add a vibrant floral aroma and clean citrus hop bitterness that lingers through its crisp, dry finish. Drink up while it’s young, heavily hopped IPA’s are best enjoyed fresh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jookos (5606) - FINLAND - FEB 18, 2015
Bottle. Orange hazy. Fruity nose. Oranges, belgy blond estery vibes, golden honey light corn malty. Some straw, hay. Mouthfilling body, lots of Orange, slight marmelady, sweets, finishes clean though. Quite soft, lots of round bitters, some pine in the finish. IPA (even a belgian one) isn’t the first thing that comes to mind with this drink. Rather imperial belgy blondy, but with a clean nice non-oily texture. Qutie enjoyable. Can’t bother look for a BBE, but I’m sure this is a bit old already, the IPAish hoppy notes that might have supposed to have been there have, if ever present, surely mallowed out some time ago.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Zwiebel88 (637) - GERMANY - JAN 25, 2015
Honig, Fruchtnoten, Getreide. Bananig, hefig, herb, leichte Bitterkeit. Anständiges belgian IPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerhunter111 (17298) - P´Castle, GERMANY - JAN 18, 2015
Trübes dunkel goldenes Bier mit einer ordentlichen weißen Schaumkrone. Geruch sehr malzig, fruchtig, hefig, Honig. Geschmack süß malzig, Honig, reife Früchte.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Idiosynkrasie (6539) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - JAN 17, 2015
650ml bottle. Barely clear, orangey, deep goldn colour with average to huge, frothy, fairly lasting, minimally lacing, off-white head. Floral, yeasty aroma, sweet-ish fruity background, notes of yellow berries, yellow stone fruit, a toch of orange zest, cautious spicy yeasty overtones. Taste has a minimally sweet caramel malty basis, some fruitiness, a touch of peach, hints of honey biscuits, a strand of peppery yeast spiciness is constantly and clearly present; super soft palate. Nice yeasty character, quite weak on the hop side.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sir__v (2163) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle @ home from Saveur-Biere.com - Color:dark blond beer with small carbonation and small white foam. Smell: nice grassy and hoppy taste with good malt balance as well and notes of yeast. Taste: nice hoppy presence with good balance of malt. Really nice beer not so bitter and with good sweet taste. Aftertaste: grassy and bitterness with caramel notes and sweet sensation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sledutah (7070) - Utah, USA - OCT 20, 2014
On tap at the Universal brewpub
Clear golden with a small off-white head, good lacing. Aroma of Belgian malts, fruity, caramel, spices and peppery. Taste is malty, Belgian yeast and black pepper
Decent, clean

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rejtable (2323) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 6, 2014
Tap at carlsbad brewpub. Pours clear golden lots head and lacing. Nose is cereal and yeast. Flavours are yeast, floral, some light fruit. Taste light sweet light bitter. Medium body with lively carbonationZ

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
slowrunner77 (10249) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"One of their nicer beers at the Carlsbad Brewery. A nice aroma of belgian spice and orange peel. Moderate bitternes in the flavor, but a good dose of the citrus and yeasty flavor. Light, but good."

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
vtafro (6731) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 21, 2014
(Backlog) Bottle of fantasy tasting at Paul’s. Orange pour with white head. Yeast, light fruit, hop, spice and hints of funk in flavors. Nice belgian ipa.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gunnfryd (14188) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - APR 22, 2014
Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is sugar, malt, fruit, pine. Flavour is sugar, malt, hop, berries, fruit, pine. OK/Nice beer

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