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RATINGS: 60   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.36   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 it’s young, heavily hopped IPA’s are best enjoyed fresh.


3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2124) - Linda Vista, California, USA - DEC 26, 2012
Bottle from E street Liquor: Poured a dense golden brass color and was topped by a frothy layer of foam head. As for the aroma, my nose is instantly gratified with a heavy dosage of Belgian yeast that is decked out with spices and has scents of coriander, black licorice, and crushed peppercorn while also having a strange smell of dried out dank. The flavor is much more subtle in its delivery, however, it still does have a spicy profile of yeast that suggests all of the same ingredients that I mentioned in the aroma, but comes together well with the thick syrupy Karl Strauss malts and light background of zesty citrus like hops. This is an okay beer that’s meant to only be tasted once since I know I won’t be purchasing another bottle or ordering it in a bar unless they don’t have anything better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (487) - Arizona, USA - DEC 15, 2012
Bottle, pours golden straw color with thin, bubbly head. Slightly fruity, citrus ester aroma (banana). Malty start with a lovely ease into balanced hops, leading to sweet and tiny bit spicy orange peel curaçao dry finish. Perfectly balanced. Great palate. 

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (732) - West Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Poured from the bomber. Aroma is of noble hops, earthy and Spicy. Flavor is bitter, and finishes dry. Cloudy appearance with a thick head and good lacing. One of my first beers I’ve noticed a metallic taste, butI don’t think it detracts much.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #37. Nice beer, I didn’t get a whole lot of of Belgian character out of it, but good still. Sweet more than anything, it’s a nice sweetness though, mild bitterness. (2559)

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
faroeviking (10293) - FAROE ISLANDS - SEP 13, 2012
Botella. Unclear orange colour, small beige head. Sweet yeasty like fruity caramel aroma. Sweet fruity yeasty malty bit spiced flavour. Good bitterness.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jesperhammer (2815) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - AUG 31, 2012
27-AUG-2012, bottle @Papsø. Hazy golden with off-white head. Hoppy aroma. Citric, flowery, and yes, it is belgian and yeast-like. Oranges and earthy notes. Fine IPA

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
madsberg (10111) - Søborg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2012
Bottled. Amber coloured. Unclear. Dense beige head. Aroma of herbs, flowers, citrus, light fruits, orange. Flavour is piney and herbal. Has some caramel, orange, dust. Medium bodied. Light phenolic. Some citric bitterness in the end.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joergen (20493) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - AUG 28, 2012
Bottle at Papsø. Hazy orange coloured with a small off-white head. Sweet and fruity aroma of caramel, hops, citrus peel and burnt sugar. Sweet and fruity flavour of burnt sugar, hops, grass and citrus peel. Hoppy finish.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (30689) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
22 fl oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a small white head. Aroma is dry grapefruity, mango and pine. Light phenolic. Bitter, toasted malty and light caramelish. Bitter and toasted malty finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ungstrup (29081) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - AUG 27, 2012
Bottled. A hazy amber beer with a thin orangey head. The aroma has notes of caramel, malt, and a bit of hay. The flavor is sweet with notes of alcohol, malt, dusty hops, and a bit of caramel, leading to a dry, dusty, and alcoholic finish.


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