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RATINGS: 64   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 itís young, heavily hopped IPAís are best enjoyed fresh.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - JUN 4, 2011
[Bottle] Lightly hazed pale yellow appearance, good heaf formation. Caramel malt, candy and coriander on the nose. Sweet crystal malt, sugarry palate. hoppy citrus kicks in early and while thereís plenty of it, it kind of loses out to the sweet sugarry malt. The Belgian side never really shows up in the flavor, appearing more as a mix between an IPA and a red ale.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 2, 2011
A: The beer pours a fairly clear light amber color with a large white head. S: Starts off fairly sweet. Caramel and toffee malt notes lead it off, but the hops begin to come through shortly after. Floral and grassy hop notes provide the bulk of the "IPA" character, and there is a fair amount of spice and yeast to the aroma as well. T: Not as sweet as expected, luckily. Strong spice (clove and all spice) and yeast flavors with a moderate breadiness. Some grassy hops and a hint of pine with a moderate hop bitterness. M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation. O: One of the more enjoyable Belgian IPAs, but it could have used a bigger hop profile.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (9765) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - MAY 26, 2011
Tap. Pours clear amber with a large, frothy white head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (biscuit, bread, meal), heavy hops (floral, citrus, herbal), and average esters ( apple/pear) with notes of apricot and peach. Flavor is average malt, heavy hops, fruity, citrus, and light alcohol. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation with a dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Cavie (3800) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Bottle courtesy exiled. Clear light orange color with a ring of white head. Aroma is dry hops, spicy and earthy root with some light spice. Flavor is spicy hops and earthy notes. Spicy finish.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
beersearcher (2334) - Glendale, California, USA - MAY 22, 2011
Pours a medium yellow. Aroma is sorta blah for an IPA. A bit of licorice an Belgian yeast taste here but to me it is working against the Hops. Better than the average Karl Strauss though.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ChazMania (653) - Pasadena, California, USA - MAY 20, 2011
Bomber poured into my Stone IPA glass. The aroma is huge, that luscious smell of huge hops along with unique Belgian yeast. Appearance is very clear and amber. Taste is fantastic! This is the best beer Iíve had in months! Great citrus hop flavor with style and finish. I know Belgian IPA is not its own unique category, but this might be one of my favorites Iíve ever had in this style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2011
Appearance: Pours a vibrant copper with a dense fluffy white head that retains for some time.

Aroma: A big bouquet of citrus (grapefruit, tangerine, lemon). Spicy Belgian yeast.

Taste: A mouthful of spicy, fruity yeast, bitter juicy grapefruit and piny hops. Finishes with spice and big bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Fairly fizzy, full bodied.

Overall: I often times donít care for Golden Ale, Tripels, and Belgian IPAs do to the associated yeast profile. I do, however like a west coast double IPA style Belgian IPA. This was a real tasty beer that I can put into the like column as far as pale Belgianís go. Drink this fresh to enjoy this with all of its citrusy goodness, that bouquet is what made the beer for me.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 8, 2011
On tap. Pours with a clear copper body and a lasting, egg-shell hued white head. Aromas are spicy, grainy, candi sugar, caramel, phenols (mostly coriander), vanilla. Esters and phenols remind me nearly of the Unibroue yeast strain. Fruity, citrus, light tropical fruit. Flavors are sweet, tropical fruit, grassy, weed like hop profile. A bit boozy (didnít know the ABV). Very estery, light phenols, mango, papaya. Medium bitter, lightly astringent finish. Lively bubbles and dry. Pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2011
(22oz bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a medium off-white head. Aroma of pineapple, citrus, herbs, and grass. Flavor of pineapple, mango, papaya, Belgian yeast, and grass with a moderately bitter finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crvcac (8) - , California, USA - APR 28, 2011 does not count
Gold copper in hue with a slight chill haze. Canít truly comment on the head seeing as it was on cask, however, I have a feeling this is going to be a sticky one with nice lacing. Smells fantastic. Reminds me of their Big Barrel Double IPA with a belgian twist. Lots of grapefruit, orage zest, curacao, tropical fruits, belgian spices. Amazing. This is a great rendition of a Belgian IPA. The perfect blend of spices and tropical fruit flavors. The orange and grapefruit are bold and compliment each other nicely. Very well balanced. Malts provide the needed backbone to balance the beer while the hops lend a very appropriate and highly quaffable bitterness. Smooth. Dangerously smooth. The 8.5% is hardly detectable. This one will get you if your not careful. Pour me another please!


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