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RATINGS: 65   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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
strongpieman (1538) - 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 (11076) - 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 (6773) - 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 (11522) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8937) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2013
Thanks OCBeer. Very subtly masterfully done. A little like a black IPA, with some Cascadian. Deep yellow with retained head. Nice use of spices. Very good drinkability and refreshing. Hoppy, but not at DIPA level.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - 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 thatís meant to only be tasted once since I know I wonít be purchasing another bottle or ordering it in a bar unless they donít have anything better.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
DesertDevil (542) - 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 curaÁao dry finish. Perfectly balanced. Great palate.†

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
thetmaxx (752) - 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 Iíve noticed a metallic taste, butI donít think it detracts much.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - NOV 17, 2012
22oz bottle. Rating #37. Nice beer, I didnít get a whole lot of of Belgian character out of it, but good still. Sweet more than anything, itís 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 (10288) - 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.


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