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RATINGS: 61   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 80   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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 itís young, heavily hopped IPAís are best enjoyed fresh.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blipp (6111) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - AUG 19, 2013
Draft. Pours golden orange with a thin head. Light fruity and yeasty notes, with medium bitterness, hints of spices, and grassy and earthy notes. Pretty good.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle:   Orangish straw, a little dark and hazy, small sudsy white head, spotty lacing.   Musty citrusy nose.   Sweet candyish citrus peel on the tongue.   Seems a bit musty, perhaps thats the yeast.   A bit fruity, somewhat tropical, malty, and not all that hoppy.   Smooth on the tongue, but does seem a bit dank and musty.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Musty sweet candied citrus peel on the exit.   Not a bright example, and not all that hoppy.   Wished it were more floral, and less musty/basement like, but as is its not half bad.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
GT2 (8432) - San Diego County, California, USA - JUL 11, 2013
Tap at Steam Haus Gastropub in Corona, CA. Low haze, ugly deeper amber pour. Weak foam. Maple and brown sugar nose. Taste is odd: bitter and harsh with sticky maple. Nothing Belgian or IPA about this. Stale. Dusty mouthfeel. Ick. Probably an old keg.

2.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
symmetric (54) - - MAY 9, 2013
Smells great; citrusy, piney, and slightly tropical hop notes. Flavor is dominated by Belgian yeast, which isnít well blended with the hop flavours.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kroney (154) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 19, 2013
Pours yellow with a white head. Aroma is mostly yeast with a bit of citrus hops and alcohol. Flavor is similar, with a nice kick from the coriander. Medium bodied. Decent beer.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Mora2000 (5695) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle. Amber with a white head. Aroma is Belgian yeast with some grassy notes. Flavor is classic Belgian IPA. I get some nice yeast notes as well as some pine and grass. There is also some brown sugar sweetness. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1495) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Pour from a bomber. Hazy orange color, good combo of hops and citrus sweetness. A nice Belgian IPA.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 14, 2013
Bottle shared by wihorock. Poured clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy citrus, fruit and yeasty aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Moderate to heavy complex bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy complex bittersweet finish of medium to long duration. This is a solid beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6493) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bottle from Total Wine, Sacramento. Pours golden with a decent off-white head and a citrus aroma. There is a spicy fruit and caramel malt flavor with a Belgian yeast feel - a liitle banana ester - and a very dry finish.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 4, 2013
Bomber shared by Marcus. Pours hazy copper with a slight off-white head. Mild aromas of yeast/spice and fruity hop. Med body. Fresh pitted fruit flavor, with some earth and banana ester. Nice finish.


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